Sugar Daddy History
Sugar Daddy is a popular caramel lollipop known for its long-lasting, chewy caramel flavor. Let's explore the history of this iconic candy:
Origins: Sugar Daddy was created in 1925 by the James O. Welch Company, which later became part of the Tootsie Roll Industries. It was introduced as a caramel candy on a stick, providing a portable and convenient way to enjoy the rich and chewy caramel treat.
Name Inspiration: The name "Sugar Daddy" is believed to have originated from a popular slang term used in the 1920s, which referred to a wealthy, older man who lavished gifts on a younger romantic partner. The name was chosen to evoke a sense of indulgence and luxury associated with the candy.
Caramel Lollipop: The original Sugar Daddy lollipop featured a generous amount of thick, chewy caramel mounted on a sturdy stick. The caramel was made by cooking a mixture of sugar and corn syrup to create a rich and creamy texture. The lollipop form allowed for extended enjoyment as the caramel slowly dissolved with each lick.
Popularity and Enduring Appeal: Sugar Daddy quickly gained popularity and became a favorite among candy enthusiasts. Its combination of long-lasting flavor, chewy texture, and portability made it a hit with both children and adults. Sugar Daddy lollipops were often seen as a nostalgic treat, reminiscent of simpler times and childhood memories.
Tootsie Roll Industries Acquisition: In 1993, Tootsie Roll Industries acquired the James O. Welch Company, including the Sugar Daddy brand. Tootsie Roll Industries has since continued the production and distribution of Sugar Daddy lollipops, ensuring the candy's availability to this day.
Variations and Adaptations: Over the years, Tootsie Roll Industries has introduced variations of Sugar Daddy, including Sugar Mama (a larger version of Sugar Daddy) and Sugar Baby (bite-sized versions of Sugar Daddy). These variations provided different options for consumers to enjoy the chewy caramel goodness in various forms and sizes.
Continued Legacy: Sugar Daddy remains an iconic and beloved candy, cherished by those who appreciate its timeless caramel flavor and satisfying chew. The enduring appeal of Sugar Daddy lollipops reflects their status as a classic confectionery choice, enjoyed by generations of candy enthusiasts.
Sugar Daddy lollipops have left an indelible mark on the candy landscape, offering a delicious and nostalgic caramel experience on a stick. Their enduring popularity and continued presence demonstrate their enduring status as a beloved treat.
Below is a magazine ad from 1976 which includes the Sugar Mama (1965) and Sugar Baby (1935). Sugar Baby is still available but the Sugar Mamas (chocolate covered Sugar Daddies) were discontinued in the 80s.
Some of you may remember giant Sugar Daddies made as a promotion for the Billie Jean King - Bobby Riggs tennis match. They weighed a pound each. The makers of Sugar Daddies sponsored the tennis match billed as the "Battle of the Sexes" on Sept. 20, 1973.
Sugar Daddy Memories
I remember in the 60's Mother buying us Sugar Daddy’s for 5 cents. I would always refrigerate mine and lick it during the nightly movie. I used to dip it into milk, stretch it long and make it last. I also have fallen asleep with one and find it stuck to my cheek, stick it back in my mouth only to find the next morning while removing my gown it would now be on my chest.
I've gotten plenty laughs from friends, describing how I eat my Sugar Daddy, dipping it in milk, freezing and stretching. It does sound funny when they don't know you’re talking about a sucker! For my 50th birthday my sister gave me a box of these. I love them and am reminded of my childhood of Mother, my brother and 2 sisters watching T.V. and silently slurping on our Sugar Daddy’s! ~Erin from Alabama