Jello Pudding Pops

Jello Pudding Pops

For a legion of 80s kids, the antidote for a hot summer day was a creamy Jello Pudding Pop. These frozen treats first hit the stands in the late 70s and caused spokesperson Bill Cosby to expand his Jell-O repertoire substantially. All this advertising, however, was likely directed at the parents; kids certainly didn’t need to be told how awesome Pudding Pops were. They just knew. In fact, these treats continue to top the list of foods that kids from the 80s reminisce about. Let's take a look at Mr. Cosby, sharing his love of Pudding Pops with television viewers: Continue reading...

Jelly Belly

Jelly Belly

Jelly beans are not a new confection by any means. In fact, versions of the kidney_shaped candy with the hard shell and gooey interior have a history that dates back to the Civil War era. For those who like variety, however, the traditional version never offered much more than a handful of generic, artificial flavors. That is, until the arrival of the Jelly Belly. From that day forth, seemingly every flavor under the sun became available in jelly bean form, thereby converting millions of candy fans into jelly bean connoisseurs. Continue reading...

Jiffy Pop

Jiffy Pop

Popcorn has been an American staple since Native Americans brought it to the first Thanksgiving. It grew in popularity throughout the country as street vendors hawked it and eventually became a staple at movie theaters in the 1900s. Once television came into being and attendance at movie theaters waned, so did the popularity of popcorn-- that is, until marketers began tying home television watching with the fluffy snack. And presto! There was once again a niche for those beloved kernels of puffy corn product. Continue reading...

Jolly-Green-Giant

Jolly Green Giant

He was a man of few words, those of which had clearly been plagiarized from Santa Claus. He was green, he was a giant, and had it not been for an extreme makeover, he might never have found his way into our collective hearts. Hawking his wares of freshly canned vegetables, he is none other than the Jolly Green Giant. Let’s take a look back at this memorable mascot. 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...

Jolt Cola

Jolt Cola

While most soda companies tend to downplay their caffeine content, a new product popped up in the 80s that not only didn't shy away from mentioning the chemical, but proudly touted its enormous quantities on the side of every can. Jolt was a cola with a purpose, offering twice the stimulation for anyone who looked to soda for a quick pick-me-up. Continue reading...

Jujyfruits and Jujubes

Jujyfruits and Jujubes

Created during the Roaring 20s, Jujubes and Jujyfruits are confectionery cousins, chomped by millions of moviegoers over the decades, thanks to their long lasting flavor, and despite their ability to cement themselves to the teeth like no other. They have rightfully earned their place in the movie candy hall of fame. Continue reading...

Kaboom Cereal

Kaboom

It might be a daunting task to find a former kid from the 70s who doesn’t remember Kaboom cereal or harbor fond memories for this classic breakfast treat. It wasn’t just the big jovial clown on the front of the box, or his grinning mug that served as the cereal’s shape, it was the fact that kids absolutely loved the flavor. Continue reading...