I don’t recall exactly what it was about Pop Bottle Candy, but in 1979-1980, whenever my brother and I visited our local Woolworth’s store, I had to have one. For those that never experienced them, this was basically a flattened bottle shape of hard candy, similar to the candy that makes up a clear Topps Ring Pop. It was good, and it lasted a long time.
Now decades later, my passionate collector nature has me hunting for whatever evidence of these I can find.
The first pieces that I found with references to Pop Bottle Candy were on Topps trading card wrappers – one of the more common pieces you’ll see that reference the confection.
Also in Topps’ Alien non-sport gum card set, they had ads for Pop Bottle Candy on the backs of some of the stickers. Here’s one of them:
I didn’t know if I’d ever find an actual vintage Pop Bottle Candy package, and when I did, it surprised me a bit.
What I found was a proof version of a Pop Bottle Candy cello wrapper. As I’ve documented here on the site, cello wrappers pose unique challenges, and Pop Bottle Candy cello wrappers were no different. They were quickly and brutally destroyed when getting to the candy inside, so finding a proof wrapper was great:
Later I acquired a set of Pop Bottle Candy display box flats, which originally came from the files of a printing company that handled many of Topps products – another unusual bit of Pop Bottle Candy history that might otherwise never turn up:
But even with all of those pieces, I wasn’t ready to do a write-up on this, because I didn’t have a quality image of what the candy really looked like. But that changed this weekend when a collector pal of mine dug up an old Topps promotional sheet for them. Here’s a clip from it, showcasing a rack of Pop Bottle Candy, in all their glory.
That great shot comes courtesy of the dynamite sales sheet below. Not only does it lay out how great the candy is, but it also tells a little about the Saturday Morning Cartoon that would soon be running to support Pop Bottle Candy’s release:
And that’s all for Pop Bottle Candy. This piece is going up much later than my normal daily post, as I was busy with collector-related tasks all-day long. Good ones, too. I’ll share a snippet of that tomorrow.
And heck, there’s even something from today’s work I was doing, that I can add for today’s article. So here it is, a store-bought Pop Bottle Caps pack (scanned in front of a white as well as a black background – can never figure which I like best for pieces like this):