The taste of these Homemade Tootsie rolls will take you right back to your childhood. Back to simple candy that didn’t have to come in a fancy wrapper to be a favorite. While I am a big fan of the original you just cant beat the flavor of these made from scratch. If you are having company for Christmas put out a bowl of these wrapped in wax paper, and be sure to toss some on your Christmas baking trays to add some nostalgia. By making them yourself you also avoid a lot of the scary ingredients in prepackaged treats.
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Homemade Tootsie Rolls:
What you need:
1/4 cup plus 2 Tbsp. cocoa powder
3/4 cup powdered milk
2 1/2 cups powdered sugar
2 Tbsp. butter
1/2 cup light or dark corn syrup
2 tsp. vanilla extract
How to make Homemade Tootsie Rolls:
Place cocoa powder, butter, and corn syrup in a large pan over medium heat. Stirring until dissolved and smooth.
Remove from heat and mix in powdered milk and vanilla.
Add powdered sugar a half cup at a time until fully incorporated.
Flip mixture out onto counter dusted liberally with powdered sugar, knead, adding powdered sugar until it is no longer sticky.
Grease your hands well, break off smaller pieces of chocolate and roll into snakes, cut with a sharp knife into 2″ lengths.
Place rolls on a plate and into refrigerator, allow to harden for 10-20 minutes. While tootsie rolls are setting cut waxed paper into pieces 2″ long and 2″ wide, you will need one for each roll you made. Remove from refrigerator and wrap individually by rolling in paper, and then twisting the ends.
Keep your homemade tootsie rolls in the refrigerator, however when you are ready to serve remove and allow them to come to room temp. as they are very hard cold.