This recipe is super easy to make. Only four ingredients! However, there is a lot of hands-on work with rolling and wrapping the candies, but it is so worth it. Everyone will love them! You can experiment with the flavoring. I used orange extract, which is just delicious, but peppermint, vanilla and raspberry would be so good, too.
And trust me on this one, if you're planning to give any away, make a double batch! That way you'll have plenty for yourself!
Happy Valentine's Day!
Homemade Tootsie Rolls
Source: Slightly adapted from Balancing Beauty & Bedlam
12 oz. package MSPI-friendly semisweet chocolate chips
½ cup light corn syrup
¾ tsp. warm water
1½ tsp. orange extract
Melt the semisweet chocolate in a sauce pan on the stove over low heat or in the microwave in a microwave-safe bowl. Add the remaining ingredients and stir well. Line a cookie sheet with wax paper and scrape the chocolate mixture onto the paper. Spread the mixture to about ½-inch thick in the pan. (Don't worry if it's an irregular shape.)
Cover the mixture with a second piece of wax paper and let the chocolate mixture set over night at room temperature; it will be stiff, but still flexible.
Turn your candy out onto your work surface and cut the mixture (a pizza cutter works really well!) into whatever size sections you prefer. Then roll the pieces between your hands into little logs.
Set the candies aside to firm up before wrapping, since the mixture warms up and softens as you handle it.
Roll each candy up in a square of wax paper. Twist ends to secure.