A Century of History for Ghirardelli’s (and Tjerrild’s) Chocolate Flicks!


Flicks chocolate wafer candies are a treat that should be well-known to those who grew up on the West Coast of the United States but for people outside of that part of the country they probably won’t be so familiar.

While their earliest origins are said to date back to the late 1800’s, the candy allegedly didn’t get its name until 1904 with the trademark for “Flicks” not registering until 1915, exactly one century ago.   So on the 100th anniversary of that trademark registration, I wanted to take a look back at some of the colorful packaging and history of the Flicks brand.  Make the jump to check it out.

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The Colorful Characters of Shari Candies!

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I’ve written before about my appreciation of private label or store brand candy packaging and how it offers all manner of variety in what could otherwise be a fairly repetitive category.  Oftentimes, private label candy packaging is simply the name of the store emblazoned on a mostly plain design, but occasionally it shines as some of the most interesting found on shelves, as has been the case with Walgreens and their “Nice!” brand packaging.  And while private label candy is typically created for a specific store in mind, that is not the case with today’s topic.

Shari Candies is a line of peg-bagged private label confections differentiating itself with bright packaging and a colorful mascot — a mascot who finds himself in all manner of costume, depending on the product he’s hawking.  Make the jump to check it out: Continue reading

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Good And Plenty’s Groovy 1960’s Day-Glo Posters!

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Candy-related premiums are not a big part of my focus or area of interest though I do find myself enamored with one from time to time, especially when they turn out to be more than just a cheap tchotchke with the brand’s logo slapped on it.  Such was the case when I discovered the existence of a pair of groovy Choo-Choo Charlie day-glo posters released by Good and Plenty in the late 1960’s.  Make the jump to check them out.

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Willy Wonka’s DinaSour Eggs – A Classic 80’s Treat!


As Jurassic World continues its weeks-long Summer box office domination, I thought it would be fun to revisit some dinosaur-themed confectionery treats from the past.   Most kids delight in dinosaurs and many (myself included) even go through a phase of dinosaur infatuation at some point.  So it was a stroke of jawbreaker-marketing genius when the folks at Willy Wonka Brands introduced their DinaSour Eggs to the marketplace.  Make the jump to check out this delightfully-classic 1980’s treat!

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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 CollectingCandy.com.  Make the jump to check it out!

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