Introduction: Homemade Tootsie Rolls

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Want to have lots of Tootsie Rolls quickly and cheaply? This recipe gets the job done with candies that taste like Tootsie Rolls, but are much softer than the store-bought kind.

Seriosusly, this is easy. If you have all of the ingredients, you're only about 10 minutes away from eating them up.

Step 1: Ingredients

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OK, let's get started, here's what you need
  •    2 tablespoons butter (29g), softened
  •    1/2 cup (40g) unsweetened cocoa powder
  •    3 cups (360g) confectioners' sugar
  •    1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  •    3/4 cup (85g) dry milk powder
  •    1/2 (120mL) cup white corn syrup

Note that that is dry milk powder, not instant milk. 

Step 2: Knead It!

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Throw all of the ingredients into one large mixing bowl and knead it until it looks like one large lump of tootsie. It will have the consistency of Play-Doh. It may not seem like there's enough moisture in there when you start, but keep with it and it should turn out just fine.

Step 3: Shape It

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To make your own rolls, just tear off a chunk of the tootsie dough, roll it up, and cut pieces off. Eat it up right there or wrap it in plastic wrap or wax paper to save it for later.

That's it! Enjoy.


goodahoys (author)2017-02-16

Beautiful ✌️??????????? ???

craig3 (author)2011-03-01

hhhmmmm, I dont think we have tootsie rolls in Australia,ill have to make some and see what its all about

AmandaP89 (author)craig32016-05-19

Craig3 they are Really good. And no you don't. I know because I've lived most of my life in Australia and now in Canada. Hope you enjoy them.

masilum (author)craig32011-03-29

We do have tootsie rolls. SA. In Rite Price. There heaps yummy. But this recipe wasnt much better. We dont have corn syrup either. I found a replacement. Certainly not the best. If we DID have corn syrup on the other hand, it probably would be very nice.

craig3 (author)masilum2011-03-31

I've never seen them in Sydney though.

masilum (author)craig32011-04-01

Yeah, I doubt they'd be everywhere in Aus. It sucks that we don't have the same ingredients. :(

craig3 (author)masilum2011-04-01

corn syrup is glucose syrup though, should find that with all the cake decorating crap in woolies or something?

AussieAnglerGal (author)craig32012-02-21

i found it in IGA

masilum (author)craig32011-04-05

Aaahk. Shall try that then. Thanks!

rammons (author)craig32011-04-07

Pitt Street, Miranda, Chatswood last time I was home.

rammons (author)craig32011-04-07

Go to Sugar Fix. I'm a dual citizen, and had to find my candy fix.

mcfunworld (author)2015-01-14

I'm gonna make some but I'm gonna make a big tootsie BRICK :D just kidding I'll probably make little cubes then give some to my mom

Kemerd (author)2014-11-06

If you roll it up and cut them, and place them into the fridge for 30 minutes, they solidify a bit more, which makes them easier to eat, and store for later.

ccgeek (author)2014-08-19

if you get grey sand like I did,try melting butter and adding that

struth novo (author)2014-05-27

I made these it took a Long time but they were amazing!

cade nielson (author)2014-03-19


metallica8080 (author)2011-04-05

i tried making this, but so far mine just looks like grey sand. What am i doing wrong?

BOFH_2 (author)metallica80802013-09-22

Are you sure you have all the moisture giving ingredients and that you are using dry milk powder NOT instant milk? That is where I would start.

Instant milk would more than likely take up all your moisture. Just a thought. Good luck!

JimTheSoundman (author)2013-09-22

Maybe you could bake it at a low temperature for a couple hours to increase the chewiness if an exact match to the original candy is needed.

bill8188 (author)2013-08-23

Can't wait to try thanks

gapcool1 (author)2011-03-27


MaXoR (author)2011-03-03

Anyone made these yet, I love tootsie rolls, and so does my father. If these actually taste close, as in close enough for an avid tootsie roll lover to accept, then please let us know. I don't want to waste those ingredients unless it will work, limited budget living on disability.

fungus amungus (author)MaXoR2011-03-03

I was happy with the taste of it, but the texture is definitely softer if he's addicted to the chewiness.

kcbirder (author)2011-03-01

Looks yummy! But part of the distinct Tootsie Roll flavor is a hint of orange. (A Tootsie Roll cocktail is Dark Creme do Cacao in orange juice....and Wikipedia lists orange extract as in ingredient in Tootsie Rolls.) So it might be interesting to add just a TEENY smidge of natural orange extract to the recipe.

Thanks for posting it!

fungus amungus (author)kcbirder2011-03-03

That's interesting. I'll have to try that next time. This made a LOT so it'll be a while before I do it again, though.

SenKat (author)2011-03-01

Oh, MY ! So, after I make these, ans some other yuumy 'ibles I have seen" I was wondering iif you were considering making a weight loss 'ible as well ! NICE WORK !

fungus amungus (author)SenKat2011-03-01

As a matter of fact, I have changed my diet this year and have lost 15-20 pounds so far. These are definitely on the no-fly list for the most part, but I still ate a few before handing out the rest.

MaXoR (author)fungus amungus2011-03-03

"You at the whole leaf? Well their go your points for the day" -WeightWatchers quote

fungus amungus (author)MaXoR2011-03-03

Lost me on that one. What's the reference?

SenKat (author)fungus amungus2011-03-01

Well, I am missing TWO key components needed for losing weight -



Power !

No will power here - I see those yummy treats, BAM ! They are gone ! :-) Eh - fortunately my metabolism is "okay" so I don't explode in weight - but if I did find some will power, I would be able to lose a LOT more ! :-) Congrats on the awesome 'ible, AND on the weight loss !

fungus amungus (author)SenKat2011-03-03

I do OK with willpower. It's actually been really easy. I've just changed what I regularly eat and eat enough to be satisfied.

erichoward (author)2011-03-03

OMG! Its looks so yummy! Can i have one??

paulicio91 (author)2011-03-02

this food is very good

fretted (author)2011-03-01

Wonder if you could make them harder by using a little less white corn syrup like maybe 1/4 cup and just kneed it lots more ...

I love the texture of real tootsies thanks for this great Ible ......

jessyratfink (author)2011-03-01

You're my hero. Tootsie rolls are my favorite!

Muniosi (author)2011-03-01

These look awesome! Going to go see if I have all the ingredients right now!

sluggosqueen (author)2011-03-01

Thank you! Thank You!

Bloonie (author)2011-03-01

Can't wait to make these!!

build52 (author)2011-02-28

I love tootsie rolls!!!!!!

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