This product is labeled: Christopher Columbus brand Trick Candy.
500th Anniversary Collector's edition.
Looks like candy...but open one up and EEE! VERMIN!
"Hidden inside each wrapper is a quality rubber mouse, bug, spider or snake. This same joke was used during the voyage to the New World to keep the crew amused."
I was involved in the 500 year anti-celebrations of Columbus in San Francisco in 1992. Someone brought me this bizarre "Christopher Columbus" trick candy. It was purchased at Cliff's Hardware on Castro Street in San Francisco.
The manufacturer is still at it: "Accoutrements" in Seattle Washington.
Posted by Hank Chapot