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Sugar Daddy Caramel Pop - Canada, The Story of this Sugar Daddy Milk Caramel Sucker

Sugar Daddy Caramel Pop - Canada, The Story of this Sugar Daddy Milk Caramel Sucker

This caramel Sugar Daddy was invented and first made in 1927, under the cool name of the “Papa Sucker.” Fortunately, candy-maker James O. Welch Co. changed the name quickly and added the Sugar Babies and the chocolate-covered Sugar Mama to the Brand. The decision highlights the role marketing was playing in commerce – by creating a whole “family” of candies, customers could buy the whole set…or at least consider it with every purchase , it was so much fun .  James O. Welch Co.  also made such notables as the Junior Mints. One of the two brothers who founded the company left and helped start the John Birch Society. Sugar Daddy Caramel Pops are so GOOD

The caramel Sugar Daddy was made in 1927, under the improbable name of the “Papa Sucker.” Fortunately, candy-maker James O. Welch Co. changed the name and added the Sugar Babies and the chocolate-covered Sugar Mama. The decision highlights the role marketing was playing in commerce – by creating a “family” of candies, customers could buy the whole set…or at least consider it with every purchase.  James O. Welch Co.  also made such notables as the Junior Mints. One of the two brothers who founded the company left and helped start the John Birch Society.- a caramel-lovers dream, all caramel, nothing but caramel.

Sugar Daddy is a candy bar on a stick manufactured by Tootsie Roll that is essentially a block of moderately hard caramel. A bite-sized caramel-flavored jelly bean candy based on the Sugar Daddy is marketed under the name Sugar Babies 

Sugar Daddy was invented in 1925 by businessman and political organizer ROBERT WELCH  (1899–1985), whose younger brother James O. Welch (1906–85) founded the James O. Welch Company in 1927. Sugar Daddy was originally called the Papa Sucker. The name was changed to Sugar Daddy in 1932. Sugar Babies were introduced three years later in 1935.[1] A chocolate-covered version, Sugar Mama, was produced from 1965 to the 1980s.

The James O. Welch Company was purchased by Nabisco (now Mondelēz International) in 1963. The Welch brands were sold to Warner-Lambert in 1988; Tootsie Roll Industries acquired them in 1993.[2]

Today, Sugar Daddy candies are produced in two standard sizes, the Junior Pop, with 53 kcal, and the Large Pop, with 200 kcal. For Valentine's Day and Christmas, there are also giant sizes: half-pound with 964 kcal, and one-pound with 1928 kcal.[3]

Sugar Daddy was introduced in 1925 but originally called “Papa Sucker”, it took on the name Sugar Daddy in 1932. The pop is a simple, but large caramel slab on a stick.

Like many candies over 50 years old, this one has a long history of changing hands. It was created by the James O. Welch Company, which also made fudge and later invented Pom Poms, Sugar Babies and Junior Mints. Later in 1963 Welch was sold to Nabisco. Nabisco continued making the line of Sugar Daddies, Sugar Mamas and Sugar Babies. Nabisco sold their candy lines to Warner-Lambert (known mostly for drugs) in 1988 and then Tootsie acquired them in 1992. The package design changed little over the years. Here’s a wrapper from the 50s and a later one from the 70s when it was made by Nabisco. The only functional difference is that the top end is sealed now, instead of folded.

 

The caramel pop is very simple. Perhaps my memory is hazy or idealizes the candy of my youth, I remember Sugar Daddy as a very dark, glossy and smooth caramel bar on a stick. While the pair that I bought were in good condition (no sign that they’d melted & reformed or were sticky and crystallized around the edges), they just weren’t as awesome as I recall.

The ingredients look functionally the same as ever: Corn syrup, sugar, partially hydrogenated soybean oil, dry whole milk, whey, natural and artificial flavors, salt, soya lecithin.

The slab is sturdy and thick. It’s pliable but not exactly chewy. I found it possible to bite some off, but not without a lot of bending and wiggling to cause some sort of equivalent of metal fatigue.

The dissolve is smooth and the flavor is creamy with a distinct caramelized sugar flavor with a pleasant buttery note. I prefer the Sugar Babies, I feel like the centers have a little bit more pronounced burnt sugar flavor that’s balanced with the sugary shell. The Sugar Daddy is just difficult to eat without making a mess, though I think the slightly smaller pop would be better for those who aren’t tempted to chew on it, because it fits better in the mouth.

I’m glad this around for a newer generation. I credit Tootsie taking over this line with the very popular invention of the Tootsie Caramel Apple Pop.

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