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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Valentine’s Day 2015 gets Snoopy with Nestle Crunch!

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Nestle Crunch recently partnered up with Charles M. Schulz’ Peanuts characters, first launching with a fun selection of packaging for Christmas 2014.  That partnership promises to see the Peanuts characters gracing Nestle Crunch packaging throughout the year, with new holiday packaging for Nestle Crunch all along the way.  For the Valentine’s holiday that means we’re getting a pair of lovely Nestle Crunch Snoopy packages!

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Valentine’s M&M’s Packs from Taiwan!

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Happy Valentine’s Day!!

M&M’s can always be counted on for a great assortment of seasonal offerings each year and that’s certainly true for the Valentine’s holiday.  And while those are always neat to see, I recently picked up something especially cool due to its unusual nature; a set of Valentine’s M&M’s packs released exclusively to the Taiwan market back in 2012.  Make the jump to check them out!

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Brach’s 1972 “Share a Little Love” Valentine’s Day Promotion!

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For today’s pre-Valentine’s Day post, I’ll be sharing a Brach’s candy salesman promotional packet created in support of their 1972 “Share a Little Love” campaign.  It’s a terrific and unique look into our confectionery past and it follows up a few other Brach’s salesman packet offerings I’ve shared in the last year.  Make the jump to check it out!

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Our 550th Post! Plus Our Biggest Video Announcement Ever!

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Today marks CollectingCandy.com’s 550th post!  Hooray!

It’s a big number and comes on the heels of the site’s third anniversary just last week.  With that in mind, we’ve decided to use the occasion to announce a major new endeavor spinning out of CollectingCandy.com.  The announcement comes in the form of a video (for reasons which will be obvious upon viewing said video). So make the jump and check it out!

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The (Nearly) Definitive History of Nestle’s Choco’Lite! — Plus: CollectingCandy.com’s Third Anniversary!

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Today is special to me as it marks the Third Anniversary of CollectingCandy.com – first launched on February 6th, 2012.  And while I wasn’t able to program a week-long anniversary celebration as I did last year, I have endeavored to bring a few especially fun pieces together this week, concluding with today’s post on the history of Nestle’s Choco’Lite bar.

This is one I’m especially excited to share as it represents the culmination of years of hunting for (and finding) little grains of historical information along the way.  There are still Choco’Lite promotions and pieces I haven’t turned up material for, so this isn’t as complete as I’d like, but it’s awfully close.  So make the jump to check out the (nearly) definitive history of Nestle’s Choco’Lite!

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The Surprising Candy of Howard Johnson’s!

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I’ll often talk about how much I enjoy branded candy packaging that comes from unusual sources like private label or “store brands”.  These aren’t your typical Hershey or Mars offerings in that you can only find them at specific retail outlets, so even in the modern age they can remain quite regionalized and hard to find.

Howard Johnson’s is one such unusual source of branded confections, but it stands out due to its especially rich history.  You see, Howard Johnson’s is one of a select group of businesses that is inevitably intertwined with the history and romance of what is known as “Roadside America” as well as a period when coffee shops and diners ruled the land.  So make the jump to check out the surprising candy of Howard Johnson’s!

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1997’s Cadbury Spice Girls Chocolate Bars!

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Today I’m flying back to the heady days of the mid-1990’s to take a look at the confectionery output of the pop-culture musical phenomenon known as The Spice Girls!  Make the jump to check it out.

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Superbowl 2015 and the Collation Conundrum! (plus a little NFL Snickers history)

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Once again it’s Super Bowl Sunday and for the third year in a row I’ll be featuring Snickers NFL Minis and their team wrappers!  Make the jump to check them out.

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The Return of Mike and Ike Cotton Candy and Root Beer Float Flavors!

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It’s been an exciting month in the world of candy already and the fun keeps on rolling as today I get to share the news that Mike and Ike Cotton Candy and Root Beer Float flavors are returning!   Not seen on shelves for over a decade, these past favorites follow on the heels of Just Born’s previous relaunches of the Lem and Mel and Cherry and Bub flavors back in 2012.  I’ve got a tasty bit of history on these two to share, so make the jump to check it out!

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