Food of the Eighties Index

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Betty Crocker Stir n' Frost cake mix, Comment by debbie on September 01, 2014 - Report this comment
please bring back the stir and frost they are great for just 2. I find myself wasting a normal size cake.
Keebler Opera Cremes Cookies, Comment by JoAnne on September 01, 2014 - Report this comment
They were my all time favorite sandwich cookie. Keebler, please bring them back!
unknown, Comment by Iris on September 01, 2014 - Report this comment
Does anyone remember Astro Pops? They get an A in yuck as far as I'm concerned. They were lollipops shaped like a cone with rainbow colored layers. There was one flavor (sugar)with a wax base at the bottom.
Chocolate Snaps, Comment by Iris on September 01, 2014 - Report this comment
I haven't seen these since the late 70's around my way. I used to buy them from "the truck" (a food truck of sorts with convenience store items). Love them! Chocolate was my favorite.
Chocolate Snaps, Comment by Dinah on September 01, 2014 - Report this comment
I am 61 years young and I have constant cravings for the Chocolate Chip Snap. PleSe bring theses and the Chocolate Snaps back if only for a limited time. Give us an opportunity to remember a simpler time.
Air Bons, Comment by Red on August 31, 2014 - Report this comment
I am looking for the (just smaller than a ) Golf ball in size, Butterscotch flavor, pale yellow with a darker yellow stripe. Seriously would melt almost identical to cotton candy. I would put it in my mouth and it would dissolve INSTANTLY like cotton candy. Thanks everyone,..at least it appears people are aware of them. I have been looking for years as well. Every time I have described them, I either get the "Okayyyyy,.. we don't know what the heck you're talking about but, we will pretend we do" look,.. or they think I am referring to the red/white striped peppermint melt away balls that take time to dissolve. Here's hoping one of us find the real thing and posts it on here for all. :)
Chocola (drink), Comment by randy putnam on August 31, 2014 - Report this comment
I'm sitting here in Indianapolis on 08/31/2014 drinking the first can of Chocola in thirty years made at Beech Grove In., its backkkkk
Skittles, Comment by christi totally 80's on August 31, 2014 - Report this comment
skittles taste the rainbow classic still love these
SIXLETS, Comment by christi totally 80's on August 31, 2014 - Report this comment
also grew up with these good stuff great childhood memories
Magic Middles, Comment by christi totally 80's on August 31, 2014 - Report this comment
you know your getting old when you look up old childhood snacks that you can't find anymore these were my fav by keebler miss these so bad i heard wal-mart carries them still but i haven't seen them there or at any grocery store for that matter ive seen keebler has put out a cheesecake middles but these kind from back in the day was the stuff totally
Microwave Popcorn, Comment by christi totally 80's on August 31, 2014 - Report this comment
i must check that one out on you tube orville's popcorn is my fav :)
McRib Sandwiches, Comment by christi totally 80's on August 31, 2014 - Report this comment
you tube does rock some great retro commercials!! :)
McDonald's Peppermint Sundaes, Comment by christi totally 80's on August 31, 2014 - Report this comment
my mom always said that they tasted like milk of magnesia to her but i love peppermint flavor..
Kid's Cuisine, Comment by christi totally 80's on August 31, 2014 - Report this comment
grew up eating these when i was little at my godmother's house i remember when it had somekind of prize short cards with stickers i think in them do they even have the prize's anymore in these ha im 28 and the reason im wondering is i haven't had one of these in about 16 years or so and i bought one the other day and the one i bought didn't have no prize in it but i miss the late 80's and early 90's so much i just had to try another one i tried the spaghetti and mini meatballs one there not as good though as they were when i was a child i remember the chicken ones..
Whitney's Yogurt, Comment by DonW-NYC on August 31, 2014 - Report this comment
This Greek yogurt fad is just that, a fad. I personally think it sucks. It is soooo thick and NOT creamy. Dannon and breyers with the fruit on the bottom are the best by today's standards. It really blows that they are in 6 oz containers and that's just the American consumer getting screwed as usual. Just like the ice cream cartons. Anyway, Whitney's was and will always be the king of yogurts. Nothing compares and nothing ever will. I have been trying to see what happened to them to no avail. It's too bad former execs can't see these posts cause if they did, Whitney's would be on the shelf by tomorrow
Velveeta , Comment by christi totally 80's on August 31, 2014 - Report this comment
ive always loved this stuff just slicing it and putting it in a bowl makes a great snack it makes great rotel dip to its great for cheese lovers like myself
Vienetta, Comment by christi totally 80's on August 31, 2014 - Report this comment
oh how momma used to totally love these things and they were good it's no wonder she liked them so much
UFO's, Comment by christi totally 80's on August 31, 2014 - Report this comment
don't remember these i don't think were they in the late 80's oh and yeah i seen that commercial of campbell's chicken and stars i loved it so retro born in 86 but love them 80's and yes im proud to say i do remember most of the late 80's..:)
Nerds, Comment by christi totally 80's on August 31, 2014 - Report this comment
you can't go wrong with these grew up with these and the dweebs the recently trend lately down here is mixing them with slush its a sonic thing lol
Nestle Qwik, Comment by christi totally 80's on August 31, 2014 - Report this comment
i really think i remember the cookies and cream one it was great..:)
Chef Boyardee Roller Coasters, Comment by christi totally 80's on August 31, 2014 - Report this comment
i really wanna say i remember my mom buying these for me when i was a kid ah the good ole days
Burger King's Bullseye Burger, Comment by christi totally 80's on August 31, 2014 - Report this comment
i haven't been to a burger king in a really long time used to eat there years ago a good bit with my mom and grandmother my grandmother really enjoyed it at one point then she moved from liking that to captain ds then she changed again to liking popeyes i really miss burger king's burger's and this one sounded awesome all we have where i live for fast food is subway sonic and mcdonalds :(
Bellbeefer, Comment by christi totally 80's on August 31, 2014 - Report this comment
this sounded so good i had to try it so i made my own..:)
Beefaroni, Comment by christi totally 80's on August 31, 2014 - Report this comment
good stuff!
Bugles, Comment by 80'sgirlalltheway:) on August 31, 2014 - Report this comment
bugles are awesome ha i done the same thing when i was a kid
Space Burger, Comment by Margaret on August 31, 2014 - Report this comment
Louie - Check the Lioness Club in Moses Lake, Washington - they have the machines and make the burgers for fundraisers.
Space Burger, Comment by Margaret on August 31, 2014 - Report this comment
I remember as a child, visiting a drive-in in North Seattle, on Old Hwy 99, that served Space Burgers. It was a sealed disk with a meat pasty type filling that was WONDERFUL! I can almost still taste that burger and have often wondered about finding the recipe or how it was made. I didn't realize there was a specific machine - but I guess that makes sense because of the way it was sealed.
Quackers, Comment by Anne G on August 30, 2014 - Report this comment
I meant Quackers... LOL at AutoCorrect!
Quackers, Comment by Anne G on August 30, 2014 - Report this comment
Quackery were some of my favorite snacks. I don't know if they were regional but I grew up in NJ. My husband grew up in upstate NY and he never heard of them. I think they were around in the mid-80s but they were only around for a few years that I can recall.
Campbells Meatball Alphabet soup, Comment by Anne G on August 30, 2014 - Report this comment
This was my favorite soup when I was a kid!! I am 36 and I would love to share this soup with my own children. Even if Campbell's brought it back it wouldn't be the same thanks to today's regulations like using that awful sea salt in place of real salt.
DIXIES DRUMSTICK SNACK CRACKERS, Comment by doug on August 30, 2014 - Report this comment
Not only was the flavor excellent, the texture was unique, unlike any other snack I can think of.
Chocolate Cow chocolate drink, Comment by Luz on August 29, 2014 - Report this comment
I grew in Brooklyn in the 70s moved to NJ However my first stop whenever I went to Brooklyn was corner store I would buy. A couple cans I would drink One before reaching the car best drink. Ever made can still taste it.
Chilito, Comment by Sarah on August 29, 2014 - Report this comment
The Zantigos in Minnesota is not the same as the restaurant as the one we grew up with.
oompas, Comment by Dex on August 29, 2014 - Report this comment
Typo! That should have read, "While I like M&Ms, Oompahs were a step or two up in quality."
oompas, Comment by Dex on August 29, 2014 - Report this comment
I loved the peanut butter and chocolate Oompas. They used a silky milk chocolate that wasn't grainy, waxy, or chalky, and yep, they were larger than an M&M. While I like M&M's but Oompahs were a step or two up in quality.
DIXIES DRUMSTICK SNACK CRACKERS, Comment by Sheila on August 29, 2014 - Report this comment
Omg! I loved these so much! They were definitely better than Chicken in a Biskit. Please, bring them back!!!!!!
Mc DLT, Comment by Dex on August 29, 2014 - Report this comment
I loved it! So good! It wasn't just the styrofoam issue that caused its demise, though. Sometime between '88-'90 there was a major weather-related tomato shortage in parts of the U.S. and tomatoes, when they were available at all, suddenly tripled or quadrupled in price. I remember the summer of the shortage there were "sorry, due to shortage we have no tomatoes on our menu items" signs posted at restaurants and fast food places everywhere on the West Coast and in other Western states we traveled through. I also remember my dad being grumpy about it because he loved sliced tomatoes as a side dish during the summer. Our local supermarket had to rearrange their produce section to hide the big, gaping empty tomato section because when the tomatoes did come in, they could only get one small box at a time, and what were available were poor quality and small and strange looking at quadruple the usual price. I remember my mom looking them over and grumbling, "Not buying them this week! You're dad's just going to have to get over it." LOL Tomatoes were an important part of the McDLT and it was the only menu item requiring them at that time, so add that to the needed package redesign due to styrofoam and add that the McDLT had to be made fresh, and it was doomed due to bad timing. Now it could have a side by side cardboard and would be more cost effective because it's not the only tomato-needing item on the menu. Bring it back please!
Little Chocolate Footballs, Comment by Dex on August 29, 2014 - Report this comment
Still available from bulk candy companies in varying qualities ranging from "mocholate" to imported Lindt. Also still available: varying qualities of chocolate soccer balls, baseballs, basketballs, Easter eggs, and round ball "Christmas ornaments". If you look hard good ones are out there at a higher price than the "mockolates".
Nabisco Marshmallow Sandwich, Comment by Janeen on August 29, 2014 - Report this comment
I would buy these cookies in a minute! They must have sold different varieties in different regions of the country. I remember them with raspberry jelly in the middle here in the mid-west.
Magic Pan crepes, Comment by Maria on August 29, 2014 - Report this comment
My Sister brought me and all her other Brides Maids there for a Pre Wedding Dinner 34 years ago... I was 14... I never forgot that place! And YES, she's still Married! :)
Lean Cuisine, Comment by Dex on August 29, 2014 - Report this comment
Some Lean Cuisine varieties started out as boil-in bags, and others were not. A lot depended on where you lived, because "diet food" companies did a lot of test marketing in various cities. Lean Cuisine spaghetti was boil-in-bag for a while. Also, I forget which brand, but either Lean Cuisine or Weight Watchers came in two separate boil-in bags: one for spaghetti and a separate bag containing sauce (there may have been a few meatballs in the sauce but i can't remember). You boiled the sauce bag first and then added the pasta bag for the last part of the cooking time and then burned the heck out of your fingers on two bags instead of one. :-)
Kraft Cheese & Macaroni, Comment by Dex on August 29, 2014 - Report this comment
Count me as one of the ones whose moms wouldn't buy it. My mom made mac and cheese from scratch, so I had to get it on vacation at Grandma's or at friend's houses. I still love the stuff and discovered that if you use salted Irish butter (Kerrygold) it tastes more like what we remember. My guess is that they cut back on the salt and fat when they reformulated. Normally not a bad idea, but we're cooking memories here, people!
King Vitamin, Comment by Dex on August 29, 2014 - Report this comment
For a while when i was a kid I liked King Vitamin better than Capn Crunch. Then they did something to change the King Vitamin flavor, and that was the end of that!
Hush Puppies, Comment by Dex on August 29, 2014 - Report this comment
I loved those! We live in an area that doesn't have them now, although there is H. Salt. When I was really little Long John Silvers' lined the little cardboard boats with crispy deep fried batter bits. and your fish or hush puppies or whatever sat on top of them. Does anyone remember that?
Hawaiian Punch , Comment by Dex on August 29, 2014 - Report this comment
My sister and I were just recently talking about actually liking that metallic taste! The stuff in the plastic bottles is seriously lacking that flavor. The metal can also kept it a lot colder.
Actually the small cans' origins were a little more decadent and had nothing to do with being health conscious--although that is the reason for their current popularity. For years 8-oz cans were mostly only available at liquor stores and places like Smart n Final. People with home bars liked them because they were the right size mixer for drinks in a 12 -oz DOF glass with ice. I remember being thrilled as a child when we'd go to my parents' friends Christmas parties circa 1979 and they'd pull out a little can of 7:Up just for me from the fridge of the wetbar (remember those???). Anywho, eventually somebody figured out small cans could be more widely marketed as a less-caloric smaller portion...but they really began life as no-waste mixers for the rum & Coke, Seven & Seven, & Long Island Iced Tea crowd. :-) I still prefer the small cans and often end up finding them at a mom & pops liquor store because my supermarket tends to run out.
Green Christmas Tree Ice Cream, Comment by Dex on August 29, 2014 - Report this comment
I remember those! My favorites were the snowmen with the chocolate and vanilla ice cream. I was trying to describe them to a friend who never had them as a kid and we looked and looked for them last Christmas. Taking notes for 2014!
Fruzen Gladje, Comment by Dex on August 29, 2014 - Report this comment
Best chocolate ice cream ever. Loved that stuff as a kid!
Frostie Sodas, Comment by Dex on August 29, 2014 - Report this comment
It's actually been around since the '30's, though by different companies after buyouts. While I'm sure it's probably different, the root beer's at least still made with cane sugar instead of HFCS. If anyone's looking for it Google Galco's Soda Pop Stop (sodapopstop.com) --that's where I get their blue cream soda and cherry limeade.
Flavored popcorn, Comment by Dex on August 29, 2014 - Report this comment
Before you could get it everywhere, at one point there was a flavored popcorn shop in Westwood near UCLA that had lines around the block. I remember being on vacation in L.A. as a kid and having to wait a couple of hours for someone to buy blueberry and grape popcorn to ship back home as gifts. Torture! LOL.
Bomb pop, Comment by Dex on August 29, 2014 - Report this comment
Our ice cream man had both kinds of bomb pops--they were exactly the same size and shape but I don't remember what the ice cream version was called. The ice cream version our ice cream man had didn't have a chocolate shell. The layers of ice cream flavors were banana (pale yellow layer), chocolate (brown layer), and vanilla (white tip). I'm wondering if maybe the ice cream ones were called Ice Cream Bombs (a play on words of the dessert "ice cream bombe")?
Pizza Hut's PRIAZZO, Comment by Kris on August 28, 2014 - Report this comment
The Priazzo was a time consuming nightmare to make and only a small fraction of customers ordered it. Those who ordered it also loved it...But it was not enough in numbers to justify keeping it on the menu. That's why it's gone and most likely will never return. (I also used to work for pizza hut) From an employee standpoint I say thank God! Because those steel pins used for proper cooking were a NIGHTMARE to clean afterwards.
Chocolate Riesens, Comment by Dex on August 28, 2014 - Report this comment
It depends on where you're from. Riesen have been around since the 1930's and were covered in chocolate in the 1980's--but they wasn't distributed to all markets until the 1990's. I remember my mom having them in a candy jar occasionally when I was a kid in the '80's but at that time in our area they were only available at the "gourrmet" supermarket so they were a special occasion thing. Still one of my faves--I bought a bag this week! http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Riesen
Wild n Mild Ranch Fritos, Comment by Nacho Anaya on August 28, 2014 - Report this comment
This was my fave! I miss the silly commercial too
Troglodytes, Comment by DC Books on August 28, 2014 - Report this comment
I remember these as well. I can't believe no pictures exist on the internet. Epic Fail!


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