Tootsie Roll Pops

Happy little boy enjoying his Tootsie Pop after getting his hair cut.
Happy little boy enjoying his Tootsie Pop after getting his hair cut. | Source
Two huge Tootsie Roll pops that will be given away to a couple of young customers Labor Day.
Two huge Tootsie Roll pops that will be given away to a couple of young customers Labor Day.

A Treat from the Barber

When I was a young boy I remember how excited I would get when I had a few coins in my britches pockets. The Company Store was at the end of our street just across from the cotton mill in Tuxedo. The store owned and operated in those days by Green River Mill, was a great convenience for the mill workers who often bought groceries, meats, and most any commonly needed merchandise. Many had accounts in the store and bills were usually paid on Friday's when they redeemed the script they were paid for their work in the mill. As time progressed script was no longer issued as payment for their weeks work in the mill and paychecks could be cashed and accounts settled.

Being little boy I spent most of my time when in the Company store standing in front of the candy counter. The glass display case near the cash register was always filled with those sweet sugary little treasures that produced cavities!. All varieties of candy filled moon eyes from Snickers,Milky way, Three Musketeer bars, Hershey bars, Almond Joys and Peter Paul Mounds.There were so many options for penny candy.

If I had a nickel I could get a sizable "poke" filled with sweets. Decisions! Decisions! Tootsie roll pops were my favorites. In those days there weren't as many flavors to choose from like there is today. The standard cherry, orange,grape and chocolate seemed to be all we had to make a choice. I can't remember how many we could get for a nickel but just one of those Tootsie pops lasted for a while. Mama always fussed telling us we would break out our teeth biting on them or if we didn't brush our teeth after eating we would soon be gumming our food and we would look like you know who!

My son, Josh, is a barber and purchases Tootsie Pops to give to his young clients if they are "good boys" while sitting in his barber chair to get their hair cut. They look forward to the treats and sometimes he has been known to pass out those great little "suckers" to wiggle some little boys to keep their heads still while he cuts their hair. The only problem that might arise is if they take the 'sucker" out to see how much farther it is down to the chocolate filling, they stand a fair chance of getting some hair on their candy. Of course, there are some who find getting a haircut to be too traumatic and squirm and cry. Josh is patient and soon develops a good rapport with most and all eventually are rewarded.

Josh doesn't forget little sisters who accompany brothers into the barber shop and passes out Tootsie Pops to them as well and has also been known to give a Tootsie Pop to a nervous mom. Recently, while attending my grandson's T-ball game I ventured over to the concession stand with my 3 year old grandson Maddox and we found Tootsie Pops in all sorts of flavors. They were 2 for a quarter. We got a cherry and a sour apple and two little boys were as happy as could be. I for one am glad these candies are still available and I can recognize a Tootsie Pop user at a good distance with jaw a bulging and that tell tell white stick protruding from the lips.Have your ever noticed you cannot smile with a Tootsie Pop in your mouth, only after you have eaten it.

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diogenes 4 years ago from UK and Mexico

Ha! You, Kojak and I! Funny I should read this today, cause I was given a "sucker" at the barber's yesterday, the first I have had for years. Not like your Tootsie Rolls, though, and we can't get them here, i don't think.

Great things, better than tranks and tasty.

Bob


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Fiddleman 4 years ago from Zirconia, North Carolina Author

Ha,Bob, took me a little while to figure out "tranks" had to look it up and yes you are correct. Thanks for stopping by to read some of my writing.


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breakfastpop 4 years ago

Nothing better than a Tootsie Roll Pop!


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mwilliams66 4 years ago from Left Coast, USA

What a delightful hub. A very enjoyable read. I think I'll go get myself a tootsie roll pop!


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sallieannluvslife 4 years ago from Eastern Shore

I LOVE tootsie pops, too! The raspberry are my favorite. I used to go to SnoCamp with my youth group back in high school, 8 hour bus ride, and we would always take a bag of tootsie pops, take one out and pass it around...the bag was pretty much empty by the time it came back around - even the bus driver got hooked on them! Thanks for the awesome Hub!


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