Fruit Stripe

Fruit Stripe

Certain scents have this way of adhering to our memory banks for years. Such is the case with Fruit Stripe gum. One whiff conjures up decades-old images of fluorescent stripes and colorful zebras and intense fruit flavor that lasted all of a couple of minutes. But they were some wonderfully tasty minutes. Continue reading...

Tab

Tab

Now relegated to the bottom shelf at the end of the soft drink aisle, Tab was once a pioneer, blazing a beverage trail that many others would emulate. It wasn't the first sugarless cola but, at one time, it was certainly the most popular. Today, one look at those bright pink cans harkens memories of the oft-maligned soft drink, one that made its mark and still manages to hang on amidst a sea of sugar-free competition. Continue reading...

Bubble Yum

Bubble Yum

Getting to the top of a pedestal is the easy part. Staying there can be much more difficult when others are determined to knock you off of the perch. Such was the case with Bubble Yum, the first soft bubble gum to hit the market in 1975. Enormously popular when it was introduced, it would soon find itself waging war, not only against a handful of competitors, but also an army of imaginary spiders. Continue reading...

La Choy

La Choy

With the exception of the coastal areas of the country, Asian food wasn't always so easy to come by in decades past. Today, you can't drive ten miles without running into a Panda Express, but in simpler times, the only exposure that many people had to Chinese cuisine came by way of La Choy, sold in cans at the supermarket. Continue reading...

Fruitcake

Fruitcake

There has perhaps never been a dessert that has received as bad a rap as fruitcake. Late night icon Johnny Carson once joked that there was only one of them in the world and that it simply gets passed from house to house. A tradition during the holidays, some people adore it while others graciously accept it, then quickly discard it when nobody is watching. Either way, it has made quite the impression on all of us. Continue reading...

Andes Mints

Andes Mints

One look at an Andes mint and it becomes clear that this elegant candy isn't marketed towards children. Individually-wrapped in green foil, these luxurious little rectangles of minty chocolate are typically found in upscale restaurants and atop hotel pillows. They almost look too sophisticated to eat, but that hasn't stopped many a curious kid from grabbing a few from the fancy candy dish when nobody was looking. Continue reading...

Alpha-Bits

Alpha-Bits

Waging war against illiteracy, one bowl at a time, Alpha-Bits are the alphabet soup of the breakfast table. Introduced by Post cereals in 1958, they quickly won the hearts of kids everywhere who loved the sweet taste, not to mention the ability to spell words in their cereal bowl. Continue reading...

Pumpkin Pie

Pumpkin Pie

When they arrived in the New World, early settlers of North America were introduced to a big orange squash called a pumpkin. So enamored with the vegetable were we, it soon because a part of our cuisine and our autumn traditions. During Halloween, we carve them into scary-faced Jack O' Lanterns, but in November, they are instead baked into the traditional Thanksgiving dessert, Pumpkin Pie. Continue reading...