The rumor was passed from child to child like a cherished treasure... if you ever find a Tootsie pop wrapper with a star on it, you could redeem the wrapper for another free Tootsie pop! Why Tootsie allowed this strange promotion was always a mystery. How could they possibly make money? And why not simply buy the Tootsie pops with stars on the wrapper? It all seemed too good to be true.
Turns out it was.
Remember how awesome it was to get the star on the Tootsie Roll Pop wrapper? Yeaaaaaahhhh.— Flaxplus (@Flaxplus)1263980993.0
A spokesperson from Tootise recently confirmed to TODAY Food that the supposed free Tootsie pops aren't real. What's more, for the past ten years, Tootsie's website has featured an explicit message debunking the popular childhood rumor. It turns out the story has followed Tootise around since its inception in 1931.
So many years of sweetness! #TootsiePops https://t.co/J5tcIq6b7v— Mr. Owl (@Mr. Owl)1527887158.0
The message from Tootsie reads:
Unfortunately, we do not know how this rumor started and Tootsie Roll Industries has never actually honored this promotion. In fact, the shooting star appears on 1 in every 4 to 6 Tootsie Pop wrappers, just as frequent as the other images appear. However, we do believe the star is a sign of good luck to come.
Who started the urban legend that finding a star on your tootsie roll wrapper meant you got a free one? I want to b… https://t.co/ylls4hYVT8— coming out of my cage and I've been doing (@coming out of my cage and I've been doing)1533178999.0
The real question is, of course, why would Tootsie lie?
@BuzzFeed I've gotten free tootsie roll pops by finding a star on the wrapper. I know it's not a hoax.— KD (@KD)1533231067.0
@WOWT6News Leavers market back in the 80’s would give us a free one. Not so much of a myth.— Crystal (@Crystal)1533396533.0
@WOWT6News It wasn’t a myth. the former Bakers on 72nd Blondo honored it and the shack at Hillside Little League did as well.— huskerfan (@huskerfan)1533388703.0
@WOWT6News I got them free from the drug store all the time. We’d save up tons of them— Yvonne Moore (@Yvonne Moore)1533511137.0
Tootsie fans on Twitter were understandably disappointed.
Was I the only one told as a child that if I had enough tootsie roll wrappers with the Indian shooting the star on… https://t.co/hiD7DLx1oj— omelia (@omelia)1510184863.0
@NBCNews @TODAYshow I have hundreds of these wrappers I've saved for years waiting for my free suckers.— Secret Billionaire (@Secret Billionaire)1533435349.0
@WOWT6News I tried this at a Kwik Shop about 20 years ago. The look of confusion on the clerk's face...I'll never forget it.— Eric Lasher (@Eric Lasher)1533391380.0
@NBCNews @TODAYshow WHAT!?!?! 🤷🏼♀️🤦🏼♀️— Newsette (@Newsette)1533436116.0
@BuzzFeed I never even heard this lie till now 🤯— Adelina (@Adelina)1533233892.0
@NBCNews @TODAYshow I’m. In. For. A. Free. Tootsie. Pop— Kim. Belknap (@Kim. Belknap)1533435360.0
Well that’s just GREAT. https://t.co/tNIVJl1Wpz— kate p (@kate p)1533180575.0
And if you weren't aware of the urban legend... well, no harm no foul.
@NBCNews @TODAYshow I-i didn't even know there were pictures on it....— 라모나🥀 (@라모나🥀)1533449801.0
Fortunately, for those of us who have been let down by the harsh realities of society, Tootsie offers this beautiful symbolic meaning for the Tootsie star:
Mr. Owl informed us that one night he was sitting on his branch and he came across a shooting star in the sky. He suggested that we add the shooting star on the Tootsie Pop wrapper to give our fans the necessary luck that may be needed to find out just how many licks it takes to get to the Tootsie Roll center of a Tootsie Pop.
Life changing stuff. Just as good as a cherished childhood memory for sure.