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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.
 
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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.
Kemerd1 month ago

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.

ccgeek4 months ago

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

struth novo6 months ago
I made these it took a Long time but they were amazing!
cade nielson9 months ago

yolo

i tried making this, but so far mine just looks like grey sand. What am i doing wrong?
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!
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.
bill81881 year ago
Can't wait to try thanks
craig33 years ago
hhhmmmm, I dont think we have tootsie rolls in Australia,ill have to make some and see what its all about
masilum craig33 years ago
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 masilum3 years ago
I've never seen them in Sydney though.
masilum craig33 years ago
Yeah, I doubt they'd be everywhere in Aus. It sucks that we don't have the same ingredients. :(
craig3 masilum3 years ago
corn syrup is glucose syrup though, should find that with all the cake decorating crap in woolies or something?
i found it in IGA
masilum craig33 years ago
Aaahk. Shall try that then. Thanks!
rammons craig33 years ago
Pitt Street, Miranda, Chatswood last time I was home.
rammons craig33 years ago
Go to Sugar Fix. I'm a dual citizen, and had to find my candy fix.
gapcool13 years ago
YOU ARE MY GOD!!!
MaXoR3 years ago
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)  MaXoR3 years ago
I was happy with the taste of it, but the texture is definitely softer if he's addicted to the chewiness.
kcbirder3 years ago
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)  kcbirder3 years ago
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.
SenKat3 years ago
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)  SenKat3 years ago
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.
"You at the whole leaf? Well their go your points for the day" -WeightWatchers quote
fungus amungus (author)  MaXoR3 years ago
Lost me on that one. What's the reference?
Well, I am missing TWO key components needed for losing weight -

Will

and

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)  SenKat3 years ago
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.
erichoward3 years ago
OMG! Its looks so yummy! Can i have one??
paulicio913 years ago
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this food is very good
fretted3 years ago
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 ......
You're my hero. Tootsie rolls are my favorite!
Muniosi3 years ago
These look awesome! Going to go see if I have all the ingredients right now!
Thank you! Thank You!
Bloonie3 years ago
Can't wait to make these!!
build523 years ago
I love tootsie rolls!!!!!!