Jun 6, 2010

D is for Dum Dum Pops

Did you know that Dum Dum Pops have been around since 1924?!

Dum Dums are cute little, ball-shaped suckers which come in various colors and flavors. There were 7 original flavors including: lemon, lime, orange, coconut-pineapple, *cherry, *grape and *butterscotch.

Dum Dum Pops were originally made, back in 1924, by the Akron Candy Company in Bellevue, Ohio. An early sales manager of the company named the pops Dum Dum because he thought it would be easy for all children to say.

In 1953, the Spangler Candy Company purchased the Dum Dum Pop from the Akron Candy Company and moved production to Bryan, Ohio. Spangler Candy are also the makers of candy canes, Saf-T-Pops, and Circus Peanuts. (Yum!)

Fun Facts:
  • Many new flavors have been added to the Dum Dum flavor line-up including: *Root Beer, *Strawberry, Chocolate, Banana, Raspberry, Black Cherry, *Cream Soda, Pineapple, *Watermelon, Peach, Lime, *Sour Apple, *Blu Raspberry, Orange Cream, Fruit Punch, Buttered Popcorn, *Bubble Gum, *Cotton Candy, Cherry Cola, Pink Lemonade, *Mango, *Tangerine,*Coconut, *Strawberry Shortcake, and *Banana Split.
  • Bags of Dum Dum Pops do not contain all 25 flavors. The flavors are cycled in and out (pretty much according to the whim of the company). Current bags of Dum Dums contain 16 different flavors, (each indicated here by an *asterisk) plus the mystery flavor. 
  • You can go online to the spanglercandycompany.com and order boxes containing 120 pops of your single favorite flavor (i.e., if your favorite flavor is Banana Split, order a box containing 120 Banana Split flavored Dum Dums).
  • The mystery pop is a mixture of two flavors (the end of one batch of candy meets the beginning of the next batch). Candy making lines are continuous and the switch over from one flavor to another results in some pops containing both flavors.
  • There is a free Dum Dum Pops game to play on your iphone. 
Watch this Food Network Unwrapped video from youtube.com to see how they make Dum Dum Pops.

Source: dumdumpops.com
Leftover Halloween Candy
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