Tootsie Pop Flavors: A Definitive Ranking

Sister #2 goes through food phases where she can’t get enough of certain food and she eats it all the time. A few weeks ago it was Chicago mix popcorn. One spring it was Nerds Rope. There was a chewy Sprees phase, the pesto something or other from Noodles & Company, spinach & artichoke dip, ginger chicken, and one horrible weekend when we lived in a shitty apartment together in Chippewa Falls, WI — MooTown Snackers. She will shudder with revulsion if you even mention them to her.

Since we gather at her house for Family Dinner on Sunday nights, the rest of us are often along for the ride of whatever food phase she is surfing. Sometimes the phase will get all over you and the next thing you know you’re at Target buying your own bag of Tootsie Pops and waxing nostalgic for the days of Tootsie Pop Drops.

Tootsie Pops is the latest phase, and we’re all addicted.

Because we love to argue, there has been much heated debate about the best flavors of Tootsie Pops. This was spurred on last night when I presented my sister with a bouquet of Cherry Tootsie Pops.

“Look,” I said, presenting seven or eight suckers to her. “These were all in one bag and no oranges!”

Ben, my brother-in-law, swung his head around to look at me. “What is wrong with you?” he asked. “You are like the wrongest person that ever lived. You hate pie. You won’t eat baked fruit, and now this.”

My crimes against baked fruit are legion.

So here, I present you the definitive ranking of Tootsie Pop flavors from best to worst.

  1. Orange: Don’t even front they are the bomb digs.
  2. Brown: Probably they are called chocolate, whatever they taste good.
  3. Purple: I know it’s grape, but it doesn’t taste like grape. It tastes like purple and it is delicious.
  4. Pomegranate: This seems like it would be too fancy for the lowly Tootsie Pop, but it is not. It is surprisingly tasty. This only ranks so low because I’ve only had one and not sure if the flavor will hold up to repeated licks.
  5. Raspberry: It’s okay.
  6. Dirty Feet: This one doesn’t exist. I made it up. It’s inclusion is only to give you an idea of just how gross the last one on this list is.
  7. Cherry: An abomination against candy and goodness and truth and freedom. Tastes like a Luden’s cough drop. A waste of candy for sure.

If you were here we could clink Orange Tootsies as a toast to my brilliance, kind of like Liam and I did last night with our Brown Tootsies.

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  1. Angela S 27.May.14 at 6:03 pm

    Purple are my favorite. The orange ones give me a headache for some reason. Maybe it’s just the thought of the weird citrussyness.

    1. Jodi 27.May.14 at 6:25 pm

      Twitter & most of my family agree with you when it come to orange. I have learned there are now Blueberry flavored ones, and though I hate blueberries, I really really wanna try ’em.

    2. Skylar 13.Jun.18 at 4:29 pm

      Lmfao try the lemon then. And yes. It does exist.

  2. Ty 11.Jan.15 at 6:24 pm

    I agree wholeheartedly with your ranking… Orange is the bomb followed by chocolate then grape… and cherry? Damn, why are there always more often cherry flavored ones in the bag???

    1. Jodi 11.Jan.15 at 6:28 pm

      It’s the worst. THE WORST. I have an entire bouquet of red ones sitting here. Nobody wants them because they are awful.

      1. Give me your cherry 28.Jun.20 at 12:48 am

        I will eat all of them in .5 seconds there my favorite

  3. yee 17.Jan.19 at 6:13 pm

    chocolate are the worst

  4. Dana 06.Dec.19 at 11:50 pm

    For the most part, I can get on board with your list except for one very important point: Cherry is my favorite flavor of not only Tootsie Pops but of Blow Pops, as well. Also, you completely left the lemon flavored TPs off of your list, and they rank fourth on my list after cherry, grape/purple, and orange (in that order).
    Allow me to digress: Can we talk about what happened to the Pep-O-Mint and Crystal Mint (or whatever it’s called) flavors of Lifesavers? Yes, I know that the Pep-O-Mint flavor (red & white swirls) now reappears around Christmas time, but good luck finding them. They should be available all year-round as should Crystal Mint which are a kind of crystal-like, transparent appearance.
    *dropping the mic*

  5. keladry 28.Apr.21 at 11:28 am

    I basically have opposite taste buds to you. Orange is slightly better than chocolate, but both are NOT good. Raspberry is the best, but cherry is a close second……I would literally eat luden’s cough drops as candy. *dying*

  6. Susan 22.Jan.22 at 12:14 pm

    I have opposite taste of you. Cherry and raspberry are at the top, orange, lemon, purple and chocolate. If I can’t find someone to eat the chocolate, it goes in the trash. Yuck!!


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