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How many licks does it take to get to the center of a tootsie pop?

  1. MamaBambie profile image61
    MamaBambieposted 5 years ago

    How many licks does it take to get to the center of a tootsie pop?

    All in good fun of course.


  2. WD Curry 111 profile image59
    WD Curry 111posted 5 years ago


    This is obviously a trick question. No one licks a tootsie pop more than a few times, before they start rolling it around trying to dissolve the hard candy shell enough to get a good bite of tootsie mixed with the wafer thin, crunchy casing. My dentist confessed to doing the same.

    Are you old enough to remember? "Pop, pop tootsie pop, Pop! Pop, pop tootsie pop . . . DAD!"

    Oh my, that's from back when you only had two commercials at the end of the hour. The other day, there were eight or nine. Please, sell me more!

  3. I Am Rosa profile image89
    I Am Rosaposted 5 years ago

    My brother and I tried to find out.  Alas, in our youth, we did not have the scholarly reserve to keep licking beyond 8 and broke into a crunching frenzy that left us with aching teeth and an unanswered question that mocked us at each Saturday morning commercial break ...

  4. nina64 profile image82
    nina64posted 5 years ago

    Like the commercial says "The world will never know".

  5. profile image0
    Kommadantposted 5 years ago

    According to this commercial, it is three. smile


    1. AEvans profile image79
      AEvansposted 5 years agoin reply to this

      It's three because anybody who loves a Tootsie Roll can't do it! lolo! I tried and lost when I was little and have tried since then. To, to complicated! lololol! big_smile

    2. Georgie Lowery profile image94
      Georgie Loweryposted 5 years agoin reply to this

      This would have been my answer! I love that commercial!

  6. Cristale profile image84
    Cristaleposted 5 years ago

    How ever many licks you think it should take to get to the center, but we are never patient enough to find out...it just tastes soo good! smile

  7. kennynext profile image74
    kennynextposted 5 years ago

    It will take all of them, quite obivious.

  8. SportsBetter profile image77
    SportsBetterposted 5 years ago

    The owl says, "one, two, three (crunch)... It takes three licks to get to the center"  ..

  9. TheHoleStory profile image80
    TheHoleStoryposted 5 years ago

    It's just like the old cartoon owl says in the commercial - 3.

  10. jaredbangerter profile image84
    jaredbangerterposted 5 years ago

    The world may never know. 

    Well, at least that's what television taught me.

  11. MamaBambie profile image61
    MamaBambieposted 5 years ago

    I have also tried, once upon a time.  It was when I was really little and i got up to 225 before I reached it big_smile

    1. Becky Katz profile image84
      Becky Katzposted 5 years agoin reply to this

      Wow, did you just lick in the one spot? I can't believe that someone actually licked all the way to the Tootsie Roll middle.

    2. MamaBambie profile image61
      MamaBambieposted 5 years agoin reply to this

      I was young and bored.  Well, younger.  And I might have taken a small crunch to help the process.

  12. Blond Logic profile image97
    Blond Logicposted 5 years ago

    This is all very much dependent on the length of your tongue, and how moist your tongue it. Just save yourself time and bite it.

  13. Becky Katz profile image84
    Becky Katzposted 5 years ago

    That would depend on how patient you are. I am considered to not be but I got up to 43 once. LOL and my kids are the same way.

  14. Karen N profile image60
    Karen Nposted 5 years ago

    I tried many times but never had enough patience to find out.

  15. AEvans profile image79
    AEvansposted 5 years ago

    I tried this when I was a little girl. Lolol! I ended up eating it before the last lick and lost count. Those Tootsie rolls are so yummy, I just don't know. My guess at least 1000 or more. If anyone knows the answer please share! smile

  16. DaveysRecipeRead profile image59
    DaveysRecipeReadposted 5 years ago

    Like the ancient toothless turtle said "I never got there without biting". WD Curry 111, nina64, jaredbangerter, cristale, Rosa and the selfless scientific sacrifice she and her brother made, regretfully in vain, all came to the same frustration filled conclusion. I can think of no one who actually managed to resist that irresistible pull of the chewy center of a tootsie roll. Did MamaBamble really get to the center? Is the moon made of cheese? 225 licks without being magnetized? Unbelievable!

    1. MamaBambie profile image61
      MamaBambieposted 5 years agoin reply to this

      Lol im not positive that i didnt cheat a little lol

  17. cperuzzi profile image97
    cperuzziposted 5 years ago

    One... Tahooo... Three... CRUNCH... Three.

  18. FatFreddysCat profile image98
    FatFreddysCatposted 5 years ago

    THREE dammit! THREE! Didn't ANYBODY listen to Wise old Mister Owl??

  19. billd01603 profile image86
    billd01603posted 5 years ago

    MamaBambie Great question, one I considered asking. This was a great commercial when I was a child. Me, my siblings and friends tried numerous times to figure this out (in the interest of science of course). I don't think any of us made it all the way to the end without biting. Thanks for the enjoyment!

  20. Express10 profile image87
    Express10posted 5 years ago

    The company that makes them made an "artificial tongue" and measured somewhere north of 300 licks. I saw this on an episode of Modern Marvels (topic: candies) on the History channel just a day or two ago.

  21. breathe2travel profile image80
    breathe2travelposted 5 years ago

    I counted once - 1,154 -- at least somewhere in that area for that pop. smile  That was a looooong time ago! wink It was an extra large.

    But, maybe my "licks" weren't full licks, if the company's artificial tongue only took 300!

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    JThomp42posted 5 years ago

    None. Just crush it with your teeth. I'm too impatient. smile