The traditional lollipop is the hard candy on a stick. But nowadays, more modern and novelty lollipops are on the market. There are a few with hard candy on rings and as pendants on necklaces; others have a variety of shapes, sizes and colors. There are also lollipops that have a chocolate or bubble gum surprise at the center while some can even glow. Some people say that at least some form of the traditional lollipop existed since the 1800s and in the time period, there were a lot of stories made about the creation of the lollipop. Charles Dickens, along with other writers in his time, describes a certain sweet lozenge in their tales, though it has no stick. It’s also believed that little pieces of hard candy were placed on the endings of children’s pencils for them to enjoy during the time of the Civil War.
A man named George Smith claimed he invented the first modern lollipop in 1908. He said that his reason for the notion of placing a stick on hard candy was to make the candy easier to handle and eat. His Lollipops sold very well until the Great Depression. During this period however, he stopped production and lost the trademark for the name’lollipop’.
Also in 1908, a manufacturing firm called Racine Confectioners Machinery Company was called by an East Coast candy manufacturer to make a certain machine that would be able to produce hard candy when adding a stick in it. This was once the Racine, Wis., manufacturing company claimed they created the first lollipop making machine. The machine they made automatic and sped up the lollipop making process and has been able to generate at least forty lollipops in a single minute.
Samuel Born was able to automate the lollipop making process by creating the”Born Sucker Machine”. This machine could automatically insert a stick into hard candy. Due to the pole feature, the confection soared in sales and popularity resulting in the rapidly growing and independent manufacture of lollipops in California. As a reward for his creation, Samuel Born was awarded the keys to the city of San Francisco.
The process of making a lollipop is easy and very similar to the way most candy products are made but with an added step. The first step is when the candy makers place ingredients like sugar and corn syrup into boilers where they are blended and melted together. Modern lollipops frequently have various shapes and sizes and the batch rollers are altered to form the desired lollipop head. The rollers form the heads of the lollipops and then sticks are inserted into them. When the sticks are set up, the soft candy is chilled to harden and secure the sticks. These are then individually wrapped, packaged and prepared for shipping to candy stores around the country.