Posted at 10:26 AM ET, 07/20/2011

National Lollipop Day: Free lollipops for all!


Lollipop Motel in Wildwood, N.J. (Carol M. Highsmith)
Lollipop: the tip of the tongue taking a trip of three steps down the palate to tap, at two, on the teeth and then, whoosh, a percussive explosion of air forcing the opening of lips. Lol. Li. Pop.

Maybe Vladi­mir Nabokov wasn’t referring to America’s favorite confectionery on a stick when he wrote “Lolita,” but he should have been.

Today is a day of celebration for the beloved lollipop, pop, lolly, sucker, sticky-pop, or whatever it’s called where you come from.

Like most unnecessary-but-wonderful holidays, the origins of National Lollipop Day are unknown.

But we know this much: Humans have been enjoying lollipops ever since the caveman days, in the form of honey on a stick. And the candy got its name when the owner of a small, American candy shop named George Smith, whose favorite racehorse was named Lolly Pop, made a version closer to what we suck on today.

In honor of the day, See’s Candies is giving out free lollipops around the country. Find out the closest See’s shop to you here.

People are also tweeting about it. Lil Wayne is dancing about it. Mika is singing about it. As for me, I’m replaying the Chordettes, who taught a whole generation to love the sticky sweet. Watch:

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