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Pop Goes the Gavel!

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Nothing celebrates the sweeter side of law quite like a Gavel Pop. These quirky candies were conceived by Dave Giles, a Utah gavel carver who owns the Gavel Store, an online hammer headquarters (

“They’ve been a great little thing,” says Giles, who left his job as a cabinetmaker three years ago to focus full time on crafting judicial accessories. Giles’ legal lollipops run 99 cents each, plus shipping. Satisfied suckers include court systems, law firms, high school students and college kids. Of the two standard flavors, cherry is the most popular, but root beer provides a more authentic look, he says. For orders of 100 or more, Giles offers specialty flavors like bubble gum, blueberry, orange and strawberry daiquiri. “We can do almost anything,” he says, “even swirls if you want.”

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