We are all for deconstructing the traditional "treat", be it a Halloween treat or any other treat, and making it one that is still really tasty, healthy and fun for you too!
Enter the "Unjunked Tootsie Roll". All the credit goes to The Prairie Homestead where we found the recipe and make a change or two.
Normally we stay away from using "sugar", however we did make an exception in this recipe since we used such a little amount and it was organic. Lastly, we thought NOT using the sugar would change the integrity of the recipe.
Homemade Tootsie Rolls (without the junk!)
Adapted from The Prairie Homestead
- 1/2 cup raw honey
- 1/4 cup plus 2 Tablespoons unsweetened organic cocoa powder
- 1 teaspoon real organic vanilla extract
- 1 Tablespoon organic coconut oil ORgrass fed butter, melted
- 1/4 cup organic powdered sugar
- pinch of fine sea salt
- 1 cup tapioca flour (may need slightly more or less) we used 1 1/4 cup organic instant nonfat dry milk powder like this.
- 1 drop wild orange essential oil (optional- but it gives that “fruit-flavor” which is reminiscent of traditional Tootsie Rolls)
Combine the honey, cocoa powder, and vanilla extract in a medium bowl. When you first start mixing it, it will be a clumpy mess. But just keep mixing and it will come together after a few minutes.
Mix in the melted coconut oil (or butter) and then the powdered sugar and salt.
Stir thoroughly, then begin to slowly add the tapioca flour (1/4 cup at a time). When the dough becomes too stiff to mix with your fork, use your fingers to knead the mixture together until you have a stiff, mildly sticky dough.
Shape the dough into a ball and set aside on a piece of waxed paper for about 10 minutes. Depending on how much tapioca flour you added, the dough should relax a bit and spread out. If it doesn't help it out by gently pressing it into a thick circle. Cut the circle into strips (or whatever shape you’d like), and individually wrap each chunk in a small piece of waxed paper. If you are finding that the dough is too sticky to cut, place it in the freezer for 5-10 minutes. I would definitely store these in the fridge– they are just a bit too sticky at room temp.
While these are not exactly like the taste good old Tootsie Roll, they are still good and we are happy to say they are kid approved!
We wrapped ours in unbleached parchment paper and love the vintage look of the candy.
A decorated mason jar with spray painted lid, cupcake liner, ribbon and Halloween printable is the perfect little Trick~or~Treat container.
But we didn't stop there! At Halloween we always have to make some type of "cracker". So we used t.p. roll, parchment paper, burlap, ribbon and Halloween printables for these Halloween crackers.
You can find the Halloween printables here for free.
If you are thinking of having on old fashioned Halloween, a good, unjunked Tootsie roll would fit in just right!