FAQ's

Want to know more about Tootsie Roll Industries and its products? Here are answers to some questions our customers and fans frequently ask. If you do not find your answer here or have further inqueries, please contact us.

Do any of your products contain peanuts or nuts?

At this time, all of our confections are completely peanut, tree nut and nut product free. We have no peanut or tree nut products in any of our facilities.

Which of your products is gluten free?

At this time, all of our confections are gluten free. We do not use wheat, barley, rye, oats, triticale, spelt or any of their components and that includes our dusting on our conveyor belts. We do use corn and soy products in the manufacturing of our products.

Do you have an online help center for online candy orders?

Yes, click here to get online candy order support.

How did you come up with the name "Tootsie?"

An Austrian immigrant, Leo Hirshfield, produced the candy in a small store in New York City and ended up naming the candy after his five-year-old daughter Clara, whose nickname was "Tootsie."

How many Tootsie Rolls are produced a day?

We produce 64 million Tootsie Rolls a day.

How many licks does it take to get to the center of a Tootsie Pop?

It depends on a variety of factors such as the size of your mouth, the amount of saliva, etc. Basically, the world may never know.

Have there ever been studies conducted to answer the thought provoking question of how many licks it takes to get to the center of a Tootsie Pop?

Yes, there have. To find out about these studies, visit the How Many Licks? page.

How many letters has Tootsie Roll received from children counting the number of licks it took them to get to the center of a Tootsie Pop?

Since 1970, we have received more than 20,000 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. Download a PDF of the Clean Stick Award

When children write Tootsie Roll Industries, how many licks do they claim it takes to get to the center of a Tootsie Pop?

Estimates from children seem to run from a low of 100 licks to a high of 5,800 licks, with most of them ranging from 600-800 licks.

Does Tootsie Roll Industries acknowledge all the letters which children send to them?

Not only do we respond to every letter children send to us, we also send out a certificate we call "The Clean Stick Award," to each person who mails in a response to the question of how many licks it takes. Children from around the world have tried to solve this mystery, and we enjoy hearing about everyone's experiences.