With over 100 different flavors, Jelly Belly jelly beans are hard not to like. It wasn’t until around the 1960’s that jelly beans were first made but their history goes back farther then that. In 1869 Gustav Goelitz opened up a candy business in Belleville, Illinois at the age of 24 making candy corn and “royal buttercreams”. His family continued the tradition and in 1965 jellybeans finally made a break through when the Mini Jelly Beans were infused with flavor in the center.
Jelly Belly jelly beans made another breakthrough in 1976 when they came up with the recipe that inspired many of the classic flavors everyone has come to love: Root Beer, Green Apple, Licorice, Cream Soda, Lemon, Tangerine, Very Cherry, and Grape. After the major recipe breakthrough they kept pushing the flavor boundaries creating unique and wonderful flavors, anything from strawberry daiquiri to jalapeno! From there on out Jelly Belly jelly beans continued to wow America with its great taste and innovation, becoming loved by President Ronald Regan and even being sent into space! Today around 46,000 kilos of Jelly Belly jelly beans are produced everyday!
We get a lot of customers down here at SugarPop’s who are overjoyed when they see our display of Astro Pops sitting up on the shelf. The conical shape and the bright yellow, green and red colors bring back nostalgic memories from their youth. Modeled after a three-stage rocket and created by two rocket scientist, Astro Pops hit the shelves around 1963. At this time the Space Race was in full force and many children dreamed going into space while enjoying the delicious flavor of cherry, passionfruit and pineapple! Astro Pop is most recognizable by its original conical lollipop shape; the cone wrapper becomes the mold for the hot candy as it is poured in layer by layer and then sealed off with a layer of wax. Astro pop was around until 2004 when it was discontinued but thankfully, to the out of this world lollipop’s fans, was picked back up 2010!
Who doesn’t love a bag of M&M’s? M&M’s can be found around the world in wonderful varieties such as peanut, pretzel, PB&J, and dark chocolate! This classic candy originated in the United States in 1941. In the 1930’s, during the Spanish Civil War, Forest Mars Sr. came up with the idea of M&M’s when he saw soldiers eating chocolate with tempered hard shells so the chocolate would not melt. Production began in 1941, the two “m”s on the candy represent Forest Mars Sr. and Bruce Murrie, the son of the president of Hershey’s Chocolate. It wasn’t until the 1950’s that the beloved candy every one knows and loves came to be like the M&M’s we see today, peanut M&M’s were only tan and the colors red, yellow and green were added to the mix. Today 340 million M&M’s are produced daily to eat (or for decoration here at SugarPop’s)!
For years, food trucks have been popping up in every major city in the United States. More recently, South End in Charlotte has seen the area’s biggest food truck rally called Food Truck Fridays. Here you see more than a dozen food trucks with hundreds of people attending. We decided a few months back that Downtown Mooresville, and Lake Norman in general has an appetite for food trucks. So with the help of the Downtown Commission and the Town of Mooresville, we had food trucks in Downtown Mooresville. The first event was held on Saturday, June 14th to a huge crowd that enjoyed the likes of: Sal’s Roadside Eatery Juan Taco OooWee Barbeque Sunset Grill The Homegrown Crepe Stick to Desserts
We also had great live music that played throughout the 4 hour event. Our next event will be held on July 12th, with another food truck or two added to the Festival. We expect to add 2 more trucks that will add to the enjoyment of the festival. So if you are in Charlotte, make the trip up to Lake Norman and visit us the second Saturday of every month in Downtown Mooresville.
This article was written in April 2013 After working in the pharmaceutical industry for 13 years, Sean Colas decided it was time to switch to a sweet new venture and launched SugarPop’s in downtown Mooresville. With a lineup that would make Willy Wonka proud, SugarPop’s, which opened in November, has more than 300 different types of candy, including the “wall of PEZ” and a giant dispenser of Jelly Belly beans. There’s also enormous peanut butter cups, yummy gummies that come in a variety of shapes, as well as nostalgic classics like Necco wafers, Pop Rocks, Nik-L-Nips and Mallo Cups. You can even pick up “decade boxes” that include sweet samplings from the 1950s through 1990s. Colas lives in Davidson with wife, Jennifer, and their three boys, all under the age of 5. “They love it here,” Colas says of his kids. “When they’re good, we have a candy jar for them behind the counter and they can take a piece from that. But with three young boys it’s a balancing act. They can get a little cranky and wild at times.” Though the store’s mascot is a sugar panda, there are treats for adults who venture in—with or without kids. The new premium chocolate section features truffles, chocolate-dipped graham crackers and bark by Birnn Chocolatier, perfect for creating a gift box for special occasions. Soda pop is another “major food group” here. In addition to the standbys you can find anywhere, there are more than 100 flavors in house. Bacon, buffalo wing and peanut butter and jelly are a few of the more eclectic options. And there are brands you may not recognize, including Jelly Belly, Avery’s, Jackson Hole, and Death Valley Root Beer. Many of these sodas are made with pure cane sugar rather than corn syrup, including the Mexican Coca-Colas they carry. Continually adding to their sweet cache, in February they introduced gourmet flavored popcorn, in March they brought in cotton candy, and this month they will be mixing Mooresville’s own Deluxe ice cream with their sodas to offer specialty ice cream floats. So, for example, you could order a Jelly Belly Strawberry Jam float made with Deluxe strawberry ice cream—a treat you’ll be hard pressed to find elsewhere. There is also a party room on site, perfect for birthdays and other special occasions, during which kids can make and nibble on their own confection creations. SugarPop’s can even bring the party to you with a color-coordinated candy buffet. They’ve already catered a few events at the nearby Charles Mack Citizen Center. Next month, the Colas will attend the Chocolate Symposium in Chicago and plan to bring back a whole new batch of sweets. “This is a place you can come with your kids or grandkids and make special memories,” says Colas. SugarPop’s Candy and Soda Shop 248 North Main St., Mooresville 704-799-0959 sugarpopscandy.com