Candy Boxes & Signs
Candy packaging has been a novelty custom since the 19th century. Packaging candy in colorful boxes and tins were free advertisement to candy companies. Not only were these boxes used to keep the candy fresh, they were reusable which allowed customers to keep them for other uses while continuing to unknowingly promote the candy.
Perhaps the most popular form of candy boxes came in the form of Christmas ornaments and decorations. Arguably the most popular candy containers were shaped like Santa Claus. They were made from paper mache and looked like dolls in appearance. The heads were removable and the body filled with candy, making them reusable for years to come.
Candy signs are also highly collectible. Many were made of paper or cardboard because they were often displayed in ice cream parlors, five and dime stores and tobacco shops. They were hung on the walls to advertise penny candy and other novelty candies to attract the younger audience. Because of their material, these items are not only rare but when found, often times are not in great condition.