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Wacky Wafers and Bonkers – Making a Comeback

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Wacky Wafers
Remember biting into Wacky Wafersâ„¢ for the first time? Whether it was the banana, green apple, watermelon, orange or strawberry one, you were guaranteed a fruity, chalky, sugary yet tart taste in your mouth that seemed to ease all of your childhood worries. But your adult worries probably got the best of you when Nestle bought out Willy Wonka and the candies were produced nevermore.

Bonkers candy

And what about Bonkers!â„¢? Those chewy, fruity rectangles with the soft fruit-filled centers that came in grape, orange, strawberry, watermelon and chocolate flavors, to name a few. (I, of course, was partial to the chocolate ones.) Manufactured by Nabisco, these treasured nuggets were not quite gum, not quite taffy, but something in between. You could find them just about everywhere in the mid-’80s. But sometime in the mid-’90s the candy disappeared.

Now, wipe away those tears, because here’s the part where I brighten your day. The Wacky Wafersâ„¢ and Bonkers!â„¢ trademarks have recently been purchased by Leaf Brands® LLC. And they’re planning a market relaunch by the end of 2012. So, while, according to those kooky Mayans, the world is about to end, you’ll at least be given one last chance to savor your favorite candies that stir up pleasant childhood memories.

Who is Leaf Brands, you ask? Well, they’re somewhat of a Superhero to those of us in the delightful land of Candy Addict®. They’re the ones responsible for the recent resurrection of Astro Pops® as well as for launching Farts Candyâ„¢ and David’s Signature Beyond Gourmetâ„¢ (review on the way).

Which other candies would you like to see brought back from the dead?

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4 Responses to “Wacky Wafers and Bonkers – Making a Comeback”

  1. 1
    Jonny says:


    You made my WEEK, forget about day! I’ve been thinking of these things for 30 years, I cannot WAIT to try them out.

    Finally…something to look forward to!

  2. 2
    Mary says:

    That’s wonderful! Glad to hear it! :-) I’m sure there will be another post once the candies are in market.

  3. 3
    Barbara says:

    Will have fun sharing these with my teens!
    I would love the Marathon Bar and Hershey’s Bar None to come back.

  4. 4
    Neen says:

    I couldn’t be more thrilled in hearing about the Bonkers comeback!!

    I remember being about 6 years old throwing tantrums to get a pack of Bonkers at the drug store.

    Well now at 28, I will enjoy them once again :D

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