How the Canadian company that created Tootsie Pops turned a century old

It all started with a treat that wasn’t even meant to be a lollipop.

In the late 1890s, Leo Hirschfield, an Austrian immigrant, opened a small confectionery shop in New York City. He sold penny candies and experimented with new recipes, including a chocolate-flavored one. One day, he accidentally added too much chocolate to the mixture, creating a sticky mess.

Instead of throwing it away, Hirschfield rolled the mixture into small balls and coated them with sugar. He then stuck them on sticks and sold them to the children in the neighborhood. The kids loved them, and soon, Hirschfield’s .

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