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Chuckles are jelly candies coated with a light layer of sugar. They come in five flavors: cherry, lemon, lime, orange, and licorice. Each package of Chuckles contains one piece of each flavor, in the order cherry, lemon, licorice, orange, lime. The candies are made with corn syrup, sugar, modified and unmodified cornstarch, and natural and artificial flavors and colors.
The Chuckles brand was first produced in 1921 by Fred W. Amend. The only factory was in Danville, IL. Nabisco bought the Chuckles Company in 1970. A management buyout occurred in 1986, and the company was quickly acquired by Leaf. Leaf's US properties were sold to The Hershey Company in 1996, and Hershey sold Chuckles to Farley's & Sathers in 2002, which later merged with Ferrara Pan in 2012 (also owned by Catterton Partners), forming the Ferrara Candy Company.
Some packs contain a single flavor, the most popular being cherry. Also available are Chuckles Minis in classic flavors and occasional seasonal varieties.
- In the film Taxi Driver (1976) Travis Bickle (Robert De Niro) buys some Chuckles from the concessions stand at the adult cinema. He tells the concessions girl (Diahnne Abbott) that he prefers Jujubes because they last longer.
In the Paul Schrader script, Chuckles are not mentioned in the scene, so it's plausible that they may have been a later product placement addition.
- In the Seinfeld episode "The Heart Attack", while driving George Costanza to the hospital in an ambulance, his paramedics argue about whether one of them ate the other's Chuckles. As a result of the subsequent accident, Jerry (Seinfeld) and George end up in the hospital, and George has his tonsils removed.
- "Farley's and Sathers Candy Company - Chuckles page". Retrieved August 7, 2011.
- Pollard, Garland. "Chuckles Candy Still a Pectin-Packed Package". BrandlandUSA. BrandlandUSA. Retrieved April 20, 2015.
- "The Heart Attack". Watching the 90s: Television and Film Notes and Musings. Retrieved September 18, 2012.
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