Junior Mints are a candy consisting of small rounds of mint filling (with a dimple on one side) inside a dark chocolate coating. The product is currently produced by Tootsie Roll Industries, and is packaged in varying amounts from the fun-size box to the much larger 12.0 oz. box. Junior Mints were introduced in 1949 by the Cambridge, Massachusetts-based James O. Welch Company, The company also manufacturers candies and candy bars such as Sugar Babies, Welch's Fudge, and Pom Poms. Welch was born in Hertford, North Carolina, attended the University of North Carolina, and then founded his Cambridge candy company in 1927. His partner in the company was his brother, Robert W. Welch, Jr., who retired from the confectionery business in 1956 and two years later founded the John Birch Society.
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