Tootsie Pop

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Tootsie Pop display.

A Tootsie Pop is a hard candy lollipop filled with a Tootsie Roll. They were invented in 1931 by Luke Weisgram and are manufactured by Tootsie Roll Industries.

I've been a fan of the Tootsie Pops from a very young age. I still enjoy them, not just because they're a bit unique in shape and texture, but also because they have some distinct flavors.

Because of the "How many licks does it take to get to the Tootsie Roll center of a Tootsie Pop?" promotion, my cousins and I once spent an afternoon licking our lollipops and keeping count until we reached the center. I think my count was in the 700s. In reality, there is no way to get a standard count because each lollipop has a slightly different thickness, not just from its odd shape, but from an imperfect manufacturing process, and it's also not possible to get a standard "lick." People have setup licking machines and averaged out dozens of results, but they still differ wildly.

The wrapper of the candy is section cut from a long graphic of children performing various activities. This has led to interesting legends about what can happen if you get specific graphics on your wrapper. The one I've most commonly heard about is that getting a wrapper with the buy dressed as a Native American shooing an arrow at a star can be redeemed for a free Tootsie Roll Pop. There are many other legends as well, but they were all started by individual stores, not the manufacturer.

Also, while the product's display box uses the name "Tootsie Pop," the lollipop's wrapper reads, "Tootsie Roll Pop."

Flavors

Flavor Rank Notes
Apple Blueberry - Never tasted it.
Banana - Don't remember what it's like.
Berry Punch - Never tasted it.
Blue Raspberry - Never tasted it.
Blueberry - Never tasted it.
Candy Cane - Never tasted it.
Caramel - Never tasted it.
Cherry 1 This is a fantastic cherry.
Chocolate 3 One of the few hard candy chocolates.
Citrus Punch - Never tasted it.
Grape 6
Green Apple - Never tasted it.
Lemon - Never tasted it.
Lemon Lime - Never tasted it.
Orange 5
Orange Pineapple - Never tasted it.
Pineapple - Never tasted it.
Pomegranate - Never tasted it.
Raspberry 2
Sour Apple - Never tasted it.
Sour Blackberry - Never tasted it.
Sour Blue Raspberry - Never tasted it.
Sour Lemon - Never tasted it.
Strawberry - Never tasted it.
Strawberry Banana - Never tasted it.
Strawberry-Vanilla - Never tasted it.
Strawberry-Watermelon - Never tasted it.
Sweet Cherry - Never tasted it.
Sweet Grape - Never tasted it.
Sweet Orange - Never tasted it.
Sweet Raspberry - Never tasted it.
Tangerine - Never tasted it.
Tropical Punch - Never tasted it.
Watermelon 4 This has nothing on the Jolly Rancher watermelon.
Wild Apple Berry - Never tasted it.
Wild Berry - Never tasted it.
Wild Black Cherry - Never tasted it.
Wild Blackberry - Never tasted it.
Wild Blueberry - Never tasted it.
Wild Cherry Berry - Never tasted it.
Wild Mango Berry - Never tasted it.

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