SPAM

SPAM

When the information age needed a disparaging word to describe their annoyance with unsolicited email, they turned to a much-maligned meat product called SPAM. It isn't hard to understand why, since pop culture has long poked fun at the iconic cans of processed pork. But, whether or not that reputation is deserved, one thing is clear - millions of people, whether they readily admit it or not, still purchase SPAM in considerable quantities, just as they have for over seven decades. Continue reading...

Stuckey's

Stuckey’s

If your family ever took one of those summer road-trip vacations, you likely encountered Stuckey’s somewhere along your route. An oasis for highway travelers of any sort, Stuckey’s offered a place to rest, gas up, or have a 99-cent breakfast (back in the day, at least). If you had a sweet tooth, they had plenty of their famous pecan rolls on hand; if you needed a quick souvenir, they offered a wall-to-wall assortment of trinkets, from rattlesnake earrings to coffee mugs, Mexican rugs to t-shirts. Stuckey’s was a welcoming sight to many a weary family. Continue reading...

Sugar Babies

Sugar Babies

The offspring of the celebrated confectionery clan we'll call the Sugar family, Sugar Babies are the diminutive nuggets of sweetness that bear genetic resemblance to their proud parents, Sugar Daddy and Sugar Mama. They have satisfied the hunger of sweet-toothed fans for over 70 years and counting. Continue reading...

Sugar Smacks

Sugar Smacks

Back in the glory days of breakfast cereal, it was a no-brainer to include the word "sugar" in the name, at least if you wanted to capture the attention of the kiddies. Given a choice, no red-blooded American youngster was going to pick Special K or Grape Nuts over something as enticing as Sugar Pops or Super Sugar Crisp. And, while many in recent years have grown up with a cereal called Honey Smacks, or simply Smacks, legions of baby boomers would prefer these morsels of sweetened puffed corn be called by their rightful name, Sugar Smacks. Continue reading...

Sweethearts

Sweethearts

Every time Valentine's Day rolls around, the adults of the world exchange flowers and elaborate boxes of chocolate with their loved ones. Kids, on the other hand, have always preferred those little heart-shaped candies with the chalky flavor and Cupid-like power, each emblazoned with a short message such as "Be Mine" or "Kiss Me". That's right, we're talking about Sweethearts, a beloved confection that has always been happy to do the talking when you were too shy to verbally profess your love. Continue reading...

Tab

Tab

Now relegated to the bottom shelf at the end of the soft drink aisle, Tab was once a pioneer, blazing a beverage trail that many others would emulate. It wasn't the first sugarless cola but, at one time, it was certainly the most popular. Today, one look at those bright pink cans harkens memories of the oft-maligned soft drink, one that made its mark and still manages to hang on amidst a sea of sugar-free competition. 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...

Ice Cream Man

The Ice Cream Man

It’s the type of conditional reflex that would make Pavlov proud – the ringing of the bells, far off in the distance, with the power to send kids scurrying to their parents in a frenzied attempt to relieve them of any spare cash on hand. After all, those bells signified that ice cream was on its way and time was of the essence. Continue reading...