Wacky Wednesdays – Gadzooka Sugarmess!

Today’s edition of Wacky Wednesdays covers another entry from 1975’s Wacky Packages Series 14 – Gadzooka Sugarmess Bubble Gum.

One of the many of Topps’ own products that were parodied during the run of the 1970’s Wacky Packages, the product parodied was Bazooka Sugarless Gum.

Here’s a closer look at the original sticker:

Wacky Packages Series 14 1975 – Sugarmess

The lack of a character might make this one of the less-popular Wacky Package stickers, but I’ve always dug it.  I think I just like the design of the original product, which they matched up very well here.

I hunted for quite a while to find a wrapper for one of these, and I finally found one early last year.  It was in stellar condition and even better, as it was an unopened pack.   It’s clear that this is the exact package style that was used to base the parody off of:

Topps Bazooka Sugarless Bubble Gum package – 1972

I love the highlighted text on the reverse “does not contain cyclamates”, as it really places this into historical perspective.

And that’s all for today’s edition of Wacky Wednesdays.  It’s 97 degrees here today – a good day to be inside the A/C writing about candy.  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+
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