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Ovation: Chuckles And Chiclets.


ChucklesI’m on a quest.  After a recent visit to Cracker Barrel, the restaurant where they make you shop in their “country store” until they’re ready to feed you, I started thinking (again) about the candies of my youth … Chuckles and Chiclets in particular.

While “Chuckles and Chiclets” sounds like the name of an act one might hire to entertain at a child’s birthday party, they are two very popular candies of the past.  This was, of course, back in a time before candies were gummy, sour or scary.

Chuckles, first produced in 1921, are jelly candies coated with a layer of sugar that come in five flavors: cherry, lemon, lime, orange and licorice.  Each package of Chuckles contains one piece of each flavor.  I remember that I would always eat them in the same order: Lemon, lime, cherry, orange and saving the licorice for last.  Chuckles are made with corn syrup, sugar, cornstarch and flavors and colors.  I can remember when a pack of Chuckles cost five cents at Budnik’s Pharmacy.  A tray can now be purchased at for $1.19 plus shipping.

chicletsAnother childhood favorite was Chiclets.  I thought the tiny child-sized bits of candy coated chewing gum were fantastic.  Back then they came in a box that would make a ton of noise if you rattled it behind your father’s head from the backseat of the car as he drove.  Chiclets were yellow, green, orange, red, purple, white and pink.  The original flavor was peppermint but others have been added and discontinued over the years.  Chiclets are still available and, surprisingly, remain relatively inexpensive.

Needless to say, these two candies are but a tiny fraction of the confectionary memories that I hold.  My grandmother said that I must have inherited my “sweet tooth” from her because my appetite for candies and baked goods has never faltered.  To this day, I sometimes find it hard to stop eating until I end a meal with a dessert.

Keep an eye out for these two … let me know what you think?

What was YOUR favorite candy as a child?


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  1. My mother always had Chicklets in her purse! In the yellow box, plain peppermint. She would chew 2 & my sister & I would each get one. Later, when I was old enough to buy my own candy I would sometimes buy the fruit flavored Chicklets as in your pic! We never had Chuckles here that I know of though.


  2. I liked all the Chuckles EXCEPT for the licorice ones! One of my favorites was Razzles – they would turn your tongue all kinds of crazy colors.


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