Today is National Lollipop Day Is there anyone that can resist a lollipop? I think not. I can still remember, as a child, the thrill of reaching in and picking out a FREE lollipop at the bank. Now lollipops come in so many different varieties and flavors that its hard to choose.
I wanted to start out by sharing the history of the lollipop, but after some research, it seems that its true origin is a little unknown. According to the National Confectioners Association, “There are many stories about how the lollipop was invented. Some believe that a form of it has been around since the 1800s. Charles Dickens and other authors referred to a sweet lozenge without a stick in some stories. During the Civil War, it is believed that little pieces of hard candy were put on the ends of pencils for children to nibble.
In 1908, George Smith claimed to be the first to invent the modern lollipop. Smith applied an idea of putting hard candies on a stick to make them easier to eat. He decided to name the treat after his favorite racing horse, Lolly Pop, and later trademarked the name. Lollipops were successful until the Depression. Smith stopped production on lollipops and the name fell into public domain.
A Racine, Wis., manufacturing company claims credit for inventing the first lollipop machine. Racine Confectioners Machinery Co. answered an East Coast candy maker’s call to have a machine make hard candy on a stick in 1908. The company created a machine that automated the lollipop making process and could make 40 lollipops per minute.”
However it was invented, we are glad that it was! Without it’s invention what would the “Lollipop Guild” have been called?
We think lollipops are a great addition to any party since they are colorful, come in all shapes and sizes, and are relatively inexpensive. But if you want to fancy it up just a bit, we offer personalized lollipop covers. These covers are printed (both front and back) on sturdy cardstock and fit over the top of the lollipop. Your guests will leave with a memento of your event and a sweet treat also