Attack of the Zombie Candy – Australia’s Zombie Chews!

Ah… Zombies… what’s not to love?

I’ve been a fan of zombies as long as I can remember.  I think my first exposure to them was through the pages of Starlog magazine (or maybe it was Fangoria) and their coverage of the then-new film by George Romero, Dawn of the Dead.  That film became one of my long-time favorites when I finally saw it a few years later.

These days, zombies are all the rage, and that’s just fine with me, especially when it means we get quality entertainment like AMC’s The Walking Dead.  But how does this tie into CollectingCandy.com, you ask?

Well, zombies have even made their way into the confectionery world (and no, I’m not talking about 30-year old Snickers bars as “zombie” candy).  Though they haven’t made their way to the United Sates just yet, Australia’s Sweetmans company has been producing a line of zombie-inspired treats for a number of  years now.  They are — Zombie Chews!

Australia - Sweetmans - Zombie Chews Mini Fun Size 12-piece bag - 2009

Zombie Chews are a line of sour-taffy like treats, similar to Air Heads or Laffy Taffy, and each flavor has it’s own fun zombie mascot.  When I heard about them, I looked for a way to order them online, but finding none, I called upon my Australian pal, Elli, to help me out – and she did.  Here are a  few wrappers from the batch of fun Zombie Chews she picked up for me:

Australia - Sweetmans - Zombie Chews Sour Cola - fun size - candy wrapper - 2009

Australia - Sweetmans - Zombie Chews Sour Cola - Mega Size - candy wrapper - 2009

Australia - Sweetmans - Zombie Chews Sour Strawberry - fun size - candy wrapper - 2009

Australia - Sweetmans - Zombie Chews Sour Strawberry - Mega Size - candy wrapper - 2009

Australia - Sweetmans - Zombie Chews Sour Grape - fun size - candy wrapper - 2009

Australia - Sweetmans - Zombie Chews Sour Grape - Mega Size - candy wrapper - 2009

Australia - Sweetmans - Zombie Chews Sour Blue Raspberry - fun size - candy wrapper - 2009

I believe that Sweetmans has introduced another flavor (and another zombie) since I picked up these a few years ago, so I’m looking to get the latest assortments, too.  For today, that’s all I’ve got to share on Zombie Chews.

One more bit of fun:  While traveling up to Niagara Falls in October of 2009, on the Canadian side I spotted a super-cool bit of Canadian Halloween packaging for Sour Patch Kids.  Unfortunately I didn’t pick it up, as it was a big multi-box for Halloween, and I was already carrying too much that afternoon.  I regret not getting it when I saw it, but I did snap a photo.  So here’s one that got away from me – Zombie Sour Patch Kids:

Canada - Maynards - Zombie Sour Patch Kids 100-count Halloween box - 2009

About Jason Liebig

A New York City based writer, editor and sometimes actor. After spending much of the 1990′s in the comic book business helping tell the stories of Marvel Comics’ X-Men as series editor, he has since split his time between developing his own entertainment properties while still consulting and working on others. Having been described as “the Indiana Jones of lost and forgotten candy”, Jason is one of the country’s premier candy collectors and historians with his discoveries appearing in countless blogs, magazines, newspaper articles, and books. Always happy to share his knowledge and unique perspectives on this colorful part of our popular culture, Jason has consulted with New York’s Museum of Food and Drink and has also been a featured guest on Food Network’s Heavyweights, France’s M6 Capital, and New York’s TheActionRoom.com. My Google Profile+
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