Sunday, October 31, 2010

Jack in the Box - Haunted House

Happy Halloween!

Here's a fun paper premium from Jack in the Box restaurants in 1971. It's a haunted house. You open the perforated doors and punch-out the character strips and put them behind so you can see the characters through the doors.

We can see early versions of their 1970s mascots on the character strips. There's Jack, of course, along with Small Fry, Hamburger Meister, the Onion Ring Thing, Secret Sauce and the Shakes (Chocolate, Vanilla and Strawberry).

Jack in the Box - 1971

Jack in the Box serves hauntingly good food supernaturally fast!

Sunday, October 24, 2010

Fruit Of The Month - #6: Rascals Candy

Here's my Fruit Of The Month feature for October 2010 -- four fruit friends collectively known as Rascals, as in Rascals candy.

I have this old candy bag from 1989. At the time, Rascals candies were made by Warner-Lambert. These fruit-shaped candy bits were likely intended to compete directly against Willy Wonka's Runts candy.

Rascals Candies - 1989

Here are close-ups of the four mascots -- a Native American styled apple (or is that a cherry?), a punching orange, a silly strawberry and a swimming watermelon.

Rascals Candy Mascot

Rascals Candy Mascot

Rascals Candy Mascot

Rascals Candy Mascot

I don't remember ever eating these, but I did enjoy Willy Wonka Runts, and still do.

Here's an old Rascals commercial at Retro Junk.

Rascals are now made by Concord Confections, and I found a current image this page. The mascots have been changed, but still look like a lot of fun.

If you know more about Rascals, please let me know. I haven't found much else. I'm guessing they were created in the 1980s. We'll have to wait for more information to surface.

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