Debra Mullins

Day 22 of the 31 Days of Books Giveaway: The Candy of Your Childhood

Congratulations to Lisa, who won yesterday’s drawing! I’ll be emailing Lisa to arrange delivery of her choice of book.

The other day at work, they brought around a cart of treats for the employees. (It’s a busy time of year right now, and they do this for morale.) Everyone got to pick what they wanted from the cart, and I took a Charleston Chew.



Out here on the west coast, a lot of people at the office had never heard of a Charleston Chew. But when I was a kid on the east coast, my dad would sometimes bring those home for us. He was a steamfitter in New York City and would pick up candy at the train station on his way home from work. Charleston Chew was one of his favorites. A Charleston Chew is a long, nougat candy bar (vanilla, chocolate or strawberry) covered in chocolate. My dad taught us to put them in the freezer. Then when it’s frozen, you whack it on the kitchen counter to break it up into smaller pieces and eat it that way.

I brought a Charleston Chew home from work last week and did just that. 🙂

He also sometimes came home with Swedish fish or my favorite, gummi raspberries and blackberries. You can still find both in bulk candy shops all over the country, and Haribo puts out the gummi raspberries, available in stores. They’re still a favorite.

What about you? What candies did you love in your childhood? Do they still make that candy, or is it hard to find? Those who comment today will be put in a drawing to win a paperback title from my backlist!