Donkey Kong Cereal

Donkey Kong Cereals

It’s no secret that makers of breakfast cereals have found much success tying their product to popular television cartoons. But with the rapid rise of video game popularity in the early 80s, those computer-generated mascots were able to get in on the action as well. And with a game as enormously popular as Donkey Kong, it was a no-brainer to link it to a breakfast cereal, even if its rightful place in the supermarket aisle was short lived. Continue reading...

Drakes Cakes

Drake’s Cakes

When one thinks of individually packaged snack cakes, the first word that probably comes to mind is “Hostess.” But for those who grew up on the East Coast of the United States, there has always been an equally-loved underdog known as Drake’s Cakes. For those east coasters who have relocated to places where their beloved Devil Dogs and Yodels are no longer available, Hostess snacks are considered a substandard substitute for the treats they hold dear to their heart. Continue reading...

Dum Dum Pops

Dum Dum Pops

A staple of trick or treat sacks for decades, Dum Dum Pops are more than just a Halloween delicacy. Since their debut in 1924, adults have kept a supply of these flavorful confections on hand at the bank, doctor's office, or any other place that a fidgety kid might benefit from a flavorful distraction, making them the second most popular lollipop of all time. Continue reading...

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...