Earlier today, I was out in the back of our property; we have an old garage, an old, rotting pile of wood, and a fire-pit, among other things.  I had a nice fire going in fire-pit; even though the logs are very much to the point of crumbling, they still burn quite nicely.

Our nieces and their mother stopped by the house at one point.  The girls came running out to the back to see the fire.  I tossed another log on.  The nieces kept asking if we have any chocolate bars, graham crackers and marshmallows.  They wanted to make s’mores.

Luckily, unknown to the two of them, Melissa, my wife, was out and about and was bringing back those three different ingredients.

I shifted the red embers to make a nice place to toast marshmallows.  I pulled

the pack of chocolate bars out; Hershey’s Milk Chocolate.  I realized that something was slightly different with the packaging.  I had noticed this before, but it had not really registered.  The bars were wrapped in a plastic film.

Maybe it is because it is November, and as a youngster, November meant deer hunting.  Deer hunting meant staying in Side Lake, MN, traveling to Angora, MN via the Dean Forest road, eating lukewarm beef stew from a Stanley widemouth thermos, and having a Hershey’s bar after the stew.  The Hershey’s bars were packaged with a paper wrapper and under the paper, wrapping the

This lack of foil and paper around the chocolate bar was slightly disturbing; it seemed wrong that Hershey’s would have meddled with such a simple, yet classic packaging.

Upon a little bit of Internet sleuthing, it turns out that Hershey’s discontinued the foil-and-paper in 2003.  Apparently, I have not been paying attention to what is in vogue for candy packaging for nearly the last ten years.  Further reading revealed that by beloved foil and paper wrapper had less than a twenty year run.  Starting in 1984, the foil replaced a white glassine inner paper.  So much for “tradition.”  I was how long the godawful plastic film will be in use before it, too, is replaced with something more obnoxious.

On a tradition + chocolate note, a book I read a couple years ago comes to mind: Chocolate Wars, by Deborah Cadbury.  It is a fascinating look at the capitalistic world of chocolate oligopolies over a 150 year period.