This holiday is for suckers! Whether you like those fun flavors of Dum Dum pops (from Cream Soda to Cotton Candy), or like giant lollipops that you’ll never finish, celebrate with a lollipop today.
Lollipops facts and numbers, courtesy of the National Confectioners Association
- 40 per minute – Number of lollipops the first lollipop machines could produce
- 5,900 per minute – Number of lollipops today’s machines produce
- More than 15 feet tall with stick – height of the world’s largest lollipop
- 18.9 inches – Thickness of the world’s largest lollipop
- 4,031 lbs (including the stick) – Weight of the world’s largest lollipop
Popular Lollipop Flavors
Which pops do you pull out of a bag of Dum Dums or a birthday party treat bag first? The list is always changing, but as of today the most popular flavors of Dum Dums are:
- Blu [sic] Raspberry
- Cotton Candy
- Cream Soda
Even more interesting are the flavors consumers would like to see in a bag of Dum Dums:
1. Bacon – The idea of meat-flavored candy is pretty disgusting. Yes, meat-lovers seem to love the idea of bacon on everything and bacon-flavored everything. There are bacon-flavored jelly beans available, so why not lollipops?
2. Dr. Pepper – It’s not suprising to see a soda flavor on the list. There are two. Some of the best Dum Dum pops are the flavors that come from soda inculding cream soda and root beer. They could add a Birch Beer flavor, too, that might be easier than any type of licensing assocaited with landing a Dr. Pepper flavor profile.
3. Cherry Coke
4. Pineapple – This is one of the original Dum Dum pop combination flavors. Pineapple has been dropped and added more times than Mitt Romney has changed his agenda. According to Spangler’s
Dum Dum Flavor History, here is pineapple’s timeline:
1953 – Coconut-pineapple pop introduced.
1970 – Coconut-pineapple and black cherry were dropped and pineapple was added.
2005 – Coconut-pineapple was brought back.
2008 – Ashlynn Coconut was added and Coconut-Pineapple, along with Coconut were removed.
5. Peanut Butter – It’s unlikely Spangler will add peanut butter to its lollipop flavor profile. Spangler, the company which owns Dum Dum pops is seriously committed to creating allergen-free treats. Anyone who has an allergy to peanuts can safely eat Dum Dum pops. Dum Dums are also free from gluten, nuts (peanuts are a legume), and milk.
July 20, 2012 is also
Ugly Truck Day
Special Olympics Anniversary