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Nostalgic foods from childhood

Have you ever had a yen to try them again as an adult? I remember eating Fruity Pebbles and watching Saturday morning cartoons. Recently I made an impulse purchase of a small box and almost gagged at how sweet it was. Far sweeter than I remember so either my tastebuds have changed or they added a ton more sweetener to it. Can't believe parents let their kids eat that shit.

by Anonymousreply 306September 18, 2023 7:19 PM

Cap'n Crunch!

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by Anonymousreply 1August 3, 2023 9:18 PM

I believe the Fruity Pebbles and a bunch of other cereals recently reduced the sugar content slightly, OP. FPs used to be over 50% sugar by weight.

by Anonymousreply 2August 3, 2023 9:21 PM

rock candy

by Anonymousreply 3August 3, 2023 9:24 PM

Marshmallow Fluff!

by Anonymousreply 4August 3, 2023 9:25 PM

I've wondered how Tang tastes now. Or Sunny D. I used to be obsessed with both as a kid.

by Anonymousreply 5August 3, 2023 9:38 PM

Vi-eena sausages and potted meat.

by Anonymousreply 6August 3, 2023 9:43 PM

Post Alpha-bits.

by Anonymousreply 7August 3, 2023 9:46 PM

Campbell’s chicken soup that my mom would serve with pb&j. I decided to try it again recently—haven’t had in decades. Like drinking a cup of salt with a littke water in it. Guess we were all raised with little but salt and sugar.

by Anonymousreply 8August 3, 2023 9:47 PM

[quote]Marshmallow Fluff

I was going to say the fluffernutter sandwich. Also, a peanut butter and maple syrup sandwich is really good,

by Anonymousreply 9August 3, 2023 10:05 PM

Some things that were a staple when I was a kid were Spam sandwiches, deviled ham, and Hamburger Helper. I haven’t had any of those for decades.

by Anonymousreply 10August 3, 2023 10:07 PM

Those cereal companies are such scammers. The commercials said "Part of your complete breakfast". As a kid all I heard was "Your complete breakfast" so assumed they were healthy.

Unfortunately my mother thought it was a good idea to attempt to raise kids while still working full time, so every shortcut was taken.

by Anonymousreply 11August 3, 2023 10:09 PM

Space Food Sticks

Metrical Bars


Candy Cigarettes

Mr Pibb

Canada Dry Taihatian Treat

Those first upscale microwavable TV dinners that came on the round plastic plate that everybody's mother would save.

by Anonymousreply 12August 3, 2023 10:14 PM

EEEW R6. My mom used to LOVE potted meat on saltines. I'm pretty sure it was ground up lips and assholes they swept up on the slaughterhouse floor.

by Anonymousreply 13August 3, 2023 10:19 PM

Some company came out with a reboot of Fizzies awhile back and they were very disappointing.

by Anonymousreply 14August 3, 2023 10:21 PM

Rice-a-roni, the San Francisco treat!

by Anonymousreply 15August 3, 2023 10:22 PM

R12 Le Menu? I loved those.

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by Anonymousreply 16August 3, 2023 10:23 PM

My dad still has a few of those plates for the microwave, r16

by Anonymousreply 17August 3, 2023 10:28 PM

Freakies Cereal

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by Anonymousreply 18August 3, 2023 10:30 PM

Yes R16!!! The name escaped me! I remember those being pretty tasty and coming in at around 600 to 700 calories each. After my mother died my father lived on these!! I remember cleaning out the house after my father died with my older brother and we found probably about 200 of these plates this was before the days of recycling. Everybody thought the plates were too nice to just throw out so they kept them.

by Anonymousreply 19August 3, 2023 10:33 PM

Wonder why Swanson or some other frozen dinner maker doesn't bring LeMenu back?

by Anonymousreply 20August 3, 2023 10:36 PM

LeMenu-how elegant!

by Anonymousreply 21August 3, 2023 10:46 PM

Dried squid with red dye coating was my fave snack. I'd buy a pack and chew on it at the Saturday movie matinee.

by Anonymousreply 22August 3, 2023 10:50 PM

Oreos (not Double Stuff)- They changed something about the flour in the cookies so it now makes me sick. The filling has less flavor than Crisco.

Hostess Ding Dongs and Cupcakes- Same thing as the flour with the Oreos and the chocolate tastes like wax.

I would love to find Wildwood black cherry soda. It's supposedly still being made, but it's not to be found around here.

Anyone remember the old Pop Shops in the late 70s, where you could go in and mix or match pop in glass bottles. You got so many for such a price. Then you got so much off your next purchase when you returned the bottles. I loved their brand of cola.

Prime Choice steak sauce

by Anonymousreply 23August 3, 2023 11:12 PM

The only thing I would like to eat, again, would be those Swanson or Banquet chicken pot pies. I don't think they're the same, now, so I wouldn't even buy one, today.

by Anonymousreply 24August 4, 2023 12:09 AM

Fizzies were fun but God, they tasted horrible.

by Anonymousreply 25August 4, 2023 12:13 AM

Tapioca pudding and Rennert Custard.

by Anonymousreply 26August 4, 2023 12:13 AM

Anything Chef Boyardee.

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by Anonymousreply 28August 4, 2023 12:15 AM

No, my tastebuds have really changed. Used to love Reese's cups and other candy bars and now I find them too sweet and one-dimensional. Loved Chunkies but the old ones with hazelnuts and raisins.

by Anonymousreply 29August 4, 2023 12:16 AM

Mary Kitchen corned beef hash....

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by Anonymousreply 31August 4, 2023 12:30 AM

Yeah, Chunkies! I agree, R29, I used to love them.

by Anonymousreply 32August 4, 2023 12:34 AM

R32 how ironic. Now you ARE Chunky

by Anonymousreply 33August 4, 2023 12:41 AM

Taylor Pork Roll. The gourmet delicacy of a New Jersey childhood, on a hard roll with scrambled eggs and melted American cheese. I had it again after forty years away and I couldn't finish it, it was so salty.

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by Anonymousreply 34August 4, 2023 12:44 AM

I miss beef. You used to be able to buy a steak and it was actually tender. Today's meat is so tough and the ground beef tastes completely different.

by Anonymousreply 35August 4, 2023 12:54 AM

[quote]Recently I made an impulse purchase of a small box and almost gagged at how sweet it was.

I'll bet the gagging brought back some memories too, you WHORE.

by Anonymousreply 36August 4, 2023 12:58 AM

How about a nice Hawaiian Punch?

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by Anonymousreply 37August 4, 2023 12:59 AM

[quote]R12: Mr Pibb

Coca-Cola is currently marketing Pibb Zero in 12pk cans. I have some. Still tastes like a Dr Pepper.

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by Anonymousreply 38August 4, 2023 1:01 AM

Scrapple is delicious! It too is probably lips and beaks from the slaughterhouse floor.

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by Anonymousreply 39August 4, 2023 1:03 AM

Nacho Cheese Cheetos

by Anonymousreply 40August 4, 2023 1:05 AM

Recently I have been craving sugary cereal a lot. I barely ate it for decades and now I like to have a bowl before bedtime. I have been trying to stay away from chips so I guess I've just replaced one crunchy empty carb for another.

Speaking of chips, I still get occasional cravings for Fritos and Doritos. I used to love Doritos with that orange nacho "cheese" dip.

by Anonymousreply 41August 4, 2023 1:06 AM

Count Chocula. Loved it.

by Anonymousreply 42August 4, 2023 1:09 AM

Weaver’s boxes of frozen assorted fried chicken pieces.

Instant butterscotch pudding.

by Anonymousreply 43August 4, 2023 1:37 AM

Taco flavor Doritos. I think they're still available, but not reliably.

by Anonymousreply 44August 4, 2023 2:19 AM

I used to love Hershey’s Cookies & Cream bars, but now I find white chocolate far too sweet. If I’m having chocolate, I much prefer dark now.

by Anonymousreply 45August 4, 2023 2:42 AM

Brachs used to make mellowcreme bells (white=vanilla, red=cherry, and green=lime flavors) for Christmas, and mellowcreme pets for Easter (pastel colors in various flavors), like they still have mellowcreme pumpkins and candy corn for Halloween. Farley candies made some variation of mellowcremes, but they were all one flavor (they tasted like shit).

by Anonymousreply 46August 4, 2023 2:53 AM

Space Food Sticks

Bugles and Daisies

Snack Pack Pudding (Don't lick the lid!)

Underwood Chicken Spread

Granny Goose Potato Chips

by Anonymousreply 47August 4, 2023 2:55 AM

Most of the industrial food of our youth does NOT taste like it did 50 or 60 years ago. Ingredients have changed drastically. For the worse. A few items may have stayed the same. Maybe the very rare product might have improved. For example, corn syrup replaced cane sugar starting in the 70s. Lard was removed in the 80s. Hideous industrial oils replaced lard and butter, generally. Industrial food is extremely processed nowadays. Think of the industrial ingredients used in a can of Campbell chicken noodle soup. The frankenvegetables, crap oils, and frankenchicken. They are probably using the most revolting chicken imaginable.

Make a pie and use lard for the crust, and fruit, and cane sugar. = yum make a pie with crap oils, and artificially flavored goo made with corn syrup = 🤢🤮

by Anonymousreply 48August 4, 2023 3:06 AM

Chipped beef on toast

by Anonymousreply 49August 4, 2023 3:36 AM

I still have Cap'n Crunch from time to time (or the store brand, Stolen Valor Crunch 😄 ).

by Anonymousreply 50August 4, 2023 6:27 AM

I know what you mean r45…

by Anonymousreply 51August 4, 2023 9:48 AM


Yes, space food sticks! They were huge during the Apollo years - we loved them.

by Anonymousreply 52August 4, 2023 9:59 AM

I made a great retro taco salad with Doritos Taco flavor, iceberg lettuce, tomatoes, onions, hamburger sautéed with taco seasoning packet, some chile beans, and finished with a bottle f Catalina French dressing. Very 1972.

by Anonymousreply 53August 4, 2023 10:16 AM

[quote] it was ground up lips and assholes

Food of the gods and breakfast of champions!

by Anonymousreply 54August 4, 2023 10:21 AM

Angel Delight was a treat that as a child I would only be allowed to have at my grandmother’s house.

After she died a few years ago, in my grief I bought a pack. It tasted like shit and it made me cry.

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by Anonymousreply 55August 4, 2023 10:35 AM


Pretty much a staple in high school when I'd get high with my friends. Dunked in hot tea....bliss!

I love that they're available in the US at just about any Indian market and, of course, Amazon.

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by Anonymousreply 56August 4, 2023 11:09 AM

Another 80s frozen food staple in my house was Budget Gourmet pepper steak. My mom would make extra rice to stretch it out a bit more. I found something similar at the store recently and it was too salty.

Also, I ate a lot of American Chop Suey as a kid and it just seems like a cheap pile of glop to me now.

by Anonymousreply 57August 4, 2023 12:11 PM

R29 nothing tastes the same but I don’t think it’s our older taste buds.

The price of sugar over the decades, plus the price of everything else had the candy makers change their recipes, use cheap ingredients…. I can’t eat American chocolate anymore…it taste like shit

by Anonymousreply 58August 4, 2023 1:21 PM

I used to love Little Debbie snack cakes, but I’ve tried them as an adult and they taste like shit. Or at least styrofoam with sugary wax on top.

by Anonymousreply 59August 4, 2023 1:29 PM

Ritz crackers are still delish.

by Anonymousreply 60August 4, 2023 1:30 PM

Cap'n Crunch with crunchberrries.

I used to think that they should just make a cereal of crunchberries. Then, they did and I realized that you could, in fact, have too much of a good thing.

by Anonymousreply 61August 4, 2023 1:32 PM

R46 I wish they had the self-serve Brachs dispensers back in stores... I sure miss Brachs.

by Anonymousreply 62August 4, 2023 2:58 PM

I ate quite a few Lunchables in my youth.

Cocoa Pebbles was my favorite cereal. Second was Cookie Crisp. I have no idea how that ever made it to store shelves -- it's literally miniature cookies you're supposed to dunk in milk. Part of a "complete breakfast" my ass.

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by Anonymousreply 64August 4, 2023 3:52 PM

Loved spaghetti with butter, garlic salt, and parmesan. Still do.

by Anonymousreply 65August 4, 2023 4:01 PM

Tostitos nacho cheese flavored tortilla chips. The round ones. They were more crispy than crunchy. Better than Doritos, and you could eat more without getting lockjaw.

by Anonymousreply 66August 4, 2023 4:12 PM

I always loved those cereals that were part of a complete breakfast. If you had toast, juice and milk with them. And maybe some fruit or a couple of fried eggs and a little bacon or some oatmeal or something. You know.

by Anonymousreply 67August 4, 2023 5:43 PM

Chicken McNuggets are in fact ground up chicken lips and assholes

by Anonymousreply 68August 4, 2023 6:50 PM

R68 chickens have lips? I thought they had beaks

by Anonymousreply 69August 4, 2023 6:53 PM

They have lips

by Anonymousreply 70August 4, 2023 6:54 PM

Lips n assholes. Lips n assholes

by Anonymousreply 71August 4, 2023 6:55 PM

Cereal plus toast and fruit juice sounds redundant. And I love carbs.

by Anonymousreply 72August 4, 2023 7:44 PM

R53, my family made that same salad w/the taco-flavored Doritos, seasoned (packet) hamburger, and bottled (orange-colored) salad dressing. You could probably throw in some shredded cheddar cheese. It was pretty tasty.

by Anonymousreply 73August 4, 2023 7:45 PM

Cube steak…my mother always made these. So tough. Like shoe leather. She worked so she didn’t have much time to throw a meal together. She’d serve it with canned beef gravy, canned peas or string beans and fries. But the fries were never crispy enough; she’d pan fry them. It wasn’t my favorite meal by any means but I remember feeling bad for her because my dad would get home from work before she did, but seldom lifted a finger to cook, unless it was something for himself, the prick.

by Anonymousreply 74August 4, 2023 8:55 PM

[quote]taco-flavored Doritos

Taco flavored Doritos are TASTY - much better than nacho cheese flavored.

I used to find them occasionally, but haven't seen them recently. Apparently, they still make them, but finding them isn't easy.

by Anonymousreply 75August 4, 2023 9:08 PM

My aunt made that taco salad and I loved it so much I would ask for it on my birthday. Hadn't thought of it in years, so thanks for the trip down Memory Lane!

by Anonymousreply 76August 4, 2023 10:31 PM

Chewy Chip Ahoy! Cookies

When I was a kid they were my favorite but when they started cutting trans fats from food in the US around 2003 they completely changed the recipe and they've tasted like complete shit ever since.

I don't even know if they're around anymore, I haven't seen them in a while.

by Anonymousreply 77August 4, 2023 10:40 PM

King Vitaman... have breakfast with the king

by Anonymousreply 78August 4, 2023 10:48 PM

Did anybody make / eat this Jell-O poke cake. The frosting was instant pudding, IIRC. The streaks in the cake were Jell-O. Box cake mix (yellow), of course.

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by Anonymousreply 79August 4, 2023 11:00 PM

My grandma used to make rainbow color jello cakes for me as a small child. She must have known her grandson was a burgeoning homosexual.

by Anonymousreply 80August 4, 2023 11:29 PM

[quote] Taco flavored Doritos are TASTY - much better than nacho cheese flavored. I used to find them occasionally, but haven't seen them recently. Apparently, they still make them, but finding them isn't easy.

Trader Joe's has taco-flavored gouda cheese.

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by Anonymousreply 81August 4, 2023 11:57 PM

Late July (brand name) lime-flavored tortilla chips remind me of the Doritos taco-flavored chips. Give them a try, if you can.

by Anonymousreply 82August 5, 2023 12:09 AM

Those are fabulous but not easy to find.

by Anonymousreply 83August 5, 2023 12:12 AM

Once we were big enough to use the stove, Mom pretty much left us to our own devices much of the time in terms of meals. So I made a lot of Stouffer's French Bread Pizza (with those little pepperoni triangles). Needless to say, vegetables were not a priority.

by Anonymousreply 84August 5, 2023 11:45 AM

Pop Tarts. They were our go-to for quick breakfasts or lunch. They are loaded with preservatives, high fructose corn syrup and have little nutritional value at all, but my brother and I loved them. My dad would get annoyed with us because we could kill off a box of them in a day.

by Anonymousreply 85August 5, 2023 1:24 PM

[quote]Trader Joe's has taco-flavored gouda cheese.

WHAT? I've NEVER seen this. I need to find this immediately.

It sounds like a fat whore's heaven on earth.

by Anonymousreply 86August 5, 2023 1:26 PM

[quote] Loved spaghetti with butter

Butter 'n 'sketti for dinner!

by Anonymousreply 87August 5, 2023 2:59 PM

Fruit Roll Ups

by Anonymousreply 88August 5, 2023 3:24 PM

R85 my favorite flavor is the brown sugar cinnamon Pop Tarts. Sometimes I heat them up and put ice cream on top of them…delicious.

by Anonymousreply 89August 5, 2023 3:40 PM

r89 They're also good with butter.

by Anonymousreply 90August 5, 2023 3:44 PM

When I was a child in the 1960s, Kellog's had people deliver this new product called Pop Tarts. You got a few small packages with different flavors, stuffed into plastic bags which were left on your porch, your mailbox, or hanging from a door handle.

I think all the flavors were different iterations of red, strawberry, raspberry, and cherry, and there was no glaze. I thought they were alright, but nothing I asked my parents to pick up at the store afterwards. My father used to bring them home when he did the shopping. He liked them.

by Anonymousreply 91August 5, 2023 3:49 PM

Archway Cookies. One had a soft, oatmeal base filled with a center blob of raspberry jam. There was also another oatmeal sandwich version.

I also remember a drink called something like Zarex, a concentrated syrup in a brown bottle. It stained the counter in our cabin permanently. That stain is still visible 50 years later.

I also recall ice cream cakes from Carvel. The cake part was sort of hard and scratchy, and not too sweet. Soft serve ice cream really looked like diarrhea when we bought it at the mall. Also a drink called Orange Julius.

Also a sandwich shop called Blimpie. I remember ordering a hamburger submarine that was heated in a microwave, but that technology was very new and it seemed like magic.

by Anonymousreply 92August 5, 2023 4:08 PM



Frosted Shake


by Anonymousreply 93August 5, 2023 4:14 PM

[quote]I've wondered how Tang tastes now. Or Sunny D. I used to be obsessed with both as a kid.

A gayling obsessed with tang? 😂

by Anonymousreply 94August 5, 2023 4:15 PM

Pillsbury Figurines

by Anonymousreply 95August 5, 2023 4:16 PM

I found the commercial for Shake-a-Puddin'! I was five years old, and I thought you had to dance like the kids in the commercial to get it to work (r93).

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by Anonymousreply 96August 5, 2023 4:17 PM

Yodels an Twinkies are not very good.

by Anonymousreply 97August 5, 2023 4:22 PM

I always thought Pop-Tarts tasted like cardboard.

by Anonymousreply 98August 5, 2023 4:23 PM

Do they still make Yoo Hoo, that chocolate milk drink? I used to love it as a kid but now I think it would make me gag.

by Anonymousreply 99August 5, 2023 4:25 PM

[quote] Dried squid with red dye coating was my fave snack. I'd buy a pack and chew on it at the Saturday movie matinee.

r22 Lol. You can't be American.

by Anonymousreply 100August 5, 2023 4:41 PM

Animal crackers. Don’t crave ‘em.

by Anonymousreply 101August 5, 2023 4:43 PM

Start - powdered orange drink, better than Tang

Screaming Yellow Zonkers - buttery caramel popcorn, but what was printed on the box was very funny

Wise potato chips- loved the BBQ flavor. Used to be greasier, but very tasty. Wise still exists, but seems all their potato chips now are baked.

Isaly’s ice cream - available in cafeteria stores around Ohio/West Virginia/western Pennsylvania. Excellent ice cream, multiple flavors. My favorite was Rainbow! (Now doesn’t that tell you something!) They slso made Klondike bars. Isaly’s has since gone under, but Klondikes have gone nationwide.

Friendly’s - loved their burgers once upon a time, which were served on grilled bread. No longer.

by Anonymousreply 102August 5, 2023 4:54 PM

Did anyone have Charles Chips delivered to their house? My grandparents did. Chips and pretzels…so good, y’all.

by Anonymousreply 103August 5, 2023 5:13 PM

Oh goody, they still exist…I may order some and have them delivered to my office and share them with the people at the military base where I work.

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by Anonymousreply 104August 5, 2023 5:17 PM

Yep, we had them delivered to our house, R103.

by Anonymousreply 105August 5, 2023 5:51 PM

R101 I love Animal Crackers. I crave em

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by Anonymousreply 107August 5, 2023 5:57 PM

When I was quite young my grandmother (who I didn’t see all that often) always had fun treats. One that I really loved was PDQ. Chocolate and strawberry were great, but I was over the moon on the occasions that she had eggnog PDQ on-hand.

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by Anonymousreply 108August 5, 2023 7:30 PM

The Who sing the praises of Great Shakes.

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by Anonymousreply 109August 5, 2023 7:40 PM

The sassy one...

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by Anonymousreply 110August 5, 2023 7:58 PM

Hamburger Helper Kudos cereal bars Klondike bars

by Anonymousreply 111August 5, 2023 8:14 PM

Hamburger Helper? Oh, dear.

by Anonymousreply 112August 5, 2023 8:16 PM

Schwan's chicken cordon bleu! I think my mom thought it was upper crust food because it had a fantsy name. It was in her 80s Dynasty/Dallas phase.

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by Anonymousreply 113August 5, 2023 8:39 PM

That shit looks vile!

by Anonymousreply 114August 5, 2023 8:45 PM

R108 why did your grandma buy pretty damn quick food for you?? Did she despise you?

by Anonymousreply 115August 5, 2023 9:12 PM

Pogens ginger cookies

by Anonymousreply 116August 5, 2023 9:19 PM


“Hamburger gravy.” When times were tough, Mom bought a pound of ground chuck, browned it in a skillet, added flour, salt, pepper, and milk to make a gray-colored gravy. She served it over toasted white bread or Minute Rice, to feed a family of five.

Cucumber and cream cheese sandwiches.

Hominy boiled with hambones for hours served with cooked cabbage.

by Anonymousreply 117August 5, 2023 9:24 PM

R115 - that’s just the thing… the don’t think she bought any of it for me, I think it’s what she ate/drank on the daily.

by Anonymousreply 118August 5, 2023 9:25 PM

Creamed tuna on toast. Optional: green peas.

by Anonymousreply 119August 5, 2023 9:31 PM

When we were older we were allowed to bake these when we got home from school.

Half the dough got eaten raw though.

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by Anonymousreply 120August 5, 2023 9:41 PM

La Choy Chow Mein, a disgusting gelatinous glop. I think the only edible part were the fried noodles.

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by Anonymousreply 121August 5, 2023 9:46 PM

For a brief moment, SHAKE-A-PUDDING was something I use to eat when I was a kid. This was around the mid-60's. It came with a cup, the pudding mixes and you filled the cup halfway with water. Place the top on, shake it and voila, pudding. It was actually pretty good, but again, I was 6 years old at the time. It was discontinued a few years later.

Here's the commercial:

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by Anonymousreply 122August 5, 2023 9:53 PM

This is so weird. I just found this thread today. For some reason yesterday I was thinking about Boo Berry cereal and how much I loved it as a kid. Growing up we would get it as a special treat once in a while. I went on Amazon and there it was for a good price so I ordered a box. I’ll let you know tomorrow if it’s still any good!

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by Anonymousreply 123August 5, 2023 10:02 PM

R121– me, too—I loved those La Choy fried noodles. I’d also pour maple syrup on them to sweeten them up.

by Anonymousreply 124August 5, 2023 10:34 PM

R123 - I loved that too! Can’t wait to hear if holds up.

by Anonymousreply 125August 5, 2023 11:20 PM

R121 we ate that LaChoy chow mein when I was growing up (my mom really liked it), but I remember the label being orange.

by Anonymousreply 126August 5, 2023 11:21 PM

[quote]Canada Dry Taihatian Treat

I miss Tahiti Treat. It's pretty much impossible to find here now.

by Anonymousreply 127August 6, 2023 1:17 AM

[quote] Hamburger Helper? Oh, dear.

Remember the jingle? Hamburger Helper helped her hamburger help her ...

by Anonymousreply 128August 7, 2023 6:12 AM

We had Charles chips delivery. Though my father grumbled as he found them expensive. Am I misremembering. They also delivered chocolate covered pretzels?

by Anonymousreply 129August 7, 2023 6:29 AM

R125 it arrived yesterday. I haven’t had a chance to try it yet. I shall update with my review soon.

by Anonymousreply 130August 7, 2023 4:18 PM

I used to love Poptarts - my grandmother always stocked our favorites when we came to visit. I don't know what happened, but Poptarts are nearly inedible now. Same with Little Debbie - now they taste like their main ingredient is wax

by Anonymousreply 131August 7, 2023 6:41 PM

R131 I agree about Little Debbie. I used to be addicted to those nutty buddies when I was a kid. I tried some last year and they were just OK. The peanut butter and wafers were fine but the chocolate coating tasted like chocolate wax and ruined the whole thing. If the company would improve the chocolate on the outside it could be so much better!

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by Anonymousreply 132August 7, 2023 7:08 PM

R132 Did you notice the word "chocolateY"? That means it can't be called "chocolate." Same goes for things identifed as "fudge" or "fudgy."

by Anonymousreply 133August 7, 2023 7:32 PM

Interesting R133. I did not know that. They sure could improve the nutty bar by just covering it with chocolate. It tastes too artificial the way it is now.

by Anonymousreply 134August 7, 2023 7:45 PM

We discovered that ersatz Pixie Sticks and Lik-M-Aid could be had by substituting boxes of Jell-O.

by Anonymousreply 135August 7, 2023 7:52 PM

Pop Tarts had a rival for a few years…called toaster streudel or something like that….

by Anonymousreply 136August 7, 2023 8:50 PM

Toaster Strider is still around, and objectively better than Pop Tarts, but doesn't inspire nearly the same nostalgia.

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by Anonymousreply 137August 7, 2023 11:33 PM

I'm sure I've posted it here before but I loved Weaver chicken roll. It was, I think, all the various white meat parts of the chicken deboned and put into a deli roll. It was delicious.

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by Anonymousreply 140August 8, 2023 12:58 AM

R39 I had scrapple for the very first time on a road trip across the USA. I think it was somewhere in Amish Country. I lost 2 days of my life getting over how ill I became. I recall being in the back seat and waking up in Tenn. with my boyfriend of the timeframe. He had driven straight through I guess? It was painful..

by Anonymousreply 141August 8, 2023 3:07 AM

My aunts used to make gobs (also called Whoopee Pies) which were soft, cake-like chocolate cookies with a frosting-like filling. It kind of makes me laugh that these cookies have recently turned into a trendy thing with all kinds of tricked out flavors.

by Anonymousreply 142August 8, 2023 12:28 PM

I remember eating variations of Scrapple a few times but I don't think I ever had "true" Scrapple where it really was the worst remaining parts of any meat on an animal (usually pig) plus some kind of breading/flour etc to make it more filling.

I've become familiar with German cooking in the last several years and it's interesting to see some of the connections to what I remember from PA Dutch items.

by Anonymousreply 143August 8, 2023 2:06 PM

There were paper straws that had like a strip of chocolate inside so you could put them in a regular glass of milk and sip and it would taste like chocolate milk.

I haven’t see YooHoo in ages but it’s like Milo, chocolate mixed with water. It’s actually more refreshing when it’s hot than chocolate milk which is too thick for my adult tastes.

by Anonymousreply 144August 8, 2023 2:51 PM

[quote] Pop Tarts had a rival for a few years…called toaster streudel or something like that….

r136 Anyone remember Danish Go-Rounds?

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by Anonymousreply 145August 8, 2023 4:58 PM

Nobody remembers danish go rounds

I am a former pop tarts and toaster strudel addict

by Anonymousreply 146August 8, 2023 5:02 PM

I enjoyed Capri Sun

by Anonymousreply 147August 8, 2023 5:05 PM

R145 I forgot about these…they obviously didn’t leave an impression on me…

by Anonymousreply 148August 8, 2023 5:24 PM

R123 here. I tried the Boo Berry cereal a few hours ago and it was OK. Not as sweet tasting or blueberry tasting as I remember. But that’s just me. If you like the cereal I would encourage you to buy a box and try for yourself. It’s less than seven bucks on Amazon.

It’s not a retro cereal but I really enjoy the new (to me) Fruit Loops with marshmallows. Very tasty!

by Anonymousreply 149August 8, 2023 11:11 PM

R145 were those any good?

by Anonymousreply 150August 8, 2023 11:25 PM

marathon bar, bacon chips

by Anonymousreply 151August 8, 2023 11:30 PM

Thanks R123 R149

I’ve seen it at Grocery Outlet recently for $1. I was thinking it might be good just out of the box.

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by Anonymousreply 153August 8, 2023 11:37 PM

Hominy grits with milk and sugar. Almost every school day I ate it for breakfast. These days I prefer it savory with shrimp or scrambled eggs and cheese. The thought of eating it with milk and sugar today makes me urp.

by Anonymousreply 154August 8, 2023 11:39 PM

Pop Rocks candy, Swanson's TV dinners, Ice Pops, Hersey's chocolate milk. .

by Anonymousreply 155August 9, 2023 12:44 AM

Stouffer's Welsh Rarebit on toast.

by Anonymousreply 156August 9, 2023 12:44 AM

[quote] Trader Joe's has taco-flavored gouda cheese.

What on earth is Trader Joe’s?

by Anonymousreply 157August 9, 2023 12:48 AM

Greg, c’mon. You have to know about Trader Joe…their cookie butter is better than Biscoff’s.

by Anonymousreply 158August 9, 2023 12:54 AM

R144 were they called Flavor Straws?

They sang this Love Me Tender when my father was growing up:

Love me tender

Love me raw

Suck me through a Flavor Straw

by Anonymousreply 159August 9, 2023 1:40 AM

r144 r159 They were called Flav-R Straws. I loved them.

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by Anonymousreply 160August 9, 2023 2:17 AM

The go-to cookies we always had in the house when I was a kid were:

a) the Stella D'Oro "Lady Stella" variety pack. Loved those things.

b) these things we called "Japanese raisin cookies", but I've since learned are called Garibaldis. I think they were actually made from currants, not raisins. I wasn't that crazy about them, but there was something about the texture and the mouth feel of them that appealed to me. They were very moist and chewy, as I recall. If I ever came across them in a store, I'd buy them just for nostalgia's sake.

c) my absolute favorite were Flaky Flix, which were basically a multi layer wafer cookie dipped in chocolate, and then coated with little pieces of corn flakes. We didn't get them often, because they'd be gone within a couple of days.

Also, who remembers that dessert from the 70's that consisted of a mousse-like base, upon which you poured a layer of liquid chocolate, then chilled in the refrigerator until the chocolate solidified? I can't remember the name of it, but I remember liking it. I don't think it lasted very long on the market.

by Anonymousreply 161August 9, 2023 3:57 AM

My family could cruise through a bag of Milano cookies in nothing flat. They’re still around obviously but they don’t taste as good.

by Anonymousreply 162August 9, 2023 10:57 AM

Pepperidge Farm cookies used to be good; my mom generally didn't buy that stuff because it was too expensive, but she'd buy them during the holidays or some other special occasion. I believe PF has since been consumed by some larger food producer because the quality of their stuff is just terrible.

This seems to be the trend for baked products in general: cheaper ingredients + more chemicals to preserve it. But it's shame that there's really nothing (or very little) left between fresh, expensive baked good & cheap crap that lasts forever.

by Anonymousreply 163August 9, 2023 11:07 AM

Hershey's golden candy bars. They were wrapped in gold foil and were thick, like a candy version of a gold brick. My mom and I loved them. We'd get one a couple times a week after she picked me up from school.

by Anonymousreply 164August 9, 2023 11:23 AM

I have an aunt that would always make a pretzel jello mold and bring it to every holiday dinner.

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by Anonymousreply 165August 9, 2023 3:26 PM

Spoon Candy, r161! I remember loving that, especially the hard chocolate top. I think this came out long before Magic Shell.

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by Anonymousreply 166August 9, 2023 3:45 PM

Brach's Pick-A-Mix used to be a supermarket staple, but they've mostly disappeared today. I've been told they still exist here and there, but nowhere near me.

Mint cremes. Vanilla cremes. Caramels. Chocolate stars. Six different flavors of Royals. Peppermints. Custom mix your favorites and pay by the pound. Fat whore heaven.

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by Anonymousreply 167August 9, 2023 4:05 PM

^Oh, I forgot about that - everyone used to fight over the caramels! I also liked those weird candies with coconut & pink, white & chocolate stripes

by Anonymousreply 168August 9, 2023 4:24 PM

Brown bread. With raisins SUPER MOIST. Comes in a fucking can.

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by Anonymousreply 169August 9, 2023 4:26 PM

R168 Brach’s made those

by Anonymousreply 170August 9, 2023 4:27 PM

Has this old timey candy bar been mentioned?

In the mid-'60s we'd buy these at the Ben Franklin store.

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by Anonymousreply 171August 9, 2023 4:30 PM

The original brand of what we referred to a "cum gum".

by Anonymousreply 172August 9, 2023 4:59 PM

Is gum considered a food? I used to love Fruit Stripe gum. Of course, all of the flavor would go away in about 30 seconds of chewing and you were left with bland nothing. But the first 30 seconds were heaven!

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by Anonymousreply 173August 9, 2023 5:02 PM

[quote] The original brand of what we referred to a "cum gum".

That would be Freshen Up, I believe.

by Anonymousreply 174August 9, 2023 8:18 PM

That Seven Up bar looks amazing. I'm sorry I missed it!

by Anonymousreply 175August 9, 2023 8:34 PM

I’ve never heard of that ^ candy bar or the company but it reminds me of the Sky Bar by New England Confectionery Co. it had four different flavors. The company made several other candies (eg Sweethearts that you see around Valentines Day) and when it went broke in 2018, all the machinery was sold off except no one wanted the machines to make Sky Bars which I found unbearably sad.

by Anonymousreply 176August 10, 2023 2:04 AM

Swanson fried chicken tv dinner, bonus if no corn kernels fell in the brownie batter.

by Anonymousreply 177August 10, 2023 2:51 AM

In the mid 70s I ate a lot of boil in a bag lunches. The one I remember most is the sliced turkey. My mom would put a slice of white Wonder bread on a plate. Once the meal was finished boiling, she’d cut it open and let the slices of turkey and a big amount of gravy saturate that bread.

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by Anonymousreply 178August 10, 2023 3:10 AM

My sister still makes some variation of icebox cake with graham crackers and pudding. I haven't had it in over 40 years. Now I'm craving it.

R124 = Walter Cunningham

by Anonymousreply 179August 10, 2023 3:15 AM

Corned beef hash patties made with canned corned beef. With ketchup.

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by Anonymousreply 181August 10, 2023 3:32 AM

Cold calamari on Christmas morning left over from the night before.

by Anonymousreply 182August 10, 2023 4:52 PM

[quote] Greg, c’mon. You have to know about Trader Joe…their cookie butter is better than Biscoff’s.

Yes, R158, I do know about Trader Joe’s.

There’s one on Boylston Street that I can easily walk to from home. I sometimes purchase rack of lamb there.

by Anonymousreply 183August 10, 2023 7:06 PM

[quote] if no corn kernels fell in the brownie batter

Corn? When did I have corn?

by Anonymousreply 184August 10, 2023 7:35 PM

R144 These were the original straws.

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by Anonymousreply 185August 10, 2023 8:00 PM

Canned corn and peas. Can’t stomach them today. Either fresh or frozen, not canned.

by Anonymousreply 186August 11, 2023 12:36 AM

I miss chicken meat floss - haven't had it since I was little!

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by Anonymousreply 187August 11, 2023 2:19 AM

[quote]Is gum considered a food?


by Anonymousreply 188August 11, 2023 2:50 AM

[quote]Chicken McNuggets are in fact ground up chicken lips and assholes

[quote]R68 chickens have lips? I thought they had beaks

[quote]They have lips

This exchange is hilarious.

by Anonymousreply 189August 11, 2023 4:38 AM

Not exactly a food, but my mother used to fry *everything* in lard or bacon fat. Almost anything is palatable once it's been cooked in bacon fat.

by Anonymousreply 190August 11, 2023 5:28 PM

R190 even Brussel sprouts?

by Anonymousreply 191August 11, 2023 8:25 PM

R176 Rejoice, Skybars are still made. Your lucky fat whore day!

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by Anonymousreply 193August 12, 2023 1:00 AM

My favorite.

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by Anonymousreply 194August 12, 2023 4:07 AM

My sister loved those Swedish fish candies. I thought they were gross.

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by Anonymousreply 195August 12, 2023 4:23 AM

Popcorn balls wrapped in colored cellophane

by Anonymousreply 196August 12, 2023 7:54 PM

Calves' liver. Bacon was involved. Not sure if my dad liked it. My sister liked it. I think my mom would've made it more often if more of us liked it.

by Anonymousreply 197August 12, 2023 7:56 PM

r194=Ingrid Bergman in "Murder on the Orient Express"

by Anonymousreply 198August 12, 2023 8:28 PM

Saw this on Reddit - I had completely forgotten about them.

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by Anonymousreply 199August 12, 2023 9:23 PM

I give Fruity Pebbles cereal a pass for the sheer pointillism of the product once suspended in a bowl of milk. It’s a gorgeous work of art. So much so that it was presented to delighted oohs and ahs to the royal family of New Guinea as a dessert at a Gerald and Betty Ford state dinner.

by Anonymousreply 200August 12, 2023 10:58 PM

Strawberry fruit roll ups from Betty Crocker

by Anonymousreply 201August 13, 2023 5:33 PM

Danish-Go-Rounds were better than Pop Tarts

by Anonymousreply 202August 14, 2023 2:29 AM

Dutch Twins chocolate stick cookies.

by Anonymousreply 203August 14, 2023 3:33 AM

R176 I love Sky Bars too, and they’re making them again!

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by Anonymousreply 204August 14, 2023 6:05 AM

Shake 'n' Bake

by Anonymousreply 205August 14, 2023 6:09 AM

R204 You have to buy a minimum of 24, which with shipping is $62. Those candy bars had better make me cum for that price!

by Anonymousreply 206August 14, 2023 12:23 PM

Spanish Bar Cake and Hawaiian Delight, both from A&P, R.I.P.

by Anonymousreply 207August 14, 2023 12:52 PM

Tastykake…when we had our school breakfast program in Philadelphia, we’d get their cupcakes and oatmeal raisin bars. But they didn’t taste like the stuff that we got from the corner store…they added vitamins to the recipe, giving them a rather odd taste. I am guessing that the School Board was acting on the advice from government nutritionists or something.

by Anonymousreply 208August 14, 2023 1:34 PM

Spanish fly

by Anonymousreply 209August 14, 2023 1:58 PM

Nasty Betty Crocker tuna twist box mix. The lazy person (my mom) way to fuck up tuna salad.

by Anonymousreply 210August 14, 2023 9:09 PM

R210, when I was growing up we ate Tuna Helper (Hamburger Helper’s cousin?) pretty often. It was hot — kind of like Mac and cheese with canned tuna. Sounds so gross now, but I liked it as a kid.

by Anonymousreply 211August 14, 2023 11:41 PM

Yes but we all know even gay kids have dubious tastes

by Anonymousreply 212August 15, 2023 12:02 AM

[quote]Nasty Betty Crocker tuna twist box mix.

Betty--where's that tuna smell coming from?

by Anonymousreply 213August 15, 2023 12:27 AM

Twigs, DooDads, Swiss Cheese Crackers, French Onion thin crackers

Screw you Nabisco for removing all the good snacks

by Anonymousreply 214August 15, 2023 1:46 AM

Lucky Charms— I wanted to eat only those chemical “charms” that came in different colors and leave behind the soggy rest.

by Anonymousreply 215August 15, 2023 4:43 AM

R211, We used to get Tuna Helper Tuna Tetrazzini. Never had Hamburger Helper. Tuna Tetrazzini was so damn good. My favorite.

I think they still make it. I might buy a box and attempt to reverse engineer it with slightly more respectable ingredients.

My least favorite thing was some abomination called "Barbecue Beef Cups." It went something like, cook and drain some ground beef and onion. Add a half bottle or so of barbecue sauce and mix well. Spray a muffin pan. Mix up some Bisquick batter and fill each muffin pan 'slot' about 1/2-2/3 full (again, I hated this stuff so I didn't watch closely, but this is the gist of it). Spoon barbecue hamburger (like a serving spoon amount) in the center of each portion of Bisquick in the muffin pan. Sprinkle each with cheese and bake at 350.

The rest of my family loved it, that's why I included the directions, just in case it sounded good to someone.

by Anonymousreply 216August 15, 2023 5:45 AM

I learned in home ec to make the mini pizzas using the canned biscuit dough and ate those as a teenager.

by Anonymousreply 217August 15, 2023 7:07 AM

Loved jelly beans at Easter as a kid. But they're not as good. It must be the corn syrup.

by Anonymousreply 218August 15, 2023 8:05 AM

R215 I ate a whole box of Lucky Charms one afternoon and I kid you not, I shit horse shows and clover shapes late that night.

by Anonymousreply 219August 16, 2023 3:33 AM

At Christmas time my Mom would make Chex Mix, she added lots of nuts to it.

I bought a bag of Chex Mix recently and they don't even give you peanuts any more, just dry ass breadsticks instead.

by Anonymousreply 220August 16, 2023 3:49 AM

R214, I loved DooDads and Tidbits

by Anonymousreply 221August 16, 2023 3:52 AM

r220 Whenever I buy the Cheddar flavor Chex Mix (my favorite), I always add a bunch of cocktail peanuts or dry-roasted peanuts to it and shake the bag real well.

by Anonymousreply 222August 16, 2023 3:55 AM

Knox Blocks. Basically flavored jello wirh Knox unflavored gelatin added to thicken to the point they could be cut. I think Jello called them Jello jugglers a decade or so later.

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by Anonymousreply 223August 16, 2023 4:00 AM

I didn't realize how good I had it because my Mom used to make meals mostly from scratch all the time. My neighbor friend used to get tv dinners and I begged my Mom to buy me one. Also used to beg my Mom for the cheapie cardboard type frozen pizza, I thought it was the best.

by Anonymousreply 224August 16, 2023 4:03 AM

Utz Pub Mix is a good substitute for Chex mix. It’s better than Chex mix, actually.

by Anonymousreply 225August 16, 2023 6:33 AM

R224, the home of my wealthy ‘60s childhood friend had tv dinners - my family did not - so I grew up associating tv dinners with affluence.

by Anonymousreply 226August 16, 2023 7:05 AM

Stouffer's french bread pizza and Steak-Umms. I was a fat whore latchkey kid for a few years, these were easy to make.

by Anonymousreply 227August 16, 2023 4:59 PM

Gardettos snack mix is best of all, but it’s probably also the most deadly.

by Anonymousreply 228August 16, 2023 6:34 PM

Every holiday someone would bring an Oreo crust pan filled with the seasonal peppermint ice cream for dessert.

by Anonymousreply 229August 16, 2023 8:32 PM

Do they still make Scooter Pies? Addictive af.

by Anonymousreply 230August 16, 2023 8:55 PM

R216, it sounds delicious to me, but I think it would be better if you put the barbecue beef in the bottom of the cups and spooned the biscuit mix on top, where it would puff up and brown. Then again, that wouldn’t be beef “cups”, and I don’t know how you’d serve it without making a mess. But it would be a tasty mess. Beef and onions, barbecue sauce, and biscuits. What’s not to like?

by Anonymousreply 231August 17, 2023 8:26 AM

Several people have mentioned that cheap baked products don’t taste as good as they used to. This has come up on the DL before (probably many times!), and some comments suggested it was because they had reduced or eliminated the trans fats. Could that be it? It makes sense to me because many crackers taste like sawdust now – much drier and without the buttery flavor they used to have.

by Anonymousreply 232August 17, 2023 8:27 AM

Stouffers French Bread PIzzas

by Anonymousreply 233August 17, 2023 9:02 AM

R73 and R53, you know that Taco Bell makes a Nacho Cheese Taco Supreme, complete with ground beef, taco seasoning, lettuce, tomato, cheese and sour cream, right?

I agree that taco favored chips are better than nacho cheese, but OTOH you don't have to make the Taco Bell taco yourself, and you can break the tacos up in a bowl and pour Catalina dressing over them for roughly the same effect.

Full disclosure: I have not tried the Nacho Cheese Taco Supreme, although I am going to very soon now that this thread has inspired me.

by Anonymousreply 234August 17, 2023 11:30 PM

R232 if that’s the case then I need to start a petition to bring back trans fats! What’s the point of living if you can’t enjoy yummy treats every once in a while?

by Anonymousreply 235August 18, 2023 12:30 AM

[quote] Steak-Umms

r227 As a teenager I used to make Steak-Umms sandwiches with swiss cheese and fried onions on sourdough. Delicious.

by Anonymousreply 236August 18, 2023 2:15 AM

Velveeta cheese. Not sure if it's been mentioned yet or if it's really cheese.

by Anonymousreply 237August 18, 2023 2:18 AM

A sandwich is a sandwich but a Manwich is a MEAL.

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by Anonymousreply 238August 18, 2023 2:33 AM

Manwiches were quite good, if I do say so. Can you still buy it?

by Anonymousreply 239August 18, 2023 2:48 AM

Yes it is still sold hither and yon

by Anonymousreply 240August 18, 2023 3:20 AM

I could never get the Manwich meat to stay in the bun. (Not talking in code here, I couldn't get the actual hamburger meat to stay in the bun!)

by Anonymousreply 241August 18, 2023 4:24 AM

I don't think any of these foods are made the same way as in the past. Velveeta changed a long time ago (the flavor reminds me of nail polish remover). It's probably easy to make sloppy Joes without Manwich. Maybe use a dry (packet) mix for that.

by Anonymousreply 242August 18, 2023 4:33 AM

I don't care for the tomato taste in a Manwich. I did like the old school BBQs though. My Aunt worked at a school years ago and had the recipe and we would beg her to make them for us.

by Anonymousreply 243August 18, 2023 5:39 AM

Those tacos from Jack in the Box where the tortilla shell and mystery-meat filling are deep-fried together.

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by Anonymousreply 244August 18, 2023 6:02 AM

r244 What's even better was Jack in the Box's Monster Taco. It was giant version. Last time I was there they had discontinued it.

by Anonymousreply 245August 18, 2023 6:37 AM

R241, whatever the ad shows, any sensible person eats a sloppy joe (which is what Manwich is) with a knife and fork.

You can make your own, as R242 says, and use less sauce than the recipe directs. That way, the mixture will be less runny. The meat will still tend to fall out when you try to pick it up though.

by Anonymousreply 246August 18, 2023 6:44 AM

Sloppy Joes.

by Anonymousreply 247August 18, 2023 6:55 AM

R245 Apparently, the Monster Taco is something they discontinue and break back, then discontinue and bring back, etc.

I guess for the last two years, they've used it as a Halloween promotional item. Perhaps look for it again in a couple of months....

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by Anonymousreply 248August 18, 2023 7:01 AM

r248 It sounds like they bring it back but the sales are disappointing so they discontinue it again. The article mentions the Super Taco. It was the same thing.

by Anonymousreply 249August 18, 2023 7:31 AM

Fried Spam on a roll!

by Anonymousreply 250August 18, 2023 2:32 PM

I consumed so much SPAM in the military that I can’t even look at it anymore today.

by Anonymousreply 251August 18, 2023 3:03 PM

R229 that sounds epic! Damn!

by Anonymousreply 252August 18, 2023 4:19 PM

Munsters Fun Paks in the fall. They were orange Sno Balls from Hostess that licensed the Munsters name back in the early 90s. Now they are known as “Scary Cakes”.

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by Anonymousreply 254August 18, 2023 7:07 PM

I thought Manwich was just a brand name for sloppy joes. Are they different?

by Anonymousreply 255August 18, 2023 7:07 PM

Tato Skins.

And don’t tell me about the TGIF version— they’re not the same!

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by Anonymousreply 256August 18, 2023 7:12 PM

Taylor Ham, a/k/a Pork Roll. We had this at almost every Sunday breakfast or for a quick meal (fried egg, slice of cheese, pork roll on a hard roll). Now that I know what's in it, I can't eat it.

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by Anonymousreply 257August 18, 2023 7:14 PM

Fish sticks dipped in French dressing

by Anonymousreply 258August 18, 2023 7:23 PM

I haven't had fruit cocktail in 20 years, but I love it. Is this still sold in the supermarket?

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by Anonymousreply 259August 18, 2023 7:27 PM

Dunno where you grew up but in Connecticut we ate sloppy joes with our hands. They were made with chewy Portuguese hard rolls, which stood up well and with support for the "slop".

by Anonymousreply 260August 18, 2023 7:27 PM

It is still sold in markets R259. As a kid, I would pour some of the syrup and some of the fruit over a bowl of vanilla ice cream.

I could go for some right now.

by Anonymousreply 261August 18, 2023 7:33 PM

[quote]I thought Manwich was just a brand name for sloppy joes. Are they different?

Manwich is a canned sauce that you add to ground beef to make a Sloppy Joe. You can make Sloppy Joe's from scratch.

by Anonymousreply 262August 18, 2023 7:36 PM

I hate the grapes in fruit cocktail.

by Anonymousreply 263August 18, 2023 7:40 PM

How do you feel about the grapes in your Fruit of the Looms?

by Anonymousreply 264August 18, 2023 7:47 PM

This was my favorite tv dinner as a kid. I especially loved the warm vanilla pudding and the peas.

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by Anonymousreply 265August 18, 2023 7:48 PM

[quote] I hate the grapes in fruit cocktail.

r263 You call that pallid green thing a grape?

by Anonymousreply 266August 18, 2023 7:50 PM

[quote] I especially loved the warm vanilla pudding

Prepared you for swallowing something else with a similar color and texture later in life.

by Anonymousreply 267August 18, 2023 7:51 PM

[quote] Now that I know what's in it, I can't eat it.

Lips and assholes?

by Anonymousreply 268August 18, 2023 7:56 PM

R256 OMG, I totally forgot about those. Those were great. However, those were from my adulthood, not childhood. 😉😉

by Anonymousreply 269August 18, 2023 9:04 PM

r268 Every part of the pig but the squeal.

by Anonymousreply 270August 18, 2023 9:06 PM

Some of these are more nostalg-ICK.

by Anonymousreply 271August 18, 2023 9:06 PM

This was a favorite after school,snack.

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by Anonymousreply 272August 18, 2023 9:19 PM

And then there’s my asshole!

by Anonymousreply 273August 18, 2023 9:30 PM

Your asshole was a nostalgic food from childhood?

by Anonymousreply 274August 18, 2023 9:31 PM

No, but his dad's was.

by Anonymousreply 275August 18, 2023 9:34 PM

Bacon Thins

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by Anonymousreply 276August 18, 2023 9:36 PM

The first cakes I made were from Betty Crocker: Answer Cake!

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by Anonymousreply 277August 18, 2023 9:37 PM

r277 I remember those!

by Anonymousreply 278August 18, 2023 9:38 PM

If cake was the answer,what was the question, R277?

by Anonymousreply 279August 18, 2023 10:46 PM

I was obsessed with jolly ranchers

by Anonymousreply 280August 18, 2023 10:50 PM

[quote]If cake was the answer,what was the question, [R277]?

I'll take "Moist As a Snack Cake" for $200, Alex.

by Anonymousreply 281August 18, 2023 10:52 PM

My grandparents made Pillsbury orange rolls as a weekend treat when I was a kid. I never liked them as well as cinnamon or even pecan rolls, so I've not eaten them since. But whenever I see them in the store or catch a scent of orange frosting, it takes me right back to their kitchen.

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by Anonymousreply 282August 18, 2023 11:41 PM

I bought canned peaches in heavy syrup and cottage cheese tonight

by Anonymousreply 283August 18, 2023 11:44 PM

R282 my dad loved those. Reminds me of him. Thx.

by Anonymousreply 284August 18, 2023 11:45 PM

[quote] I bought canned peaches in heavy syrup and cottage cheese tonight

r283 Well aren't you special. 🤣

by Anonymousreply 285August 19, 2023 1:44 AM

Don't be such a cunt, Queerface. R283 was enjoying a moment.

by Anonymousreply 286August 19, 2023 2:42 AM

r286 Oh, calm down. The laughing head shows I'm just playing. When I was a kid it was pineapple on cottage cheese. But Russian dressing on cottage cheese is the bomb.

by Anonymousreply 287August 19, 2023 2:50 AM

[quote] But Russian dressing on cottage cheese is the bomb.

Frankly, that sounds disgusting.

by Anonymousreply 288August 19, 2023 3:33 AM

Doo-dads had some spicy powder like beef bouillon in it that made it special.

by Anonymousreply 289August 19, 2023 3:45 AM

Richard Nixon loved ketchup on cottage cheese.

by Anonymousreply 290August 19, 2023 3:55 AM

[quote] Frankly, that [Russian dressing] sounds disgusting.

[quote] Richard Nixon loved ketchup on cottage cheese.

r288 r290 Same principle. But yeah, I've never met anyone else who likes it. Maybe that's why I have such a queer face. 🤣

by Anonymousreply 291August 19, 2023 4:23 AM

r283 how about Katherine Kulman's meal - fried catfish with a side of canned peaches in heavy syrup?

by Anonymousreply 292August 19, 2023 11:31 AM

I love hot sauce on cottage cheese: Pico Pica brand, or Taco Bell Fire sauce.

by Anonymousreply 293August 19, 2023 1:14 PM

"Hooray for Beefaroni"

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by Anonymousreply 294September 11, 2023 8:23 PM

I was obsessed with cereal: Cinnamon Toast Crunch, Mini Wheats and Frosted Flakes were my favorites.

Ketchup flavored chips.

Hawaiian Punch (only on vacation).

Lime, orange and strawberry sherbert.


by Anonymousreply 295September 11, 2023 8:27 PM

I loved Campbell's Tomato Bisque soup. It was so rich and tasty I could eat it out of the can with a spoon, like tomato pudding.

Now it tastes like the can.

by Anonymousreply 296September 11, 2023 8:53 PM

R295 try making the cinnamon cereal like you would Rice Krispies treats. Very tasty.

by Anonymousreply 297September 12, 2023 1:28 AM

There was a Boston Cream Pie cake mix that was very good.

by Anonymousreply 298September 15, 2023 2:04 PM

A Eskimo Pie, widda knife!

by Anonymousreply 299September 15, 2023 2:55 PM

Underwood Chicken Spread, despite this commercial with Mason Reese. I loved finding that sandwich in my Hot Wheels lunchbox. It was better than tuna, baloney/bologna, or ham. I tried it recently, and it’s nothing like I remember.

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by Anonymousreply 300September 15, 2023 3:04 PM

R300-What is?

by Anonymousreply 301September 15, 2023 4:22 PM

R301, Hydrox cookies, similar to Oreos but with more emphasis on the cookie than on the filling, are now made by Leaf and are exactly as I remember when they were made by Sunshine. Rarely had Oreos during the multi-year Hydrox drought.

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by Anonymousreply 302September 15, 2023 9:26 PM

Thanks, R302. I was always partial to Hydrox.

by Anonymousreply 303September 15, 2023 9:39 PM

Those tiny little cakes I made with my Easy-Bake Oven. I loved eating the batter too.

by Anonymousreply 304September 16, 2023 12:46 PM

Rainbow layered cake: lemon, strawberry, chocolate layers with grape jelly between and sour cream icing. Yum!

by Anonymousreply 305September 17, 2023 2:21 AM

Someone gave me a box of MAYPO the other day. I definitely remember the commercials from my long-ago youth, and the commercials said it was maple-flavored oatmeal. Well, not anymore -- it's just "quick cream farina" (at least now.) So neither maple-flavored nor oatmeal. Oh, well.

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