Celebrating World UFO Day – CollectingCandy-style!

Breaker Confections – Sunmark – U.F.O. Candy container – 1978

This week is a week of celebrations, and one in which I’ve oddly been a day late to acknowledge them.   Yesterday was World U.F.O. Day, a day where people are encouraged to search the skies for unidentified flying objects.  So today will be the day we celebrate  with UFO-related candy packaging.

Today’s title image is one of my all-time favorites and a UFO candy container I distinctly remember enjoying during my own youth.  Breaker’s UFO Candy is a classic, and after Breaker/Sunmark became a part of the Wonka family, it would be ressurrected in a small way with Tart N Tiny’s Flying Saucers:

Wonka Tart n Tinys Flying Saucers candy container – 1995 – Courtesy Dan Goodsell

It’s a theme that is a recurring one with candy.  During a trip to the UK last year, I picked up this awesome little UFO-related package:

UK – Perfetti Van Melle – Fruit-tella UFO’s – candy package – November 2011

I’m going to round-out with a series of UFO and alien invasion related gum pack wrappers, which I believe date back to the late 1970’s.  They might be from the 1980’s, but I don’t think so.  Since there is no English text for me to grab hold of, I don’t know what they say – if anyone can decipher who made these and what they’re called, please leave a comment – I’d love to know.

These remind me a small bit of Topps old Mars Attacks trading card set… but I’ll leave it to you to decide what you think of them:

Japan-maybe – UFO-invasion gum pack wrapper – 1970’s 1980’s

Japan-maybe – UFO-invasion gum pack wrapper 2 – 1970’s 1980’s

Japan-maybe – UFO-invasion gum pack wrapper 3 – 1970’s 1980’s

Japan-maybe – UFO-invasion gum pack wrapper 4 – 1970’s 1980’s

Japan-maybe – UFO-invasion gum pack wrapper 5 – 1970’s 1980’s

Japan-maybe – UFO-invasion gum pack wrapper 6 – 1970’s 1980’s

Japan-maybe – UFO-invasion gum pack wrapper 7 – 1970’s 1980’s

Japan-maybe – UFO-invasion gum pack wrapper 8 – 1970’s 1980’s

Those are all of the outer pack wrappers I have for this line.  I also have a series of what I believe were the paper wrappers that came wrapped around each stick of gum inside these packs.  I’m not 100% sure these should be paired up, but since I found them together, I’m assuming that’s the case.

Japan-maybe – UFO-invasion gum inner stick wrappers – 1970’s 1980’s

And that’s everything for our celebration of World UFO Day.

Tomorrow is July 4th, and here in the United States it’s our Independence Day.  That’s a big holiday for us here, and because of that, I’ll be replacing our normal Wacky Wednesdays entry with something that will showcase some great patriotic candy packaging.  See you then.

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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2 Responses to Celebrating World UFO Day – CollectingCandy-style!

  1. Tom says:

    I vaguely recall UFO candies. I was always interested in the candies that came in special containers. You ate the candy, then you still had a toy to play with! I don’t recall what they tasted like. Being from Sunmark, I would venture some kind of sweet tart.

  2. JB says:

    Even though we’re the same age you have a much better memory of candy from the 70s/80s, but now I’m starting to remember a lot more. Had the UFO candy & of course I remember the container a lot more than the candy itself. Keep up the good work.

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