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National Lollipop Day
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How many licks does it take to get the center of a lollipop?
National Lollipop Day

When: July 20th

Where: United States

Traditional Celebration Ideas

Make a trip to the local grocery store or corner convenient store and buy the most attractive lollipop you can find.  Of course you could go with the tootsie roll type, and keep track of how many licks and licks it takes to get to the center of the stick.  You could try to make you own by getting the recipe from a sweet book and buying all the ingredients necessary to create your colorful masterpiece.


The famous dum dum factories make 12 million lollipops per day, and sell 2.4 billion each year.  Many can be found for free, given away to small children by friendly bank tellers.


Lollipop's are a type of sugary hard candy mounted on a stick and consumed by sucking or licking. Lollipops are available in many flavors and shapes and are usually found in very exotic colors. Some lollipops are filled with bubble gum, sweet liquids, or even mealworms embedded.... yes mealworms!  Some producers pride themselves on the variety of flavors such as Dum Dums famous 16 different flavors. Lollipops or candy on a stick have been created numerous times in numerous ways. The invention of the modern lollipop is not exactly known, although many different American companies and individuals have tried to take credit for it since the early 1900's.  The first type of candy on a stick that we know about in history and the one that looks most like what we consider lollipops in modern times, go all the way back to the Middle Ages, when the nobles would lick boiled sugar with the help of sticks used as a type of handle.

Interesting Facts

  1. One of the most popular lollipop ever made in the United States is the Chocolate tootsie roll.
  2. Blow Pops are know to take the longest to consume as they take the most licks to get to the center of the stick.
  3. In 2012, See's Candy in honor of National Lollipop Day, created a 7,003-pound version of their chocolate lollipop!
  4. There are about 100 Varieties of Lollipops in the today's marketplace.
  5. George Smith started making Lollipops in 1908.


  • July 20th
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