Cadbury of Canada’s Pokémon Candy – Gotta Collect Them All!

CC_Pokemon Cadbury TITLE PLATE

I wanted to follow-up yesterday’s Digimon post with Cadbury of Canada’s companion release from 2000; their series of Pokémon bars.    Just like the Digimon, these were a licensed release that re-sized and re-branded Cadbury’s standard Caramilk bar, this time with a fun variety of Pokémon collectible wrappers.

I think the first time I ever heard about Nintendo’s Pokémon was when the news came out about the Japanese cartoon and how some of the flashing light special effects used were inducing seizures in children.  It was at once hard to believe and strangely ridiculous to imagine a cartoon having that power.  But other than that news story, I didn’t really know what Pokémon was until later when my friends at Marvel Comics brought them to my attention again.

Around 1998 or 1999, there were a group of Assistant Editors and artists who would challenge each other in the bullpen to all sorts of entertaining illustration games.  One such bit of distraction was performed by Paul Tutrone, who was illustratively turning Marvel staffers into Pokémon characters.  Paul was one of the many fantastic and talented people I had the fortune of working with at Marvel – he could always get me laughing.   Paul even transformed me into a Pokémon during that period — which I thought was pretty cool.   Now back to the candy.

As with the Digimon wrappers I shared yesterday, there is surprisingly nothing that I could find on the internet about the Cadbury Pokémon release.  No images or information at all, which makes today’s post another CollectingCandy.com exclusive premiere!  Woo-hoo!   Once again this was a series of twelve different wrappers – so let’s get to them:

Canada - Cadbury Caramilk - Pokemon - Bulbasaur #01 - chocolate candy wrapper back - 2000

Canada – Cadbury Caramilk – Pokemon – Bulbasaur #01 – chocolate candy wrapper back – 2000

Canada - Cadbury Caramilk - Pokemon - Charmander #04 - chocolate candy wrapper back - 2000

Canada – Cadbury Caramilk – Pokemon – Charmander #04 – chocolate candy wrapper back – 2000

This next one is for a character that appears to be a living piece of Silly Putty:

Canada - Cadbury Caramilk - Pokemon - Ditto #132 - chocolate candy wrapper back - 2000

Canada – Cadbury Caramilk – Pokemon – Ditto #132 – chocolate candy wrapper back – 2000

Canada - Cadbury Caramilk - Pokemon - Eevee #133 - chocolate candy wrapper back - 2000

Canada – Cadbury Caramilk – Pokemon – Eevee #133 – chocolate candy wrapper back – 2000

Canada - Cadbury Caramilk - Pokemon - Jigglypuff #39 - chocolate candy wrapper back - 2000

Canada – Cadbury Caramilk – Pokemon – Jigglypuff #39 – chocolate candy wrapper back – 2000

Canada - Cadbury Caramilk - Pokemon - Marril - chocolate candy wrapper back - 2000

Canada – Cadbury Caramilk – Pokemon – Marril – chocolate candy wrapper back – 2000

Canada - Cadbury Caramilk - Pokemon - Mewtwo #150 - chocolate candy wrapper back - 2000

Canada – Cadbury Caramilk – Pokemon – Mewtwo #150 – chocolate candy wrapper back – 2000

Canada - Cadbury Caramilk - Pokemon - Pikachu #25 - chocolate candy wrapper back - 2000

Canada – Cadbury Caramilk – Pokemon – Pikachu #25 – chocolate candy wrapper back – 2000

Canada - Cadbury Caramilk - Pokemon - Ponyta #77 - chocolate candy wrapper back - 2000

Canada – Cadbury Caramilk – Pokemon – Ponyta #77 – chocolate candy wrapper back – 2000

Canada - Cadbury Caramilk - Pokemon - Psyduck #54 - chocolate candy wrapper back - 2000

Canada – Cadbury Caramilk – Pokemon – Psyduck #54 – chocolate candy wrapper back – 2000

Canada - Cadbury Caramilk - Pokemon - Snorlax #143 - chocolate candy wrapper back - 2000

Canada – Cadbury Caramilk – Pokemon – Snorlax #143 – chocolate candy wrapper back – 2000

Canada - Cadbury Caramilk - Pokemon - Squirtle #07 - chocolate candy wrapper back - 2000

Canada – Cadbury Caramilk – Pokemon – Squirtle #07 – chocolate candy wrapper back – 2000

That’s all twelve of Cadbury’s Pokémon bar wrappers – a complete set.  I hope you’ve enjoyed checking them out.

Oh and one more thing – I always kept the drawings and sketches my friends made for me at Marvel.  Since I mentioned it, I thought I should dig it out to share, so here it is:  Me, Pokémon-ized!

Jason Liebig as Pokemon by Paul Tutrone - 1998

Jason Liebig as Pokemon by Paul Tutrone – 1998

Ha ha!  See you next time!

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+
This entry was posted in Cadbury, Canadian, Chocolate and tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink.

One Response to Cadbury of Canada’s Pokémon Candy – Gotta Collect Them All!

  1. Britty says:

    I was looking up Marill images (as I am a HUGE Marill fanatic) and I had NO idea these really cool candy wrappers ever existed! Oh how I’d love to have a Marill one! I’ll have to keep my eyes peeled for one some day! Thanks for sharing!

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

* Copy This Password *

* Type Or Paste Password Here *

You may use these HTML tags and attributes: <a href="" title=""> <abbr title=""> <acronym title=""> <b> <blockquote cite=""> <cite> <code> <del datetime=""> <em> <i> <q cite=""> <strike> <strong>