Marina Ali

THE LOLLIPOP THAT KEEPS FUCKING GROWING!

Marina Ali
THE LOLLIPOP THAT KEEPS FUCKING GROWING!

Basically you can eat the lollipop, toss the stick, and it'll grow a flower.

We sat down with Brennan Clarke, the founder of Amborella Organics, a candy company with a natural twist. Their unique lollipops are gifts that keep on giving. Each lollipop stick has seeds in it. If you plant the stick, you can grow a plant that match the flavor of the lollipop. For example, the lavender and lemongrass lollipop has a stick with lavender seeds. All you have to do is just plant it!

 

1. Tell us about , Amborella Organics’ founder.

I grew up in Orange County with a love for the ocean and plant life. I’d spend the weekends at my grandmothers and together we’d tend to her postage stamp sized garden with tomatoes. Years later, after she’d passed, I was tending to my own tomato plants and the smell transported me back in time. This is how the idea for a seed-bearing lollipop was born. An invention that allowed for bonding with a loved one and a connection to nature. 

 

2. Where are the lollipop ingredients sourced from?

Many of the seeds found in our seed-bearing lollipops are from Baker Creek. The ingredients within the candy are sourced from several organic vendors. 

 

3. Who created the flavors and what was the inspiration behind them?

We didn’t have a background in candy manufacturing so approached someone who did. We gave a criteria [sic] of what we were looking for: a connection to what you’d grow and an herb or flower weaving throughout the candy itself. We’ve since updated many of the ingredients to ensure they fit the dietary lifestyle we aim to live by—non-GMO being of most significance to us. 

 

4. Is there a distinct way of creating the lollipops? 

The invention is proprietary so we can’t share how it’s created, but will happily reveal that the stick is biodegradable. 

 

5. Where does the brand see itself in the future?

We see ourselves continuing to grow and bring as many people together in the garden as possible. We see a world that’s more sustainable and connected. 

 

6. Can we expect to see new lollipop flavors and more types of products?

We’re always creating due to our rigorous standards of the seed connecting to the flavor of the lollipop. All the stars must align for us to unveil a new flavor, but when we do you know it’s something special. 

 

7. What do you want our readers to take away from this interview?

We hope you and your readers join us on this journey of connection and community through plants and delicious organic treats.

 

Check out Amborella Organics’ other unique lollipop offerings. You can follow their journey on Twitter, Facebook, and Instagram.

 

 flowers by Be My Rose and photography by Heather Collins

flowers by Be My Rose and photography by Heather Collins

Marina Ali is a student, writer, poet, and blue lipstick enthusiast. She is a staff writer for Brown Girl Magazine, the features editor for Drunk Magazine, and the social media manager for TMO Media. When she’s not writing or studying for classes, you can find her picnicking in pastoral East Texas, crafting for her sorority sisters, or making food.