Category Archives: ice lollies

Space 1999 lolly from Lyons Maid – wrapper and television advert! (1976)

Space 1999 was the second live action television production from the fertile imagination of Gerry Anderson. But I don’t want to talk about the show itself – I want to talk about the ice lolly of the show!

Produced by Lyons Maid, the Space 1999 iced lolly was launched in the mid-70’s, and each lolly came with a free card. Here is the wrapper;

and here is one of the cards (there were 25 to collect in total);

Finally, here is the (short but rather splendid) television advert, illustrated by the great Frank Bellamy;

More information on the advert here.

Psychedelic Ice Cream – Kinky & Freak Out (the late Sixties and early Seventies, obviously)

It’s that time of year (the Summer!) – the time when all you want to do is eat frozen lumps of flavoured ice on a wooden stick (and don’t you just hate it when you lick the dry bit of the stick at the bottom by mistake?). Ice Lollies are a reflection of the times – it’s true! For instance, it reflects what is popular in culture, like ‘Bionic’ lollies – you wouldn’t sell many nowadays (except to sad sack nostalgists like me), but in the Seventies – form a queue please boys and girls!

As it was in the Seventies, so it was also in the Sixties. This stupendoulsy of-its-time (around 1968) advert for ‘The Wildest Ice Cream Idea Ever’ is courtesy of Lew Stringers blog

and a good find it is too – because if you were searching for a lolly called ‘Kinky’, then trust me, by putting ‘kinky lolly’ in as a search in Google gets you some fruity results, but they don’t relate to anything made by Walls or Ice Cream (and they are NSFW). I remember Kinky as a sticker on the Tonibell ice cream van window during my early years, but cannot recall eating them (I was more of a Lord Toffingham, Dalek Death Ray or Count Dracula’s Deadly Secret fan). It seems that ‘Kinky’ also transcended its Psychedelic Shack-les and was involved in other promotions, like the chance to win your very own hovercraft (which sounds absolutely incredible – and if anyone out there actually owned one, can you confirm what it was like to have a personal kiddie sized hovercraft please?). Anyway, here is the advert, ‘New’ Kinky nestled in between ‘New’ Jumbo and ‘New’ Sky Ray 3 (these names are so awesome – Sky Ray 3 sounds like a series that Gerry Anderson should have made right after Thunderbirds);

Walls’ competitor, Lyons Maid, also had a hippie / psychedelic rival to ‘Kinky’, although it was released in 1973, namely the troubling ‘Freak Out’ (‘troubling’ as in the name ‘Freak Out’ – like, did they spike Lollies in the UK like they spiked the Kool-Aid in the US???). Anyway, at the rather touching ‘KZWP’ site, we have proof of the fact of a lolly named ‘Freak Out’ in the form of a badge;

Check out the visuals! A few slurps on ‘Freak Out’ and your favourite singer (in this case, clearly modeled on Robert Plant) gets a very fiery complexion, with big waves of colour emanating from his head, as his eyes roll back in his head – or maybe his pupils have just…..disappeared….jesus….i’m freakingout…took too many slurps on that Lyons iced lolly……..

The site describes the lolly itself as ‘A strawberry and lemon ice cream marbled together to form a psychedelic pattern on a stick. Price 5p.‘. See the site for yourself here.

Dalek Death Ray Ice Lolly by Walls (1970s)

Walls loved licensing fictional characters to sell their ice cream in the 1970s (but then again, so did Lyons Maid, who used the Six Million Dollar Man for one of their confections. In the mid 1970s Walls used Doctor Who as its inspiration for a new iced lolly. There were other examples of the BBCs Doctor Who being used to advertise products, like the John Pertwee iteration of the Doctor on chocolate bars, and the thrill of collecting Tom Baker-era Doctor Who cards in packets of Weetabix, but this particular licence from Walls, featuring the classic Who villains the Daleks, is a little bit special. Why? Because the artist behind the illustrations is the renowned Frank Bellamy, a British artist from Northamptonshire who produced outstanding work for Eagle and TV21.

The lolly itself was a chocolate and mint creation, and as chocolate and mint go together very well, it was a good choice. What is a real treat is the detail that went along with the lolly – for more information, I would like to refer you to the following links (see below), as they are excellent resources (especially the Frank Bellamy links).

What a great name for an ice cream. You just cannot imagine anyone daring to call a lolly a ‘death ray’ anymore. Or have it illustrated by a leading comic artist!

Links!!!

http://frankbellamy.blogspot.com/2008/07/frank-bellamy-licks-daleks-into-shape.html – A great feature on Frank Bellamy and his involvement with the ‘Dalek Death Ray’

http://www.frankbellamy.co.uk/notes/walls.htm – Again, another great feature on Frank Bellamy and his involvement with the ‘Dalek Death Ray’ ice cream from Walls

http://www.dalek-mania.co.uk/TOYS50.htm – A site devoted to Daleks and Dalek merchandise – this link takes you to Dalek Death Ray merchandise, but go up one level and a whole glut of Dalek related ephemera awaits…

http://forums.doyouremember.co.uk/food-drink/2990-names-ice-lollies-18.html – the doyouremember forum has some nice pictures of the product (one of which is at the top of this post)

http://forums.doyouremember.co.uk/food-drink/2990-names-ice-lollies-20.html – more ‘Dalek Death Ray’ nostalgia at doyouremember