NATIONAL LOLLIPOP DAY

Friday, July 20th: Oh lolli lolli lolli lollipop … Today is NATIONAL LOLLIPOP DAY. Debate abounds regarding the origin of the name ‘lollipop’. One version says, “The word “lolly-pop” dates to 1784, but initially referred to soft, rather than hard candy. The term probably derived from the term “lolly” (tongue) and “pop” (slap).” Other sources state, “Lollipops were first made in New Haven, Connecticut in 1908 by George Smith. They were named after a race horse of the time, Lolly Pop.” In 1931, George Smith took the reins and trademarked the word Lollipop.

Here are a few odd facts about lollipops:

  • The original lollipop machine would produce 40 Lollipops per minute but the modern ones make 5,900 a minute.
  • There is a flavor named “A and B only”.
  • On June 25, 2002, Jolly Rancher produced the world’s largest lollipop. It weighed 4,016 lbs. The lollipop was 18.9 inches thick, 62.8 inches in diameter, and 15 foot tall (as tall as a giraffe).

To find out how to make lollipops: http://suite101.com/article/homemade-lollipops-a185666

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