When I made my pilgrimage to A&W of Lodi , among the various merchandise I found these lollipops for $0.25 a piece. These little unassuming lollis marked simply with Rooty the Root Bear. These have been made for ages, but my brief internet searching couldn’t reveal much about them. Other than lots of people remember them from their childhood. For my part, I’d never seen them before but was overjoyed to find more things to write about on my trip.
It’s got a strong root beer flavor that tastes unsurprisingly like A&W. This is a welcome departure from the standard generic hard candy root beer flavor, though A&W is still pretty middle-of-the-road. It seems to have a little more minty flavor than normal A&W, but maybe that’s just a function of being in hard candy form, what stands out. It’s quite a sticky flavor too, but all in all yummy.
Hey, it tastes like candified A&W. Who would have guessed? I rank these as some of the better root beer hard candies, even though they’ve all been pretty good so far. Worth snagging a few if you can find them.
I have an original never opened mug and lollipop sold together 27 years ago. I had picked it up for me and my wife’s wedding day because we love a&w Root beer. We have kept it all these years.