According to NJ.com, Charms Blow Pops date back to the early 1900s when Walter Reid Jr. founded Charms Candy Co. in New Jersey as "Tropical Charms" — fruit-flavored, square hard candies wrapped in cellophane for purchase. Tropical Charms were included in the combat rations given to the U.S. Army in World War II.
And in fact, military MREs (Meals Ready to Eat) still include candies to this day. Blow Pops as we know them today were invented in the early 1970s and quickly became Charms' best-selling, all-time product.
A Charms Blow Pop provides candy lovers with two lollipops in one, surrounding a soft chewy gum center with a hard candy shell. Blow Pops come in an array of fruit flavors, including Cherry, Grape and Sour Apple.
According to LIVESTRONG's food database MyPlate, each Blow Pop contains 60 calories. The Blow Pop’s flavor has no bearing on calorie content.
Carbohydrates and Sugar
A single Blow Pop delivers 16 grams of carbohydrates and 13 grams of sugar. Unlike fruit sugars that provide additional fiber among other nutrients your body needs, processed sugar should be an occasional treat.
According to Cancer Treatment Centers of America, refined sugar is processed by the body quickly, which causes both insulin and blood sugar levels to spike. While fiber in fruit slows down this process and allows you to feel satiated, refined, process sugars do not, which can lead to sugar binges. While a Blow Pop every now and then is fine, if you're looking for a daily sugary snack, reach for a piece of fruit instead.
Charms also makes Blow Pops Minis, which offer the same taste of the Blow Pop lollipops in bite-size candies. Blow Pops Minis come in four flavors: Watermelon, Blue Razz, Cherry and Sour Apple. A 28-gram serving of Blow Pop Minis has 100 calories, 25 grams of carbohydrates and 20 grams of sugar, according to MyPlate.
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