Tootsie Pops… how many licks?

Here is some end of summer fun for everyone… (originally published in “Digital Apex Attacks” #22, February 6, 2003)

As many of you know, Gene and I [Brad, referring to a favorite workshop by Apex Ministries] tackle the tough questions all of you have about the “Mysteries of the Universe”, and do our best to answer them.  Every now and then we get a really tough or tricky question.  Whenever we honestly can’t answer a question, we do our best to research the answer when we get home.  I was asked fairly recently about the wrappers of Tootsie Pops with stars on them, and not knowing right away, I promised to get to the bottom of the mystery.

I wrote to the Tootsie Roll Industries to find my answer.

“I have heard it rumored for years that if you found a Tootsie Pop wrapper with a Native American shooting a star with his bow and arrow, you could exchange it for a free Tootsie Pop. Is there any truth to this? If so, how does one redeem these wrappers?”

In less than 48 hours I got my reply:

“ Brad, thank you for your interest in our Tootsie Pop wrappers.  We are pleased to have an opportunity to tell the true story about our Tootsie Pop wrappers.

Many years ago, a rumor surfaced that said if the wrapper of a Tootsie Pop with a star was found and returned to the company, a free Tootsie Pop, or
any number of things would be sent to the lucky person.  We truly don’t know why or where this rumor started, as our records do not indicate that our company ever sponsored any type of promotion surrounding images on the wrapper.
We hope we have been able to clarify this matter for you and we thank you for contacting us.”


If you’ve ever wanted to know how many licks it really takes to get to the center of a Tootsie Pop, your answer can be found at the Tootsie Roll website by clicking here.




  1. LOL, Are you severe?

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