by Darlene Lacey
/$9.95/Trade paperback/Shire Publications
A sweet, nostalgic look back at the fascinating history of candy from the founder of the world's first candy wrapper museum!
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Highlights from the incredible story of Classic Candy.
Some of the most beloved candy often broke new ground in creativity and marketing genius:
- Weird packaging and off-the-wall concepts were among the most successful candy fads. Wacky Packages had candy gum along with stickers that satirized consumer goods. Big Tooth and Chu-Bops were among the most creative and innovative packages for bubble gum- one a giant tooth worn as a necklace and the other mini record album sleeves of actual artists of the day like the Rolling Stones and Pat Benatar.
- Celebrity candy often had strange endorsements: Mr. T's Gold Chain bubble gum, Ozzie and Harriet Almond Joy, The Fonz from Happy Days candy, and a box of candy that featured contestants from The Gong Show!
|1970s Wacky Packages|
- In 1923 Reese's Peanut Butter Cups were introduced as the creation of former Hershey employee, Harry B. Reese who was given permission by Milton Hershey to use Hershey's chocolate in his brilliant confection.
- Frank C. Mars suffered numerous business setbacks until his breakthrough Milky Way bar which became the #1 candy bar in America in the 1920s and was followed by Snickers in 1930 and 3 Musketeers in 1932.
- The Baby Ruth bar was flourishing when released in 1921 and although the public associated it with baseball slugger Babe Ruth, Chicago's Curtiss Candy Company maintained it was named after President Grover Cleveland's daughter and therefore paid no royalties to Babe Ruth or his estate.
Candy conventions changed with the social change of the 20th century:
- One of the most popular and notorious fads in the '50s and '60s was bubble gum and chocolate candy cigarettes which featured very realistic packaging with powdery "puffs" that mimicked real smoking.
- Up until the 1960s some manufacturers produced candy with highly objectionable names like Chocolate Babies, Fu Man Chews, Peppermint Coolies and Pickaninny Peppermints.
- In 1968 the R.L. Albert Company introduced a candy of small chocolate balls loaded in a toy syringe that could be sipped through the syringe's needle. The candy came with groovy slogans such as "I'll Try Anything" until outraged parents successfully lobbied the manufacturer to remove the candy from shelves.
About the Author:
trendsetter in candy wrappers as collectibles, as one of the first to collect and publicly trade candy wrappers, The book and museum have created new candy wrapper and design enthusiasts and demand has pushed auction prices to a record $1500! Of her passion for collecting candy wrappers and teaching about the history of candy she explains, "There's such an imaginative world of candy- crazy and cute little ideas. I'm careful with what I curate. I just love what I buy and try to preserve it." Visit her museum website at: www.CandyWrapperMuseum.com .
About the book:
9780747812432/$9.95/Trade Paperback/Shire Publications
Table of Contents:
Trends and Fads
Places to Visit
All photos credit: Joe Lacey from Classic Candy, Shire Publications
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