National Lollipop Day

National Lollipop Day - Saturday, July 20, 2024

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Without a doubt, National Lollipop Day on July 20 is a day that children of all ages can celebrate. We’re looking at you, grandparents — relive some childhood memories! People in the Midwest call lollipops suckers but they go by other names as well — lolly, or sticky pop. They come in many flavors but mostly fruit flavors for licking or biting. Lollipops are made of flavored sucrose, water, and corn syrup that are hardened on a stick.

National Lollipop Day timeline


Pop Patent

George Smith, who says he invented the idea of putting candy on a stick, patents the term "lollipop" (though it's now in the public domain)


The Industrial Pop-alution

The Racine Confectionery Machine Company invents a machine that can produce 2,400 pop per minute

17th Century

English Suckers

The English put sticks in boiled sugar candies to make them easier to eat

Ancient Times

Honey Sticks

Ancient peoples across the world ate honey off of sticks, the earliest precursors to lollipops

5 Tasty Facts About Dum Dums

  1. 12 Million

    Today there are 12 million Dum Dums made per day

  2. North American Specialty

    Dum Dums are sold mainly in the U.S., but also some in Mexico, Canada, and a few other countries.

  3. What's in a Name

    Dum Dums got their name because the sales manager decided it was a word any kid could say

  4. GF

    Dum Dums are gluten free

  5. It's a Mystery

    The famed Mystery Flavor is a mixture of the two flavors that come together between batches on the machine

National Lollipop Day Activities

  1. Buy yourself a pop

    Buy one or two lollipops for yourself today. You'll feel like a little kid with a sucker in your mouth, and the sweet taste will make you smile.

  2. Share some pops

    What's better than having a lollipop on your own? Sharing lollipops with friends! Buy a bag of lollipops to share with friends all day, and if you're feeling especially generous, you can share them with strangers, too!

  3. Do some science

    Count how many licks you take on a Tootsie Pop to reach the Tootsie Roll center. Purdue University, the University of Michigan, and Swarthmore Junior High School have conducted studies on this very project and each has reached a different answer. The world may never know the true answer.

Why We Love National Lollipop Day

  1. Lollipops come in many shapes and sizes

    Popular brands are Dum Dums, Saf-T-Pops, Charms, Tootsie Roll Pops, and Tootsie Pops. Oh, it’s impossible to pick a favorite. Sugar Daddy is America’s oldest and most popular milk caramel lollipop.

  2. They make us nostalgic

    Lollipops remind older adults of Theo Kojak, a hard-nosed New York City detective, who always put a lollipop, specifically a Tootsie Pop, in his mouth. The “Kojak” television series ran from 1973-1978. Kojak’s catchphrase of “Who loves ya, baby?” can be heard in many places worldwide.

  3. They're famous

    Shirley Temple sang “On the Good Ship Lollipop” in the 1934 movie “Bright Eyes.” The “Wizard of Oz” introduced the Lollipop Guild that welcomed Dorothy to the Land of Oz with a giant spiral sucker. Artists celebrate this day as well. As far back as 1855 James Campbell painted “The Lollipop.” Louis-Nicholas Darbon of the United Kingdom painted “The Girl With the Lollipop.”

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