Slo Pokes History
Slo Pokes is a popular caramel candy known for its chewy texture and rich flavor. Here's a brief history of Slo Pokes:
Slo Pokes candy was first introduced in the 1920s by the Holloway Candy Company, which was later acquired by the Atkinson Candy Company. The candy was created to cater to those who enjoyed a slow and long-lasting candy experience.
The name "Slo Pokes" is a play on words, combining the concept of a slow candy with the word "poke" to emphasize the leisurely enjoyment of the treat.
Slo Pokes are made using a simple but delicious recipe. The candy is primarily composed of a chewy caramel center, which is made by cooking sugar, corn syrup, and other ingredients to create a soft and stretchy texture. The caramel is then individually wrapped to preserve its freshness and maintain its chewiness.
The slow-dissolving nature of Slo Pokes made them popular among candy lovers who preferred candies that lasted longer and offered a more indulgent experience. The rich, buttery flavor of the caramel was also appreciated by those who enjoyed traditional caramel candies.
Over the years, Slo Pokes have remained a beloved classic candy, maintaining their distinctive characteristics and loyal fan base. The nostalgic appeal of Slo Pokes has made them sought after by those who appreciate traditional and time-tested confections.
In 2012, Atkinson Candy Company, the current owner of Slo Pokes, introduced a reformulated version of the candy to offer an even softer and chewier texture. The recipe change aimed to enhance the overall enjoyment of Slo Pokes while preserving their classic flavor.
Today, Slo Pokes can be found in various retail locations, including candy stores, supermarkets, and convenience stores. They are often enjoyed as a nostalgic treat, providing a satisfying and long-lasting caramel experience.
The history of Slo Pokes showcases their enduring appeal as a classic caramel candy. Their slow-dissolving nature and rich flavor have made them a favorite among candy enthusiasts who appreciate a leisurely candy experience.
Slo Pokes Memories
When I was growing up, I was very lucky to live a block and a half from a candy store! Once a week, when I'd get my 25 cent allowance, I'd go down to Shirley's and buy all the candy I could for that quarter! I'd buy lots of penny candy to make the money go farther, but one of my favorite things to buy was a Slo Poke sucker, because I could make it last all day if I was very careful.
I'd carefully remove the paper (hopefully it wasn't too sticky) and pop that beautiful brown sucker into my mouth. I loved sitting on our front porch in the rocking chair, reading a book and enjoying my Slo Poke! The really cool thing was, when it got really soft on the end of the sucker, I'd pull on it and make it stretchy! I'd suck on that Slo Poke until all that was left was a little bit of brown clinging to the white stick. Then I'd kind of nibble it all off.
You'd think that would be the end of the sucker, but it wasn't. I even enjoyed chewing on the sucker stick 'cuz it had Slo Poke "residue" left on it. It was one of the best nickels I could spend! ~ Elizabeth from Michigan