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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
Main Entry: lol•li•pop
Variant(s): or lol-ly-pop /'lä-li-"päp/
Etymology: perhaps from English dialect lolly (tongue) + 2pop
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
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
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
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
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
northern dialect word for the tongue, although this may in fact be
derived onomatopoeically from the mouth sounds associated with sucking
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.