Runts

Runts

Those wacky inventors over at the Willy Wonka factory have introduced plenty of innovative confections over the years, from the Everlasting Gobstopper to the Wonka Bar. But one of their most popular creations over the past few decades are Runts. If the name doesn't ring a bell, you likely remember the small, realistically-shaped, fruit flavored candies that are not only sold in the candy aisle, but also countless gumball-type vending machines around the world. Continue reading...

Screaming Yellow Zonkers

Screaming Yellow Zonkers

Sure, when you ponder sweetened popcorn snacks, you might immediately think of the snack with the prize inside that is linked to America's pastime. But not everyone prefers peanuts mixed with their popcorn. In the 60s, a company called Lincoln Snacks introduced a clever and humorous alternative to the beloved Cracker Jack. Given the name, Screaming Yellow Zonkers, it was clear that these guys might not be taking themselves all too seriously. That didn’t stop millions from embracing this treat that dared to be different. Continue reading...

Shamrock Shake

Shamrock Shake

When the Ides of March approach, we can look forward to corned beef, mischievous leprechauns, four-leaf clovers, and a sublime green confection from McDonald's called the Shamrock Shake. They've gone through many changes over the years, but one thing is clear - it wouldn't be St. Patrick's Day without them. Continue reading...

Smarties

Smarties

You've just spent the evening knocking on neighborhood doors, your pillowcase or plastic jack o' lantern gradually filling with sweets. Upon your return home, you dump out the rewards of your labor and scan your hard-earned bounty. Like every other kid who has ever performed this ritual, you are apt to come across a few rolls of cellophane-wrapped candies called Smarties. Both sweet and tangy, with a distinct powdery consistency, they have remained a Halloween tradition for over six decades. Continue reading...

snackpack

Snack Pack

If you ever sliced open your tongue while desperately trying to lick the last remaining morsels of pudding from a pull-top lid, it is safe to say that you might remember a childhood delight of the 70s and beyond called Snack Pack. Introduced in 1969, they remain a staple of lunchboxes (or brown bags, if you prefer) to this day. Continue reading...

Snik Snak candy bar

Snik Snak

First introduced by Mars in the mid-60s, Snik Snak bars were once the primary rival of the similarly-titled Hershey concoction, the Kit Kat bar (which arrived on the market first.) But for fans of the long-extinct candy, there was really never any comparison. 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...

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...