How To Make Homemade Tootsie Rolls

When Halloween rolls around, I’m usually stuck in the candy aisle trying to decide what kids like nowadays. Besides a tangle of spider rings and an economy-size sack of chocolate bars, I usually leave with a bag of Tootsie Rolls — more for me than for the trick-or-treaters. It’s something I always received in my treat bag as a kid.

How To Make Homemade Tootsie Rolls

How To Make Homemade Tootsie Rolls
How To Make Homemade Tootsie Rolls


  • 1/2cup honey
  • 6tablespoons unsweetened cocoa powder, sifted
  • 1teaspoon pure vanilla extract
  • 1tablespoon unsalted butter, melted
  • 1/4cup powdered sugar, sifted
  • 1pinch salt
  • 1 1/4cups instant non-fat dry milk powder
  • Wax paper


  1. In a large bowl, combine honey, cocoa powder and vanilla using a whisk. Add the melted butter and whisk until well incorporated. Add in the powdered sugar and pinch of salt; whisk again until well combined.
  2. Using a wooden spoon, mix in the instant milk powder 1/4 cup at a time until a dough forms. When you can no longer stir the mixture with a spoon, knead it with your hands. Keep adding in milk powder until a firm dough forms. You may not have to use all the milk powder. The finished dough should be firm and a little sticky but not so sticky that you can’t handle it. Roll the dough into a ball and place on waxed paper lightly sprayed with cooking oil. Let dough rest uncovered on wax paper for 5 to 10 minutes. As the candy stands it will relax from a ball shape into a disc. Cut candy into 3/4-inch strips and then into 2-inch lengths. If candy sticks to the knife, spray it with cooking oil or coat it with butter.
  3. Cut wax paper into 3 1/2 x 5 inch pieces. Wrap candies with the wax paper pieces. Store candies in an air-tight container in the refrigerator. Bring to room temperature before serving.

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