Oberpfaffendorfer made their special cocoa available only during the Christmas season. According to the company’s archives, distributors were required to send unsold packages back on December 26th. If there were any left that is.
It’s easy to see how it went so fast. With its strong robust flavor and its dark, rich chocolate, it must have seemed just the thing for Santa’s elves at the North Pole, let alone folks at home. Of course, it didn’t hurt that advertisers encouraged consumers to serve the cocoa in a huge bowl. No wonder there was never any left after Christmas.
You can keep this reproduction of the original 1912 “Cocoalicious – 25-Hour Blend” ad up all year round; there aren’t any rules now.
Who couldn’t use a bowl of cocoa so strong (and delicious), especially on a Monday morning?
Year: Reproduced in 2012 from 1912 original
Material: Giclée print
Paper: Hahnemühle museum quality acid-free paper
Size: 26.7 x 33.0 cm (10.5 x 13 in)
Image Size: 20.32 x 28.6 cm (8 x 11.25 in)
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Founded in the early 1900s, Oberpfaffendorfer is a family-run company manufacturing packaged foods. With roots in German-speaking Switzerland, the company is as known for its family loyalty as it is for its packaged “comfort food.” Oberpfaffendorfer fully embraced the frozen food market in the 1950s, and some of its popular products include Neptune Nibblets and its Croquettes. The company slogan, “We’re a mouthful!” plays on the company’s difficult-to-pronounce name, as well as its reputation for hearty food.
Monday, Aug 18, 2014
by Ned Wazowski
The refreshing fruit that takes you right back to childhood.
Summer means many things: warm days, bar-b-ques outside and watermelon! In fact, I’d argue that the refreshing fruit is practically mandatory at picnics everywhere.
As humans, we’ve certainly been enjoying watermelon as a summertime treat since way back to ancient Egypt. Watermelon seeds were even found with the goods stored with King Tut – who certainly knew what he should bring for a refreshing snack on the other side.
Today you can find watermelons in a variety of colors, from green rinds with stripes or spots to flesh ranging from dark red even yellow. China is the world’s largest producer of watermelons, but for the priciest ones, you’ll have to go to Japan.
In Japan you can find cubic watermelons which are grown in special cube-shaped forms to give the fruit square edges. The watermelon cubes allow the fruit to be stacked and shipped more easily, and make it easier to fit into a smaller refrigerator. It all makes perfect sense, but it will set you back at least 80 bucks.
That’s not the most expensive watermelon, however. The most paid for a watermelon was over six thousand dollars at an auction in Japan. Now that’s one fruit where you’re not going to spit the seeds. Instead you’ll want to carefully collect each one and save ‘em for the kids’ college fund!
Seed-spitting contests have always struck me as odd, anyway. Don’t Moms spend a lot of energy to get kids not to spit? Then the next thing you know, it’s summertime and Mom’s organizing a spitting contest for the family reunion. How were we supposed to get in fighting shape for the contest if she always tells us to knock it off the rest of the year?
Whether you spit the seeds or just go for the seedless variety, enjoy some watermelon this summer and let it take you back. You’ll be glad you did.