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Do Ice Breakers Pacs Look Like Drug Paraphernalia?

At this year's All Candy Expo, Hershey's released a new product called Ice Breakers Pacs. The pacs are two strips of dissolvable mint strips with powdered sweetener — orange or cool mint — sandwiched between. The strips are heat-sealed and dissolve on your tongue.

Sound cool? Well the Philadelphia police don't think so. Philadelphia Police Chief Inspector William Blackburn said that it, "glorifies the drug trade." In fact, they believe that the pacs look nearly identical to heat-sealed bags used to sell crack, heroin and cocaine.

I must admit I didn't think much of it until I saw the powder spilling out of one of the pacs. Now it's too obvious to deny. However, the folks at Hershey's say that it's not intended to simulate anything and that each pac is stamped with the ice breakers logo.

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ddene5713 ddene5713 9 years
um. i agree with the whole "cocaine" thing... if the drink wasn't removed b/c of the name alone, then why should it be a big deal these are sold. um... they have powdered candy in vial's for crying out loud. ummm... noone has been ripping those off the shelves and getting huffy. i can carry a bag of sugar around in a ziploc bag and would that be controversial? probably. but c'mon.
ThePerfectScore ThePerfectScore 9 years
Oh people are too critical....... I say put a disclaimer on the package and sell em!
Food Food 9 years
veside - d'oh! that's what i get for writing at 3:18 in the morning...
veside veside 9 years
Or maybe PARAPHERNALIA?...Spellcheck, please! LOL
jsknutson jsknutson 9 years
Could it be used to introduce the drug to the unsuspecting? Kids? Why would any manufactuer want to produce a product that looks remotely like any form of an illegal substance. You also cannot tell me that they didn't know. With all the focus groups and product testing they do, this was bound to come up. Of course, we do live in a society that glorifies the drug culture anyway. I'm no prude or hard-nose, but I do think this is a really bad idea.
Can we say over sensitive? That's a lot like having the Cocaine energy drink removed from shelves because it has the same name as a drug. Don't be stupid, people do have brains that often times know the difference between drugs and energy drinks/ candy. And, if they don't, or their parents fail to teach them the difference, maybe they deserve to be fooled...
ufshutterbabe ufshutterbabe 9 years
After a recent bust of 16 lbs of marijuana from a wealthy neighborhood near Philly, William Blackburn also made the claim that this drug was so potent that it was "putting people in the emergency room with overdoses." (It is impossible to overdose on pot, and a survey of local hospitals confirmed that there had been no overdoses) Blackburn's misdirected focus on ridiculous matters such as these are doing nothing to help the communities that are actually affected by serious drug problems. I wonder how few people actually looked at those mints, noticed the 'similarities' and thought "hey, drugs are cool" before Blackburn made such a stink about it.
silver4 silver4 9 years
Hahaha this is crazy. I live in Baltimore... so basically if you look on the sidewalk, you will see collections of tiny bags, often with "brand" imprints, like crowns or skull-and-crossbones. But they really don't look like this candy at all; among other things, they're all "zip-lock" type bags with resealable openings..
sugarbecky sugarbecky 9 years
I'm also in the "never seen crack" boat, but I'd have to say it's just candy!! Don't the police have more important things to do than worry about Ice Breakers?
cbgmick cbgmick 9 years
I am so old, it took me a while to figure out why someone would think these looked like drug paraphanalia. I remember the candy cigarettes from youth (don't see these out there anymore), but I do still see the big league chew gum, which I think is pretty bad
abbyk abbyk 9 years
makes sense to me. why make them so similar? plus they look sick anyway.
aimeeb aimeeb 9 years
What the...
PartyBarbie PartyBarbie 9 years
Strange.. I would never look at candy and think of crack. Silly me.
issarocks issarocks 9 years
glorifies the drug trade??? what the heck
Lovely_1 Lovely_1 9 years
I don't really think that these look like drugs...yea, not at all. Haha I think it's pretty silly too...people are WAY too tight-assed sometimes!
fashion_lover fashion_lover 9 years
maybe i just dont' know enough about it, but sounds silly to me. it's mints.
ilanac13 ilanac13 9 years
i'm not sure what the exact comparison would be - but you know, sometimes a pack is just a pack. i can understand why people would draw the same conclusion about similarities - but not everything has 2's just a pac
kia kia 9 years
I also have not handled packages of crack, cocaine, or heroin so don't have first-hand knowledge of how similar they are. I read one of the articles about this and the law enforcement rep was going on and on about the possibilities of how these could be used to confuse police. All I thought was that the professionals were giving drug dealers a bunch of ideas of how to misuse this product.
wambalus wambalus 9 years
I don't think it's nearly as bad as the chewing gum they package to look like chewing tobacco. And, not having seen many heat-sealed bags of crack, I can't really tell if it looks similar or not.
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