Mr T Cereal

Mr. T Cereal

Most Americans got their first look at Laurence Tureaud (aka: Mr T.) in 1982, when the brawny, mohawk-laden former bouncer appeared in Rocky IV, as Rocky Balboa's formidable boxing opponent, Clubber Lang. Kids took notice of the T-man the following year, when he appeared as B.A. "Bad Attitude" Baracus on the hugely-succesful television series, The A-Team. It didn't take long for network execs to realize his pre-teen popularity and give him his own Saturday morning cartoon series the same year, Mr. T. And right on cue, Quaker Oats introduced a crunchy, sweetened corn cereal, shaped in little "T" shapes, which they simply dubbed Mr. T. cereal. Continue reading...

Necco Wafers

Necco Wafers

There are a number of candies that just seem like they have always been here. And that's because their invention far exceeds any of our lifespans. And if you ever wanted to know what the oldest continually-produced candy in America is, look no further than those powdery quarter-shaped wafers, known the world over as Necco. Continue reading...

New Coke

New Coke

Perhaps one of the darkest days in soft drink history occurred on April 23, 1985, when a true American icon was altered beyond all recognition. Yes, this is the day that Coca-cola announced to the world that it was changing its formula. And for traditionalists, It's a day that will live in infamy. Continue reading...

Now and Later

Now and Later

Sharing the dubious honor with such confectionery legends as Laffy Taffy and Sugar Daddies, Now and Later is a candy so supremely sticky, so eager to yank one of those fillings from your mouth, that you would think a dentist had concocted the flavorful little squares. Continue reading...

Oh Henry

Oh Henry!

As the official story goes, a boy by the name of Henry used to frequently visit the Williamson Candy Store in Chicago. He would flirt with the girls that worked there who would respond with “Oh, Henry!” Later when Mr. Williamson needed a name for a new candy bar, he remembered the remarks and the rest was history. Or was it? Continue reading...

Otter Pops

Otter Pops

At the end of the 1960s, technology was advancing at a breathtaking pace; changing the way we lived, giving us hope for the future. No, we’re not referring to the Apollo space program. We’re talking about the far more significant invention of the stick-less popsicle. You probably know these colorful treats by one of two names, Fla-Vor-Ice, or the more common Otter Pops. Continue reading...

Ovaltine

Ovaltine

Parents breathe a sigh of relief whenever their children take that rare liking to something that is actually good for them. And, for many years now (longer than the broadcast of radio in this country), Ovaltine has sold itself as a vitamin-rich beverage with a flavor that every kid loves. Truth be told, maybe not every kid, but enough of them to sell millions of jars of the powdered drink mix. Continue reading...

Peeps

Peeps

With the arrival of Spring each year comes baseball games, blooming flowers, and rows upon rows of those multicolored marshmallow confections known as Peeps. A staple of Easter baskets for decades, there are few among us who haven't eaten a row or two in a single sitting, then basked in the glow of a sugar rush like no other. Continue reading...