Allan Vertlieb was so eager to start a candy company that he set up shop right in his own home. Installing special cookers in his kitchen, he made lollipops that he sold from his living room. The kids in Hamilton, Ontario, Canada were quite lucky indeed. They were there at the start of a candy industry staple. A decade later Vertlieb expanded his operation, both in terms of space and in scope. He manufactured toffees, candy-covered popcorn, and hand-made hard candies in addition to his lollipops. Vertlieb later sold the company, at which point it started making hollow chocolate Easter bunnies, candy canes, and licorice. To this day Allen Candies continues to make and distribute a variety of candy brands, including a line of sour gummies available for purchase in bulk. In late 2014 they were acquired by The Hershey Company.