I don’t know whether most folks know it or not, but I’m a huge fan of Tootsie Rolls. Always have been; always will be.
My maternal grandmother and great-grandmother used to keep crystal dishes of the individually wrapped confections within easy reach at their homes. If you went to either of their houses, you left in a flurry or wrappers and a faint smell of chocolaty taffy. Yum!
So I was caught a bit off guard when a vendor we’ve used at work, Splashworks, sent a holiday care package containing Blue Raspberry “Frooties“.
Now I’ve had fruit-flavored Tootsies before, but never under the name Frooties. In fact a co-worker had a big bowl of Banana, Strawberry, Green Apple and Grape flavored Tootsies in her cube after Halloween (along with regular chocolate Tootsie Rolls). I swear if I ate one, I ate a hundred. Seriously. Yummy.
My great grandmother used to have an off-brand Tootsie equivalent in her home. It came in flavors like Butter Rum, Vanilla and Hazelnut. Again, yum.
But Frooties, at least the moniker, are new to me. Not necessarily good, because I think Tootsie-like sweets should err a little more to the bitter, nutty or earthy flavors and away from fruits, but I’ll still eat them. :-)