Food of the Seventies, Good-n-Plenty

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Little pieces of licorice inside a semi-hard sugar coating.
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crazy amy - September 08, 2008 - Report this comment
CHARLIE says-love that good and plenty. catchy little jingle from the 50's or 60's i think but it served them well into the 70's-they still have them and they still taste the same.
Paul M - February 13, 2009 - Report this comment
I think the character from the 70's was called Choo Choo Charlie and he was a train engineer.
Chomper01 - September 06, 2011 - Report this comment
Here are the actual words sang in the 50s, 60, and 70s to Good-n-Plenty candies: "One upon a time, there was an engineer..Choo - Choo Charlie was the name we hear. He had a choo-choo engine, and it sure was fun; and he used Good-n-Plenty to make the engine run. Charlie says, 'Love my Good-n-Plenty'..Charlie says, 'It really rings the bell'. Charlie says, 'Love my good-n-plenty.. Don't know any other candy that I love so well.' Good-n-Plenty, Good-n-Plenty, Good-n-Plenty, etc., etc." (ends)
Rob Lambert - August 15, 2012 - Report this comment
I have a black-and white Good N Plenty TV commercial, which aired during the "Tom and Jerry" cartoon show (1/8/66, CBS). There were minor variations in which the commercials were done. Color ones began in 1967. Choo Choo Charlie and the girl with the funny hat were dropped in 1972.
Rob Lambert - February 28, 2015 - Report this comment
Found a copy of the Choo Choo Charlie comic book, published by Gold Key, from Dec., 1969. In mid-grade, cost $20. A difficult one to find.
Bill L - September 02, 2015 - Report this comment
Who was the voice of Choo Choo Charlie around 1970? Andy Devorine!
Rob Lambert - September 02, 2015 - Report this comment
Another good product with a long history. From 1893 to 1972, Good & Plenty was produced in Philadelphia by the Quaker City Confectionery Company. Production was suspended briefly toward the latter year of WWII (sugar and labor shortages). Early TV commercials, featuring the half-pound Family Size box, began airing in 1957. The first Choo-Choo Charlie ad (the famous one) first aired on the "Alvin" cartoon show over CBS in 1964, and continued being aired until 1966. In new color commercials, an animated piece of Good & Plenty was the star. Choo Choo Charlie returned in 1968, running for president. After that, we saw little of him. Good & Fruity was introduced in 1970. Hershey Foods now sells this product.
I♡R.Lambert - September 03, 2015 - Report this comment
I hated Good-N-Plenty because I do not like the taste of licorice...Jager..Nyquil..EW! But I sure do like Rob Lambert and all his info on food and drink of the 1970's! Great memories!
Rob Lambert - September 03, 2015 - Report this comment
Thank you, the person who texted last comment. Licorice is far from my favorite also. I always try to make this site more interesting for everyone. Much of what I comment on comes straight out of childhood memory...especially TV commercials from the 1960s and 1970s on Saturday morning cartoon shows. I rely on sources like Wikipedia to look up the history of products. I appreciate your comment, whether or not you like the product.
Rob Lambert - September 06, 2015 - Report this comment
After some digging, I found an airdate for the early Choo Choo Charlie TV commercial. 9/24/64 on the "Alvin" cartoon show over CBS. Along with Clyde Crashcup "inventing" baseball, this episode had lots of Alvin in it. One commercial for Soaky (bath soap by Colgate-Palmolive) Chipmunks bottle. Also, a minute-long PSA for Smokey Bear (a funny one) with David Seville and Chipmunks (first aired in 1963). Rest of commercial time was filled with network promos (Tennessee Tuxedo, Quick Draw McGraw, Linus the Lionhearted) and the first Kool-Aid ad with Bugs Bunny and Elmer Fudd. The "Alvin" show left CBS in 1965, going into syndication. NBC revived it for a half season in 1977.
Robb Lambert - December 25, 2015 - Report this comment
Found a TV commercial with Choo Choo Charlie trying to entertain passengers on a pretend train, until the girl in the funny hat can bring him more Good N Plenty. Simple magic tricks are printed on back of box. This aired in March, 1971 over WFLD in Chicago, during the "B.J. and Dirty Dragon" (aka: Bill Jackson's Cartoon Town) kid show, which featured character puppets created by Jackson, who played the mayor of Cartoon Town, wearing a matching blue blazer and derby hat (called "Billy Blue Suit" by his puppet enemies).
Paul D - February 20, 2018 - Report this comment
I see the posts here are somewhat old . The voice of Choo Choo Charlie was Dick Beals Dick voiced Speedy, Davey[Davey And Goliath]
Rob Lambert - February 21, 2018 - Report this comment
Paul: Remember the "Roger Ramjet" cartoons from 1965? Dick Beals voiced two of the American Eagle kids, Dan and Yank, who assisted Roger (Gary Owens) in fighting baddies like Noodles Romanoff and the Solenoid Robots (Dave Ketchum, who also narrated each episode).

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