Bob's Big Boy

Bob’s Big Boy

You and the family are tired and hungry after a long day, when you spot a big statue of a friendly fiberglass fella beckoning you to come inside and try his specialty, a stacked burger with a sublime secret sauce. His name is Bob, the sandwich is called a "Big Boy", and you are soon to be treated to one of the most legendary hamburger eateries to emerge from yesteryear, Bob's Big Boy. Continue reading...

Tang

Tang

A culinary disappointment! A bona-fide flop! The Edsel of the beverage industry! No, these statements do not describe New Coke, but the dehydrated beverage known as Tang. Before its rise to fame, the orange slurry started its life in 1959 as a flop. But though the sales were meager, the company persevered, thanks to its easily-transportable (and preservative-laden) nature and eventual appeal to the space race fans of the sixties. Continue reading...

Vernors

Vernors

There are plenty of ginger ale brands on the market, but there truly is only one Vernors, “the original ginger soda.” Its unique flavor, described by some as a taste that lies somewhere between ginger ale and cream soda, may not appeal to everyone, but that sure hasn’t stopped Vernors from remaining popular with its faithful fans for over 150 years. Continue reading...

Bit-O-Honey

Bit-O-Honey

Chicago has long held a reputation as the candy capitol of the United States. And, in 1924, the Schutter-Johnson Company launched a unique new chew to the windy city, one that would delight children and dentists alike. Christened as the Bit-O-Honey, it was guaranteed to give a kid’s jaw muscles a workout like no other. Continue reading...

McRib

McRib

Perhaps no other product in fast food history has been as simultaneously ridiculed and revered as the McDonalds McRib sandwich. Sure, it's easy to poke fun at their preformed shape and strange texture, but every time they are taken off the menu, angry hordes of fans hound the company, demanding their return. Continue reading...

Dairy Queen

Dairy Queen

To survive in the ice cream business for over 70 years with only one flavor is a pretty monumental feat. But from 1940 to the present, Dairy Queen has been milking their vanilla soft-serve delicacy for all its worth, creating a variety of frozen treats sure to soothe on a hot summer day ... or any other. Continue reading...

Capri Sun

Capri Sun

You can't let your kid go thirsty during lunch period or on those long field trips, but the choices haven't always been plentiful. Milk is nutritious, but not so tasty without refrigeration. You can drink soda warm, but it isn't exactly healthy. Desperate parents rejoiced in the early 80s with the debut of Capri Sun, a juice beverage sold within a handy metal pouch. Continue reading...

Hersheys Syrup

Hershey’s Syrup

Nothing can make a chocolate lover’s heart skip a beat like a few generous drizzles of Hershey’s syrup. It’s a confectionary miracle worker if there ever was one, able to turn a glass of ordinary milk into something divine, an ordinary bowl of ice cream into a luscious sundae, and a plate of waffles or pancakes into a sublime desert, all in a matter of seconds with no culinary training required. Continue reading...