Tuesday, May 2, 2006

Sugar Mama

I posted recently about Chocolate Covered Sugar Babies and lamented the loss of the Sugar Mama, which was a chocolate covered Sugar Daddy. Well, a couple of people have since told me that Sugar Mamas do actually exist. But only in name.


I think the story goes something like this: Sugar Daddy and the first Sugar Mama got married and had a mess of Sugar Babies. But Sugar Daddy wasn’t happy. Sugar Mama wasn’t happy, maybe resentful that the Sugar Babies got all the attention, maybe she started to drink, or maybe it had something to do with the big company, Nabisco, selling the Sugar Family to Tootsie, but Sugar Mama disappeared. I don’t want to say that someone put a hit out on her, but it seems that someone quietly got rid of her and was hoping that we’d forget that Sugar Daddy was a single parent. Maybe it was a Mexican divorce and Sugar Mama is out there somewhere, living under a different name, but she’s hiding really well.

So later on the new Sugar Mama comes along and Sugar Daddy gets a quickie marriage, I reckon they didn’t even go to Vegas, probably just to the courthouse in one of the states where you don’t have to wait. Sugar Daddy told Sugar Babies to call his new wife Sugar Mama, and I guess the Sugar Babies have complied ... but she’s not their Mama. She’s nothing like their Mama.

I wouldn’t really mind if Sugar Mama is Sugar Daddy’s trophy wife, but she’d have to be a trophy of some kind. She’s not really that good looking, just little flat squares of quasi caramel. Instead of being smooth and slow like Sugar Daddy, Sugar Mama is a little grainy, very soft and lacking in a strong caramelized sugar taste and that stunning orange/brown color that Sugar Daddy and the Sugar Babies share. However, Sugar Mama is not a hazard to dental work in the same way that Sugar Daddy can be.

I certainly like them better than the Kraft caramels, and they’re nice and soft and chewy, but they’re lacking in a certain elasticity and smoothness. They don’t have that grainy chew towards the end that Sugar Babies have, but they also don’t that ultra dense chew that lasts to the very end with Sugar Daddy. Now, if you’re thinking you can’t make a smaller version of the Sugar Daddy, you have to remember that they used to sell something called Sugar Daddy Nuggets, which were pretty much the same format as Sugar Mamas, but you know, really good.

Why did they do this? What’s with these big candy companies discontinuing a candy and then coopting the old name for use in a different candy (remember Marathon? Mars now uses the name for an energy type bar)? Can’t they at least wait a generation or two to prevent muddling? Aren’t there enough words out there that they can just take new names? I guess it’d look funny calling these Sugar Step-Mamas.

Name: Sugar Mama
  • 10 SUPERB
  • 9 YUMMY
  • 8 TASTY
  • 7 WORTH IT
  • 4 BENIGN
Brand: Tootsie
Place Purchased: 99 Cent Only Store
Price: $.99
Size: 6.3 ounces
Calories per ounce: 113
Categories: Caramel, United States, Tootsie

POSTED BY Cybele AT 6:32 am Tracker Pixel for Entry    

  1. Heh, I think you’ve found the plot for your next Nano.

    Comment by eliza on 5/02/06 at 10:19 am #
  2. Great review. Maybe they should be called “Sugar You’re-Not-My-Real-Mommas.”

    Comment by Anjali on 5/02/06 at 10:18 pm #
  3. Maybe the real Sugar Mama’s have been renamed to “Baby Mama”

    Comment by g on 5/03/06 at 1:57 am #
  4. Cybele's avatar

    eliza - omigod! my first all-candy-nano!

    Anjali - LOL! Sounds like an episode of Wife Swap!

    g - I guess they couldn’t really have something named Sugar Cousin or Sugar Uncle. But we do get Sugar Ants in the summer ... hee!

    Comment by Cybele on 5/03/06 at 9:39 am #
  5. sugar mama’s was my favorite candy as a kid.  i sure do miss my sugar mamas

    Comment by nana2jands on 8/21/06 at 2:41 pm #
  6. Maybe the original could be called Sugar Baby’s Mamma in keeping with the language of the streets.  LOL

    Comment by Eric on 3/23/07 at 8:20 am #
  7. ive never tried sugar mama’s before T_T

    Comment by ruhigh0.0 on 9/16/07 at 11:51 am #
  8. The 1st Sugar Mama was a chocolate covered version of a Sugar Daddy. (quite unoriginal) I like the new version.  It is the same as a Sugar Daddy only a little smaller (skinnier) and doesn’t have a stick (outie).  Which seems to be a better parallel to Daddy and Mamas everywhere.

    Comment by Dani on 10/31/07 at 8:50 am #
  9. Good point Dani (and too funny).

    I’m sure the good folks at Tootsie would be mortified if anyone pointed it out to them.

    Comment by Anon on 12/21/07 at 9:29 am #
  10. where can I buy sugar daddy nuggets? Love the sugar daddy taste without the stick.

    Comment by Mary on 2/22/10 at 5:21 am #
  11. Seen beautiful

    Comment by manzini on 11/25/14 at 11:51 am #
  12. I was just having this same conversation the other day.  I miss the original Sugar Mama.  I think it is definitely some sort of conspiracy.  Poor Sugar Mama was offed and then replaced by a very weak rendition that isn’t even in the same category.  How very sad for Sugar Mama!

    You can still get the Marathon bars, but you have to do some serious looking.  I got my sister a dozen of them from Cadbury in England several months before she passed away.  It was worth the hunt, cost and shipping just to see the look of shear happiness on her face. 

    Loved your article and sign me up, I’m officially a fan now!

    Comment by Holly Charrier on 11/03/15 at 1:33 pm #
  13. need of a good mummy

    Comment by willykarlly on 2/04/16 at 4:05 am #
  14. looking for sugar mamy

    Comment by Hilary Tobico on 5/09/16 at 12:03 am #
  15. Oh my I remember Sugar Mama, the chocolate coated Sugar Daddy, it was the best and then it just disappeared. Just like the marathon bar, there were good candy…...it dies tell our age however.

    Comment by Paula Alston on 8/28/16 at 5:44 am #
  16. I always love my mama

    Comment by Eric Walker on 10/23/16 at 5:46 pm #
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