Ring Pops were invented in the late 1970s by a man named Frank Richards who was a product engineer at the Topps Company. He wanted to help his daughter in breaking her thumb-sucking habit, so he invented the Ring Pop as a treat to eliminate her childish addiction. ( Wilson, Laurnie. “A Ring Pop History”. Candy Favorites.)
In the videos below, PLTW IED Master Teacher Corey Duzan features three different ways to make a ring pop in 3D modelling software: Autodesk Inventor, Autodesk Fusion 360, and OnShape. OnShape is a FREE new-comer to 3D modelling market and is browser based. Works great on a chromebook. Thanks for the TNT Tuesday series on Youtube Corey!
Ring Pop is the brand name given to a lollipop that is in the shape of a diamond ring. These are both delicious and gorgeous to look at, becoming a favorite with many boys and girls, even adults. Invented in the year 1977 and first sold in 1979, the Ring Pop is made with fruit juices that have been hardened to give it the various flavors it has. These flavors consist of natural fruit concentrates in addition to, or sometimes only, artificial flavors. At times artificial flavors were used in the to minimize the cost of production whilst keeping the same taste.
Ring Pops were presented in a new and exciting way to the public, it was also designed to give consumers a very interactive product and one which could be extremely appealing to a younger user base. The ring Pop is fixed on the top of a ring made from plastic polymer which was easily able to slip onto the fingers of children. Ring Pops were designed to be worn and consumed at the same time, and this a key selling point. The marketing spin of Ring Pops was to challenge the dull way in which lollipops were commonly presented in 1979, as a block of candy stuck onto a thin wooden or plastic stick.
Ring Pop’s inventor was an ’employee of Topps named Frank Richards. Richards was the head in the sector of the company responsible for developing and releasing new lines of products for Topps. Legend states that the reason the ring pop was invented is due to Richards experiences during fatherhood. He had brought up a young daughter who had become addicted to sucking her thumb, a rather common thing with children, but concerning if it continues on for too long. In an attempt to halt the habit, Richard produced a new type of lollipop which would provide a better substitute to his daughter then sucking her thumb.
This lollipop ring was designed for Frank’s daughter to be a functional piece of jewelry, which could be worn and be licked simultaneously. It was also intended to be marketable to the public and the idea was shared with the company. The product was officially launched as a range from the Pennsylvania manufacturing branch of Topps in 1979, and incorporated various flavors such as melon, strawberry and cherry. Cherry ring pops appear to be one of the best sellers, watermelon ring pops seem to be very popular also. At first the marketing for the Ring pop was directed mainly amongst young girls. However the product also became a huge hit amongst young boys, and the marketing changed to reflect that in later promotions.
This new lollipop saw immense success among all the states in America. The young population of the United States was in love with this unique product which took a new take on producing lollipops. The product has also seen huge popularity amongst a older audience. As the popularity of ring pops grew, new flavors were introduced and spin offs were created.
Ring Pop’s has been used as a celebratory sweet, as it was given out at the end of a Basket Ball game in America, awarded to the Dallas Mavericks. But the Ring Pops given to the Dallas Mavericks were limited edition, as they contained rare crystals manufactured by the luxury good company Swarovski
The advertisements created for the Ring Pops emphasized the fact that the candy wasn’t stuck on top of a stick, with one slogan reading “It’s a lollipop without a stick” and this just shows how this was a revolutionary product which challenged the production of lollipops. Ring Pops are a very interesting and unique product that became a popular brand name amongst the general public. The product went on to seal its place as one of the first lollipops which didn’t use a stick and used a ring instead.
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