Facts about Tootsie Rolls
What are Tootsie Rolls?
Tootsie Rolls is a chewy chocolate candy. Each midget, their original size, is 23.33 calories and weighs 6.66 grams.
Tootsie Rolls do not contain nuts or peanuts. However, they do contain milk and soy. Tootsie Rolls are gluten free and as of 2009, certified kosher by the Orthodox Union.
Tootsie Rolls was the first penny candy to be individually wrapped.
History of Tootsie Rolls
The year was 1896. Leo Hirshfield, an immigrant from Austria, opened a small candy shop in New York City. He was trying to make a chocolate that was not easily meltable when exposed to heat. What he came up with was tootsie, named after his daughter Clara "Tootsie" Hirshfield.
By 1905, production of the Tootsie Roll was so big, they had to move into a five story factory.
In 1917, Leo Hirshfield changed the name of the company to Sweets Company of America. and in 1922, it became a listed company.
In 1931, the Tootsie Pop was born! It was popular during the Depression because of it's low price. Also, during World War II, Tootsie Rolls were commonly found in American soldiers rations because of it's hardiness.
In 1935, the company came upon hard times. Bernard D. Ruben became president of the company after acquiring a list of people with shares of the company and buying them. After becoming president, Ruben changed the formula of the Tootsie Roll and increased the size. He was able to increase the sales and restore profits. He eventually moved the company to Hoboken, New Jersey. By his death in 1948, he increased sale volumes twelve-fold.
In 1962, William B. Ruben, Bernard D. Ruben's brother, took over the company.
Then, in 1966, the Sweets Company of America adopted the name Tootsie Roll Industries, Inc.
Today, more than 62 million tootsie rolls are made daily and Tootsie Roll Industries is one of the biggest candy makers in the world.
How many licks does it take to get to the Tootsie Roll center of a Tootsie Pop?
Each year, the company claims to receive over 20,000 letters from children stating how many licks it takes to get to the 'tootsie roll center of a tootsie pop'. On average, they say it takes around 600-800.
Ingredients in Tootsie Rolls
Tootsie rolls consist of sugar, corn syrup, partially hydrogenated soybean oil, condensed milk, artificial cocoa flavoring, whey, soy lecithin, orange extract, and artificial and condensed flavoring.
Flavors of Tootsie Rolls
Flavors of tootsie rolls include, chocolate, cherry, orange, lime, vanilla, lemon, strawberry, raspberry, grape, apple, banana-berry, fruit punch, pink lemonade, root beer, cran-blueberry,and watermelon.