I’m back just in time for one more Halloween treat that you can whip up in no time!  Again, I love the idea of giving homemade treats out for trick-or-treaters that are family friends or neighbors whose parents wouldn’t mind letting them eat a handmade treat from you.  One of my all-time favorite candies is Tootsie Rolls and I have always wanted to try to make my own homemade Tootsie Rolls.  Halloween is the perfect time for this DIY project.

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The first thing that comes to mind when I think of Tootsie Rolls is a parade.  Tootsie Rolls are a candy that is thrown by the handful at parades and I always loved running near the parade floats to pick up as many tiny Tootsie Rolls as I could.  Halloween makes me think of the larger-sized Tootsie Rolls that always felt extra special compared to the bite-sized version.  No matter which size you prefer, this post will show you a simple way of how to make your own Tootsie Rolls.

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First things first:  there are no baking or candy thermometer involved in this recipe!  I bet you are even a little more excited now aren’t you?  That’s what I’m telling you, you could have bag of homemade Tootsie Rolls ready to hand out or bring to work tomorrow for Halloween!

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How to make Tootsie Rolls:

Start by sifting together dry ingredients (cocoa powder, powdered sugar and dry milk powder)

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Melt a few other ingredients and whisk together (butter, corn syrup and vanilla)

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Pour the wet ingredients into the dry ingredients and mix briefly with a spatula

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Use an electric mixer to combine the ingredients more adequately

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Finally, use your hands to knead the ingredients to combine them more completely.  You will think that I forgot to tell you a step, but have faith that with just a bit of kneading, you will get a nice, glossy patty

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Cut the patty of candy into sections

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Roll out each section into 1/2″ wide ropes and cut the ropes into your desired length of Tootsie Rolls

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Wrap individually in wax paper

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How to make Tootsie Rolls {satisfymysweettooth.com}

Homemade Tootsie Rolls

Prep Time: 30 minutes

Total Time: 30 minutes

Chocolatey, fudge-like candy that will have you believing that you have recreated an original classic

Ingredients

  • 1/4 cup unsweetened cocoa powder
  • 1/4 cup dry milk powder
  • 1 cup powdered sugar
  • 2 Tbsp unsalted butter, melted
  • 1/4 cup light corn syrup
  • 1 tsp vanilla

Instructions

  1. In a large bowl, sift together the cocoa powder, dry milk powder and powdered sugar. Set aside.
  2. In a small bowl, whisk together the melted butter, corn syrup and vanilla until well combined.
  3. Pour the wet ingredients into the dry ingredients. Stir together briefly with a spatula. Then use an electric mixer to combine the ingredients until the mixture is a solid dark brown and the wet ingredients have saturated the dry ingredients.
  4. Knead the mixture by hand on a clean countertop until a smooth, glossy ball of candy is formed.
  5. Pat candy into a flat circle and cut into sections.
  6. Roll out 1/2" sections and cut into desired sized pieces of candy.
  7. Wrap each piece of candy in wax paper.
  8. Recipe adapted from A Cozy Kitchen

HAVE A HAPPY AND SAFE HALLOWEEN!

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15 Comments ( Reply )

  1. alyssa
    Oct 30, 2013 @ 8:42 am

    You = my hero. Tootsie rolls are my favorite–I never knew you could make them!

    Reply

    • Mercedes
      Oct 31, 2013 @ 12:00 pm

      They were pretty fun to make Alyssa. Happy Halloween!

      Reply

  2. Anna (Hidden Ponies)
    Oct 30, 2013 @ 9:23 am

    I had no idea you could make these at home – the texture looks absolutely perfect! Love these, Mercedes!

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    • Mercedes
      Oct 31, 2013 @ 12:01 pm

      I was quite happy with the texture, very like the original! Happy Halloween Anna!

      Reply

  3. emily (a nutritionist eats)
    Oct 30, 2013 @ 1:27 pm

    FUNNNNNN! I absolutely love tootsie rolls. (And that a thermometer is not involved!)

    Reply

  4. sally @ sallys baking addiction
    Oct 30, 2013 @ 1:40 pm

    I simply adore you even more for this recipe, Mercedes. 🙂 Tootsie rolls are my little weakness! I always have them hiding in my purse. They’re my favorite snack time candy when I want something sweet. I have never thought to make them at home!

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    • Mercedes
      Oct 31, 2013 @ 12:01 pm

      I love that you have a secret stash of Tootsie Rolls in your purse Sally! This homemade version did not disappoint. Happy Halloween!

      Reply

  5. Rebecca @ Dorm Room Baker
    Oct 30, 2013 @ 2:35 pm

    Yum! I love tootsie rolls. I think they are by far one of the most underrated candies, which makes me a bit sad because they’re so delicious.

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    • Mercedes
      Oct 31, 2013 @ 12:02 pm

      I agree that Tootsie Rolls are terribly underrated Rebecca! Happy Halloween!

      Reply

  6. Luv What You Do
    Oct 30, 2013 @ 10:11 pm

    No way!
    I love tootsie rolls and have been eating them nonstop since the marathon. I have to try making my own!!!

    Reply

    • Mercedes
      Oct 31, 2013 @ 12:02 pm

      I think you will like this homemade version Jennifer! Happy Halloween!

      Reply

  7. Jessica @ A Kitchen Addiction
    Nov 01, 2013 @ 9:15 am

    I’ve never thought about trying to make my own tootsie rolls! I’m going to have to add these to my candy making list!

    Reply

  8. Jocelyn@Brucrewlife
    Nov 06, 2013 @ 10:41 pm

    These homemade tootsie rolls are the bomb!! I definitely have to make my own now! 🙂

    Reply

    • Mercedes
      Nov 07, 2013 @ 1:31 pm

      Thanks Jocelyn! They were really fun to make too!

      Reply

  9. Averie @ Averie Cooks
    Nov 07, 2013 @ 11:04 am

    This is genius!! WOW!!!! Never in a million years would I ever have guessed you could do a DIY version! Love it!

    Reply

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