Sugar Daddy (candy)

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An unwrapped Large Pop

Sugar Daddy is a candy bar on a stick manufactured by Tootsie Roll Industries 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 chocolate salesman 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, the Sugar Mama was produced from 1965 to the 1980s.

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

Today, Sugar Daddy candies are produced in two standard sizes, the Junior Pop, with 53 kcal, and the Large Pop, with 200 kcal; and two seasonal (Valentines and Christmas) Giant sizes,[3] 1/2 Lb with 964 kcal, and 1 Lb with 1928 kcal.[4]


  1. ^ Smith, Andrew (March 2007). The Oxford Companion to American Food and Drink. New York, New York: Oxford University Press. p. 591. ISBN 0-19-530796-8.
  2. ^ Kimmerle, Beth (November 2003). Candy: The Sweet History. Collectors Press, Inc. p. 156. ISBN 1-888054-83-2.
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