The Day the Crayon Got Fired: Crayola is Retiring This Color

It’s always a sad day when a loyal, longtime worker gets forced into retirement, but alas: Crayola is retiring the yellowish dandelion crayon from its rainbow of colors.


The company had plans for a big announcement Friday about which crayon would be pulled from its classic box of 24, featuring an animated crayon named Dan D. going on adventures and enjoying his golden years.

Dandelion yellow in happier times

However, before Crayola could give dandelion the pink slip, an eagle-eyed Target shopper spotted the announcement on a crayon box in the wild and, of course, alerted the internet.

So Crayola had to make the announcement a day early, waxing nostalgic with this tribute video.

Crayola subsequently celebrated National Crayon Day Friday by announcing the company will replace dandelion with a crayon in “the blue family” in its 24-pack.

The crayon company will let fans choose the name.

Crayola has only retired one or more colors three times in their long history, and this marks the first time that they have swapped out a color in its box of 24.

Previous colors that were discontinued were maize, raw umber, and orange yellow. In other words, less job security when you’re in the yellow family.

Don’t go climbing that corporate ladder just yet, kid.

Farewell, Dandelion. Our sunflowers and splattered mustard won’t be the same without you.

Candy Kirby

Candy is the founder of The Mom Beat and a humor columnist whose work as appeared in Redbook, Nickelodeon's NickMom, Disney's BabyZone, HelloGiggles and eHow. She also used to be a staff writer for the soap opera, The Bold and the Beautiful, where she penned many scripts featuring prolonged heated stares and countless “Who’s the Daddy?” story lines. Candy lives in Los Angeles with her husband, two young kids and three rescue Persian cats, the latter of whom are the real brains behind this operation.