"Since World War I, Charms Flat Pops have been one of the world’s most popular, traditional, flat lollipops. Available in a variety of tasty fruit flavors plus Sweet, Sweet & Sour, and Fluffy Stuff Cotton Candy, they’re the perfect go-anywhere treat for kids and adults of all ages." (From the Tootsie.com Web Site for Charms)
Charms are one of those suckers I often overlook while trying to find a new or fantastic tasting candy to review. In my mind they belong in the "candy for children" category or "what you give at Halloween" category. It's odd that I overlook them because I have such great memories of Charms Sweet Pops as a child. I remember going to the high school football, basketball, volleyball and wrestling events as a child and my parents would always let me get a Charms sucker. I've probably eaten a few hundred of them in my lifetime. So with that thought in mind I decided to pick a few different flavors up when we visited small candy shop in a nearby town, so I could give them a proper review.
Here's a Charms childhood memory I told my son while we were trying these and he said I should share it with all of you....I remember one time on the bus ride to school, I found an unopened Charms sucker in my coat pocket. I'm not sure how it got there or why I hadn't eaten it before. What I do know, is that I did what any fifth grader would do, I ate it on the way to school. So, I'm on my way to school and I'm eating this sucker at 7:40 a.m. and I start to think about how I like this girl on the bus and I start wondering how I could get her attention. (I'll admit in advance, fifth grade boys are not very bright and I certainly showed off my lack of intelligence this day.) Okay, the girl I liked was wearing this fake fur coat. It wasn't a very pretty coat, but I'm sure she thought it was amazing. I have this sucker and I'm about half-way through eating it when I decide it wasn't a good idea to eat that much sugar in the morning, so I do what any boy would do, I stuck it to this girl's fur coat. Ruining this girl's coat sure did get her attention! But not the way I'd planned. Now, back to the review.....
The first thing you notice about a Charms sucker is the size. These aren't the tiny little Dum Dums you get at the bank drive-through, these things are massive. To hold the massive size, you need a massive stick and Charms has always had one of the best sucker sticks I've ever seen. The large size means this candy will last and last and last. I think that is why my parents let me get a Charms sucker at games, it would keep me quite for at least an hour! There are two downsides to eating a Charms sucker; one, it makes you thirsty, but that could be said about any type of hard candy and two, you can't set these down or put them in your pocket once you get started eating one. As for the flavors, they are pretty good:
- Grape - tastes just like grape Kool-aid, very good, not a grape juice flavor
- Orange - identical to orange Crush soda, although the lightest/faintest flavor in the group
- Strawberry - fake strawberry flavor, not bad, tastes like that cheap candy with the strawberry looking wrapper on it
- Cherry - tastes like the panned exterior of a cherry sourball, this one was tasty
- Blue RazzBerry - sweet blue raspberry flavor, full of flavor, even if there's no such thing as a blue raspberry
- Cotton Candy - best of the bunch, tastes just like real cotton candy and I loved how they had both flavors that you'd find cotton candy made in, both pink and blue and there's an extra fancy wrapper on this one
Overall, you can't go wrong picking one of these up. They are often down very low on the store shelves for children to see and they are usually very inexpensive. My favorite is the sour variety, I'll have to find those to review sometime soon too.
Taste: 4/5 Really Liked It
Calorie Counter: 1 Charms Sweet Pop = 1 serving = 50 calories, 0g fat, 10g sugars
Price: $.20 purchased at small candy store
Tootsie Charms Sweet Pops Web Site