Homemade Tootsie Rolls

It seems like it is the season for all things sweet! This past week we decided to make our own homemade tootsie rolls. This is a great activity for the child who needs to pound and squish things and something other than homemade play-dough. Plus, you get to taste it all of your hard work at the end!  These tootsie rolls are not exactly like the store bought kind, but are a little bit softer and just as yummy. This is a super simple project and took us less than 10 minutes to complete.

What You Need:

  • 1.5 teaspoons butter
  • 2 Tablespoons cocoa powder
  • 2/3 c powder sugar
  • 1/4 teaspoons vanilla
  • 3 Tablespoons dry milk
  • 2 Tablespoons corn syrup
  • Sealable sandwich bag (freezer – quart sized if you have an aggressive squish-er)
  • Tape to seal the bag
  • Scissors


Step 1:Place your sealable bag in a cup with the edges hanging over. This is the easiest way, I have discovered, to add all the ingredients to the bag without making a mess.

Step 2: Add all your ingredients to the bag.Use a sturdier bag if you have an aggressive squeezer.


Step 3: Seal the bag releasing as much air as possible from inside the bag. Then seal it with tape across the top so the top does not open while squishing it.

Step 4: Squish all the ingredients together until it is well mixed.

Step 5:Cut a corner a corner off the bag and let the children help creat rolls and balls or any other shape they like.

Step 6:After rolling, roll the tootsie roll dough ina little powdered sugar to get the all white look OR you can just dab it in a little powdered sugar and it will disappear as you finish your rolling.

Step 7: Store in a container for eating later or go deliver some to friends!



About Michelle (AKA Fun On A Dime Lady)

Michelle is the creator of Fun On A Dime where she shares her ideas for having simple and affordable fun through crafts, tips, recipes, games and so much more. She lives in the sunny valley of Phoenix, Arizona with her husband, 3 busy kiddos (ages 7, 5 and 8 months) and equally energized dog!


  1. Love this idea! I’ll be featuring it on my blog on Saturday!


    Thanks for linking up!

    Sumo :)

  2. Now that is FUN!!!!! My kids are older but we all LOVE tootsie rolls. We will definitely make these. ;)

  3. What a cool idea! My kids would LOVE this, thanks for sharing the ingredients and instructions!

  4. What a great activity! Bookmarking this for sure! Visiting from ABC & 123.

  5. How fun is that! My kids love tootsie rolls and would love to make these.

  6. What a fun recipe to make. Tootsie Rolls were always a favorite of mine when I was a kid. This would also be wonderful for adding into my Christmas goodie bags.

  7. I kinda love you and don’t for posting this recipe! I love you because Tootsie Rolls are my favorite candy and I always give it out on Halloween so I can get a fix. I kinda don’t because I’m afraid what a whole batch would do to my hips (sorry very little will power when it comes to Tootsie Rolls.)

  8. Oooh. Oooh. Oooh. These sound yum! And just what the toddler ordered!!!

    Thank you for linking up to Kids Get Crafty!!


  9. do these REALLY taste like tootsie rolls? because i just might make them by myself. and then hide them… if there are any left.

  10. Mmmmmmm!!!! THese look GOOD!!!

  11. Stopping by from SITS!

    I must say after looking through your blog, you got yourself a follower :D

  12. I love tootsie rolls. They are my favorite. I’m going to have to try this! I’d love for you to come share this at my link party this weekend. Hope to see you there!


  13. I love making these too! They never last long in our house. Thanks for linking to Craftastic Monday:)

  14. Okay, I did not even know you could make your own Tootsie Rolls! They look yummy. Except after rolling out 24 tootsie rolls and cutting them into trinagles for my daughters vampire cupcakes, I won’t be making these for awhile! Thanks for sharing-

  15. What a cute idea. Thanks for sharing it. Happy Halloween!

  16. Great idea! Very creative!

  17. That looks fun. I never knew anyone could make homemade tootsie rolls! I love them though. That’s usually one Halloween candy my kids will let me have.

  18. What a neat idea! I love tootsie rolls!

    Hope you can stop by on Thursday for my Holly Bloggy Christmas Recipe party!

  19. What a fun idea. I will have to try this with my kids. I am having a link party focusing on cookies made with food storage ingredients. I know this is not really a cookie but I think it is a good fit for the party. I would love it if you would link up.

  20. Why do you have to make it look so easy? Now I will have to go to the store, get all the ingredients, and eat these all week long! LOL! What a fun activity for the kiddos – they get to mush stuff together and mommy gets candy! WIN!

    Stopping by from SITS to wish you a Happy SITS Day! Enjoy!

  21. Looks like great fun! I’m visiting my nephews this weekend, and since my boys won’t enjoy this with me alone, maybe we can make it a family memory. Thanks!

  22. I have a feeling once Noah is a toddler, this will be a hit! Happy SITS day!

  23. Yum! Can’t wait to try it.

  24. I love the idea of doing this with kids. This is perfect for my nephew :-)

  25. Such a great idea! Will have to give this a shot :)

  26. really cool idea! tootsie rolls are one of my favorites. sounds like a fun activity to try!

  27. Yum! Thanks for posting this! I am definitely going to try this- especially because Tootise Rolls are not widely available here in the UK.

  28. What a wonderful idea! My girls would love to do this! (they would enjoy eating them as well!) :) Thanks for the wonderful ideas!

  29. WOW! I am sooooo making this!! Yummmmmm-O!! Perfect time of year to gorge out;)

  30. This is a great kid activity! Thanks for sharing. I love the concept of your blog. So useful for families and applicable to such a wide audience. Hope you’ve had a great SITS day!

  31. Seems so easy and a great way for the kids to be involved. Great idea! Hope you enjoyed your SITS day!

  32. I’m going to have to give this a try… Where on EARTH did you find that recipe? I always wonder if anyone knows the original recipe for the commercial “Tootsie Roll”. I remember when they had fruit flavors and vanilla besides the chocolate. Yes…I am OLD. Thanks so much for sharing this Michelle! =)

    • I love the fruit flavored ones! Now wouldn’t that be fun to figure out how to make. As far as coming up with this recipe, I was curious on how they were made…did a bunch of research. Found similar recipes and tested them out and tweaked them until I came up with something that worked well. It was a fun process!

  33. For the flavored ones, I bet you could try adding Kool aid or Jell-o mix instead of cocoa. And what about instant espresso powder? And I might try some powdered chai tea!! Now I’m super excited about this!


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