Food of the Eighties Index

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Doritos... the original ones!!, Comment by Missy on February 06, 2016 - Report this comment
i really miss the doritos from the 70's and 80's. Taco flavor was really good too. They brought that taco flavor back for a limited time some yrs ago and they didn't taste the same. I bought a small bag of the nacho cheese the other day. I have not bought the doritos in yrs since they got to cheesy, I just didn't like them. So I opened the bag and now they taste even worse. They are not as crunchy as I remembered them to be, sort of tasted on the stale side to me, but the expiration date is still a month away. I'm just fed up with all these food products changing their tastes. I don't buy twinkies anymore either, the cake tastes stale and the creme is awful. Oreo cookies, chips ahoy, devil dogs, reese peanut butter cups, nestle crunch bars....they all tasted so much better in the 70's, now they are junk.
Kentucky Nuggets , Comment by Nikki Lynne on February 05, 2016 - Report this comment
I lived on KFC chicken nuggets, biscuits and the bbq sauce when I was pregnant in 88/89. I would cry if I couldn't eat this. Please bring it back..
Chilito, Comment by Becky on February 05, 2016 - Report this comment
I was an Assistant Manager at Zapata's fast food Mexican restaurant in Uptown Minneapolis. The original sauce for the Chilito was made by hand in bulk every couple days. I remember preparing the fresh green chilis and adding them to the ground beef and spice mix. The mild chilito was good but the green chili chilito was the best thing I have ever tasted. There were only five Zapata's then, before we got bought out by KFC. We were never the same after that. There is a Zapata's Mexican restaurant in the Minneapolis / St. Paul area and I would love to go see if they have it but I don't think I could handle the disappointment if not. The cheeses we used in our food were Monterey Jack and Cheddar mixed in equal proportions. Gosh it was good.
Banquet Boiling Bags, Comment by Joe Marty on February 05, 2016 - Report this comment
These boil in bags meal were the ticket. Fast and easy. Even if they can make a portion you can microwave then put on toast it wouls be great and a hot seller !!!! You can get anything that has the right portion ready to go !!! Bring them back in some form !!!
Freshen Up Gum, Comment by Dawg Buds on February 04, 2016 - Report this comment
Freshen-up gum was the best, you would have to take it out of your moms purse or dads drawer cause the kids weren't aloud to eat have it...
Yoohoo Chocolate Drink, Comment by YooHoo on February 04, 2016 - Report this comment
FYI Economy Candy is selling YooHoo chocolate bars for $1.49 each.
Mrs. Grass's Soup , Comment by Mike on February 04, 2016 - Report this comment
I just bought some at WalMart and sad to sa y they no longer come with the golden egg!! I am very disappointed! Just not the same.
Lay's Barbecue Potato Chips (Original), Comment by Angie on February 03, 2016 - Report this comment
I apologize "Honey bbq' is the closest. Thanks
Lay's Barbecue Potato Chips (Original), Comment by Angie on February 03, 2016 - Report this comment
The Uncle Rays have that Dollar Store almost burnt taste to them (just my taste). The original lays BBQ were eaten by the truckload in my house growing up. Nothing has ever been better. The hickory bbq ones they have now are the "closest" I've seen, but still not the same. I can't find them online in Canada, boo
Magic Pan crepes, Comment by Rosalind on February 03, 2016 - Report this comment
My friends and I loved The Magic Pan, it was a great place to go and have a wonderful meal. So many choices and everything was good, we lived in Maryland and went to several of the locations-they were all great. If all this interest is still out there someone in the restaurant business is really missing the boat!
Rock'N'Roll Cookies, Comment by Avis S. on February 03, 2016 - Report this comment
I can find planks and gingerbread cakes in Opelousas, Louisiana. Usually bring the gingerbread cakes back to Texas for coworkers.
Cranicot, Comment by rick on February 03, 2016 - Report this comment
I also loved Cranicot. Nothing came close. I've missed it for decades.
Chocolate Cow chocolate drink, Comment by Rick on February 02, 2016 - Report this comment
I was raised in Far Rockaway and used to visit my grandmother in Arverne. She always had chocolate cows in the fridge along with seltzer. She used to make me a fried egg on a fresh kaiser roll and serve it to me with a chocolate cow. I miss those days. It was PS104 back in the 60's for me. For some reason I had in my head that it was called a Black Cow, but the picture of the red cow and brown can brought me right back. I agree with everyone else .. wish they still made it.
Dinosaur Eggs, Comment by Joe on February 02, 2016 - Report this comment
Somebody bring them back. Best candy ever.Gobstoppers suck. I want a dino egg!!!
Snapple sodas, Comment by Jason on February 02, 2016 - Report this comment
Creme d vanilla was my favorite every Monday after confirmation class. Please, Snapple, bring back these delicious clear sodas with no artificial colors!
Air Bons, Comment by Emy on February 02, 2016 - Report this comment
Sorry I forgot to say the 12 oz air bons are at russellstover.com
Air Bons, Comment by Emy on February 02, 2016 - Report this comment
12 oz. Air-Bons® Mints Old-fashioned puffed peppermints are just like the ones you use to buy at your local drugstore. These Air-Bons® are light, airy and will literally melt-in-your-mouth. Item # Product Qty Price 9753 Air-Bons® Mints, 12 oz. bag $3.99
Air Bons, Comment by Emy on February 02, 2016 - Report this comment
Sure wish they would bring the peppermint air bons back! I remember my grandmother loving them!
Chipsters, Comment by Paula on February 02, 2016 - Report this comment
I'd love for these to come back. I wrote Nabisco and they said if there was enough interest they would consider bringing them back.
Hardee's Big Deluxe, Comment by mike on February 01, 2016 - Report this comment
Of all the things hardees keeps throwing at us on the menu now days why wouldn't they want to take a shot at bringing back the big deluxe. They could call it the retro deluxe.
Coconut Yoohoo, Comment by Tamara Thomas on February 01, 2016 - Report this comment
I remembered drinking coconut yoohoo as a child, it was my favorite drink. Still til this day i have never found a drink that can top it. Please bring it back, i have signed the petition already.


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