Archive for the ‘Lollipops’ Category

Chocolate Tootsie Pops and urban lore…

Tuesday, July 14th, 2009 by Jon
Why is the Indian on the Tootise Pop Wrapper Circled? Read on...

Why is the Indian on the Tootsie Pop Wrapper Circled? Read on...

What comes around goes around and this applies to the beloved, and elusive, Chocolate Tootsie Pops.

In 1931, fueled by the success of the soft “chocolaty” Tootsie Roll, an employee of the Sweets Company of America – renamed Tootsie Roll Industries in 1966 – decided to encase the famous candy in a hard candy shell and thus Tootsie Pops were inadvertently born.  These famous lollipops were a precursor to what is now called “novelty candy” as they were advertised as candy with a prize center.

 I am sure that the inventor, Luke Weisgram, never imagined that the company would eventually produce twenty (20) million lollipops daily!

The first flavor was chocolate which remains the most sought after flavor as any supermarket bulk candy bin will silently attest.   Today, despite literally dozens of flavors, Chocolate Tootsie Pops remain an elusive treat.

As to the proverbial question of “how many licks does it take to get to center of a Tootsie Roll Pop,” a group of engineering students from Purdue University recorded that their licking machine, modeled after a human tongue, took an average of 364 licks to get to the center!  So much for the beloved Tootsie Mascot, Mr. Owl’s claim of “the world may never know…”

As for the urban legend that if you receive a Tootsie Pop with a Native American aiming a bow and arrow, Tootsie Pop Industries will give you free candy, we are sad to report that like so many legends, this remains more fiction than fact, however, if you contact Tootsie Roll Industries and tell them how many licks it takes to finish your Tootsie Pop, the will send you a Clean Stick Certificate.

PS: Ironically, I noticed that boxes from the manufacturer are now bearing the following, “Watch for new flavors added to our mix.”   Stay tuned, as this will surely be the topic of another entry….

Candy Cane Tootsie Pops

Thursday, June 25th, 2009 by Jon
Enjoy Tootsie Pop Candy Canes Year Round....

Enjoy Tootsie Pop Candy Canes Year Round....

 

As the owner of the Internet’s Largest Candy Store, I have access to over 2800 candies but I am very fussy per what I eat.

The other day, a friend of mine asked what was my favorite candy and, truth be told, it was a tough question….

I guess I go through phases and, currently, I am hooked on Candy Cane Tootsie Pops which we offer year round.

The combination of the classic mint candy flavor, the tactile quality of the round lollipop and the “surprise” Tootsie Roll center make this, in my opinion, one of the best tasting lollipops!

Don’t get me wrong – this is not the only candy that I eat but it is the type of candy that I stash away for when I need my daily sugar fix.

Nothing beats the refreshing and nostalgic inspiring taste of a candy cane and the flavor of Tootsie Rolls speaks for itself!

In this case, the whole is greater than the sum of the parts….

History of Chupa Chup Lollipops

Thursday, November 1st, 2007 by Jon

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Did you know that Chupa Chupa’s were launched in 1958 by a Spanish businessman named Bernat Fontladosa and are now one of the best selling lollipops in the world

This famous lollipop is sold in over one hundred and seventy (170) countries and the company claims to produce over four billion lollipops yearly

The name, now familiar to almost any candy lover, comes from the Spanish verb “chupar” which translates to suck or lick

Little do people know that the famous floral logo was designed by a famous Spanish artist named Salvador Dali

Warning: Take Liquor Lickers in Moderation

Sunday, March 18th, 2007 by

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I spent the past five days in utter bliss. I left the blizzards of Pittsburgh behind and baked poolside in 90 degree weather in Acapulco, Mexico. The best part of my trip? The open bar, where I was able to sip Strawberry Daiquiris and Bahama Mamas all day and all night long.

You can only imagine my rude awakening when I walked out of the doors of Pittsburgh International Airport. Not only was it snowing, but the weather forecast warns us to celebrate St. Patrick’s Day indoors! I watched my golden tan fade away as I rotted indoors, and fervently wished there was a way for me to bring back the Mexico sun.

Thankfully I found a way to bring a small piece of Acapulco back with me. Liquor Lickers! We’ve all seen chocolates with a liquor center. I, for one, have never really enjoyed them. However, Liquor Lickers are different. They are lollipops with a fun-flavored alcoholic beverage that you can taste all throughout. Plus, they come in a variety of flavors: Margarita, Butter Rum, and Pina Colada. You’ll never get bored with these.

Since I can’t bring back a piece of that sun, at least I have the memories of the open bar to appease me. Go on and enjoy! Let’s pretend the summer days are here.