The blog is overdue for a vintage spotlight post!
This time around I have chosen Banana Marshmallow, a vintage biggy Lip Smacker that perfectly captures the amazing delicious-to-unique ratio the old flavors perfected so long ago.
I know I say this probably 99% of the time but this really is one of the all-time best! Look at that brown font and unrelenting yellow tube! Oh and the necklace hook on the bottom that so many smackers of that era had 😀 It really highlights the design aesthetic of the time.
Also props to Bonne Bell on the scent, because even though marshmallow tends to be one of their weaker flavors (in that it loses hold of its scent pretty quick) this decades old smacker smells like it rolled off the factory line yesterday– in fact scent-wise it actually leans more in marshmallow’s favor.
I know it’s only August but you can bet Bonne Bell already have something up their sleeve for the upcoming holiday collections…this is definitely a worthy bring-back contender 😀
i am so glad to see this post because THIS is on my top 3 list of flavors i need back. get rid of my cinnamon sugar if you must but do not mess with me on this flavor bonne bell lol.
but really i remember it vividly and it is the perfect wintertime flavor. where’s the petition? lmao
Haha I love you, you say what we’re all thinking! 🙂 This is a must to bring back, I really hope that if we don’t see it this Christmas we will get it next year. It’s just one of those flavors that needs to reappear.
This flavor IS amazing and NEEDS to be brought back with this same original formula. Not one thing needs to be changed about it! I love that the marshmallow overpowers the banana, as most banana flavors usually power the flavor. So lucky to have one of these, love this flavor- so unique and scrumptious. If this makes a comeback I will be buying many backups.
I wonder when they made this flavor if they had a circus peanut in mind?
Yes that’s exactly it, and I think you are onto something with the circus peanut comparison. It’s the perfect balance of flavors. It might just be me, but I feel that their older marshmallow formula (90s and earlier) was stronger.
You post the neatest pictures and describe everything so accurately and in great detail. It’s also very nice that you have good grammar too, because most bloggers don’t care, and therefore it becomes difficult to read other blogs, so thank you for that. 🙂
Banana Marshmallow sounds yummy! Totally seems like a flavor you’d want to bring with you to a trip to the lake during the summer or something! I would totally love to try this any time!! 🙂
Keep posting, girl!!
Aw thanks girl, you’re the best!
Wow, this a flavor I never knew they made. I love when you post vintage Lip Smackers because even though I’ve been collecting Lip Smackers for well over 15 years, there are some I’ve missed or some that were before my time.
It’s so true though, sometimes just when I think I have an idea of how many were made, another one pops up out of nowhere that I had no idea about!
Stumbled across your blog randomly when searching for the Peanut Butter and Grape Jelly smackers, and am proud to say I have read every entry! I use Bonne Bell’s products religiously and I do not think they get enough recognition despite their great history and consistent formula.
Thanks for the in depth look, you have a new fan.
Hi Alishya, thanks for reading & commenting. I think a lot of people find the blog through pb & jelly. What do you think your favorite flavors are?
I’m so happy to have found it! PB&Jelly for sure, along with Dr Pepper (of course), regular Banana, and Star Fruit. Their fruit balms are excellent!
Good taste, I’m a huge fan of all of those. Dr Pepper is my go-to and I think Banana and Starfruit are tied. I might prefer the fruit stuff slightly more as well though it’s hard to say!
WOW! I remember buying this flavor at the Bonne Bell makeup counter in the winter of 1976. I remember it well: as a guy, it took me a while to get up the nerve to hit the “ladies perfume counters” in the department store, and my friends never forgot to remind me of this fact for a while! Back then, everybody used these – but not all of us wore them around our necks. This would be the best flavor Bonne Belle ever produced. Thanks for the great pics, too.
I found your site doing a websearch for Bonnie Bell 70’s big lipsmackers.
I purchased my 3 favorite flavors, Banana-marshmallow, Peach and Watermelon in the very large fat tubes that had a rope necklace. They were my skating party flavors at the roller rink. Many decades ago and the memories they bring back!!!
I wish I could purchase these flavors again but I can’t find them. I know the big fat stick isn’t made anymore. If anybody knows where I can purchase the 3 particular flavors I’d love to hear from you.. I love this blog and any petition for banana marshmallow let me know .. I am sure that many loved this gem.
My Raspberry Chocolate was pink coloured. And delicious. And I am beyond bummed that it is no longer being made. I had no idea there was a Strawberry Chocolate. Really wish they’d make both again!
I had a biggy banana, just straight-up banana – no marshmallow, that I recall fondly. Kudos to you for having the foresight to save it!