Home >> Recipes >> Tootsie Roll« >> Tootsie Roll Midgees Copycat Recipe  
Tootsie Roll Midgees Copycat Recipe
Tootsie Roll Midgees
By Todd Wilbur

Recipe Type: Candy
Calories: 130
Cook Time: 1 hour 30 minutes
Recipe Rating: 4.6 (25 reviews)

How would you react if your dentist suddenly whipped out a giant Tootsie Roll for you to bite down on so that he could make a mold of your teeth? Ask patients of a dentist in Philadelphia who does just that. This is just one of the many facts that you learn researching the history of the Tootsie Roll, which, by the way, was named after the inventor's five-year-old daughter. Leo Herschfield created the chewy chocolate candy in his small store in New York in 1896. In those days, the candy was hand rolled and delivered to customers by horse-drawn carriage. Over one hundred years later, more than forty-nine million Tootsie Rolls in a variety of sizes are produced each day from operations all over the world.

Even though this clone recipe duplicates the tiny bite-size versions of the candy, you're free to make yours any size you like. The technique here is a tweaking of the previous secret formula that was featured in Low-Fat Top Secret Recipes, and it includes several upgrades. I found that more cocoa, plus the addition of salt and butter to the mix improved the flavor. I also found that bringing your sweet bubbling mixture to the firm ball stage 250 degrees F (you do have a candy thermometer, right?), and then stretching and pulling the candy like taffy (fun!) as it cools, will give you a finished product more like the real deal.

Source: Low-Fat Top Secret Recipes by Todd Wilbur.

1 cup granulated sugar
1/2ácup light corn syrup
Submitted on: 10/28/15
This is a great recipe! My granddaughters will love making this! Thanks!
Fun activity on a snowy day
Submitted on: 11/18/14
This is a great recipe! Most has to be done by adults but the kids loved watching us stretch and pull the tootsie mixture lol. As for the woman who would rather buy store bought; yes they are very cheap because they're not made from natural ingredients like this recipe. So go ahead ingest your chemicals made in a lab, while others enjoy real natural tootsies.
Submitted on: 07/29/11
I found that these didn't taste exactly like the original, they were a little more chocolatey but I can't complain about that :) The texture was great, they were fairly simple to make and the overall taste was amazing :) I will definitely be making these again, and next time I will try the suggestion of the other commenters and add a little orange extract :) Thank you so much for this recipe.
Marge, chicago  
Submitted on: 10/26/09
I have made these at home only I used orange extract. That made them taste just like the originals.
Jaden Madison Lewis im a kid  
Submitted on: 10/09/08
This recipe was realy fun to make. There a lot of pulling and steps to do that was the fun part. The tootsie rolls was great. Thanks For The Recipe......
Submitted on: 12/12/07
This is awesome! I have made 3 batches since last night- given 2 away as gifts, and have gotten nothing but rave reviews. My kids said they don't taste exactly like tootsie rolls, but instead they taste more like a thick hot chocolate. And they loved them so much, they are thrilled with the idea of making them again. Kudos.
Submitted on: 11/07/07
omg, we dont have tootsie rolls in australia and i love them (i get them from the airport). these were a great help.
Julie & Andy  
Submitted on: 11/03/07
These are worth the work. It is easier to pull with two people. It is a fun date activity. Tastes like the real thing.
Submitted on: 10/28/07
Although the texture was the same, the flavor just wasn't & was lacking. I won't make it again.
Donna & Bobby  
Submitted on: 10/07/07
Excellent! We are long time Tootsie Roll Lovers and we thought these were better.
Chef Minnie Mouse  
Submitted on: 02/01/07
I think that this is an absolutely marvelous recipe. Thank you so very much for it.
Submitted on: 01/27/07
Haven't made the recipe, but I believe the signature Tootsie Roll flavor comes from just a smidge of orange. Any bartender will tell you that a Tootsie Roll is dark creme de cacao in orange juice. Try adding a hint of orange extract...just a whisper...and I'll bet you'll get an even closer approximation.
Submitted on: 11/26/05
This is hard labor to make something that you can buy at the store in cute packages. Although they taste very delicious, you get bored after a while.
Loretta S.  
Submitted on: 11/02/05
As with anything home-made, there is work to it; but think of it this way: There are NO preservatives or chemicals that can be harmful to your body in these most fantastic candies!!
Submitted on: 11/02/05
This is a great recipe, I brought them to work the next day and they were enjoyed by all, my hands got a little tired on that second pull, but worth the effort, thank you.
Submitted on: 10/30/05
This recipe was really good, and my kids loved it!!
Submitted on: 10/28/05
This recipe is great. My husband is a tootsie roll freak and now instead of going to the store all he has to do is twist and pull!
Submitted on: 10/28/05
WOW!!! This recipe was AWESOME!
Submitted on: 10/27/05
Fabulous! Worth the effort. Most of these recipes can be purchased in their completed version for rather cheap, but making it from scratch is the fun part.
Brittany Page  
Submitted on: 10/27/05
I loved it. I make it to take to school parties and all of that and it is easy.
Submitted on: 10/27/05
Sorry to hear it's not for your kids, but for the rest of us who enjoy cooking and who are admitted TOOTSIE ROLL FREAKS, this is a spot-on recipe. We used dutch process cocoa for the recipe and the chocolate flavor was through the roof. You nailed it Todd!! Thanks so much!
Submitted on: 10/25/05
Tried the recipe..whole family loved it. Thanks
Submitted on: 10/25/05
This is fantastic!!!!!! I love tootsie rolls, they are my favortie candy. Don't let the idea of havning to pull this candy like taffy scare you! It's a lot of fun and more easy to do then you think!
Submitted on: 10/24/05
Loved it.
Submitted on: 10/24/05
This recipe is pretty darned labor intensive for something you can get VERY cheaply at the store. It's redeaming value is that it would be fun to make with the kids--if they didn't lose interest in the first 5 minutes of pulling.