“Why can’t we make a lollipop that’s good for your teeth?”

According to the US Surgeon General tooth decay is the single most chronic condition facing kids in America, so it might come as a shock that 13-year-old Alina Morse is fighting it with candy. Alina’s candies are sold at 7,500 stores, including Walmart Kroger and Amazon, and even distributed internationally in countries like south Korea and France

In 2018, Alina even made history as the youngest person to appear on the cover of Entrepreneur Magazine and 10% of profits are donated to fund an increase in oral health education in schools, as well as contributes her lollipops to institutions and dentists who promote oral health education.

 Talk about impressive!

 We had the chance to sit down with Alina and talk all things Zollipops. Check it out below!

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1. What is your favorite song?

My favorite song is “Beautiful” by BAZZI and Camila Cabello 

2. What is one item you could NEVER live without?

My airpods, when I travel they are so helpful for taking calls comfortably and great for listening to music. 

3. What is one thing that never fails to make you laugh?

My friends, and old vine compilations.

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4. Something you would never change about yourself?

My tenacity and passion for business.

5. Biggest strength?

My tenacity and my ability to speak publicly. 

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6. Start from the beginning!How did Zollipops begin?

Zollipops originated on a trip to the bank with my dad, the bank teller offered me a lollipop, my dad told me that I shouldn’t have candy because sugar is terrible for your teeth so I asked him why can’t we make a healthy soccer that’s good for your teeth so I can have candy and it wouldn’t be bad for me. After 2 years of plant trials and hard work we finally created a zollipops!

7. Where did the name Zollipops come from?

The name of zollipops was thought up by my little sister Lola, we were trying to come up with names for our new product and we were going to call it the Xylitol lollipop I asked Lola if she would like to try a is Xylitol lollipop, she said you mean a zollipop. It was perfect and sweet just like our product.

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8. Why did you decide to make lollipops as opposed to any other candy?

Research shows that kids prefer lollipops over other hard candy. Also hard candy must be best choice for our ingredients because it stays in your mouth longer and gives the magic teeth cleaning ingredients time to work.

9. What was it like seeing yourself on the cover of Entrepreneur Magazine?!

It was incredible being on the cover of Entrepreneur magazine, it was a dream come true being on such an influential magazine with many other influential women this year. It was truly a dream come true and I am so grateful to entrepreneur for shining a light on young entrepreneurs.

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10. What is the “One Million Smiles Initiative” and how did it get started?

A million Smiles initiative is our nonprofit that we created to give free zollipops to schools and teachers Across America to teach kids about the importance of oral health care and taking care of your smile. Teachers can sign up at zollipops.com under the 1 million Smiles tab.

11. What about Zollipops are you most proud of?

Definitely our mission is what I’m most proud of because I know that we are making a difference and really helping people smile all over the world which is an incredible feeling.

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What is your biggest goal for Zollipops?

12. My biggest goal for zollipops is for every kid in the world to have a clean mouth a healthy smile and to have a zollipop in their hand.

Where can we follow you?
You can find more information at zollipops.com
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