- Written by Walter Walter
If you can remember back to the 1970s, where Dr. Weird Web still thinks he is, you'll know that many things have changed since then. Pet Rocks came and went. Disco came and went. Bell bottoms came and went. But even through all those changes and the assorted fashion and social changes, candy has stayed a societal constant. Sure, some preferences migrated from chocolate and mint to sour balls and cinnamon. But the desire for something (usually sweet) to enjoy as a guilty pleasure has continued through it all.
Darlene Lacey didn't know what she was getting herself in back then. Here she tells her story to "The Chocolate Cult" Blog:
When I was a teenager, I was impressed by some older friends’ collections of beer bottles from around the world. I thought the idea of collecting and displaying them for their artistic qualities was quite interesting. I wanted to do something like this, but I was too young (and too broke!) to collect beer bottles, so I decided to start keeping something I bought all the time, candy wrappers. However, I didn’t want to just create a catalog of everything out there; I wanted to only collect wrappers that I thought had some interest or merit. Therefore, I came up with the concept to collect with an eye toward artistic merit, humor (as in “What were they thinking!”), and nostalgia. I aimed to collect not only the “icons” of the industry, but also the oddball candies that quickly came and left the shelves.
Needless to say, wrappers from the 1920s to the present day make for a weird collection. And because it only exists on the Internet, it is certainly a place you'll want to visit.