Verdict: The answer is no. Tootsie rolls are not vegan because they contain milk.
Let's have a closer look at the ingredient statement directly from Tootsie.com...
Ingredients: Sugar, Corn Syrup, Palm Oil, Condensed Skim Milk, Cocoa, Whey, Soy Lecithin, Artificial and Natural Flavors.
Not only does this product have condensed skim milk, but it also has whey which is a byproduct from cheese manufacturing.
Since many candy manufactures are moving in more of a vegan-direction nowadays, you can use the link above to contact them and let them know you'd buy the product if it didn't have milk!
At the time of writing this, there aren't really any other candies on the market that are similar, but you can make things at home if you're really having a craving.
Since Tootsie rolls are basically fudge in a wrapper, I found this video recipe that you could use to replicate it for your kids or even yourself!
Interesting Aside: The company that makes Tootsie Rolls also makes Junior Mints which have an interesting vegan-status. Learn more about it here.
All you need is...
- Cocoa powder
- Powdered sugar
- Almond milk (or milk substitute)
- Vanilla extract
- Vegan butter
Check it out!
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