Charleston Chew History
Charleston Chew is a candy bar that consists of flavored nougat covered in chocolate. The candy bar was created by the Donley Cross Candy Company, a small candy manufacturer in Massachusetts, in the early 1920s.
The candy bar was named after the Charleston, a popular dance of the era, and was originally marketed as a "bite-size" candy that was perfect for snacking. The original flavors of Charleston Chew were vanilla, chocolate, and strawberry, and the candy bars were individually wrapped in wax paper.
In the 1950s, Nathan Sloane, the owner of the Donley Cross Candy Company, began marketing Charleston Chew as a frozen candy, which became wildly popular among consumers. The frozen candy bar became a staple at movie theaters, where it was often sold alongside popcorn and soda.
Over the years, Charleston Chew has become a beloved classic among candy lovers. The candy bar has been featured in movies, television shows, and advertisements, and has been a favorite treat for generations of Americans. Today, Charleston Chew is still sold in its original flavors, as well as in new flavors such as strawberry chocolate and vanilla chocolate. The candy bar remains a popular snack, both frozen and unfrozen, and is enjoyed by people of all ages.
Frozen Charleston Chews
Charleston Chews were one of the earliest candy bars to capitalize on the use of the freezer in a home refrigerator. Many a Charleston Chews lover has enjoyed their treat by freezing and then smacking it on a hard surface to create many bit-sized pieces. Freezing the candy kept it chewing made made it a little less goopy and more manageable to eat.
The shape of the bar has changed a bit over time but the delectable ingredients taste just as great as the did over 80 years ago. They have a chewy flavored nougat with a delicious chocolatey coating. Ownership of the company has changed several times over the years but today, Charleston Chews are made by the tootsie company and come in three delicious flavors: Vanilla, Chocolate, and Strawberry.
Charleston Chew Memories
Whenever I came home from college to visit my brother in high school, we would always go out late at night to stores that were open and buy a Charleston Chew! Then we would sit in the care and savor it and discuss how delicious it was, always saving some so we could take it home and freeze it.
The Charleston Chew became such a fixture of our relationship that my brother even brought a box of the mini Charleston chews with him to his high school graduation! When one of the principals asked him what was in his pocket (they were trying to stop the kids from bringing in beach balls) he said, "Oh, it's a box of Charleston Chews." and the principal said, "Oh, I love those, go ahead and bring them in!" So my brother ate Charleston Chews all through his graduation ceremony! ~ Chelsea from Iowa