'Lost': Grab an Apollo bar

The third season of Lost is so close, you can practically taste it. In fact, you can taste it — in the form of a complimentary Apollo bar. Below, find the complete press release from “The Apollo Candy Company, a subsidiary of The Hanso Group.” (We’ve redacted the contact phone number until we’re absolutely sure it’s part of the game.) Knowing what you now know, would you willingly bite into any air-dropped, Hatch-stored, Hanso-affiliated foodstuff?

Also, let’s begin a running tally of everyone who’s enjoyed the “out-of-this-world” taste of an Apollo: We can assume Hurley ate one (though I believe we only saw him eat one in a hallucination), and Kate devoured one in a long, very deliberate mini-sequence, shortly after the discovery of the Hatch. Are her horsey hallucinations somehow connected to Apollo consumption? Is the “out-of-this-world” thing a clue to an alien thread? (I sure hope not.) Also: Am I hungry? Yes. Not quite hungry enough to consume edible schwag, but certainly hungry enough to raid the breakroom Swiss Miss box. Back soon…

(See the complete release after the jump…)

August 21, 2006

COMING TO A GALAXY NEAR YOU: “APOLLO BAR,”
THE CHOCOLATE BAR THAT’S OUT OF THIS WORLD

Free Apollo Bars to Be Distributed for a Limited Time
In Select Locations Across the U.S., U.K., Australia And Asia

What once was lost, now is found… Apollo Bar, the scrumptiouschocolate bar developed in the 1960s by M. David Benson, has beenenjoyed by generations of consumers. For those who’ve yet to taste Mr.Benson’s bars, your opportunity to “discover what’s inside” awaits.Beginning Wednesday, August 23, free Apollo Bars will be distributedwhile supplies last in select locations throughout the United States,United Kingdom, Australia and Asia. The Apollo Bar is manufactured anddistributed by the Apollo Candy Company, a subsidiary of The HansoGroup.

“Chocolate has been my life’s passion, and I am thrilled to be ableto share my passion with people all over the world,” said Mr. Benson.“Once people taste my chocolate bar, I think they‘ll be hooked. I’dlike to thank Mr. Alvar Hanso and the good folks at The HansoFoundation for making this possible.”

Mr. Benson, founder of the “Apollo Candy Company,” distributed thefirst Apollo Bars in San Francisco, CA in 1964. The bars grew inpopularity and were circulating across the United States by 1968 beforethe company fell into dire straits in the early seventies. However, dueto the considerable financial intervention of Alvar Hanso, founder ofthe worldwide philanthropic organization, The Hanso Foundation, thecompany was saved from bankruptcy and infused with new life. Today, theApollo Company is alive and well as the private purveyor of chocolatesfor Alvar Hanso and his many companies.

From August 23 through September, the Apollo Candy Company willdistribute free Apollo Bars in cities throughout the U.S., includingNew York, Los Angeles, Washington DC, and Chicago. For a complete listof dates and locations where people can get their free Apollo bar, andfor more information on the Apollo Candy Company, please visit ourwebsite at http://www.apollocandy.com.

For more information on The Hanso Foundation, please visit http://www.thehansofoundation.org.

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  • EP Sato

    Sorry to go OT, but I gotta vent about this. What’s up with everyone saying places in Virginia or Maryland are somehow a part of Washington, DC? Per Apollo’s site, the DC giveaway will be at The Tysons Corner Center Mall. That’s a good 20 minutes outside of DC, and I don’t even think it’s metro accesible. In other words, the event is NOT in DC and is clearly NOT for DC residents, therefore, the ad should say “now in select cities, like Tysons Corner Virginia” not “now in DC”. Totally bunk man.
    So I’d like to ask fellow city residents. New yorkers- Does it bug you when someone says that something’s in NYC, but it turns out the event’s in New Jersey or in Long Island? Chicagoans, does it irk you when an event’s supposed to occur in Chicago, but you have to drive to Highland Park to get to it?

  • the.whispers

    Boone ate a chocolate bar in the pilot. I don’t know if it was Apollo or not. It might be if it was taken from the plane. He offered it to Shannon but she said no. However in one of those endings that show everyone happy Shannon ate some of Boone’s chocolate.

  • The DC Area

    Sorry folks about my fellow DC area resident. We get this all the time. Someone with an inferiority complex about living in DC (they want to be in NYC). DC’s a small city, so we should be happy when anything happens in our area (which includes MD and VA). Quit your bitching, drive the (gasp!) 20 min and get your damn candy bar.
    Now back to your regularly scheduled comments.

  • klo

    i agree EP – as a chicagoan, its ridiculous to think they would say chicago then do this out in the burbs. Its called michigan avenue or the loop Hanso!!!!!!

  • kinglouieXVIII

    Ugggh! All of these pointless tangents are sucking the life out of the show. I sure wish all these faux websites would stop.

  • newbie

    Pretty funny. I haven’t followed the Hanso game at all, I hope that won’t in any way make me lost in Season 3. The posties on this website (myself included) & Lord knows how many other sites have long mentioned the possibility of something funky being in the food drops. I like Scott Brown’s connection between the food and Kate’s horse hallucination, I hadn’t made that link (however didn’t Sawyer see it too?). I also agree w/him that I hope it is all manmade creepiness vs. alien. Jees, looks like I’ve fallen off my no Lost postings wagon!

  • BP

    For all the DC/NOVA readers, I spoke with a Tyson’s Corner representative. They had no idea any of this was going on. So I am wondering do you look out for an Apollo van or what? Shady indeed.
    EP Sato, Tyson’s isn’t directly accessible by Metro, but you can hop on a bus from theMetro and get to the mall in about 5-10 minutes. Stop your whining or stay home. I suspect you won’t stay home.

  • Donna

    I feel sorry for the DC guy who has to drive TWENTY MINUTES to get him an Apollo bar. Ohio is just one of many, many, many states in which it would be impossible to drive twenty minutes, or thirty minutes, or even several hours for a taste of the Hanso Corporation. Think of me on your long, long excursion to the wilds of Tysins Corner Virginia. (And isn’t there a second event actually in DC anyway?)
    Makes me wonder about the testing site, er, giveaway site in Kentucky. What magnetic forcefield, secret scientific workshop, or Hanso crazed robot king drew them to that spot on the globe? Or does somebody just have relatives living nearby?

  • joopiter

    Hmmm… maybe if you eat an Apollo bar you’re stuck on the island forever. Like Persephone eating pomegranate seeds in Hades (if I’m remembering my mythology correctly.)
    I’m thinking that I’m not going to make it to a location to get an Apollo bar, despite my proximity to NYC. Something tells me that’s not a valid excuse to miss a day of work. (Although my boss is a Lostie, so she might actually let it fly…)

  • T&A

    Is it made with Hanso developed Splenda?

  • T&A

    Is it made with Hanso developed Splenda?

  • joopiter

    Just got a Rachel Blake email – http://www.apollocandy.com is definitely in-game.
    RACHEL HERE.
    JUST WANTED TO LET YOU KNOW — THEY’RE AFTER ME…
    BUT, I’M STILL BREATHING.
    I LISTENED TO DJ DAN. I FEEL YOUR SUPPORT. I CAN’T TELL YOU WHAT IT MEANS TO ME.
    YOU’RE DOING GREAT WORK WITH THE SRI LANKA VIDEO. KEEP GOING. FIND THE PIECES. PUT THEM TOGETHER AT http://WWW.HANSOEXPOSED.COM
    BUT THAT’S NOT WHY I’M WRITING.
    THE REASON I’M WRITING IS TO TELL YOU… SOMETHING’S ABOUT TO HAPPEN. PAY ATTENTION. HEAD TO http://WWW.APOLLOCANDY.COM
    TRUST ME.
    THAT’S ALL FOR NOW.

  • David from TLEC

    Thanks Jeff! And thanks for the other thing on behalf of Tapdawg! You’re truly a stand up guy and you went beyond the call of duty on that one!

  • Dazzedelf from TLEC

    You might want to give that phone number to management at Tyson’s Corner in DC because nobody has gotten permission to give bars out there according to them. I called today to get the times that are NOT posted on the website and the malls’ events coordinator had no clue and said if they set up without permission they are OUT.

  • Kathryn Levine Osborne

    I live in Orlando, where Lost’s parent company ABC/Disney has a huge venue conducive to distributing large amounts of propaganda. But do they set up an Apollo giveaway here? No – the fans in Florida are neglected, I suppose. Do the bars contain a golden ticket? Oops, wrong story. I want an Apollo bar!

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