Good & Plenty

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Good & Plenty
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Top: Good & Plenty box
Bottom: Good & Plenty licorice candy
Product typeCandy coated licorice
OwnerThe Hershey Company
CountryPhiladelphia, Pennsylvania, U.S.
Previous ownersQuaker City Confectionary Company
Beatrice Foods
Leaf, Inc.

Good & Plenty is a brand of licorice candy. The candy is a narrow cylinder of sweet black licorice, coated in a hard candy shell to form a capsule shape. The pieces are colored bright pink and white and presented in a purple box or bag.


Good & Plenty was first produced by the Quaker City Confectionery Company of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, in 1893 and is believed to be the oldest branded candy in the United States.[1]

Warner-Lambert purchased Quaker City in 1973 and sold it to Leaf Candy Company (owned by Beatrice Foods) in 1982. It is now produced by Hershey Foods, which purchased Leaf in 1996.

Beginning around 1950, a cartoon character named "Choo-Choo Charlie" appeared in Good & Plenty television commercials. Choo-Choo Charlie was a railroad engineer. He would shake a box of the candy in a circular motion, imitating a train's pushrods and making a sound like a train. Advertising executive Russ Alben wrote the "Choo-Choo Charlie" jingle[2] based on the popular song "The Ballad of Casey Jones".

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  1. ^ Smith, Andrew F. (2013). The Oxford Encyclopedia of Food and Drink in America. Oxford University Press USA. p. 261. ISBN 9780199734962.
  2. ^ Russell, Mallory (2012-08-28). "Former Ogilvy Creative Director Russ Alben Dies". Advertising Age. Retrieved 2012-10-02.