Did you know Tootsie Rolls are made in Chicago?

4808E90E-6DE6-4429-A5C0-6D35C99382C0This week I got the biggest surprise. My daughter and I were entering the freeway when she yelled, “Mama, LOOK, it’s the Tootsie Roll truck.” As I was driving I couldn’t take a look, so I said, “Quick, take a picture, my blogging friends will enjoy seeing this.”

As you can see, she was quite the photographer, she got a GREAT shot of the truck. Then one night she was “behind” the Tootsie Roll truck and got a picture of the Owl and the famous saying of “How many licks in a tootsie roll pop?”

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Why the smiles and excitement? With our changing world, it is nice to know there are a few things from our childhood grade school days that still exists — AND — that is the Tootsie Roll, which has been produced in the United States since 1907.

Oh, and Leo Hirshfield (an Austrian immigrant) created this candy for his five year old daughter whose nickname was “Tootsie,” and there you have the name “Tootsie Roll.”

American soldiers ate tootsie rolls as field rations during WWII, because of the hardiness of the candy in different environmental conditions.

So, if you are ever in Chicago, keep your eye out for the Tootsie Roll truck. When you see it go buy, you’ll have to smile and THINK, “How many licks ARE THERE in a tootsie roll pop?”

8 thoughts on “Did you know Tootsie Rolls are made in Chicago?

  1. I was preparing my annual Christmas Good Samaritan shoebox for shipping to third world countries and I put a package of Tootsie Rolls in it. Some years they allow candy and some they don’t, but I remember liking them as a kid and they do ship well. I always wondered where the name came from!

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    1. Well, there is the “tootsie roll” which is like a chewy chocolate candy and then there is the “tootsie roll pop,” which is a lollipop with the chewy chocolate candy in the middle of the tootsie pop. They are good, something we had as children.

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