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Who invented ring pops?

Another birthday and another fun object for my Daily Doodle! Ring Pops! Can you believe it? When was the last time you had one of those things?!

Ring pops were invented in the 1970's by Frank Richards. Frank was a product engineer for Topps, the baseball card company, and it is said he created the ring pop as a way to break the habit of kids sucking their thumb. His daughter struggled with the habit. Now, I don't know about you, but I might prefer my child suck their thumb over a sugary sucker... but I am glad Ring Pops are a thing.

A novelty candy for sure, these sugary gems came out in the years several of the well known candies made their debut... Twix, Bubble Yum, York peppermint patties... Perhaps it was the movie "Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory" (1971 version with Gene Wilder) that spurred a candy invention stream.

These fun and sugar-filled candies have been enjoyed by generations. The Ring Pop is no different. Quite possibly staking claim as the single most romantic candy a person could give their significant other.

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