I also found these maypole candies at the dollar store. They are so sweet looking all by themselves or displayed in a pretty vase. And for cakes or cupcakes they are awesome. You can bend them over a cupcake and secure with a toothpick to form a basket handle. Spread them around the base of a cake to form a cute border. And then there's this:
Get some extra long toothpicks.
Wrap the maypole into a lollipop shape. Push the toothpick through all the layers.
then ta da! A lollipop cupcake topper. So sweet for a baby shower too.
this link shows a larger one with a free printable