Monday, February 13, 2012

Better Than The Original, French Vanilla Tootsie Roll Midgees Are Still Pretty Average.

The Good: Taste good, Inexpensive enough, Not the worst candy in nutritional terms.
The Bad: Not actual vanilla flavor, Widely different flavor densities, Not actually healthy.
The Basics: Tootsie Roll Vanilla Midgees are a fun alternative to the standard Tootsie Roll.

I can’t recall the last time I had Tootsie Rolls. It has been so long that I was actually surprised when my mother gave me a bank filled with Vanilla Tootsie Roll Midgees for the winter holiday. I figured that if I was going to actually eat them, I ought to review the candies. I might not recall when I last hand a standard chocolate Tootsie Roll, but I know that I just finished eating a whole tube of Vanilla Tootsie Roll Midgees!

These were better than I remember chocolate Tootsie Rolls being, but they still are not a candy that is going to light the tastebuds on fire.


Vanilla is a flavor of Tootsie Roll Midgees. Tootsie Roll Midgees are approximately one and a quarter inches long by one half inch wide and deep and they are roughly cylindrical. These little candies are marketed to taste like vanilla and they do that, at least in a basic way. The four ounce container had eighteen pieces of candy in it and the package may be reused as a bank.

Vanilla flavored Tootsie Rolls come in a white and blue wrapper. Inside their wrappers, the candy is a bright white tube that looks a lot like taffy. This chewy candy remains pretty solid until it is heated by one’s mouth though.

Ease Of Preparation

These are Midgees, so there is nothing complicated about eating them. Preparing them is as easy as opening the tube, pulling one out, unwrapping it from the wax paper wrapper and popping the candy into your mouth. Because these are fully wrapped, there is no reason not to leave them out of the tube or bag you get them in; they will not go bad or get stale.


The Vanilla Tootsie Roll Midgees smell nicely of vanilla frosting or a light french vanilla. That flavor comes out in varying amounts with the various candies, but the most aromatic ones when unwrapped tend to be the most flavorful.

On the tongue, the Vanilla Midgees are somewhat tough and sweet before they give way to a distinctly wonderful vanilla flavor. That vanilla flavor may not be “true” vanilla, but it is the processed, sweetened, light and creamy vanilla flavor that we are conditioned to treat as vanilla and it lives up on that front quite nicely.


Again, these are Midgees, a dessert, so anyone looking to them for nutrition is bound to be disappointed. Tootsie Rolle Midgees are not a legitimate source of nutrition. These are a snack food, a dessert, and are in no way an adequate substitute for a real meal. A serving is listed at six candies. This means that in a single serving, there are 140 calories, 25 of which come from fat.

The thing is, Tootsie Roll Midgees are not as bad as they could be in the nutrition area. They have only 3 grams fat (.5 g saturated fat) and no protein in a single serving. These are in no way Vegan complaint because they contain condensed skim milk and whey. Made primarily of sugar, corn syrup and partially hydrogenated soybean oil, there is actually nothing terribly bad in the Vanilla Midgees. They have only one percent of the daily sodium with 15 mg and they are gluten free! As well, these candies were not produced on machines with peanuts or other nuts and they are egg, trans fat, dairy and egg free!


Tootsie Roll Midgees have a shelf life of approximately one year and I have yet to run across a stale Tootsie Roll (though arguably that is because of my lack of experience with them). They remain freshest when they are wrapped and they ought to be kept in a lukewarm environment. Storing them in hot places is likely to ruin them.

As for cleanup, unless one allows the Tootsie Roll to get hot to the point that they melt, the dyes on these do not bleed or denature, so there is usually no cleanup necessary, not even washing one's hands after eating them (always wash your hands before eating Tootsie Roll Midgees; that's just common sense). I have never had Vanilla Tootsie Roll Midgees stain anything.


Tootsie Roll Vanilla Midgees are a surprisingly good candy snack, even if they are not the most impressive one in the world.

For other vanilla-flavored candies reviewed by me, please check out:
French Vanilla Jelly Belly jelly beans
Godiva Vanilla Sundae in Dark Chocolate Truffle Bar
Gimbal’s French Vanilla Jelly Beans


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