Though Valentine’s Day is a holiday intimately intertwined with the idea of roses and heart-shaped boxes of chocolates, it’s not my top holiday for candy collecting. Perhaps next to the monster-adorned packaging for Halloween, or the Santa-&-Snowmen bounty of Christmas, a bunch of hearts and pink wrappers don’t compare. Maybe it’s just me.
But being low on my list, doesn’t mean it’s off the list entirely. So here are a scatter-shot of images and pieces from my collection with a Valentine’s connection.
Here’s what might be the coolest Valentine-related piece that’s ever passed through my collection.
Here’s something a bit more edgy, from the folks at Topps.
Next up, a pair of more traditional Valentine’s packaging. These two “Wink ‘n Kiss” boxes have illustrations of young girls with lenticular face features, that show their eyes blinking depending on how you move the box.
I do have a few more contemporary pieces to share. The first is from my Japanese Kit Kat collection. I’ll be doing a larger story on the Japanese Kit Kat phenomenon soon.
That’s it for the actual candy pieces. I’m rounding out today’s coverage of Valentine’s candy with a few trade ads and other vintage candy imagery.
Leading off, I’ve got a shot that showcases the 1994 V-Day offerings from Willy Wonka. I’d be thrilled to find any of these. Check out those Gobstopper Heartbreakers!
I’m wrapping up today with a shot of an early 90′s Jelly Belly Valentine mix. Hope everyone out there has a great Valentine’s Day!