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Choo Choo Charlie says Love my Good & Plenty!

January 6, 2010 by

 

Vintage Good and Plenty Advertisement Circa 1960's

Vintage Good and Plenty Advertisement Circa 1960’s

Sharability: 7

Denture Danger: 6

Convenience: 8

Novelty: 9

Overall: 9

The Quaker City Confectionary Company first produced the Good & Plenty candy in 1893 and believe it or not it is the oldest branded candy in the United States.

Over the years the company has changed hands from Quaker City, to Warner-Lambert, to Leaf Candy Company, to Beatrice Foods, to the current manufacturer, Hershey.

There was much controversy over the naming of this candy, but eventually the Quaker City Confectionary Company settled with Good & Plenty as the name instead of the less catchy Bad & Scarce.

The name is sometimes misleading because though it might imply that there are plenty to go around, once you give them away you realize that there aren’t enough for you.

Over 50 years after the candy was first produced, the company came up with a catchy cartoon character for marketing the candy. Choo Choo Charlie quickly became popular to kids all over America (including my mom) with his theme song:

Once upon a time there was an engineer
Choo Choo Charlie was his name, we hear.
He had an engine and he sure had fun
He used Good & Plenty candy to make his train run.
Charlie says “Love my Good & Plenty!”
Charlie says “Really rings my bell!”
Charlie says “Love my Good & Plenty!”
Don’t know any other candy that I love so well!

The only kind of person that doesn’t like the Good & Plenty candy is the kind of person who doesn’t like the black licorice flavor to begin with. If you like black licorice then this candy is great. The chewy licorice cylinder is covered in a hard candy shell, and the best part is that the ratio of candy to licorice is just right.

The question lies in the color. Does the white one have a different flavor than the pink one? I have personally done field research to answer this question, as I’m sure most of you have done as well. I have found that the results concur with my hypothesis, and friends, I’m pleased to inform you that the answer is, (SPOILER ALERT) no. So you can all stop fighting over the last pink one.

Sources:

  • http://www.hersheys.com/products/details/goodandplenty.asp
  • http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Good_&_Plenty

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18 Comments

  • Reply Heather June 23, 2010 at 1:15 pm

    I’m eating a box of good & plenty’s right now and I’m wondering – are there more white ones than pink ones?

  • Reply James Martin January 17, 2011 at 3:01 pm

    Another thing I remember, around 1967, the advertising showcased that the empty box could be used as a train engine horn. If you left one end of the box closed and blew in the other you got Choo Choo Charles train horn. All for a nickel.

  • Reply Laurel February 4, 2011 at 6:34 pm

    I always divide my Good & Plenty’s into servings, for Weight Watcher Points; Yes there are always more white ones than pink ones and the white ones are bigger.
    I do not know why.

  • Reply Laurel February 4, 2011 at 6:34 pm

    I always divide my Good & Plenty\’s into servings, for Weight Watcher Points; Yes there are always more white ones than pink ones and the white ones are bigger.
    I do not know why.

  • Reply Dante October 2, 2011 at 10:58 pm

    I’m just opened a 6 ounce box of Good and Plenty and discovered that it contains only white ones. This is the first time in my 46 years that I have encountered this. Has anyone else experienced this?

    • Reply Chrissy August 15, 2016 at 6:06 pm

      Yea. I just got one with all white! Never happened b4! I get them all the time. I love good and plenty!

  • Reply Don April 18, 2013 at 4:47 pm

    My Uncle created the Choo Choo Charley character and the add that became so famous.

    • Reply Jonah Half June 23, 2014 at 9:50 am

      That’s awesome!

  • Reply Lyla October 27, 2013 at 1:34 pm

    My son Charles was born in 1961. I gave him the nickname “Choo Choo Chralie” He still answers to that name Choo Choo even today! I have always loved Good and Plenty. Bought some yesterday for Trick or Treat.

  • Reply Lyla October 27, 2013 at 1:35 pm

    My son Charles was born in 1961. I gave him the nickname \\"Choo Choo Chralie\\" He still answers to that name Choo Choo even today! I have always loved Good and Plenty. Bought some yesterday for Trick or Treat.

  • Reply Douglas October 31, 2013 at 10:12 pm

    I love Good & Plenty, but contrary to what many have said, I always find the white ones to be skinny while the pink ones are plumper. Does anyone know any truth to this…I was once told that the white ones are the “plenty” and the pink ones are the “good”?? I makes sense because there are always plenty more white than pink.

  • Reply Dave January 3, 2014 at 3:39 pm

    I\\\’ve always wondered if Hollywood could make a feature film based on the character of Choo Choo Charlie, either live or animated.

  • Reply Diane December 28, 2014 at 4:24 pm

    I am 48 years old and I just opened an all white box of good & plenty

  • Reply Allen October 5, 2015 at 9:01 pm

    That’s funny that you say that about the “plenty” white ones — I found this page by Googling “What percent of Good & Plentys are pink?”, because I just opened a box that was about 80% pink. But I still wanted to believe that the answer would be 50/50 pink and white.

  • Reply Sharon July 22, 2016 at 11:10 pm

    I’m looking for the Good and Plenty commercial with the Indians. I can’t find it. Can anyone help?

  • Reply Cat December 18, 2016 at 4:21 pm

    Good & Plenty is NOT “the oldest branded candy in the US.” Necco Wafers were first produced in 1847. That trumps 1893 any day… Posers…

  • Reply Shelbie September 11, 2017 at 6:49 pm

    I am 58 years old and eating them right now enjoying every minute of it. And so glad that my question was answered regarding the taste difference between the pink and the white. To me the pink will always taste better, sorry !

  • Reply Joann November 14, 2017 at 10:01 pm

    I️ am 69 and still eating good and plenty every day I️ used to get a box on Saturday from sally star at the Berlin action in Berlin no I️ don’t leave the house without a bag in my purse

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