NATIONAL LOLLIPOP DAY
July 20th, National Lollipop Day, is an annual observation of this popular and flavorful treat.
Lollipops come in many colors, flavors and shapes. They range from the small size, which can be purchased by the bag full and are also given away at banks, barber shops and parades, to the very large ones that are made out of candy canes twisted into circles.
The history of the first lollipops in America is unclear. Some speculate that they were invented during the American Civil War (1861-1865) while others believe lollipops have been around since the early 1800′s. Most often, it is George Smith who gets the credit for inventing the modern style lollipop in 1908 and he trademarked the lollipop name in 1931. His idea of putting candy on a stick was to make it easier to eat. The name came from a popular racing horse at the time, Lolly Pops.
Enjoy a lollipop today to celebrate. Post on social media using #NationalLollipopDay.
National Lollipop Day, an “unofficial” national holiday, is sponsored by the National Confectioners Association.