For those of you still longing for something as good as your Tootsie Roll Tootsie Pop, look no further. Lollyphile, a San Francisco-based company, has concocted sophisticated takes on your favorite childhood treat.
It all started last Halloween when owner Jason Lewis, bereft of candy but with a surplus of the recently un-banned liqueur absinthe, whipped up a batch of absinthe lollies, which his friends scarfed down. Emboldened, he fidged and fudged until he came up with a USDA-approved treat that falls within the legal limits of the use of thujone, the supposed psychedelic that caused absinthe’s unfair banishment. The neon-green candy has a distinct anise flavor that any licorice lover will adore. Snack on it or use it as a curious end to a terribly decadent meal.
Lewis began brainstorming, and several months later came up with another winner: Maple-Bacon. The candy, which is made with real maple syrup and studded with sustainably farmed bacon bits, is addictive. It had me craving a hunk of lip-smackingly good barbecue.
Lollyphile is such a new company (it’s about to celebrate its second-month anniversary) that Lewis and his team of two cooks work out of a rented kitchen. But he’s determined to change that. There’s a whole line of top-secret new flavors in the pipeline. The only one I could wheedle out of him was the provocative Wasabi-Ginger lollypop. With flavors like these, it’s got to be just a matter of time before the daytime talk shows come calling. (Martha and Rachel, are you listening?)
Right now you can purchase both the Absinthe and Maple-Bacon lollypops online. You can also find Lewis’s lollies at these retail locations.
449 Octavia Blvd., San Francisco, CA
Big Top Candy Shop
706 S, Congress Ave., Austin, TX
Brown University Bookstore
71 Olive St., Providence, RI
107 S. Broad St., Thomasville, GA
The Standard Boutique
40 Island Ave., Miami Beach, FL
The City Bakery
3 W. 18th St., New York, NY
Garden Gate Shop
4344 Shaw Blvd., St. Louis, MO
Thomas Schoen Shop
24 Philemon Lake Rd., McLeese Lake, BC