QCCBWIA

Quasi Comprehensive Candy Bar Wrapper Image Archive

Frequently Asked Questions


Why?

One faithful afternoon in July of 1995 my urge for a snack and my tendency to get bored joined forces and my first wrapper was scanned, the Snickers® bar. (The scanner was still quite new, and its novelty had not yet worn off). The Snickers floated around on my page for approximately a week when I decided to adorn a second page with a recently eaten Twix® wrapper. When I added my third bar, the BabyRuth®, I realized on was on to something big.

Since I've been "surfin' de net" I've always had an admiration for "useless web pages". Getting on such a list, I felt, would be my ticket to web stardom. I ran into a problem, however, when I realized that I just wasn't innovative enough to create a cool interactive page or one of them nifty "web-cams" which are now a dime a dozen.

Without any other ideas I decided to start eating more candy bars and create this candy bar wrapper "archive". I hope you appreciate my weight gain and enjoy the page.

Do you accept requests?

I have no problem with people requesting wrappers they would like to see added to the collection. However, chances are it would have been added long ago if only it was sold in this area. Requests give me an idea of what isn't found is this area, but it probably won't get the wrapper on the page any sooner.

If there is a wrapper missing that you would like to see, please read the next section.

Do you accept donations?

If you would like to send me a wrapper I've got a couple guidelines1

Try to extrude the contents in such a manner the wrapper is damaged as little as possible.
(The front or "face" of the wrapper is obviously the most important part)

  • If the wrapper is a box, open both ends and flatten, or disassemble to the extent necessary to flatten.
  • If the wrapper is a foil or foil/paper wrapper (such as Kit-Kat® or Hershey® bar):
    1. Try to reconstruct the wrapper to it's 3-dimensionaly glory. (I've always been good at offering people empty Kit-Kat's, Hershey bars, Ande's Mints etc., so this easy for me)
    2. Place book (or similar object) on top of the wrapper and gently crush/flatten the wrapper.
  • If the wrapper is of the impenetrable sealed plastic variety: Use scissors to cut open from back (preserve the front).

Place in standard envelope or whatever, apply proper postage, and mail to:

Bradley Kent
4018 E 45th Pl
Tulsa, OK 74135

1:   These are only guidelines, Beggars can't be choosers

Whatever happened to the such and such bar I remember?

I'm not a candybar historian but in phases I tend to get a lot of questions wondering whatever happened to a specific candy bar. My current most asked about candy bar is the Marathon Bar

Here is what I know about the Marathon bar.

  • Flat, foot-long chocolate covered caramel twist bar
  • Very chewy (many commented on lossing baby teeth to this bar)
  • Red-orange wrapper with distinctive yellow lettering and a yellow ruler printed along the top edge on the back (10 inches?).
  • The slogan was "Marathon...lasts a good looooooonnnng time."
  • Slogan crooned by a cowboy-type, Marathon John, played by none other than the Duke's son, Patrick Wayne.
  • Manufactured by M&M/Mars.
  • Manufactured from August 1973 to October 1981, and discontinued due to slow sales.

Where did you get all these wrappers?

The wrappers which I've collected personally were obtained from vending-machines, super-market check-out lines, convenient stores, and the occasional drug-store. I can't say where the wrappers sent to me came from, but I would imagine they came from the same type of places, only in Europe, Singapore, Canada, and other places I've never been.

What wrappers are "fair game" to be included in the archive?

  • Any chocolate bar or candy that contains chocolate.
  • Candies made by a primarily chocolate producing company (i.e. Skittles from M&M/Mars and Hershey's TasteTations™)
  • Any candy coming from a large, widely distributed, non-chocolate candy co. (such as Willy Wonka & Just Born).
  • No obscure candies. I'll deal with obscure when that's all that's left. Right now I'm focusing on stuff that most everyone has heard of, seen, or eaten.
  • I don't consider a wrapper with a big contest/promotion displayed all over it any different from it's non-contest variety. (I prefer a non-promotion wrapper specimen; I don't get a second wrapper for something I've already got because a new promotion has slightly changed the wrappers appearance)
  • No Gum - I'll leave this GumCollector.com.

Have you eaten everything in the Archive?

I've eaten the contents of all but a few of the wrappers. If I bought it, I ate it.

M&M/Mars My common "m&m's" questions

Do you know if M&M/Mars has a HomePage?
http://www.mars.com/global/brands/chocolate.aspx
What do the ms stand for in "m&m's"?
Forrest Mars and Bruce Murrie.
How do they get the m on "m&m's"?

A special conveyor belt moves the pieces along, each in its own little indentation, past rubber etch rollers that gently touch each candy, printing that distinctive "m" on its shell.

"m&m's" Web Page

Pretty simpleton answer but it answers the question.

How many "m&m's" do they produce
2.6 million of them an hour according to their site. If they keep this capacity up 24 hours a day 7 days a week, I don't know.
Do you know the what the color distribution is?
Usually asked by math teachers, but this is information we all need to know.
"m&m's" Color Percentages (taken from the "m&m's" Site - since removed)
Brown Yellow Red Green Orange Blue
Plain 302020101010
Peanut 202010101030
Peanut Butter 20201020030
Almond 20201020030

What's with the pink color scheme?

When I put this page together I was going for a cotton candy color, sort of representing sugar, candy, and all things sweet. However I get many comments (most notably: "Pepto Bismol pink") and questions about it, so I thought I'd try and clarify it.

You mean this page has actually won awards?

Yes, although it was an honor just to be nominated.

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