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...

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...