How This 13-Year-Old Entrepreneur Built a Multi-Million Dollar Candy Company

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The idea for the lollipops, her company’s first product, came to Alina back in 2012, when she was just seven years old. As the nationally publicized story goes, on her way out of the bank with her father, she was offered a lollipop. Tom warned her that the lollipop would rot her teeth, and so Alina began wondering how to make a tooth-friendly version. Two years of online research, at least a hundred attempts at concocting lollipops in their home oven, stove, microwave and numerous plant trials later — where they tested their oven-melted concoctions on commercial production equipment — and Alina and her father secured their first meeting, and ultimately their first retail placement, with Whole Foods.

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