Homemade Tootsie Rolls, Tootsie Roll Recipe (2024)

Feb 2, 2012 | Cooking with Kids, Desserts | 19 comments

I know it’s hard to believe, but I have never liked Tootsie Rolls.

Does that aline itself as an American travesty? Is that similar to snubbing All American Apple Pie and Baseball? If it is, then I have found the solution.

My friend introduced me to these incredibly easy to make chocolate chews with only four ingredients, and trust me, this Homemade Tootsie Roll recipe has pulled me right in and made me a candy maker.

I am a convert. I have always avoided making any kind of candy, but this recipe was simply fool proof, and the ingredients literally whipped up in about five minutes.

This basic combination of ingredients is what pastry chef have used for years to make mold-able chocolate.

It stays fresh for a LONG time, and it’s so easy to shape anything. My girls had such fun shaping it, almost like play dough, to form flowers, children’s initial, snakes (for the boys, of course) what ever your heart desires. I think it would be a perfect upcoming recipe to try for Valentine’s Day.

I admit. The homemade tootsie rolls shown above never made it into individually wrapped candies. It pretty much stayed wrapped in one big roll and we just helped ourselves at will.

Recipe: Homemade Tootsie Rolls

Summary: This surprisingly easy, 4 ingredient Homemade Tootsie Roll recipe has made me a convert to both candy making and Tootsie Rolls.


  • 12 ounces semisweet chocolate
  • 1/2 cup light corn syrup
  • 3/4 teaspoon warm water
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons orange extract (but you may experiment with any flavoring)


  1. Melt the semisweet chocolate.
  2. Add the remaining ingredients and stir well.
  3. Scrape onto a cookie sheet with sides (about 13×17 inches), lined with wax paper or plastic wrap.
  4. Spread mixture to about 1 inch thick in the pan. It won’t fit the pan entirely.
  5. Cover and let the chocolate mixture set over night at room temperature; it will be stiff, but still flexible.
  6. Turn your candy out onto your work surface, and now you determine your fun.
  7. If you desire them rolled like Tootsie Rolls, cut into 3/4 inch wide strips, then use your hand to scrunch each strip into a log.
  8. Roll the logs between your hands or on the table until they reach your desired diameter.
  9. Cut into sections.
  10. Set the candies aside to firm up before wrapping, since the mixture warms up and softens as you handle it.
  11. Roll each candy up in a square of colored cellophane, foil or wax paper.
  12. Twist ends to secure.

Preparation time: 5 minute(s), but then it sits overnight before you wrap into candies.

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    Rachelon February 2, 2012 at 9:58 am

    That’s it?!!?! And I have all the ingredients in my pantry! I know what I’m doing this weekend!


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      Jenon February 2, 2012 at 10:10 am

      I know. Hard to believe they were that easy. 🙂


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    Paulaon February 2, 2012 at 11:40 am

    Love this!! Easy and most importantly can be made Dairy Free!!
    Thank you!!!


  3. Homemade Tootsie Rolls, Tootsie Roll Recipe (9)

    KimHon February 2, 2012 at 2:27 pm

    Oh no.. Im in big trouble! 😉


  4. Homemade Tootsie Rolls, Tootsie Roll Recipe (10)

    Glory/ Glorious Treatson February 2, 2012 at 2:54 pm

    Wow, these sound delicious! And easy too, there’s a win-win!


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    Miranda @ A ThankFULL Hearton February 2, 2012 at 4:59 pm

    Would it make that much of a difference without the orange extract? How about vanilla …?


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      Jenon February 2, 2012 at 9:17 pm

      Yes, you can definitely use vanilla as well. 🙂 The orange just gives it a different splash of flavoring.


  6. Homemade Tootsie Rolls, Tootsie Roll Recipe (13)

    Amberon February 2, 2012 at 7:20 pm

    Hmmm…. orange extract? How interesting! I will definitely be trying this with my kids!


  7. Homemade Tootsie Rolls, Tootsie Roll Recipe (14)

    Kristen @ Joyfullythrivingon February 2, 2012 at 8:08 pm

    This made me laugh, because I feel the same way about Tootsie Rolls…until I made this same recipe in one of my teaching classes. That’s a great idea about orange extract because I used vanilla previously.


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    Joyon February 2, 2012 at 9:50 pm

    I thought I was the only one who didn’t like Tootsie Rolls!


  9. Homemade Tootsie Rolls, Tootsie Roll Recipe (16)

    Shainaon February 4, 2012 at 2:52 pm

    Yum! I can’t wait to give this one a try.


  10. Homemade Tootsie Rolls, Tootsie Roll Recipe (19)

    Jennifer @ Jennifer Cookson February 6, 2012 at 8:48 pm

    Well I am a Tootsie Roll fan and I’m so excited to try this recipe…thank you!


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    Andrea F.on February 12, 2012 at 3:42 pm

    I’m currently halfway through making these yummy little bites. My kids will be giving them to their teachers for Valentine’s Day! Thanks for such a fun and yummy recipe! 🙂


  12. Homemade Tootsie Rolls, Tootsie Roll Recipe (21)

    Sharonon December 27, 2012 at 5:36 pm

    How is the texture? Is it kinda had and chewy lie the original tootsie roll. I made a different recipe and they were soft and not chewy at all. The taste was ok though.
    Thank you.


    • Homemade Tootsie Rolls, Tootsie Roll Recipe (22)

      Jenon December 27, 2012 at 7:25 pm

      These are soft and chewy. I like them more than the real thing, but I guess everyone probably likes them a different way.


  13. Homemade Tootsie Rolls, Tootsie Roll Recipe (23)

    Sophiaon November 16, 2013 at 8:59 pm

    I made these today and they are great. Do you have to store the wrapped candies in the fridge? Thanks.


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