henry hargreaves' over-sized lollipops equate to sugar content in soft drinks
henry hargreaves' over-sized lollipops equate to sugar content in soft drinks
aug 14, 2015

henry hargreaves' over-sized lollipops equate to sugar content in soft drinks

henry hargreaves’ over-sized lollipops equate to sugar content in soft drinks
all images courtesy of henry hargreaves




after recently hearing a health professional refer to soda as ‘the cigarettes of our generation,’ brooklyn-based photographer and food artist henry hargreaves wanted to find a way to visualize the tremendous sugar content in soft drinks. by boiling away the water of popular drinks like coke, snapple, vitamin water and zico coconut water, hargreaves was left with a sticky, caramel-like paste, essentially ‘dehydrating the hydrator’. hargreaves took the remaining substance and poured it into a handmade, over-sized lollipop molds, based off the scale of the bottle the beverages are packaged in. the resulting forms amount to a series of huge sugary pops titled ‘(de)hydrate’, which effectively communicate the over-saturation of sugar in ubiquitous refreshments, or what hargreaves refers to as ‘candy in costume as a soft drink’.



video courtesy of henry hargreaves

the ‘coke’ lollipop versus a normal sized one

people might be surprised to see the sugar content sourced from zico coconut water

vitamin water pop is made with the dehydrated substance drawn from the liquid

a snapple lollipop reflects the sugar from the ice tea drink

a monster energy drink candy pop

an intense yellow pop mirrors the sugar content found in mountain dew

green powerade lollipop

the lollipop is made from jarritos mexican soda

    have something to add? share your thoughts in our comments section below.
    all comments are reviewed for the purposes of moderation before publishing.

    comments policy
    LOG IN
    designboom's comment policy guidelines
    generally speaking, if we publish something, it's because we're genuinely interested in the subject. we hope you'll share this interest and if you know even more about it, please share! our goal in the discussion threads is to have good conversation and we prefer constructive opinions. we and our readers have fun with entertaining ones. designboom welcomes alerts about typos, incorrect names, and the like.
    the correction is at the discretion of the post editor and may not happen immediately.

    what if you disagree with what we or another commenter has to say?
    let's hear it! but please understand that offensive, inappropriate, or just plain annoying comments may be deleted or shortened.

    - please do not make racist, sexist, anti-semitic, homophobic or otherwise offensive comments.
    - please don't personally insult the writers or your fellow commenters.
    - please avoid using offensive words, replacing a few letters with asterisks is not a valid workaround.
    - please don't include your website or e-mail address in your comments for the purpose of self-promotion.
    - please respect jury verdicts and do not discuss offensively on the competition results
    (there is only one fist prize, and designboom usually asks renown professionals to help us to promote talent.
    in addition to the awarded designs, we do feel that almost all deserve our attention, that is why we publish
    the best 100-200 entries too.)

    a link is allowed in comments as long as they add value in the form of information, images, humor, etc. (links to the front page of your personal blog or website are not okay). unwelcome links (to commercial products or services of others, offensive material etc. ) will be redacted. and, ... yes, spam gets banned. no, we do not post fake comments.


    a diverse digital database that acts as a valuable guide in gaining insight and information about a product directly from the manufacturer, and serves as a rich reference point in developing a project or scheme.

    art news

    keep up with our daily and weekly stories
    504,070 subscribers
    - see sample
    - see sample
    designboom magazine