The evolution of candy bar wrappers

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Hershey’s bar wrappers have remained pretty consistent over the last century really, but some of the other candy bars in this Candy Bar Wrapper Archive have changed a bit more over time.

If you go take a look at Snickers, for example, they had a complete makeover somewhere between the 1959s and the 1980s….and then beyond that, they’ve changed colors some, but the main name font and styling has been pretty much the same. That’s most likely because candy bars are often bought at the checkout and we reach for what we know….it’d be marketing suicide to re-brand a well-known candy bar wrapper.

Some of the candy bars in the archive I didn’t recognize either. Like “Chicken Dinner” from the mid 1900s that was apparently really popular with the kids and was a reference to Hoover’s promise of  “a chicken in every pot” during the Great Depression. Who knew that kids would get excited by the idea of it. It had nothing to do with chicken, though, and was simply a chocolate covered nut roll.

Eyebombing food – Are inedible eyes okay?

Googly eyes on a sushi roll to look like a snail or caterpillar

Now I’ll be the first to raise my hand if you ask me if it’s okay to play with your food. Of course it is! Change it into silly shapes. Add smiley faces.  Make it look like other objects. Switch the ingredients around into something unexpected. Do whatever you feel like really.

At the same time, I’m a little torn on adding items to food that you can’t actually eat. Yes, it can make it look even more awesome and I’ve definitely done it my fair share of times when when I can’t find something appropriate to use that’s still edible.

It almost feels like cheating at times, though. And it sort of spoils it to have to deconstruct the dish before you can eat it by removing all the parts that are inedible. It’s like having to remove toothpicks from stuffed foods….but even less fun because you immediately kill whatever creation was on the plate and make it less quirky.

Then again, look at this one:

 Eyebombing - Adding eyes to an entire breakfast of milk, eggs, pancakes, syrup, butter, salt, and even little eyes on all of the cheerios cereal bowl

Am I really going to complain that I can’t eat the eyes? No way! It’s too cute!

But I’m definitely not going to bother with that bowl of cereal… ;)

P.S. – Candy eyes are sooo much better for this sort of thing, at least when it comes to sweet dishes. You can buy them at the store or make your own like cookplayexplore does.

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