Libbyland Dinners

Libbyland Dinners

With a white suit and cowboy hat, accentuated with a snappy orange scarf, he endeared himself to children everywhere by offering the little buckaroos an alternative to boring adult food. He was Libby the Kid (that’s Billy the kid spelled sideways … sort of) and he wrangled up some flavorful Libbyland TV dinners in the 70s, perfectly tailored to a kid's tastes. Continue reading...

Life Cereal

Life

When it first debuted, there wasn't anything particularly notable about Life cereal. Containing little squares of whole grain oats, it sold fairly well as a healthy alternative within a vast sea of sugar-laden breakfast foods. Kids might never have noticed it all, were it not for a very notable moppet named Mikey who was a profoundly picky eater. Thanks to him, and the power of television advertising, Life would eventually earn a place in pop culture history. Continue reading...

Life Savers

Life Savers

Perhaps you once heard that Life Savers were invented because the famed candy maker’s daughter died after choking on a hard candy. You might also have heard that the hole in the middle is to prevent more deaths due to suffocation, thus the name Life Savers. It's a believable story, as are most urban legends, but it isn't true. Here is the real story behind this iconic candy that's been around for over 100 years. Continue reading...

Lucky Charms

Lucky Charms

If you go by 1960s cereal standards, Lucky Charms was an overnight success. Back in the day, it could take upwards of three years to develop a new cereal from creation to fruition but executives at General Mills had given their researchers a formidable challenge - create a new product within six months. The result was a beloved breakfast cereal that has charmed kids ever since. Continue reading...

M&Ms

M&Ms

It’s everyday knowledge that many of our modern comforts and accessories actually originated in military circles. Developed for troops and adapted for citizens, we have come to accept everything from dehydrated food products to Hummers as facts of civilian life. You can also add M&M’s to that list. Continue reading...

Manwich

Manwich

Savory tomato goodness in a can, ready to be united in marriage to a package of ground beef and slobbered over a hamburger bun to overflowing. If your jaw doesn’t practically dislocate when you take a bite, and a clump of saucy meat doesn't drop onto your lap, you’ve failed to grasp the concept of the beloved sandwich known as a Manwich. Continue reading...

Marathon Bar

Marathon Bar

Back in the 70s, there roamed a true giant in the confectionery world. Sporting a bright red wrapper and containing a full 8” of chocolate and caramel goodness, the Marathon Bar couldn’t help but catch your eye in the candy aisle. And, to a kid trying to stretch that measly allowance, this was a surefire way to get some bang from your candy buck. Continue reading...

McDonaldland Cookies

McDonaldland Cookies

There once was a faraway place called McDonaldland, inhabited by a clown named Ronald and all of his pals. And one of their collective talents just happened to be making some darned tasty cookies, McDonaldland Cookies. Sure, they may have tasted much like an ordinary animal cracker, but the residents of McDonaldland provided their likenesses. And for a kid making a coveted trip to McDonalds in the 70s and 80s, these were a must have finale to every meal. Continue reading...