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The Long John Silver's chain sells what they call "chicken planks," of approximately Mr. Chicken Plank's shape, so I'm guessing that the supplier thereof is offering a similar product to other eateries.

Hi Nancy,

Mr. Blobby was more than a marshmallow. He was a squeaky, squealing, bizarro-world character on a UK TV show. Despite his pink-and-yellow-polka-dotty appearance, I find him slightly terrifying. You can see him here, if you dare: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NngdWbvpztk

Yep, I just clicked through to the comments to say more or less what hush6 did: Mr Blobby wasn't created as a product brand; the marshmallows (of whose existence I had no idea) would be just an opportunistic spin-off merchandise venture on the back of the popularity of the BBC TV character.
(His initial role was as the instrument of practical jokes against celebrities, who were duped into filming with this clumsy, childlike character supposedly for a new children's TV show, while the actor inside went about deliberately humiliating and exasperating them in various ways. Here he is with the England rugby union captain, for instance: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=I06fRQlJGwQ&feature=related )

Oh, thank you for this link! My dad (now retired) was a commercial artist who specialized in package design. He did several cereal boxes for General Mills and came up with some weird product characters of his own, including the clown on the 1980s Circus Fun cereal box: http://www.flickr.com/photos/somethingretro/6263894793/.

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