In 1896 an Austrian immigrant named Leo Hirschfield came to the United States and found work at a small candy shop in New York City. Hirschfield set out to make a chocolate candy that would not melt in the heat and Tootsie Rolls were born. Tootsie was the nickname of his daughter Clare Hirschfield. Tootsie Rolls were a favorite in military rations during WWII due to its hardy nature. In 1931 Leo Hirschfield came up with the Tootsie Pop, a hard candy lollipop with a Tootsie Roll filling. The company acquired many famous brands like The Charms Company in the late 1980’s. Charms most popular invention has to be the Charms Blow pop. The sweet pink bubble gum inside a hard candy lollipop has been a fan favorite for generations.
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