Ask ChicagoNow: How many licks does it take to get to the center of a Tootsie Pop?

Ask ChicagoNow: How many licks does it take to get to the center of a Tootsie Pop?

ChicagoNow is a group of bloggers from all sorts of different backgrounds.

With so much collective experience, we’ve decided to put that knowledge to use by posing some of the oldest and most popular questions to the group.

How many licks does it take to get to the center of a Tootsie Pop?

“You go about six licks and then you bite into it. The textured crunch of the shell tiptoes against the unctuous sweetness of the unique Tootsie core ….” — Mark Andel, Hot Dog Diaries

“One giant chomp -bridge breaks – $2300 to replace – #nomoretootsies4me (PS – Also, I eat enough shit at work).” — Michelle Babicz, Planet Michelle

“Zero. They’re gross.” — Jocelyn Geboy, An Unquiet Chicagoan

“ah one. ah two. ah thrrreeee.” — Kelley Farrell, The Canny Nanny

“It takes exactly 903 licks to reach the Tootsie Roll center of a Tootsie Roll Pop.” — Jessica Gardner, Little Merry Sunshine

“I haven’t tested this since I was in a group of fourth-grade kids at recesses who wanted to find out. Yes, the question is THAT old. I think we got into the high 60s before recess ended!” — Margaret Laing, Margaret Serious

“I tried to scientifically figure this out as a kid, but my older brother found out what I was doing and randomly starting saying numbers. What else are older brothers for, right?! I’m pretty sure I lost track at around 216 licks. I’m no longer a fan of the pops, though. I prefer the tootsie pop drops. I wonder if they still make them… hmmm…” — Marie Larsen, There’s a Bug In My Coffee

“I did this when I was a child. I wish I remembered the correct figure, but the cobwebs of my brain only surrender a figure of about 260.” — Nicolle Nuelist, Picks & Ponderings

“I just buy the tootsie roll and skip the licks from the start!” — Susan Schulhof, Looking for the Good

“None. I used to bite through to the center right away.” — Floyd Sullivan, Waiting4Cubs

“I’m going with the owl: 3.” — H. Van Howe, Pizza For Breakfast

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