Today our kids not only know how to pronounce quinoa (“KWIN-wah”), but their breakfast often consists of chia seeds mixed with organic raisins. How far we’ve come from our own childhood where we grew up eating processed sugar, bleached flour and food dye disguised as healthful options from the Four Food Groups. Not that there’s anything wrong with that. At least once a year we still mix Pop Rocks with a Coke just to prove how cool we are. Scroll down to take a walk down memory lane with these 1970s and 1980s foods. 

What was your favorite lunchbox or after-school snack as a kid?  Share it with us in the comments. We promise we won’t tell your kids.

Pop Rocks might just be one of the few candies that have made a come back.

photo: Noshin R. via flickr

Beech-Nut Gum: Yipes! Stripes!

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Dinky Donuts Cereal: Did you write a letter to Ralston Cereal to enter to win the Atari video game?

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Ring Dings or Ding Dongs? Depends on which coast you lived on.

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Swanson Frozen Dinner: A turkey dinner and a new episode of the Brady Bunch starring Davy Jones. Heaven.Screen Shot 2014-02-19 at 7.24.49 PM

Wonder Bread: The best thing since sliced…wait a minute.Screen Shot 2014-02-19 at 7.01.39 PM

Kool-Aid: Yup, we drank the Kool-Aid.Screen Shot 2014-02-19 at 7.02.12 PM

Hawaiian Punch: Contains 5% REAL FRUIT JUICE!

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Tab, the Un-Cola: For those who want to keep “tabs” on their weight.Screen Shot 2014-02-19 at 7.03.22 PM

Twinkies: Way before they were deep-fried or used as a murder defense, they were the perfect addition to your Bionic Woman lunchbox.

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Quisp Cereal: Which cereal was better, Quisp or Quake? Screen Shot 2014-02-19 at 7.04.26 PM

Hunt’s Snack Pack: Not quite a good as the brand Bill Cosby was hawking.Screen Shot 2014-02-19 at 7.04.55 PM

Dolly Madison Fruit Pie: Peppermint Patty wouldn’t lie, that’s real fruit filling.

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Devil Dogs: Did you ever stick them in the freezer?Screen Shot 2014-02-19 at 7.06.40 PM

Koogle:  Chocolate Peanut Spread, a Nutella predecessor?Screen Shot 2014-02-19 at 7.07.43 PM

Fonzies: When your product doesn’t sell (Twisties), rename it after a popular TV character!

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Snack Mate Cheese Spread: A new food group category unto itself.Screen Shot 2014-02-19 at 7.09.54 PM

Wonka’s Oompas Candy: If you lived in UK, you enjoyed them with flavors of  jam doughnut,  snozzberry, popcorn, caterpillar and mashed potato!Screen Shot 2014-02-19 at 7.11.30 PM

Carnation Breakfast bar: Behold, the grandfather of the “bar” phenomenon!

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Fanta Soda: “Flavoured Beverage” just about sums it up.

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BooBerry Cereal: The 1980s ushered in a new segment of monster-themed foods. Count Choc-ula, anyone?

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Bubble Yum: Was it really spider eggs that made the gum so soft?

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Do you have any to add to our list? Let us know by leaving a comment below!


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