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Elizabeth LaBau

Homemade Tootsie Rolls

By July 24, 2013

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If you've been following this blog for any length of time, you have probably picked up on the fact that I subscribe to a "more is more" philosophy of life. This is especially true when it comes to candy. One of the best things about making your own candy is that you can completely customize it, and make it as small--or LARGE!--as you wish!

This grandiose mentality was on my mind recently when I was making these Homemade Tootsie Rolls. I don't know how the real things are made, but the homemade version is super-simple: melted chocolate is combined with butter, corn syrup, vanilla, and powdered sugar, and kneaded until smooth. The final step is to roll the candy dough into long thin ropes and cut it into Tootsie Roll-sized pieces. This is all well and good, but I didn't actually need 100 small Tootsie Rolls. What to do with the extra candy? My eyes kept sliding sideways over to the big mound of candy dough. Surely I could...there wasn't any reason why not...perhaps just a moderately-enlarged Tootsie Roll would be fine? Giant Tootsie Roll

And, without further contemplation, the deed was done! I was now in possession of a beautiful half-pound Tootsie Roll! You might ask yourself, what did I do with the giant Tootsie Roll? To which I reply, WE FEASTED!

Get the recipe: Homemade Tootsie Rolls

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July 24, 2013 at 11:32 am
(1) Mandi says:

Love this! Tootsie Rolls are my daughter’s favorite treat. I think for her next birthday, I’ll double your yummy recipe a make a giant tootsie roll, put candles on the top, a slice it up for the guests instead of cake.

September 2, 2013 at 10:05 pm
(2) kate says:

the real tootsie rolls are made from a mix of chocolate and caramel, do you think you can try to make a recipe that incorporates that?? thanks!

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