Charleston Chew is a candy bar consisting of flavored nougat covered in chocolate flavor coating. It was created in 1925 by the Fox-Cross Candy Company, founded by stage actor Donley Cross and his friend Charlie Fox. The candy was named after the Charleston, a popular dance at that time.
The company was purchased in 1957 by Nathan Sloane and later sold to Nabisco in 1980. Although Sloane did not invent the Charleston Chew, he did change the candy's original form, chocolate-covered vanilla nougat. In the 1970s, he introduced such new flavors as chocolate and strawberry. Warner-Lambert purchased Charleston Chew from RJR Nabisco in 1988, then Tootsie Roll Industries purchased the brand from Warner-Lambert in 1993.
Flavors and varieties
The candy is available in vanilla, chocolate, and strawberry flavors. At one time, there were three additional flavours; banana, grape, and cherry. "Mini Charleston Chews" are a bite-sized, similarly-shaped version of the candy bar, introduced in 1998. The original packaging for Charleston Chews was a grey box that had the brand name in small red font at the bottom of the box.
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In popular culture
- In the animated sci-fi TV series Futurama, Charleston Chew is frequently mentioned by the head of Richard Nixon, who is the President of Earth.
- In the podcast Dungeons & Daddies, Charleston Chew is the favorite candy of the character Darryl Wilson (played by Matt Arnold). They provide emotional support for Darryl in times of stress.
- In Season 2 of The Boys (2019 TV series), Annie/Starlight mentions Charleston Chews as one of her “top 3 favorite” sweets
- In the 2020 movie The Devil All the Time, after violently assaulting two men who made comments about sexually assaulting his wife, Willard Russell asks his son what kind of candy bar he's going to get at the store. His son responds, "Um...a Charleston Chew, yeah."
- Benjamin, Susan (April 9, 2016). "Secrets of the penny candy jar: From Tootsie Rolls to Necco wafers, the real story behind every nostalgic treat". Salon. Retrieved 2017-09-17.
- The back of the box of Mini Charleston Chews.
- Associated Press (August 18, 2006). "Nathan Sloane, 97, Candy Bar Maker, Dies". The New York Times.
- "Fox-Cross Candy Company Magazine ad, showing additional flavours".
- Weil, Arlo Brandon (November 7–10, 2004). "Deformation of Charleston Chew Candy Bars as a Rheology Analogue in the Structural Geology Classroom". Paper No. 145-8 (Denver Annual Meeting). Geological Society of America.