‘How Many Licks?’

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Did you know that the original “How Many Licks?” Tootsie Pop commercial was 60 seconds long and also included Mr. Cow and Mr. Fox?

The original, full-length commercial debuted in 1969 as follows:

Questioning Boy: Mr. Cow…

Mr. Cow: Yeeeeesss!!?

Questioning Boy: How many licks does it take to get to the Tootsie Roll center of a Tootsie Pop?!

Mr. Cow: I don’t know, I always end up biting. Ask Mr. Fox, for he’s much cleverer than I.

Questioning Boy: Mr. Fox, how many licks does it take to get to the Tootsie Roll center of a Tootsie Pop?!!

Mr. Fox: Why don’t you ask Mr. Turtle, for he’s been around a lot longer than I! Me, heheh, I bite!

Questioning Boy: Mr. Turtle, how many licks does it take to get to the Tootsie Roll center of a Tootsie Pop?

Mr. Turtle: I’ve ain’t never even made it without biting. Ask Mr. Owl, for he is the wisest of us all.

Questioning Boy: Mr. Owl, how many licks does it take to get to the Tootsie Roll center of a Tootsie Pop!?

Mr. Owl: A good question. Let’s find out. (He takes the Tootsie pop and starts licking) A One… A two-HOO… A tha-three.. (crunch sound effect)

Mr. Owl: A Three!

Questioning Boy: If there’s anything I can’t stand, it’s a smart owl.

Narrator: How many licks does it take to get to the Tootsie Roll center of a Tootsie Pop? (crunch sound effect)

Narrator: The world may never know.