Thursday, December 11, 2008

Candy Cane Tootsie Pops

imageBefore Tootsie came out with their seasonal Candy Cane Tootsie Pops fans of peppermint and Tootsie Rolls were relegated to making their own. Though it was relatively simple to jam a Tootsie Roll on a chop stick and then smash a couple of starlight mints onto it, it just didn’t have the same classy, holiday flair as this store-bought version.

Candy Cane Tootsie Pops are a little different than other special flavor editions of Tootsie Pops. But not in remarkable ways. Yet I’ll list them for you anyway. First, the they’re in a clear cellophane wrapper. Second, the wrapper is done in a double twist at both the base of the pop and at the top of the pop. (Remember, the regular wrappers cover the pop and twist only where the stick meets the pop.) Third, the shape is not like the regular Tootsie Pop, which has a band that extends from the base up and around the top. Instead this band goes around the middle, just like a Charms Blow Pop. (Hmm, the wrappers are the same as Blow Pops too ... wouldn’t it be fun if they made mint Blow Pops?)

The wrappers are vexing. They’re sealed at the base, so hard to get off and not as easy to rewrap around the candy if you don’t finish it all at once.

The mint hard candy outside is peppermint. It has a pleasant swirl of red that goes through the white dominant base. It’s very smooth, in fact, smoother than a regular Tootsie Pop, fewer voids. Honestly, it made me wonder why Tootsie Pops aren’t all this smooth.

I’m a cruncher, so it didn’t take long before I was able to dissolve away enough of the hard candy outside to crunch into the Tootsie Roll center. Let me state that’s where this gets disappointing. A Tootsie Roll is just a chocolate flavored taffy. I like them well enough as a durable, all weather candy. But they’re really only good inside Tootsie Pops (orange). Because mint is rather one note (no tartness, just sweetness and cool mint) instead of complex like the fruit flavors (the flavor, the tart, the tangy all combined) the Tootsie Roll scent becomes very obvious. It smells like chocolate scented cardboard.

It smells like the box hot cocoa mixes come in after you take the packets out.

It’s just disappointing.

I think these are a fun idea, but there’s really no way to improve them without fixing the Tootsie Roll. The combo just doesn’t bring out the best that a Tootsie Roll has to offer and hide its shortcomings.

Related Candies

  1. Chocolate Dipped Altoids - Creme de Menthe
  2. Baskin-Robbins Soft Candy
  3. Tootsie Pop Drops
  4. Jo’s Peppermint Crunch
  5. Tootsie Rolls & Fruit Rolls
  6. Charms Blow Pops & Zip-a-Dee
  7. Hot Tamales Ice
Name: Candy Cane Tootsie Pops
  • 10 SUPERB
  • 9 YUMMY
  • 8 TASTY
  • 7 WORTH IT
  • 4 BENIGN
Brand: Tootsie
Place Purchased: Target (WeHo)
Price: $1.99
Size: 9.6 ounces
Calories per ounce: 100
Categories: Chew, Mint, Hard Candy, United States, Tootsie, Christmas

POSTED BY Cybele AT 10:16 am Tracker Pixel for Entry    

  1. “...if you don?t finish it all at once.”

    I speak with confidence when I say that anyone who lets anything interrupt the blissful enjoyment of a Tootsie Roll Pop has his or her priorities in need of serious adjustment.

    Yes, it’s hard to understand what I’m saying when I have one in my mouth, but that’s the price that’s paid for talking to me when I’m having one.

    Comment by Russ on 12/11/08 at 3:51 pm #
  2. Those Ice Hot Tamales (linked as a “related candy”) at the end of this post look verrry interesting. Are they still making those?

    Comment by Bill Brown on 12/11/08 at 5:41 pm #
  3. Russ, you beat me to it.  If you have to rewrap a lollipop, it’s not good enough to be worth finishing.  Besides, that’s gross and I gagged a little at the thought of finishing a used pop.

    Comment by Dave on 12/12/08 at 1:58 am #
  4. I just bought a bag of these!

    Comment by patti on 12/12/08 at 8:32 am #
  5. I’m disappointed to hear these weren’t that good—I love Tootsie pops—but a least I know not to waste my money now.

    May I add you to my blog roll? I wanted to ask first.


    Comment by Laura on 12/12/08 at 9:11 am #
  6. “But they?re really only good inside Tootsie Pops (orange).”

    I will trade you all of my orange ones for all of your blue/grape ones!

    Comment by dea on 12/14/08 at 6:06 am #
  7. I’ve been steadily eating the rest of Cybele’s bag of Candy Cane Tootsie Pops.  I find the mint very refreshing, and I’m not bothered by the tootsie center.

    Comment by Bronwen on 12/16/08 at 1:43 pm #
  8. my mom LOVES these.  she lives 2 hours away and couldn’t find them in any stores in town.  i found them on sale at my target and bought her 5-6 bags of them, and am wrapping them for her for christmas, lol.

    they’re tasty, i think - i don’t expect CHOCOLATE in the middle which i think helps.  i grew up with them as part of christmas - in our stockings, munching on them when driving around and looking at lights, etc.

    Comment by emma on 12/16/08 at 4:59 pm #
  9. i looovvvee these!

    Comment by jess on 12/18/08 at 5:04 am #
  10. These are the best suckers ever, hands down!!!!! These cannot be bought at my local stores so every year I wait for them to go on sale (around November) and then throughout the entire season I order bag after bag after bag until they’re no longer available.  I can’t afford to supply myself for the entire year as I would need a second job, a larger wardrobe, dental work, and probably doctor’s appointment to attend to my acutely brought on case of diabetes and…I digress.  Anyway, if you haven’t tried these please do.  They are far, far better then regular Tootsie Pops.  My favorite part is the absolute “freshly made” tootsie center.  Phenomenal.  I hope they never stop making these.

    Comment by Jellybean on 7/09/09 at 6:38 pm #
  11. I got to try one of those today and I love them! They are so good!

    Comment by Athena on 1/04/13 at 4:03 pm #
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