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Apr 10, 2007 12:22 PM

Food of the 70's, 80's and 90's

This guy put together a HUGE list of mainly snacks, beverrages and cereals that appeared, were popular or originated during that time.

From the seventies there were those frozen vegetable fries like I Hate Peas, I Hate Spinach which was supposed to get kids to eat veggies if they looked like fries. The funny part of this was that some kids didn't know they were supposed to hate veggies until this product was introduced.

It seems like a good place to find the name of some long forgotten cereal like Quangaroos, an orange-flavored version of Quisp.

Some stuff sounds like it isn too bad it didn't make it and quickly disappeared .. some were ideas before their time ... Skippy Hickory Smoked Peanut Butter ... Malted Milk Lifesavers .... Maple Duds, maple coated Milk Duds ... Pepsi A.M, for your early morning Pepsi fix (more sugar and caffiene perhaps?)

For some ... gone is good ... McDonald's Arch Deluxe ... microwavable pork rinds ... Orbitz ... a soda with suspended colored balls orbiting around in the soda. Nice concept but the taste was awful. I always felt it might have inspired boba drinks ... which do taste good. Just a theory.

Never heard of them, but supposedly there were potato and tortilla chips called "Que Pasa".

Anyway, there's a place to add any foods that might have been missed. There also links for other topics for those time periods. Gnarly, man.

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  1. Microwavable pork rinds are far from gone...readily available on the shelves of my local WinnDixie, superWalMart, and even at convenience stores next to the microwave popcorn. For a while, they WERE hard to find, but the Atkins fad brought them back in force. I'll have to see if Blockbuster carries them...then I'll know that they're truly mainstream.

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    1. re: Hungry Celeste

      my brother in law gave me a bag of those pork rinds to micro once, and they were really good!

      hey, rworange, this thread should be more well-populated. what a fun site you link up here! thank you!

      i love the banana flips from the 70s.

      1. re: alkapal

        On my first day of college (in the dorms), my boyfriend (now Husband) brought some of those pork rinds - nuked them way too high - they caught on fire - sending burnt pork rind smell all over the dorm. I was soooo embarrassed. But, it brought everyone to my room and I was instantly well known.

        The 80's - all I am going to say is the defunct Jello Pudding Pops.

        1. re: stellamystar

          stella, how were ypu able to inhabit that room after the nuked-rinds-conflagration?

          1. re: alkapal

            Lots of open windows and incense! Course when I was in school we could smoke in the dorms - that helped..oddly enough.

            1. re: stellamystar

              i had a roommate (for about a month) that could not deal with incense. but she thankfully moved on, and i continued with my limited college-level culinary adventures. like egg foo young! ;-)

          2. re: stellamystar

            Ohhhh, Pudding Pops! I don't have much of a sweet tooth these days, but when I crave a frozen treat, that's the one. Have we figured out how to make one at home? Can we do it?!

            1. re: amandaqtpie

              I have contacted a Kraft person who knows the Jello Pudding Pop saga - long story - but Kraft got the rigths to the PP, and then the people who had it oringally took it swiftly back. So, no more. :(.

              I am going to experiment w. some Jello Pudding Pop goodness - I have the molds (Bought on clearance at william sonoma last summer for $6). The key is getting the mix thin enough. I imagine there is corn starch involved at some point..hmmmm

              1. re: stellamystar

                If I remember correctly, Gail Gand made pudding pops on her Food Network show, can't think of the name. I think they still run episodes occasionally, so you could try looking for it on their website. I'm pretty sure she used corn syrup for that "chew" factor.

      2. Que Pasa Brand is alive and well in Vancouver, Canada. They have a plant nearby and they make organic tortilla chips from yellow red & blue corn They make tortillas (corn & wheat), fresh salsas, burritos, tamales as well as stocking a huge line of Mexican groceries for both the consumer and the industry.
        They also have a food counter at the plant where they sell the above hot and fresh as well as soups, dips, cheeses and delicacies. I even get poblanos and cactus paddles there.

        1. Jello Brand pudding pops away forever (late 1980's). Something about Kraft selling them off.

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          1. re: stellamystar

            Pudding Pops are no more? No!
            When I was a kid in the summers, my treat was that I got a pudding pop after I did the dishes. I've always associated pudding pops with those nights. I don't know why it was only in the summers.

            I have one from the early 90s...Crystal Pepsi...remember, the clear cola?

            1. re: rweater

              I remember Crystal Pepsi. We bought it once just to try it - it was awful! What was the idea supposed to be behind it? Clear = healthier?

              Does anyone remember Hostess selling orange, grape and cherry potato chips in the late 70's or early 80's? I remember trying them as a kid and getting naseous but my friends can't remember such a crazy product. I googled 'grape potato chips' and sure enough, there was such a thing, for a brief time. Terrible, terrible idea.

              1. re: rweater

                Hey Rweater,
                The 90's were a strange time for food and consumer products, I don't know why but EVERYTHING lost it's color, Not just Pepsi...LOL I guess it had something to do with artificial coloring, but they were making clear dish washing liquid, sodas, handlotions, liquid hand soaps, LOL even Kool-aid!!


              2. re: stellamystar

                I can still find pudding pops in the grocery stores here. Not quite as good as I remembered though

              3. If you wanna have some fun, check out this site. collects vintage food ads for products such as Sack O Sauce in a Can O Meat, which should have gotten Oscar Mayer an award for truth in advertising. Surprisingly, it actually sold fairly well for a while.


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                1. re: Pete Oldtown

                  I contacted kraft foods and asked if they had any intention of bringing back lite n lively garden salad cottage cheese, the answer was no. I loved the stuff and ate it for breakfast everyday. Sorry Pete, for linking my post to yours.

                2. I used to love Orbitz!! I do however steer clear of it these days though. I have ran into it in some old convenience stores, which is terrifying!!