8 unbelievable kids products from the psychedelic '60s and '70s
The psychedelic era expanded well beyond the realm of rock & roll. Kaleidoscopic colors and impressionist art bled their way into fashion, graphic design, product design and children's television. In the late '60s and early '70s, psychedelic artists like John Alcorn were drawing 7-UP ads while Sid and Marty Krofft sent kids to Living Island every Saturday on H.R. Pufnstuf.
The trippy, hippie vibes carried over into candy and toys, too. Here are some products aimed at youth in the psychedelic era that demonstrate times were not always so innocent decades ago.
Perhaps no candy is more notorious than Albert's Hippy Sippy, a 1968 confection modeled after a hypodermic needle. A button was attached to the thin tip, branded with sayings like "I’ll Try Anything" and "We Sell Happiness." It's no wonder public officials immediately called for a ban on the Japanese import. Today, these rare packages sell for over $100 on eBay.
Leaf manufactured these jawbreakers with "Syko-Centers." How long did it take to get to the center of the Syko-Delic ball? Probably the length of Pink Floyd's Piper at the Gates of Dawn.
Space Dust Sizzling Candy
General Foods launched its wildly successful Pop Rocks in 1976. Not long after, perhaps inspired by the spate of science-fiction films, the candy manufacturer smashed the treat up into a powder and branded it Space Dust. Perhaps due to its similarity to angel dust, the name was later changed to Cosmic Candy.
With a name that brought to mind hickeys, these coloring sticks from Dri Mark proclaimed, "Twelve new romantic, subtle shades to help you express your innermost feelings."
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Back in the day, politicians got up in a huff about "Puff, The Magic Dragon," calling for the innocent song to be banned, so it's a wonder this General Mills cereal didn't cause an uproar upon its release in 1974. The purple talking hat, covered in cosmic symbols, looks like something straight out of Sid and Marty Krofft's Lidsville, their strangest program in a catalog of wonderfully strange programs.