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One of our fans who goes under the nickname erwtj3 discovered this optical illusion poster below. It was used as an ad for some kind of candy product. Once you learn the tagline behind this poster, it’s much easier to see the illusion it hides. The tag-line went something like this: “If you love liquorice, all you see is Panda“! Now hurry, and be the first to spot the hidden animal in this idle surrounding below! You can see the original poster, one including tag-lines and candies – here.

Candies Poster Optical Illusion


90 Responses
  1. A Snail says:

    Hmmm, a tricky one given the tagline. I guess Panda. I have to confess I did need the tagline, even though I had worked out that there was a face in there somewhere but just couldn’t quite see it

  2. joopiedog says:

    I spotted it!
    You must keep distance to see it
    (first comment!)

  3. It’s a Panda bear. Not a very clever illusion……..

  4. Giddy says:

    A big panda, and what looks like a tortoise in the lower right corner

  5. TheIdiots says:

    I only truly saw it when going to the real image, with the captions and all and saw the tiny icon…The big image does it no justice!!!

  6. Care Bear says:

    Whatever it is, it isn’t that attractive. I saw a frog looking it over. Maybe I’ll have another look–or not.

  7. Paula says:

    I love it.

  8. Two ears, a round face, two dark eyes and a nose. You have to defocus a little to see it, but it’s there.

  9. Chelsea says:

    It helps if you unfocus your eyes

  10. Finn says:

    Easy if you’re from Finland! ;)

  11. John K says:

    A curious illusion at best. To chose water as a component of our panda’s whereabouts is odd since that animal’s aversion to water is well deocumented.
    Also it strikes one as hard to explain that if this company which calls itself “Panda” did not chose any hidden images of…of, well
    liquorice which, by the is hidden as plants all over their website…those might have been more difficult to spot, but they didn’t seem to be worried how long we spent finding a bear!
    And lastly, personally-and no offense intended to British-English speaking folks or the Finnish manufacturers–I prefer my black chewy stalks to be called “likrish” and be so;ld for 7-10 cents south of Mason Dixon Line. Cheers1

  12. werty says:

    hey…I see it!!
    The boat is one eye

  13. Rahowa says:

    With the tagline , it was simple enough to see in less than a minute . Without such , I never would have even known there was a panda head there at all

  14. Adam Merrill says:

    The panda face isn’t all that visable, but at first glance it looked like the guy sitting on the rock was nealing with a machine gun, and later I realized that what I thought was a tree behind him was actually another guy lol. So I think it’s a pretty darn cool find!

  15. Sushanta says:

    yesssss, I spotted. Boat and tree inside water form the eyes and stone below is the mouth. Due to sunlight a circle is formed around above three spots. this makes the face.

  16. Pixie-dust says:

    That was a pretty good, easy to spot the panda :)

  17. Yeah took me a bit to see it. I had to click on the full poster to see it.

    I went back to the orginal here on the page, went back to the poster then noticed 2 smaller pics where you clearly see the animal.

    Never seen the 2 smaller pics the first time, goes to show how observant I am.

  18. the rock is the nose,the islands in the back are the ears and tree and boat in the middle r the eyes

  19. E says:

    i saw it on the widget and was like “yay a panda!” but what does a panda have to do with licorice?

  20. anon says:

    that looks like a fat blob with eyes, ears, a nose, and a mouth. In other words, IT SUCKS!

  21. jeo says:

    i saw the panda before you pointed it out. if you have the mac widget, it is easier to see distance illusions when you see it in the dashboard

  22. PWNED says:

    BTW joopiedog, Fail. thats the second comment

  23. joseph ts. says:

    I did find the face after about two minutes.joopiedog is right..further back is easier to see.nice.

  24. Nikolai says:

    “What kind of bear is it?” is the the question…

  25. SnowBerey says:


  26. Phil says:

    I cant see it

  27. Suzanne says:

    I didn’t see a panda until I knew the tagline. I love it, but it was almost too subtle.

  28. Bruno says:

    In the gadget, (Win 7) it is immediately visible. But in large, quite a bit more subtle.

  29. wildy says:

    Spotted it. Keep distance to see it.

  30. Nisheeth says:

    I saw the face before reading the tagline, but I didn’t think it a was a Panda. This one is beautiful

  31. Wondy says:

    I Can see it ;D

  32. ohmygosh says:

    I think i found it… its a panda… and the two islands in the distance are the ears, the other small island and the boat are the eyes, and the rock thing is then nose. and then there’s some kind of ripple thing in the water underneath the rock that could be its mouth.

  33. Dex says:

    The tag line also tells you how to spot it… Nice!

  34. happyhilmi says:

    I have to admit, I didn’t see it until you mentioned the animal.

  35. Dr X says:

    Well I guess that is simply to see when the name of the picture is panda_natural_liquorice…of course it is a dog :)

  36. Akihiza says:

    I needed the tagline to see the panda. If not, I thought the ‘nose’ would be some woman’s lips, and I was trying to make out a face from there, but couldn’t. :P

  37. You could see it pretty well on the Igoogle widget. It’z a panda

  38. Josh says:

    This one works quite well in the google gadget.

  39. Barbarella says:

    Saw the panda first then read the tagline but I’ll admit I couldn’t figure out what it had to do with licorice.

  40. Yimmer says:

    GOOD ONE! I didn’t open the illusion, because I thought it was from the guy who does landscapes with food (this time with candies). But then this morning, I said
    ” Hey, there’s a panda.” So I wanted to point it out, except,…well…that was the whole point. duh. I liked it.

  41. Tim says:

    Made with 100% real panda!

  42. Tyron says:

    I saw it when i was eding i looked at the picture then WALAH!!!i found it!!!!

  43. Mark P says:

    You should really keep hints like that in some kind of hidden spoiler thing. I would have liked to try to work it out before I saw the word “Panda”.

  44. Andras says:

    I can see 2 animals. How many can you?

  45. Andras says:

    and now, having red the tagline, i can see the one you mean.

  46. Eddie says:

    You really have to have a creative imagination to make this one plausable

  47. Jem says:

    I got it in the widget before i opened it up – but struggling to see it as well now its a bigger picture lol

  48. bluepool says:

    it was hilariously easy… didn’t even have to read the post

  49. stmc62 says:

    the thing that looks like a mushroom is the nose….does that help

  50. Jupiter says:

    I needed that tagline but once I saw that I clearly saw the panda. Very cute.

  51. Booker says:

    Hello Vurdlak, hope you do not mind my spelling correction – I think you mean idyll or idyllic (beautiful, perfect surroundings) rather than idle (not doing anything), they do indeed sound similar.

    liked this illusion, did spot it though not as quickly as some.

  52. Lil'Smily says:

    thisz one wuz easy i spotted it riteh away!!

  53. Dr. J says:

    There is a panda face, (very nice) but also what looks like a (large) hawk’s face above the fire. And above it there is a squirrl face (small)

  54. whatever says:

    i see Panda, but also there is some kind of bird in the corner by the fire.

  55. girlfriend says:

    Very good, the tagline was a great help. I had to cross my eyes and blur my vision to see it.

  56. SDER says:

    Very interresting. I saw the panda right away but never thought that the image would be used to sell candy.

  57. Jess says:

    i see a panda. I dont know if that is the animal but i have never EVER drank liquorice but i am obsessed with pandas :)

  58. B_man says:

    OMG PANDA!!!!

    Click the picture and look at the gallery to see it!

  59. Tonatiuht says:

    I see it now, first I see like a face with two noses.

  60. Shang Khong says:

    Oh mind, you’re right. keeping distance to spot the shape. It’s a panda

  61. Linda Walter says:

    I see the panda face on the pic, I also see some kind of bird on the far left facing the right…..

  62. ZL123 says:

    Yes. Hahaha. You must walk away from the computer!

  63. niesha says:

    i am so con fused fa real bruhh

  64. James Smith says:

    This ones a little week. I vaugly looked like some kind of face, but only after reading the tagline did i recognize the panda.. Although, can only really see it in the thumbnail version or at a distance.

  65. Sunday says:

    this is a finnish ad for a candy brand called Panda

  66. what to write today...... says:

    ya i saw the panda :) but i needed the tagline to see it

  67. mikuri says:

    I come from the country that the trademark Panda has come from and they’ve like put those ad’s in many bus stops! First time I saw one driving past it, I was like “was there something??”. Then the other time I finally was close enough to see the hint with the animal and then was like “Ahh… That’s how it is!”. I have asked my family and friends several times if they have gotten it, and so far only people under 10 have had the enlightment of creativity!

  68. Sharyn Kmieciak says:

    I see it and it is ferocious!

  69. WM_ says:

    This is advertisement for Finnish candy-company called “Panda” :p

  70. Mr Illusion says:

    the beach looks like a dragon, did anybody else see this?

  71. shanae says:

    panda ,bird ,turtle and snake thing

  72. shanae says:

    squid spider dolphin ostrich and a fish thing

  73. Angela says:

    The first two pieces of land make the ears, the one in the middle names the nose, and the rest make the face…

  74. Devon says:

    You can also see the left side of someone’s face in the smoke on the far left!

  75. Angelo says:

    I saw panda, snake and a rabbit

  76. Michiko says:

    i needed the smaller picture.

  77. Jared says:

    ha! that was a good one. i was just looking at it for not even one second, and saw it up close.

  78. CiCi says:

    i didnt get it until i blew it uup nd saw the litle picture at the botttom

  79. um says:

    i saw soooooooooo many animals!

  80. Zeb says:

    I coulodn’t really see it well untill I zoomed out, and made the pic smaller

  81. kathie says:

    back to face recognition hardware!
    DNA folks
    oldest skill to survive

  82. Moillusionlover says:

    MEEE SEEZ EET DE PANDA!!!title says it all but i found it by myself

  83. Zac says:

    F***ING EPIC!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  84. PenguinLover says:


  85. ellie says:

    I hate liquourice but I FOUND PANDA

    / \

  86. Karlos says:

    A lot of you,s didn’t notice an iguana

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