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Sep 20, 2009 06:51 PM

tootsie rolls kosher ...

over rosh hashanna we found out that tootsie rolls will soon bear the ou symbol

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  1. According to the OU consumer line, they have no knowledge of this. The person I spoke to indiciated he was unaware of any application for supervision as of today 9/21. You sure ou is the orginaztion providing approval?

    1. I know someone very high up in a national kasrut organization, and he went personally to see about getting Tootise Rolls a haskacha, and he said that it would not happen because the company would not change a key ingredient. That was two years ago.

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      1. re: azcohen

        yes. I met someone very high up in the OU who said they are unofficially under hasgacha and will have thge symbol soon. They are also working on gatorade

        1. re: koshergourmetmart

          you made my day! can't wait for the tootsie rolls!

      2. Here's what I received today from the Tootsie Rolls company in response to my inquiry:
        "Kosher certification is under consideration at the present time."

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        1. re: morris

          Sorry to go totally on a tangent here, but why aren't Pop-Tarts kosher, and is Kellogg's considering it?! Anyone have any idea? (And if there's real discussion here, feel free to start a new thread. I'll find it.)

          1. re: tamarw

            I believe it's our old foe, Mr. Unkosher Gelatin at work.

            Here is the ingredient list

            1. re: tamarw

              This important issue has long been a goal of mine . Mr. Unkosher Gelatin only makes an appearance in the frosted varieties; Vallevin's link is to PT Splitz, which are partially frosted. The unfrosted versions list no obvious problematic ingredients. Over the years, I have tried to orchestrate letter/e-mail writing campaigns to Kellogg's. Maybe the thing to do would be to petition the OU, which certified Eggos a few years back. The resistance may be due to a reticence to have some flavors and not others certified, as opposed to Eggos, which are all certified (surely production could be kept separate). However, I think we could be counted on to know which is which. It would be easier than tracking the ever-moving Slurpee list! Write to Kellogg's! Write to the OU! Write to your senator!

              1. re: Kosher Critic

                I'm game with this. I think we should orchestrate this on Chowhound for sure. Maybe someone can start a petition?

              2. re: tamarw

                There is a brand of "pop tart" like products in many flavors that are kosher. Some are even frosted. They are even organic. I buy them at Fairway. I will post the name as soon as I get some more we don't have any in the house right now and I am having one of those senior moments juniors sometimes get. (-:

                1. re: mommysmazal

                  The brand is Nature's Path. Search "Kosher Organic Toaster Pastries at Costco" on this board for a thread on this brand. (I don't know how to do a clickable link.)

                  1. re: queenscook

                    Thanks, found it here:

                    I find it highly ironic that one of the commenters mentioned there that Tootsie Rolls are becoming OU in that specific discussion. That was TOTALLY unplanned! :)

                    1. re: tamarw

                      The Nature's Path Pop Tarts are also available at Trader Joe's.

              1. re: cappucino

                Sounds great! I miss tootsie pops and chocolate and vanilla tootsie rolls from my non-kosher days!!

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                1. ?? kosher supervision is meant to ensure that a food is kosher, but that does not mean that something not supervised is not kosher, however there is the possibility. this op is saying that tootsie rolls will soon be supervised and therefore known to be kosher. hope that helps

                  1. re: Bugg Superstar

                    the original post just said that they will "bear the OU symbol." I did not say they were not kosher before, they just did not have certification