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Hiccupops: Lollipops That Stop the Hiccups

Soon to appear commercially on the market are Hiccupops, which are lollipops that claim to cure hiccups. Hiccupops were invented two years ago by hiccup sufferer Mallory Kievman of Connecticut, who had tried every cure she'd heard of or could imagine, until finally hitting on a winning, hiccup-stifling recipe -- which involves sugar and apple cider vinegar -- and an effective delivery system -- the lollipop. "It triggers a set of nerves in your throat and mouth that are responsible for the hiccup reflex arc. It basically over-stimulates those nerves and cancels out the message to hiccup," is how she explains it. She has investors lined up, a patent application filed, and is ready to go. Hiccupops, Inc. founder, creator and CEO Mallory Kievman is, by the way, thirteen years old.

More at Web.orange.co.uk | Posted 6 years ago by Robert S. Wieder

Tags: Hiccups, Hiccup Cures, Stopping Hiccups, Hiccupops, Lollipops, Entrepreneurs, Mallory Kievman

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Peggy Rowland  commenter Peggy Rowland at 10:48 pm on May 19, 2012

But will they make you fat?

The only thing that works for me is to hold my breath for a few seconds, then take 20 small sips of water without stopping. That seems to sooth the spasms that cause the hiccups. A science teacher told me about it when I couldn't stop hiccuping in class, and I've been using the cure for years now.

Mark commenter Mark at 2:46 am on May 20, 2012

13 years old or not, I expect the FDA or FTC to put the brakes on this product sooner rather than later. "Cures hiccups by overstimulating the hiccup reflex nerves"? She's making a medical claim without any real evidence or FDA approval.

Phillip commenter Phillip at 12:47 pm on September 22, 2014

@Mark no where in this article did she say "cure". I even went to http://hiccupops.com to look for the word "cure hiccups" and couldn't find it. So she's not making a medical claim.

Aliciana commenter Aliciana at 11:53 pm on April 11, 2015

Where do you even get them? I just hold my breathe for as long as I can.

Aliciana commenter Aliciana at 11:53 pm on April 11, 2015

Where do you even get them? I just hold my breathe for as long as I can.

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