Tootsie Rolls seem to be on everyone's top 10 list of childhood treats. I toted two lunchboxes packed with bite-size Tootsie Rolls to Brownie camp; they came in handy as friend magnets, bribes and peace offerings, as well as snacks. Later on, I found that you never forget that chewy texture or the chocolatey, surprisingly orange-tinged flavor. So imagine my surprise when I learned that the basic formula is so simple: melted chocolate mixed with corn syrup. Pastry chefs have long used this combination, which takes on a plasticine-like texture, as a kind of moldable chocolate. It lasts almost forever and is incredibly easy to shape into roses, roll into sheets, form into a child's initials -- whatever you can think of. These make a glamorous presentation when wrapped in gold or silver foil paper and served on a silver platter.
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