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Charleston Chew – An American Chewy Nougat

Charleston Chews

Last Updated on May 6, 2021 by Jim Edwards


What is Charleston Chew?

Charleston Chew is a popular American candy bar. It consists of a chocolate coating on the outside and a flavored nougat on the inside. Nougat is a term used for sweets made from nuts, egg whites, and sugar or honey. In other words, a yummy, chewy candy bar that kids of all ages love!

The candy bar is available in three classic flavors – chocolate, vanilla, and strawberry. There are bite-sized Mini Charleston Chews available as well in the same flavors. And they are GREAT in the freezer too if you like a frozen sensation, especially during the summer months!

History of Charleston Chew

Charleston Chew came into existence in 1925. The Fox-Cross Candy Company (owned by Charlie Fox and Donley Cross) created the candy bar. Charleston was a popular dance form during that era, and the candy derives its name from it. The original Charleston Chew was vanilla flavored with a chocolate covering.

Nathan Sloane bought the Fox-Cross Candy Company in 1957. He introduced two more flavors in the 1970s – strawberry and chocolate. In 1980, he sold the company to Nabisco.

In 1988, Nabisco sold the candy company to Warner-Lambert. In 1993, Warner-Lambert passed on the baton to the Tootsie Roll Industries. 

Tootsie Roll Industries are the current owners of all forms of Charleston Chew.

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What is the Taste and Flavor of Charleston Chew like?

All Charleston Chew bars and mini chews are soft to bite. The candy bars are sweet and chocolaty and do not stick in your mouth. The great thing about the flavors is that they all have a chocolate exterior coating and then an inner layer that is either chocolate, vanilla, or strawberry! 

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Charleston Chew candy bars are available in three flavors:

  • Chocolate: The outer covering is chocolate, and the inner layers are chocolate flavored. Overall, the candy is sweet and chocolaty. 
  • Strawberry: the outer covering is of chocolate, and the insides are strawberry flavored. You get a good hint of the flavor. The initial bite feels chocolaty, but as you progress chewing, you get the tanginess of strawberry. The tangy flavor is not overpowering, though, and you get a sweet aftertaste. 
  • Vanilla: You experience the sweetness of vanilla along with the goodness of chocolate. The vanilla nougat is present inside, wrapped with a chocolaty external layer.

What are the ingredients in Charleston Chew?

The ingredients in Charleston Chew are sugar, corn syrup, palm kernel, palm oil, lactose, non-fat dry milk, cocoa, egg albumen, milk protein concentrate, soy protein, soy lecithin, sodium citrate, salt, and artificial flavor.

Nutritional Facts of Charleston Chew

We are providing nutritional facts for both bar and snack-size Charleston Chew. The nutritional facts mentioned below are for a serving size of 13 pieces of snack-size Charleston Chew.

% Daily Value
Total Fat (4 g) 5%
Saturated Fat (3.5 g) 18%
Trans Fat (0 g) 0%
Total Carbohydrate (24 g) 9%
Dietary Fiber (0 g) 0%
Sugar (18 g)
Added sugar (17 g) 34%
Sodium (10 mg) 0%
Cholesterol (0 mg) 0%
Protein (1 g)
Iron (0 mg) 0%
Potassium (31 mg) 0%
Calcium (15 mg) 2%
Vitamin D (0 mcg) 0%

The nutritional facts mentioned below are for a Charleston Chew bar weighing 18 grams.

% Daily Value
Total Fat (1 g) 2%
Saturated Fat (1 g) 5%
Trans Fat (0 g) 0%
Total Carbohydrate (9 g) 3%
Dietary Fiber (0 g) 0%
Sugar (6 g)
Sodium (10 mg) 0%
Cholesterol (0 mg) 0%
Protein (0 g) 0%
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Also see our reviews of Ice Cubes Candy and Rolo Candy and Big Hunk Candy Bar – a nougat favorite!

Charleston Chew Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

How many calories are there in Charleston Chew?

A single bar (18 grams) of Charleston Chew contains 18 calories. For the mini chews, a serving size of 30 grams (13 pieces) contains 130 calories.

Is Charleston Chew gluten-free?

Yes, the candy bars and mini chews are gluten-free.

Is Charleston Chew vegan?

Charleston Chew candies contain egg albumen and milk products as part of their main ingredients. Hence the candy bar is not vegan or vegetarian. 

What is the “Charleston Chew Crack”?

Many people have grown to love eating them frozen. So we suggest you try this, especially during the Summer months! When you break or crack them into pieces prior to eating, this is the “Charleston Chew crack.”

Video: Charleston Chew Vanilla Candy Bar Review

This is a good unwrapping and taste test video. If you want to see the wrapper and candy up close, plus a taste test, it’s worth a watch!

Video: 7 Facts About Charleston Chews

This is worth a watch if you want to learn a few more things about Charleston Chews.


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Image Credit: “Mini charleston chews” by oskay is licensed under CC BY 2.0


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