Before Tootsie Roll Industries started making 64 million miniature chewy chocolates a day, inventor "Leo Hirshfield" sold the hand-wrapped candies at a small Brooklyn store starting Feb. 23. 1896, according to the manufacturer's website. The Austrian immigrant didn't have to look far for inspiration on the treat's name: his 5-year-old daughter Clara was often called "Tootsie.
So the candy's origins may be just as mysterious as the number of licks it takes to get to the center of a Tootsie pop. We are interested in something else. These is a less known fact that these rolls had akey role in saving the US troop from the Korea War. How Tootsie Rolls Saved the Troops? Take a look
In 1950, a group of U.S. Marines fighting in North Korea got stranded without enough ammunition. They were engaged in a battle at the N.Korean chosin reservoirs. “Frozen Chosin,” as the marines called it, is a man-made lake located in the northeast of the Korean peninsula.
So they called for an airdrop of 60 mm mortar rounds. Interestingly the code name set for these bullets were Tootsie Rolls.
Unfortunately, the radio operator receiving that urgent request didn’t have the Marines’ code sheets. All he knew was that the request came from command authority, it was extremely urgent.
So when the supplies were delivered, dozens of parachutes with pallets of actual Tootsie Rolls descended on the Marines. Once the shock wore off, the freezing and starving troops rejoiced.
Frozen Tootsie Rolls were thawed in armpits or pockets until they were warm enough to chew, then eaten. The sugar provided energy, and for many, Tootsie Rolls were their only nourishment for days. Just as important, the marines learned they could use warmed Tootsie Rolls to plug bullet holes in fuel drums, gas tanks, cans and radiators, where they would freeze solid again, sealing the leaks and allowing the troops some much needed mobility
But these candies melted or softened easily in the mouth of these soldiers. Thus they melted the candies and used as putty to seal the broken or cracked lines.
When the chocolate turn to its initial state, they could drive safely in their newly functional vehicles. Tada!
Not just that, historical records says that these rolls were the energy suppliers during World War II.
The candy is still around today, even though many other candies invented around the same time have fallen out of style.
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