C3P0s Cereal

C3P0s cereal

The year was 1984, and humanity had already been treated to a trilogy of science fiction films that would become one of the genres most successful franchises ever, Star Wars. With a marketing machine in full stride, it was no wonder that, alongside all the toys, posters, comics, sleeping bags, lunchboxes, etc., the breakfast cereal aisles of the nation would want to get in on the action. With everyone’s favorite droid serving as friendly pitchman, C3P0s traveled from a galaxy far, far away to the breakfast tables of Earth. Continue reading...

Cactus Cooler

Cactus Cooler

In California, carbonated soft drink fans have long enjoyed a little local delicacy called Cactus Cooler. A welcome addition to any backyard barbecue, beach party, or anywhere else the blistering sun beckons you to reach for some ice-cold refreshment, the fluorescent green nectar contained in these yellow, orange and green cans has been quenching thirsts for decades. Let’s look back at this beloved beverage. Continue reading...

Cadbury Crème Egg

Cadbury Crème Egg

“No bunny knows Easter better than him.” The bunny in question, of course, is the Cadbury Bunny, who clucks in a fowl sort of way, and strangely enough, lays eggs - Cadbury Crème Eggs. With the exception perhaps of Peeps and Robin’s Eggs, few things signify springtime festivities quite like these little chocolate-coated beauties. Creamy filling made to look like the inside of an egg, with a hard milk chocolate shell, the Cadbury Crème Egg come around only once a year. When they hit the shelves, it’s time to get enough to last through the most difficult of cravings. Continue reading...

Candy Apples

Candy Apples

Nothing says Halloween and hometown goodness like a good, old-fashioned candy apple. These sugar coated, bright-red delights (or variations thereof,) are classic autumn treats for many Western cultures, especially at festivals for Halloween and Guy Fawkes Night, since the two holidays fall shortly after apple harvests take place. And luckily, many confection stores now offer them year-round, enabling you get a candy apple fix whenever your nostalgic heart desires. Continue reading...

Candy Buttons

Candy Buttons

For generations of kids, candy buttons have given a big bang for the buck in the sugar high department. Imagine little candy droplets adhered to a white strip of what basically looked like adding machine paper. Inexpensive, they were an easy choice for a kid to make – sugar domes in every color of the rainbow (or at least pink, yellow and blue.) And while they were marketed as being flavored differently, they really all just tasted like sugar – and there was certainly nothing wrong with that. Continue reading...

Candy Canes

Candy Canes

They are the quintessential Christmas confection, a traditional treat beloved the world over. One glimpse of their prominent red and white stripes is all it takes to recognize them as candy canes, a treat that has been putting kids in the holiday spirit for well over three hundred years Continue reading...

Candy Cigarettes

Candy Cigarettes

Years before the public fully understood the dangers associated with smoking tobacco, it was glamorized to no end in movies and on television. And youngsters weren’t immune to the allure of their favorite hero suavely dangling a cigarette from his or her mouth. Eager to imitate the image, but a little too young for the real thing, we settled for candy cigarettes. Now a tyke could hang out on the street corner, a miniature James Dean or Bette Davis, showing that they too had what it took to look tough (fake pack rolled neatly in the sleeve of their shirt.) Eventually, of course, nicotine addiction became frowned upon and so did confectionery replicas of cigarettes, who finally lost their…cool. Continue reading...

Candy Corn

Candy Corn

It isn’t always easy to get kids to eat their vegetables, but create a faux candy version and they will eat it by the bushel. Such is the case of candy corn, perhaps the most enduring Halloween confection of all time. The tri-colored kernels of yummy goodness date back well over a century, and in recent years, have received a few makeovers to colorfully coordinate with other popular holidays. But it is the traditional original version that endures, to the tune of 20 million pounds of stuff sold each year - enough that, if each kernel were laid end to end, would supposedly wrap around the earth four times. That’s a lot of corn. Let's take a closer look at this annual delicacy that seems to bring out the sweet tooth in all of us. Continue reading...

Cap’n Crunch

Cap'n Crunch cereal

Of the many modern urban myths that tangentially involve breakfast foods, there is one universally accepted truth that has been handed down unchanged from successive generations since its inception in 1962. Unaffected by the march of time, immune to the threat of the frozen microwave breakfast brigade, this truth goes marching onward in the whispers of knowing children, and in the late-night binge by their parents who remember too late to save themselves: if you eat Cap’n Crunch too quickly, or for too long, you will experience the dreaded Cap’n Crunch Mouth. CCM is an unfortunate malady that shreds the gums and roof of the mouth, rendering the subject useless for the next four to eight hours. Depending on the severity of the damage and the sensitivity of the subject, one conceivably could suffer for several days, unable to chew anything more complicated than oatmeal, which, incidentally, is where Cap’n Crunch got his start. Continue reading...

Capri Sun

Capri Sun

You can't let your kid go thirsty during his or her lunch period or on those long field trips, but the alternatives haven't always been plentiful. Sure, milk is the most nutritious offering, but it doesn't do so well for long periods without refrigeration. And, while soda doesn't require the same demands, it is neither healthy, nor the most friendly packaging for the typical bagged lunch. Parents desperate for choices rejoiced in the early 80s with the introduction of Capri Sun, a juice beverage contained within a handy metal pouch - one that has found its way into countless lunches over the years. Continue reading...