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.
Beech-Nut Gum: Yipes! Stripes!
Dinky Donuts Cereal: Did you write a letter to Ralston Cereal to enter to win the Atari video game?
Ring Dings or Ding Dongs? Depends on which coast you lived on.
Hawaiian Punch: Contains 5% REAL FRUIT JUICE!
Twinkies: Way before they were deep-fried or used as a murder defense, they were the perfect addition to your Bionic Woman lunchbox.
Dolly Madison Fruit Pie: Peppermint Patty wouldn’t lie, that’s real fruit filling.
Fonzies: When your product doesn’t sell (Twisties), rename it after a popular TV character!
Carnation Breakfast bar: Behold, the grandfather of the “bar” phenomenon!
Fanta Soda: “Flavoured Beverage” just about sums it up.
BooBerry Cereal: The 1980s ushered in a new segment of monster-themed foods. Count Choc-ula, anyone?
Bubble Yum: Was it really spider eggs that made the gum so soft?
Do you have any to add to our list? Let us know by leaving a comment below!