Archive for the ‘Hershey Company, The’ Category

Candy manufacturers go to great lengths to come up with catchy names for their products. Cases in point: Whatchamacallit, Goo Goo Clusters, Abba-Zaba, and Cherry Mash.

For this week’s Candy.com contest, submit the wackiest existing or retired candy brand name that comes to mind. (No making up wacky candy names … although that could be a good contest down the road. Butterfinger was the result of a public contest held by the candy bar’s original manufacturer, the Curtiss Candy Company.)

Everyone who leaves a comment after this post or on Facebook will be entered to win a dozen Wonka Scrumdiddlyumtious bars (sorry, this name’s off limits).

We’ll announce our Scrumdiddlyumtious winner this Friday, so stay tuned!

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If you grew up in the 1980s, you must watch this commercial  …

Don’t you love the Walkmans/headsets and the woman carrying a generic jar of peanut butter down the street—just because? Things were so much simpler back then.

If this commercial were shot today, the guy would be reading The New York Times on his iPad while unfurling a Hershey’s bar from a plastic wrapper, and not the silver foil (remember the shiny silver foil?).

The girl would be juggling her Blackberry and Starbucks cup, while trying to pull out a packet of Justin’s Almond Butter from her laptop bag.

The two would bump into each other, and either A: Not notice, B: Agree to text or follow on Facebook, or C: Sue for bodily harm.

Taking you further down memory lane, here’s a vintage ad that’s racking up thousands of views on YouTube …

For the record, Tootsie Roll Industries, stands by its age-old answer on how many licks it takes to get to the center of a Tootsie Pop. On the company’s FAQ page, I found this statement: “It depends on a variety of factors such as the size of your mouth, the amount of saliva, etc. Basically, the world may never know.”

Last stop down the lane today: “candy too good for kids.” I never understood the rationale behind promoting a candy as too good for kids. When I was a kid, I didn’t want to even try Toffifay because I thought it must taste yucky if it’s not made for kids. Obviously, the reverse psychology didn’t work on me.

What’s your favorite candy commercial from when you were a kid?

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Several months years ago when I was a freshman in college, I had a roommate who loved to eat stale yellow Peeps (only yellow and stale to the point of crumbly).

A few weeks ago, I found out that a family friend likes M&M’s after they’ve been microwaved for 30 seconds. My husband, on the other hand, freezes Snickers for super crunchy cold snacking.

Last night, my neighbor confessed that she adores Starburst fruit chews, but has an aversion to the red ones, which are my all-time favorite.

That said, I have a theory that most every candy lover has a “candy quirk” (i.e., you only like the edges of a Reese’s Peanut Butter Cup; you eat the sides of a Milky Way bar first; you only eat the blue M&M’s in the candy dish, etc.).

Prove my theory true by sharing your peculiar candy consumption habit (keep it G-rated or it will be tossed).

Everyone who leaves a comment after this post will be entered to win a $25 shopping spree at Candy.com.

See, it finally pays to love candy and have a quirk (or two).

Peeps photo credit: Tboard/Flickr

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It’s audience participation day here at Candy.com.

We want to know, “What discontinued candy brands would you like to see revived?” (Think PB Max, Summit Bar, Hershey’s BarNone, etc.)

I personally want to see the Marathon Bar* make a comeback, and not as a protein bar.  You know, the long, braided caramel bar covered in chocolate from the 1970s that left a trail of chocolate crumbs when you ate it? (If you’re not 30-something yet, you missed a good mess.)

Win Free Candy!
Everyone who replies to this call for candy casualties on Facebook/CandyDotCom or the Candy.com blog will be entered into a drawing to win 30 full-sized classic candy bars, including Kit Kats, Reese’s Peanut Butter Cups, Hershey’s Milk Chocolate, and Hershey’s Milk Chocolate With Almonds. Yum!

From your feedback, I’ll occasionally channel Colombo and find out whatever happened to a particular candy and report my findings here. Stay tuned.

I wonder if Lt. Columbo ever ate a Marathon Bar?

*See CandyBlog’s I Miss: Marathon post for great historical information on the original Marathon Bar.

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