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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!

Tootsie Roll Fudge

Tootsie Rolls on your hands? Transform them into delicious fudge! (source:

Contributed by Megan Porta from

Published Dec 18, 2011

Serves: 25

Total time: 1 hr

Tootsie Roll Fudge


  • 12-ounce package Tootsie Roll Midgees
  • 1/4 cup creamy peanut butter
  • 2 tablespoons butter (plus some for greasing pan)
  • 3 1/2 cups confectioners’ sugar
  • 2 tablespoons milk
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • Red and green M&Ms candies
  1. Line an 8x8-inch pan with aluminum foil. Grease the foil generously with butter and set aside. In a heavy saucepan, melt the Tootsie Rolls, peanut butter and butter over low heat, stirring constantly. Gradually stir in the confectioners’ sugar, milk and vanilla. Mixture will be thick.
  2. Spread into prepared pan. Using a sharp knife, score the surface into 1-inch squares. Press M&Ms candies into the center of each square. Let fudge completely cool. Lift foil from pan and set on a flat surface. Cut fudge into squares. Store in an airtight container.



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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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