The world's favorite candy is blasting off again. These iconic lollipops have been gone since 2004 but have now returned.
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. [continued below]
[continued from above] 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!
Astro Pop Memories
When my brothers and sisters were young we used to have to drive from Las Cruces Nm, to Silver City NM and it took about and hour each way. We used to go every weekend to visit my dad who worked in a mine there. There was a KOA store and they had Astro Pops for what must have been very cheap because there were five of us kids and we all would get several every trip. We would try to save one for the ride 'home'.
Now this was back when Astro pops were the other way on the stick, with the wider point near the base... My family is convinced they changed the design just because of the five of us kids. We would have a weekly competition to see who could get the sharpest 'point' by licking their astro pop to a most deadly status. We judged the 'sharpest' point by poking each other with the tips. Needless to say with five kids this turned to much craziness and the pops were finally outlawed by my mom.
All five of us are grown and we have hooked our kids on astros too so now the cousins will have to figure out how to get a sharp point with the end reversed the way it is. ~ Nicole from Georgia