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Follies of the Madmen #232

Existential candybars, as only David Cronenberg could direct it.

For more weirdness, try his new novel.

Posted By: Paul | Date: Tue Oct 21, 2014 | Comments (6)
Category: Business, Advertising, Products, Surrealism, Candy, 1990's


Hot pepper gummies! Are you brave enough to try these fiery hot candies?
Posted By: patty | Date: Sat Aug 09, 2014 | Comments (6)
Category: Candy

Follies of the Madmen #217


Maybe I tend to overthink things. But I confess I am baffled by the situation depicted in this ad.

1) Assume the girl in blue is a child, not an adult. Let's call her 8-10 years old.

2) The thing in her lap could be a doll.

a) But if it is a doll, its eyes are directed at the cookie, and it's reaching for it. It is not drawn to resemble an artificial thing. It is drawn as real as the girl.

3) The thing in her lap could be another living child.

a) But the only living child bearing that proportion to a ten-year-old would be, oh, what, a six-month-old baby? And what six-month-old baby ever looked like that?

Alternate explanation.

The girl in blue is an adult woman, the creature in her lap is a midget, and the whole thing is a fetish setup.

Please provide other theories, if possible!

Original ad here.
Posted By: Paul | Date: Wed Mar 05, 2014 | Comments (14)
Category: Business, Advertising, Comics, Candy, 1940's

Charley Says

In this dangerous world, God help all kids who don't have a child-sized cat friend with feline Tourette's Syndrome.

So popular, they have been collected on DVD.

Not to be confused with this other "Charlie says!"

Posted By: Paul | Date: Wed Feb 27, 2013 | Comments (10)
Category: Anthropomorphism, Death, Disasters, PSA's, Advertising, Candy, Cats, Europe

Candy and Women

Two WU essentials in one song!
Posted By: Paul | Date: Wed Sep 26, 2012 | Comments (9)
Category: Music, Candy, 1940's, Women

Nutritional Advice from BOYS’ LIFE



Posted By: Paul | Date: Sun Sep 09, 2012 | Comments (17)
Category: Magazines, Candy, Chocolate, Junk Food, Nutrition, 1930's, 1940's

Daffy Over Taffy

"Something makes me wistful when I got a fistful."

More info here.
Posted By: Paul | Date: Sun Aug 05, 2012 | Comments (3)
Category: Humor, Surrealism, Candy, 1930's

The Overly Sexual Easter Bunny

Maybe they were trying to appeal to the furry-fetish segment of the Easter candy market.

(via Sociological Images)
Posted By: Alex | Date: Tue Apr 10, 2012 | Comments (9)
Category: Candy

Chicken Dinner Candy

According to the Candy Professor, Chicken Dinner Candy Bars were introduced by the Sperry Candy Company of Milwaukee in 1923. They soon became one of the best selling candy bars of their day. Despite the name, they had nothing to do with chicken or dinner. The bar was a chocolate-covered nut roll. (Sounds pretty good!)

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Wikipedia claims the name was a reference to President Herbert Hoover's promise of a "chicken in every pot." But that can't be right if the bars were introduced in 1923. The Candy Professor argues that the name was just an advertising gimmick to get people's attention.

Wikipedia also says that early TV commercials for Chicken Dinner Candy had a jingle that went, "Chick - Chick - Chick - Chick - Chicken Dinner" -- in the cadence of a rooster crowing.

The image of the Chicken Candy advertisement comes from an eBay auction. The seller wants $175 for the vintage cardboard advertisement, which seems a lot, though perhaps not if that's the kind of thing you collect.
Posted By: Alex | Date: Wed Jan 04, 2012 | Comments (4)
Category: Food, Candy

Russian Twix Commercial

Twix from Igor Kozhevnikov on Vimeo.

Posted By: Paul | Date: Fri Feb 11, 2011 | Comments (3)
Category: Business, Advertising, Products, Candy, Russia
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