Andes Mints

Andes Mints

One look at an Andes mint and it becomes clear that this elegant candy isn't marketed towards children. Individually-wrapped in green foil, these luxurious little rectangles of minty chocolate are typically found in upscale restaurants and atop hotel pillows. They almost look too sophisticated to eat, but that hasn't stopped many a curious kid from grabbing a few from the fancy candy dish when nobody was looking. Continue reading...

Ants in the Pants

Ants in the Pants

Few wonders of nature captivate a child quite as much as the insect world, and don't think that this magnetic attraction didn't catch the attention of toy manufacturers. Beating the big boys to the punch was the Schaper Company, who practically cornered the market on bug-based games. One of their most beloved is Ants in the Pants. Continue reading...

Apple Jacks

Apple Jacks

Neither flavored like apples nor shaped like jacks, Apple Jacks is similar to (and to some palettes, indistinguishable from) its more famous Kelloggsian cousin, Froot Loops. The crunchy little orange and green multigrain O's, famous for their sweetened non-apple taste, nevertheless remain a popular breakfast cereal among the all-important "children" group. Continue reading...

Aqua Velva

Aqua Velva

The teenage years are a troublesome time. All a boy wants to do is be found attractive by someone, and success is unlikely if one isn’t smelling their best. But hope could be found in a soothing blue liquid - as males in generations past took a cue from dear old dad and liberally splashed on the unforgettable scent of Aqua Velva. Continue reading...

Army Men

Army Men

Some say it’s hard to keep a good man down. Nothing more true could be said about Army Men: green plastic soldiers fixed to a molded base, which stand defiant in the face of oppression, tyranny, and latent childhood aggression - as they have for over fifty years. Let's take a look back at these valiant toy servicemen from yesteryear. Continue reading...

Astro Pop

Astro Pop

The Space Age was in full swing after World War II. Swift technological progress and widespread economic growth gave birth to a culture in love with rockets, space stations, and dreams of life on the moon. Every kid wanted to be an astronaut, and every week, a new toy or TV show was there to feed that dream.Spangler Candy of Bryan, Ohio, (founded in 1906) met this demand with the snazzy, rocket-shaped Astro Pop. This lollipop, a thin inverted cone of hard candy on stick, suggested a three-stage rocket: a red cherry-flavored lower section, a dark green lime middle, and a long yellow tip of lemon. Continue reading...

Astronaut Food

Astronaut Food

Throughout most of the 20th century, it was no secret that space travel captured the imaginations of just about every tyke in existence. As the 60s arrived and astronauts started venturing out into this vast unknown, one particular area of interest was the food that the space travelers took with them. Realizing some serious marketing potential here, numerous manufacturers decided to give young consumers a taste of what these brave explorers were munching in their zero gravity environment. Continue reading...

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Babes in Toyland

Children of all ages have long held an affinity for the Victor Herbert operetta, Babes in Toyland - which joins the many beloved Mother Goose characters in a musical story that has seen numerous incarnations over the years. Laurel and Hardy starred in the popular 1934 film version and by 1961, the master of family entertainment, Walt Disney, decided he wanted to take the classic for a spin with his own inimitable style. Continue reading...