Alina Morse was barely seven years old when she got the idea to make candy that was not harmful to her teeth. From her parents she got little candy before because the stuff would damage her teeth too much. Six years later, at the age of thirteen, Alina makes approximately $ 2 million profit with her own candy company Zollipop.
"Why can not we make a healthy lollipop that is good for my teeth, so I can eat sweets?", The seven-year-old Alina asked her father in 2012. Alina decided that day to invent a new kind of candy that is healthy for the teeth. Today thirteen-year-old Morse writes history with her company Zollipop.
Morse's family saved around $ 7,500 to finance the company at start-up. According to Morse, it took about two years to develop the products. She did so in collaboration with her dentist and dental hygienist. The goal was to make the perfect candy products that not only tasted good, but also made the consumer smile healthier.
The ingredients in the products that Zollipop sells include xylitol and erythritol. Morse describes these elements as completely natural sugar-free sweeteners that increase the pH in the mouth and strengthen tooth enamel.
The first Zollipops were sold in 2014 and the company currently sells its products in large department stores, including Walmart, Kroger, Whole Foods and Amazon. Prices on Amazon for Zollipop products range from about 6 to 17 dollars. Morse has developed three different assortments: Zollipops, Zolli Drops and Zaffi Taffy. Flavors are strawberry, pineapple and orange.
Although Morse is already very wealthy, she still wants to go to the university to gain more knowledge about the business world.