The 13-Year-Old 'Clean Teeth' Lollipop Inventor Who's Outselling Tootsie, Dum Dums, and Blow Pop on Amazon

Zolli Candy
Zolli Candy

We’re still waiting for someone to invent pizza that helps you lose weight, but thanks to one entrepreneurial eighth grader, we now have lollipops that help keep our teeth clean. Alina Morse’s sugar-free Zollipops are made with the sweeteners erythritol and xylitol, which help reduce acidity in your mouth and have been found to protect against cavities.

The now-13-year-old Morse launched Zolli Candy when she was just 9 after an eye-opening visit to the bank with her father. He urged her to think twice about taking one of the free suckers up for grabs there, which led her to wonder why sugar is so bad for your health. After doing a little investigating, she decided to create a healthier candy—and now, consumers are eating it up.

Zolli sells lollipops, drops, and taffy in a variety of flavors, all made with the cavity-fighting erythritol and xylitol. For people with different food restrictions or allergies, Morse's candies cover all the bases and are essentially everyone-approved. They’re gluten-free, non-GMO, vegan, dairy-free, organic, kosher, and they contain only plant-based dyes and natural flavors.

The taste isn’t bad either, judging by their popularity. Zollipops recently became the top-selling lollipops on Amazon (both in the sugar and sugar-free categories), beating out Tootsie, Dum Dums, Blow Pop, and other major candy companies. Some parents have posted reviews saying that the suckers have helped their toothbrush-resistant tots keep their teeth clean.

Last September, Morse became the youngest person to ever appear on the cover of Entrepreneur magazine as part of a feature about young millionaires.

“Consumers are realizing there is way too much sugar in their diets but we still want to have treats,” Morse said in a statement. “And with Zolli Candy, we are giving consumers what they want: guilt-free treats."

You can find her candies in pop-up displays at various Kroger outlets, as well as Walmart and Whole Foods stores. If you prefer to buy online, a 25-count bag of assorted lollipops goes for less than $6 on Amazon.

Amazon's Under-the-Radar Coupon Page Features Deals on Home Goods, Electronics, and Groceries

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Now that Prime Day is over, and with Black Friday and Cyber Monday still a few weeks away, online deals may seem harder to come by. And while it can be a hassle to scour the internet for promo codes, buy-one-get-one deals, and flash sales, Amazon actually has an extensive coupon page you might not know about that features deals to look through every day.

As pointed out by People, the coupon page breaks deals down by categories, like electronics, home & kitchen, and groceries (the coupons even work with SNAP benefits). Since most of the deals revolve around the essentials, it's easy to stock up on items like Cottonelle toilet paper, Tide Pods, Cascade dishwasher detergent, and a 50 pack of surgical masks whenever you're running low.

But the low prices don't just stop at necessities. If you’re looking for the best deal on headphones, all you have to do is go to the electronics coupon page and it will bring up a deal on these COWIN E7 PRO noise-canceling headphones, which are now $80, thanks to a $10 coupon you could have missed.

Alternatively, if you are looking for deals on specific brands, you can search for their coupons from the page. So if you've had your eye on the Homall S-Racer gaming chair, you’ll find there's currently a coupon that saves you 5 percent, thanks to a simple search.

To discover all the deals you have been missing out on, head over to the Amazon Coupons page.

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McBroken: This Website Saves You a Trip to McDonald's By Telling You If Their Ice Cream Machine Is Down

McDonald's ice cream remains an elusive treat.
McDonald's ice cream remains an elusive treat.
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Fast food is about indulgence, and there are few menu items that promote cravings more than the soft-serve ice cream cones and McFlurry treats at McDonald’s. These pseudo-dairy desserts have an ardent fan base despite the fact that the machines dispensing them are frequently out of service for maintenance or cleaning.

Now, a new website can inform customers when a McDonald’s ice cream machine may be down. It’s called McBroken, and The Verge reports it was created by 24-year-old software engineer Rashiq Zahid. The site maintains a map that displays in real time which restaurants are able to offer ice cream and which aren't.

How does Zahid gather this information? A program attempts to place a McSundae order at every McDonald’s location in the United States via their app. If it’s added to his cart, the location gets a green dot and is prepared to dispense ice cream. If not, a red dot indicates there will be no ice cream forthcoming.

McBroken also keeps a running tally of the percentage of all restaurants without a working machine. At last glance, it was at 10.93 percent.

According to The Verge, Zahid was inspired to create McBroken after failing to retrieve a McSundae while in Berlin, Germany, over the summer. His program, or bot, originally attempted to order a McSundae every minute, but the McDonald’s app declared the activity suspicious. Now, he has set it to attempt an order every 30 minutes. The system works, Zahid said, because he verified the results against locations he visited in Berlin in person.