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Genetically engineered Tootsie Roll, Manhattan

Caitlin Hu
By Caitlin Hu
Published Last updated This article is more than 2 years old.

Economy Candy, on New York City’s Lower East Side, is a narrow, messy store packed with nuts, dried fruits, and classic sweets like Nerds and Junior Mints. The packaging of this Tootsie Roll is very forthright about the fact that it’s made using genetically engineered ingredients. Probably all candy is now made with GM corn syrup—but I still haven’t eaten that Tootsie Roll.

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