Thursday, June 19, 2008

Atkinson’s Coconut Long Boys

Long Boys Coconut were once just a regional favorite, enjoyed by kids and adults around the south. Made in New Orleans, they were a simple coconut caramel sold as a long thin 3 inch roll. The packages have always been a yellow waxed paper with a very tall boy and yellow accents.

Coconut Longboys

Today they’re made by Atkinson’s Candy in Texas (which seems to have taken over many regional and specialty favorites from all over the south and southwest).

They’re a rather light looking caramel, with a sweet scent and a soft texture.

Biting into them, it’s like the flavor of Sugar Babies and Coconut Neapolitans (or Coconut Slabs) all in one but with a distinctly salty hit at the front. The chew is not sticky, but soft and creamy with tiny bits of coconut. As the sugar dissolves away it’s more coconutty.

It’s nice, I prefer it to the more rustic Neapolitans (which are also a bear to bite in half most of the time). They’re a great summertime candy because they don’t melt but still have a creamy texture, which can satisfy some cravings without melted messes.

They also come in a short version, about the length of a Tootsie Roll, but narrower. They’re called Long Boys Coconut Juniors. (Nope, not Short Boys!)

The other version is Long Boys Chocolate which, as you can guess, is a chocolate caramel. There’s no coconut here. At first I thought it was going to be like a Tootsie Roll, but it’s oh, so much better. It’s not quite the dreamy chewy chocolate caramel of the Storck Chocolate Reisen either, but it’s still wonderful in its own right.

It’s more of a short caramel, not a sticky chew. It has a bit of salt and mellow cocoa flavor with some coffee overtones. They don’t stick to the teeth at all, either.

It’s satisfying. I have no idea where to find them in stores, though there are a few places to order in quantity on the internet.

The format of these means they’re probably found either in bulk or in “changemaker” tubs (at I’m guessing 5 or 10 cents a piece). A nice little after lunch pick-me-up.

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Name: Long Boys: Coconut & Chocolate
  • 10 SUPERB
  • 9 YUMMY
  • 8 TASTY
  • 7 WORTH IT
  • 4 BENIGN
Brand: Atkinson's Candy
Place Purchased: samples from All Candy Expo
Price: unknown
Size: unknown
Calories per ounce: unknown
Categories: Caramel, Coconut, United States, Atkinson's Candy

POSTED BY Cybele AT 12:22 pm Tracker Pixel for Entry    

  1. These are rather tasty. I saw some in a candy store Seaside Oregon. Not terribly helpful people outside of NW Oregon, but I suppose specialty candy stores might have them.

    Comment by Tripp on 6/19/08 at 6:24 pm #
  2. I live in CT and I have never seen these.  They look good, though.

    Comment by lynn on 6/20/08 at 4:59 am #
  3. Man I love this candy. There’s a place about an hour up north I go to that has them. Or at least they did. I smell a day trip to the candy store.

    Comment by jMo on 6/22/08 at 5:44 am #
  4. Don’t they have these at Walmart?  I bought some there!!!!  Their chick-o-sticks are great too! and the peanut butter bars. yummmm

    Comment by K D on 6/22/08 at 11:04 am #
  5. Hey Cybele,

    I totally love these guys - only discovered them a couple of years ago.  I found them at a store called The Candy Baron. The small chain has only 5 stores - four in California and one, oddly, in Eugene, OR (my hometown, where I bought them.)

    Looks like there’s one in Santa Monica!  They also sell Pamplemousse Mentos, by the way.  In case you’re into those.  I am.

    Comment by joanna on 6/22/08 at 5:41 pm #
  6. I’m from Indiana and had these as a child. There are delicious, and were one my favorites. I think they are better than sugar daddy’s because the don’t get stuck in your teeth as much.

    Comment by Ella on 6/28/08 at 7:11 am #
  7. When I saw this candy, it brought back wonderful memories of my mother who died in 1967.  She always said it was her favorite candy.  When Dad would bring them home to her, she would always smile and say he thought of her today.

    Comment by Rita on 7/15/08 at 10:27 am #
  8. They have the short boys at Dollar General Store for only $1.00/bag! I am from New Orleans but now live in Virginia Beach.Love these Guys!!!

    Comment by Beth on 3/16/09 at 1:43 pm #
  9. Can anyone tell me how many calories are in one long boy candy stick?

    Comment by Janet on 4/07/09 at 7:24 am #
  10. The regular size has about 32 calories each, the nugget size even less.

    So you can eat a bunch of them and not have a lot of calories!

    Comment by KD on 4/07/09 at 8:10 am #
  11. i LOVE, LOVE, LOVE coconut long boys. I would marry this boy if I could! They are amazing! Rainbow Coconut Bar by Adkinson’s is my second favorite. YUM!

    Comment by JaneSaidSo on 4/28/09 at 9:36 am #
  12. Where can I get the Long Boys?  I remember them when I was very young and I loved them.  I haven’t seen them in years.

    Comment by Cyndee on 8/24/09 at 8:53 am #
  13. Why did they stop making the banana long boys, they were my favorite!

    Comment by Scarlett on 10/11/09 at 5:11 am #
  14. the juniors sell at dollar general $1 a bag in the south

    Comment by jesse on 3/03/10 at 5:32 am #
  15. I just boought a box of these today at Economy Candy on Rivington street in New York City.  A box of 48 normal sized Long Boys cost me $4.50.  Took me back to childhood when my grandmother used to buy me candy in East Harlem.

    Comment by Ingrid on 11/18/10 at 3:27 pm #
  16. Just got back from Las Vegas and saw at a downtown Vegas store some Long Boys…

    Steve C. from California

    Comment by SteveCarras on 8/01/15 at 3:08 pm #
  17. And to update: Our oldtown uptown’s Wishing Wells has a handful of much older penny candy, like Necco and in this case Atkinsons…well: After enjoying that company’s Chic-o-Sticks, I finally got a 25 cent Long boy and enjoyed it very much. But not long enough..neither was the candy (Chick-o-Stick from them on the other hand, of course, come in different sizes..)

    Comment by SteveCarras on 8/16/15 at 6:25 pm #
  18. Cain’s Piggly Wiggly’s carry Coconut Long Boys and a few others.

    Comment by Allen on 9/28/15 at 8:24 am #
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