The Lollipop Hypothesis

It’s not just generations of children who have pondered how many licks it takes to reach the center of a lollipop. Mathematicians studying fluid dynamics at NYU’s Applied Mathematics Lab designed experiments to watch how lollipops dissolve, and in doing so answered this epic childhood question.

Help test their results by taking the Science Friday Lollipop Challenge!


Produced by Emily V. Driscoll
Filmed and Narrated by Luke Groskin
Music by Audio Network
Additional Footage by Jinzi “Mac” Huang, Nicholas Moore, & Leif Ristroph
Tootsie Roll Industries, Inc.
Photographs by NYU Applied Mathematics Lab, Shutterstock
Featuring Leif Ristroph, Leo Groskin, Saydi Landon, and Melanie Soumbasakis
Thanks to Barry Bowen, James Devitt, Ellen Gordon,
Jinzi “Mac” Huang, Elizabeth Delucia Landon, Leif Ristroph,
Tootsie Roll Industries, Inc., Megan Davies Wykes

Meet the Producer

About Emily Driscoll

Emily Driscoll is a science documentary producer in New York, New York. Her production company is BonSci Films.