Claim: A Tootsie Pop wrapper with a picture of an Indian shooting an arrow at a star on it can be redeemed with Tootsie Roll Industries for a free bag of candy.
Origins: The rumor that Tootsie Pop wrappers featuring an Indian can be redeemed for free candy has dogged the Tootsie Roll company since
shortly after the introduction of the chewy-centered lollipops in 1931. Although Tootsie Pops has never held any kind of promotion involving the collection or redemption of their wrappers, the “Indian wrapper” rumor has persisted for over sixty years. The story probably got its start because of the prevalence of contests and prizes connected with the packaging of children’s products in the era when Tootsie Pops were first
marketed. The slightly different packaging of each Tootsie Pop (about 30% of the wrappers include the Indian figure) could easily lead to tales about certain wrappers being “special.” (Similar rumors about various brands of candy bars have circulated for decades as well.)
Tootsie Roll Industries has received a steady stream of letters from consumers attempting to redeem their Indian wrappers since the 1930s (nearly all of the letter writers expect free Tootsie Pops in return), and they now process about
|Legend of the Indian Wrapper (Tootsie Roll)|
Last updated: 1 July 2014
Morgan, Hall and Kerry Tucker. Rumor! New York: Penguin Books, 1984. ISBN 0-14-007036-2 (pp. 63-64). Poundstone, William. Biggest Secrets. New York: William Morrow & Co., 1993. ISBN 0-688-11529-2 (pp. 139-140).