"Ernie and the Pumpkin Seed Candy Salesman" (usually shortened to "Ernie and the Candy Salesman") is a sketch that originally aired during Sesame Street episode 0264 (during Season 2) on May 13, 1971 (exactly a day after the Tales from Muppetland special "The Frog Prince" premiered).
In this sketch, a candy salesman (known as Samuel Snively from another skit) comes up to Ernie and sells him some pumpkin seed candy. Ernie told the salesman that he doesn't really like pumpkin seed candy, perhaps like it was icky or something. He keeps selling him the sizes of pumpkin seed candy until he sells him the tiniest piece of pumpkin seed candy that he even can't see it like as if it was invisible. It almost looks like Ernie was looking at the camera in a closeup shot of the tiniest piece of pumpkin seed candy.
A user has listed the segment as one of the rare/lost Ernie and Bert sketches on a Muppet Central forum thread.
Thanks to documents found at the CTW (Children's Television Workshop) Archives, the clip was known to have aired in two episodes on Sesame Street (#264 and #301) during 1971. Other airings of the segment, especially in foreign co-productions, remain unidentified, other than Folge 2033 of Sesamstraße.
The clip was once posted in German, likely circa 2009, and lasted on YouTube for awhile before being removed in 2014. An English version of the skit was commercially released for the first time in a Sesame Street compilation on Sesame Street's official YT channel in 2015, but that compilation had since been taken down in May of 2017.
Following its deletion, the clip itself remained missing again throughout the summer.. A week later, PumpkinJFriend had finally reuploaded the video for the sketch, in English, on YouTube on August 26, 2017. Judging by a sesamestreet.org watermark on the bottom right corner of the screen, it is clear that the clip derives from that same Sesame Street compilation that was once posted on Sesame Street's official YT channel.
As of January 5, 2018, abuwahab 3 uploaded an Arabic Iftah Ya Simsim episode containing the clip in its Arabic dub at 4:49.
As of December 2019, PumpkinJFriend terminated his YouTube channel. However, the English version is still available on Internet Archive.
- muppet.wikia.com page on Sesame Street episode 0264. Retrieved 4 Mar '17.
- muppetcentral.com forum on a list of rare Ernie and Bert sketches.
- muppet.wikia.com page on Sesamstraße folge 2033. Retrieved 3 Jul '17.