RC Cola

RC Cola

Coke and Pepsi may be the undisputed leaders in the cola beverage market, but a third option has existed since 1934, one that its loyal following has always insisted is the best of the three. Its full name is Royal Crown Cola, but most know it simply as RC Cola. And, though it certainly can't compete with the advertising budgets of the other two behemoths, RC has managed to hold its own quite nicely for over 70 years. Continue reading...

Reggie!

Reggie!

In 1921, the Curtiss Candy Company introduced a candy bar called the Baby Ruth, yet insisted that it had no connection to the reigning Sultan of Swat, Babe Ruth, who was the biggest sports hero in the nation at the time (lest they have to pay royalties). Instead, the company maintained that they named their product after President Grover Cleveland's young daughter Ruth. While the debate still continues in some circles, there was no similar ambiguity when another baseball legend, Yankee slugger Reggie Jackson, was honored with his own candy bar in 1978. Simply named Reggie!, and featuring a large likeness of the hitter on its bright orange wrapper, there was no doubt that Jackson officially sanctioned this candy treat. Continue reading...

Ribbon Candy

Ribbon Candy

Although perhaps not as prevalent as its confectionery cousin, the candy cane, there are few traditional holiday treats as regal in appearance as ribbon candy. Festively-colored and possessing a satin sheen, it has remained a staple of Christmas candy dishes since the turn of the century. Continue reading...

Rice Krispies

Rice Krispies

Perhaps no other cereal has ever hit the market with as audible a bang as Rice Krispies. A staple of breakfast tables for over 80 years, their welcoming morning cacophony has put smiles on the faces of millions of kids over the years. Quite the feat considering that the original Rice Krispies are not coated in sugar like many of their competitors (assuming you stick to the original, that is). Continue reading...

Runts Candy

Runts

Those wacky inventors over at the Willy Wonka factory have introduced plenty of innovative confections over the years, from the Everlasting Gobstopper to the Wonka Bar. But one of their most popular creations over the past few decades are Runts. If the name doesn't ring a bell, you likely remember the small, realistically-shaped, fruit flavored candies that are not only sold in the candy aisle, but also countless gumball-type vending machines around the world. Continue reading...

Screaming Yellow Zonkers

Screaming Yellow Zonkers

Sure, when you ponder sweetened popcorn snacks, you might immediately think of the snack with the prize inside that is linked to America's pastime. But not everyone prefers peanuts mixed with their popcorn. In the 60s, a company called Lincoln Snacks introduced a clever and humorous alternative to the beloved Cracker Jack. Given the name, Screaming Yellow Zonkers, it was clear that these guys might not be taking themselves all too seriously. That didn’t stop millions from embracing this treat that dared to be different. Continue reading...

Shamrock Shake

Shamrock Shake

For the past four decades, St Patrick’s Day has marked the return of an old friend, the frozen confection known as the Shamrock Shake. McDonalds first introduced the green-tinted, mint-flavored dessert back in 1970, and they have been a perennial favorite ever since. Continue reading...

Smarties

Smarties

You've just spent the evening knocking on every neighborhood door within sight, watching your pillowcase or plastic jack o' lantern gradually fill with tasty confections. Returning home, you eagerly dump out the rewards of your labor and scan to see what you've collected. And, much like every other kid who has ever performed this ritual, you are likely to come across a few rolls of little tablet-shaped candies wrapped in clear plastic. Both sweet and tangy, with a distinct powdery consistency, Smarties have been a staple of Halloween for over six decades. Continue reading...