With National Lollipop Day Approaching, Here Are the Best Lollipops for Kids

If there's one thing kids love, it's candy. And with National Lollipop Day coming up on July 20th, it's the perfect time for kids--and adults--to indulge in the popular, sugary sweet. For most parents, lollipops seem to be the perfect treat to give to their kids. They're sweet and colorful, they're portable, they don't melt (unless they're trapped in a hot car all day), and they can be found just about anywhere, from banks to gas stations to family get-togethers. But with so many options, what are some of the best lollipops to offer kids?

  1. Unicorn Pops

A favorite in modern times, unicorn pops are swirly, rainbow-colored pops in the shape of a unicorn's horn. Some kids prefer the unusual texture and large surface area, which means they're getting a bigger treat for the price. The pops are typically swirled with a variety of colors, making them as fun to admire as they are to eat. And the unicorn-inspired shape is the perfect way for kids to inject a little fantasy into their lives.

  1. Rock Candy Sticks

They're a little unconventional, but rock candy sticks (or "swizzle sticks") are a sugary, crystallized treat that resembles quartz crystals. These sticks come in a whole spectrum of colors and flavors and offer a specific crunch and texture that can't be found with other sweets. The simpler, less-cartoonish appearance might also endear them to older kids who think they're "too cool" for lollipops.

  1. Blow Pops

A classic childhood favorite, Blow Pops offer a chewy bubble gum center surrounded by a hard candy shell. The pops come in a variety of flavors, from sweet and fruity to super sour. Kids will enjoy licking off the candy shell--or, in some cases, biting into it whole--and finishing the treat with a piece of bubble gum. In other words, it's two treats for the price of one.

  1. Ring Pops

A Ring Pop is a hard, jewel-shaped piece of candy on a plastic ring, giving kids a treat and a fun way to play pretend. They're also easier to handle and keep track of than traditional stick lollipops, although some kids manage to make a mess regardless. In any case, kids love pretending to be the proud new owners of a massive gemstone on their fingers. And when playtime is over, they've got the perfect treat for the car ride home.

  1. Tootsie Pops

Like the Blow Pops, Tootsie Pops hide a surprise treat inside the candy shell--this time, a delicious Tootsie Roll. This iconic treat has been around for decades, appearing at countless school parties and in Halloween baskets. As the famous commercial states: "How many licks does it take to get to the center of a Tootsie Pop?" The answer is one--as most kids don't want to wait and bite right into the shell!

  1. Push Pop Lollipops

Push Pop Lollipops to take the candy game a bit further by offering a hard candy cylinder that you push up through a tube--similar. It's more hands-on than other varieties, but it's also cleaner, as it comes with a tube and a cap so your child can save whatever they don’t finish for later.

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