HI-C

Hi-C

We can trace many of our beloved comfort foods back to the post-war 50s, an era which introduced such future staples as Jello Instant Pudding and Rice-a-Roni. The innovative decade also brought a new fruity beverage in a big tin can called Hi-C. A perfect thirst-quencher on a hot summer's day, and (slightly) healthier than soda pop, kids loved it from the beginning and continue to gulp down glasses of the sweet concoction some sixty years later. Continue reading...

Funny Face

Funny Face

Nothing says summer like a cold pitcher of powdered drink mix, ready to stave off dehydration and quench the thirst after a day of playing in the hot sun. At mere pennies a serving, these colorful and fruity concoctions have been a favorite of parents and kids alike for decades. Of course, we all know who the leader of the pack is, with their familiar mascot ready to burst through a wall at the first mention of his name, but even a star as recognizable as the Kool-Aid Man had to contend with a worthy competitor in the 60s and 70s, a fondly-remembered drink mix called Funny Face. Continue reading...

Pink Panther Flakes

Pink Panther Flakes

Cereal mascot Tony the Tiger, iconic as he may be, wasn't the only feline who dabbled in the breakfast business. Back in the 70s, he received a brief bit of competition from another beloved cartoon cat, one with a penchant for pink. The Pink Panther, with his unmistakable theme music, showed up on the cereal scene and invited you to try a bowl of yummy goodness called Pink Panther Flakes. Today, they are one of the best-remembered extinct cereals of the era. Continue reading...

Bubblicious gum

Bubblicious

Prior to the 1970s, chewing gum was only available in a few incarnations, the vending machine gumball, the stick, and little hard individually-wrapped wads such as Bazooka and Dubble Bubble. But along with disco and CB radios, the 70s will also be remembered for another, and longer-lasting, contribution to the world - the advent of soft gum. And while Bubblicious wasn't the first on the market, its full spectrum of delicious flavors has kept it one of the biggest selling soft gum products of all time. Continue reading...

Bonkers

Bonkers!

For their considerably short existence, those little chewy candy squares known as Bonkers! made quite the impression. Some will remember their soft pliability, others their flavorful punch. And for anyone regularly watching television in the 80s, it was impossibly not to take notice of their humorous commercials that featured giant fruit dropping from the sky and landing on an unwitting bystander. Whatever the reason, they are a candy that remains sorely missed from legions of fans that still wonder whatever happened to their beloved Bonkers! Continue reading...

Bubble-Up

Bubble Up

Ah, the cool refreshing taste of lemon-lime soda. For those who prefer that particular flavor combination, the mind probably wanders to one of the two iconic brands, 7-Up and Sprite. But nostalgic fans clearly remember another effervescent beverage that once competed for equal billing, and had its fair share of loyal fans - Bubble Up. Continue reading...

Pop-Tarts

Pop-Tarts

Forget about your Pastry Swirls and your silly Snak-Stix... we're talking the real deal: Pop Tarts. These foil-encased, toaster-ready rectangles have been delighting kids for decades, either as an easy-to-carry breakfast treat on the way to school, or as an afternoon snack. Actually, you can enjoy a nice warm pop tart just about anytime (assuming you even took the time to warm them, that is). 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...