Introduction / Americana / Classic Chocolate / Classic Sweets / Classic Celebrities / Trends and Fads / Classic Holidays / Further Reading / Places to Visit / Index
Darlene Lacey began collecting candy wrappers in the 1970s. The goal of her collection was to create the Candy Wrapper Museum, where wrappers could be enjoyed as art, nostalgia, and humor. Over the decades, thousands of pieces were collected for the museum, and it is now one of the most complete and significant collections of American candy (www.candywrappermuseum.co.uk). It has drawn hundreds of thousands of visitors and has been featured in such media as the Food Network's 'Unwrapped', the Chicago Tribune, Smithsonian Magazine, and LA Beat among others. A freelance writer, editor, and script adaptor, Lacey also writes about candy and culture in a column for thelosangelesbeat.com.
"This charming little book is filled with fabulous vintage ads and fun facts, For example -- getting back to Good and Plenty -- did you know that it was first produced in 1893 by the Quaker City Chocolate and Confectionery Company? And that it's the oldest brand-name candy in the US? I had no idea. You'll enjoy looking back at your favorites, too." --Kitsch and Retro "A yummy and nostalgic history of American candy... highlights candy fads and trends, some of which only appeared in short production and others that are still available today...More than 150 kinds of classic candy grace the pages, with beautiful full-color photos that make the mouth water." --Deseret News