While candy-making can seem like an intimidating task, making your own homemade Tootsie Rolls is actually surprisingly easy. For a super-easy, no heat version, you can simply gather all your ingredients, mix and knead them together until everything reaches a Play-Doh-like consistency, and cut the resulting sticky ball into bite-sized pieces.
For a fancier method that requires a candy thermometer and patience, you will need to heat everything in a saucepan and spread everything out on a baking sheet before kneading everything together.
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