Chick-O-Stick: Peanut Butter, Coconut and Vegan Candy?!

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What is Chick-O-Stick?

Chick-O-Stick is long, thin, and cylindrical candy that is an orange color. The insides are filled with peanut butter, and the external coating is of coconut powder. Each stick is individually wrapped, but the product is usually sold in a package. We have always thought this candy stands out for its odd name and unique appearance. And if you like peanut butter and coconut, you will love the flavor! Oh and something unusual – they are VEGAN!

The insides of the candy stick are like a honeycomb. The hardened sugar syrup forms the shell.

History of Chick-O-Stick

Chick-O-Stick has been around since the 1950s. The Atkinson Candy Company is the producer and marketer of the candy. The original name of the candy was Chicken Sticks. It was changed to Chick-O-Stick in 1955 as the name “Chicken Sticks” was already taken by another company.

The name of the candy was randomly thought by one of the sales guys. He mentioned that that candy resembled a fried chicken and hence the inspiration behind the name. The candy is bright orange and has coconut powder dust on the outside. It is one of the few full-size candies that the Atkinsons Candy Company makes. Usually, all their candies are bite-sized. 

Initially, the candy had a picture of a chicken on its packaging. It was later removed as it created confusion whether it was a chicken-flavored cracker or a candy. Some people still prefer calling the candy chicken bones.

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What is the Taste and Flavor of Chick-O-Stick like?

Chick-O-Stick is a dense and chewy candy. As you progress chewing, it tends to stick on your molars. The flavor is a mix of peanut butter and coconut. Peanut butter overpowers coconut as it is present in the filling. You get a hint of salt in the taste, which perfectly balances the sweetness. 

What are the ingredients in a Chick-O-Stick?

The Atkinson Candy Company revised the ingredient list in 2019. They have removed all artificial colors and flavors and replaced them with natural alternatives. Artificial preservatives and hydrogenated oils were removed too. The crunch and taste of the candy have not been compromised. So this is very rare – a candy that has been made healthier!

The ingredients in Chick-O-Stick are peanut butter (made from freshly grounded and dry roasted peanuts, salt, and Vitamin E to preserve the freshness), corn syrup, cane sugar, palm kernel oil, toasted coconut, natural vanilla flavor, turmeric color, and vegetable juice color.

Nutritional Facts of Chick-O-Stick

The nutritional facts mentioned below are for a serving size of 17 grams.

% Daily Value
Total Fat (2.5 g) 4%
Saturated Fat (1 g) 5%
Trans Fat (0 g) 0%
Total Carbohydrate (12 g) 4%
Dietary Fiber (0 g) 0%
Total Sugar (8 g)
Sodium (60 mg) 3%
Cholesterol (0 mg) 0%
Protein (1 g)
Alcohol (0 g) 0%
Calcium (0 mg) 0%
Iron (0 mg) 0%
Vitamin A (0 mcg) 0%
Vitamin C (0 mcg) 0%

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Other awesome peanut butter flavored candies we have reviewed include Mary Jane Candy and the 5th Avenue Candy Bar and also Boston Baked Beans.

 

Chick-O-Stick Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

How many calories are there in Chick-O-Stick?

Twenty-three grams of Chick-O-Stick contains 70 calories approximately.

Is Chick-O-Stick gluten-free?

There are no glutenous ingredients present in the Chick-O-Stick candies. However, there is the presence of coconut and peanuts as the main ingredients. People suffering from any nut allergy should strictly avoid consuming Chick-O-Stick.

Is Chick-O-Stick vegan?

Atkinson’s Candy Company states that Chick-O-Stick is a vegan candy.

Is there a Sugar-Free version of the Chick-O-Stick?

Yes there is! You can buy it here.

 

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Video: You Won’t Believe How Chick-O-Sticks are Made!

Very interesting and cool manufacturing process. Check it out.

Finally, if you want to see an unwrapping and a test test, this video will give you a good sense of what these chick-o-sticks are really like.

Video: Chick-O-Stick Review

 

Image Credit: Evan-Amos, CC BY-SA 3.0 <https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/3.0>, via Wikimedia Commons

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