Here in America, we don’t have a queen — unless you count Ella Fitzgerald and Aretha Franklin — the Queen of Jazz and the Queen of Soul respectively (and arguably Madonna, Janet Jackson, Lady Gaga, and Britney Spears, who have all been called the Queen of Pop, per Wikipedia). Making delicious candy treats out of these American pop monarchs would be a bit odd, but not entirely unexpected. After all, we munch chewy bears and worms all the time, so why not a singer?
But it’s a little different to suck on the Queen of England, which is what Candy Mechanics intends with its commemorative, 3D-printed lollipops. On September 9, Queen Elizabeth II becomes the longest reigning monarch in Britain’s history, with a whopping 23,226 days to her reign. To celebrate, Candy Mechanics is launching a Kickstarter coinciding with the anniversary of her coronation, seeking to get its Candy Laboratory, where the lollipop magic will happen, off the ground.
If you’re wondering whether Candy Mechanic’s team is on the fast track to the Tower of London for this, there are some official guidelines on using images of the Queen. They must be in good taste, according to the Guidance on the Use of Royal Arms, Names, and Images. Candy Lab’s Strawberries and Cream and Chocolate Biscuit flavors certainly sound like they meet this requirement.
The company, however, is ignoring the stipulation that the image be “of a permanent kind.” The Strawberries and Cream is made of white chocolate covered in freeze-dried strawberries and “creamy pearls,” while the Chocolate Biscuit has milk chocolate covered in wafer and crispy dark chocolate balls. They wouldn’t last long in most pantries.
The company plans to make the candy in limited run, hand-made batches, casting them from 3D-printed models of Her Majesty. “This same process allows anyone to get their head turned into a lollipop,” according to Candy Mechanics, revealing why any non-Royalists should be excited about the project.
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