The Elusive Charlie Chaplin
Charlie Chaplinâ€™s are something of a mystery. Sponge candy is a well known regional oddity, apparently something that people who relocate have a tough time getting their hands on. As an area resident, Charlie Chaplinâ€™s can be hard to track down, far more scattered than the ubiquitous sponge.
They also have an undetermined provenance. Much â€śGooglingâ€ť led me to a South Bend, Indiana candy company that has been producing â€śChocolate Charlieâ€™sâ€ť for over eighty years. The trouble is, they only make them from October to December, and their ingredients and texture are different than the version available here.
It wasnâ€™t until a few years ago that I heard occasional mumblings about Charlie Chaplinâ€™s. The interpretation that I have most often seen is a big block of dark or milk chocolate full of cashews, coconut and windows of gooey marshmallow. I was able to find odd recipes in a few places on the web; some called for a low-grade chocolate, while substituted peanuts or pecans. None of which appear to be nearly as good as our homegrown variety.
The 1/4 lb. sizable portion of chocolaty love above was procured at Strawberry Island in the Broadway Market. The counter and display case are loaded with old-fashioned candy, as well as their own concoctions. Consider how delightful one of these beauties would be in an Easter basket. The Market is worthy of a visit outside of the Easter season. Many of the shops and stands are closed during the weekdays, but a lot of them arenâ€™t. I enjoy going when itâ€™s quiet, it gives me a chance to poke around and talk to the shop keepers. The produce selection is always good, old-fashioned butchers line the Market floor and you can always find a decent cup of coffee and something worth snacking on.
The Broadway Market 999 Broadway 893.0705