ET Cereal

E.T. Cereal

From the moment he arrived on Earth, kids fell in love with an extraterrestrial appropriately named E.T. - thanks to the blockbuster 1982 Steven Spielberg film of the same name. As the most financially succesful film to date at the time, it wasn't long before our faraway friend started hawking a few products. He lent his mug to commercials for his favorite Earth snack, Reese's Pieces, and was eventually honored with his own breakfast cereal. Continue reading...

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Extinct Fast Foods

There is some apparent law in the universe that states that, if you grow attached to a quirky fast food item, it will someday just disappear without warning, without fanfare of any sort. Just gone. You unexpectedly pull into the drive-thru and your eyes scan the menu, from top to bottom, frantically searching for that one item that got you out of the house in the first place. Thinking there must be some mistake, you make inquiries with the helpful voice from the speaker, only to hear those maddening words – “nah, we don’t make those anymore.” Thoroughly dejected, often in state of shock, you order some crap sandwich in its place and curse the higher-ups for taking away something dear to your heart, or at least your stomach. Yes, today we are talking about extinct fast food items. Continue reading...

Famous Amos

Famous Amos

In the world of snack foods, there is perhaps no better representation of the “American Dream” than the inspiring story of a humble man named Wally Amos. He grew up in Tallahassee, Florida and learned from his aunt how to make her celebrated chocolate chip cookies. And while it took him many years, Wally “Famous” Amos learned that if you do what you love, the rewards can be amazing. His Famous Amos cookies surged in popularity throughout the 80s and are now found just about anywhere that cookies are sold. Continue reading...

Fluffernutter

Fluffernutter

It’s a snack so decadent one might assume that the King of Rock and Roll concocted it. Two slices of bread, coated with equal and generous amounts of peanut butter and a delightful product called Marshmallow Fluff. To kids of generations past, it was the perfect after-school snack; to those with lenient parents, it was often a resident of the lunchbox. And, to anyone who ever had the pleasure of crossing paths with a Fluffernutter, it was a sandwich that seemed as if created through divine intervention. Continue reading...

Freshen-Up

Freshen-Up

There have been few technological advancements in chewing gum since it first became popular. Sure, new flavors have been introduced, formulas have been perfected to produce better bubbles, and various shapes have come and gone over the years. But 1975 marked a new era with the introduction of squirting gum. The first company to go down this path was Adams, with their spearmint-flavored Freshen-Up gum. Continue reading...

Fruit Pie The Magician

Fruit Pie The Magician

Some illusionists have a penchant for pulling rabbits from a hat; others seem to enjoy sawing lovely ladies in two. But this guy had his own tasty tricks up his sleeve. He was the Houdini of all things Hostess and his name was Fruit Pie the Magician. And for over 30 years, his face graced each and every wrapper of Hostess Fruit Pies. Continue reading...

Fruit Stripe

Fruit Stripe

Certain scents have this way of adhering to our memory banks for years. Such is the case with Fruit Stripe gum. One whiff conjures up decades-old images of fluorescent stripes and colorful zebras and intense fruit flavor that lasted all of a couple of minutes. But they were some wonderfully tasty minutes. 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...