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The Chunky candy bar was introduced in the late 1930s by New York City candy maker, Philip Silvershein. It was then made with cashews, chocolate, raisins and Brazil nuts. The composition of the bars was changed to peanuts, raisins, and chocolate when the Nestlé company assumed rights to the brand.
In the 1950s, a Chunky could be purchased for five cents (as could most candy bars), with a smaller version, the Chunky Cutie, available for two cents.
An early 1970s TV commercial for Chunky showed a young boy watching TV with his father. The boy amused viewers by claiming that Chunky was "THICKER-ER."
Other Chunky advertising slogans included "Chunky, What a Chunk o' Chocolate", intoned by the nasal voice of Arnold Stang, and "Open Wide for Chunky".
- Original - peanuts and raisins - silver wrapper
In the film "Throw Mama from the Train," Billy Crystal's character announces that he is about to kill Danny DeVito's character's mother, and asks if he wants anything. Devito replies, "Get me a Chunky?"
In the 6 April 1995 episode of Seinfeld entitled "The Doodle," Jerry finds Chunky wrappers in his apartment which leads him to discover that Newman had given him fleas. Jerry exclaim, "Oh, I know the Chunky that left these chunkies!"
In season 1 episode of "Cheers": "Any Friend of Diane's". Coach says that he shared a Chunky bar with Cheers owner Sam, in Cleveland, in response to a patron stating that she shared a "suite" with Diane.
In season 10, episode 8 of Frasier, Frasier's dad, Martin Crane, sees a Chunky bar in a hospital vending machine but only has a $10 bill. After finally finding the right change, the Chunky bar gets stuck in the machine. He only gets it after Daphne breaks the glass on the machine and gets it for him.
In an episode of "Friends": "The One With the Birth", Carol's life partner, Susan, decides to stop by the hospital gift shop for a Chunky bar while Ross is freaking out about them not arriving. Susan then continues to taunt Ross by offering him her extra Chunky bar.
"The Office" Season 3, episode 16 "Business School": Pam, while hugging Michael Scott, asks, "Do you have something in your pocket?" Michael says, "Yes. A Chunky," and shows Pam the candy bar.
In the Family Feud episode "Mastrino Family vs. Olds Family", the candy was an answer for the question: "Name something like when it is chunky."
In the Season 1 Episode 5 of Rescue Me, Orphans, Tommy Gavin (Denis Leary) has a conversation with a young deceased girl he thought to be alive and she mentions her favorite candy bar is a Chucky.
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