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The traditional lollipop is the hard candy on a stick. But nowadays, more modern and novelty lollipops are on the market. There are some with hard candy on rings and as pendants on necklaces; others have a number of shapes, sizes and colours. Additionally, there are lollipops that have a chocolate or bubble gum surprise at the center though some can even glow. Some people say that at least some form of the conventional lollipop existed since the 1800s and in that time frame, there were a lot of stories made about the creation of the lollipop. Charles Dickens, together with other writers in his time, describes a certain sweet lozenge in their stories, although it has no stick. It’s also believed that small pieces of hard candy were put on the ends of children’s pencils for them to enjoy during the time of the Civil War.

A guy named George Smith claimed that he invented the first modern lollipop in 1908. He explained that his motive for the idea 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 company called Racine Confectioners Machinery Company was called on by an East Coast candy manufacturer to make a particular machine that would be able to produce hard candy while adding a pole in it. This was once the Racine, Wis., manufacturing company claimed that they created the first lollipop making machine. The machine they made automatic and sped up the lollipop making process and was able to generate at least forty lollipops in one minute.

However, in 1916, another man named Samuel Born claimed of having invented the first lollipop making machine. Samuel Born managed to automate the lollipop making process by producing the”Born Sucker Machine”. This system could automatically insert a stick into hard candy. Because of the stick feature, the confection soared in sales and popularity resulting in the fast growing and independent manufacture of lollipops in California. As a reward for his invention, Samuel Born was given the keys to the city of San Francisco.

The process of earning a lollipop is simple and very similar to the way most candy products are created but with an additional step. The first step is when the candy manufacturers place ingredients like sugar and corn syrup to boilers where they are mixed and melted together. When cooked, the desired colors and flavors are added to the hot mixture. Modern lollipops often 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 in place, the soft candy is cooled to harden and secure the sticks. These are then individually wrapped, packaged and ready for shipping to candy stores around the country.

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