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All you ever wanted to know about lollipops, but were afraid to ask!

The History of Lollipop Candy 
According to the Merriam-Webster Online Dictionary, the definition of the word "lollipop" is as follows:

Main Entry: lol•li•pop
Variant(s): or lol-ly-pop /'lä-li-"päp/
Function: noun
Etymology: perhaps from English dialect lolly (tongue) + 2pop
Date: 1784
1: a lump of hard candy on the end of a stick
2: British: a round stop sign on a pole used to stop traffic (as at a school crossing).

According to our sources at the  National Confectioners Association they say:

The History of Lollipops

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, others claim Samuel Born was the first to automate the lollipop-making process. Lollipop manufacturing grew independently in California and in 1916 Samuel Born invented the Born Sucker machine. This machine automatically inserted the stick, which added to the popularity of the confection. San Francisco awarded Born the keys to the city for his invention.

Over time, lollipops have had different looks. They have been traditional hard candy on a stick and hard candy on a ring, some include bubble gum or chocolate as a surprise center and some even spin or glow. Whether traditional or novel, the lollipop is still enjoyed by many people.

How are Lollipops Made?
The lollipop manufacturing process is a simple one. First, candy makers mix and heat sugar and corn syrup. Once cooked, colors and flavors are added. The mix then goes to a batch roller and press that forms the head of the lollipop and inserts the stick. Today lollipop heads come in many shapes and sizes. Next the lollipops are cooled and wrapped. Finally, the candy is bagged and shipped.

With Sugar-Free, it's the same except for the ingredients are different,we use ISOMALT NOT HSH, Maltitol as their major ingredient instead of sugar and corn syrup.

According to  Wikipedia A lollipop, or lolly, is a type of confectionery consisting mainly of hardened, flavoured sucrose with corn syrup mounted on a stick and intended for sucking or licking. In many regions of the United States (primarily the South and Midwest), the term "sucker" is used interchangeably with or instead of "lollipop." In these areas, the term "lollipop" is often applied to candy that is disc-shaped, while "sucker" is applied to candy that is spherical. Lollipops come in a variety of flavors from the traditional cherry, grape and orange to the more daring watermelon and green apple. With numerous companies producing lollipops, the candy now comes in dozens of flavors.

They were first commercially manufactured on a large scale in the 1920s. Some lollipops contain fillings, such as bubble gum (Blow Pops) or Tootsie Rolls (Tootsie Pops). Notable brand names include Chupa Chups and DumDums.
The term "lollipop" was first recorded in England in 1769 (Shorter Oxford English Dictionary, 1973), denoting a sweetmeat consisting chiefly of sugar or treacle. The first element is perhaps related to "loll", meaning "to dangle" (as in a tongue) — "lolly" was also a northern dialect word for the tongue, although this may in fact be derived onomatopoeically from the mouth sounds associated with sucking and licking.
The origin of the lollipop has yet to be determined. Both Racine, Wisconsin and San Francisco, California, claim that they made the first automatic lollipop maker.

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