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Tootsie Roll fudge

I mentioned in one of my recent posts that I have many favorite types of candy. Candy, candy, candy, oh how I love my candy. If you peek inside my mouth you will go, "Ahh, yes, you do, indeed!" I had a dentist growing up who (I believed) took pleasure in my constant need for fillings. I'm sure my memory of him is distorted, but I remember him grinning as he poked giant needles into my mouth. My dad and I still share grim stories about him, so maybe I'm not far off.

Anyhow, back to my favorite candies! I have a lot of them. Among them is one of the most classic candies, the good ol' Tootsie Roll. Can I tell one more quick story? A post with two stories?! Tootsie Rolls will forever remind me of high school and my friend BJ. She shared my love for candy, and often I would see her chewing discreetly on something during our morning study hall. When I would ask her what she was eating, she would almost always tell me, "Tootsie Rolls!" I'm not sure why I remember that. Perhaps my love for TRs is that strong? Or did I love the idea of early morning candy-eating?

I spotted this recipe in a holiday edition of Taste of Home magazine and marked the page. Tootsie Roll fudge? Why didn't I think of this? These are insanely easy to make, and so Christmassy and divine. Every time my husband takes a bite, he shoots me a dirty look, implying that I need to stop making irresistable treats. Can you believe him? 

You will need Tootsie Rolls, obviously, for this fudge recipe. A 12-ounce bag, to be exact.

Line an 8x8-inch baking dish with aluminum foil. Grease the foil generously with cooking spray and set aside.

In a heavy saucepan, melt together over low heat:

12-oz. package Tootsie Rolls, unwrapped

1/4 cup creamy peanut butter

2 tablespoons butter

Stir constantly. This will take a few minutes. Once the mixture is smooth, gradually stir in:

2 tablespoons milk

1 teaspoon vanilla extract

3 1/2 cups confectioners' sugar

Stir until smooth. The mixture will be thick!

Quickly spread into prepared pan. 

Did I mention you will need M&Ms, as well? Wooo, more candy!

Using a sharp knife, score the surface into 1-inch squares. Press green and red M&Ms onto the center of each square.

Allow the fudge to cool completely. Lift the foil from the pan and set on a flat surface. Cut the fudge into squares. Then go call your dentist. Or better yet, proactively brush your teeth.

I'm a sugar junkie! Someone please help!

Click here for a printable recipe!

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Reader Comments (24)

This look soo good! I can't wait to make them! I love allll things Tootsie Roll. Yummy!

12.19.2011 | Unregistered CommenterSimply Tia

I rarely eat any candy, but I do LOVE Tootsie Rolls! What a fun version of looks fantastic!

12.19.2011 | Unregistered CommenterLiz

YUM! This fudge looks and sounds amazing. What a fabulous idea to use Tootsie rolls!

Yum! I love tootsie rolls too, although I don't eat much candy. Great recipe!

12.20.2011 | Unregistered CommenterAlyssa

From one sugar junkie to the next: KEEP IT GOING, SISTA! These look phenom :) Shame on your husband for giving you the stink eye. A hater's gotta hate.

12.20.2011 | Unregistered CommenterParsley Sage

What a cool and unique fudge! I'm a sugar junkie too!!

Hey Pip, your Tootsie Roll fudge is a Recipe Guessing Game on Knapkins. Think your friends can win?

12.20.2011 | Unregistered CommenterChristine

this recipe is dumb. who ever posted this can't even specify how much time is needed to cook the fudge?? dumbass. thanks to you, I now have an oddly shaped brick of straight peanut butter flavored sugar. WARNING to anyone who even tries to bake this monstrosity. i like to think I am a pretty competent person and this fudge was simply a pure failure of nastiness.


01.31.2012 | Unregistered Commenterhater

Hi hater! What a lovely comment you have left! I assume you are calling me the "dumbass," since I am indeed the one who posted this. I thought about deleting your comment, but instead decided to respond to it because I thought you should know that the fudge does not need to be baked. Hence the reason I did not mention baking! I hope that clears things up for you!


02.1.2012 | Registered CommenterMegan Porta

Hi, Im not sure if you will be able to answer but... say I wanted to use the flavored tootsie rolls and not the chocolate but didnt want it to taste like peanut butter... what do you think i should use in place of the peanut butter... any suggestions? :)


02.6.2012 | Unregistered CommenterShianne

Hi Shianne! I've been pondering this, and I'm not really sure what a good substitution would be. My first thought was cream cheese, but I can't guarantee that would work. Let me know what you come up with!

02.6.2012 | Registered CommenterMegan Porta

hi, i was also wondering about the peanut butter, if i was to omit this entirely would the fudge still work ok?
love the idea tho :)

02.25.2012 | Unregistered Commenterclaire

Hi Claire,
I'm not sure how it would work without the peanut butter, but it would be worth a try! Let me know if you try it.

02.25.2012 | Registered CommenterMegan Porta

To "hater," since when does fudge need to be baked? You're reading the wrong cookbooks.

08.3.2012 | Unregistered CommenterPenelope

Wow!! ! Bookmarked! This looks great, my boyfriend LOVES tootsie rolls, I will make this soon, thanks!

09.2.2012 | Unregistered CommenterATasteOfMadness

I wonder if you could sub Nutella for the Peanut Butter?

09.5.2012 | Unregistered CommenterMarie

Maybe marshmallow fluff instead of peanut butter

09.7.2012 | Unregistered CommenterSamantha

You know, while looking at these little squares of peanutty-Tootsie goodness, i couldn't help but wonder...How much do you weigh?

09.9.2012 | Unregistered CommenterDavid

I made this recipe with all different kinds of tootis lol even flavored ones. I weighed everything and made it with
Dark chocolate ganache instead of peanut butter it came out great. Btw I believe the flavored ones worked great esspecially if they are citrus tootis.

11.1.2012 | Unregistered Commentersteph d.

Hi Steph! Thanks for the comment! That is great to know. I'll have to give that a try this winter.

11.1.2012 | Registered CommenterMegan Porta

I made this yummy fudge, but it turned out very hard to eat. I read the recipe again thinking I skipped smth, but it seems I followed everything here. What is wrong then?

11.7.2012 | Unregistered CommenterVictoria

Hi Victoria! I'm sorry to hear the fudge didn't work out for you. Unless I am standing in your kitchen with you while you make it, there is no way to know what went wrong! Sorry! Try again and let me know how it goes..

11.7.2012 | Registered CommenterMegan Porta

I soo need to go get some tootsie rolls!!!!!!😍

06.24.2013 | Unregistered CommenterMarian Mosby

I can't wait to try this with the leftover Tootsie Rolls from Halloween! I have a co-worker who is gluten-free, and I "think" this is a recipe that she can have. Thanks for the idea!

11.5.2013 | Unregistered CommenterAngie

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