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October 23, 2008

Foods of the Eighties

Filed under: Uncategorized — jstreed1476 @ 4:21 pm

Kottke linked this (not terribly good) list of foods from the Eighties. Here are my additions:

Pepsi Free – got a bump from Back to the Future but didn’t survive the decade, I think

Cinnamon Toast Crunch cereal – My brother was addicted to this. To me, it was another sign that our parents indulged him.

Choco Bliss – A Hostess-brand (I think) snack cake. Chocolate-frosted chocolate cake with chocolate whipped cream filling inside. I’d eat three in row!

New York Seltzer – Super-sweetened soda sold in tiny little bottles. Peach flavor was great.

Cherry 7up – I can’t think of it without remembering the commercial with a meet-cute between two very acid-washed-jeans-jacket teens.

Quiche – maybe it was big in the 70s, too, but I remember its invasion of every holiday gathering from about ’82-’87. Easter, especially.

Budget Gourmet microwave meals – My dad and I would eat one of these (Swedish meatballs, usually) as a “light supper” before heading to the Rec for pickup basketball. Tiny, loaded with salt, easy to overcook, and just barely good enough.

Skor candy bars – Loved the Viking-themed commercials.

That’s off the top of my head. But a lot of my other food memories from that decade (and I think about food plenty) are less branded, more local or home-cooked.

Stir-fry – one of my Dad’s coworkers was from Thailand, and she showed my mom how to make honest-to-goodness egg rolls (never had their equal since), stir-fried anything, delicious sea-weed and tofu soup (no kidding!), and first-rate rice.

Coffee and ice-cream from Iowa City’s long-gone Great Midwestern Ice Cream Company – where I learned to pretend to read literature and act like an English major.

Soups and sandwiches from Iowa-City’s long-gone Bushnell’s Turtle deli – I’m pathetically nostalgic about my one-time hometown.

Seafood chowder – most Christmases, my mom mad a terrific chowder full of shrimp, crab, whitefish, potatoes, carrots, and so one. Campbell’s cheese soup was its base, oddly enough.



  1. ‘isn’t it cool in pink?’

    Comment by Sean Meade — October 24, 2008 @ 1:52 pm

  2. Bingo!

    Comment by jstreed1476 — October 24, 2008 @ 6:34 pm

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