Monday, November 06, 2006

Tootsie Roll Fun Facts

When a product reaches an age advanced enough to be known as a "national institution," it usually bears little resemblance to its original form - however, this is not the case with Tootsie Roll.
The round piece of chewy, chocolatey candy that delights Americans today still looks and tastes amazingly like the first Tootsie Roll, made over 109 years ago.
Even more astonishing, the candy roll still sells for one penny, the original price, even though the company now offers candy packages priced up to $7.17. The first penny candy to be individually wrapped in paper, Tootsie Rolls are so protected today - but the modern design of the wrapper signals that changes have occurred in the product's long and successful story.
Tootsie Roll Industries today is one of the country's largest candy companies, headquartered in Chicago with operations in Massachusetts, Tennessee, Wisconsin, Mexico and Toronto. Total net sales in fiscal 2004 were over Four Hundred Twenty One Million dollars.
In its 109th year, the company produces more than sixty million Tootsie Rolls per day. Also, as the world's largest lollipop supplier, the company daily produces twenty million pops.
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Tootsie Roll Historical Timeline from 1896 to the Present
1896Austrian immigrant Leo Hirshfield brings to the U.S. his recipe for a chocolatey, chewy candy, which he begins producing in a small store in New York City.
Hirshfield names the candy after his five-year-old daughter, whose nickname is "Tootsie."