Dum Dums (lollipop)

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Unwrapped Dum Dums
Assorted wrapped Dum Dums

Dum Dums (stylized as Dum•Dums) are an American brand of spherical lollipops.


Dum Dums originated from Akron Candy Company in Bellevue, Ohio, in 1924.[1] I.C. Bahr, the early sales manager of the company, named them, thinking "Dum Dums" was a phrase any child could say. In 1953, Dum Dums were purchased by the Spangler Candy Company and moved manufacturing to Bryan, Ohio.[2]

Initially, there were 7 flavors: lemon, lime, orange, coconut-pineapple, cherry, grape, and butterscotch.[1]

Spangler once experimented with plastic sticks instead of the current paper sticks, but they were met with complaints of potential injury due to the possible breakage of the unbending plastic in manufacturing leading to plastic fragments in the candy.[2]


Dum Dums are now made in 16 flavors, with new flavors rotating into the mix every so often.[3] The "Mystery Flavor" is the result of the end of one batch mixing with the next batch, rather than stopping production to clean machines in between flavors.[4]

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  1. ^ a b "Dum Dums Flavor History". Archived from the original on 2015-03-22. Retrieved 15 November 2017.
  2. ^ a b "Dum Dums FAQs | Dum Dums Questions". www.dumdumpops.com. Retrieved 2017-11-15.
  3. ^ "Dum Dums Flavor History". Dum Dums. Spangler Candy Company. Archived from the original on 25 February 2015. Retrieved 15 November 2017.
  4. ^ "What is the Mystery Flavor of Dum Dums?". Article. Mental Floss. Retrieved 19 June 2015.

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