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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

Electrified Lunch Box


Wonder why this never caught on...?

Original article here. (Scroll up one page.)
Posted By: Paul | Date: Mon Nov 21, 2011 | Comments (3)
Category: Food, Inventions, Stupidity, 1940's

The Colonel’s Secret Manuscript

Who is the original foodie? It may be Colonel Sanders. His secret food memoir has been discovered three decades after his death.


Kept locked in the vault next to the secret recipe of "11 herbs and spices", the food chain plans to release this typewritten food journal online next year.

Here's a link:

Any speculations on which recipes will be our new favorites?

It's really hard not to insert a road-kill comment here. Or another bacony suggestion.

Bon Appetit!!
Posted By: gdanea | Date: Mon Nov 14, 2011 | Comments (2)
Category: Food

Follies of the Mad Men #166

Ye Olde Colonial Hepcats. And that's "James Madison Avenue" to you!

Wait for second spot after the fadeout.
Posted By: Paul | Date: Sat Nov 12, 2011 | Comments (2)
Category: Business, Advertising, Products, Food, 1950's, Eighteenth Century

Sigalit Landau

S. Landau "DeadSee" by maneb40

This is the nude artist swimming in the Dead Sea with several bushels of watermelons.

Warning: minor artistic nudity a few pixels wide.

Artist's home page.
Posted By: Paul | Date: Fri Nov 04, 2011 | Comments (4)
Category: Art, Performance Art, Body, Food, Oceans and Maritime Pursuits

Johnson Smith Catalog Item #11

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Do you know why jokes and pranks like these don't fly any more? Because nobody gives a damn about playing their proper role these days. I'm not even going to mention the old lady with impossible neck and sadistic habits. But just look at that hobo! His hat has the classic open-can-lid top. He's wearing a Victoria Cross medal, cravat and vest. Note how carefully he cradles his cane on his arm. Note how delicately he takes the fake biscuit, with pinky finger upraised. The magnificent scowl when he bites the rubber biscuit! You'd consider your twelve cents well spent!

Now imagine giving a "surprise biscuit" to the modern incoherent and sloppily dressed drug addict sitting on the sidewalk outside your local liquor store. He'd be too out-of-it to even register the prank. If he did, he'd just grunt and toss the surprise biscuit one side, frustrating your enjoyment of your purchase.

We live in a sad age of decline.

From the 1930s catalogue.

Insane German Yogurt Ad

Trust me: you want to watch this one in full-screen mode.
Posted By: Paul | Date: Fri Oct 21, 2011 | Comments (3)
Category: Business, Advertising, Products, Food, Europe

World Porridge-making Championship

The video is from last year. Meet the 2011 winner here.
Posted By: Paul | Date: Mon Oct 10, 2011 | Comments (3)
Category: Contests, Races and Other Competitions, Food, Europe

New Starving Muppet

Couldn't Cookie Monster just share!?!

Article here.
Posted By: Paul | Date: Thu Oct 06, 2011 | Comments (3)
Category: Food, Puppets and Automatons, Television

Wasabi Smoke Alarm

Posted By: Paul | Date: Tue Oct 04, 2011 | Comments (4)
Category: Food, Inventions, Asia
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