Tuesday, February 8, 2011

Tasty Tuesday | Chick-O-Stick Candy

The Atkinson Candy Company has been manufacturing Chick-O-Stick since the Great Depression. Regarded as the company's most popular candy, it is made primarily with peanuts, granulated sugar, corn syrup, and toasted coconut. Fans of the sugary confection claim that it tastes very much like a Butterfinger Bar, but you'll have to decide that for yourself.

Chick-O-Stick's original wrapper featured a stylized cartoon of a chicken wearing a cowboy hat and a badge in the shape of the Atkinson logo. Recent wrapper designs, however, have since removed the chicken because it is believed the chicken contributed to the confusion over whether Chick-O-Stick was a candy or a chicken-flavored cracker.

And what's with the name? According to Atkinson's website, the company's founder "came up with Chick-O-Stick one day because, in his mind, the product resembled fried chicken." The name stuck, and the rest is history.

Photo taken at Candy Heaven in Old Town Sacramento.

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