Dum Dum Pop
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A Dum Dum Pop (or simply, Dum Dum) is a sphere-shaped lollipop named by I.C. Bahr, a Sales Manager at the Akron Candy Company in Bellevue, Ohio, in 1924. In 1953 the Dum Dum Pop was purchased by the Spangler Candy Company and moved manufacturing to Bryan, Ohio.
How Dum Dums are Made
Dum Dums are made from a mixture of sugar and corn syrup. Dry sugar is brought to the candy factory in a train rail car. The sugar is removed from the rail car by using clean hot water. The corn syrup is brought to the candy factory in heated tanker trucks. The liquid sugar and corn syrup are pumped from storage tanks to a pre-cooker and then the cooking process starts. The mixture is pumped to the final cooker and cooked under a vacuum. The vacuum removes moisture and heat from the candy. After the candy is cooked it is placed in a large mixer and the color, flavor, and citric or malic acids are mixed into the batch. The citric acid reduces the sweetness and makes the flavor stronger. Malic acid enhances the flavor of non-citrus flavors. The flavors used in Dum Dums can be natural, natural & artificial, or artificial. The components of these flavors are derived from fruits and have been approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA). After these ingredients are added, the batch is mixed. It is put into a batch roller which extrudes the candy into a press. The press forms the lollipop head and inserts the stick. After the candy is formed it is cooled so that it can harden. Following cooling, the pops are transported to the wrapping machines on conveyor belts. From the wrapping station, the Dum Dums are transferred to either a bagging or boxing operation and then stored in a climate-controlled warehouse until they are shipped to a distributor or retailer. To view an infographic and video of the manufacturing process click here.
Dum Dums are made in sixteen flavors with new flavors rotating into the mix every so often. The Mystery Flavor continuously changes and according to Spangler Candy Company, the mystery flavor is not limited to the current Dum Dums flavor mix. The flavor is created when production switches from one flavor to another. Instead of taking the time to clean out machinery, two different flavors are merged, meaning a mystery flavor can be a different combination every time.
- Lemon (original flavor, 1953–2000)
- Lime (original flavor, 1953–1991)
- Orange (original flavor, 1953–2000, 2011–Present)
- Coconut-Pineapple (original flavor, 1953–1970, 2005–2008)
- Cherry (original flavor, 1953–Present)
- Grape (original flavor, 1953–Present)
- Butterscotch (original flavor, 1953–Present)
- Root Beer (1953–1961, 1968–Present)
- Strawberry (1954–Present)
- Chocolate (1955-1960, 1966–1975, 2002–2008)
- Banana (1960–1966, 2005–2008)
- Raspberry (1961–1968, 1975–1982)Vote for flavors
- Black Cherry (1968–1970)
- Cream Soda (1968–Present)
- Pineapple (1970–2001)
- Watermelon (1982–Present)
- Peach (1987–2002)
- Sour Apple (1991–2000, 2001–Present)
- Blu Raspberry (1995–Present)
- Orange Cream (2000–2002)
- Fruit Punch (2001–2002, 2011–Present)
- Buttered Popcorn (2001)
- Bubble Gum (2002–Present)
- Cotton Candy (2002–Present)
- Cherry Cola (2005–2009)
- Pink Lemonade (2005–2009)
- Coconut (2008–2010)
- Tangerine (2008–2011)
- Mango (2008–2013)
- Banana Split (2009–2011)
- Strawberry Shortcake (2009–2011)
- Blueberry (2010–Present)
- Dulce de Leche (2011–2013)
- Raspberry Lemonade (2013–Present)
- Peach-Mango (2013–Present)
- Mystery (2001–Present)
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Dum Dums Drum Man
The Spangler Candy Dum Dums Drum Man was born in April 1966. He was developed by the Howard Swink Advertising Agency of Marion, Ohio, who was hired by Spangler Candy to create an image that would enhance public recognition of the Dum Dums brand. The Drum Man quickly became known through appearances in trade journal and other magazine advertisements, on Dum Dums bags and shipping cartons, and through a regional television ad campaign. Over the years, the Dum Dums Drum Man's appearance has been periodically updated to its more modern, animated look today. In 1986, a Drum Man costume was developed, allowing the Drum Man to "come to life". The live Drum Man made its debut in the National Candy Wholesalers Association show in St. Louis, Missouri. Since then, the Drum Man has traveled all over the United States. The Drum Man has appeared at local, regional, and national events, including store openings, trade shows, benefits, school visits, and various other public appearances. For many years the Drum Man has greeted friends with a white-gloved wave and delighted children by leaning over for a face-to-face greeting and to receive a hug. The Drum Man always carries Dum Dums and happily shares them with anyone walking by.
About Spangler Candy Company
In 1906 Arthur G. Spangler acquired the Gold Leaf Baking Powder Company for $450, and moved the operation to Bryan, Ohio, where he changed the name to Spangler Manufacturing Company. Spangler Candy Company is a privately held U.S. confectionery manufacturer and employs about 450 people in the U.S. and 200 in a co-manufacturing facility in Juarez, Mexico. A major manufacturer of lollipops, candy canes, and circus peanuts, Spangler Candy distributes products nationally through grocery, drug, mass market, club stores, and candy wholesalers.
- "What Is the Mystery Flavor of Dum Dums?". Retrieved 13 March 2013.
- "Dum Dums Flavor History". Dum Dums. Spangler Candy Company. Retrieved 7 July 2013.