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Top 10 Foods of the 80s

Here is the list of the top 10 iconic 1980s foods that evoke the era as much as the music, the shoulder pads, and the talking Teddy Ruxpin toy.

10. Jawbreakers

Like spicy food, these dangerous, choke-inducing spheres inspired serious candy egos. Can you handle it? No, seriously, can you? And they came in a slew of sizes, depending on your tolerance. "Oh snap, he has the mega-breaker!"

9. The California Raisins

When the dried-fruit world creates their own pop sensation, big things happen. Shriveled-up grapes can become Motown rock stars! Maybe prunes were never in the right place at the right time, but raisins definitely were.

8. Cool Ranch Doritos

Before the 100-cal-packified era, the most popular snack in the Circle K was a turquoise-flecked triangular chip. With actual fat!

7. Tri-Color Pasta Salad

Pasta salads were hot in the '80s, especially in elbow, wagon wheel, and squiggly shapes, and shades of peach, pistachio, and normal-off-white-noodle. Toss them with canned olives and powdered salad dressing, and you were the most popular person at the potluck.

6. Orange Julius

Why don't Orange Julius stands exist anymore? Due to a corporate merger, they can actually be found in select Dairy Queens, seven of these are hiding in Singapore.

5. Equal

The first aspartame pixie dust sold to consumers, Equal may keep your thighs right for bike-shorts, but we worry about what its evil toxins will do to the rest of you. Maybe consumers weren't aware of the health risks in the '80s, but even now, it's so easy to justify that one little blue package. Especially in baby blue. Baby blue would never hurt us.

4. Artificially Flavored Fruit Snacks

Did you have one of the cool moms who bought you Fruit by the Foot, Gushers, or Fruit Roll-Ups? Mine didn't (she opted for real fruit) and is still paying the therapist bills.

3. Tab Cola

Tab, are you really just Diet Coke hiding in a fuchsia can? Why do you creep up on weird corners of grocery aisles? Since this soda catered to "beautiful people," Tab ran commercials where the sleek can made waifish girls irresistible to hot guys.

2. Lean Cuisine

It was the dawn of a low-fat gastronomical revolution. Scientists realized they could create "healthy" chicken teriyaki meals from sodium phosphates, modified cornstarch, high-fructose corn syrup, and caramel color. Launched in 1981, the zappable Lean Cuisines started with ten options; they now offer more than 100.

1. Capri Sun

Straw-stabbing styles got very personal with Capri Sun -- at the pouch's belly (risking a waterfall effect), at the bottom (for tricky upside-down enjoyment), or at the designated spot (for purists). Just don't stab straight through to the other side. Flavors more or less tasted the same -- a fruity "tropical" punch, with or without added kiwi strawberry syrups. First trademarked in Germany in the '50s, the pouches later became huge at soccer games and school lunches.

From Ed Levine Eats.

What are some of your favorites? Mine would have to be O'Boise's potato chips, Planter's PB Crisps, and Tato Skins chips.



( 8 comments — Leave a comment )
Feb. 27th, 2009 05:13 pm (UTC)
I associate the 80s with these - White Mountain Coolers.
Feb. 27th, 2009 08:47 pm (UTC)
Postum, bonkers, birch beer, dum dum lolipops, tootsie pops...
Feb. 27th, 2009 09:44 pm (UTC)
I still drink birch beer all the time, although I do miss Hires. :(
Feb. 27th, 2009 08:51 pm (UTC)
New York Seltzer(delish cream soda flavor!)
Ecto Cooler from Hi-C
Giggles cookies
Feb. 28th, 2009 01:30 am (UTC)
I love Ecto Cooler. I always have to remind people of it.
Feb. 28th, 2009 07:11 am (UTC)
dude ecto cooler and turtle pies(those hostess ones with the green pudding) were my life
Feb. 28th, 2009 01:30 am (UTC)
I LOVED Orange Julius as a kid. It's like ice, cream, and oj in a blender.
Mar. 2nd, 2009 02:47 pm (UTC)
There is a dairy queen with orange julius attached in my mall!!! Its delish! haha.
Woodbridge Center Mall in NJ the guy there is really nice but sometimes to nice to the ladies! haha he gives me special orders!
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