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?
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!
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