As a child, I remember getting Tootsie Roll Pops and unwrapping them as carefully as possible. I always looked on the wrapper to find the little indian with the bow and arrow. If I didn't find him, I tossed the wrapper aside. If I did find it though, I always set it aside. But what was the story behind him?
What is the Legend of the Tootsie Pop Star?
The legend of the Tootsie Pop is if you find a wrapper with a star on it, you would get a free Tootsie Roll Pop. The star is at the end of an arrow being held by an Indian.
What you received from the Tootsie Roll Company varied between stories. In most instances though, it was a free lollipop.
Another legend (not relating to the star legend) was if you had three whole circles on your wrapper, you would get a free t-shirt or other prize.
Is the Tootsie Pop Legend True?
This legend has been going around for over 60 years. Unfortunately, this legend isn't true. It is said that the legend started because Tootsie Roll Industries had previous contests and promotions before.
About 30% of the wrappers have this Indian on it. Because of that fact, it wasn't hard to think that the wrapper was a rare find.
Because of this legend, Tootsie Roll Industries has received many letters asking about a prize. Tootsie Roll Industries processes about 150 letter a week regarding the legend today. When they first started receiving letters, they sent a letter explaining how the legend was not true. But in 1982, they created "The Legend of the Indian Wrapper" and included it in their letters.
Although Tootsie Roll Industries denied all claims to this legend, some store owners will honor this legend and give you a free Tootsie Pop.
The Legend of the Indian Wrapper
The Legend of the Indian Wrapper goes a little something like this.
During a time when all lollipops were the same, a man wanted to make a different kind of lollipop. His were already different in the fact that his was star shaped while the others were flat, but he wanted to put a chewy candy center in the middle of his.
He attempted to get the chewy candy center in his lollipops but failed every time. Then, when the man was sleeping one night, a light appeared in the center of his room. He woke up and saw an Indian chief smiling at him. The Indian chief told him that he would help get the chewy candy center in the middle of the lollipops if he promised he'd never stop making them for people. The man promised.
The chief walked over to the window where a bright twinkling star appeared in the sky. The chief opened the window and took out his magic bow and arrow. The chief kept smiling and suddenly, another flash of light appeared, covering the chief. When the light was gone, the chief dissapeared too.
Confused, the man ran to his lollipop shop to discover all the star shaped lollipops had been replaced with round ones. He took a bite out of one of them and was pleased to find that inside was a chewy candy center.
It is said that every once in a while, the magical Indian chief checks in on the man and his shop to make sure he is still selling these lollipops. If a lollipop has been personally checked by the chief, it was to be wrapped in the "indian wrapper".
Sherry on November 10, 2015:
I ate a lot of tootsie pops in my day, and in my small town, I got a lot of free ones cuz I found the star at the end of the bow and arrow, gotta whole drawer full of wrappers now lol. Keep making them!
Amanda Brumbelow (author) from Camas, WA on March 09, 2013:
SaffronBlossom from Dallas, Texas on March 09, 2013:
What a fun hub! I had never heard the legend, but I ate many a Tootsie Roll Pop when I was little. Voted interesting and up!
Amanda Brumbelow (author) from Camas, WA on February 28, 2013:
Thanks for reading, Geekdom!
Geekdom on February 27, 2013:
I remember hunting for the Indian shooting at the star wrappers but it was more of a game between my friends. I had no idea about the rumor or history.
Amanda Brumbelow (author) from Camas, WA on February 27, 2013:
Thank you for taking the time to read it. Writing this hub was so nostalgic.
Jami Johnson from Somewhere amongst the trees in Vermont. on February 27, 2013:
Interesting. I have always thought the star wrappers were worth a free lollipop (at least that's what my dad and sisters always told me). I liked this hub, made me think of my childhood. Thanks for sharing this legend.