Tuesday, July 18, 2006

Tootsie Tropical Pops

It’s hot. I’ve mentioned it before, and I know it’s summer ... but I’m guessing it’s hot wherever you are too and you’re wondering, “what sort of candy can I eat right now?”

imageLately I’ve found myself indulging in Tootsie Pops in the afternoon. Usually orange ones, sometimes grape. They’re way cheap, and pretty easy to find as singles at the convenience store.

But then I saw these at the 99 Cent Only Store. Tootsie has timed their new Limited Edition Pops rather well. It’s an assortment of five new flavors. Though they’re hardly tropical, as far as I’m concerned, they’re all nice flavors.

What’s great about Tootsie Pops is that there’s a bit of variety in that single sphere - a tangy piece of hard candy and the soft, vaguely chocolatey center. They’re easy to hold and don’t get you all sticky and only 60 calories a pop.

Pineapple - the one truly tropical flavor here, it’s peppy, tangy and nicely fragrant.

Tangerine - hardly tropical and barely different from the traditional orange, but I’m a huge fan of tangerine flavors and this one is pretty nice and goes really well with the lamely chocolate Tootsie Roll center.

Lemon-Lime - even less tropical because it’s not even exotic, but hey, it’s a nice sassy flavor. A little ordinary and not a very good combo with the Tootsie Roll core.

Watermelon - I’m never much of a fan of watermelon. The only watermelon I care much for is Jolly Ranchers ... but this was nice and the Tootsie Roll goes oddly well with the rather bland and sweet flavor.

Purple Punch - a rather nondescript punch flavor. Tangy, with some passion fruit notes but mostly a bland orangey.

Tootsie Pops aren’t the perfect lolly - they’re a little inconsistent, there are voids in the candy that can make them sharp from time to time and of course the twisted wrapper doesn’t always protect them from more humid conditions.

How many licks does it take to get to the center of a Tootsie Pop? I dunno ... but the commercial sure was cute and memorable ... much better than this later commercial in the eighties.

Name: Tropical Tootsie Pops Bunch (Limited Edition)
    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: 99 Cent Only Store
Price: $.99 (10 pops)
Size: 6 ounces
Calories per ounce: 100
Categories: Chew, Hard Candy, Mexico, Tootsie, Limited Edition

POSTED BY Cybele AT 6:26 am Tracker Pixel for Entry    

Comments
  1. I’ve always wondered why they couldn’t do a little more quality control with these and make them solid without the air bubbles.  I’ve scraped the roof of my mouth bloody on some of those edges by accident!  I’d love if they were solid like Charms (not the bubble gum ones) with the tootsie inside.

    Comment by Julilla on 7/18/06 at 7:12 am #
  2. I picked up a Tangerine/Mango Blow Pop at the gas station the other day.  It was delicious!

    Comment by elleninha on 7/18/06 at 8:40 am #
  3. I must find those. I really want to try the pineapple.

    Comment by g on 7/18/06 at 9:52 am #
  4. Now that I see the Mister Owl commercial, I just noticed that they implied that a majority of the world is “biters”, myself included.  I thought of us as a minority, but hey, who am I to argue with a classic voice-over?

    Other random thought: Did the kid who “forgot” to say Sour Apple suffer throughout his childhood for being known as the idiot who forgot the flavor of his blow pop?  Oh, and I distinctly remember that commercial playing at least untill the late 90’s, if it isn’t still shown.

    Comment by Mad Cow on 7/18/06 at 4:23 pm #
  5. Ooohh! I want to try these so bady! Did you find them for sale in a bag or individually? Musttt…...FIIIINNND!

    I remember that BlowPop commercial… *shudder*

    Comment by Sera on 7/18/06 at 4:47 pm #
  6. I wanted to try them something fierce until I saw the Mexico part at the bottom.  I hope that there’s no tap water in there.

    You were awfully hard on them for a 9, and some of us really like the odd chocolateyness of Tootsies.  Kind of like Yoo-Hoo or Chocolate Soldier.

    Comment by Dave on 7/18/06 at 6:05 pm #
  7. Cybele's avatar

    Julilla - yeah, someday I’ll get to see the factory and maybe that’ll explain it.

    g - I’m not sure if they sell them separately (I’ve seen the watermelon, but that was announced as a new flavor) because I’d buy a barrel of the tangerine and pineapple.

    Mad Cow - someone should track down those goofy commercial kids ... I’m sure VH1 is pretty close to putting an episode on the air.

    Dave - I count myself among those who like the odd chocolateyness of Tootsies ... I just don’t think they taste much like chocolate.

    Sera - they came in bunches.

    Comment by Cybele on 7/18/06 at 6:41 pm #
  8. When I saw “tropical,” I was hoping for banana!

    Comment by Jodi on 7/18/06 at 9:54 pm #
  9. I’m typically a biter but once a long lonnng time ago I counted.  352.

    Comment by Grommie on 7/24/06 at 10:35 am #
  10. Cybele's avatar

    Jodi - oooh, banana would probably be pretty good!

    Grommie - you’re much better than I am! I don’t think I’ve ever been able to count past 100.

    Comment by Cybele on 7/26/06 at 6:43 pm #
  11. Who sells the tropical tootsie pops besides the 99 cents only store? I’ve been looking for months now.

    Comment by melanie on 7/28/06 at 9:46 am #
  12. Cybele's avatar

    melanie - I just saw them at the Dollar Tree over the weekend ... if that helps. I’ll keep poking around and see if any other large chains have them. I know the watermelon is sold separately as one of their new standard flavors.

    Comment by Cybele on 7/28/06 at 1:58 pm #
  13. In the late 70 tootsie came out with the tootsie pop drops.  the suckers without the stick.  I would love to see this product make a comeback. At 43 years old I dont look real smart with a sucker stick hanging out of my mouth.  I also miss the lemon flavor that was out in the 70’s.  I wrote tootsie an e-mail about my desire to see these two products make a comeback and they were very good to write back and say “sorry not big movers off the shelf”  Very fun website! Thanks

    Comment by slee on 8/14/06 at 8:20 am #
  14. I just got some at Kroger in the $1.00 mix-n-match bin. (Found this web site because I was tying to find out what this purple flavor was.)  I really like them!

    Comment by AJJ on 8/16/06 at 8:31 am #
  15. ARGH! I still can’t find these! :-( Have you seen them anywhere besides dollar stores Cybele? I’ve looked in grocery stores, dollar stores, convienience stores, drug stores, target, walmart, etc. Nothing yet! *sigh*

    Comment by Sera on 8/22/06 at 5:09 pm #
  16. Cybele's avatar

    Slee - I remember the Tootsie Pop Drops! Those were good.

    AJJ - thanks for the info on the siting!

    Sera - I think AJJ is onto something. Check the specials aisles, I now our Target has an area like that. However, I haven’t seen them anywhere besides the dollar stores.

    Comment by Cybele on 8/23/06 at 6:32 am #
  17. can i make candy without the air bubbles? if yes how?

    Waiting for ur reply
    Shiv

    Comment by shiv on 11/04/06 at 1:35 pm #
  18. hmm haven’t seen them at all in M?xico. The only tootsie pops they sell are the cherry flavored ones with gum in the center.

    Comment by ana on 1/05/07 at 12:05 am #
  19. I just got a response back from Tootsie Roll and they’re bringing back the Tootsie Pop Drops - I LOVED THESE AS A KID!!!  They will be available for purchase this spring smile

    Comment by Sophia on 2/11/08 at 2:22 pm #
  20. Still no luck finding the Tropical Tootsie Pops but when I went to the Dollar store they had Wildberry Tootsie Pops. Anyone tried those yet?

    Comment by Trish on 4/26/08 at 9:09 am #
  21. I’ve tried Wildberry Tootsie Pops and love them. Got them at the Dollar Tree.  Now they no longer have them and can’t find them anywhere. Wrote Mfg, and got no answer!

    Comment by SHARON on 10/03/08 at 6:53 am #
  22. I wanted to share some new historical information recently added to Wikipedia about the Tootsie Roll Company by a company family member. I found this quite interesting, as this information is not very well known between 1935-48 and wanted to pass it along to you and your site members. I have pasted the information below. Have a Happy Holiday!

    ?In 1935 the company was in serious difficulty. Its principal supplier of paper boxes, Joseph Rubin & Sons of Brooklyn, concerned about the possible loss of an important customer, became interested in the possibility of acquiring control. The company was listed on the New York Stock Exchange, but Bernard D. Rubin acquired a list of shareholders and approached them in person in order to purchase their shares. The Rubins eventually achieved control and agreed that Bernard would run the company as president. Bernard D. Rubin was able to steadily increase sales and restore profits, changing the formula of the Tootsie Roll and increasing its size, moving from Manhattan to a much larger plant in Hoboken, N.J., and guiding the company successfully through the difficult war years when vital raw materials were in short supply. When he died in 1948 he had increased the sales volume twelvefold. After his death his brother William B. Rubin became president and remained president until 1962. In 1966 the company adopted its current name of Tootsie Roll Industries, Inc.?

    Comment by MATT on 12/24/08 at 6:38 am #
  23. Called Tootsie Pop, got an answer as to why I could no longer find “WILDBERRY” Tootsie pops at the Dollar Tree. They are a seasonal item and will be back in the stores in the Spring. Yeah!

    Comment by sharon on 12/26/08 at 6:59 am #
  24. Where can I actually buy some of the tootsie pop tropical ones…..I LOVE the watermelon ones but cannot find anywhere to buy them!

    Comment by Barbie Knoop on 8/23/10 at 9:43 am #
  25. Hello fellow Tootsie Poppers, please read the below message.

    My friends and I have begun ‘The Quest for the Tootsie Pahps’, which simply involves collecting one of every single Tootsie Pahp flavour ever made. This includes: regular, rare, limited edition, and of course, the tropical.

    We plan to keep the collected pahps in mint condition, put them in a glass case and sell them as a total package for a high price, any investor will be automatically considered a shareholder and will receive compensation based on % of contribution once the pahps case is sold.

    WHAT I NEED FROM YOU GUYS: I’m in T-Dot at the moment, does anybody know any good places to get cheap and all kinds of tootsie pahps? THANK YOU :D

    Comment by Bizzle777Lakerz on 11/05/10 at 7:11 pm #
  26. Don’t know why I am here but I came across the Fruit Punch Tootsie Pop wrapper that I got in the late 80s. I even got to eat it, and saved the wrapper because I had never heard of them or seen them before or since. I was in California at the time.

    Has anyone ever seen these, or heard of them? I can find nothing online about this flavor. ANYWHERE. Just curious as to how rare it is. Thanks.

    Comment by Tropical Fruit on 12/11/13 at 10:54 am #

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