During 2013’s CountdownToHalloween, I dedicated a post to the Halloween-seasonal marshmallow Peeps known as Witchmallows. The packaging I featured was from the 1970’s and I had assumed that was about as far back as Witchmallows went. But recently I discovered an even older example dating back to the 1950’s. So make the jump to check out the oldest, spookiest Peeps yet!
I’ve spoken about the 60-year history of Peeps on this site before, and even documented how they celebrated their 50th Anniversary back in 2003. Seasonal Peeps have long been a part of the Peeps tradition, but it turns out they go back much farther than I would have ever guessed.
Earlier this year, Mr. Toast creator and cartoonist Dan Goodsell sent me the following scan of an item he discovered in his collection. It was a Rodda Halloween Witchmallows box tray that dated back to the 1950’s-60’s, the earliest days of Peeps – and boy was it cool! Here it is:
Here’s a better look at the artwork from the side panels of that tray:
It’s a far sight different than how the same bit of packaging would appear in the late 1970’s – though the Witchmallow name would remain:
[Note: For those that might not be aware, Rodda were the original manufacturers of Peeps but they became a division of Just Born some decades ago.]
Now I’d like to showcase a few more bits of Halloween Peeps imagery from previous posts, as well as showcasing the new style of packaging that Halloween Peeps received for 2014.
For as long as I can recall and certainly the last few years, Halloween Peeps have come in cellophane-wrapped cardboard trays like these:
This year in 2014 those trays have been replaced with an all-plastic packaging design. Here they are:
So that’s the new look of Halloween Peeps. What do you think?
As for me, I think the new packaging looks modern and slick, though I’d be lying if I didn’t say that I’m going to miss the old-fashioned cardboard trays.
That’s everything for today’s post and our look back at the oldest Halloween Peeps ever discovered. See you next time!
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