Crayola Crayons Review

15 Feb

Product Description:

Crayola crayons are practically a staple of the American childhood experience.  As one of the most recognized brands in America, it’s nearly impossible to find a person who who has not used a Crayola crayon at least once, even if they didn’t grow up in the US.  I definitely remember being the envy of the class with my 64-pack crayon set (with built-in sharpener!) back in 6th grade.

With an impressive history and some amazing statistics, it’s no wonder Crayola crayons are so popular:

  • Over 120 billion crayons sold since 1903
  • Estimated  75% of US crayon market
  • 99% brand recognition in America
  • Crayola crayons are the 18th most recognizable scent for US adults
  • 120 colors available today

The first Crayola product, a box of 8 crayons, sold for 5 cents in 1903, but today, 120 colors are available.  For a history of how those first 8 colors turned into 120, see a history of Crayola’s colors.  If you’re in the area, you can even visit the Crayola Experience, an interactive museum about Crayola and their products.

American Alternative Review:

Crayola has crayon factories in Pennsylvania and Mexico City that output over 3 billion crayons a year.  This review focuses on Crayola’s line of normal-sized crayons which are manufactured in Pennsylvania.

The classic crayon is a mixture of pigment and paraffin wax melted together and poured into a cylindrical mold.  Crayola’s molds can make up to 2,400 crayons at a time.  Once they’ve cooled in the mold, the crayons are popped out and conveyed to a machine that wraps them in a paper coating.  They are then sorted and packaged into cardboard packaging which is also manufactured by Crayola in their Pennsylvania plant.

Crayola is a solidly American company that manufactures these regular-sized crayons domestically.

5/5 stars

Come and check out some of Crayola’s many crayon offerings: their 48-pack and their 64-pack

*For those of you looking for other uses for Crayola crayons, look at the works of art you can create with just some crayons, a white board, and a hair dryer.


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