Scientists Finally Tackle The Great Tootsie Pop Mystery

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Scientists finally got around to answering the most important question in human history: how many licks DOES it take to get to the Tootsie Roll center of a Tootsie Pop?

The test was recently conducted by a team of researchers from New York University who first submerged a piece of hard candy in a water current to gauge the flow’s effect on shrinkage, then calculated the amount of time required to melt one centimeter of a Tootsie Pop. The results showed that roughly 1,000 licks would be required to liberate the Tootsie Roll center from its hard candy prison.

It took 850 licks in this real world trial, so the results appear to be fairly accurate.

The test also had a more practical application, which involved helping chemical and pharmaceutical industries better understand how materials dissolve.

(NPR via Consumerist)

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