Chip Packet Collector

Chip Packet Collection

Chip Packet Collectors are as rare today as some of the packets them self. I think that I’m one of the only people with such a huge collection in Australia, let me know if you also have a good collection, perhaps we could swap? When the packets changed from the old plastic style like these packs pictured on shelf below, to a foil packaging for both potato & corn chips, I started to collect the packets I ate rather than throw them out.

Burger Rings, Chickadees & Super Crunch Twisties. This lot I happened to find  under the house I live at when I had to dig some dirt,  buried under there was some rubbish dated 70’s – 90’s.
It’s obvious then that these packs take some time to break down, so get under your house if its from a bygone era, and see if you have some old chip packets or lolly wrappers strewn or buried, I would be keen to buy them from you, or they are are great keepsake for yourself !!

I pressed the packs in a folder and just kept collecting them, the vibrant colors and designs were ‘out there’ with some interesting animated characters on the front, such as Marvel Hereos, Star Wars, Batman, Austin Powers, Simpsons, etc,  appeared on the front of these, so as they cost nothing to collect I kept them cause normally this is something people are quick to throw away.

This was the 90’s, the period where the whole Tazo phenomenon happened, so there is heaps of Tazos labelled packets within this site >> Tazo Albums and Tazo Fan Club  is a great page fro Tazo Stuff and see below for other links.

One photograph shows when each packet got washed with mild soap to get remnants of salt, oil & flavouring that could and will eventually destroy these graphics. When they hung out to dry they really made for some unusual photos! Once I’d finished washing and drying the hundreds of packets, I have laid them out and photographed each one of them for you to see…. more chip links below.

Brand Names I have in the collection are varioud, TwistiesSamboyCC’s,  Freers,  Lites,  Colvan, Cheetos,  Cheezels, Kangas, Viva, Ruffles, Jacks, by companies like Arnott’s , Viva, Frito-Lay, APD, Smiths Snack Foods, Snack Brands Australia.

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The snack food companies in Australia all have similar names now which can be confusing, here is a break up of it for you.

Snack Brands Australia (SBA) is 100% Australian, and successfully a huge competitor  to Pepsico, an American company with a subsidiary established in Australia named The Smith’s Snackfood Company…. SBA started in Australia, August 1998,  Snack Foods Limited being the parent company.

Smith’s Snackfood Company, was bought out by Frito-Lay, producer of salty snack foods in Australia (which is a subsidiary of PepsiCo,) Frito-Lay agreed with the ACCC to divest a range of brands to make sure unfair trading practices didn’t happen from a monopoly stronghold..
Those brands included; Cheezels, CC’s, Thins & Tasty Jacks (once owned by Arnotts), and Australia’s favorite, Samboy, and I believe Kettle was in that agreement too.

Campbell Arnott’s sold Arnott’s Snackfoods In April 2008 to The Real McCoy Snackfood Co. , securing Snack Brands Australia with the popular Samboy chip, re-released after a short spell of not being available, it returned to Australian shelves prompted by requests from social media and the like.

Page First Published on: Nov 9, 2013 @ 14:05

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  1. Pete

    Pete - May 10, 2013 at 2:09 pm

    I noticed recently that since I’ve posted a Twisties chip packet with Marvel Heros for sale.. and I’ve bought a few, that now other sellers are auctioning them on E-Bay. Is this a new phenomena?

    • Pete

      Pete - December 22, 2015 at 4:20 pm

      Two years later…there has been some chip packets sell for around $30 on ebay, some even more… The Tazo era ones with Featured animations sell for around $7 – $20.. The interest in them and desire to collect is increasing… I’ve bought a few more in the past 2 years also..can’t help myself! I also still collect the ones I consume, remembering to grab the limited edition ones… I wish they would bring back some interesting packets…hint hint! Seasons greetings everyone!

  2. Leanne - June 8, 2014 at 6:13 pm

    Hi Peter, great site,

    I was just wondering if you can help me with a “chip” memory. Like Chickadees there was another snack we had in primary school (Late 1960’s)
    Both the snacks had stickers like “Quick Draw Mcgraw”, Yacky Doodle etc. inside but I think this one was more BBQ flavored???? It is driving me “NUTS” – thanks Leanne

    • Pete

      Pete - June 14, 2014 at 5:51 pm

      G’day Leanne, thanks for posting! Now you have my brain racking….
      Names that come up are Boob Toobs (bacon) , Fonzies (cheese), Pacman (cheese)…
      Any other clues? Colour of pack, were they around a while?
      memories are flooding back and I think I know which ones but not the name… leave it with me.

      • Leanne - June 16, 2014 at 6:00 am

        Thanks Pete – I can remember having them when I was in grade 5 or 6 so around 1972-3 – we were only allowed a lunch order on a Friday and walked from the primary school to the milk bar.
        I also remember when it was considered “cool” to eat Jelly Crystals” out of the box and buy enormous and I mean enormous carrots from the milk bar – happy memories!!

        • Pete

          Pete - June 16, 2014 at 6:13 am

          Same, we were only allowed to buy from the canteen on Fridays, a lunch order.
          A lady from the local milk bar used to drive into the school car park and sell lollies and stuff out of the back of her car….amongst it was these chips you are thinking of. Jelly crystals, Yes I remember my friends got into that…I wasnt that impressed! LOL ..thanks for your input Leanne!

      • Pauline - June 11, 2015 at 5:41 pm

        I remember a couple of snack foods like, “UFO’S” & “Something to munch on” There was also Samboy Gold Potato Chips, where the jingle was “Arnotts Chips will give you a good crunch in the mouth” then people would break a potato chip on their forehead. We also had Stix, Potato Straws, & ,Razz, Snips, Sunny Boy & Smurf ice blocks, I miss the 70’s

        • Pete

          Pete - June 12, 2015 at 4:12 pm

          “Something to Munch On”, great name, never heard of them.
          Yes, I’ve used that slogan on this site, “A good Crunch in the Mouth”!
          When you think it’s only processed potato or corn they certainly go all guns with the advertising!
          Those brands you mentioned made my mouth water! Enjoy and thanks for visiting.

  3. Leanne Caddy - June 16, 2014 at 10:10 pm

    Hi again Pete, I just also wanted to mention that E Bay is brilliant for finding pictures of old memories, toys, books, 60’s, 70’s etc. memorabilia, I even found a picture of fabric with Ballerinas on it that was the same as my bedroom curtains when I was about 5 – crazy that people STILL have these items.

    I have been putting together a Word Document (now 120+ pages long) with pics of all my old memories. So much fun to look back on. Have a great day, regards Leanne

  4. Leanne - June 22, 2014 at 10:31 am

    Pete your are so onto it……. Indians with feathers WOW that is sounding so familiar – LOVE YOU TO PIECES…. you have no idea how something so stupid has been annoying me…. keep up the great memories, it is great.

    • Pete

      Pete - June 24, 2014 at 8:30 am

      Leanne, I was sitting quietly and this window of opp for this flashback was brief, but that is what I saw in my minds eye … I havent given up yet.
      We’re they called “Stix”, “Snax”, “Chix”, that sound keeps going around in my head. ?

  5. KEN

    KEN - July 7, 2015 at 2:35 pm

    Hi Pete,
    When I was a little kid in the late 60’s or more like the early 70’s there was a snack food called ‘HAPPY SNAX’ inside each packet was a small sticker of a Hanna Barbera character like Yogi Bear or Fred Flintstone. They were just loose (from memory) and would be greasy and covered in chip dust (msg?). I even remember getting an Easter Show bag once that had an uncut sheet of the stickers in it. Anyway, I was obsessed with these as a kid -along with cereal toys – and while I’ve managed to complete full sets of cereal toys – I’ve never come across any of these stickers – like ever. I do however have a set of the Twisties Jungle Book cards from around ’69 ( I think). Anyway, do you know what I’m talking about and have you ever seen any in your travels? Cheers,
    KEN

    • Leanne

      Leanne - August 4, 2015 at 10:42 am

      Hi Ken, yes they did have those little stickers inside – my girlfriend thinks she still has one. Hapy Snax still isn’t quite ringing the right bells though – I thought the different flavours had different names? At least I know others remember them too, so thanks heaps 🙂

  6. KEN

    KEN - August 4, 2015 at 11:19 am

    Would LOVE to see a pic of the sticker if your girlfiend can find it Leanne.

  7. Barry

    Barry - April 2, 2016 at 1:00 am

    Dunno if you are old enough but trying to find out what happened to HAPPY SNAX from the 70s used to be sold as small packets from pools or school canteens if you were lucky. Had an Indian on the pack crossed legged in front of his tee pee -mostly white pack -used to cost about 5c

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