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Tootsie Roll Pops “Legend of the Indian Wrapper”

Contributed by Nick Sherman on Oct 23rd, 2015. Artwork published in .
Tootsie Roll Pops “Legend of the Indian Wrapper”
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A popular urban legend claims that any wrapper for a Tootsie Roll Pop that has an image of an American Indian shooting a star with a bow and arrow can be redeemed for free candy. It is not true. Tootsie Roll Industries created a special letter to send to any hopeful seekers of free candy. As describes it:

The company originally sent special letters expressing their regret to prize-seekers, then in 1982 they created their “Legend of the Indian Wrapper” to accompany those letters “with the hope that children’s liking for a good story would help to assuage their disappointment.”


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8 Comments on “Tootsie Roll Pops “Legend of the Indian Wrapper””

  1. Amanda Chambers says:
    Nov 1st, 2017 10:05 pm
    This is not an urban legend it is true in Richardson, Texas gas stations will honor it!
  2. Luke Frangos says:
    May 14th, 2018 8:09 pm

    I like the story. It is very interesting, but I guess that’s the point. I myself have an Indian wrapper and searched up the rare image. I found the rumor was false, but the rumor I heard was different. I heard that if you get the Indian wrapper you could get 1,000 dollars if you redeemed it. Welp, I guess both rumors are false. :/

  3. This is just an attempt to throw us off the trail. I, for one, am convinced a fabulous prize awaits those who seek out the Indian star wrapper.

  4. jim fox seely says:
    Aug 2nd, 2021 4:48 pm

    In the ’80s I worked for a Mom and Pop store that did redeem a “full-Indian” wrapper. To nice kids.

  5. rich draper says:
    Sep 22nd, 2021 8:20 pm

    I have one with the word grape and a star at the end of the arrow. The wrapper is grape colored and I have had this for a long time! Is it worth anything?

  6. Casey Michel says:
    Nov 11th, 2021 3:42 am

    When I was a kid probably sometime between 2000–2001, my brother and I bought tootsie pops from Walgreens in Gilbert, AZ. The cashier told us that if we found a star on the wrapper we would get free ones. Sure as hell my bro found a star on his and the guy gave him a free one. So it has worked in a least one instance!

  7. Becky Ascheman says:
    Aug 10th, 2022 6:24 pm

    Back home in Benson Minnesota they used to do that we get free suckers for those rappers so that is true

  8. Dana A Reaves says:
    Aug 25th, 2022 11:59 pm

    It was always true where I grew up. All stores honored the wrapper with Indian shooting bow and arrow. Fun times

  9. Where I grew up, If you found a full picture of him( not even a little bit could be cut off) It would bring you good luck, and fortune. Of course I trusted that theory as a little kid, then when I moved people would get them and keep the rapers until they had ten, then they would cash them in for a free one at the school office. High school comes along and everyone forgets about the legend…

  10. Devon Greenwell says:
    Jan 18th, 2023 5:10 pm

    I’m 39 years old and remembering hearing about it. My parents wouldn’t let me even try because “It’s just for advertising like the golden ticket for Wonka bars” and I finally remembered this after my kids got me a Tootsie pop and saw it on the wrapper. Need to keep the legend alive!

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