Tootsie Pops History
Tootsie Pops have a rich history that dates back to the early 1930s. Here's a timeline highlighting the key moments in the history of Tootsie Pops:
1931: Tootsie Pops were introduced by the Tootsie Roll Industries, an American candy company. The concept was to combine a hard candy shell with a chewy Tootsie Roll center, offering a unique and delicious candy experience.
1930s-1940s: Tootsie Pops gained popularity during this period, becoming a beloved candy among children and adults alike. They were initially sold in a variety of flavors, including cherry, chocolate, grape, orange, and raspberry.
1969: Tootsie Pop's iconic advertising campaign was launched, featuring the memorable catchphrase, "How many licks does it take to get to the Tootsie Roll center of a Tootsie Pop?" In the commercial, a boy asks this question to different animals, attempting to find the answer.
1970s: The Tootsie Pop commercial with the "How many licks?" question became widely recognized and beloved, further solidifying Tootsie Pops' popularity. It is still referenced and parodied in popular culture to this day.
1982: The Owl became a prominent character in Tootsie Pop advertising. In the commercials, the Owl would attempt to solve the "How many licks?" question but would often end up impatiently biting into the Tootsie Pop to reach the center.
1990s-Present: Tootsie Pops have remained a classic and beloved candy throughout the years. The flavors have expanded to include additional varieties such as blue raspberry, watermelon, strawberry, and more.
Tootsie Pops are now available in a wide range of package sizes, from individual pieces to large bags, making them accessible for various preferences and occasions. They continue to be enjoyed by candy lovers of all ages.
The enduring popularity and recognition of Tootsie Pops can be attributed to their unique combination of flavors, the fun challenge of reaching the Tootsie Roll center, and the memorable advertising campaigns that have become a part of pop culture. Tootsie Pops have firmly established themselves as an iconic candy and a staple in the confectionery world.
Urban Legend: A Tootsie Pop wrapper with a picture of an Indian shooting an arrow at a star on it can be redeemed with Tootsie Roll Industries for a free bag of candy. Sorry, about 30% of the wrappers have the Indian and Tootsie has never had such a contest.