Author Archives: Darlene Lacey

Darlene Lacey

About Darlene Lacey

Darlene is the author of "Classic Candy: America's Favorite Sweets, 1950-80" and curator of the Candy Wrapper Museum, which is comprised of her personal collection which she began as a teenager in the 70s. The CWM has been featured in numerous TV shows, magazines, newspapers and blogs, and made its art gallery debut in 2010 at the Scion Space's "Palate" show.

Sweet Talk—Trick or Treat! Give Me Something Good to Eat!

Gather round, boys and ghouls, while I share a scary story. There was a dark time in days of yore when nobody gave out Halloween candy. Shocking, but true. Before the 1950s, Americans typically celebrated Halloween by hosting parties with … Continue reading

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Sweet Talk—Back to School with The Candy Wrapper Museum

Here we go again. Just when summer starts revving up, it comes screeching to a cruel stop when school bells ring. Summer is not even over! Neither is the summer heat, but despite the lack of oxygen, one must suddenly … Continue reading

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SWEET TALK—EASTER CANDY OLD AND NEW

Easter Sunday arrives this weekend, thus heralding the last chance to enjoy fresh holiday candy for the year until we manage to make it to October and the extended candy holiday season resumes. Like all holiday candy these days, Easter … Continue reading

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SWEET TALK – 2014 VALENTINE’S DAY TREND REPORT

As the days of our modern world whirl about us, every simple task seems to become more complicated, and Valentine’s Day is no exception. Any simple box of chocolates and flowers once would do, but now the candy shelves are … Continue reading

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SWEET TALK – BAD CANDY SANTAS AND OTHER CHRISTMAS DELIGHTS

Christmas and candy just go together… there are sugar plums, lollipops, peppermints, sticky ribbon candy, and giant light-up candy canes adorning our front lawns. And where there is Christmas candy, that ambassador of good cheer, Santa Claus, cannot be far … Continue reading

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SWEET TALK – THE STORY OF THANKSGIVING… AS TOLD BY CANDY

Thanksgiving is a national holiday celebrated on the fourth Thursday of November in the fine country ofThis day of thanks and reflection harkens back to the early days of the   who, with the help of the Native Americans, survived … Continue reading

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SWEET TALK – FALL SPOOKTACULAR!

Summer is my favorite time of year, so I always reluctantly adjust to fall. I complain about this every year, despite the fact that complaining changes nothing. I’m not saying that summer is perfect; the days can be too hot … Continue reading

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SWEET TALK – ALL THE COOL KIDS ARE HERE

Today we blast back to the 90s with Beverly Hills, 90210 Folder Bubble Gum. The series ran all throughout the decade, and I must admit I never watched it. Looking at the original season one intro, I remember why.

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SWEET TALK – GROOVIN’ WITH GUMBALL MACHINES

Decade after decade, these little machines have stood by doorways, calling for our attention at the supermarket, the drugstore, the liquor store, the mini-mart, the dollar discount store, and the family restaurant. Depending on what year it is, they offer … Continue reading

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SWEET TALK – HUNGRY FOR CANDY, GUYS? GET SOME NUTS!

As I was pondering my next topic for this column, I ran across various mementos from Snickers’ “Get some nuts!” ad campaign launched in Britain in 2006. It featured an ass-kickin’ Mr. T setting the British men straight about issues … Continue reading

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