Chuckles Jelly Candy is one of those retro candies that I’ve noticed on select shelves but never felt the need to give a try. Until now, that is.
Chuckles are the product of confectioner Fred W. Amend who created them in 1921. These gummies were a result of Amend trying to keep gummies from “sweating” inside their packaging, while his wife gave them their playful name. They became extremely popular and starting around WWII began a very long run of successful advertising campaigns. “Purest candy tastes just dandy, keep it handy!” The fact that they still exist today is a testament to the quality and yumminess of this particular treat.
Chuckles come in a roll of five flavors, each rectangular in shape with rounded ridges on the top. The package always smells extremely fruity. The texture of Chuckles is part of the strong appeal: not too hard, not too soft. Thankfully for me, they’re also not sticky enough to get stuck in your teeth! Yes!
Cherry: Very light and floral tasting. It reminds me of cough syrup, but much sweeter and much more pleasant. It also has a zestiness to it and I find it leaves a sour aftertaste in the mouth.
Lemon: It’s fresh, lemony and sweet. It’s lacking that zesty punch I’m used to in lemon flavors, so I guess this is lemon “lite.” I would have liked this flavor as a kid because of the sweetness. It’s also very refreshing.
Licorice: Oooo, a surprise! It has a nice spicy anise flavor with a subtle hint of wintergreen. So good! My favorite of all the flavors and fellow black licorice lovers will enjoy this one.
Lime: This is very chemically tasting and very zesty. It reminds me of Lysol, and I even taste the “fumes” in there. My mouth did feel clean and disinfected afterwards.
Orange: Very sweet and perfectly zesty with a lovely orange flavor. It left a slight burn in my mouth like real citrus fruits. Yum!
Overall I was impressed with these and it’s apparent why they’ve been around for so long. I’d buy them again when I’m in the mood for a gummi candy or to satisfy a light licorice craving. These are worth a try.
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