I have a deep love and affection for Tootsie Rolls. They are my favorite chewy candy - hands down.
The big ones, the skinny ones, the tiny ones, the ones wrapped in a candy shell - all wonderful.
I even like the fruit flavored ones, but ... they don't hold a candle to the classic. That chewy goodness with a hint of cocoa and a slight underlying fruity bite - DELIGHTFUL. I could eat my weight in them. That's right. I could eat one hundred and plenty pounds of them. ;)
I have fond memories of the midgees that includes me, a bath tub and a glass of ice water. In Middle School, my "secret sister" from Church gave me a orange paper bag filled to the brim with Tootsie Rolls for Halloween. Why I decided to eat them all in one sitting - in the bathtub - I'll never know. But, it sure made a lasting impression because I can't eat one without thinking of that evening.
And then I suddenly crave ice water and hot bubbles. Every single time. I classically conditioned myself in one single sitting. Take that, Pavlov.
I have a lot of Tootsies sitting around my house right now because the children at Levi's party took the suckers and Dots, but left all the Tootsies. Lucky Mommy.
I am using the MyFitnessPal app, so I track my calories daily. I ate two Tootsie Rolls the other day, went to log them and was so confused. There are so many different Tootsie sizes! How did I know which one I ate and if the calories were right. My head was spinnin'.
This led me on a wild goose chase studying the intricate details of the little candies.
And then I found this chart:
And this chart got me to thinking about which Tootsie Roll size is my favorite. My deductive reasoning led to the mid-sized Tootsie (the "snack bar") as the front runner for me. It's the perfect two-bite size. They're thick and extra chewy (not ideal for my TMJ, but super satisfying nonetheless), and you can eat just two and feel like you've had plenty. When I eat the regular sized ones (the midgees), I feel like I need to eat twenty.
My least favorite, by far, are the mini-midgees. I feel like they're a complete waste of time. They're so tiny, you need to unwrap three and then pop them all in together. It's like a half of sick of gum - not worth the chew!
Husby's favorite size is the second from the top - the long skinny one. This is my second favorite. It's the girth of the midgee, but extra long - perfect for multiple bites with having to unwrap just one! Genius.
The top one is okay, but can sometimes seem waxy and slick. The consistency is different. It's almost too thick. The top and bottom Tootsies, in my opinion, can be thrown out the window.
But who are we kidding ... I'd jump out that window and retrieve them so fast you wouldn't know what hit ya. There's no sense in wasting a Tootsie of any size, shape or portion. Yum diddly um.
So, folks. Weigh in. Not literally, because my scales currently say "one-too-many-midgees". But I gotta know. Do you love them? Take 'em or leave 'em? What is your favorite Tootsie size?
Time to draw a bath, grab the rolls and an ice water, and soak my own little tootsies! Ta ta!