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So How Many Licks Does it Take to Get to the Tootsie Roll Center of a Tootsie Pop?

So How Many Licks Does it Take to Get to the Tootsie Roll Center of a Tootsie Pop?

Woman licking lollipop. Closeup shoot.

Finally, Science has figured out that it takes 1,000 licks to reach the Tootsie Roll center of a Tootsie Pop. Jinzi Mac Huang, a graduate student, confidently said that you need this number of licks to break through one centimeter of the candy. And that, in fact is about half to the diameter of a Tootsie Pop lollipop.

This answer proved that the number given by 1969 commercial’s owl was nowhere around. His answer was three, which is impossible.

But, the question still arises that whether this number is the reality or just a speculation? Leif Ristroph, applied mathematics professor, explained, “We used these results to figure out in general how fluids dissolve materials and we realized that is basically what you’re doing when you’re enjoying a lollipop”.

In addition to it, he said that with the help of such a model, an object of any size with a kind of typical flow speed can be taken into consideration. The speed of the flow can be determined by how fast you lick a candy. After this process, the time taken to dissolve all the material away can be noted down. He said that in this process, it is tough to resist one from biting the candy.

On this matter, the president of Tootsie Roll Industries, Ellen Gourdon, commented that he is thrilled that a study was conducted by the New York University to discover the number of licks needed in order to reach the Tootsie Roll center of a Tootsie Pop.

Furthermore, Gourdon said that for decades, it was a question asked by the fans of this candy.

In reality the study was carried out to test and explore how the dissolving materials effect within a contained fluid flow.

Perfect Science


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