An Oldie But a Goodie : Charms Hard Candies

One of the oldest hard candies around comes under scrutiny: are they still good? Were they ever good?

Reviewed by Jonny

May 21, 2012


Is it “oldie” or “oldy”?  English is hard.


You know what else is hard?  Charms hard candies (thanks folks, I’ll be here all week).  Normally, I probably wouldn’t have thought to review these, but Mrs. Guru picked them up for me to review (note to wife, do this more).  Neither one of us had eaten them in years-nay, decades.  But we both had fond memories of them from our kiddie-hoods.  Would they hold up?

Charms have been around for a LONG time.  They were super popular in the 50’s and 60’s, and as a kid growing up in the 70’s, I remember them as being the go-to fruit flavored hard candy.  It was basically these or Lifesavers, and I’m here to say that Charms kicks much ass over 5 flavor Lifesavers.


Remember these?  Weird squarish, round edged thing with a dimple in the middle.  They still look the same to me, although word on the street is that they originally were made round, and came in rolls.  Any old timers out there wanna chime in on that?


The flavors are still the same original 6: cherry, raspberry, orange, grape, pineapple and lime.  Very strong selection of flavors, and according to Jonny Guru Jr., the grape is “on point” (he ate the only one).  The Mrs. laid claim to the only pineapple, which brought a smile to her face.  And honestly, I have to say, I was extremely impressed with all the flavors.  Nothing revolutionary here but just seriously good, non-boring takes on basic candy flavors.  All of them had a bit of an edge-nothing really tart, but just a little…more complex than a standard hard candy flavor.


I was bowled over by how much I enjoyed these.  They certainly reminded me of my days growing up, prowling the candy counter, figuring out ways to get a quarter to buy a pack.  In addition to the nostalgia factor, these are just plain good if you like hard candy-and I love hard candy.  So I’m giving these 4 strong stars, and recommending that you pick up a pack and dream of better days.  Or worse, depending on whether or not you were getting your ass kicked as a kid or not. Or maybe you weren’t even born yet.  Just dream of something, damn it.  Click the link below to buy some, onnaccounta it’s old time candy.

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  1. jonny

    So excited you found them! I still prefer the squares, but these are great too

  2. Kelly

    From as early as 1968 I can remember them as squares!!
    I am so excited to see these! I could NOT remember their name and now I know!
    I loved these.


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