Christmas Countdown: M&M’s 2012 Holiday Packs!

CC_M&M Holiday Packs TITLE PLATE WIP3Back in 2011-2012, M&M/Mars expanded their seasonal M&M’s offerings by adding holiday releases in standard-sized packs.  Since that time, I’ve covered their Candy Corn M&M’s, M&M’s Holiday Mints, and even an array of twelve different Easter packages.

While Candy Corn M&M’s have returned each year since their introduction, the other standard-sized holiday packs appear to have been retired, though M&M/Mars did release a pair of cool Christmas theater boxes last year.   Since I didn’t cover the regular Christmas-themed packs during their initial release, I wanted to do so today.  It’s an impressive variety with twelve different festive packages to see.  So make the jump to check out M&M’s holiday-themed packs from 2012!

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Christmas Countdown: Early 90’s Hershey Bar Holiday Wrappers!

CC_Hersheys Christmas chocolate bars from the early 90's TITLE PLATEHershey bars are probably the most consistent confectionery offering to come out of the United States, especially with regard to their wrapper design.  For nearly a century, a Hershey bar meant a brown paper wrapper with a silver block letter logo.  And that’s still how a Hershey bar appears today.  Because of that, it’s not easy to get too excited about Hershey bar wrappers from years’ past – as much as we might love them, they all kind of look the same.  In spite of that, today I’m looking back at some unusually festive wrappers that Hershey paired with their classic milk chocolate and milk chocolate with almonds bars back in the early 1990’s.  Make the jump to check them out.

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Vintage-Style Just Born Candy Box Holiday Ornaments – New for 2014!

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After a day of holiday travel, I’m back to my native midwestern home of Nebraska and spending time with family and loved ones.  While I’m here, I want to continue to share some of the neat Christmas candy goodness I’ve got brewing.

Today’s topic is a really cool one as it was completely unexpected, but totally in my area of interest and enthusiasm.  This year, the Kurt S. Adler company of New York teamed up with Just Born to create a beautiful set of three holiday ornaments based on vintage Just Born candy boxes.  Make the jump to check them out!

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Christmas Countdown: New Nestle Crunch Peanuts for 2014!

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Kicking off our Christmas Countdown today, I’ll be showcasing the return of the Peanuts gang to some mainstream confectionery holiday offerings.

I should mention that the Peanuts characters have already been featured on a series of seasonal releases from Russell Stovers – a fact I highlighted during the Christmas season last year.  But this is the first time that the characters have appeared with one of the bigger confectionery brands in some time.  So make the jump to check out the Peanuts gang’s Nestle Crunch holiday celebration!

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A Frappé For Friday – Welch’s Frappé, That Is!


Over the years, I’ve received all sorts of e-mails quizzing me about the identity of some nearly forgotten candy or requesting images of a fondly missed favorite chocolate bar.  It’s a fun challenge and incredibly satisfying when I’ve been able to provide an answer (or picture) to those inquiries.

One chocolate bar that I’ve been asked about a number of times is the Welch’s Frappé.   It’s a brand I have no personal memories of as it mostly predates me, but for those that do remember it, it clearly left a big impression.  Though it’s taken years of searching, I’ve finally assembled a historic look back at the brand which I’m excited to unveil today.  So make the jump to check out the classic Welch’s Frappé!

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Origins of the Sprint Bar – Mars’ Original take on the Kit Kat!


Early last year, I unearthed the story of M&M/Mars 1970’s take on their competitor’s Kit Kat – a chocolate wafer bar dubbed the Snik Snak.  But what I didn’t realize at the time was that Mars’ history with a Kit Kat-like chocolate wafer product dated back to at least a couple of decades earlier and that this story had a few more forgotten twists and turns to it.  So make the jump to discover the previously-unseen origins of Mars’ Sprint Bar!

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Cold War Russia’s Soviet Uniform Wrappers!

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I don’t typically cover non-USA material here on  It’s not that I find foreign wrappers unappealing in any way.  In fact, they are often some of the most ornate designs I encounter.  It’s simply that it is more challenging to create the context of how to properly discuss and celebrate them.   In spite of that, I recently acquired a set of Cold War-era Russian wrappers that were so interesting, I had to share.

Dating back to 1976, this set of “Soviet Uniform” wrappers represents an era when Russia and the Soviet Union was a mysterious place to most westerners, myself included.  While I was growing up in the Midwest there was almost no media coming out of the Soviet Union, so my image of it and its people was heavily influenced by popular culture and the movies.  Given that fact, this set of chocolate bar wrappers is particularly fascinating for me to look back at now.

So make the jump to take a peek at some fun confectionery packaging from behind the Iron Curtain!

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It’s So Nice! A Walgreens Private Label Candy Update!

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Today I’m going to revisit a topic I first covered back in March of 2013 – the candy products from Walgreens’ Nice! private label line.

Not long after that initial post, I followed it up with a piece on Walgreens’ Nice! boxed candy assortment.   The boxed assortment appears to have been retired but the peg-bag Nice! candy line continues rolling along.  I’ve picked up a few dozen new pieces since those earlier posts, so it’s the right time to bring them together for an updated look.  Now make the jump to check out today’s Walgreens Nice! private label update!

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Donruss’ Mouth Full Bubble Gum and that Iconic Smiley Face!


Back in the late 1960’s, the Donruss company of Memphis, Tennessee offered up a “slab bubble gum” product to consumers.  Although competitors like Fleer and Topps had similar products on the market, I consider Donruss’ offering notable for its use of the iconic “smiley face” graphic on its packaging.   So make the jump to check out Donruss’ Mouth Full bubble gum!

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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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