You're either a DIY candy person or you're not. I tend to shy away from making my own candy because I've had awful luck with brittles and barks. Generally when there's a candy thermometer involved, I find that things go south pretty quickly. However, when a beloved candy is so easy to recreate at home, like these Tootsie Rolls, I'm sold. We're no strangers to homemade candy
. We've chatted about everything from peanut butter cups to pixie stix. So when Food 52 recently profiled a DIY Tootsie Roll recipe, my ears perked right up.
The recipe itself is simply a mixture of butter, cocoa powder, honey, milk powder and a few other ingredients that you knead into a tacky ball and, almost magically, it starts to look a whole lot like a Tootsie Roll. Most of the ingredients you likely have already in your pantry.
In our house, Tootsie Rolls are a lot like candy corn: no one likes to admit they really love them, but they somehow manage to disappear on their own just fine.
→ Get the recipe: Homemade Tootsie Rolls at Food52
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(Image: Heather Baird for Food 52)