Today I’d like to take a quick look at a pair of late 70′s wrappers I have for souvenir Pennsylvania Amish chocolate bars.
I’ve never been to Amish country, though I hear it is quite lovely (I need to schedule a getaway to the area, now that I think about it).
As a child growing up in Nebraska my family did take us to Iowa’s Amana Colonies, which has a history that shares a few outward similarities to Amish culture, in that they created so much of their own wares and goods – they’re also known for their carpentry and craftsmanship.
At least that’s the way I remember it in my adolescent eyes – everything seemed very “old-fashioned” and hand made. I recall my visit to the Amana Colonies as witnessing an old loom creating fabric and getting unusual flavors of sodas in glass bottles with odd re-sealable ceramic and rubber toppers. Unlike Amish Country, I believe the Amana Colonies were not averse to modern technology, though they prided themselves on self-sufficiency. The community apparently still exists though tourism has become an important part of their local economies.
Getting back on topic to the Pennsylvania Amish; these days the Amish culture has become something of a pop-cultural staple which is ironic considering their humble and private perspectives, with Amish characters appearing in film and real-life Amish teenagers getting their own reality TV shows. So perhaps at this point Amish-branded candy might seem a bit passe – but I still think it’s fun to see.
Today’s focus is a pair of charming 1970′s-era Pennsylvania Amish chocolate bar wrappers I added to my collection last year – and here they are:
Though they sport images of horse-drawn carriages with quaint old-fashioned design flourishes, I have to wonder whether any Amish folk had anything at all to do with the manufacture of these bars. You would hope that with a name like “Pennsylvania Amish Co., Inc.” that they’d be founded and operated by the Amish people, but that may not have been the case.
Unfortunately, I could find no information about the company online so I assume that it has long-since closed its doors. [Edit: That, or it's simply that the Amish don't put up websites.] But at least we have these neat little wrappers to remember them by.
And that’s everything for today’s look back at a bit of souvenir sweets from 1970′s Amish Country.
See you next time!