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...

Jolt Cola

Jolt Cola

While most soda companies tend to downplay their caffeine content, a new soft drink popped up in the 80s that not only didn't shy away from mentioning the ingredient, but proudly touted its enormous quantities on the side of every can. Jolt was a cola with a purpose, offering twice the stimulation for anyone who looked to soda pop for a quick pick-me-up. Continue reading...

Klondike

Klondike

Has anyone ever actually stopped to contemplate what he or she would be willing to do for a Klondike Bar? Perhaps only in the commercials, for most of us are fortunate to have a plentiful supply in the local frozen foods aisle. Why jump through hoops when you can simply toss a six-pack of the delightful, stick-less ice cream bars into your cart? Continue reading...

Big League Chew

Big League Chew

For decade after decade, young fans of America’s favorite pastime watched their heroes stuff wads of chewing tobacco into their cheek, a particularly dangerous habit that most parents didn’t want their kids to emulate. In 1977, veteran ballplayer Jim Bouton was sitting in the dugout, watching the younger players follow in the footsteps of their predecessors and it occurred to him that someone ought to make a gum that looked like chewing tobacco, so that it might serve as a healthier alternative. The result was Big League Chew. Continue reading...

Chiclets

Chiclets

Some people prefer their gum in stick form. Others have grown accustomed to the slight crunch that a candy coating offers, as is commonly found in the typical gumball. Problem is, gumballs aren’t exactly the sort of thing that is easily carried in one’s pocket, unless you have an affinity for chewing lint. Continue reading...

Good Humor Ice Cream

Good Humor

In the scorching heat of a summer’s day, few sounds beckon to a child like the playful jingle of an ice cream truck in the distance - gradually moving closer, block by block, until it finally turns the corner and heads slowly down their street. At the first notice of the approaching melody, kids scatter in all directions, making a mad dash towards the parents, begging for enough change to purchase a frozen delicacy. And for over eighty years, little white Good Humor trucks have done their part to ensure that ice cream is available to all, offering varieties of the very thing that made them famous almost a century ago - ice cream on a stick. Continue reading...

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...