Category Archives: 1970’s

IGA Grocery Stores’ Private Label Confectionery Offerings!

Over 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 … Continue reading

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A Groovy 1970’s Flashback: Ghirardelli’s Mother Nature Line!

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 … Continue reading

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From 1974 – Clark’s Catchy Clarconut Bar!

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 … Continue reading

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When Packaging was a Toy – Junior Mints and their 1975 Circus Animal Series!

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 … Continue reading

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When Gremlins and Candy Met – A History of Gremlins Confections from the 1950’s to Today!

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 … Continue reading

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50-Years of Brach’s Candy Corn Evolution – from 1953 to Today!

Today is October 30th, which is National Candy Corn Day – so I thought it would be the perfect time to bring together an extensive look back at how Brach’s Candy Corn packaging has changed over the decades. This year … Continue reading

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Halloween Peeps from the 1950’s! or The Oldest Witchmallows Ever!

During 2013’s CountdownToHalloween, I dedicated a post to the Halloween-seasonal marshmallow Peeps known as Witchmallows.  The packaging I featured was from the 1970’s and I had assumed that was about as far back as Witchmallows went.  But recently I discovered … Continue reading

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A Peter Paul Halloween Newspaper Coupon from 1978!

Today I’m coming at the idea of Halloween candy and candy marketing a little sideways.   Rather than feature vintage packaging created specifically for the holiday, I’m going to showcase how Halloween has been used to promote all-year round versions of … Continue reading

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CountdownToHalloween Past Years Recap – Part Two of Two!

Yesterday, as part of a two-part flashback recap, I presented a collection of my favorite CountdownToHalloween entries from past years.  Those posts showcased items that were largely contemporary in nature, so today I’ll be following that up by putting a … Continue reading

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A Trio of Spooky Vintage Bubblegum Vending Insert Cards!

For today’s post in our month-long CountdownToHalloween, I thought I’d pull a few of my more monsterrific bubblegum vending machine insert cards to showcase.  At least one of them might come off a bit more silly than spooky, but I … Continue reading

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