Posted on September 08, 2016
Astro Pop candy lollipop is a rocket shaped lollipop that is said to be one of the most popular and longest lasting candy suckers of all time. The Astro Pop lollipop was being made by the Spangler company, but was discontinued in September of 2004. It is now back being made by Leaf and is 50% larger! Cherry, Passion Fruit and Pineapple flavored pops are 1.5oz each.
Astro Pops History
Astro Pops were first made in 1963 after two ‘Rocket Scientists’ working on the space program in El Segundo, Ca decided to quit their jobs and create the Astro Pop®, modeling the pop after a three-stage rocket. Being actual ‘Rocket Scientists’ they built special equipment to make the cone-wrappers at high-speed along with other equipment made by hand.
Astro Pops® were very unusual to manufacture because the cone-wrapper became the mold for the candy. Hot candy was poured directly into the wrapper, then a paper stick was added and capped off with a layer of wax. Astro Pops were created at the perfect time in history when the ‘Space Race’ was in full force, kids were drinking Tang® and eating Astro Pops®, dreaming of going into space. Millions and millions of Astro Pops® were sold!