Who created the first lollipop?
The history of the lollipop is a bit vague. Some think that lollipops were invented during the American Civil War. Others believe that a version of the lollipop has been around since the early 1800s. What is known is that in 1905, the owner of the McAviney Candy Company may have stumbled upon the lollipop by accident. The company made boiled hard candies that were stirred with a stick, and at day’s end, the owner brought the sticks covered with the candy home for his children to enjoy. It wasn’t until 1908 that he began to market these candy sticks in his store.
In 1908, in Racine, Wisconsin, the first lollipop machine was developed by the Racine Confectionary Company. They created a machine that put hard candy on the end of a stick at the rate of 2,400 sticks per hour. At the time, the owners believed that they could produce enough candies on a stick in a single week to supply the nation’s demand for an entire year.
Also in 1908, George Smith, owner of a confectionary company called the Bradley Smith Company, took credit for inventing the modern version of the lollipop. In 1931, he took the next step and trademarked the term ‘lollipop.” It is said that he borrowed the name from a famous racehorse of the time named Lolly Pop.
And how are lollipops made?
Making lollipops is simple. First, candy makers mix and heat sugar and corn syrup. Once cooked, bright colors and wonderful flavors are added. The sticky mixture then goes to a batch roller and press. This process forms the head of the lollipop and the machine inserts the sticks. The lollipops are then cooled, wrapped and are ready to find their way to a candy store near you.
Lollipops are one of the most popular candies. Companies such as Dum Dums in Bryan, Ohio, and Hammond’s in Denver, Colorado offer daily tours so you can see firsthand how they are made.