Pom Poms have been around at least since the 1940′s, and along with Sugar Babies and Junior Mints, were originally a part of the Welch’s family of candies. By the 1970′s, however, all of the Welch’s candy brands had become a part of Nabisco Confections, and that’s when this parody sticker hit shelves.
Bum Bums is a fine parody, though there’s not as much direct word-play across all the elements of the package. I do especially like the “The candy that’s good to handout” line.
I have a Pom Poms box from the era that is very close to what was used as the basis for Bum Bums, though my box does not have a horizontal line of text in red, so mine might be earlier, or a bit later.
Not long after this, by 1976 or 1977, Pom Poms underwent a significant packaging redesign, so this look was already on the way out by the time it was parodied. Here’s a look at the design that followed:
Pom Poms are still around today, though now they’ve been brought closer together with their long-time sister candies, Junior Mints; Pom Poms are now known as Junior Caramels.
And that’s everything for today’s edition of Wacky Wednesdays. See you back here tomorrow for more fun!