I don’t know why I like Charleston Chews…I just do. They are a quirky candy that has endured for 90 years.
A little history care of wikipedia…The Charleston Chew was created in 1922 by the Fox-Cross Candy Company, and the candy was named for the Charleston, a popular dance at that time. The candy is available in vanilla, chocolate, and strawberry flavors, There once was a banana flavor, too. The banana flavor was no doubt a result of the development department’s all-night brain storming combined with too much bathtub gin….
Think of all the history that has happened since 1922, and all that has come and gone…flag pole sitting, prohibition, World War II, The Soviet Union, Earth Shoes….but the mighty Charleston Chew has endured.
Now made by Tootsie Roll, they come in long candy bar form and boxes of minis, as well as bagged fun size which sometimes you can find in the bulk candy section. (I like the bulk section because you can buy just a few.) I’ve only seen the minis in vanilla, but a mixed flavor box would be great.
The candy has a center like a hard marshmallow, and there’s a somewhat bland, milk chocolate coating that always breaks off and lands in your lap. The center is really, really, chewy.
The large candy bar is too large, so I stick to the minis, and they are best frozen. When frozen, they shatter easily into bite size pieces. Warning: these can wreak havoc on dental work.
Sure, this isn’t a food-snob’s candy bar. This really is more of a kids’ candy, but it brings back memories of Woolworth’s candy counter….and Earth Shoes.