Category Archives: Hard Candy

The Search for the 1970’s Blow Pop “Squarepack” and Charms Blow Pop’s Earliest Origins!

When researching the history of candy, I sometimes come across things I’ve never seen before or didn’t previously know existed.  It often happens when I’m lucky enough to find a vintage store photo showing a candy display or aisle. Today … Continue reading

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A History of Willy Wonka’s Valentine’s Gobstopper Heartbreakers!

With Valentine’s Day arriving tomorrow, I thought it was the perfect time to dig into the history of a seasonal spin-off that has become a holiday classic: Willy Wonka’s (Gobstopper) Heartbreakers!  Make the jump to check it out.

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Brach’s 1953 Fall & Christmas Candy Catalog!

Now that our Halloween coverage for 2015 has ended (so very sad), it’s time to kick into the Fall!  And while I like to hold most of my dedicated Christmas coverage until December, I thought today’s content was a perfect … Continue reading

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The Colorful Characters of Shari Candies!

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 … Continue reading

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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 … Continue reading

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The Surprising Candy of Howard Johnson’s!

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 … Continue reading

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

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’ … Continue reading

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Brach’s Beautiful Fall Chocolate Promotion Packet from 1972!

Since acquiring the files of a former Brach’s salesman earlier this year, I’ve been working to document and preserve everything he saved.   Previously I’ve posted the contents of a 1971 Brach’s Halloween sales packet as well as materials related to … Continue reading

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Brach’s 1971 Halloween Candy Salesman Catalog and Promotional Materials!!

Today is the first entry in our CountdownToHalloween vintage coverage and boy it’s a good one.  In fact, out of all the things I have planned for the Countdown, this might be the post I’m most excited to share. Now, … Continue reading

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American Candy’s 1970’s Disney Hard Candy Lineup!

Early last year I published a piece on the souvenir candy packaging that is often available at Disney theme parks.  It was a lot of fun showcasing the pieces I had for that and it reminded me that there has … Continue reading

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