Nik-L-Nip Mini Drinks

Bite’em, Drink’em, Chew’em

I just learned the name of these wax candy treats as I was researching for this post. Vinny Cavallo created Nik-L-Nip in the early part of the 20th century. They are food-grade paraffin[1] wax soda bottles (Coke bottles) filled with a flavored liquid.

The approximately 2.25-inch tall wax bottles get their name from the original cost (a nickel) and the need to nip (bite) the top off to get to the sweet nectar inside.

After you drink the fruity-tasting liquid flavoring you then can chew the bottle, which is sweet itself. Even though it is “food-grade” it is not intended to be eaten or swallowed. As a kid, I thought these were very cool.

I remember them coming in little cartons. These candies are sold in a multi-flavor pack and they are sometimes marketed as party favors or for seasonal occasions. Today, Tootsie Roll[2] owns the patent and still makes them just like the 1940s version.

A serving of Nik-L-Nip’s is 5 bottles and contains 15 calories. The serving has 4G of Carbohydrates and 4G of Sugar (4G more of added sugars). There is pretty much nothing else in the nutrition chart so overall not too bad.

  1. Paraffin wax, classified as a chemical preservative, makes fruits, vegetables, and candy look shiny and retards moisture loss and spoilage. You might see it as a wrapper on hard cheeses for sale at the grocery store, or find it in gift jars of home-canned jams and jellies, though the U.S. Department of Agriculture recommends against the use of paraffin as a sealant. Food grade paraffin wax, composed of vegetable oils, palm oil derivatives, and synthetic resins plus other materials, passes through the body undigested and contains no nutritional value.
  2. Tootsie Roll Industries is an American manufacturer of confectionery. Its best-known products have been Tootsie Rolls and Tootsie Pops. Tootsie Roll Industries currently markets its brands internationally in Canada, Mexico, and over 75 other countries.


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Author: Doyle

I was born in Atlanta, moved to Alpharetta at 4, lived there for 53 years and moved to Decatur in 2016. I've worked at such places as Richway, North Fulton Medical Center, Management Science America (Computer Tech/Project Manager) and Stacy's Compounding Pharmacy (Pharmacy Tech).

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