Not only do we have a lot (tons actually) of candy but also we have a huge selection of glass-bottled soda! Here at SugarPop’s we defiantly have some sodas that have always been our customer’s favorites and one of them is Johnnie Ryan soda! This delicious soda comes in a variety of classic flavors: Cream, Cola, Diet Cola, Root beer, Birch beer, Orange, Cherry and Ginger Ale.
Johnnie Ryan soda has been around since 1935 and is sweetened with 100% pure cane sugar! It all started when three brothers, Walter, Stephen, and John Janik, started Keystone Water Company in their basement of their home located in Niagara Falls, NY. When Coke decided to abandon their multi-flavor line of soft drinks and focus only on Cola, the Janik brothers saw their opportunity. They realized that they already had all the ingredients to make soft drinks and started making a variety of flavors, that’s when they started up their new company; Extra Bottling Company. They called their new bottling and soft drink company Extra Bottling Company because instead of offering the standard seven-ounce bottle they offered ten-ounces so they could give customers more for their money.
Johnnie Ryan soda almost came to an end with a wave of closures for independent regional brands and consumers started to think there was only two types of soft drinks, Pepsi and Coke. Needless to say, the Johnnie Ryan soda weathered this consumer shift and is still making delicious and unique sodas today. The sleek and vintage looking logo and design of the bottle helps set its self apart from any other soda. So next time you stop in, try out a delicious Johnny Ryan soda! -SugarPop’s soda and candy shop 248 N Main St. Mooresville, NC 28115 704 799-0959
Many people enjoy salt-water taffy, but it was created by accident! In 1883 David Bradley’s candy store was flooded by a major storm and his taffy got soaked in salty Atlantic Ocean water. When a young girl came into the store asking for taffy Bradley jokingly offered her his new “salt-water taffy” but the young girl loved it and the name stuck. It wasn’t until Joseph Franlinger boxed up the candy and sold it as an Atlantic City souvenir that it became popular. Enoch James was Franlinger’s first major competition because he perfected the recipe making it less sticky and easier to unwrap, sold the candy in bite size pieces and mechanized the pulling process for taffy. Although the first salt water taffy was sold because it was soaked in salt water, there is no salt water in modern salt water taffy today.
We offer a wide variety of chocolate from milk to dark, but this delicious treat wasn’t always the way it is now. Chocolate consumption can be dated back to Pre-Columbian Mexico were the Mayans and Aztecs used the beans from the cocoa tree to make a drink called Xocoatll that was bitter and frothy. From 1528 up until 1847, chocolate was not widely accepted and was still made into the frothy bitter drink the Mayans and Aztecs used to consume. In 1847 Fry and Sons created the first “eating chocolate” but also did not attract much attention because it was still bitter in taste. It wasn’t until Daniel Peter, a famous Swiss chocolatier, experimented with the chocolate and added milk to balance the flavors did it become a huge success.
These tasty treats are fit for a pharaoh and now come in all sizes and flavors! We’re talking about Marshmallows; soft, fluffy, and sweet! They are a perfect treat or snack for any occasion! Marshmallows originated in ancient Egypt and were special candies just for the pharaohs! They made marshmallows by extracting sap from the marshmallow plant and mixing it with honey and nuts. Another pre-modern version of marshmallows was to take the same plant, but use the stem instead of the sap, boil it in sugar syrup and then wait for it to dry to get a soft chewy candy. Marshmallows, before they were a treat, were used for medicinal purposes because the root of the marshmallow plant soothed sore throats. Unfortunately today’s marshmallows can’t soothe a sore throat because they now are made with gelatin instead of marshmallow plant powder because it is hard to obtain. Even though a marshmallow today might not be able to soothe and soar throat, it is still a delicious treat and here at SugarPop’s we can even make it into a gift! We custom make personalized marshmallows in store! It can make any event like weddings, baby showers, birthdays, corporate events and much more extremely memorable for your guest! You can check out our Etsy store to order these unique Marshmallow Favors or pop over to the store to place your order today!
We now know the licorice based candy coated candy as Good & Plenty but it wasn’t always named that! In 1893 the Quaker City Confectionary Company in Philadelphia first produced Good & Plenty under the name of Good & Planty. It holds the title of being the oldest candy to be branded in the United States! In the 1950’s Good & Plenty got its first commercial advertisement with this commercial!
Smack it, Crack it! Many people remember the iconic candy known as Turkish Taffy! It was sold up until 1989 but the chewy taffy made a comeback in 2010! In 1897 Albert J. Bonomo founded the Bonomo Company in Coney Island, New York producing hard candy and salt-water taffy. After World War II the Bonomo factory started producing Turkish Taffy in four delicious flavors; Vanilla, chocolate, strawberry, and banana! Originally Turkish Taffy was sold to stores in large sheets where they would then have to break pieces off with a small hammer and then sold to customers by the weight! In the late 1940’s Bonomo started producing the candy into bars, this is where the “Smack it, Crack it!” phrase came along. Up until the 1960’s Turkish Taffy bars still only cost a nickel, which, along with the slow melting taffy pieces, satisfied a lot of customers; making it a well-known candy bar! Today you can find Turkish Taffy not only in its regular flavors like vanilla, chocolate, strawberry and banana, but also in Blue Raspberry and Wild Cherry! Check out how Turkish Taffy is made and some of the classic commercials!