Bubble Yum

Bubble Yum

Getting to the top of a pedestal is the easy part. Staying there can be much more difficult when others are determined to knock you off of the perch. Such was the case with Bubble Yum, the first soft bubble gum to hit the market in 1975. Enormously popular when it was introduced, it would soon find itself waging war, not only against a handful of competitors, but also an army of imaginary spiders. Continue reading...

La Choy

La Choy

With the exception of the coastal areas of the country, Asian food wasn't always so easy to come by in decades past. Today, you can't drive ten miles without running into a Panda Express, but in simpler times, the only exposure that many people had to Chinese cuisine came by way of La Choy, sold in cans at the supermarket. Continue reading...

Fruitcake

Fruitcake

There has perhaps never been a dessert that has received as bad a rap as fruitcake. Late night icon Johnny Carson once joked that there was only one of them in the world and that it simply gets passed from house to house. A tradition during the holidays, some people adore it while others graciously accept it, then quickly discard it when nobody is watching. Either way, it has made quite the impression on all of us. Continue reading...

Andes Mints

Andes Mints

One look at an Andes mint and it becomes clear that this elegant candy isn't marketed towards children. Individually-wrapped in green foil, these luxurious little rectangles of minty chocolate are typically found in upscale restaurants and atop hotel pillows. They almost look too sophisticated to eat, but that hasn't stopped many a curious kid from grabbing a few from the fancy candy dish when nobody was looking. Continue reading...

Alpha-Bits

Alpha-Bits

Waging war against illiteracy, one bowl at a time, Alpha-Bits are the alphabet soup of the breakfast table. Introduced by Post cereals in 1958, they quickly won the hearts of kids everywhere who loved the sweet taste, not to mention the ability to spell words in their cereal bowl. Continue reading...

Pumpkin Pie

Pumpkin Pie

When they arrived in the New World, early settlers of North America were introduced to a big orange squash called a pumpkin. So enamored with the vegetable were we, it soon because a part of our cuisine and our autumn traditions. During Halloween, we carve them into scary-faced Jack O' Lanterns, but in November, they are instead baked into the traditional Thanksgiving dessert, Pumpkin Pie. Continue reading...

Cracker Jack

Cracker Jack

Forever linked to baseball, thanks to the sport's unofficial anthem, and beloved container of free toy prizes, Cracker Jack has put smiles on the faces of children and adults alike for well over a hundred years. Some even consider it America's first junk food, a dubious distinction for a snack that may actually be more American than apple pie. Continue reading...

Amazin' Fruit

Amazin’ Fruit

Made with a squeeze of real juice, Amazin’ Fruit came to (ahem) fruition when Hershey’s launched a plan to take over the ever-popular gummy universe. As is the story with many a great plan, however, Gummy Bears still roam the galaxy and Amazin’ Fruit is a star that burned out far too soon. Although they may be gone, however, their extraordinary flavor is far from forgotten. Continue reading...