Australia’s Starburst Gummies & More!

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As a candy enthusiast, historian and collector, I love finding unusual product or flavor extensions of candy brands I already know well.  There’s just something especially compelling about that familiar logo matched up with unfamiliar elements that makes up a new brand extension – it’s fun!  Sometimes those extensions can take the form of a particularly jarring oddity and other times they can make perfect sense.  Today’s post covers a great example of the latter as it seems to be a natural evolution for the Starburst brand name to cover a family of fruit-flavored gummies.  And that’s just what’s being done Down Under in the Australian (and New Zealand) markets.  So make the jump to check out Australia’s Starburst Gummies!

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Annabelle’s “Sir” Bar – Another Forgotten Classic!

CC_Sir TITLE PLATEAnnabelle’s “Sir” bar is one that has long fascinated me, partly because I loved the logo for it and I had never come across a wrapper for one, as well as the fact that I didn’t really know much about the thing.   I’m happy to report that I recently was able to add an Annabelle’s Sir bar wrapper to my collection and upon doing so, followed that up with a good bit of research that has allowed me to paint a picture of the life of this bar.  Make the jump to check it out.

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The Pre-Hershey History of Kit Kat USA: Discovered and Uncovered!

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Kit Kat’s earliest days are well-recorded.  Created in the United Kingdom by the Rowntree company all the way back in 1935 as Rowntree’s Chocolate Crisp (officially branded as Kit Kat in 1937), it would eventually grow to become a worldwide confectionery phenomenon – one of the undisputed all-time great brands.  Yet the story of Kit Kat in the United States (before its acquisition by Hershey in the early 1970’s) has long been shrouded in mystery, and it’s a tale I’ve spent years working to uncover.

Recently I made an exciting discovery that clarifies a big part in the pre-Hershey history of Kit Kat in the USA.  Make the jump to check it out!

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Avengers Candy Assemble (again)!

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This weekend Marvel’s Avengers: Age of Ultron is hitting theaters in the United States, so I thought it was the perfect time to revisit some Avengers-related candy pieces from my collection.  Make the jump to check them out!

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The Return (and History) of Reese’s Crunchy!!

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This year the Hershey company has given the confectionery world a tasty flashback with their latest revival of Reese’s Crunchy!  It’s exciting news and prompted me to look back over the history of Crunchy’s various revivals as well as its late 1970’s launch.  Make the jump to take a look!

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TheCandyGeek Vlog Premieres Today!!

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My new TheCandyGeek video blog (or vlog) launches today and I wanted to share the news here on  Make the jump to check it out!

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Sweetarts Easter Candy and More From the 1990’s!

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Happy Easter, everyone!  To mark today’s holiday, I’ve opened my archives and dug back to the 1990’s for a wonderful set of Sweetarts Easter promotional sales materials.  These feature a surprisingly diverse and delightful array of Easter product under the Sweetarts family banner, so make the jump to check them out!

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An Array of New Soda-Flavored Confections! Plus Some History on the Love of Cola Candy!

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I’ve always enjoyed when confection crosses over with another category of product and even when the mix doesn’t quite work, it can still be a notable experience.   This is definitely true when soft drinks lend their flavors and branding to candy.

Today I’m going to take a look at a few new releases that fall into this territory while also digging back into some historical packaging that shows how soft drinks and candy have long been connected and how taste preferences both here and abroad have shaped the flavors that companies are willing to market to various regions.

I’ve got lots of fun packaging to share, so make the jump to check it out!

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Photo Hunt 1980: A Detroit Candy Man.

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I’m excited to finally be back after an extended (and somewhat unexpected) hiatus, so I thought I’d kick-off my return with a tasty confectionery photo hunt from 1980.

I last tackled a photo hunt way back in 2012 when I presented a series of candy merchandising photos from 1975.  Today’s subject is a bit different as the candy was not the focus of the photographer’s lens, but rather the shopkeeper enveloped within it.  I’m also excited to share the photo as it is the work of acclaimed American photographer, Eli Reed.

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My Year in Collecting: 2014!

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For the past five years, I’ve made it an annual tradition to gather together some of my favorite “collector acquisitions” from the previous twelve months in the form of a visual collage.  While it is by no means a comprehensive list, it is meant to be broad enough to reveal many of my hobby high points from the previous year.  So make the jump to check out my year-in-collecting highlights from 2014.

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