Category Archives: 1950’s
My Year in Collecting: 2017!
While most folks do their 2017 “year in review” type editorials in December or January, mine tend to slip to February and in the case of this year and last, the month of March. Even so, I’m wonderfully-excited to share … Continue reading
Marsettes: Mars’ Mid-Century Answer to Rolo!
Back in 1958, the Mars company introduced a product to the USA market that might sound familiar: It was a roll of caramel-filled drum-shaped chocolate candies, wrapped in gold foil. Mars called this new offering Marsettes, and while their time … Continue reading
My Year in Collecting: 2016!
Though it arrives a little later than I’d planned, today I’m excited to present my 2016 “Year in Collecting” retrospective graphical collage. This is the eighth year in a row that I’ve put one of these together and it’s fun … Continue reading
A Fantastic Vintage Halloween Heide Witch Wrapper!
Back in 2013, I kicked off our Countdown to Halloween with what was, at the time, my favorite vintage Halloween wrapper; one for a Brach’s Chocolate Covered Witch. Today, that Brach’s Witch wrapper is getting some serious competition as I … Continue reading
Brach’s 1953 Fall & Christmas Candy Catalog!
Now that our Halloween coverage for 2015 has ended (so very sad), it’s time to kick into the Fall! And while I like to hold most of my dedicated Christmas coverage until December, I thought today’s content was a perfect … Continue reading
The Pre-Hershey History of Kit Kat USA: Discovered and Uncovered!
Kit Kat’s earliest days are well-recorded. Created in the United Kingdom by the Rowntree company all the way back in 1935 as Rowntree’s Chocolate Crisp (officially branded as Kit Kat in 1937), it would eventually grow to become a worldwide … Continue reading
The (Nearly) Definitive History of Nestle’s Choco’Lite! — Plus: CollectingCandy.com’s Third Anniversary!
Today is special to me as it marks the Third Anniversary of CollectingCandy.com – first launched on February 6th, 2012. And while I wasn’t able to program a week-long anniversary celebration as I did last year, I have endeavored to … Continue reading
The Surprising Candy of Howard Johnson’s!
I’ll often talk about how much I enjoy branded candy packaging that comes from unusual sources like private label or “store brands”. These aren’t your typical Hershey or Mars offerings in that you can only find them at specific retail … Continue reading
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 … Continue reading
Origins of the Sprint Bar – Mars’ Original take on the Kit Kat!
Early last year, I unearthed the story of M&M/Mars 1970’s take on their competitor’s Kit Kat – a chocolate wafer bar dubbed the Snik Snak. But what I didn’t realize at the time was that Mars’ history with a Kit … Continue reading