Greathead suckers, pulled-toffee treats, were first made 100 years ago in Southampton by Almeda Eagleson, and now granddaughter Jennifer Eagleson carries on the family tradition to meet local and worldwide craving for the candy. For many, eating a Greathead sucker evokes happy childhood memories and nostalgia for simpler times. The unique pulled-toffee treat - light golden- coloured with a dark stripe - is craved near and far. Mrs. Greathead would be amazed at the worldwide love of her sucker, said Betty Shular, an employee at Harrigan 100 Mile Food Market in Southampton that stocks the sucker. I've had people send them to Japan, Great Britain, Switzerland, Mexico, South America and beyond, Shular said in a July interview, noting their popularity hasn't waned - almost all the suckers delivered just days earlier had sold. I had one lady in tears as she remembered eating the suckers as a kid, Shular said, adding she remembers Greathead kids bringing them to school. One hundred years ago, Greathead suckers were two for a penny; Shular remembers paying five cents. While the five-ingredient recipe - molasses, corn syrup, brown sugar, vanilla and water - seems simple, the key is the manufacturing process, according to Jennifer Greathead Eagleson, granddaughter of the late Almeda Greathead. Greathead said she remembers all of the kids in her family helping make the suckers - the first job they did was inserting wooden sticks into the candy. They delivered them by bicycle to local stores. Eagleson took on making Greathead suckers to continue the family tradition, and add to Greathead sucker family lore - she has a photograph of her father sitting on a camel in front of the Great Pyramid, holding a sucker that his mother had sent him during WW11. In some households, Greathead suckers don't last long without some ingenuity. Eagleson said one woman admitted to hiding the suckers in her freezer in a container marked 'liver'. Eagleson, who began making the suckers in 1987, has no plans to stop. Gramma didn't stop making them until she was in her mid-90s, and I hope the wonderful legacy of this generational treat will continue, she said. The family recipe and critical secret technique will be passed on to Eagleson's niece who has made a few batches. Asked about the Greathead sucker calorie count, Eagleson said with no additives or preservatives, it kind of makes it a health food. Greathead suckers - a sugary treat on a stick - were first made in Southampton 100 years ago and the family tradition continues as they are craved locally and worldwide.