Something different to chew on today campers! Friend o'the Archive Lonnie Cummins unearthed an interesting bit o'Bazooka history last month over at eBay. The item in question is not something I had really seen before and was known as Bazooka Bits:
The Bits persisted for a couple more years, rebranded as Presto and Gumniks:
I never saw any of those either as a kid and I was on the lookout for this stuff! Our local ice cream truck carried a wide line of Topps products but not these. They still look pretty tasty to me!
(UPDATE 7/18/22 - Friend o'the Archive Mark Newgarden advises these were spotted on Staten Island around the time of the original retail issue.)