A lollipop, all day sucker, or sticky-pop is a type of confectionery consisting mainly of hardened, flavoured sucrose with corn syrup mounted on a stick and intended for sucking or licking. They are available in many flavours and shapes.
The idea of an edible candy on a stick is very simple, and it is probable that the lollipop has been invented and reinvented numerous times.The word “lolly pop” dates to 1784, but initially referred to soft, rather than hard candy. The term may have derived from the term “lolly” (tongue) and “pop” (slap). The first references to the lollipop in its modern context date to the 1920s.
Alternatively it may be a word of Romany origin being related to the Roma tradition of selling toffee apples sold on a stick. Red apple in the Romany language is loliphaba.
The first confectioneries that closely resemble what we call lollipops date to the Middle Ages, when the nobility would often eat boiled sugar with the aid of sticks or handles. The invention of the modern lollipop is still something of a mystery but a number of American companies in the early 20th century have laid claim to it. According to the book “Food For
Thought (Extraordinary Little Chronicles of the World)” they were invented by George Smith of New Haven, Connecticut, who started making large boiled sweets mounted on sticks in 1908. He named them
after a racehorse of the time, Lolly Pop.
Our most recent order for a 12″ lollipop was for fellow to keep him from talking constantly whilst his golf team partners were on the course! Truly lollipops for any occasion…
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