Monday, July 19, 2010

National Lollipop Day: Chocolate Tootsie Roll Pops

July 20 is National Lollipop Day according to Louise at Months of Edible Celebrations. It should come as no surprise that my favorite lollipop when I was growing up was a Chocolate Tootsie Roll Pop.

I loved licking the hard outside to get to the chewy center. At some point, I used to chomp on the lollipop to make that crunchy hard candy shell combine in my mouth with the chewy tootsie roll center.

The Tootsie Roll Pop official website says that the Tootsie Roll Pop was the first lollipop providing an embedded candy "prize." That's exactly what it was...a prize!  I can still taste it. Of course I only wanted a chocolate tootsie roll pop because what goes better with chocolate than more chocolate. And, don't forget the sticks. They were always fabulous to chew on even after all traces of 'chocolate' were gone.

The history of the Tootsie Roll Pop: Tootsie Roll Pops were invented in 1930 by Brandon Perry, an employee of The Sweets Company of America or in another history, by an employee named Luke Weisgram who was experimenting with new products, or in another story an employee named Tom Medric. Doesn't matter! The Chocolate Tootsie Roll Pop was made from putting company's famous Tootsie Rolls into hard candy, and it quickly became one of the best selling lollipops in the world. 

For people with more time on their hands than they should have: A student study at the University of Cambridge concluded that it takes 3481 licks to get to the center of a Tootsie Pop. Another study by Purdue University concluded that it takes an average of 364 licks to get to the center of a Tootsie Pop using a "licking machine", while it takes an average of 252 licks when tried by 20 volunteers. Yet another study by the University of Michigan concluded that it takes 411 licks to get to the center of a Tootsie Pop. A study by junior high students in Swarthmore School concluded that it takes 144 licks to get to the centre of a Tootsie Pop. As I mentioned before, I chomp near the end, so I would certainly alter the statistics.

For those who love a mystery, read the history of Leo Hirschfeld: Tootsie Roll Tragedy- and the murky Tootsie Roll history HERE.

And, for those of you who prefer their Tootsie Pops in a Glass, two cocktail recipes.

My Tootsie Pop Cocktail Recipe: You'll be amazed at how much this tastes like a tootsie roll!

1 part Kahlua
1 part Root beer
2 drops chocolate syrup

In a Highball Glass, add the Kahlua, then the root beer. Stir. Then let the chocolate syrup drop. Add a tootsie pop (unwrapped) to garnish.

Traditional Tootsie Pop Cocktail Recipe (more like a cherry tootsie pop, if you ask me)

2 oz grenadine syrup
5 oz amaretto almond liqueur
3 oz lemon juice
2 drops chocolate syrup

Layer grenadine, amaretto, and lemon juice, then stir. Add 2 drops of chocolate syrup, let sink, and serve in a Highball Glass


Anonymous said...

Tootsie pops! This brings back the memories of some of the things I did as a child that would be considered "dangerous today. Riding my bike, one speed of course, and having the tootsie pop, stick and all, in my mouth and cracking open the hard candy before it was soft enough to "safely" do so are just two actions not appreciated today. And I am sure that like every kid I threw the stick on the ground regardless of any garbage cans that might have been nearby.

~~louise~~ said...

I really can't remember the last time I had a Tootsie Pop. Too long, I'm afraid:)

GREAT post, Janet. You've done Lollipop Day justice:) I'll take that first Tootsie Pop drink to go please...

Thank you so much for sharing...

I'm really liking your new look!