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!



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  1. says

    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.

  2. says

    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.)

  3. says

    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-

  4. says

    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.

  5. says

    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!

  6. says

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

  7. says

    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!

  8. says

    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! =)

    • says

      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!

  9. Krista says

    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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