Recently, we had another reader who was stumped about a candy she remembered and came to us to help figure it out. Here is what Rosario said:
Can’t find this lollipop. It has three flavors the largest flavor was pineapple,then sour apple and the smallest amount of cherry. and it was cone shaped.
Ok, that’s not a lot to go on so I interrogated her and got this in the next email and then it was clear what she remembered:
- Approximate year you had the candy?1988-91
- Was the candy purchased individually or in a pack/bag of multiples? individually
- What was the wrapping like? Colors? Designs? Paper? Foil? etc…… i think that it may be clear wrapping, plastic.
- What was the size of the candy? Individual pieces? a bar? etc. If i remember right it was about as long as a regular size snicker bar, and the circumference of the end with the paper stick was about the size of a quarter, the other end was smaller then a pencil’s erasers. It was shaped like like a knights jousting weapon.
- The the main flavor was pineapple, then something green and down by the paper stick it was red.
Has anyone else figured it out?
It’s an Astro Pop! The one thing I remember about Astro Pops (besides they were tasty) is that if you bit into them your teeth would stick like super glue. In researching them for this article I found out some interesting things about Astro Pops:
- Astro Pops were reputed to be the longest lasting lollipop on earth
- Astro Pops were discontinued in September of 2004 by Spangler Candy (makers of the super small Dum-Dum lollipops)
- Astro Pops originally were pointy-side up but were changed to have the flat side up, reportedly because the pointy side was dangerous to children. When the inversion redesign occurred, the company removed the paraffin wax that used to be at the bottom
And now, the best news of all – Astro Pops are coming back in early 2011 (SOON!). Yes, you will soon be able to get Astro Pops again (the new GIANT Astro Pop is available now)!
NOTE: If you have a candy you remember from your childhood and can’t remember the name – email us for help!