Today on the tray: Cracker Jack

Cracker Jack packageApril 6 is National Caramel Popcorn Day.

“There’s something exhilarating about salty, crunchy popcorn that’s been coated with sweet, amber caramel. Maybe that’s why a particular brand of the stuff is a mainstay at ballpark concession stands across America,” writes CD Kitchen—referring, I’m sure, to Cracker Jack.

Cracker Jack commercial
“What have you got there, little boy?” Man reaches for sleeping boy’s Cracker Jacks in creepy commercial.

This Cracker Jack commercial from 1965 just screams pedophilia, as the strange man furtively reaches over towards the sleeping child to grab his… Cracker Jacks. Or maybe he’s going for the boy’s toy surprise. Seriously, I can’t imagine that they would ever make this commercial today. (I don’t mean to cast any aspersions on the actor, Jack Gilford, whom you might recognize from Cocoon.)

Vintage Cracker Jack commercial (1965)


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