Today in honor of National Lollipop Day, we were all given Tootsie Pops at work.
The Legend of the Tootsie Pop Indian Wrapper ~ The Indian Wrapper legend has circulated for decades from generation to generation. The claim is that a Tootsie Pop wrapper with a picture of an Indian shooting an arrow at a star on it can be redeemed with Tootsie Roll Industries for a free bag of candy. 30% of the wrappers include the Indian figure.
Tootsie Roll Industries has received a steady stream of letters from consumers attempting to redeem their Indian wrappers since the 1930's (nearly all of the letter writers expect free Tootsie Pops in return), and they now process about 150 letters per week The company originally sent special letters expressing their regret to prize seekers, then in 1982 they created their "Legend of the Indian Wrapper" to accompany those letters with the hope that children's liking for a good story would help to assuage their disappointment." Some individual store managers took it upon themselves to redeem Indian-bearing wrappers for free Tootsie Pops, but the exchange was not sanctioned by the Tootsie Roll Company itself.
Today however, at work if your wrapper had an Indian shooting an arrow at a star you got to take it to the HR dept and redeem it for a real prize, a 10.00 gift card.
All those years as a kid as I watched my wrappers trying to get free a Tootsie Pop it always seemed like I had a wrapper that had an Indian but no one that would redeem it. Today I wasn't so lucky.
Oh well, I got a Tootsie Pop and I got one that was my favorite flavor too. Now to find out how many licks it takes to get to the center of a Tootsie Pop.
CRUNCH! Guess, I'll never know.