Cotton Candy

Cotton Candy

It is the staple food of nostalgia. It’s synonymous with childhood laughter and the days of carefree wonder. And unlike most candy aisle confections, cotton candy is indelibly linked to carnivals, the circus, and any other spectacle designed to fire the imagination of children. Continue reading...

Ice Cream Man

The Ice Cream Man

It’s the type of conditional reflex that would make Pavlov proud – the ringing of the bells, far off in the distance, with the power to send kids scurrying to their parents in a frenzied attempt to relieve them of any spare cash on hand. After all, those bells signified that ice cream was on its way and time was of the essence. All it took was for mom not to be able to find her purse in time, and that little jingling white truck might just pass by and over to the next block, which meant you would be running your tail off for a tasty treat. Luckily, you weren’t alone; every other kid in the neighborhood had the same response, and chances were good that that the friendly ice-cream entrepreneur would be held up for a few precious moments, while every kid in the household pitched in to help mom find her purse. And, if all went well, you would have a breathless encounter with the ice cream man. Let's take a look at this history of this heroic fellow. Continue reading...

Super Soaker

Super Soaker

So many scientists insist upon wasting their time on the boring stuff – medicine, space exploration, computer circuitry. It is the select few, the ones who understand the importance of playtime, that truly make the worthwhile contributions. In the 60s, it was the tireless hours in a laboratory perfecting the Super Ball, simply so that millions of kids could have the opportunity to play with a ball that could bounce over a house. And in the 80s, one brave scientist would re-invent the whole concept of water warfare. Put away those water balloons, holster that measly water pistol – there was a new breed of aquatic artillery on the block and its name was Super Soaker. Let’s take a look at the origins of this terrific toy. Continue reading...

Marco Polo pool game

Marco Polo

Ask your average kid to name a famous 13th century Venetian explorer and you are likely to be met with a blank stare. Instead, ask the same kid what their favorite swimming pool game is. More often than not, the answer will be Marco Polo. For generations, whenever a group of children (of all ages) gather for a swim, they inevitably end up playing this addictive little aquatic game of tag. Continue reading...

Klondike bar

Klondike

Has anyone ever actually stopped to contemplate what he or she would be willing to do for a Klondike Bar? Perhaps only in the commercials, for most of us are fortunate to have a plentiful supply in the local frozen foods aisle. Why jump through hoops when you can simply toss a six-pack of the delightful, stick-less ice cream bars into your cart. And that’s exactly what millions of people have been doing for decades. It’s but a small price to pay to sink your teeth into one of those foil-wrapped delicacies, adorned with a familiar picture of the smiling polar bear wearing a red scarf. Continue reading...

Good Humor Ice Cream

Good Humor

In the scorching heat of a summer’s day, few sounds beckon to a child like the playful jingle of an ice cream truck in the distance - gradually moving closer, block by block, until it finally turns the corner and heads slowly down their street. At the first notice of the approaching melody, kids scatter in all directions, making a mad dash towards the parents, begging for enough change to purchase a frozen delicacy. And for over eighty years, little white Good Humor trucks have done their part to ensure that ice cream is available to all, offering varieties of the very thing that made them famous almost a century ago - ice cream on a stick. Continue reading...

Jaws

Jaws

The era of the modern summer blockbuster came riding in on the fins of a great white shark. Jaws was not only the most successful film of 1975, it was the most successful film the world had yet seen. With an unforgettable cast, a delightfully ominous musical score, and two hours of white-knuckled suspense, Jaws did for the beach what Alfred Hitchcock's Psycho had done for showers 15 years earlier. Continue reading...

Hi-C beverage

Hi-C

We can trace back many of our beloved comfort foods to the 50s, an era which introduced such pop culture staples as Jello Instant Pudding and Rice-a-Roni. The arrival of this innovative decade also brought a new fruity beverage in a big tin can, Hi-C. A perfect thirst-quencher on a hot summer's day, and (slightly) more healthy than soda, kids loved it right out of the gate and have continued to gulp down glasses of the sweet concoction for over 60 years. Continue reading...