Before it became a Pokemon character, Slo Poke was a caramel sucker produced by the Gilliam Candy Company. Now, it is a true sucker, as opposed to a lollipop (though they are interchangeable words in our diction, they are not necessarily the same thing).
Originally manufactured by the Holloway Company in 1926, these eventually were appropriated by Gilliam. I canâ€™t really say when since it appears the Gilliam Company is retro in its own right, i.e., thereâ€™s no website to speak of and very little information about this mysterious company exists.
Despite its makerâ€™s unknown status, these are pretty well-remembered by those who lived during the â€œnostalgic ageâ€ of candy. I had heard about them from my father, but seemed to be unsuccessful in ever finding one until I spotted them this last week at Central Market for thirty cents.
Slo Pokes are vanilla caramel candies that are shaped in a rectangle with a tiny stick inserted to make them suckers. The caramel is firm and a dark brown shade.
I popped one into my mouth unsure of what to expect from them. To my surprise, my sucking on the candy didnâ€™t seem to soften the firm caramel nor did it shrink. I bet you could stick these in your mouth for a good hour if you have the patience not to chew through them.
I, however, do not have such patience. After about five minutes, I took my first bite. That was a mistake. This caramel candy is extremely sticky and got lodged in my teeth.
As for taste, they are quite simple. They taste like your standard caramel with a hint of vanilla. The flavor is not overwhelming or too sugary, but it is rich.
I am neutral about these. They arenâ€™t bad, but nothing is going to make me seek them out. If youâ€™re in the mood for caramel, I recommend Long Boys. I guess if you were seeking a candy you could enjoy for about an hour or two, these might be your thing.
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