The Return of Mike and Ike Cotton Candy and Root Beer Float Flavors!

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It’s been an exciting month in the world of candy already and the fun keeps on rolling as today I get to share the news that Mike and Ike Cotton Candy and Root Beer Float flavors are returning!   Not seen on shelves for over a decade, these past favorites follow on the heels of Just Born’s previous relaunches of the Lem and Mel and Cherry and Bub flavors back in 2012.  I’ve got a tasty bit of history on these two to share, so make the jump to check it out!

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For Snowpocalypse 2015 – Snowman Wrappers!

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Yesterday, the northeast United States braced for what threatened to be an unprecedented belting of snow and wind.  Here in New York City traffic was halted, mass transit was suspended, schools were closed and grocery stores were raided by consumers prepping for “Snowpocalpyse” 2015.  And while New York City’s weather arrived with more of a whimper than a roar, some areas still got hit pretty hard.

To mark this occasion I thought it would be fun to feature a few Snowman wrappers from my collection.  After all, what makes a snow day more fun than a festive snowman?  Make the jump to check them out.

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A Remarkable Wrapper Array for Wonka’s Randoms Gummies!

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Nestle-Wonka introduced their Randoms gummies product to the USA marketplace early last year.  The concept was simple and appealing: the shapes and assortment of the gummy candies in each package would be “random” creating an “endless gummy variety”.   If you’ve tried them, you’ve probably noted the truth in that claim – there really are a quite a variety of gummy shapes you can find in a package of  Wonka Randoms.

But what you may not have noticed is that Wonka decided to have a little extra fun with this “endless variety” concept, because instead of a single package design, they’ve released a variety.   Each version of Wonka Randoms packages features images of different gummy candies on it.  Make the jump to check them out!

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The History and Triumphant Return of Crispy M&M’s!


After vanishing from American store shelves for the last decade, Mars has brought Crispy M&M’s back from the grave.  I first spotted their newly-minted bright green packages a month ago and by now they should be available across the country.

The return of a long-discontinued product is quite the confectionery occasion and one I wanted to acknowledge and herald here on the site.  But more than simply celebrating their return, I’ll be taking a look at the history and global scope of M&M’s Crispy through the various packages I have in my collection.  It’s colorful journey, so make the jump to check it out!

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Merry Christmas with Vintage Santa Claus Wrappers!

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For those out there that celebrate it; Merry Christmas!  And for everyone else, Happy Holidays and end-of-year wishes from!

My main priority this week has been my friends and family so I haven’t had much time to devote to creating new posts, but I did want to get one more fun holiday piece done for today.  With that in mind, I thought I’d bring together a selection of vintage wrappers featuring the secular star of Christmas, Santa Claus.  Make the jump to check them out!

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Christmas Countdown: M&M’s 2012 Holiday Packs!

CC_M&M Holiday Packs TITLE PLATE WIP3Back in 2011-2012, M&M/Mars expanded their seasonal M&M’s offerings by adding holiday releases in standard-sized packs.  Since that time, I’ve covered their Candy Corn M&M’s, M&M’s Holiday Mints, and even an array of twelve different Easter packages.

While Candy Corn M&M’s have returned each year since their introduction, the other standard-sized holiday packs appear to have been retired, though M&M/Mars did release a pair of cool Christmas theater boxes last year.   Since I didn’t cover the regular Christmas-themed packs during their initial release, I wanted to do so today.  It’s an impressive variety with twelve different festive packages to see.  So make the jump to check out M&M’s holiday-themed packs from 2012!

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Christmas Countdown: Early 90’s Hershey Bar Holiday Wrappers!

CC_Hersheys Christmas chocolate bars from the early 90's TITLE PLATEHershey bars are probably the most consistent confectionery offering to come out of the United States, especially with regard to their wrapper design.  For nearly a century, a Hershey bar meant a brown paper wrapper with a silver block letter logo.  And that’s still how a Hershey bar appears today.  Because of that, it’s not easy to get too excited about Hershey bar wrappers from years’ past – as much as we might love them, they all kind of look the same.  In spite of that, today I’m looking back at some unusually festive wrappers that Hershey paired with their classic milk chocolate and milk chocolate with almonds bars back in the early 1990’s.  Make the jump to check them out.

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Vintage-Style Just Born Candy Box Holiday Ornaments – New for 2014!

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After a day of holiday travel, I’m back to my native midwestern home of Nebraska and spending time with family and loved ones.  While I’m here, I want to continue to share some of the neat Christmas candy goodness I’ve got brewing.

Today’s topic is a really cool one as it was completely unexpected, but totally in my area of interest and enthusiasm.  This year, the Kurt S. Adler company of New York teamed up with Just Born to create a beautiful set of three holiday ornaments based on vintage Just Born candy boxes.  Make the jump to check them out!

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Christmas Countdown: New Nestle Crunch Peanuts for 2014!

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Kicking off our Christmas Countdown today, I’ll be showcasing the return of the Peanuts gang to some mainstream confectionery holiday offerings.

I should mention that the Peanuts characters have already been featured on a series of seasonal releases from Russell Stovers – a fact I highlighted during the Christmas season last year.  But this is the first time that the characters have appeared with one of the bigger confectionery brands in some time.  So make the jump to check out the Peanuts gang’s Nestle Crunch holiday celebration!

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A Frappé For Friday – Welch’s Frappé, That Is!


Over the years, I’ve received all sorts of e-mails quizzing me about the identity of some nearly forgotten candy or requesting images of a fondly missed favorite chocolate bar.  It’s a fun challenge and incredibly satisfying when I’ve been able to provide an answer (or picture) to those inquiries.

One chocolate bar that I’ve been asked about a number of times is the Welch’s Frappé.   It’s a brand I have no personal memories of as it mostly predates me, but for those that do remember it, it clearly left a big impression.  Though it’s taken years of searching, I’ve finally assembled a historic look back at the brand which I’m excited to unveil today.  So make the jump to check out the classic Welch’s Frappé!

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