Jan 2, 2017

Zollipops- the After You Eat Treat: Invented by a Metro Detroit Sixth Grader

Sitting in my car a few weeks ago, I was listening to NPR and heard an amazing interview with Alina Morse.  You can hear that interview here on NPR's The Next Idea.

I contacted Zollipops they sent us a couple of bags to try out so we could share our experience with you. First, Zollipops are so tasty that my kids beg me for one several time a day.  In fact, we have a pack of regular lollipops in the pantry, and they specifically ask for the Zollipops over the other brand.

I love that these lollipops are good for your oral health by creating a healthier oral pH which reduces acidity.  The bacteria in our mouth thrives in a more acid environment which leads to tooth decay, so if you raise the pH (lower acidity) you protect your teeth.

Carlyn enjoying a Zollipop after breakfast! 
These great tasting lollipops use Non-GMO ingredients including: Isomalt syrup, Erythritol, Xylitol, Citric Acid, Erythritol, Natural Flavors & Colors, and Stevia. The Xylitol in Zollipops® comes from USA birch trees. And Zollipops® are made in Michigan, USA. Learn More on Zollipops FAQ page.

Zollipops come in six fantastic flavors, strawberry, grape, pineapple, orange, raspberry and cherry. They are available at Meijer, ToysRUs, Whole Foods Markets and (affiliate link) Amazon.

Teachers, principals and PTAs can register for Free Zollipops for their schools at www.zollipops.com at 250K Smiles.

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Can you tell us a little bit about yourself?
Alina Morse - inventor of Zollipops
Sure..... I am 11 years old and I am in the 6th grade at Abbot Middle School.  I started Middle School this year!  I have a 7 year old sister named Lola, and I live in Wolverine Lake with my family.  In my free time I like to dance, sing, act and think ahead about everything!

What inspired you to create Zollipops?
I've always wanted to invent so that I could help people.  I started a binder when I was about 3 years old, of all of my ideas.  One day when I was at the bank with my Dad, I was offered a sucker.  My Dad told me that sugar was bad for my teeth and my body.  I asked him "why can't we make a healthy lollipop?" and I kept on asking......until Zollipops were born.

How did you come up with the name? 
My sister Lola came up with the name.  We were calling it our "Zylitol Lollipops" and one day when she was trying to say that "Zollipops" just came out of her mouth.  I was like "That's it! That's the name of our suckers!"

What do your friends think about you being a kid-preneur? 
My friends support me, of course.  Early on, they were taste testers and provided their input on what they liked or suggestions on what to change.  They were very honest and did not sugar coat anything.  Mostly now, I like to keep my business and school life separate :)

What advice would you give to your peers who may be thinking about starting a business?
My advice to anyone is to work hard, try, believe and never give up!  That is something my Dad always told me and still does.  I also say, keep asking questions, that's how you learn and how you make things better!  I also say to get a good team to work with and surround you with.

What goals do you have set for your business and 2017?
My goals for 2017 for my business are:  1. Launch the new products we are working on  2.  Continue to help more kids all over the world to smile with a Zollipop or Zolli Drop

What personal goals do you have for 2017? 
My personal goals for 2017 are to continue to get good grades.  To make new friends and to help others.  Also to get on the next honor roll list (even though I have already been on one).

Thank you to Alina and Zollipops for this opportunity.

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