Pick a flavor to savor, as July 20th is National Lollipop Day! If you’re ready to feel like a kid again, prepare your sweet tooth as we dive into the history and celebration of this wholesome holiday.
A History of National Lollipop Day
We’re not 100% sure when lollipops were invented. There are some scientists that claim there were prehistoric versions of lollipops from the Chinese and Egyptians with nuts and berries preserved on sticks with honey. More recognizable forms of lollipops began appearing in 16th century Europe as sugar became more and more popular and abundant.
The English were known to boil sugar treats with inserted sticks that made them much easier to eat. “Lolly Pop” actually refers to “tongue slap”. The name was derived from Northern England slang.
In the United States, however, lollipops didn’t become popular until the 1860s, when confectionaries and pharmacies began selling them. The modern lollipop was invented and patented in 1908 by a man named George Smith, who was the owner of the Bradley Smith Company. It was named after George’s favorite racing horse, Lolly Pop.
It was then in 1916 that the Racine Confectioner’s Machinery Company created the very first automated lollipop machine. This machine could produce lollipops at 2,400 sticks every hour, providing enough lollipops in a week to provide enough for a year’s worth of national demand. These were also the same folks that coined “National Lollipop Day”.
How To Celebrate National Lollipop Day
While there is no presidential proclamation that makes this a required “holiday”, there is an agreement between sweets-lovers and confection manufacturers alike. The best way to celebrate National Lollipop Day is to buy a bag, enjoy some lollipops, and share with your friends and family.
If you’re a social media user, make sure to make a post of yourself eating a lollipop and tag it #nationallollipopday
“Sunshine, lollipops, and rainbows, everything that’s wonderful is sure to come your way…”
- Leslie Gore
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