I'm hitching my horse to the post today at Willow Manor. She inspired me to get a bunch of little Cracker Jack "toys" out of an old tin and scan them. They're all made from paper. None of the wonderful toys from the 1960s and earlier. These all date from the late 1980s to early 90s. I used to go into Costco and buy a bunch of boxes. Eat the box in about 5 minutes and think "Now why did I do that?"
The toys do not stack up to the wonderful plastic animal toys from long ago. I was at an antique store many years ago and the owner had a bracelet that was packed with hundreds and hundreds of the little gems. I didn't ask her what she wanted. I knew I couldn't afford it. But she didn't know what they were. I wish I'd spoken up and said I'll give you 20 bucks for it. I might have gotten it.
Like I said, Willow at Willow Manor has written nicely about the history of the crunchy salty sweet treat. I haven't had any in a very long time. I wasn't even sure they made it anymore.