"Fred gave me one when I was seven, it burnt a hole right through my tongue. I can remember Mum walloping him with her broomstick."
Ron Weasley[src]

Acid Pops are one of the sweets sold by Honeydukes Sweetshop in Hogsmeade.[1] They may be similar to the Muggle lollipops, but like most Honeydukes' fare, they have an unconventional, practical joke-like twist with wizarding magic wherein they are able to burn a hole in the tongue.


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Acid Pops

"Acid Pops" was also a password used to gain entrance to Albus Dumbledore's office at Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry while Harry was at school. Dumbledore informed Harry of this via a note which included the clue "P.S.: I enjoy Acid Pops."

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Acid Pops on display in Honeydukes

Ron once mentioned that when he was seven, his brother Fred gave him one and it burned a hole straight through his tongue. His mother then spanked Fred with her broom.

Behind the scenes

  • Hasbro used to sell Acid Pops as novelty sweets.[2]
  • Given that they can burn a hole through the tongue, Acid Pops would seem to be extremely dangerous and extremely painful to eat - why it is sold despite such a high risk of injury remains a mystery, although a possible explanation would be that the injuries caused by an Acid Pop are easily healed by magic means, since Ron's tongue damage was apparently healed without any complications or aftereffects, making the Acid Pops a sort of a "magic extreme sport of the tongue".
  • The concept of an acidic candy is a reference to the fact that sourness is caused by low-strength acids. Thus, like "every flavor beans", they are a muggle sweet, in this case sour candies, taken to a magical extreme. This also explains why the real-life acid pops are sour candies.


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A packet of Acid Pops

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