Category Archives: 1980’s

My Year in Collecting: 2014!

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 … Continue reading

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

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 … 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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Merry Christmas with Vintage Santa Claus Wrappers!

For those out there that celebrate it; Merry Christmas!  And for everyone else, Happy Holidays and end-of-year wishes from CollectingCandy.com! My main priority this week has been my friends and family so I haven’t had much time to devote to … Continue reading

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Christmas Countdown: New Nestle Crunch Peanuts for 2014!

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 … Continue reading

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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 … Continue reading

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Uncovering Thanksgiving’s Forgotten Confectionery Past!

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 … Continue reading

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Out of Retirement: Big League Chew Cotton Candy and Strawberry are Back!

Big League Chew bubblegum first hit the market back in 1980 and at the time, came in only a single flavor.  Since then, quite a number of flavor extensions have been released with a few of them becoming part of … 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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Plucked from the 80’s: Brach’s Coconut Hula Chews!

As the weather turns colder, I thought it would be fun to cover a near-forgotten treat from the 1980’s that will inspire warmer climates.  This is one that first hit stores way back in 1982 and I’m excited to share … Continue reading

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