Tootsie Roll

Tootsie Roll is a cylindrical bar of mostly sugar, oil and milk.  With some cocoa and a few other things. 

Unlike a lot of candy bars, the wrapper doesn’t make a claim as to what the thing is.  Other than, well, a Tootsie Roll.  I would say it’s most similar to fudge, although really it has a substantially tougher, less creamy consistency than most fudge. 

The good news is, it will withstand hotter weather than a chocolate bar without melting.  And, similarly, it will last longer in your mouth without melting away. 

The bad news?  This is not really a chocolate bar.  Even though, if you’re like me, you may have always thought if it as one.  Looking at the ingredients list, there is no chocolate, and no cocoa butter.  What there is, is cocoa and partially hydrogenated soybean oil (with sugars).  This combination is known as compound chocolate or imitation chocolate.

It's made by Tootsie Roll Industries in Chicago, Illinois.  Despite the questionable ingredients, this candy bar has maintained its popularity for a long time - it’s been in continuous production since 1896. 

And it's been successful enough that the company’s stock is now listed on the New York Stock Exchange - under ticker symbol TR.  

When I was a kid I ate quite a few of these, although I can't say they were really on my favorites list.  Of course, back then I never looked at the ingredients list.  Oh wait, that's wrong.  Back then there were no ingredients lists.

Good:
    •    Doesn’t melt as easily in hot weather
    •    Doesn’t melt as rapidly (lasts longer) in your mouth

Not so great:
    •    Partially hydrogenated soybean oil
    •    Largest ingredient?  Sugar & more sugar.


Ingredients and Nutrition

Again, the ingredient list here is not looking too happy. When we describe the items by category, it starts out like this:
Sugar
Another sugar
Partially hydrogenated oil
Milk
Cocoa
...

But let's look more closely.  Real chocolate has cocoa and cocoa butter, which are the two parts that chocolate beans can be separated into.  In compound chocolate the cocoa butter has been removed and replaced with cheaper (and generally less healthy) vegetable fats.  Worse if those fats are hydrogenated, as in this case.

So, my bottom line recommendation on Tootsie Roll is, don't eat very many of them.  But consider this choice if you're looking for a candy that's somewhat chocolatey to ride in your pocket in summer, that won't have turned into a liquid mess by the time you're ready to eat it.

INGREDIENTS:

SUGAR,
CORN SYRUP,
PARTIALLY HYDROGENATED SOYBEAN OIL
CONDENSED SKIM MILK,
COCOA,
WHEY,
SOYA LECITHIN,
ARTIFICIAL AND NATURAL FLAVORS.

Ingredient quantity = 9

This jumbo bar has 300 calories, with 60 of them (20%) from fat.  Well at least the low fat ratio tells us they didn't use a lot of that partially hydrogenated soybean oil.


I paid $1.79 for this 3.0 ounce bar (August 2013).  For comparison purposes, that's $9.55 per pound.  Just below average pricing for popular chocolate candy.

I'm giving this my personal score of 2.2 out of 5 stars for Overall Enjoyment, 1.8 for Nutrition, and 2.0 for Value.  Just my opinion, your mileage may vary.

Now you know what a Tootsie Roll is.  Any questions?  You know where my Contact Page is!


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The company manufactures more than 62 million candies each day.                                                              That's more than 700 every second!