Last Updated on April 14, 2022 by Jim Edwards
Raise your hands if you remember the original Alexander the Grape candy from the 1980s. While you might feel old saying yes, this delicious grape-flavored candy is making a comeback!
Just like the name suggests, the candy is ambitious, political, fearless, and outspoken. In fact, this chewy grape-flavored candy has no fear of invading shelf spaces and candy stores worldwide. These small, round candies are tart and sweet at the same and will leave a grape-licious explosion in your mouth. And you would want to eat more and more without stopping.
When you first put these candies inside your mouth, you will be treated to a hard shell that will slowly soften in a minute or two. Then, you can slowly chew away after you’ve conquered the hard outer shell, revealing the grape-flavored center. Or, you can just put one in your mouth and crunch it up. The choice is yours!
History Of Alexander The Grape Candy
Alexander the Grape Candy’s origins can be traced back to the Fererra Company. The Ferrera Company was created as a bakery in 1908. At that time, candy-making wasn’t their specialty. Instead, they specialized in cookies and wedding cakes. However, that quickly changed when Salvatore Ferrera found that the Jordan almond was a hot-selling item in his bakery. As a result, Ferrera branched out and created a separate entity in the 1920s with partners Salvatore Buffardi and Jimmy Pagano, known as the Ferrera Candy company.
After opening their first factory in Chicago, Jimmy Pagano, Salvatore Buffardi, and Salvatore Ferrara started manufacturing and selling penny candy. However, in 1935, Anella Pagano took up the reigns of the Ferrara Candy company as the general manager of their Chicago factory. The new general manager introduced ten and five-cent packaging with the help of new machine technology.
During the World War 2 era, Ferrera noticed a gap in the market as other candy companies such as Mars and Hershey’s were strictly supplying candies to the American government for military consumption. So when the 1970s came along, the company introduced Cherry Clan, Johnny Apple Treats, and Alexander the Grape. They also introduced Mr. Melon in 1986.
These candies were sold separately under their own names for ten years but later merged with the “heads” brand in the 1990s under the popular Ferrera Candy company product “Lemonheads.” Alexander the Grape candy was later discontinued.
However, in 2018, Anello Pagano’s great-grandson Lou Pagano II created the 1908 Candy Company and relaunched Alexander the Grape, Mr. Melon, Johnny Apple Treats, and other childhood candy favorites. He claims that they have the same flavor and taste as the original.
Flavors of Alexander The Grape
Alexander the Grape candy only comes in one flavor: Grape. However, this candy has a unique sweet and sour grape flavor that will delight your taste buds. The candy also comes in three different sizes; a 5 oz Theater Box, a 7 oz Standup box, and a three-pack bag (3, 4oz bags).
Alexander The Grape Ingredient and Nutritional Information
Alexander the Grape candy contains white mineral oil, food coloring( blue 2, blue 1, yellow 6, yellow 5, and red40), titanium dioxide, carnauba wax, sodium citrate, sodium lactate, citric acid, gum Arabic, confectioner’s glaze, natural and artificial flavors, lactic acid, malic acid, adipic acid, fumaric acid, lemon juice concentrate, modified corn starch, corn syrup, and sugar.
Listed below is the nutritional information for a 22 piece pack of Alexander the Grape candy:
|Serving Size:||22 pieces (30g)||% Daily Value*|
|Amount Per Serving|
|Calories from Fat||0||0%|
|Calories from Carbs||140||100%|
*The % DV (daily value) measures the number of nutrients per serving of the food item contributing to a 2000 calorie daily diet.
Chewy Johnny Apple Treats Chewy Apple Candy & Alexander The Grape Chewy Grape Candy Review
This is a taste test/review of the Chewy Johnny Apple Treats Chewy Apple Candy and the Alexander The Grape Chewy Grape Candy. They were $1 each at Dollar General. 22 pieces (30g) = 140 calories.
If you were a fan of Alexander the Grape back in the 1980s, you could now rekindle your love for this candy in 2022. It will bring back childhood memories and provide you with a sweet and sour grape flavor that you can devour!
Alexander the Grape – Frequently Asked Questions
Who invented Alexander the Grape?
Alexander the Grape was invented in the 1970s by the Ferrara Candy Company.
Who owns/makes Alexander the Grape?
Currently, the 1908 Candy Company makes and owns Alexander the Grape. Previously it was produced by the Ferrara Pan Candy Company.
How many calories does Alexander the Grape contain?
A 30-gram serving of Alexander the Grape contains 140 calories.
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