Uncovering Thanksgiving’s Forgotten Confectionery Past!

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Happy Thanksgiving, everyone!  I hope you’re all enjoying the day with loved ones, great food and good times.

In spite of the fact that Thanksgiving isn’t known for its confections, I’ve hunted far and wide to come up with a piece of Thanksgiving-themed candy packaging to share, and I’m happy to report that I have succeeded in that quest.  Beyond unveiling that unusual item in today’s post, I’ll also be talking a little bit about the history of Thanksgiving candy – because as I’ve learned, it’s more connected than you might have ever guessed.

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Brach’s Beautiful Fall Chocolate Promotion Packet from 1972!

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Since acquiring the files of a former Brach’s salesman earlier this year, I’ve been working to document and preserve everything he saved.   Previously I’ve posted the contents of a 1971 Brach’s Halloween sales packet as well as materials related to Brach’s 1972 Easter promotion.  Today I’m excited to share the various marketing and sales materials used in support of Brach’s 1972 Fall chocolate promotion.  It’s a lot of great stuff, so make the jump to take a look.

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IGA Grocery Stores’ Private Label Confectionery Offerings!

CC_IGA Private Label TITLE PLATEOver the past couple years I’ve touched upon my growing fascination with private label or “store branded” candy offerings, first with Walgreens’ Nice line and later on with 7-Eleven’s own “Select” confectionery products.

Store brand packaging is the kind of thing I used to overlook but now I always try to pick up examples of private labels if I’ve not encountered them before.  Whether that means my confectionery appreciation has deepened far more than I’d ever have imagined or I’ve just become that big of a candy geek, I can’t say, but I can tell you that I’m excited to share the private label offerings from the IGA Grocery chain I discovered earlier this summer!

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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!


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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