Tuesday, March 13, 2012

Sugar Daddy

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.

Sugar Daddy

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.

Sugar Daddy

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.

Sugar Daddy

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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Name: Sugar Daddy
Brand: Tootsie
Place Purchased: Rite Aid (Echo Park)
Price: $.50 (on sale)
Size: 1.7 ounces
Calories per ounce: 118
Categories: Candy, Tootsie, Caramel, Hard Candy & Lollipops, 7-Worth It, United States, Rite Aid

POSTED BY Cybele AT 4:32 pm Tracker Pixel for Entry     CandyReviewTootsieCaramel7-Worth ItUnited StatesRite Aid

  1. I agree with you about the Sugar Babies being better, but I haven’t thought about Sugar Daddy in sooo long. Thanks for the trip down memory lane, for me. Love your blog!

    Comment by Janet Rudolph @ DyingforChocolate.com on 3/13/12 at 4:50 pm #
  2. Maybe you’re recalling slo poke bars? I always preferred them to sugar daddies.

    Comment by Katie on 3/14/12 at 1:30 am #
  3. Have a over 40 year old grand daddy sucker in its origial box,never been sucked on. Does anyone know what it is worth?

    Comment by Cindy Peden on 4/08/15 at 7:39 pm #
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