Fun fact of the day: lemon drops aren’t called ‘drops’ because they’re precipitation-shaped. (Though we’re still waiting for the day all the raindrops turn into lemon drops and gumdrops. Oh, what a world it would be!) In actuality, lemon drops are named after…well…do you want us to ruin it for you or not? Because truly — as Tallahassee-based candy company Lofty Pursuits demonstrates in the video posted on their YouTube channel — candymaking used to be a pretty involved process, and the name is connected to that process in a kinda boring way.
The machine above, called the Fruit Drop Roller, is from the late 1800s. Each roller pair weighs about 10 pounds, and is made primarily of brass — in fact, the video speculates that the rarity of remaining Fruit Drop Rollers is because of that brass, and the fact that many of the rollers were melted down as part of the war effort in the 1940s. That rarity hasn’t kept Lofty Pursuits from collecting over 100 roller pairs, though.