RememBear This: Charleston Chew
- Interesting Charleston Chew trivia:
- They were created in 1922 originally as chocolate covered taffy (now nougat)
- Current flavors are chocolate, vanilla, blueberry & strawberry (banana has been discontinued)
- Tootsie Roll Industries bought them in 1993 and is the current owner (once owned by Nabisco)
- The mini “bite-size” variety are known as Charleston Chews (plural)
- They have been used to show the effects of temperature and strain rate on the deformation of materials to students in university geology labs.
- It got it’s name from the popular (in the 1920’s) Charleston dance
This is another thing from my past that is still widely available and still very popular. You can go into any Walgreen’s or CVS/Longs and grab yourself a “Chew”, but I haven’t eaten one since I was roughly 10 years old. This used to be my “go to” candy. Without hesitation, if someone asked me what my favorite candy was it was an instant “Charleston Chew”. I liked all the flavors but certainly the vanilla best. I’m sure everyone has tried them frozen….least I hope you have, poor soul if you haven’t.
For whatever reason I look at these with pride. They seem like the underdogs that survived. From the taste to the look to the packaging. They are old fashioned but not outdated. It’s like the old guy sitting on the porch in his rocking chair but is hip enough to know that the wee lads are into SpongeBob & Miley Cyrus.
I remember getting this treat on every single road trip we went on when I was young. I think there was a time of at least a year when this was the only candy I ate. I progressed from there to loving the Baby Ruth…then to the Butterfinger and finally settled on anything Reese’s (the peanut butter cup topping them all).
What was your favorite candy bar growing up? What’s your favorite now?