Jun 10, 2010

G is for Good and Plenty

Good and Plenty candies were originally produced by the Quaker City Confectionery Company in Philadelphia in 1893, which makes them plenty good and old, in fact they're the oldest branded candy in the United States. Good and Plenty candies are so special, they even have their own holiday, National Good and Plenty Day celebrated October 24th.

Good and Plenty candies are licorice pastilles. The center is a cylinder of soft black licorice which is then covered by a candy shell, which is applied using the panning method (as shown here in the making of Atomic FireBalls). The finished products are pink and white capsule shaped candies.

Over the years, the ownership and production of Good and Plenty candies switched hands several times and was finally bought by Hershey's in 1996.

In the 1950's Good and Plenty commercials featured Choo Choo Charlie, a child train engineer whose train was fueled by Good and Plenty candies, and whose passengers consisted of a little girl and a Bassett Hound. "Charlie says, "Love my Good and Plenty', Charlie says, 'Really rings my bell!' " Later, commercials touted boxes with magic tricks printed on the back as well as teaching a new language called oodle talk.



Source: hersheys.com

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