You’ve got to hand it Tootsie Roll and Tootsie Pop.
The iconic candy we baby boomers grew up with has taken Twitter by storm. Mr. Owl — you remember him — announced you can test the new flavor free by downloading a play and win game – you can do it here.”
I follow Mr. Owl on Twitter. I am a real sucker for owls and candy — get it?
Th owl debuted in the “How many licks does it take to get to the Tootsie Roll center of a Tootsie Pop?” commercial. Watch all the commercials here.
Where did Tootsie rolls and Tootsie Pops come from? In New York City in 1896, Austrian immigrant Leo Hirshfield came up with the idea of the taffy-like Tootsie Roll as an alternative to chocolate that melted. He named it for his daughter whose nickname was Tootsie. She was 5 at the time.
The Tootsie Pop popped onto the scene in 1931 with its original chocolate flavor followed by cherry, orange, grape, raspberry and blueberry — introduced in 2012.
The company now also has strawberry, watermelon, blue raspberry, candy cane, caramel, banana and green apple. The Tropical Stormz variety swirls flavors together with orange/pineapple, lemon/lime, strawberry/banana, apple/blueberry, citrus/punch and berry/berry punch.
Today’s Tootsie Roll Industries now includes Tootsie Roll, Tootsie Pop, Charms Blow Pop, Mason Dots, Andes, Sugar Daddy, Charleston Chew, Dubble Bubble, Razzles, Caramel Apple Pop, Junior Mints, Cella’s Chocolate-Covered Cherries, and Nik-L-Nip.
All Tootsie Roll candies are completely peanut, tree nut and nut product free and gluten free.
Today, the Chicago-based company makes 64 million Tootsie Rolls per day.
The website is pretty entertaining, and many folks have undertaken studies to determine how many licks it takes to get to the center of a Tootsie Pop. Visit the How Many Licks? page. Pretty fun stuff — and it all started with some taffy named for a little girl.