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Lollipops, a sweet concoction of sugar and flavoring, has existed since the times of Ancient Egypt. Lollipops, although not called that at the time, have been used not only as a sweet dessert but also as a way to distribute medicine to kids.

Nowadays, people enjoy lollipops whenever they have a sweet tooth coming on, so why not make a holiday about it! Lollipop Day celebrates the invention of the lollipop, how it brightens every childhood and makes everyone happy! 

History of Lollipop Day

The art of boiling sugar into candy has been around for ages, as it has been flavored, colored, and shaped according to the preferences of its time. The term lollipop didn’t occur until the late 18th century, as it referred to sweets, specifically, “something that one popped into one’s mouth”  rather than what people associate today as a ball of flavored sugar on a stick. Putting a stick into hard candy didn’t occur until the 20th century when modern machinery was taking fold.

The first instances of the creation were thought of by a confectioner named George Smith. In 1892, he created lollipops and sold them to the public, although he did not call it a lollipop. Around the same time, the McAviney Candy Company stumbled upon the idea as well and began mass-producing lollipops in 1905. 

It wasn’t until 1932 that the Bradley Smith Company patented the name “lollipop” for their candy on a stick. By the time the company began producing these sweets, the Great Depression hit, which quickly decreased the lollipop’s popularity. However, the lollipop amazingly still remained alive, and since then, people still buy lollipops to this day.

These candied sweets are the symbol of childhood, as they are easy to create, can contain a wide variety of flavors, and can be filled with fillings such as tootsie rolls and bubble gum. This sweet confection satisfies everyone’s sweet tooth, and each year, people observe this treat by purchasing and enjoying a lollipop! 

How to Celebrate Lollipop Day 

Celebrate Lollipop Day by popping a lollipop in your mouth! Purchase a bag full of lollipops from your local supermarket, grocery store, or vintage candy shop!

If you’re on vacation, head on over to a fairground or boardwalk and get the biggest, most colorful lollipop you can find. Learn about the history of lollipops and tell everyone about it.

Try your hand at making your own lollipops! Add whatever flavors you want and make sweet perfection, and when you’re done, share this holiday with friends and host a lollipop party!