Important information about Tootsie Rolls

You should know that the segments of a Tootsie Roll are called “Ootsies”.

You should know further that an Ootsie is a unit not just of length but of time.

And you should know that, while a standard full-sized Tootsie Roll presently consists of nine Ootsies, there was a time when it was seven Ootsies.

Behold the seven-Ootsie Tootsie. You can learn all everything you want to know about Ootsies by clicking through to the Tootsie Roll Industries website. “Ootsie Tootsies” is the last commercial in the gallery. It is worth your time.

You should know that I have the crack candy-research staff here at OMT investigating whether present day Ootsies are smaller, or present day Tootsies larger as a result of this change (with an understanding that we need to reject one or neither of these hypotheses, and that rejecting both is impossible).

You should know that, presently for sale at Cub Foods in St Paul, MN are “Vintage Tootsie Rolls”. These have the old-style lettering on the packaging, but the packaging is otherwise very much modern, not vintage.

Finally, you should know that these vintage Tootsie Roll are partitioned into fourteen Ootsies.


5 responses to “Important information about Tootsie Rolls

  1. Thank you. I will sleep better knowing all this.

    But, one question is nagging at me: how is an Ootsie also a measure of time?

  2. It’s the amount of time required to eat one Ootsie. See video at TRI website. Said video is flash-based and non-embeddable. Haven’t searched YouTube for it.

  3. In other words the Ootsie time unit is a nonstandard unit? I’m not sure if that’s going to move society forward. (But I haven’t seen the video yet.) The Tootsie people specialize in these nonstandard measures; how many licks does it take to get to the Tootsie Roll center (I guess it’s the “Ootsie center”) of a Tootsie Roll Pop?

  4. Seriously, people. If you’re amused enough by Tootsie Roll math to leave a comment, you’ll find the video entertaining. So get to it.

    And Steve? One Andrew Stadel is already leading a campaign to standardize the Ootsie (as a unit of length, unfortunately).

  5. Pingback: Important Ootsie-related news | Overthinking my teaching

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