If you’re a sucker for suckers, then National Lollipop Day is a holiday worth drooling over.
Personally, I’ve always been drawn to foods on a stick—corndogs, popsicles, and more recently pie pops. However, lollipops reserve a special place in my heart not only for their simplicity, but also for their ability to transcend time and culture with their versatility and novel nature.
This popular candy-on-a-stick dates all the way back to the Middle Ages when nobility would eat boiled sugar with the help of sticks or handles. In more recent times this handheld treat has undergone numerous culinary makeovers from the heath conscious vitamin-infused lollipops to decadent red velvet filled pops. Lollipops have even graced the menus of some the world’s most upscale and experimental restaurants a subtle nod to their roots among the noble class.
What better way to celebrate the little things in life than whipping up a batch of homemade lollies that are sure to sweeten up any case of the doldrums. Celebrate solo (pops of the store-bought variety make this easy to do) or get the lollipop gild together for a full on lick-a-thon. Some games you might want to include are a blindfolded flavor-guessing contest, a race to see who can eat a lollipop the fastest without biting it, or if you’re up for the challenge, you and your guests can set out to find out just how many licks it takes to get to the center of a Tootsie Pop.
Craft master Cindy Louh over at Skip to My Lou shares a sweet and simple sucker recipe that is perfect for celebrating National Lollipop Day. Candy molds come in a wide variety of shapes and sizes making it easy add a little bit of pop to any celebration you may have. Cindy’s darling flower-shaped lollipops are perfect seasonal confection.
Here at Celebrations we like everything with a twist, from cupcakes to cocktails there’s nothing we won’t put a fresh spin on. This Cookie Pop recipe by cookie queen and Celebrations contributor, Meaghan Mountford is a fun and festive way to pay homage to the treat that has been around for centuries and will surely stick around for many more. You can also find other far out lollipop recipes on Meaghan's blog, The Decorated Cookie.