The Mystery Candy: Tootsie Roll Pops

Friday, July 16th, 2010 by Jon
A vintage Tootsie Roll pops advertisement

A rare vintage Tootsie Pop advertisement that includes the catch phrase, "your eyes may play tricks...but not your taste..." Introduced in 1931, Tootsie Pops have become one of the best selling lollipops of all times!"

Sharability: 0/10  (Depends if you have one for yourself or a bag to share)

Denture Danger: 9

Convenience: 10

Novelty: 10

Overall: 10

  “How many licks does it take to get the center of a tootsie roll pop?” The owl from the 1970s commercial’s famous words had kids asking all over America. The answer the owl gave was a “Let’s find out. A one, a two, a three, crunch. Three.”

 The real answer is however many you are willing to take; it could be one it could be one thousand. But counting how many licks it takes to get to the center takes away from the experience of eating this classic and delicious lollipop.

Get your tootsie roll pop in grape, cherry, orange, chocolate, blue raspberry, watermelon, strawberry, raspberry, pomegranate, and a new banana flavor all with the soft chewy chocolate tootsie roll center.

 Another big mystery with the Tootsie Roll Pop is the Indian on the wrapper. This myth has stood strong over many years. Many Tootsie Roll Pop wrappers have a picture of an Indian shooting a bow an arrow at a star.

The myth stands that if you send a certain amount of these Indian marked wrappers back to the company then you will receive some sort of prize. Beginning in 1982 the Tootsie Roll company came up with a response to all of the wrappers they were receiving, a short fiction story called “The Legend of the Indian Wrapper.”

 It told a story of a man who lived long, long ago when all lollipops were made alike. He wanted to make a lollipop with something special inside, but this is where he was stumped. One day the man awoke to find a grand Indian chief smiling at him.

The chief told the man that he would help him make a lollipop with a chewy candy center, but only if the man promised that he would never, ever, stop making them for people. The man promised. The Indian on the wrapper is supposedly a sign that the grand chief has personally checked that particular lollipop for the chewy candy center.

 One thing I can tell you is that, Indian on the wrapper or not, every Tootsie Pop I have every sunk my teeth into has had the chocolaty chewy tootsie roll center and has thus been delicious.

Sources:

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tootsie_Pops

http://www.tootsie.com/

http://urbanlegends.about.com/od/business/a/tootsie_pop.htm

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