July 20, National Lollipop Day

Lollipops come in all kinds of flavors and styles. Some are just simple, small affairs with flat, fruity-flavored candy stuck on a stuck. Some of them are round and some have caramel, or gum or even insects or food inside them. Lollipops have also been around for a very, very long time. While exactly what the first candy really was is probably lost to history, when it comes to manufactured confectionaries, the lollipop is probably one of the oldest.

Some information from CandyAddcit.com:

“The name lollipop was first coined by George Smith, owner of a confectionery business called the Bradley Smith Company. George Smith named the stick candy after his favorite race horse Lolly Pop. George Smith trademarked the name lollipop in 1931, the name has since fallen into public domain. However, George Smith’s story of how he thought up the name might be a true horse tail, since in the northern part of England, “lolly” means “tongue” and the word lollipop may have first originated in England. George Smith still was the only person to trademark the name Lollipop.”

July 20 is National Lollipop Day. It’s a day to celebrate candy. These kind of holidays serve to remind us that life is full of fun as well as work. Yes, work is important, but taking the time to admire the sweet things, the fun things, the things that make the work all worthwhile, is important as well.

So, enjoy a Lollipop on Tuesday, July 20. Maybe buy two and share one with a friend or co-worker.

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