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Wednesday, August 24, 2011

Good & Plenty, the soft pink and white licorice candy, is one of the oldest branded candies in the United States. It was first made in Philadelphia in 1893. Next time you go to Philadelphia, remember the city is famous for Good & Plenty candy as well as Independence Hall!

Many of you might remember Choo Choo Charlie, the engineer who fueled his train with Good & Plenty in the '50s.

The theme song on the TV commercial went like this:

"Once upon a time there was an engineer

Choo Choo Charlie was his name, we hear.

He had an engine and he sure had fun

He used Good & Plenty candy to make his train run.

Charlie says 'Love my Good & Plenty!'

Charlie says 'Really rings my bell!'

Charlie says 'Love my Good & Plenty!'"

Don't know any other candy that I love so well!

The candy TV commercial was definitely geared toward kids. At, we find that Good & Plenty is popular with the adults that grew up with Choo Choo Charlie. Today's kids mostly prefer sour candy and gummies, not licorice. Back in the '40s and '50s , there was less candy to choose from, so kids were happy to have anything sweet. But today, there are hundreds of varieties of candy to choose from. The candy that has been around the longest still has an appeal to the generations that grew up with it, and it really brings back the nostalgia.

by: Woodstock Candy


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