Title:
Candy holder and carrier
Kind Code:
A1


Abstract:
A lollipop holder and carrier device for holding a lollipop candy head during use and for storing a partially-consumed lollipop candy head within a carrier section for retrieval at a later time. The device includes a carrier section having a first semi-spherical half-shell member with a first interior shell compartment and a second semi-spherical half-shell member with a second interior shell compartment when in an open configuration. The device also includes a holder section having a stem member with a first end and a second end, the first end of the stem member for being received within a hole opening of a lollipop candy head. Additionally, the stem member is movable from a first stem position within the first interior shell compartment to a second stem position outside the first half-shell member for accessing the lollipop candy head for consumption by a user. The stem member is movable from the second stem position to the first stem position for moving the first half-shell member and the second half-shell from the open configuration to the closed configuration in order to enclose the lollipop candy head within the interior shell compartment of the carrier section when in the closed configuration for retrieval at a later time by a user.



Inventors:
Atela, Pablo Fernandez (Madrid, ES)
Raucci, William R. (Philadelphia, PA, US)
Application Number:
11/717409
Publication Date:
09/18/2008
Filing Date:
03/13/2007
Assignee:
The Candy & Toy Factory
Primary Class:
International Classes:
A45C15/00
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Primary Examiner:
YOO, HONG THI
Attorney, Agent or Firm:
Ezra Sutton PA (Woodbridge, NJ, US)
Claims:
What is claimed is:

1. A lollipop holder and carrier device for holding a lollipop candy head during use and for storing a partially-consumed lollipop candy head within a carrier section for retrieval at a later time, comprising: a) a carrier section including a first semi-spherical half-shell member having a first interior shell compartment and a second semi-spherical half-shell member having a second interior shell compartment when in an open configuration; b) each of said first and second semi-spherical half-shell members being movably connected by a hinge member for moving between said open configuration and a 10 closed configuration; c) said first semi-spherical half-shell member including a first circular perimeter locking edge and said second semi-spherical half-shell member including a second circular perimeter locking edge for detachably locking each of said half-shell members for forming an interior shell compartment when in said closed configuration of said carrier section; d) a holder section including a stem member having a first end and a second end, said first end of said stem member for being received within a hole opening of a lollipop candy head; e) said holder section further including a movable flap member having a distal end and a proximal end; said second end of said stem member being attached to said distal end of said movable flap member and said proximal end of said movable flap member being hingedly connected to said first circular perimeter locking edge; f) said stem member being movable from a first stem position within said first interior shell compartment to a second stem position outside said first half-shell member for accessing said lollipop candy head for consumption by a user; and g) said stem member being movable from said second stem position to said first stem position for moving said first half-shell member and said second half-shell from said open configuration to said closed configuration in order to enclose said lollipop candy head within said interior shell compartment of said carrier section when in said closed configuration for retrieval at a later time by a user.

2. A lollipop holder and carrier device in accordance with claim 1, wherein said second circular perimeter locking edge includes a semi-circular notch for receiving part of said stem member, when said stem member is in said second stem position.

3. A lollipop holder and carrier device in accordance with claim 1, wherein said first circular perimeter locking edge includes a recessed indentation on a second outer wall surface of said first half-shell member for detachably receiving said movable flap member therein when said stem member is in said second stem position.

4. A lollipop holder and carrier device in accordance with claim 1, wherein said first circular perimeter locking edge is smaller in circumference than said second circular perimeter locking edge for the interlocking of said first and second half-shell members for forming said carrier section.

5. A lollipop holder and carrier device in accordance with claim 1, wherein said interior shell compartment of said carrier section can accommodate various geometrically-shaped size of said lollipop candy head having a spherical shape, an oval shape, a cube shape, a cylindrical shape, a rectangular shape, a triangular shape or other geometric shapes.

6. A lollipop holder and carrier device in accordance with claim 1, wherein said device is made from clear or colored flexible plastics.

7. A lollipop holder and carrier device in accordance with claim 6, wherein said plastic device can be washed and/or sterilized for repeated use by a user.

8. A lollipop holder and carrier device in accordance with claim 3, wherein said notch on said second circular perimeter locking edge and said recessed indentation on said first circular perimeter locking edge cooperate with each other in order to open and close said carrier section.

9. A lollipop holder and carrier device in accordance with claim 1, wherein said movable flap member includes a reinforcement support backing member for providing additional hinge support to said flap member being attached to an inner wall surface of said first circular perimeter locking edge.

10. A lollipop holder and carrier device for storing a partially-consumed lollipop candy head within a carrier section for retrieval at a later time, comprising: a) a carrier section including a first semi-spherical half-shell member having a first interior shell compartment and a second semi-spherical half-shell member having a second interior shell compartment when in an open configuration; b) each of said first and second semi-spherical half-shell members being movably connected by a hinge member for moving between said open configuration and a closed configuration; c) said first semi-spherical half-shell member including a first circular perimeter locking edge and said second semi-spherical half-shell member including a second circular perimeter locking edge for detachably locking each of said half-shell members with each other for forming an interior shell compartment when in said closed configuration of said carrier section; said first circular perimeter locking edge of said first half-shell member having a U-shaped perimeter hole opening formed therein; d) a holder section including a stem receiving member having a U-shaped channel therein for receiving a portion of a lollipop stem of a standard lollipop; e) said holder section including a movable flap member having a distal end and a proximal end; said movable flap member including a hole opening formed therein; said stem receiving member being attached to said distal end of said movable flap member and said proximal end of said movable flap member being hingedly connected to said first circular perimeter locking edge; f) said U-shaped channel being movable from a first stem position within said first interior shell compartment to a second position outside of said first half-shell member for receiving a portion of the lollipop stem by a user; and g) said U-shaped channel being in said second position in order to have said first and second half-shell members movable from said open configuration to said closed configuration in order to enclose the lollipop candy head within said interior shell compartment of said carrier section when in said closed configuration for retrieval at a later time by a user.

11. A lollipop holder and carrier device in accordance with claim 10, wherein said U-shaped channel of said stem receiving member faces in an upwardly direction, when said stem receiving member is in said second position.

12. A lollipop holder and carrier device in accordance with claim 10, wherein said second circular perimeter locking edge includes a semi-circular notch for receiving part of the lollipop stem of the standard lollipop when said stem receiving member is in said second position.

13. A lollipop holder and carrier device in accordance with claim 10, wherein said first circular perimeter locking edge includes a recessed indentation on a second outer wall surface of said first half-shell member for detachably receiving said movable flap member therein when said stem receiving member is in said second position.

14. A lollipop holder and carrier device in accordance with claim 10, wherein said first circular perimeter locking edge is smaller in circumference than said second circular perimeter locking edge for the interlocking of said first and second half-shell members for forming said carrier section when in said closed configuration.

15. A lollipop holder and carrier device in accordance with claim 10, wherein said interior shell compartment of said carrier section can accommodate various geometrically-shaped size of the lollipop candy head having a spherical shape, an oval shape, a cube shape, a cylindrical shape, a rectangular shape, a triangular shape or other geometric shapes.

16. A lollipop holder and carrier device in accordance with claim 10, wherein said device is made from clear or colored flexible plastics.

17. A lollipop holder and carrier device in accordance with claim 16, wherein said plastic device can be washed and/or sterilized for repeated use by a user.

18. A lollipop holder and carrier device in accordance with claim 13, wherein said notch on said second circular perimeter locking edge and said recessed indentation on said first circular perimeter locking edge cooperate with each other in order to open and close said carrier section.

19. A lollipop holder and carrier device in accordance with claim 10, wherein an empty U-shaped channel of said stem receiving member receives a new lollipop stem in order to use said device another time.

20. A lollipop holder and carrier device in accordance with claim 1, wherein said movable flap member includes a reinforcement support backing member for providing additional hinge support to said movable flap member being attached to an inner wall surface of said first circular perimeter locking edge.

21. A lollipop holder and carrier device in accordance with claim 10, wherein said stem receiving member includes a first end and a second end, said first and second ends of said stem receiving member for receiving a portion of the lollipop stem within said U-shaped channel by a snap fit.

22. A lollipop holder and carrier device in accordance with claim 10, wherein said hole opening is a U-shaped hole opening being formed between said distal and proximal ends on said movable flap member.

23. A lollipop holder and carrier device in accordance with claim 22, wherein said U-shaped hole opening on said movable flap member is alignable with said U-shaped perimeter hole opening on said first half-shell member when said stem receiving member is in said second position.

Description:

FIELD OF THE INVENTION

The present invention relates to a lollipop holder and carrier device for holding or storing of a lollipop candy. More particularly, the lollipop holder and carrier device has a holder section with a stem member for inserting into a lollipop candy head in order to hold the lollipop candy during consumption, and a carrier section for holding and storing the unfinished lollipop candy head within the carrier section for retrieval at a later time.

BACKGROUND OF THE INVENTION

A lollipop is a hard sucking candy used mostly by children for placement in the mouth for by licking or dissolving of the candy head in the user's mouth by saliva. Typically, the lollipop is not entirely consumed by a child during the first encounter with the lollipop, and the child usually sets aside and lays down the lollipop anywhere; a table, a chair, a floor and the like, such that the lollipop becomes lost or contaminated so that further consumption of such lollipops are no longer desirable at which time the lollipop is discarded.

It is understood that the lollipop may not be completely consumed is not particularly critical. However, the fact that the lollipop is laid down frequently and during such periods of down time, may become contaminated and thereafter no longer be fit for human consumption can assume a relatively great importance. Perhaps even more important, so far as the parents are concerned, is the fact that when a lollipop is laid down it tends to contaminate the surface upon which it is placed. For example, it is not uncommon for a child to lay a lollipop down on furniture and painted surfaces which may be damaged by the sticky substance or in other places where either the lollipop itself may be rendered unfit for further consumption or the surface upon which it is laid may be rendered less desirable than it was before. Such surfaces may require washing to remove the sticky residue derived from the lollipop, and in particularly egregious cases, the contaminated surface may even be detrimentally degenerated by the lollipop residue which may in some cases be sufficiently strong to take off the paint or other coating on the surface or to so contaminate the surface so that it can no longer be rendered useful for its intended purpose.

There remains a need for a lollipop holder device for holding and/or storing a partially consumed lollipop candy in order to maintain the lollipop candy in a sanitary condition by isolating the lollipop from the surrounding environment. Further, the lollipop holder device should have a holder section with a stem member for inserting into the lollipop candy head in order to hold the lollipop during use, and a carrier section for holding and storing the unfinished lollipop candy head within the carrier section for retrieval at a later time by the user. Also, the carrier section would have a spherical shape for accommodating various shaped lollipops.

DESCRIPTION OF THE PRIOR ART

Candy dispensers and holders, candy carriers for lollipops and the like having various designs, configurations, structures and materials of construction have been generally disclosed in the prior art. For example, U.S. Pat. No. 5,458,277 to WYZYKOWSKI discloses a personal carrier for partially consumed confections such as a lollipop. The carrier for supporting a lollipop includes a container forming a housing having a spherical end portions sized for receiving the body of candy of the lollipop and a hollow cylindrical tubular portion extending therefrom sized to receive a stick extending from the candy body. The container is formed of two substantially identical half members and a flexible support member connected to the container and being adapted for support about the end of a user. This prior art patent does not disclose or teach the design, configuration or structure of the lollipop holder and carrier of the present invention.

U.S. Publication No. 2006/0193676 to GORDON discloses a candy dispenser for sorting and dispensing candy includes a base with a hollow interior portion, a handle rotatably mounted to the base, and a threaded rod disposed at least partially within the base and movable relative to the handle and the base in at least one axial direction, and a holder disposed within the hollow interior portion of the base engaged with the threaded rod, and movable in at least one axial direction. This prior art publication does not disclose or teach the design, configuration and structure of the lollipop holder and carrier of the present invention.

None of the aforementioned prior art references to WYZYKOWSKI and GORDON disclose or teach the features shown in the design, configuration and structure, as well as method of use of the present invention, of a lollipop holder and carrier in order to allow the storage of an unfinished lollipop within the carrier section of the device.

Accordingly, it is an object of the present invention to provide a self-contained lollipop holder and carrier device for holding and/or storing a partially-consumed lollipop candy in order to maintain the lollipop candy in a sanitary condition by isolating the unfinished lollipop from its surroundings and environment by a user or parent.

Another object of the present invention is to provide a lollipop holder and carrier device that has a holder section having a stem member for inserting into a lollipop candy head in order to hold the lollipop for licking and sucking the lollipop by a user.

Another object of the present invention is to provide a lollipop holder and carrier device where the stem member is movable from a first position within an interior shell compartment of a carrier section to a second position outside the carrier section for accessing the lollipop candy head for consumption by a user.

Another object of the present invention is to provide a lollipop holder and carrier device that includes a carrier section by holding and storing the partially-consumed and unfinished lollipop candy head within the carrier section for retrieval at a later time by the user.

Another object of the present invention is to provide a lollipop holder carrier device that includes a carrier section having a pair of hingedly connected half sections for forming a spherical shell that is easy to use for holding the unfinished lollipop when not in use by the user.

Another object of the present invention is to provide a lollipop holder and carrier device that has a spherically-shaped carrier section for accommodating various shaped lollipop candy heads within an interior compartment of the carrier section.

Another object of the present invention is to provide a lollipop holder and carrier device that is long-lasting, durable and easy to clean for repeated use.

A further object of the present invention is to provide a lollipop holder and carrier device that can be mass-produced in an automated and economical manner and is readily affordable by the consumer.

SUMMARY OF THE INVENTION

In accordance with the present invention, there is provided a lollipop holder and carrier device for holding a lollipop candy head during use and for storing a partially-consumed lollipop candy head within a carrier section for retrieval at a later time. The device includes a carrier section having a first semi-spherical half-shell member with a first interior shell compartment and a second semi-spherical half-shell member with a second interior shell compartment when in an open configuration. The device also includes a holder section having a stem member with a first end and a second end, the first end of the stem member for being received within a hole opening of a lollipop candy head. Additionally, the stem member is movable from a first stem position within the first interior shell compartment to a second stem position outside the first half-shell member for accessing the lollipop candy head for consumption by a user. Also, the stem member is movable from the second stem position to the first stem position for moving the first half-shell member and the second half-shell from the open configuration to the closed configuration in order to enclose the lollipop candy head within the interior shell compartment of the carrier section when in the closed configuration for retrieval at a later time by a user.

BRIEF DESCRIPTION OF THE DRAWINGS

Further objects, features, and advantages of the present invention will become apparent upon consideration of the detailed description of the presently-preferred embodiment, when taken in conjunction with the accompanying drawings wherein:

FIG. 1 is a perspective view of the lollipop holder and carrier device of the preferred embodiment of the present invention showing the device in a closed configuration and in a non-operational mode without a lollipop candy head therein;

FIG. 2 is an exploded perspective view of the lollipop holder and carrier device of the present invention showing the device in an open configuration and in an operational mode using a stem member of a holder section for receiving a lollipop candy head of a lollipop;

FIG. 3 is a perspective view of the lollipop holder and carrier device of the present invention showing the device in a closed and assembled configuration and in an operational mode by a user;

FIG. 4 is a perspective view of the lollipop holder and carrier device of the present invention showing the device in an open configuration and in an operational mode using a carrier section for receiving the lollipop candy head within an interior shell compartment of the carrier section;

FIG. 5 is a perspective view of the lollipop holder and carrier device of the present invention showing the device in a closed and assembled configuration and in an operational mode having the lollipop candy head within the interior shell compartment of the carrier section;

FIG. 6 is an enlarged perspective view of the lollipop holder and carrier device of the present invention showing the stem member of the holder section pivotally connected to a hinge flap of the carrier section;

FIG. 7 is a perspective view of the lollipop holder and carrier device of the first alternate embodiment of the present invention showing the device in a closed configuration and in a non-operational mode without a lollipop candy therein;

FIG. 7A is an enlarged view of the lollipop holder and carrier device of the present invention showing the movable flap member having a U-shaped notch and the first perimeter locking edge having a U-shaped perimeter notch therein;

FIG. 8 is a perspective view of the lollipop holder and carrier device of the first alternate embodiment of the present invention showing both halves of the carrier section and the holder section having a U-shaped channel stem receiving member being in an open configuration and in a non-operational mode without a lollipop candy head therein;

FIG. 9 is an exploded perspective view of the lollipop holder and carrier device of the present invention showing the device in an open configuration and in an operational mode for receiving a standard lollipop such that a U-shaped channeled stem receiving member of the holder section is used for receiving the stem portion of the standard lollipop and the carrier section is for receiving the lollipop candy head of the standard lollipop within the interior shell compartment of the carrier section;

FIG. 10 is a perspective view of the lollipop holder and carrier device of the present invention showing the device in an open configuration and in an operational mode having a standard lollipop therein; and

FIG. 11 is a perspective view of the lollipop holder and carrier device of the present invention showing the device in a closed configuration and in an operational mode having a standard lollipop candy head within the interior shell compartment of the carrier section and a lollipop stem within the U-shaped channeled stem member.

DETAILED DESCRIPTION OF THE PREFERRED EMBODIMENT 10

The lollipop holder and carrier device 10 and its component parts of the preferred embodiment of the present invention is represented in detail by FIGS. 1 through 6 of the patent drawings. The lollipop holder and carrier device 10 is a self-contained candy and lollipop holder such that a stem member 22 of a holder section 20 is fixedly attached to a lollipop candy head 14, as shown in FIG. 3. Further, when the lollipop candy head 14 is not being consumed by a user 12, the candy head 14 can be stored within an interior shell compartment 46 of a carrier section 40, as depicted in FIGS. 4 and 5, to be retrieved at a later time by the user 12.

The self-contained lollipop holder and carrier device 10, as shown in FIGS. 1 to 5, includes a holder section 20 and a carrier section 40 for forming housing 10h (see FIG. 1). The holder section 20 includes a stem member 22 having a first end 24 and a second end 26. The first end 24 of stem member 22 is received within a hole opening 16 of lollipop candy head 14, as shown in FIG. 2. The second end 26 of stem member 22 is integrally attached to a movable flap member 28. The movable flap member 28 includes a distal end 30 and a proximal end 32. As shown in FIG. 6, the second end 26 of stem member 22 is integrally attached to the distal end 30 of movable flap member 28. Stem member 22 is movable from a first stem position P1 within the interior shell compartment 43/46 of carrier section 40 to a second stem position P2 being adjacent to an outer wall surface 51 of carrier section 40 for accessing the lollipop candy head 14 for consumption by the user 12, as depicted in FIGS. 3 and 4 of the drawings.

The carrier section 40 includes a pair of semi-spherical half shell members 42 and 44 for forming an interior shell compartment 46 when in a closed configuration C1, as shown in FIG. 1. Each of the first and second semi-spherical half shell members 42 and 44 include first and second interior shell compartments 43 and 45, respectively, when in an open configuration C2, as depicted in FIG. 2. Each of the first and second semi-spherical half-shell members 42 and 44 are connected by a hinge member 48 for opening and closing the carrier section 40, as shown in FIG. 4. Each of the first and second semi-spherical half-shell members 42 and 44 include first and second interlocking circular perimeter edges 50 and 52, respectively, for detachably locking the first and second half shell members 42 and 44 together, for forming the closed C1 carrier section 40 (see FIG. 1) having the interior shell compartment 46. The first circular perimeter locking edge 50 is slightly smaller in circumference CF than the second circular perimeter locking edge 52 for the interlocking of the first and second half shall member 42 and 44, respectively, together. Additionally, each of the semi-spherical half shell members 42 and 44 include outer surface walls 51 and 53 for holding the carrier section 40 within the user's hand 12h (see FIG. 3) when the user 12 is consuming the lollipop candy head 14. Circular perimeter locking edge 52 includes a semi-circular notch 54 for receiving part of stem member 22 when in the open configuration C2 and when the stem member 22 is in the second position P2 where the stem member 22 is adjacent to the outer surface wall 51 of carrier section 40. Further, circular perimeter locking edge 50 includes a recessed indentation 56 on the outer surface wall 51 of carrier section 40 for receiving the movable flap member 28 therein. The movable flap member 28 is fixedly attached to the circular perimeter locking edge 50, as shown in FIG. 6 of the drawings. The movable flap member 28 also includes a reinforcement support backing member 58 for providing additional hinge support to the movable flap member 28 such that the support backing member 58 is integrally attached to the inner surface wall 55 of circular perimeter locking edge 50, as depicted in FIG. 6. Notch 54 on circular perimeter locking edge 52 and recessed indentation 56 on circular perimeter locking edge 50 cooperate with each other in order to open and close the carrier section 40, accordingly.

It is understood that the interior shell compartment 46 of carrier section 40 can accommodate various geometric-shaped sizes of lollipop candy heads 14 such as a sphere, an oval, a cube, a cylinder, a rectangle, a triangle or other geometric shapes.

The lollipop holder and carrier device 10 is made from clear or colored flexible plastics that can be cleaned and/or sterilized for repeated use.

First Alternate Embodiment 100

The lollipop holder and carrier device 100 and its components parts of the first alternate embodiment of the present invention are represented in detail by FIGS. 7, 7A through 11 of the patent drawings. The lollipop holder and carrier device 100 is used for holding and storing of standard (store-bought) lollipops 112. Elements illustrated in FIGS. 7 to 11 which correspond to the elements described above with reference to FIGS. 1 to 6 have been designated by corresponding reference numbers increased by 100. The first alternate embodiment 100 is similarly constructed and operates in the same manner as the preferred embodiment 10, unless it is otherwise stated, except for the holder section 120 having a stem receiving member 122 with a U-shaped channel 134 therein for receiving a lollipop stem 116 attached to the lollipop candy head 114 for a standard (store-bought) lollipop 112, as shown in FIGS. 9 and 10 of the drawings. Additionally, the movable flap member 128 includes a U-shaped hole opening 136 which aligns with a U-shaped perimeter hole opening 160 on outer surface wall 151 in order to allow the lollipop stem 116 to fit therein (see FIG. 9 to 11). All of the other component parts of the first alternate embodiment 100 are exactly the same as the preferred embodiment 10, as shown in FIGS. 7, 7A to 11 of the patent drawings.

As used herein, the term “lollipop” includes the typical lollipop candy 112 having a stick handle/lollipop stem 116 manufactured with a candy ball/candy head 114, and also includes the candy ball/candy head 14 having the stem member 22 inserted therein.

Operation of the Present Invention

As shown in FIGS. 2 to 5, the self-contained lollipop holder and carrier device 10 operates in the following manner: The user 12 initially starts with the device housing 10h in the closed configuration C1, such that each of the first and second semi-spherical half-shell members 42 and 44 are interlocked with each other using each of the first and second interlocking circular perimeter edges 50 and 52, respectively, and the stem member 22 having a wrapped lollipop candy head 14 thereon in its first position P1 within the interior shell compartment 46 of carrier section 40 (see FIGS. 1 and 5). The user now opens the device housing 10h by pulling apart each of the interlocking circular perimeter edges 50 and 52 at the notch 54 and recessed indentation 56 locations in order to open the carrier section 40 to the opened configuration C2 such that each of the interior shell compartments 43 and 45 of the semi-spherical half-shell members 42 and 44 are in view by the user 12.

As shown in FIG. 4, the lollipop candy head 14 on stem member 22 is in the first stem position P1, such that the lollipop candy head 14 is within the interior shell compartment 45 of semi-spherical half-shell member 44 of carrier section 40. In the next step, the user moves the lollipop candy head 14 on stem member 22 to its second stem position P2 (see FIG. 4), such that the user 12 now closes each of the half-shell members 42 and 44 of carrier section 40 with each other, as depicted in FIG. 3 of the drawing.

If the user 12 wants to stop consuming the lollipop candy head 14 on stem member 22, he or she simply reverses the aforementioned steps, in order to place the lollipop candy head 14 back into the interior shell compartment 46 of carrier section 40 to its final closed configuration C1, for consuming the lollipop candy head 14 at a later time, as shown in FIG. 5 of the patent drawings.

As depicted in FIGS. 7 and 7A to 11, the lollipop candy holder and carrier device 100 of the first alternate embodiment operates in the following manner: After a user 12 has partially consumed his or her store-bought standard lollipop 112, the user 12 simply opens the carrier section 140 from a closed configuration C1 (see FIG. 7) to an opened configuration C2 and moves the U-shaped channel 134 on stem receiving member 122 from its first position P1 from within the interior shell compartment 146 of carrier section 140 to its second position P2 which moves the U-shaped channel 134 of stem receiving member 122 to an outside location, such that the U-shaped channel 134 is in an upwardly facing position P3, as depicted in FIG. 8. The user 12 now positions and aligns the lollipop 112, as shown in FIG. 9, such that the lollipop candy head 114 is then placed within the interior shell compartment 143 and a portion of the lollipop stem 116 within the upwardly facing U-shaped channel 134 on stem receiving member 122, such that the lollipop stem 116 snap fits into the U-shaped channel 134. Concurrently, a portion of the lollipop stem 116 snap fits into the aligned U-shaped hole opening 136 and with the aligned U-shaped perimeter hole opening 160, as depicted in FIGS. 9, 10, and 11, respectively. As shown in FIGS. 10 and 11, after placement of the standard lollipop 112 within device 100, the user now closes the interior shell compartment 145 onto the interior shell compartment 143, such that the lollipop candy head 114 of lollipop 112 is entirely enclosed within the interior shell compartment 146 of carrier section 140 being in the closed configuration C1 (see FIG. 11) for consumption a later time by the user.

If the user 12 wants to continue consuming the lollipop candy head 114 of lollipop 112, he or she simply reverses the aforementioned steps, in order to take out the lollipop 112 from device 100 for resuming the consumption of lollipop 112.

Advantages of the Present Invention

Accordingly, an advantage of the present invention is that it provides for a lollipop holder and carrier device for holding and/or storing a partially-consumed lollipop candy in order to maintain the lollipop candy in a sanitary condition by isolating the unfinished lollipop from its surroundings and environment by a user or parent.

Another advantage of the present invention is that it provides for provide a lollipop holder and carrier device that has a holder section having a stem member for inserting into a lollipop candy head in order to hold the lollipop for licking and sucking the lollipop by a user.

Another advantage of the present invention is that it provides for a lollipop holder and carrier device where the stem member is movable from a first position within an interior shell compartment of a carrier section to a second position being adjacent to the carrier section for accessing the lollipop candy head for consumption by a user.

Another advantage of the present invention is that it provides for a lollipop holder and carrier device that includes a carrier section by holding and storing the partially-consumed and unfinished lollipop candy head within the carrier section for retrieval at a later time by the user.

Another advantage of the present invention is that it provides for a lollipop holder carrier device that includes a carrier section having a pair of hingedly connected half sections for forming a spherical shell that is easy to use for holding the unfinished lollipop when not in use by the user.

Another advantage of the present invention is that it provides for a lollipop holder and carrier device that has a spherically-shaped carrier section for accommodating various shaped lollipop candy heads within an interior compartment of the carrier section.

Another advantage of the present invention is that it provides for a lollipop holder and carrier device that is long-lasting, durable and easy to clean for repeated use.

A further advantage of the present invention is that it provides for a lollipop holder and carrier device that can be mass-produced in an automated and economical manner and is readily affordable by the consumer.

A latitude of modification, change, and substitution is intended in the foregoing disclosure, and in some instances, some features of the invention will be employed without a corresponding use of other features. Accordingly, it is appropriate that the appended claims be construed broadly and in a manner consistent with the spirit and scope and of the invention herein.