Wacky Wednesdays – Pop Recks!

It’s hard to believe it’s already August – the summer is really flying along.  Yes, it’s August 1st and it’s also Wednesday, so we get to bring you another edition of Wacky Wednesdays!

Today’s subject comes from Wacky Packages Old School Series 3 (released earlier this year) and its parody of the 1970’s classic Pop Rocks.  It’s Pop Recks!

Though Pop Rocks are still around, when they were first introduced in the mid-1970’s, they were a cultural phenomenon.  So it’s great that after all these years, Pop Rocks finally received the Wacky Packages treatment.  [Note: For those not aware, Wacky Packages Old School is a new series that parodies vintage products in their vintage packaging.]

Here’s a look at the sticker:

Wacky Packages Old School 3 – Pop Recks – 2012

The gag of the sticker plays to the obvious here, that Pop Rocks are the “exploding candy”.  Painted by Dave Gross, it’s another fun one, with the parody packaging true to the iconic original and the inclusion a Wacky character interacting with the product.

Here’s a matching example of 1970’s Pop Rocks packaging:

Pop Rocks – Cherry Flavor 20-cent pack – General Foods – 1970’s

It’s clear that this is the exact package version parodied because of the inclusion of the “20” from the 20-cent price as the “20 explosions” on the parody.  Pretty neat!

And that’s all for today’s edition of Wacky Wednesdays.  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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