For decades the company Beich’s, also known as Bike’s, was one of the larger confectioners on the candy landscape. Among many long-running products, they produced Laffy Taffy, which is still produced today by the Nestle company under their Wonka brand. But for decades one of their seasonal mainstays was their classic Beich’s Santa Claus candy.
I’ve got two different versions of the Santa Claus Candy wrapper in my collection; a cellophane example from the 1970’s and an earlier wax paper type wrapper. Here they are:
There were other Christmas shapes and themes utilized by Beich’s in their seasonal lineups, as you can see in the following vintage trade ads:
I’d love to find one of those Snow Man or Reindeer wrappers, but thus far I’ve never come across any.
Last up is a trade ad from 1963, featuring a decidedly of-the-era attempt to get the attention of candy salesmen:
Here’s a close-up of the main packaging designs for 1963 – note the alternate version of Santa:
For decades Beich’s provided wonderful Christmas-themed candies to the masses. These days there’s not much left of what Beich’s was from way back then, aside from Laffy Taffy. Still, Laffy Taffy does bring out the Christmas cheer from time-to-time, too:
So that’s everything for today’s edition of the CollectingCandy.com Christmas Countdown. I hope you enjoyed it and I’ll see you next time!
I’ve never seen these candies or anything by the Paul F. Beich/Bike confectioner. The only Beich in candy I’ve ever known was the Kathryn Beich charity raising candy bars we sold in school. Any relation?
And as for that trade ad? Hootchie MAMA!!!!