25 Random Snacks We Ate in the 1970s & 1980s

Today our kids not only know how to pronounce quinoa (“KEEN-wah”), but their breakfast often consists of chia seeds mixed with organic raisins. How far we’ve come—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. Scroll down to take a walk down memory lane with these 1970s and 1980s foods.


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Fleischmann’s Margarine

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“I can’t believe it’s not butter!” Nope, just ingredients you can’t pronounce.

Hi-C’s Ecto Cooler

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You could watch your fave episodes of The Real Ghostbusters and sip Hi-C’s Ecto Cooler in all its glory.

Nerds

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You may still have one of these teeny-tiny pebble-like candies stuck in one of your molars today. 

Pop Rocks

Amazon

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

Beech-Nut Gum: Yipes! Stripes!

Dinky Donuts Cereal

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

Ding Dongs

Etsy

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

Swanson Frozen Dinner

A turkey dinner and a new episode of the Brady Bunch starring Davy Jones. Heaven.

Wonder Bread

The best thing since sliced…wait a minute.

Kool-Aid

Yup, we drank the Kool-Aid.

Hawaiian Punch

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Contains 5% REAL FRUIT JUICE!

Tab, the Un-Cola

For those who want to keep “tabs” on their weight.

 

Twinkies

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

Quisp Cereal

Which cereal was better, Quisp or Quake?

Hunt’s Snack Pack

Not quite a good as the brand Bill Cosby was hawking.

Dolly Madison Fruit Pie

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Peppermint Patty wouldn’t lie, that’s real fruit filling.

Devil Dogs

Big Lots

Did you ever stick them in the freezer?

Koogle

Chocolate Peanut Spread, a Nutella predecessor?

 

Fonzies

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

Snack Mate Cheese Spread

A new food group category unto itself.

Wonka’s Oompas Candy

If you lived in the UK, you enjoyed them with flavors of  jam doughnut, snozzberry, popcorn, caterpillar and mashed potato!

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

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

—Jacqui B

 

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