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Food items coupled with non food items

Today, I opened up a 1989 Topps baseball card pack. Out popped a piece of hard, stale 25-year old gum. I remembering opening these packs as a kid - a lot of the times, i just threw the cards in a shoebox and enjoyed the gum. The nostalgia almost led me to put the stale confection into my mouth, but common sense told me otherwise. They stopped putting gum into card packs sometime in the 90's, but brought them back sometime several years ago. I also remember getting baseball cards in hot dog and bologna packs, cereal boxes and cracker jack boxes. I think that whenever i got a card of one of my favorite players, it somehow enhanced the flavor and satisfaction of the food item coupled with that card.

Any favorite foods that were coupled with non food items (and vice versa)?

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  1. Cracker Jack was absolutely my favorite as a young child. My brothers would bet who would be the one to pour the toy in their bowl with their pour of cereal. I didn't buy baseball cards but the cartoon that came with Bazooka gum I recall.

    Many fast food meals for kids come with a toy (and plenty of parents hated that marketing concept).

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    1. re: HillJ

      Didn't Bazooka have some kind of deal, like if you mailed them 50 comics they sent you a prize?

      1. re: coll

        I don't actually recall that.

        1. re: HillJ

          May have been an urban legend kind of thing.

        2. re: coll

          I kind of remember this. You could get x-ray glasses (which would see through clothing) and spy periscope stuff if you sent in a certain amount of comics and perhaps a quarter for s/h. I was very obsessed with the spy gear...thank you Harriet The Spy!

          1. re: meatn3

            OMG the X ray glasses! I got a pair and my father kept teasing me that he could see through my clothes (he was a great kidder). And I also remember the periscope, guess I did send in for both of them. Just so you know, neither worked as promosied ;-)Thanks for the memory!!

            1. re: coll

              My inner 7 year old is totally jealous of you...my childhood was deprived and depraved.

              Did you get sea monkeys too?! I imagined they would be like having a miniature mermaid as your BBF.

              1. re: meatn3

                I think my brother got sea monkeys (or else someone else I know) and surprise: They lived and thrived! They were like tiny, tiny shrimp I think, of course you were expecting sea horses but hey, you have to grow up and face reality sometime.

      2. Red Rose Tea has put Wade figurines in their packages on occasion.

        http://www.redrosetea.com/figurines.aspx

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        1. re: meatn3

          I have one of those I got recently. It is a grey seal or some similar aquatic animal. Can't bring myself to throw it away, even though you can barely tell what it is; guess it reminded me of my childhood now that I think about it.

          1. re: meatn3

            I have dozens of them on my kitchen windowsill (I drink a LOT of tea...). The last collection was figures depicting months (a pine tree for December, a turkey for November, etc.). I think I finally got at least one of each and 3-4 of others) before they changed to the current collection.

            1. re: kcshigekawa

              I still have the seal, if you are missing that one. Circus theme maybe, he has a bow on.

          2. I remember flour sacks with a bonus dish towel tacked to the bottom.

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            1. Happy Meals (McDonald) used to be come with toys.

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                1. re: boogiebaby

                  Really? I thought at one point there was some complaints about fast food restaurants using toy to lure children in.

                  Regardless, McDonald won't let me buy Happy Meal anymore.

                  1. re: Chemicalkinetics

                    I believe that in San Francisco, McD's is prevented from giving out toys with the Happy Meals.

                    1. re: Tripeler

                      Ah, maybe that is where I heard it. I was originally from the Bay Area.

                      1. re: Tripeler

                        That is correct. Clearly SF must be perfect if the Board of Stupes have time to waste on this!

                2. Can't tell you how many brownies I ate to get Wade Boggs cards off of the box.