Bloggers Ponder: How many licks does it take to get to the Tootsie Roll center of a Tootsie Pop?

Perhaps you've asked yourself: "How many licks does it take to get to the Tootsie Roll center of a Tootsie Pop?" This question was first introduced in an animated commercial in 1970 and made youngsters (and grown-ups) wonder. The same commercial still runs to this day! The great “How Many Licks” Mystery has encouraged thousands of children to submit hand-written letters to Tootsie Roll Industries sharing their answers!

To help solve the mystery, Tootsie Roll Industries has partnered with BlogHer and asked our bloggers to ponder the question with their children. What did they figure out? Read on to find out and be sure to enter the How Many Licks? video contest!

Getting to the Center of a Tootsie Pop

I was super duper excited to get to challenge my younger children - could they withstand the pressure? Could they avoid crunching into the hard candy coating to get to the chewy Tootsie Roll Pop center - and could I join them?...more

Tootsie Roll Pops Re-visited

I recently re-visited an age-old question with my kids–How many licks does it take to get to the center of a Tootsie Pop? Even though the 1970s commercial evidently still runs today, we watch so little commercial television, the kids had never seen it. Because I’m a nerd and a homeschooling mama, we answered it using the scientific method. At the beginning, only the 3 littles were around, and the hypotheses were so indicative of their personalities....more

Tootsie Rolls are Good to the Last Drop!

Tootsie Pops are available in more flavors than ever before! The orginal flavors mix –Chocolate, Cherry, Orange, Grape and Raspberry– are still there but now there’s a sixth flavor that alternates among Pomegranate, Banana, and now Green Apple flavored hard candy!...more

Mom, I Need Another Tootsie Roll Pop Because I Forgot to Count

Since 1970, Tootsie Roll Industries has received thousands of letters from children around the world who believe they have solved the mystery behind how many licks it takes to get to the center of a Tootsie Pop. Not only does Tootsie respond to every letter, but they send out the “The Clean Stick Award,” certificate to each person who mails in a response to the question of how many licks it takes....more

How Many Licks Does It Take To Get To The Center Of A Tootsie Pop?

Oh my. The urge to bite through the candy was just too great. #3 bit hers in half as well. The older girls had a bit more self control...(I bit mine after 10 minutes!) They made it to the center after around 25 minutes. They say it was the equivalent to 2,300 licks....more

How Many Licks Does it Take?

Just how many licks DOES it take? I decided to see if my boys wanted to take the challenge, to see if they could count how many licks it would take to get to the center....more

How many licks does it take?

Ty counted 397 licks to get to the center of his favorite Chocolate-Flavored Tootsie Pop. He wanted to follow up on his research with another Tootsie Pop, but I put the kibosh on that idea. Nice try, kid....more

Tootsie Pops: How Many Licks?

When I was a kid, I was a huge SUCKER for Tootsie Roll Pops...pun fully and whole-heartily intended. I have fond memories of taking the trek from where I lived on top of a hill down to the small mom and pop town convenience store....more

How Many Licks?

Tootsie Pops are one of those treats I like to keep on hand in my purse. They don't melt, they don't squish, they won't go bad, and they are a simple gluten free, 60 calorie treat for both the boys and me....more

How Many Licks?

As for me, Tootsie Pops are the perfect treat when I just "need something." Have you ever just "needed something?" Such as after dinner or lunch? It's almost as if I'm full, but not satisfied. A small something sweet always does the trick, and with just 60 calories a pop, Tootsie Roll Pops are ideal....more