Friday, June 22, 2007

Tootsie Pops - Regular & Super Sized

Tootsie PopsAfter a recent writing session on a new play (for Script Frenzy) I stopped at the 7-11 near the coffee house where I was holed up to see what they had. I didn’t see much new, except for these gargantuan Tootsie Pops.

I picked up two, in my favorite flavors, Orange and Grape and thought I’d compare them to the classic sized ones.

The big ones are .85 ounces and regulars are .60 ounces.

Tootsie PopsI did try to compare the center of the Tootsie Pops, in case the hard candy proportion was the only difference. As far as I could tell, there was a slightly larger amount of Tootsie Roll at the center of the .85 ounce one but it was consistent with the larger amount of hard candy ... so they got the proportions right.

But here’s the thing ... there’s nothing wrong with the size of the regular Tootsie Pop. In fact, it’s darn near perfect. It actually fits inside my mouth. Not that the .85 ounce one doesn’t, but the problem is that I can’t put it between my cheek and my teeth. Maybe with some careful, long-term stretching, but then I’ll probably be left with Tootsie-Jowl. The other complaint is that the jumbo pops are wrapped in some sort of plasticized paper instead of the classic waxed paper. While this may provide a better seal on the candy (I think they hot melt it to the stick or something) this makes it frustrating to open and the wrapper simply cannot be used to wrap back around the partially eaten pop ... it just pops open unless you use some tape on it. (I usually save the wrapper to wrap up my stick that may be, well, sticky, and put it in my bag until I can dispose of it properly if need be.)

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I love Tootsie Pops, they’re an ideal summer candy, as they have no melting issues but still offer a sightly chocolatey flavor.

My ranking of the current flavor offerings:

1. Orange
2. Grape
3. Chocolate
4. Raspberry
5. Lime
6. Cherry

Your mileage may vary. I give the traditional Tootsie Pops a 9 out of 10 ... the new jumbo sized ones get a 7 out of 10 ... yeah, size matters. Tootsie Pops also come in miniatures, which look about the size of a Dum Dum pop. I’ve had them before, I tend to pull the stick out right away and crunch it up (rather like the old Tootsie Pop Drops). Read more about the history of the Tootsie Pop at their site and their TV spots.

Here’s the classic one:

Here’s the new one:

Which do you prefer?

 

Name: Tootsie Pops
    RATING:
  • 10 SUPERB
  • 9 YUMMY
  • 8 TASTY
  • 7 WORTH IT
  • 6 TEMPTING
  • 5 PLEASANT
  • 4 BENIGN
  • 3 UNAPPEALING
  • 2 APPALLING
  • 1 INEDIBLE
Brand: Tootsie
Place Purchased: 7-11 (Hollywood)
Price: $.25 regular $.39 jumbo
Size: .60 ounces & .85 ounces
Calories per ounce: unknown
Categories: Chew, Hard Candy, United States, Tootsie

POSTED BY Cybele AT 7:59 am Tracker Pixel for Entry    

Comments
  1. I like the old commercial better. It could be nostalgia but it just has a better view. I don’t even like the vibrant colours in the newer one.
    Besides, little Johnny there looks weird with the new haircut.
    And I like the sketch drawings.
    I think I’ve ever only eaten chocolate tootsie pops. I’m not a fan of fruit and chocolate together.

    Comment by Mortie on 6/22/07 at 10:11 am #
  2. The old commercial of course! smile

    I love tootsie pops…they have a strawberry flavor now too. Have you tried it? It’s quite good! smile

    Comment by Sera on 6/22/07 at 10:34 am #
  3. I like the new commercial better overall because it’s more pleasant to look at.. plus the child is clothed.

    The one thing I don’t like: the way the Tootsie Pops are illustrated at the end being licked into oblivion. It’s just too darn perfect, that’s not how it happens! It was better in the old one.

    Comment by alice on 6/22/07 at 12:04 pm #
  4. I agree. They do make good summer treats. I use the rappers for art or making wallets.

    Comment by Alyssa on 6/22/07 at 12:39 pm #
  5. I like both commericals equally well.

    Comment by JEP on 6/22/07 at 1:18 pm #
  6. I can’t imagine ever not finishing a Tootsie Roll Pop. I can’t believe anyone, seriously, eats half of one and wraps it back up!

    Comment by Russ on 6/22/07 at 7:54 pm #
  7. I like the old commercial better.

    I love tootsie pops but I think I will stick with the regular size. =) My favourites are grape, strawberry and cherry…oh and sometimes the chocolate one.

    Comment by Diva on 6/23/07 at 3:43 am #
  8. Eurgh, the new one is awful!
    How could they replace the original commercial with a more graphic 21st century, 3-D version? The old one holds a lot of nostalgia.
    it doesn’t compare.

    Comment by Emily on 6/23/07 at 3:29 pm #
  9. of course the old one :]
    it’s a classic.

    Comment by alyssa on 6/24/07 at 8:37 am #
  10. I agree the old one is a classic. I even have a tshirt with the owl on it. Love it. I don’t think I’ve ever had a lime tootsie pop I always go for grape. But I might like lime too.

    Comment by Amy on 6/26/07 at 12:30 pm #
  11. I just discovered your blog- and I have a quick question, sort of related to this topic. Do you remember Rainbow Pops and Rainbow Drops, they were hard, fruit-flavored candies, that used to be available… somewhere? I seem to remember trying some from a friend about 7 years ago…

    Comment by someone on 7/08/07 at 5:34 pm #
  12. CAN’T FIND THE MEGA SIZE TOOTSIE POPS.  CAN YOU TELL ME WHERE I CAN ORDER THEM?  I HAVE GONE TO THE TOOTSIE POP WEB PAGE BUT THEY DO NOT SELL THE PRODUCT!  THANKS

    Comment by PATRICIA BURR on 7/13/07 at 10:56 am #
  13. someone - I’m afraid I don’t remember rainbow drops, but I’ll keep looking.

    Patricia - there are a couple of places online that sell them in whole boxes of assorted flavors:

    http://www.candywarehouse.com/supertootsies.html
    http://www.candydirect.com/novelty/Super-Tootsie-Roll-Pops.html

    I’m sure there are some other sources as well, but those are two trusted companies.

    Comment by cybele on 7/13/07 at 11:25 am #
  14. Thank you!

    Comment by Someone on 7/14/07 at 8:06 am #
  15. hi my name is brianna feely im am now 14 i had a question if you get a star on your wrapper than do you get a free sucker.

    Comment by brianna feely on 9/13/07 at 9:32 am #
  16. Does anyone know where I can buy Tootsie Pop Drops?  I loved them as a kid and now I’m going blind searching the web for them.  Thanks so much\.

    Comment by traci on 10/27/07 at 1:06 pm #
  17. Cybele's avatar

    Brianna - it’s a myth that you can get a free candy. Sorry.

    Traci - Tootsie Pop Drops were discontinued. However, they will be returning early next year.

    Comment by Cybele on 10/27/07 at 1:10 pm #
  18. okay so like i think the commercials are absolutely BAWM! but like i dont really care for them as much as i care for the candy lol
    they are soo FREAKiin gewd its like GOOD!
    haha
    but yessiiirrrrrrrrrreeeeeeee i loveeyy these!! ;]]
    :DDDD
    =]]]]

    Comment by Tiffany ;]] on 2/21/08 at 11:06 am #
  19. Tootsie pop drawing

        The last piece of candy i’ve ate was a Blow pop and that was january 16 of this year

    Comment by Anthony Meier on 3/24/08 at 6:22 pm #
  20. I am currently enjoying a POMEGRANITE tootsie pop. Yes - POMEGRANITE. It tastes nothing like an actual fruit but it is quite tasty! Have you tried this? Today is the first time I have seen one! The wrapper is a bright day-glo reddish orange, which makes no sense, with reddish brown text/pictures on it.

    Do you know if this is a limited time flavor? I would love to get more…
    Thanks!

    Comment by Lauren on 7/30/08 at 8:22 am #
  21. I LOVE the pomegranate flavor. I just had one yesterday and they are so tasty!!!!!!! I wish they weren’t limited though. :(

    Comment by Kuanita Reid on 4/19/09 at 3:09 pm #
  22. Our family enjoys Tootsie Pops…but lately some of the Pops are badly deformed…as in 1/2 of a sucker…orange and grape predomanately…WHY???

    Comment by pete carr on 10/27/09 at 8:56 am #
  23. Who writes an entire blog about tootsie pops? but still, tootsie pops r pretty good

    Comment by jerry on 11/02/09 at 3:14 pm #
  24. The new totsie roll flavors are good. You ought to make a mocha flavored tootsie pop.

    Comment by Teresa Berg on 1/03/10 at 8:10 am #
  25. You seem to really like Orange :3 I love orange - ever since I was little XD Still love it today!

    Comment by Vanillabean on 10/07/10 at 8:07 am #
  26. Chocolate is not candy!

    Comment by Taylor on 4/11/11 at 9:04 pm #

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