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Friday, December 15th, 2017
35 Years Ago Today

Here's a classic - the famous "How many licks does it take to get to the tootsie roll center of a tootsie pop?" commercial where a boy consults Mr. Turtle and wise old Mr. Owl for the answer.

Voices: Ralph James as Mr. Turtle, Paul Winchell as Mr. Owl.

"The world may never know."

According to FuzzyMemories.TV forum member IAmNomad: "The commercial was produced in 1970. The one-minute version only ran for a year or two. The 15-second version still [aired in 2010]. That version has a different voiceover at the end."

FuzzyMemories.TV forum member dth1971 adds "There's a longer version on YouTube with Mr. Cow and Mr. Fox."

This aired on December 16, 1982.

Tootsie Pops - "How Many Licks?" (Commercial, 1982)

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In honor of the record, here's a classic - the famous "How many licks does it take to get to the tootsie roll center of a tootsie pop?" commercial where a boy consults Mr. Turtle and wise old Mr. Owl for the answer.

Voices: Ralph James as Mr. Turtle, Paul Winchell as Mr. Owl.

"The world may never know."

This aired on local Chicago TV on Thursday, December 16th 1982.

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There's a longer version on YouTube with Mr. Cow and Mr. Fox.
Comment posted by dth1971 on Tuesday, December 8th 2009 at 12:16am.

This has got to be one of the most popular commercials in TV history in my book!
Comment posted by ChitownTVFan on Tuesday, December 8th 2009 at 8:21am.

Was this commercial made in 1982? I still see it aired today in 2010! This one I think competes with Victory Auto Wreckers for the longevity award :)
Comment posted by DiamondDragon on Wednesday, September 22nd 2010 at 12:59am.

I'm pretty sure it's older than 1982... I always wondered how many dentist visits for broken or chipped teeth were inspired by this commercial. :)
Comment posted by APM on Wednesday, September 22nd 2010 at 6:47am.

Much older. I remember seeing it in the early '70s.
Comment posted by HUdson 3-2700 on Wednesday, September 22nd 2010 at 8:18am.

The commercial was produced in 1970. The one-minute version only ran for a year or two. The 15-second version still airs today, though I haven't seen it in the Bay Area for at least the past 5 years. That version has a different voiceover at the end.
Comment posted by IAmNomad on Friday, October 19th 2012 at 9:48pm.

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