Friday, November 11, 2011

Tootsie Frooties - Root Beer

Tootsie Frooties - Root BeerIn a candy tease last year I mentioned the existence of new flavors of the iconic flavored Tootsie Rolls. The line is called Frooties. They were introduced in the 1970s when actual penny candy still existed. Last year a few new and perhaps trendy flavors were introduced including CranBlueberry as well as Frooties Root Beer.

I finally found some while on vacation back in September at a little candy shop in Cayucos. I bought a handful of them at 10 cents each and ate them without a review. (I was on vacation.)

I kept looking for more, but no one seemed to carry them. Over the weekend I was shopping at Smart & Final and ran into the bag pictured - it contains 360 pieces and almost two and a half pounds. It’s the size of an airplane pillow. Yeah, it was silly, it was $5.99 but I’d already tasted them and knew I wanted to review them. I had no rationale to get rid of the excess after review, no Halloween Trick or Treaters coming to my door. I fully planned to eat them myself.

Tootsie Frooties - Root Beer

The candies are small, they’re the smallest size of the Tootsie Roll, a little more than 3 grams each and only one inch long. They were very fresh, soft and easy to upwrap. The wax paper is simple, just twisted at the ends and classic.

They look kind of like Tootsies, they’re brown and don’t smell like much. But biting into one, it’s satisfying. The Root Beer flavors are well balanced, a mix of cinnamon and wintergreen with only the lightest acidic bite like a soda. The chew is smooth and slightly creamy. It’s not sticky and not too sweet. If I eat a lot of them, I get a bit of a warm mouth buzzing sensation, similar to something I experience with wintergreen flavors.

They come in other flavors, but I’m not terribly interested in them. Root Beer candy is hard to find and this strikes the right balance of warm spice and smooth chew. Sure, it’s probably like chewing hardened Ben Gay, but I actually like that. I’m sure I’ll manage to eat all 360 pieces eventually.

They’re made in the USA, certified Kosher in a peanut free, gluten free and tree nut free facility. It does contain dairy though, so it’s not for vegans.

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Name: Frooties Root Beer
Brand: Tootsie
Place Purchased: Smart & Final (Glendale)
Price: $5.99
Size: 38.8 ounces
Calories per ounce: 99
Categories: Candy, Tootsie, Chews, Kosher, 7-Worth It, United States

POSTED BY Cybele AT 1:17 pm Tracker Pixel for Entry     CandyReviewTootsieChewsKosher7-Worth ItUnited States

  1. be careful and don’t take too long to eat them. After a while, they begin to get quite hard. I don’t mind that, as they soften as you chew them, but they can get very firm.  Several of the other flavors are nice, but the Root Beer is the cream of the crop.  Here in the plains, the Hy-Vee grocery chain regularly carries these large bags - that is the only size i’ve ever seen them sold in besides a few bulk stores where they are sold per pound.

    Comment by Jim Kosmicki on 11/11/11 at 2:47 pm #
  2. “Last year a few new and perhaps trendy flavors were introduced including CranBlueberry”


    ::hits DuckDuckGo::


    Comment by Synonymous on 11/11/11 at 7:01 pm #
  3. I am not a fan of the root beer flavor, BUT I do have to tell you that if you want an assortment, I actually found bags of FROOTIES Assorted flavors at BIG LOTS this year.  (I couldn’t locate them anywhere else either - which is highly unusual around Halloween time.)  They were fresh and chewy and OH SO FRUITY!  I have them in our candy bowl and they are going fast.  I got them about a week ago if you are interested in checking your local Big Lots out to see if they have any.

    Comment by Julie Saylor on 11/12/11 at 5:11 am #
  4. I would like to purchase the root beer frooties on line from you. is this possible?also I would like to purchase orange flavored mints.

    Comment by Wilma Hern on 11/12/11 at 6:40 am #
  5. Thanks for highlighting these.  Just got them and they are great.  The more Root Beer stuff the better…

    Comment by Scott on 11/18/11 at 8:06 am #
  6. Oh man, I love Tootsie Frooties (though, I hate Root Beer, along with the flavor). I remember when I was younger, it would always be a treat to get these during Halloween. It was like eating a normal tootsie roll, but with much better flavors.

    The student store at my school started selling these in small ziplock bags, 12 pieces for 25 cents. I’ve ended up just chewing on them endlessly since I found out about it. Nice blog!

    Comment by Net56 on 4/25/12 at 1:19 pm #
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