Zollipops is a candy company that provides sweets that are actually good for kids’ teeth instead of causing decay and cavities. But that’s not actually the most interesting thing about the business. No, the most interesting thing is that the company’s founder, Alina Morse, is just 10 years old.
Kidpreneur Creates Sweet Treats
The idea for the company came to Morse when she was worried about the effects that a regular old sucker could have on her teeth.
She said in an email interview with Small Business Trends, “During a trip to the bank with my dad, the teller at Chase offered me a sucker. I said, ‘my dad always told me that sugar is terrible for your teeth.’ I got to thinking, ‘Why can’t we make a sucker that is good for your teeth?’ And Zollipops were born.”
She was just seven years old at the time. But the business isn’t just a fun hobby for Morse, like the candy version of a small lemonade stand. The company has showcased its products at the annual White House Easter Egg Roll twice. In fact, it’s the only candy company that’s been invited to participate twice in a row. And it’s exhibiting at the Sweets and Snacks Expo in Chicago May 24 to 26.
Morse says, “It is really fun to meet people and travel. I’ve gotten to go to a lot of cool places like Germany for a tradeshow and to the White House twice! But helping kids and people smile is the best part of sharing Zollipops.”
Zollipops look just like regular old suckers. They come in packs with several different flavors, including strawberry, grape, orange, pineapple, raspberry and cherry. But what makes them different is the ingredients. Zollipops include Xylitol, Erythritol, Stevia and other natural ingredients that are better for teeth than all the sugars and syrups in other suckers and candies.
The company’s products are available in several high profile retail outlets, including Whole Foods, Amazon and Home Goods. Morse and her father continue to travel and grow the business. With innovation and creativity like Morse’s, there’s no limit to where Zollipops might end up. This kidpreneur creates sweet treats that are a winner all the way around.
Beautiful story, Annie. Very inspiring. Just 10 years old? Amazing.
Would love to shake her hand and say well done, keep it up. 🙂
I agree – it’s amazing what kids can do!
I am all for that. I am wondering how it fares with the sugar though. It is still sweet, right?
This shows that you can really succeed regardless of age. As long as you have an amazing idea, then you can make it.
The idea is unique but I am wondering if it is just a sugarfree version of sweets. Sorry about this but I am starting to think that it is quite similar to dog treats – treats that clean the teeth.