It’s been a couple of weeks since I last pulled something from the 1970’s archives to share, so today I’m presenting a Wonka treat you’ve likely never seen before: Tangy Bloops Super Sour Candy!
Like many Wonka-branded candy items, Bloops actually started out as a Breaker Confections product with the Wonka branding arriving years later. First sold in the early 1970’s, it doesn’t appear that Tangy Bloops made it into the 1980’s, at least not as an individually-packaged brand.
Here’s a small cellophane wrapper for Tangy Bloops from my collection. [Note: It's the only wrapper or package of any kind for these that I've ever come across.]
As with much of Breaker’s product-line at the time, Tangy Bloops were also sold in bulk and at vending. Here is a vintage vending insert card from the 1970’s for Bloops. [For those that don't know, a vending card like this one would have been inserted into the front of a coin-twist vending machine - like a gumball machine. The card's job was to identify the contents of the vending machine, which would often change throughout the year.]
I mentioned earlier that Bloops were a Wonka item, because they did end up becoming one but likely only within the bulk vending category. While it’s possible that there’s a standard Bloops pack or box from the 80’s with Wonka branding on it, for the moment my guess is that it’s not the case.
But in vending, Tangy Bloops survived long enough to be brought into the Wonka family fold and here’s a vending insert card from 1984 to prove it:
Past the mid-1980’s I can’t say with any certainty that Tangy Bloops were still being sold. They are a candy product I don’t remember seeing at any time in my youth, so who knows? For now at least we have these three pieces to examine and mark the decade when Tangy Bloops roamed the confectionery landscape.
And that’s everything for today. See you next time!