DOTS, or Mason DOTS, are a brand of gum drops marketed by Tootsie Roll Industries, which claims that 'since its 1945 launch,' the candy has become 'America's...#1 selling gumdrop brand.' According to advertisements, more than four billion dots are produced from the Tootsie Roll Industries Chicago plant each year. According to PETA DOTS are vegan, and according to the Tootsie Roll Industries website, they are gluten-free, nut-free, peanut-free, and kosher (officially certified kosher by the Orthodox Union as of December 1, 2009). DOTS were introduced in 1945 by Mason and trademarked that year. In 1972, Tootsie Roll Industries acquired the DOTS brand by purchasing the Mason Division of Candy Corporation of America. Prior to that acquisition they were manufactured by Mason, AU and Magenheimer Confectionery Manufacturing Company of Brooklyn and later Mineola, New York. Crows are the oldest candy in the DOTS family, first created in the late 19th century.
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