The Goonies had a candy bar?!?

One of the fun things about candy history, and about product packaging more broadly, is that it’s something that isn’t very well documented.  For me, that means I get to become a bit of a pop-culture archeologist, hunting for things and revealing things that a lot of folks don’t remember, or never even knew existed.  There isn’t too much primary research being done in the realm of pop culture, but with candy packaging and candy history, there is.

For years over on Flickr, I’ve been endeavoring to track down items and share high-quality images of things that you couldn’t see anywhere else, and I’m continuing to do that in a different, more-focused way here on this site.

Today is one of those special days where I get to reveal a piece of pop culture ephemera (and confectionery packaging history) to the world that most folks have never seen.

If you remember Steven Spielberg’s The Goonies, you may remember that the character Chunk befriends Sloth, partially through sharing a Baby Ruth with him.

These guys love their Baby Ruths!

When the film was released in 1985, Nabisco Brands was the company that owned the Baby Ruth and Butterfinger brands.  Nabisco had acquired the brands of the Curtiss company some years earlier, though years later they would pass to Nestle.  Most Goonies fans are well aware of the Baby Ruth connection to the film.  What most fans probably don’t know is that after the film came out, Nabisco’s Canadian arm released a Goonies licensed candy bar, and it’s a cool one.

It might seem hard to believe, but I have the wrapper and I’m going to share it with you right now:

Canada - Nabisco - The Goonies - candy bar wrapper - 1985

Canada – Nabisco – The Goonies – candy bar wrapper – 1985

It’s a strikingly beautiful wrapper that captures the search-for-buried-treasure element of the film.  It also features Sloth, rather than any of the human characters (maybe they couldn’t get or afford the rights to any of the other actors’ likenesses – I’m not sure).

I honestly don’t know any historical details about this bar, other than what the wrapper itself reveals.  Until recently, I’d never heard a thing about the existence of this one, and from what I can tell there is not a single mention of it anywhere on the internet, not even a whisper or a distant recollection.  With most oddball forgotten candy products, you can at least find a forum post with someone talking about them, but not so with The Goonies candy bar.

This is one of those lost gems of the confectionery world, as well as of Goonies history.

For now, we can at least be certain that it did exist.  It is lost no longer, and Goonies fans can begin to wonder why this one never made it to their corner store.

Do any of my Canadian readers remember this one?  Or anyone else for that matter?  If you do, please let us know by leaving a comment.

This is everything I’ve got on The Goonies candy bar.  I figure this is enough for today.  I hope seeing this one blew some of your minds, as much as it did mine.  See you back here tomorrow!

One last thing – I was told it would be enjoyable if I could include this in some way, so here is the Truffle Shuffle, as only Jeff Cohen (aka Chunk) could bring us:

 

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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9 Responses to The Goonies had a candy bar?!?

  1. Dan says:

    Never heard of this. I’ve got a Gremlins candy bar. It was a special bar made for the movie theatre concession.

  2. Shawn Robare says:

    Jason, not only did my mind just blow up, but I fell out of my chair too. Holy Crap! This kind of find, and the fact that you so readily and excitedly share it is the definition of why I started a website. I think I’ve mentioned in the past that your flickr account is one of my big influences in terms of getting me to start digging through old magazines and share my memories and finds with the internet, but if I haven’t let me rectify that and say thanks again!

    That’s the same Sloth artwork from the Topps sticker card puzzle backs, and also used on one of the wrappers from that set. I think it’s even better than using the kids since that Baby Ruth scene is so integral to Sloth and Chunk’s bonding. Man, I love this wrapper!

    • Mick says:

      And what a good thing too, that they’d gotten the packaging just right. Cause once they added Sloth’s likeness, they never stopped making these things.

      y’know, Cyndi Lauper eventually crosses my mind, without fail, whenever I think of this movie. Wonder if the licensing came down to the two of them: hmm, Sloth? or Cyndi?

  3. Sarah says:

    It would make sense, but that’s interesting that there’s no mention of it anywhere. I love seeing how much I looked like Chunk at that age…not now though…I didn’t grow up to be a man :-)

  4. Wow! Being such a huge Goonies fan an all, this made my day!!! One really cool, yet frustrating thing is how other countries get different packaging and even premiums and toys that we do in the States. Always fun to see what we miss out on. Thanks for sharing!

  5. rusVan says:

    I have a Goonies 25th Aniversary Chocolate Candy bar. :)

  6. Kris says:

    I remember eating lots of these. The bar was predominately marshmallow. It had nuts and was coated in chocolate. One of my favorite bars of all time. Too bad it didn’t last long:(

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