It’s Game 7 of the 2013 NBA Finals and tonight the San Antonio Spurs or the Miami Heat will come away with an NBA championship. In recognition of that, I selected a number of NBA-related candy packages from my collection to share.
First up is a candy box from the late 1970’s from a company called Gum Products. They would market these candy-coated peanuts under a baseball license as well as comic book heroes Superman and Spider-Man. Here’s their NBA “Slam Dunk” offering:
Throughout the 1990’s, the Nestle company was an NBA partner which resulted in a number of related Nestle Crunch wrappers. The first I’m showing was a special edition “NBA Bar”, meaning that the actual chocolate bar would be imprinted with one of the then-27 NBA teams:
Here’s a more typical promotion:
Nearly a decade later, Nestle had opted for a more celebrity-filled association when they featured Shaquille O’Neal on wrappers:
But this wasn’t Shaq’s first confectionery rodeo, as he had been gracing Nielson bar wrappers up in Canada during the 1990’s.
I have one of those Mr. Big wrappers in my collection (there were others – but I only have this example):
And just for the sake of comparison, here’s a standard Mr. Big wrapper from the time:
And that’s everything I could find in my collection that is basketball-related. I hope you enjoyed the assortment, and I hope that tonight’s Game 7 turns out to be one of the greats, whoever wins.
See you next time!