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Astro Pops- They’re Heeeeeeeere!

Baby Boomers, get your dental fillings ready- Astro Pops are back.

The rocket-shaped, tri-colored, translucent lollipops are hitting stores again.

Astro Pops, one of my favorite childhood confections, were discontinued in 2004 by The Spangler Candy Company.  They acquired the brand from Los Angeles-based Nellson Candy Company (the original inventor of the Astro Pop) in 1987.

According to the Official Astro Pop website, “Many cried. One guy did something about it.”

The original 1-oz. pop will debut during the first quarter of 2011. For now, you can order a giant- sized Astro Pop for the bargain price of $39.95 and features “the same shape with the original wax base! It also has the original flavors: Pineapple, Passion Fruit and Cherry! That’s 15 inches long by 3 inches wide at the base! Weighing in at two pounds, this will be the longest lasting lollipop in the world!”

Kid getting his Astro Pop on.

I remember when Astro Pops had their original shape, in all of its stoplight- colored glory, with the wider base of the lollipop at the bottom (resting on a wax- foundation), and the sharp-pointed apex at the top, where it belonged. But apparently, in the new found political correctness of the 80’s, Spangler inexplicably felt the need to invert the lollipop- possibly so some crazy kids wouldn’t hold up a liquor store with such a lethal weapon. Thus, giving the Astro Pop a backwards-ass look altogether, and pissing off those who knew it from its first go-round.

Right- The Good

Wrong- The Bad, And The Ugly

According to the Official Astro Pop Site, in addition to the original flavors of Pineapple, Passion Fruit and Cherry, there will be an abundance of new flavor combinations:

Astro Sour Pop: (sour grape, lemon and cherry)
Rappin Raspberry: (blue Raspberry, red raspberry, blueberry)
Banana Split Astro Pop: (banana, cherry and vanilla)
Carmel Apple: (caramel and green apple)
Astro Confetti Pop: (lemonade with confetti candy)
Halloween Astro Pop: (orange, vanilla and chocolate)
Citrus Sensation: (orange, cherry, lemon)
Easter Astro Pop: (grape, vanilla, lemon)
Astro Pop, Awesome Hot: (hot cinnamon flavor)
Astro Sundae Pop: (chocolate, vanilla and cherry)
Astro Patriot Pop: (cherry, vanilla and blueberry)

So keep an eye out for Astro Pops, coming to a store near you- just try not to poke it.


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