All the way back in the 1970’s, if a new hot cinnamon candy came out, I was sure to sample it. While Just Born’s Hot Tamales remain my all-time favorite, Donruss’ Bitty Bombs were one of those 1970’s offerings that I remembered fondly through the decades.
Conversely, Bitty Bombs’ fruit-flavored spin-off product Bitty Bites is one I don’t ever remember seeing and would only discover recently as a collector.
Bitty Bombs were sold in sturdy cardboard tubes, with plastic re-closeable flip-top lids. The packaging alone was striking, and likely purposely evocative of a stick of dynamite. The candies themselves were small spheres of hot cinnamon candies, and to my memory they were quite tasty.
Here’s a look at the cardboard tubes for both Bitty Bombs and Bitty Bites:
The Bitty Bites packaging matched that of Bitty Bombs very closely. As I said before, I don’t have any recollection of seeing Bitty Bites when they were on shelves back in the 1970’s – they would come to me after I became a collector.
My first encounter with Bitty Bites at all was when I acquired full display boxes of the grape and cherry variety from another collector pal of mine, Dan Goodsell. He had acquired them years previously in a large candy distributor warehouse find. Being a fan of short-lived and oddball flavor spinoffs of standard brands, I was thrilled to add these to my collection.
The display box art for Bitty Bites sees a slight direction change from that of Bitty Bombs; instead of kids enjoying the product, these reveal a period approach to representing the flavors:
I don’t know if Donruss ever produced Bitty Bites flavors outside of the grape and cherry found here. Though I will occasionally come across a Bitty Bombs candy tube, the only time I’ve ever seen fruit-flavored Bitty Bites are these two display boxes. My guess is that they never saw the success or distribution of their Bitty Bombs parent. Still, they’re a neat bit of Donruss confectionery history, and I’m glad I could share it with you today.
I can’t say definitively, but I believe that Bitty Bombs were produced for a few years, from the late 1970’s possibly into the early 1980’s. There was at least one variation of package style for Bitty Bombs, one that had text read vertically on the tube, as opposed to the horizontal style shown above. When I get a photo of one of those tubes, I’ll make sure to include it in this spot.
And that’s all for today. See you next time!