Big League Chew

Big League Chew

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

Big Red

Wrigley's Big Red

It’s one of those jingles that somehow manage to be stickier than the gum. It sticks to your brain cells like a wad of silly putty sticks to shag carpeting. It’s the ad campaign that eventually made Big Red the most popular cinnamon gum on the market. 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...

Bob’s Big Boy

Bob's Big Boy

You and your family are hungry after a busy day of errands. On the way home, Dad pulls up to a coffee shop whose sign proclaims it "Home of the Big Boy." Just in front of the entrance, there stands a fiberglass Big Boy statue, proudly holding aloft a giant double-deck hamburger. Inside, as you are seated, you grab a copy of The Adventures of Big Boy, a free comic book with the kids' menu printed on the back cover. You're a big kid now, so you order the famous Big Boy combo. The stacked sandwich and fries arrive, and you gobble it down, relishing the secret sauce that adds a distinctive zing. It's the classic family dining experience that could only come from a Bob's Big Boy. Continue reading...

Bomb Pops

Bomb Pops

For many a former kid, the arrival of summer coincided with the joyous ringing of faraway bells, ones that signified the approach of a little white truck, filled to the brim with frozen treats. And assuming your parents were generous with their spare change, you would soon come face to face with a vast menu of choices plastered on the side of the truck. With so many items to choose from, a great many gravitated loyally to the most patriotic of Popsicles - the Bomb Pop. Popular for over 50 years now, they have proven that they are as American as apple pie and Chevrolet. Continue reading...

Bonkers!

Bonkers candy

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...

Bubble Tape

Bubble Tape

Five sticks not enough gum for you? A Big Pack too small for your Violet Beauregarde tendencies? Have we got the solution for you. Created by the makers of Hubba Bubba, Bubble Tape was the thing for kids and teens in the 1990s to be chewing. Bubble Tape in your pocket meant you had six full feet of chewing pleasure ready to be rolled out. According to the advertisements, “it’s six feet of bubble gum for you, not them.” Finally, something we were told to not share (although most of us were compelled to by nagging and begging friends). Continue reading...

Bubble Up

Bubble Up

Ah, the cool refreshing taste of lemon-lime flavored soda. For those who prefer that particular flavor combination, the mind probably wanders to one of the two iconic brands, 7-Up and Sprite. But nostalgic fans clearly remember another effervescent carbonated beverage that once completed the tasty lemon-lime trilogy, Bubble Up. Continue reading...

Bubblicious

Bubblicious gum

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...

Burple

Burple drink

A nice cool drink is a welcome addition to any hot day, but how many beverage containers conveniently convert into a super-soaking toy after consumption? Actually, there is only one that we know of and thy name is Burple. What's that you say? You don't remember Burple? One can hardly blame you, for this was a very short lived product, only appearing on the market for a couple of years in the late 80s. But if you were a proud member of the Burple demographic during that era, you might just remember these accordion-esque containers that packed some punch. Let's remember together, shall we? Continue reading...