Years before drink boxes were to be found in children’s school backpacks, the Flexible Packaging division of the H.R. Nicholson company was producing what might be the clearest predecessor to them. In 1975 they created a monster-themed version of their early drinkable confection and called it Monster Tears.
There is no mention of Monster Tears that I could find anywhere on the internet and I have no examples of packaging for them in my collection. The only evidence of their existence that I could dig up at all was the following candy trade magazine ad, from 1975:
From the looks of it, you might imagine Monster Tears to be something akin to a freeze pop that isn’t meant to be frozen. With flavors like Frankish Orange, Vampish Cherry, Wolfish Lemon, and Igosh Grape these were clearly doing their best to invoke some classic monster fun.
Here’s a close-up of the illustration of the single pack from the ad:
While I was old enough to have encountered these, I have no memory of ever seeing them and I certainly don’t ever remember trying one.
And that’s everything I have dug up on the strange and unusual 1970’s treat known as Monster Tears.
Does anyone out there have memories of these? If you do, please leave a comment.
See you next time!!
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Cool ad. Maybe they never made past the samples stage? The ad is pretty blunt – “electric turnover of 1 cent candy item.”
Wow…that’s a blast from my past. My father invented, designed and produced the Monster Tears, as well as a drink called “Super Smack” and freeze pops called “Freeze n Squeeze”. I hadn’t thought about Monster Tears in decades!
Well Dawn I hadn’t either! been a long time ago. Hope Carter and you are well.