We Represent the Lollipop Guild

And we’ve come to tell you this is Lollipop Day!

July 20, 2011: National Lollipop Day – at least for those of us in the U.S. Ironically, in Oz your mileage may differ.

I’m a big believer in lollipops. They’re not cupcakes, mind, but in a pinch they’ll do just fine. When I was little, Tootsie Pops and those unicorn pops you get at Disneyland were among my favorites.  See’s Lollipops have edged them out in the past few decades, however. (The butterscotch ones in particular.)

Some (shamelessly stolen) facts about Lollipops:

– The name “lollipop,” as used to describe a piece of candy on a stick, was first trademarked in 1931. (The trademark was probably lost to genericide, which is the legal term for loss of a trademark because the term ceases to identify a particular source of goods and becomes a term used to describe all goods within a given class.)

loli phaba is a Romani (Romany to some) term used to describe toffee apples prepared and sold on sticks – and is a possible source term for “lollipop”

– popsicles were originally called “ice lollies” or “ice lollipops” because of their similarity to the candy treat.

What’s your favorite lolly? Pop into the comments and let me know!