You won't convince anyone that this is a real Tootsie Roll BUT it is a nice homemade alternative with basic pantry items and once they cool completely, they do make a nice go of it!
3 T cocoa powder
1/4 cup light corn syrup*
1/2 t vanilla
1/3 cup sifted milk powder (*sifting will give you a smoother texture, so do sift the milk too)
1 1/4 cup sifted powdered sugar
In small saucepan, melt butter on low temp. Blend in cocoa, corn syrup, and vanilla. Heat just until bubbly.
Add sifted milk powder and 1 cup of sifted powdered sugar, stir well.
Sprinkle waxed paper with powdered sugar. Gently knead until you have a workable dough. Roll out into 4 ropes and cut into pieces with pastry cutter or knife. Wrap and twist in strips of waxed paper and allow to set up.
My kids loved these!