Friday, October 17, 2008

The M&M Halloween collection is here!

So here they are in all their various designs & glory- M&M Halloween/ Autumn packaging from this year and one much older from the 80's (bottom left corner). As you can clearly see there are LOT of different designs issued for the same product, and the differences depend on the store they come from. For each major holiday, M&M puts out a "mass market" design for all the grocery and standard stores, but they also have special designs contracted for mega-store Walmart and another set just for Target. You can see them grouped together and clearly tell the differences, it's really quite striking! But inside the product is the same and the M&Ms are all new fall colors- this year is great with orange, purple, black, and green- what they call "New Electrifying" colors and "Cool Ghoul's Mix". Plus there's and "Autumn Mix" of maroon, mustard, and brown tones, in dark chocolate only. I really hope they keep doing all this great packaging, I love to see what they come up with- it's an extra treat with every holiday!

Chocolate Shampoo & Conditioner!

My wonderfully amazing Brazillian friend Adriana brought me these hair products all the way from Brazil! They both contain "theobroma cacao extract", which comes directly from the "chocolate" cacao bean and of course, anything with cacao added must be good for us (in my mind anyway...) So you can see its not nearly as dark or chocolaty looking as the bottles, but it smells yummy and really does clean nicely. LOVE, love, love it- thank you Adriana for this exciting, exotic addition to my blog and collection of choco-products!

Thursday, October 9, 2008

Vintage Red M&M dispenser!

My awesome good friend Linda gave me this adorable vintage red dispenser from 1991- love, love, love it! It still works, just put M&Ms in the door in back, pull the arm, and out they come in his hand! You can tell the vast difference in his character's face from what's on the packaging and tv now- this is back when 2-D animation was the norm, before computer FX made cartoons look so real. I love his innocence and cute face. Thank you Linda- he will be treasured in my collection always!
PS-if you compare this one with the current Red character,it looks like him as a little chubby baby boy M&M,with his sweet innocent babyface-now he looks all adult with an attitude-he grew up just like us :)

NEW- Vintage classic Hershey favorites!

Just found these in a display at CVS, of course had to get all 4! They are a reissue of the original packaging for these bars from waaaay back in the early 1900s and wow are they cool looking or what? This is back when Hershey created the "original 5 cent chocolate bar" and made it affordable to the masses- which in turn made him a very rich man. Of course nowdays the wrapping is plastic, not foil & paper, and unfortunatley if you read the Mr. Goodbar its "made with chocolate" which means it's got cocoa beans in it but has some other cheaper oil in place of cocoa butter. Yes this does affect taste but most consumers won't notice or care (I persoannly cant eat it like that...)Fortunatley they DO still use real cocoa butter for the other items shown! And always will if they are smart enough not to mess with their best sellers formula....