A Groovy 1970’s Flashback: Ghirardelli’s Mother Nature Line!

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Over the last decade, the business of artisanal and organic chocolate has exploded.  With small manufacturers sourcing their own cocoa and adding all sorts of unusual and exotic ingredients to their bars, it’s a great time to be a chocolate lover.  Facing a flurry of that kind of confectionery activity, you might be surprised to learn that these types of things were being done at least as far back as forty years ago.

I recently uncovered a remarkable lineup of all-natural chocolate bars featuring ingredients like wheat germ, soy-nut and oathearts – all released by Ghirardelli (pronounced Gear-Are-Deli) and first put on sale way back in 1974!

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Out of Retirement: Big League Chew Cotton Candy and Strawberry are Back!

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Big League Chew bubblegum first hit the market back in 1980 and at the time, came in only a single flavor.  Since then, quite a number of flavor extensions have been released with a few of them becoming part of a long-reigning standard Big League Chew assortment like grape and watermelon.   Still other flavors have seen their glory days pass them by and been put into retirement.

Today, I’m happy to report that two previously-retired Big League Chew flavors have made a triumphant return in 2014: Slammin’ Strawberry and Curveball Cotton Candy!

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From 1974 – Clark’s Catchy Clarconut Bar!

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Forty years ago the D.L. Clark company launched what was at the time, their latest version of a chocolate-coated coconut bar.  While the bar itself might not have been revolutionary, mixing the title of their flagship brand with the bar’s main ingredient provided a fun and catchy new name to pitch to consumers:  The Clarconut!

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The Fun & Sophisticated Flavors (and cool packaging) of Chuao Chocolatier!

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Though the focus of CollectingCandy.com tends to be mainstream brands and candy history, I still put an effort to keep up with the new stuff from smaller manufacturers.  Every so often one of those products really catches my eye and requires deeper investigation.  Such was the case when I came across the impressive chocolate bar offerings of Chuao Chocolatier.

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When Packaging was a Toy – Junior Mints and their 1975 Circus Animal Series!

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Though it is a much more unusual occurrence today, there was a time when companies routinely built more tactile fun into their packaging, especially when it was for a product aimed at kids.  They were often producing packages that could serve as hand-puppets or boxes featuring cut-out masks or cars and playsets, allowing emptied boxes serve as toys of a sort.  Talk about added value.

Such was the case when Nabisco put out a “Circus Animal Series” of Junior Mints fun-size Juniors boxes back in 1975.

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Plucked from the 80’s: Brach’s Coconut Hula Chews!

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As the weather turns colder, I thought it would be fun to cover a near-forgotten treat from the 1980’s that will inspire warmer climates.  This is one that first hit stores way back in 1982 and I’m excited to share the first known images of the packaging today.  I believe this one has been unseen for nearly 30 years.  So make the jump to check out Brach’s Coconut Hula Chews!

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When Gremlins and Candy Met – A History of Gremlins Confections from the 1950’s to Today!

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Today I’ll be looking at the confectionery connections to Gremlins, both the 1984 Joe Dante-directed film classic as well as the Brown and Haley treat of the same name that preceded it – along with the time when the two came together back in 1984.  [Including coverage of this Summer’s Gremlins Snickers tie-in.]

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Special Delivery UK: Rowntree Halloween Editions for 2014!

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Happy Halloween, everyone!  It’s hard to believe that it’s already October 31st and the end of all the Halloween fun I’ve been having.  Lots of non-site stuff to do still today, so this entry is going to be brief.  And while the final post of the month-long CountdownToHalloween coverage is going to be a short one, it’s also a sweet one.

Just last week, the UK Branch Office of CollectingCandy.com (aka my wonderful friends Liz and Jonny) sent over a pair of Halloween candy items currently gracing store shelves in the United Kingdom.  I’m excited to share them, so make the jump and check ‘em out.

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50-Years of Brach’s Candy Corn Evolution – from 1953 to Today!

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Today is October 30th, which is National Candy Corn Day – so I thought it would be the perfect time to bring together an extensive look back at how Brach’s Candy Corn packaging has changed over the decades.

This year the Brach’s line also received a complete packaging design overhaul and refresh, which I’ll also be touching upon.  There’s a lot of ground to cover (and over fifty images to share), so let’s get to today’s 50-year Brach’s Candy Corn Evolution!

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New for 2014: Twizzlers Caramel Apple!

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Though I’d invoked the Twizzlers brand earlier for our Countdown month with my Twizzlers Frankenstein packaging post – I thought their new seasonal flavor warranted the repeat.  So make the jump to check-out Twizzlers limited edition Halloween release for 2014 – Caramel Apple!

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