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...

snackpack

Snack Pack

If you ever sliced open your tongue while desperately trying to lick the last remaining morsels of pudding from a pull-top lid, it is safe to say that you might remember a childhood delight of the 70s and beyond called Snack Pack. Introduced in 1969, they remain a staple of lunchboxes (or brown bags, if you prefer) to this day. Continue reading...

Snik Snak candy bar

Snik Snak

First introduced by Mars in the mid-60s, Snik Snak bars were once the primary rival of the similarly-titled Hershey concoction, the Kit Kat bar (which arrived on the market first.) But for fans of the long-extinct candy, there was really never any comparison. Continue reading...

SpaghettiOs

SpaghettiOs

Isn't it funny how food can serve so aptly as a time machine? The mere mention of some items can miraculously transport us right back to the kitchen table of our youth. Such is the power of SpaghettiOs, those tiny rings of pasta packed in a strangely-sweet orange sauce. Of course, it also doesn't hurt that they have left an indelible mark on our memory with that brain-adhesive catch phrase/jingle "Uh, oh, SpaghettiOs!" Perhaps that's why, even in adulthood, when we know we should never eat such things, some of us are still compelled to grab a can of the stuff on occasion and toss it into the shopping cart when nobody is looking. Powerful stuff. Continue reading...

SPAM

SPAM

When the information age needed a disparaging word to describe their annoyance with unsolicited email, they turned to a much maligned meat product called SPAM. It isn't hard to understand why, since pop culture has long poked fun at the iconic cans of processed pork. But, whether or not that reputation is deserved, one thing is clear - millions of people, whether they readily admit it or not, still purchase SPAM in considerable quantities, just as they have for over seven decades. Continue reading...

Stuckey's

Stuckey’s

If your family ever took one of those summer road-trip vacations, you likely encountered Stuckey’s somewhere along your route. An oasis for highway travelers of any sort, Stuckey’s offered a place to rest, gas up, or have a 99-cent breakfast (back in the day, at least). If you had a sweet tooth, they had plenty of their famous pecan rolls on hand; if you needed a quick souvenir, they offered a wall-to-wall assortment of trinkets, from rattlesnake earrings to coffee mugs, Mexican rugs to t-shirts. Stuckey’s was a welcoming sight to many a weary family. Continue reading...

Sugar Babies

Sugar Babies

The offspring of the celebrated confectionery clan we'll call the Sugar family, Sugar Babies are the diminutive nuggets of sweetness that bear genetic resemblance to their proud parents, Sugar Daddy and Sugar Mama. They have satisfied the hunger of sweet-toothed fans for over 70 years and counting. Continue reading...

Sugar Smacks

Sugar Smacks

Back in the glory days of breakfast cereal, it was a no-brainer to include the word "sugar" in the name, at least if you wanted to capture the attention of the kiddies. Given a choice, no red-blooded American youngster was going to pick Special K or Grape Nuts over something as enticing as Sugar Pops or Super Sugar Crisp. And, while many in recent years have grown up with a cereal called Honey Smacks, or simply Smacks, legions of baby boomers would prefer these morsels of sweetened puffed corn be called by their rightful name, Sugar Smacks. Continue reading...