Life

Life Cereal

When it first debuted, there wasn't anything particularly notable about Life cereal. Containing little squares of whole grain oats, it sold fairly well as a healthy alternative within a vast sea of sugar-laden breakfast foods. Kids might never have noticed it all, were it not for a very notable moppet named Mikey who was a profoundly picky eater. Thanks to him, and the power of television advertising, Life would eventually earn a place in pop culture history. Continue reading...

Gold Mine

Gold Mine

The art of creative packaging has sold a lot of candy to a lot of kids. Find a unique way to market your confection and you could be looking at a gold mine of profits. Perhaps that was the inspiration for Gold Mine gum, little golden nuggets of chewy goodness, cleverly packaged in a burlap sack. Continue reading...

Jolly Rancher

Jolly Rancher

Once upon a time, Jolly Rancher was a Colorado confectionery company that supplied the locals with fine, hand-dipped chocolates and “rancher-maid” ice cream. As fate would have it, they are barely remembered for those treats. Instead, sales of their flavorful hard candy sticks would far surpass their other wares, and their wildest dreams. Decades later, Jolly Rancher is a household name and a beloved candy for many a former kid. Continue reading...

Yoo-hoo

Yoo-hoo

Sometimes you’re just not in the mood for a soda. Doesn’t a chilled serving of chocolate milk sound refreshing? Problem is, chocolate milk isn’t something you can just cart around with you unless you have a way to keep it cold, lest it become sour. And there are few beverages as unappetizing as sour milk. Luckily for American consumers, there exists a way to keep a supply of chocolate milk with you for any occasion, without having to worry about its freshness. Continue reading...

Otter Pops

Otter Pops

At the end of the 1960s, technology was advancing at a breathtaking pace; changing the way we lived, giving us hope for the future. No, we’re not referring to the Apollo space program. We’re talking about the far more significant invention of the stick-less popsicle. You probably know these colorful treats by one of two names, Fla-Vor-Ice, or the more common Otter Pops. 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...

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...

Cotton Candy

Cotton Candy

It is the staple food of nostalgia. It’s synonymous with childhood laughter and the days of carefree wonder. And unlike most candy aisle confections, cotton candy is indelibly linked to carnivals, the circus, and any other spectacle designed to fire the imagination of children. Continue reading...

The 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. All it took was for mom not to be able to find her purse in time, and that little jingling white truck might just pass by and over to the next block, which meant you would be running your tail off for a tasty treat. Luckily, you weren’t alone; every other kid in the neighborhood had the same response, and chances were good that that the friendly ice-cream entrepreneur would be held up for a few precious moments, while every kid in the household pitched in to help mom find her purse. And, if all went well, you would have a breathless encounter with the ice cream man. Let's take a look at this history of this heroic fellow. Continue reading...

Baskin-Robbins

Baskin-Robbins

Imagine how boring the world would be if ice cream only came in vanilla, chocolate, and strawberry. Sure, people would still eat the stuff by the bucketful because a summer’s day just wouldn’t be the same without a few drips of ice cream running down your arm. But, as they say, variety is the spice of life. And for a little over 60 years, Baskin-Robbins has been providing that spice to the tune of 31 scrumptious flavors of ice cream, all ready to be sampled from a little pink spoon. Continue reading...