Saturday, March 28, 2009

Pink Saturday - Good & Plenty Pink!

Pink Saturday - Beverly, at the blog "How Sweet the Sound" hosts Pink Saturday. Let the color pink inspire you!

Do you like licorice candy? Do you like Good & Plenty?

Good & Plenty candy was first produced by the Quaker City Confectionery Company in Philadelphia in 1893 and is the oldest branded candy in the United States. Choo Choo Charlie first appeared in TV ads in 1960.

Do you remember the words to the Good & Plenty candy theme song?
Once upon a time there was an engineer
Choo Choo Charlie was his name, we hear.
He had an engine and he sure had fun
He used GOOD & PLENTY candy to make his train run.
Charlie says "Love my GOOD & PLENTY!"
Charlie says "Really rings my bell!"
Charlie says "Love my GOOD & PLENTY!"
Don't know any other candy that I love so well!
Charlie rattled a box of Good & Plenty for the sound of the train, and blew through the box to make the whistle. Charlie's girlfriend sits in the back of the train with her dog, interjecting "Charlie says," as he sings.

Licorice bites are given a shell by a process called panning, where a sugar syrup is tumbled with the candy, then dried and colored. The pink color comes from the pigment carmine, or cochineal, which comes from the bodies of insects - so Good & Plenty candy isn't for vegans. But they are certified Kosher.

Crafters and decorators often call the color combination of pink, white, and black "Good and Plenty."

In 1973, the Warner-Lambert Company bought Good & Plenty, and made it until 1982, when Beatrice Foods bought it and moved to St. Louis. In 1983, Huhtamaki Oy of Helsinki, Finland purchased Leaf Brands, the confectionery division of Beatrice Foods. In 1996, Hershey Foods Corporation bought Leaf from Huhtamaki Oy.

If you like licorice, you're lucky. Licorice is just plain good for you. It's an expectorant, an antiviral/antifungal and it contains antioxidants. Studies show it effective in healing cold sores, peptic uclers, and easing the symptoms of PMS.

I like to eat Good & Plenty when I go to the movies - I guess it brings back memories of matinees when I was a kid. Mmmm!! Have some Good & Plenty!

Notice to all Pinkies - I will be traveling this weekend, and I may not have access to an internet connection. I'll try to visit you later in the week if I can.


mo.stoneskin said...

Licorice candy is a wonderful thing which I do not eat enough of. I love the first crunch into the soft innards...


Vodka Mom said...

That was a blast from the past! I loved this- and YES I do remember the song!!!

Gabriela said...

Happy Pink Saturday!

Interesting pink fact!

~ Gabriela ~

Anonymous said...

They look like pills - but unlike medicines these ones are yummy :-) Then again if they help with cold sores PMS (:-) ) and other stuff ---- a yummy pill indeed!

Happy Pink Saturday!

Csquaredplus3 said...

I look forward to your Pink Saturday posts!

Good & Plenty is a classic. I don't remember the song though. I'll have to Google it because now I'm curious to hear the melody.

They look so pretty in bowls too!

Woman in a Window said...

I don't like Good and Plenty but I do like the tradition of it. I suffer through it. And now that I know it helps with PMS I'm buying stock!

Tristan Robin said...

At initial glance, I thought that you had taken a photo to commemorate "Valley of the Dolls" ... but, even better! - licorice!!!


HaPpY pInK sAtUrDaY!

♥Mimi♥ said...

Thanks so much for the great post today. I just ♥ traveling from blog to blog...the photos, the crafts, the ideas...too fun!

Yours was especially fun this week. Thank you! I just ♥ those candies!

See you next week!

My name is Riet said...

LOve licorice.
Happpy pink Saturday. Riet

Michelle said...

And JuJubees!

Have a great Pink Saturday!

Char said...

Good and Plenty is my most favorite candy. It is the candy I would ask for if it was the last I could have. I always eat all the white ones first, always. Then save the pink for last, they are the best. My family tells me there is no difference, but try it, there is, Happy Pink Saturday, Char

SmilingSally said...

I do remember them and the song too. I never liked them, but my husband did. Thanks for sharing. Happy Pink Saturday.

Deanna said...

Oh that Good N Plenty! Sinfully delicious!

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(¸.·´ (¸.·´ Happy Pink Saturday Deanna :D

Claudia said...

Love the Good and Plentys and I remember that song vividly! Happy Pink Saturday!

Lori Lynn said...

One of my favorite candies! AND I remember making a whistle out of the box. They make the boxes differently these days, so no more whistles!

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(¸.•´ (¸.•´♥ HAPPY PINK SATURDAY ♥

Unknown said...


Have a great Pink Saturday!

Anonymous said...

Wonderful Pink Saturday post!!! Really love the history behind the famous candy. Your blog is delightful and I've been a bit sidetracked reading about L.A. My grandfather worked on the trolleys and I worked there in the 80's. Enjoyed reminiscing and seeing the classic L.A. architecture photos. Excellent reading, I'll be back....

Connie said...

Hubs and daughter both love Good and Plenty, honey, but I won't kiss either one of them while they're eating them! I can't stand the smell of licorice, sweetpea!
xoxo and happy pink saturday,

Anonymous said...

Happy Pink Saturday!

Anonymous said...

I use to always buy Good and Plenty and JuJu fruits when we went to Sunday afternoon Matinees. I spent the rest of the evening trying to get the juju fruits from around my teeth. HAHA

Happy Pink Saturday.


Susan @ A Southern Daydreamer said...

Trying to visit blogs between thunderstorms today (Spring is here) Happy Pink Saturday ~ Susan

Janet said...

LOVE Good and Plentys! In fact...I wrote that in my yearbook under "Activities" lmao!

Nikki-ann said...

I've never heard of Good & Plenty, I don't think we have it over here. But then, I don't like licorice! :D

Gary's third pottery blog said...

I liked those too, and good and fruity---we could get them at the ocean when I was 6 and I would be planning it and finding pennies all week!

Loretta said...

I used to love those candies, but now prefer dark chocolate, which is also very good for you. LOL Happy pink day!

Cheri @ Blog This Mom!® said...

Wow. I totally remember that song and shaking the box! But the candy? Yuck. Only IMHO.

Lisa said...

Oh, Now I want some. I don't like to eat them but I love to decorate my Kitchen with candy in jars or bowls. What a good Pink Saturday!

Hugs, Lisa

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