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Biting into a Charleston Chew

While visiting historic Charleston, South Carolina, I picked up a Charleston Chew, a candy bar I assumed had a connection to the city.

Wrong. The treat was launched by the Fox-Cross Candy Company in 1922, during the popular dance craze – the Charleston. I imagine the makers realized the bars force one’s jaw to do a little jig.

Nabisco purchased rights in 1980 and Tootsie added the Chew to their line in 1993. Five years later, they created Charleston Mini Chews, bite-size servings resembling Milk Duds.

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