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Bubble Gum Card Motorcycle Sound
Topps baseball cards with the little square of hard bubble gum. Place the cards in the spokes of your bike wheels with clothes pins and you had bicycle that sounded like a motorcycle. Locally, Chase Brothers dairy delivered fresh milk, butter and eggs. My wife's family, who lived in a different part of town (and a decade later), got their milk delivered by Golden Top Dairy. --- Gary,1947 and Ruth, 1958 from So Cal

Chocolate Soldiers
I have SO many food memories! Like, does anyone remember Chocolate Soldiers? It was a chocolate soda in a real glass bottle (sort of like Yoo-Hoo) My dad would take me to the Co-op and I'd get either one of those or a Grape Nehi. Also, Coney Islands (in Tulsa, OK), little yummy weiners in tiny hot dog buns with chili and cheese (and I'd cover it with Tabasco) and drink a strawberry pop. YUM! As far as candy, I used to get Mystery Middles, which was a jawbreaker with a sweet-tart in the middle, and cinnamon toothpicks. I loved those orange wax harmonicas, Pixie sticks, Chic-o-stix, Sixlets, Smarties, and remember those gum rocks that came in a little drawstring bag? That's all I can think of for the moment, but I know there's MORE memories where those came from! --- Kim, Oklahoma, 1962

Great Shakes
Of course Bosco and Hershey's were great but in the mid 60s there was a product called "Great Shakes" which came with its own shake cup and straw. You put the mix in with and shook it real well then inserted the straw. Even Keith Moon of the Who made a radio commercial extoling its virtues. I think it had different flavors but I liked the malted chocolate milk the best. Would sure like to get some today if its still available. --- Neil, Allentown, PA, 1960

Belle’s Luncheonette
Walking home from school there was Belles Lunchonette, The Cozy Nook, or Ali-Baba's(we called it that, I never new the actual name) If I saved a few days milk money I could stop at Belles and get a Caravelle Bar. They were 2 small bars in one pack. At school those ice cream sandwiches for .10 were a pretty good deal. Did any one ever actally eat the gum that came with a pack of Baseball cards? Remember the kid who came to school saying he bought one pack of cards and he wound up going home with over 50! Reading through all this nostalgia two favorites came to mind --remember when Ice cubes first came out? They were little squares of really good chocolate and cost .2 apiece. I grew up in N. California and on a recent visit bought one for a quarter and it was not the same. Also, we had a big round nutty candy bar filled with thick, pink, cherry stuff-- what was it called?? --- Laura, 1953 N.Calif and Spencer, 1956 Long Beach, NY

Breakfast Squares
Both my wife and I remember as children enjoying Breakfast Squares (we believe they were made by Carnation). We know that there were chocolate flavored ones (our favorite). --- Dave, Belleville, IL 1957

OldTime Candy Online
Here's another good place to get the old time candies (but not Turkish Taffey). Try Dorks if you like TT! (I don't know these people; I just buy their candy) I DO remember Bonomo Turkish Taffey (in Illinois) and Burger Chef (in Scottsdale, AZ) and miss them dearly. I wrote to the president of Tootsie Roll a couple of years ago and asked that they produce Turkish Taffey again (they bought the rights). They put out some small ones about ten years ago and then stopped again. I really miss the large ones and I'd bet if a million or so of us kept writing them, they might bring it back. --- Michael, San Diego, 1946

Also, try (sorry, no Turkish Taffy here, either).

Start, Puffa Puffa Rice...
I remember Start powdered breakfast Tang only better! Also, Kellog's Puffa Puffa Rice cereal. Part of the jingle went: A new-a a now-a a-Kellog's a-bring-a you...toasted, toasted rice" - something like that. Big Buddy gum. Two that have been mentioned, but need another nod are Whip 'n' Chill and Bubs Daddy gum. Well...think I'll grab my Super Ball and ride my Stingray bike (with the banana seat of course) over to the junior high. Be back for dinner, Mom! --- Rich, Bloomfield Hills, MI, 1957

MilkShake Bars
I had a sweet tooth for Holloway's "Milkskake" candy bars and "Mallo Cups" made by Boyer. Milkshakes candy bars tasted something like a malted Mars Milkyway would and Mallo Cups were similar to the shape and size of Reese's Peanutbutter cups except with marshmello centers. I know where some of the old types of candy are still sold that some of you mentioned like the wax coke shaped bottles with different flavors of drink inside. I've seen them at Cracker Barrel Old Country Store and Restaurant. Along with other old familiar candies. Too many to list. I really enjoyed reading everyone candy memories. --- Billy, Nashville, TN - 1957

Bond's Ice Cream Parlor
We visited the one in Clifton The name of the shopping center was "Styertown"
When you went to Bond's with the gang, you always got the AWFUL -AWFUL milkshake. After drinking 3 (in one sitting) the fourth was free. Most of us had trouble getting the third one down. If you accomplished this task, your name went on a list posted on the wall. There was a lot of barfing associated with the Awful-Awful. Better than the Awful-Awful was the Pig's Dinner. This was a wooden pig's feeding trough, lined with waxed paper, and containing the largest ice cream sundae you ever saw. After finishing one of these, you got a button which stated - "I was a pig at Bond's" These buttons were collected, and most of us put them on our sun-visors. --- BJH, Carlstadt, NJ 1960

When I was a child growing up in Brooklyn, New York, I loved to eat Cho Chos so much that I got the nickname of "Cho-Cho". My family moved west when I was 10 years old and I never saw or heard of them again. Many years later, while working in the city of Oceanside, Cal., I met and married a wonderful woman. Lo and behold, while talking of our pasts, Doris mentioned how much she used to love eating cho chos as a child while visiting her grandparents in St. Louis, Mo. This was the first person I had ever met who even had heard of this treat. We often have wondered whatever happened to those delicious Cho Chos. --- George Ahrens, Brooklyn, NY 1931 (currently residing: Oceanside, CA) married to 1947 Baby Boomer: Doris Ahrens, St. Louis, MO

Double Delight Ice Cream Bars
My gosh, I remember Double Delight ice cream bars, long and narrow vanilla w/a tunnel of fudge through the middle. Also Sweetie Pies, like moon pies only better. The best soda's were Nesbitts orange, strawberry and grape. Nutty Buddy ice cream cones. Fizzies, tho the ones they have out now are not as good as the originals. Walnettos; now there is a candy they need to revive! I also was hooked on Jello's Whip N Chill and Jello 1,2,3. The original candy cigarettes actually helped me quit smoking. 7-UP bars first came in milk chocolate, then they made them in dark chocolate. I thought I saw some on the market about 15 years ago. My Gramma had a small grocery store and I remember sneaking pop from the garage. Quench was one of the greats, a grapefruit soda that really quenched your thirst. Eskimo pies were called ice cream slices. Thanks so much for the website, it brings back so many wonderful memories. --- Judi, Kalama, Washington 1955

Radioactive Candy Powder
When I was in junior high, the rage was that powdered fruit-flavored stuff in a flat envelope. Pour it onto your tongue and it effervesced! To a kid, it was a cool thing. I liked the grape flavor. There was a rumor that they were radioactive, which made them even more desirable to some. In 6th grade, it was Now Or Laters, which, when pronounced by my deeply southern schoolmates sounded like "annihilaters", which confused me; having moved from the midwest. They still make them; they're like Starburst Fruit Chews. Space Food Sticks ruled. In 5th grade, everyone had to have Whacky Packs bubble gum. Not for the gum, which probably no one chewed, but for the stickers that satirized popular consumer products. Rice-a-Phony, the San Francisco Treat. --- John Reep, Jacksonville Florida, 1964

White Tower Restaurants
The last "official" (still owned by the company) White Tower Restaurant closed this past November here in Pittsburgh. It was just torn down recently. When I was an usher at a downtown movie theatre I used to eat at the Sixth Street White Tower everyday. Where else could you order a burger, have it cooked fresh and actually eat it in one of those stupid 15 minute dinner breaks?

I also remember when Hardee's was Sandy's here in the midwest. Was it me, or were they better then? Here's a really hard one. It might be Pittsburgh only, but here goes. Braun's used to bake these. They were sort of like Twinkies, but the had a rasberry swirl inside of them. The called them Captain Astro Snacks. Complete with a mascott in what looked like a metallic gold colored Flash-type costume. No one seems to remember this but me. --- Steve, Pittsburgh, 1961

Until I read John's memories [below], I had forgotten all about Shakey's pizza parlor -- we had one here, too. I recall going there with some high school buddies in the early '70s. They served a weekday lunch buffet with all-you-could-eat of pizza, fried chicken, and fried potatoes. Some of the pizza toppings seemed pretty exotic at the time -- such as pineapple with ham, etc. I wonder if any Shakey's restaurants are still in existence today. Also, I can recall in the '60s we had a hamburger stand called Chuck-a-Burger. Don't think many of them remain, although I do believe one is still in operation in the St. Louis area. Also, like Diana, I recall Sandy's. At some point it did become a Hardee's, though I don't recall in which year. --- Dave, Belleville, IL, 1957

There is still a Shakey’s in Wausau, Wisconsin.

Free Admission
Many years ago when entering an amusement park was free (Knotts Berry Farm) all a kid had to worry about was having enough money to buy some Rock Candy, this was also a time when Royal Crown cola, Scooter Pies and my all time favorite Chocolate Babies where abundant. --- Cheryl Frontroy, Cypress Calif. 1963 (see our vacations page for more amusement park memories)

Cereal Shot from Guns
You know how something just sticks in your mind about your childhood. Here's one: I can remember sending away a Quaker Puffed Rice box top along with some money (probably 25 cents) to get a realistic cannon - metal, not plastic - that actually shot a piece of puffed rice. Remember their slogan, "Shot from guns?" --- Mike, Pleasant Hill, OR 1947

We actually ate this stuff?!
How about: El Chrito Mexican dinners in the foil pans, Black Wax Moustaches, Wax Pan Pipe (Halloween), Black Jack Gum, Clove Gum, Pepsin Gum, Der Weiner Schnitzel restaurant, Skinner Raisin Bran, Quisp Cereal, glassware in oatmeal, French Fried Pickles, Bull Of The Woods Chewing Tobacco (my husband tried and tried, but couldn't get his mom to buy it when he was six, and she never told him why!), Chunky (with & without raisins)-Open Wide For Chunky!, Chicken Sticks, Boston Baked Beans, Atomic Fireballs, Lemon Heads, Grape & Strawberry Nehi, RC Cola, Fizzies, Lik-M-Aide, Funny Face, Fresca, Fried Bologna (yuck!), Mountian Dew introduced in the green bottle with the hillbillies on them- Ya-Hoo, Mountain Dew! Jackson Jumbles (giant lemon cookies with a hole in the middle) Steve used to dunk them in his cherry Kool-Aid. --- Steve & Jacque, Oklahoma City, OK, 1953 & 1956

Variety Pack Cereals
HELP! This question has been haunting me for 30 years or more. I grew up in the San Francisco Bay Area. I think I can remember breakfast cereals in the 1950s that came in a variety pack (packaged much like the ones you see today), however, the tops were open and covered with cellophane so you could see the different types of cereal inside. Am I crazy or was this really a product? Related to this, I can remember eating a rice flake cereal (perhaps in one of those open-top boxes) whose flavor and texture is not close to anything you can buy today. Any help of these two items? Thanks --- Mike, Eugene, Oregon, 1947

Candy Cigarettes
In retrospect, perhaps one of the most insidious snacks was candy cigarettes! There we were, trying to look glamorous, posing with a truly nasty-tasting "smoke" lollie dangling off of our lips. Makes my eyes cross just to remember it. --- JPC, Melbourne, Australia, 1961

Ring Dings and Devil Dogs
The thing I miss most, like many others, is Bonomo turkish taffy. I have searched all over the web for it without success. Remember when Ring Dings and Devil Dogs were big and came in a wax envelope for a nickel? The cream tasted delicious. Now they are filled with something that coats your tongue and tastes terrible. I grew up in Queens and remember a man coming down the street in a truck selling fruit. He would sing "strawberries, blueberries, che-e-e-ries!" I still drink egg creams but they must be made with U-Bet syrup. --- Mary-Ann, Brentwood, NY born in 1950

Candy Necklaces and Wax Lips
Remember Candy necklaces (you can still buy them)? You would wear them around your neck (the candy was on elastic) and stretch it to eat one off. I remember in the summertime when I was a kid and would get all sweaty, having a constantly sticky, colored neck from those. I also loved wax lips. I hated to chew them; but loved wearing them. Another great candy for me (a coconut lover) was bacon slices and watermelon slices. They don't make them as good as they used to. --- Shelley, Massachusetts, 1954

Many moons ago I lived across the street from a little league baseball park. Lots of memories from the concession stand. Little candy watermelon slices; wax bottles filled with sweet syrup; dots---little candies on paper you would pull off with your teeth; flying saucer shaped wafer-type outside with little pellets inside; lick-a-made---small bags of flavored powder; and so much more but my memory fails me now. --- Ed, Valparaiso, IN, 1954

Scooter Pies and Other Snacks Long Gone...
I remember Scooter Pies, Cup Custard Cookies (2 outside rows of vanilla and 1 middle row of chocolate), Whistles (a cheese flavored snack), Black Cow suckers, Laura Scudder potato chips (the noisiest chips in the world), Bell Brand potato chips, Canada Dry Sodas (Jamaican Cola, Cactus Cooler, and Tahitian Treat, Rooti, and Wink [in the steel cans before aluminum]), Tab, Fresca, Diet-Rite Cola, Honey Comb cereal, Clackers cereal, Crispy Critters cereal. In the Los Angeles area we had Chicken Delight chicken pies, Helms bakery trucks, Pioneer Chicken, Dixie-Fried Chicken., Shaky's Pizza, and of course Bob's Big Boy. --- John, El Cajon, CA, 1956

Pickle Barrels
Does anyone remember the Big Pickle Barrels they used to have in all the grocery stores. There was a pair of tongs hanging on the side of the barrel and you opened the lid and picked your own pickle. Hmmmmm - those pickels were so sour that the minute you opened that lid, your mouth started watering. Of course, have the kids didn't bother to use the tongs - they just stuck there hands in the barrel. Maybe that's what made those pickles so good. --- Alice, Spring Hill, Florida - 1940

Jack Frosted
Anyone remeber Jack Frosted? It came in an aerosol can and was stocked in the refrigerator section of supermarkets. You just shook the can and squirted a small amount of this concentrate into a glass of milk, stirred, and had a real soda fountain frosted at home. --- Elliot, San Diego, CA, 1951, (Born In New York)

Vernor’s Ginger Ale
Growing up in Sault Ste. Marie, Michigan, I remember always having Vernor's Ginger Ale in the refrigerator. Came in a green bottle with yellow writing on it and said "aged in wood barrels" I moved to New York in 1967 and when ever my parents came out, they would bring a six pack with them. Some time around 1973 is when the Vernor's company changed to "wood flavored". I stopped drinking it then, but have on bottle here of the original. --- Janice Kerzner, Sault Ste. Marie, MI, (reside Now East Northport, NY), 1949

Vernors GingerAle, made in Detroit Michigan!!!!! Great with vanilla ice cream! And also when sick! They still make Vernors, even in a Diet version. It is hard to find, but still made! I also remember very fondly Chocolate Sodas at the local "Ice Cream" store called Loud and Jackson Dairy ! Fond memorys. This is a great site! --- Mary Anne Porter formerly of Jackson Michigan,(now Charlottesville Virginia, 1947

Koogle Peanut Butter, Fast Food and Home Cookin’
I remember some kind of snack chip that was similar to a pork rind but was easier to eat. It tasted like and had "stripes" like bacon. Also Kooglepeanut butter. This peanut butter had swirls of chocolate in it and I loved it. My grandmother made popsicles with kool-aid in those tupperware forms. Grape was the best and hers were better than any you could buy. Marathon bars were long braided chocolate and caramel candy bars. Chocolite was another favorite. We would buy little boxes of jawbreakers and then use the box as a whistle. McDonald's fries tasted much better than they do today. I was once told that was because they used to be fried in beef fat. Junk food wasn't all that tasted better then. Another grandmother would make homemade egg noodles in rich chicken broth. They were thick, sqare and delicious. She would also make an angel food cake from scratch, poke holes in it with a wooden spoon and then pour a caramel glaze over it. The caramel would coat the cake, fill in the holes and then harden slightly. My favorite fast food was Burger Chef. I devoured the burgers and fries from there even though there was a rumor the burgers were made from kangeroo meat. At the bowling alley the burgers were also delicious and root beer was served after some ritual with a copper something or other. All I cared about was it tasted fantastic. I have no idea how I managed to be such a skinny child. --- Rebecca, Frankfort, KY, 1962

Mello roll and Charlotte Russe
Growing up in Brooklyn there was a candy store on practically every corner and a bakery a few blocks away. Two of my favorites were Mello Rolls and Charlotte Russes. The challenge was to get the Mello Roll onto the cone without it falling on the floor. It took a lot of practice but it was worth the effort! --- Jeannie M. South Florida (formerly Brooklyn) - 1946

Melody Cookies and The Dugan’s Truck
Remember Melody cookies from Nabisco? Flower shaped chocolate cookies with a sprinkle of sugar on top. They were delicious with a glass of milk. Why don't they make them any more? How about the Dugans truck that came to your house with wonderful baked goods. I especially remember the blueberry pie. --- robyn levy acarino, brooklyn, NY 1951

Sour Gumballs and Seven-Up Bars
Remember when only little gumballs came in the gumball machine. If you lucked into a "ringer" you got a free 5 cent candy bar. My cousin got one once at the "Royal Blue" (remember those mom and pop stores in the middle of city blocks) and we all ran home with him to share it. My aunt cut the Milky Way he "won" into four slices so we could all have a taste. Our dime store carried the "big" gumballs, also only a penny, at the cash register. There was a purple-intensely grape, an orange w/yellow swirls, intensely sour, and a bright blue one covered in sugar, called a Sputnik, but I can't remember the flavor. Anyone remember "7-Up" candy bars? They cost a whole dime and were a big treat. A kid's gourmet bar, seven small squares of different creams and caramel, on one piece of cardboard, covered in chocolate. Each bite was a different piece of candy even though it looked like just one bar. Probably where I developed my love for Godiva and Fanny May! --- Linda, Chicago, 1951

Spoon Candy
This was a pudding dessert. It came in powdered form in a box and you mixed it with milk. But, cool thing that set it apart from the other puddings on the market, was the hard, chocolate, candy layer that would form on the top, that you had to break through in order to reach the creamy pudding below. Does anyone else remember this? Better yet, does anyone remember WHO made it? --- Sue, Southern California 1957

Cathy’s Chicago Memories
I'll cast another 'vote' for the resurrection of ("smack-it-down, crack-it-up) Bonomo Turkish Taffy. I think I liked vanilla and banana best. If they brought those back and aimed an advertising campaign toward our generation, I think it would be a huge success. I've seen dozens of posts on food and candy message boards asking for Bonomo Turkish Taffy. I also vaguely remember for a little while they made small Turkish Taffy "balls" that they sold in boxes at the movie theaters. (And I loved WHIP 'N CHILL too.)
I grew up in the suburbs of Chicago in the 50's and 60's, and I have very fond memories of the HENRY'S HAMBURGER stand that used to be in Skokie at the corner of Golf & Skokie Roads. I've been trying to find someone who has a photo of Henry's, but have had no luck as yet, (but someone just told me the Henry's chain was owned by the Borden Dairy company, so perhaps that lead pan out....) They had great burgers, some very strange little tamales which my dad loved, and you could buy a whole pound of french fries for the family to share. There was a great little amusement park behind it called THE FUN FAIR.
I remember GREEN RIVER (lime) soda (still available in Chicago, and in specialty stores elsewhere), but it tasted best when we got it out of the Green River vending machine in the lobby of the big, old, Teatro de Lago theater. I remember Peacock's ice cream parlors, too.
I miss the tan-colored M&M's and lemon-flavored Tootsie Roll Pops. Remember that ad campaign that had something to do with "how many licks does it take to get to the center of a Tootsie Roll Pop?" - and it ended with "the world will never know," (because you always bite through at the end of eating it.)
I remember CHUM GUM, REGAL CROWN SOUR FRUIT hardcandies -- "CHOO-CHOO-CHARLIE" singing about GOOD 'N PLENTY -- and, "Open wide for CHUNKY!"

I used to love that classic TV commercial for Cracker Jack that had the little boy who is a penny short and he pays for his box of cracker jack with a gumball in his pocket..."What do you want when you gotta have something...and it's gotta be sweet....and it's gotta be a lot...and you only got a dime....what do you want? Lip-smacking, whip-cracking, paddy-whacking...oooooooo....Cracker Jack!" (and he runs the box along a car fender and across a fence).
I have been searching high and low for an old-fashioned candy which used to be common in the 60's. I don't know that they really had a 'name' but they were round in shape and about 1-inch in diameter (like a large marble). They were apple-flavored and shiny on the outside (outside was half yellow and half red). Inside had a fine, porous texture and light pink in color (or perhaps pale yellow). It was solid, NOT filled, and if you bit down on them, they'd split in half along a staight line.
They used to sell them in bulk, individually wrapped in cellophane, or sometimes you'd seem them in cellophane bags containing a dozen or two. I think those old-fashioned candy stores that sell
things in barrels used to carry them, but alas, no more. --- Cathy - (California), 1953

Black Angus Chicken Fried Steak, Ayds and Dr. Pepper
Black Angus chicken fried steak sandwich and Mallo cups. A&W drive-in burgers. Ayds Diet Carmel Candy. When Dr. Pepper had that wonderful fruity flavor they no longer have. --- Betty, Willis, Texas, 1950

Lunch Bar, Sky Bar and Hot Shoppes
I remember the Lunch Bar candy bar for 3 cents. How about the SkyBar? Anybody remember that. It had 5 sections, each with a different filling. I remember Turkish Taffy and Neko Wafers and the Hot Shoppes and Big Boy's. Big Boy's are still around but not much in this area anymore. My husband has been on a quest the past couple of weeks looking for Junket Custard. I don't think it's being made anymore. Does anyone remember it or have info. It was great remembering all the great treats from childhood. --- Linda, Philadelphia, PA 1949

Helm’s Bakery
For anyone who was living in Southern California prior to 1969, the Helms' man was a welcome sight. Helms' Bakery, based in West Los Angeles, sold their goods one of two ways: They had outlet stores, just like other bakeries (such as Wonder/Hostess), where day-old items were sold. The other, more popular way was a little yellow panel truck that went from neighborhood to neighborhood. Inside the truck were more baked goods than one would find in a supermarket, a cash register, and barely enough room for the driver/vendor. Generally, the Helms man would arrive in neighborhoods about the time we kids were coming home from school. If we were fortunate to be at the end of the route (about 4:30-5:00 in the afternoon), and if it were hot, the driver would either sell us his doughnuts for a couple of pennies or give them away. There was no air conditioning in the truck and so he couldn't keep them (bread kept pretty well). My mom could never figure why the Helms' Thrift Shop never had doughnuts! She had the idea they were so good that they sold out quickly. Well, Mom, if you're reading this right now, I can tell you the reason why I had such a poor appetite on those hot days when I was 6-10 years old and I wouldn't eat my supper: That Helms man kept stuffing me with doughnuts! It was his fault!

As far as the history of the Helms Bakery, I don't know when the company tarted, but they were one of the major sponsors of the 1932 Summer Olympic Games in Los Angeles. Their logo, as I remember it, was the five Olympic Rings and a torch, on a U.S. flag shield background. If you see an etching looking like this on an old building in the Los Angeles or San Diego areas, that building is probably a former Helms Thrift Shop or bakery. Some Helms' bread went on an Apollo space flight for a big advertising promotion in 1969 but, by the time the astronauts came back to earth, the company went bust.

Pillsbury makes a "Roman Meal" type bread, sold in several supermarket chains here in the Los Angeles area, with a trade mark resembling what Helms' bread had, but it isn't the same. It's not the same with that distinctive pale yellow panel truck or the shrill, yet low pitched whistle: "TOOT! TOOT!" --- Bill--Riverside, CA (lived in Oceanside, CA, from 1962-66 and Colton, CA, from 1966-76), 1957

Milk Man Signals
In the San Francisco Bay Area, in the late 50s and early 60s, we were given little color-coded cardboard flags, attached like measuring spoons might be, which we could set in the empty bottles we'd leave on our front steps; if we set the orange one out, the milkperson would leave orange juice; if we set out the brown one, we'd get chocolate milk. I do not remember my mother ever allowing us to ever actually get chocolate milk, though. The dairies we were getting milk from would have been Berkeley Farms and later Lucas Valley Farms. I would love to get one of these flags but haven't been able to track 'em down--not even sure what to call them. Does anyone have a line on 'em? --- James; Fremont, CA; 1955

Burger Chef
Anyone who recalls the Burger Chef chain of restaurants will enjoy this site. It includes a history of the chain, photos, etc. We had a Burger Chef in our town which looked just like the one in the photo on the main page. --- Dave, Belleville, IL, 1957

Great Shakes
Does anyone remember "Great Shakes"? You had to buy the little container with lid, which came with envelopes of mix that you put in the container and shake with milk........once you had the container, you could just buy refills. This was in about 1964.........I remember it well because I had some friends who were in a band with me (no one could play an instrument or sing), but we called ourselves the "Great Shakes". I also have memories of shaking my "Great Shake" on a trampoline. --- Angie, North Carolina, 1956

Freeze-Dried Fruit in Cereal... Name that cereal!
Please tell me I didn't dream this up -- breakfast cereal that contained freeze-dried fruit that sort of "re-constituted" itself when soaked for long enough in the milk in the bowl. I remember there were at least two varieties: strawberry and blueberry. I used to LOVE it! I have never found anyone who remembers this cereal. --- Sally, North Carolina, 1962

I remember this cereal, too! It's not as far back as Wampums, Bosco, or Helms Bakery. I'm fairly certain that Post made them -- you're right: strawberry and blueberry -- I think in the late 60's or early 70's, definitely before Post's Fruit and Fiber began in the late 70's, and rather reminiscent of their current "Post Select" series of Cranberry Almond Crunch, Banana Nut Crunch and Blueberry Morning.
I remember having the cereals you spoke of for breakfast during my junior high years. You didn't dream this up -- believe me! That was 1968-71 and I turned 44 in 2000. Wish I could remember the name of these cereals, too. --- Curtis Paltza, Santa Clarita CA, 1956

Sally, I remember the cereal you're talking about. It was Post Corn Flakes with Strawberries (or Blueberries or whatever fruit was with the stuff). You had to be pretty young to remember it: I think I was about in fifth grade. My brother Ben, who is your age (and my wife's age), would get up two hours before everyone else and eat up all the fruit (he said they were better without milk!) He was in Kindergarten at the time. Now that I teach elementary school, I think about how much the kids today miss! Post also created Pink Panther Flakes, which were sugar frosted corn flakes
with pink food dye, about three years later. They would turn the milk pink. If you spilled the milk on the dining room table, it turned the table pink (and it didn't wash off!) It turned your lips and tongue pink, too. Great stuff. --- Bill--Riverside, CA, 1957

Don't worry Sally, you did not dream this up. Post had 2 cereals with freeze-dried fruit in the late '60's- I do not remember the name of the cereal ( it was their version of Wheaties, I think) but you could either get it with freeze-dried blueberries or strawberries. I remember the fruit looked like cardboard until you poured the milk on.
Kellogg's also had a product like this; "Corn Flakes With Instant Bananas" which was excellent. The commercials were done by Jimmy Durante to the tune of "Yes, We Have No Bananas" --- Elliot, San Diego, 1951

Partridge Wieners
Cincinnati Ohio is the setting for this commercial!!! between 1965-1970
The commercial was for Partridge Wieners, (my favorite) Was a Shirley Temple lookalike who sang this jingle:
Lunchtime is such a happy thing, cause we're having Partridge Wieners and it makes me
sing!!! Happiness is a Partridge Wiener a really (something ) to eat.
The Meyer Company who made this product is no longer in business. --- T. Snow III. Middletown, Ohio, 1958

St. John’s Bread
Does anybody remember St. John's bread? I used to eat it every day after high school in the 60's, straight out of the package! No sandwich. Just the bread. It was sooooo good it didn't need anything else. St. John's was available in the Baltimore area. This yummy, yummy bread came in a round loaf and was sliced. I don't remember the grain content, but it was light brown colored. It definitely wasn't rye. I'm thinking it was probably a cracked wheat or something similar. Anybody remember it? And does anyone know if it's still sold anywhere? It's great fun reading all these "food memories". Thanks to everybody! --- Brenda, Delta, PA, 1946

Big Wad Gum
Anybody remember "Big Wad" bubble gum from the late 60's. It looked like a half-inch thick pack of baseball cards but was all gum. I've got good memories of contests with my friends to see who could chew the whole "wad" at one time. It had a great flavor all it's own. --- Jim Walden, 1957

Orange Gum and Fun House Pizza in Kansas City
Anyone remember Adams' sour flavored gum? I would love to get ahold of a pack of it. When I was four and five, it was a real treat, and my favorite flavor was orange. I've never seen it and wonder if it's still being made somewhere.
I remember a candy bar called Zero, which was covered in white "chocolate." The thing I remember the most was that the flavor made me feel sick!
I too loved Carnation Breakfast Bars--the chocolate flavor was my favorite, but I also was fond of the peanut butter variety. Wish they still made those.
Was FunHouse Pizza Parlor a national chain? Before the days of ShowBiz Pizza and now Chuckee Cheese's, there was FunHouse, at least in Kansas City. While you ate, you could ride for free the galloping horses and other such fun-house rides usually stationed in front of Walmarts and K-Marts. The atmosphere was great: dark wood, music, wooden picnic style tables, etc.
Also, we used to beg our grandparents to take us to Smacks for a Smacky Burger. These were (according to my grandparents) horrible, but as kids we loved Smacky the Seal--the mascot who sold us all on the place. Does anyone remember Smacks?
To my knowledge, none of these items are around anymore. --- Andrea, Kansas City, Missouri, 1965

Newark, New Jersy Memories
I grew up in Newark, New Jersey in the '50's right acrosss from West Side Park. I remember on Saturday evenings going to the Park Sugar Bowl on 16th Avenue and 17th Street with my dad to get the Sunday papers. We also used to get double-dipped ice cream cones with "jimmies" on top.

I remember little square, banana flavored candies; the Good Humor guy on his bicycle - always would get a "toasted almond" bar. A delicious chocolate syrup called "Coco Marsh", snow cones, Taste-Cake pies that came in little cardboard boxes that looked like little boats with portholes on the sides!

I remember Jimmy Buff's hot dog/sausage sandwiches; my aun't had a next door neighbor who worked in the Horn and Hardart's "automat" in NYC. It was a restaurant with a lot of tables and chairs. When you walked in, all around the walls were little windows where the food was: pies, sandwiches, hot meals. You got change from a woman at the entrance and paid for your meals by dropping your coins into a slot next to the food you wanted.

I loved "Buttons", little dots of a flavored candy were stuck on a roll of paper that looked like adding machine paper. I used to buy "No-Cal" soda for my mom at the A&P on Springfield Avenue and 9th Street, before it was banned because of cyclamates, BO-NO-MO's Turkish Taffy in the foil wrapper, could pull the fillings right out of your teeth!

In the summer, I used to go to Boyland Street Pool to cool off. Outside was a guy who sold large pretzels: 3 for 25 cents. From there, we'd walk down South Orange Avenue, right near Vailsburg Park was a Dairy Queen where we'd get a vanilla cone dipped in chocolate. I remember "Slo-Poke and Black Cow" suckers, Bucky Beaver touting Ipana Toothpaste. ---

I remember watching Joe Franklin's "Memory Lane" t.v. show on WOR-TV Channel 9, from NYC. It was fun being a kid in that epoch! --- (name, city, state, birth year???)

Breakfast Squares
Both my wife and I remember as children enjoying Breakfast Squares (we believe they were made by Carnation). We know that there were chocolate flavored ones (our favorite), but does anyone remember this product, and whether there were any other flavors? --- Dave, Belleville, IL 1957

Breakfast Squares were made by General Mills. I remember them well. They were like a very dry cake., completely covered with frosting (also dry). They weren't messy, which is why my mom bought lots of them. They came out in the late 1960s when a lot of space flight influenced food was popular. Pillsbury made Space Sticks, which looked a lot like Slim Jims, but with flavors like chocolate and vanilla. Carnation made Breakfast Bars, which are very similar to the chocolate covered granola bars made by Quaker Oats, which are still sold today. --- Bill--Riverside, CA, 1957

Milkshake Bars
I had a sweet tooth for Holloway's "Milkskake" candy bars and "Mallo Cups" made by Boyer. Milkshakes candy bars tasted something like a malted Mars Milkyway would and Mallo Cups were similar to the shape and size of Reese's Peanutbutter cups except with marshmello centers. I know where some of the old types of candy are still sold that some of you mentioned like the wax coke shaped bottles with different flavors of drink inside. I've seen them at Cracker Barrel Old Country Store and Restaurant. Along with other old familiar candies. Too many to list. I really enjoyed reading everyone candy memories. --- Billy, Nashville, TN - 1957

Quest for Candy
Here's another good place to get the old time candies (but not Turkish Taffey). Try Dorks if you like TT! (I don't know these people; I just buy their candy) I DO remember Bonomo Turkish Taffey (in Illinois) and Burger Chef (in Scottsdale, AZ) and miss them dearly. I wrote to the president of Tootsie Roll a couple of years ago and asked that they produce Turkish Taffey again (they bought the rights). They put out some small ones about ten years ago and then stopped again. I really miss the large ones and I'd bet if a million or so of us kept writing them, they might bring it back. --- Michael, San Diego, 1946

Cho Cho
When I was a child growing up in Brooklyn, New York, I loved to eat Cho Chos so much that I got the nickname of "Cho-Cho". My family moved west when I was 10 years old and I never saw or heard of them again. Many years later, while working in the city of Oceanside, Cal., I met and married a wonderful woman. Lo and behold, while talking of our pasts, Doris mentioned how much she used to love eating cho chos as a child while visiting her grandparents in St. Louis, Mo. This was the first person I had ever met who even had heard of this treat. We often have wondered whatever happened to those delicious Cho Chos. --- George Ahrens, Brooklyn, NY 1931 (currently residing: Oceanside, CA) married to 1947 Baby Boomer: Doris Ahrens, St. Louis, MO

Maypo maple-flavored oatmeal - "I want my Maypo!" --- Sherry, Chesapeake, VA, 1955

Cherry Mash and Flavor Memories
In addition to Cherry Mash still existing, I have a recipe to make Cherry Mash. A&W rootbeer places are alive and well except now they have a drive-up window and not curb-service. You still get the frosted mug if you go inside to eat. Dreamsicles were raspberry sherbet and vanilla ice cream; Creamsicles were orange sherbet and vanilla ice cream. Necco wafers are still around. In addition to vanilla, chocolate and strawberry, Bonomo's taffy also came in banana!
Snyders Potato Chips - in the foil bag. I ordered some from their factory in Berlin, PA -- they were awful!!!! Remember cocoanut (possibly pina colada) popsicles - white; raspberry-turquoise; banana - yellow; cherry - red; orange - orange; lime - green; rootbeer - brown; grape - purple. Any I missed? --- Dave, Superior, CO, 1948

Fruit Float
Does anyone else remember Fruit Float? I don't remember ever drinking it but that's what we as kids got our mom for Mother's day, her birthday, Christmas, you name the holiday, we bought it for her. We were living in Midland Texas at the time and I was only 4 so I don't remember a whole lot but I believe it came in a tin can. --- Dani, Calgary, Alberta 1969

Kool-Aid Stands
"Kool-Aid, Kool-Aid for sale!" That is what you heard in my neighborhood most days of the summer months. The bus passed by my house several times per day. The driver would stop and let all the riders off and buy each one a glass of Kool-Aid from my stand. Man, if that wasn't good for a kid's ego - and piggy bank! When we weren't furthering our entrepreneurial knowledge we were sitting on the gutter yelling at each other across the street. --- Randy, Pueblo, CO 1959

Porth Pies
Does anyone remember Porth Pies? They were in plastic containers in the grocery store & you opened the lid & took them out. How about Alaska pops? The blueberry/banana/licorice were delicious. --- Joanne, Fond du Lac, Wisconsin, 1943

Parkmoor Restaurants/Dayton, OH
Does anyone remember or better yet have a recipe/restaurant with chicken like that of Parkmoor restaurants from Dayton Ohio in the 50's and 60's?? --- Molly P., Cincinnati, OH 1952

Winkey’s Hamburgers
Ahh ! ! ! they were great. Then McDonalds moved in next door. So much for Winkey's Hamburgers. --- Jennifer, DuBois, Penna, 1966

Boyer Foods/Candies
Here are a few things that I remember.
"Mallo Cups" by the boyer foods company of Altoona Pennsylvania.
"Smoothies" (same company)
"Peanut Butter Cups (same company)
Zagnut Bars ! ! ! weren't these all GREAT Candy bars and cups? (Zagnut Bars I believe were manufactured in Pittsburgh Pennsylvania.)

The Boyer Foods Company still exists in Altoona. They mosty do the overseas shipments. But, if you are near there, I'm sure you can still get the great candies that they have. They even have "mini's" as well... Enjoyed this site. --- Jennifer, DuBois, Pennsylvania, 1966

Sweet Nostalgia Online
Check out this web site for availability of some of your old favorite candies:
Thanks to Tony, Chicago, IL, 1956

Good news for Alyson from Memphis and lots of other Boomers. California Candy Company is now selling lots of our favorites that many of us thought were just a memory. Their website is at Just click on "Old Fashioned" And yes Alyson, they do have ABBA ZABBA! --- Elliot San Diego, California 1951

Another great site for all this old-fashioned, hard-to-find candy is Fizzies, flying saucers, Necco wafers, wax candy and more can be found at this site. --- Mark, Milwaukee, WI 1957

Flying Saucer Candies???
I remember a candy shaped like flying saucers with little tiny round candy inside of them. They were made of a wafer similar to the bread we received at communion. They were basically tasteless but the texture was what intrigued us the most. I also remember candy whistles. We all loved to drive our parents crazy with those. --- Donna from Independence, KY 1951

Abba Zabba & Mystery Danish
Does anyone remember the Abba Zabba Candy bar? I used to live in San Diego, California in mid to late sixties and they were the best. White taffy filled with peanut butter - yum!!! I have lived in several different states and have never seen the Abba Zabba!!
Another childhood favorite was a boxed breakfast danish similar to a Pop-Tart, but it was an oval swirl with fruit filling and frosting/sprinkles on top. I can't remember the name. If anyone remembers.....Do they still make these? This memory is also from mid-late sixties California. --- Alyson, Memphis, Tennessee '65

To Alyson, Memphis TN. I too remember the pop tart like pastry and I think the name of it was Danish Go-Rounds. They were pretty awesome. I also remember pop rocks, BB Bats, Kits and Goetz caramel crèmes. YUM. Where are the good 'ole days? --- Sunny G., Thomasville, GA, 1963

Danish-Go-Rounds, Pizza Spins, Space Food Sticks, etc.
To answer Ayson from Memphis: I thought I was the only one who remembered these - DANISH-GO-ROUNDS! They were made by the same folks who made Pop-tarts but I always thought that the danish-go-rounds were tastier. I also enjoyed the following as i was growing up - Space food sticks, Pizza Spins (anyone remember these?), King Vitaman cereal, TACO-flavored Doritos (I really miss these!), Marathon bars. There was also a crisp-rice crunch candy made by Lanzi's and I believe was sold at Marshall Field's in Chicago. My mom would always buy these especially during X'mas holidays and they were terrific! I recently found out that the company went out of business so the Lanzi's are history. Oh well, at least we still have good memories of those days. --- Oliver, Chicago. 1961

Editor’s note: Taco flavored Doritos are back! Check your grocier.

Danish Go Rounds! They were like PopTarts on steroids, lots more filling and much tastier icing with sprinkles. Milk Shake bars that we bought frozen from the bakery (do not ask me why the bakery sold them). Red Hot Dollars, which were not hot at all, but tasted great. There was a gum that was supposed to look like gold nuggets that came in a little cloth drawstring bag (name???) I am still a big fan of licorice whips (red only please!), those taffy
lollipops that came in chocolate, strawberry or banana (can't remember the name for the life of me). These were better than the Bonomo Turkish Taffy that you had to crack.
Am I crazy or did there used to be a light brown M&M, too? There was also a toaster pizza (revolting) from Buitoni or Jeno's. It was revolting, but better than the Chef-Boy-Ar-Dee pizza in a box (the dough never came out right). Do you remember the Quisp vs Quake commercials? They had a contest where kids were supposed to vote for which one they liked. Quisp won, of course. King Vitaman, have breakfast with the king... How about Freakies cereal? I don't remember it at all, just the commercial: We are the Freakies, we are the Freakies, this is the Freakies tree, we never miss a meal, 'cause we love our cere-eeel! --- And I really, really loved the corn flakes cereal with the freeze-dried strawberries. --- Joan M, Cortlandt Manor, NY, 1963".

Nutty Buddies and Neko Wafers
I don't think I saw Nutty-Buddies in the list. Or Neko wafers (5¢ at the movie theater for a HUGE roll of thin flavored hard-candy wafers). And, I remember scrounging for pop bottles on Saturday with my best friend. We would take them to the corner grocery and exchange them for penny candy and wind up with enough to make us sick Saturday night while we watched horror movies all night. --- Ed, Everman, Texas, 1948

Hot Dog Gum and Little Dots
Hi! I have some great memories, many of which were mentioned by others, but don't forget hot-dog gum and the little dots on paper! We used to walk to the 7-Eleven and get a whole bag of candy for 25 cents!! --- Donna, Elgin, IL 1962

I remember leaving high school at lunch time and going to a little corner store across the street and stocking up on Chocomint Lifesavers (Circa 1964). Yum! And, [nonfood item] does anyone remember selling Rosebud Salve to all your neighbors? (Circa pre-1960) --- Elaine, born in Richland Center, WI, 1949

Tropical Fruit LifeSavers where my favorite. Especially the banana. Weren't there clove LifeSavers, too? --- Tim, Shoreview, MN 1953

Elaine: Rosebud Salve is still going strong! The same family still makes it. The company address is 6 North Main Street, Woodsboro, MD 21798. You can order by phone at 301-845-8788. You can also buy Rosebud Salve online from several retail vendors (just do a search on the name). There is nothing like Rosebud Salve, especially as a lip gloss or for chapped lips! Several
Hollywood celebrities have discovered it, and, as a result, there have been a slew of magazine and newspaper articles about Rosebud lately -- for one, see this site. --- Cyndi, Born 1952 in Washington, DC

Wax “Pop” Bottles
Oh, my brother also loved those wax bottle-shaped candies filled with a super sweet colored liquid. I never liked them, but I do remember chewing the empty wax until it fell apart and got crumbly in my mouth. --- Maggie, Atascadero, CA, 1969

Philadelphia Phood Memories
Wow...reading this page has brought the memories flooding back to days growing up as a kid in Philadelphia! Turkish taffy, Sugar Daddy pops (like a hard caramel taffy on a stick), Charms pops (always got one when we stopped at the drug store), Sugar Babies, Mary Janes. Anyone remember a chocolate bar called Lunch Bar? Cost 3 cents. How about Sport cola from Canada Dry? Wally Cox did the commercials...How would you like a good swift kick? You wanna go Sport all the way...Sport Cola's alive, Sport cola's a drive, c'mon and be a Sport today! Honeycomb Cereal? King Vitamin Cereal? Philly's White Tower hamburgers? Best damn burger ever! Usually had White Tower shops at major transportation stops in the city. Hansom's mom ALWAYS ordered my birthday cake from Hansom's. Also had great rice pudding and bread pudding. Bon Ton potato chips. Charles Chips...delivered to your door in a tin. Harbison's milk...with the big milk bottle on top of the dairy at Erie and Torresdale Avenues. Bond bread...delivered fresh to your door. Hot Shoppes drive-ins? I remember going to the one on Hunting Park Avenue next to Tastykake. Dairy Maid stores with their soda fountains. Always go two Ritz crackers with your dish of ice cream. Mallo Cups...they were great! Made at the Boyer factory in Altoona, Pa. Good Humor ice cream sold by the Good Humor man on a hot summer evening. The jingling bells of the Good Humor ice cream truck! Whew! I could go on and on...but I'll just stop here and say thanks for the memories! --- Preston, Philadelphia, 1959

Frozen Mellon Balls
I remember the frozen mellon balls. A frozen box of honeydew & cantalope mellon balls. As a kid I liked those better than the fresh stuff (Oh! how I've grown). Also we ALWAYS had dessert after our dinner. Even if it was just jello, pudding, frozen mellon balls or junket! Anyone remember junket, a sort of light custard dish. --- Rosemary, Brooklawn, NJ 1947

When I was a kid, I can remember a chocolate syrup called Coco Marsh. I liked it more than Bosco. --- Phil, Perth Amboy, N.J., 1954

French fries, penny candies, Quisp and Ayds (diet candies)
After my mom found a job at GE, my parents could affored to take my three brothers and me to Carroll's, a fast food place, every once in awhile. I almost always couldn't eat all my french fries and started putting them in my coat pocket. The next day at school I remembered the fries and I took them out to throw away but my friend ate them, and liked them! I also remember taking the city bus to school and sometimes my friends and I would go to a McDonald's near the bus stop and ask them to make us french fries at 7 AM. I guess back then they didn't have strict rules, because they always made them for us. And yes, you could buy a burger, fries and a drink for less than a dollar. Back then their pies were fried.

A quarter bought a bag full of penny candy. I liked tootsie rolls, wax lips, lipstick, wax coke bottles, caramels, squirrels, Swedish fish, now and laters, Mary Janes. Candy necklaces, candy rings, Chico sticks - those cost more. The candy store also had this strange paper toy that when you whipped through the air, would make a loud popping sound. Oh, and I loved the Brownie chocolate drink!

I also remember the Mr. Softee ice cream truck. My brothers and I would hear that twinkling and run to dad and beg for money. He'd usually give in. We only got the cones. We never tried the banana splits or milkshakes. Probably because they cost a quarter and the cones were only a dime. The popsicle man would come by too and on great days, my dad would buy a whole box of popsicles. His favorite was banana but he'd buy an assortment for us kids.

I also remember Quisp cereal (liked to scoop vanilla ice cream with it), Ovaltine, and Tang. And strangely, I used to like the diet candy my mom used to buy - Ayds. It supposedly curbed your appetite. She never knew I used to sneak them. She kept them on top of the fridge. My mom also bought Ice Cube chocolate candies by the box. They were the best. Back then they were wrapped in gold. Today they are wrapped in silver and blue. I found her hiding spot - at the very top kitchen cabinet. She had to do that or else my three brothers and I would eat it all in one day.

And I miss People's Drug store. They had a busy lunch counter. After my weekly piano lesson, I'd ask my dad if we could go for a snack. Sometimes he said OK. I'd order a hot dog with chips. He ordered coffee. I remember it as very special times - just me and dad. I was in the 5th grade I think. People's is gone now - CVS took its place.

And my mom used to make sure my brothers and I got a Fred Flinstone vitamin every morning before we went to school. --- Rie (grew up in Norfolk, VA) 1963

Here's a response to Rie, who grew up in Norfolk, VA, YOB 1963, who remembered Peoples Drug lunch counters, penny candy, and Quisp cereal. I worked for Peoples Drug in Md.! I'm a pharmacist, and no, I don't work for CVS. If you remember Quisp, you can't forget his pal, Quake---the muscle-bound character in the construction hard hat who punched his way through solid earth. And along with the penny candy, how about "Big Buddy" bubblegum sticks---a whole foot-long stick of bubble gum in various flavors, and Trixies---long paper tubes filled with a sweet/tart fruity powder, like eating pre-sweetened Kool-Aid powder right out of the pouch. And, does anyone remember Tru-Ade, the non-carbonated orange drink? I grew up in Mt. Airy, MD, and the town pharmacy (before Peoples, Rite-Aid, etc.) made cherry, chocolate, vanilla, and root beer cokes. In the old fashioned Coca-Cola glasses, they'd squirt coke syrup, then whatever other flavor syrup, then carbonated water; stirred it, then poured it over ice. This, too, was a pharmacy where if you had indigestion, the druggist would mix a Bromo-Seltzer right there at the pharmacy and you'd drink it right there from a paper cup---for a quarter. --- Bob, Orlando, Florida (Maryland native), 1961

Slurpies (and Uncle Funny Face)
Slurpees…back around 1968-69 remember they used to change the flavors every week, and how we couldn’t wait for the new flavors? I recall one called "Fulla Bulla", but can’t recall the actual flavor. The bubblegum Slurpee was one of my favorites – loved the bright aqua color! What a thrill it was watching the guy behind the counter putting the large cup up to the Slurpee machine, and watching it ooze out.
7-11 used to have these really off the wall radio commercials for Slurpees…they used this one announcer in particular with a strange, quirky voice – we used to listen intently when the new Slurpee commercials came on, announcing a new flavor, and then rushing down to our local neighborhood store to be one of the first to get one. Ahh, those were the days!

Regarding Funny Face drinks: My uncle Hal created all of the original characters back in 1964 at the ad agency he worked at. This was his big claim to fame and everyone in the family always thought it was a big deal and bragged to their friends that we had someone in the family who was kind of famous. Goofy Grape was modeled after my unc! --- Jeff Hollinger, Oakland, CA 1956

Cup’O Gold Candy is Reborn!
Good news for Tami from Maryland and others in search of Cup O' Gold candy. Adams & Brooks of Los Angeles, which has been in business for almost 70 years is making them again! They also make other favorites such as P-Nuttles and Coffee Rio candy. Their phone# is 213-749-3226 and their website is at: --- Elliot, San Diego, California , 1951

The Ice Cream Man
I'm originally from Bay Ridge Brooklyn, NY. Who remembers Uncle Dan, The Ice Cream Man? When I was a kid, I couldn't wait to hear his bells hit 71st street and Colonial Road. When we knew he was coming, we'd run to the court yard, yelling up to our parents for ice cream money. The smart ones always had the money already and were the first ones on line. And we all had our favorites too. Mine was the Ice Cream Cone with the nuts and chocolate on top. And, whatever happened to 2 slices and a coke for a buck at the local pizza place. It was a great way to spend that hot lunch money, instead of eating that sad food in the cafeteria. Did anybody go out with the family regularly and eat at the Chinese restaurant? I always ate Egg Foo Young. And we always had fun with the fortunes in the fortune cookies. And, I'll never forget the Sunday afternoon meals, when the family would make an event out of the day.....and the meal was the most important part, when we would sit around the table for hours, just talking and laughing. Where have those days gone? --- Ralph Mauriello (originally from Bay Ridge Brooklyn, NY) Hagerstown, Maryland - 1957

The Automat
If you're from the Northeast-do you remember Horn & Hardart's in Phila? They had the automat where you put coins in to get your food. They had the greatest chicken salad, creamed chip beef, rice pudding, and tapioca pudding. My dad worked there as a manager and he always came home with something good every night. --- Joyce, Willingboro NJ, 1950

Happyniks, anyone?
I'm having the hardest time finding somebody else (outside of my family) who remembers Happyniks. These were round chocolate and vanilla cookies, about the diameter of an Oreo, embossed with a smiley face. They came in a thin cardboard box that was covered in glossy, red paper. I think they were made by Nabisco, but I'm not sure. Does anyone remember them??? These were almost always in our cupboard, next to the Tang, Funny Face, and Space Food Sticks. --- Lisa, Newburyport, MA, 1969

Big Dip Ice Milk
This was a popular item back in the 60s. Made by Foremost dairy. My mother hated it because it was faux ice cream, and would never buy it. I bugged and pestered her to buy some, and she finally broke down. It was pretty awful. --- Jeff, Oakland, CA 1956

Name that cake:
Not sure as to the year....probably around the mid 60's......and I can't remember the name of the product......but cost a dime and I would run up to the local store and spend that dime on this tasty was a double stacked chocolate cake with really creamy whipped icing between and covered with semi-sweet chocolate with an extra thick coat of chocolate on the top o the cake...not a moon pie or a whoopie pie.....this was something else.....a true treat....a YUMMY delight for a $.10. Ah the good old days! --- M. Ritchie, Altoona, PA, 1953

Cho-Chos, banana flips, Lick’M Aid, etc.
Who remembers Cho-Chos? They were chocolate-malt flavored ice cream in a paper cup. They cost 6 cents and the clerk gave you a little flat wooden spoon. This was in western PA in the early 50's.
And banana flips, cake with banana cream filling, folded over like an omelet.
And Lick'm Aid powder in packets (late 50's). They turned your tongue purple and green.
Regarding egg creams and phosphates: as I recall, a phosphate is syrup and soda water, while an egg cream is syrup, soda water, and a small amount of milk - essentially an ice cream soda without the ice cream. My first job was waiting tables in a steak house in NJ where I learned to make them.
Also, bubble gum cigars. They came in pink, yellow and green (NJ?).
And, last but not least, another vote for Turkish Taffy! I've been craving it for years. Let's start a campaign to bring it back! --- Ellen, 1946, Washington, PA

Flavor Straws
I remember Flavor Straws also- they were great! They were available in 3 flavors-I think they were chocolate, coffee and strawberry. A very small "flavor wafer" was inserted in the middle of the straw during the manufacturing process so when milk passed through it, it became flavored. --- Elliot San Diego, California 1951

Flavored Straws which came in a box of twelve with several flavors, including Strawberry, blueberry, chocolate and cherry. I would die for for another taste of those in my glass of cold milk!
The Good Humour man had nickel "Wahoo!" bars in rootbeer and one other flavor. And in Chicago we had Fasano cakes, which were mini-poundcakes of different flavors in a package. shaped just like a real pound cake, not a slice, they were special treats in my Roy Rogers lunchbox. --- Steve, Chicago, Il, 1955.

A Cavalcade of Candy Memories
Anyone that loves the candy that we grew up eating ,from wax lips & mustaches to lik-m-aid, jujubes, pixy stix, even fizzies and many others needs to be-bop right over to Scott Diamond's Groovy Candies site. --- CeCe, San Bernardino,California. 1949

JuJube's and Milk Duds and Carmel Creams
Every Sunday, my parents would send my brother, sister and I to the movies. We got 10 cents to spend and could two 5 cent treats - I always gog JuJuBe's (those small chewy, fruity candies) and Milk Dud. Talk about dental filling removers! On Saturday morning, it was off to the neighborhood soda fountain for "Suicides" - cokes where they put every flavor in it - and carmel creams - little rolls of carmels with a cream center. I ate a whole bag once, got sick, and haven't touched them since. --- Mary, Wadsworth, Ohio 1947

A Voluminous Mass of Memories from Ohio
During lunch breaks in Junior high, soda pop cost a nickle. My favorite was Nehi Orange or Grape or Pepsi Cola (commercial: Pepsi Cola hits the spot!). We would get on our bikes and ride out of town on old route 22 and stop at a little store there and as late as 1970 could still buy a bottle of soda pop for a nickle!
In the late 50's the soda fountains were inside the drug store. I remember Ghallager's (I think that's how it was spelled) Drug Store. The smells as soon as you walked in the door were incredible. Hot Campbell's soup, fries, shakes, and the scents of soaps like Lifebouy, Camey, and Ivory. Perfums too. The soda fountain was to the back of the store. After you cruised the aisles looking at the wonders of nylon hose (with the seam down the back that was so hard to keep straight when you wore them)to dippity do for your hair, and sewing notions was time to sit and have a soda.

You could buy something called a phosphate in a little drug store downtown. The soda jerk at the soda fountain would put a flavor (cherry coke, vanilla, cherry)in the cup then put in the stuff that made it fizz and bubble. It tickled your nose when you tried to drink it. You can't get phospates anymore. The last one I can remember having was after high school graduation in 1966.

We had ice cream carts that came through the neighborhood in the summer. A man sat on a bicycle that had a freezer unit attached to the back of the bike and he had to pedal everywhere he went with to sell his ice cream. Bordens was the best ice cream you could buy then. He sold rockets (popsickles with several colors and flavors in one), cream sickles, push ups and ice cream sandwiches.
The bread man brought your bread products right to your bread. The Wonder bread truck had a picture of the colorful Wonder bread wrapper with the red, yellow and white polka dots and said "Wonder bread". The bread was as good as home made. If you couldn't pay but once a week or month you could keep a tab and pay the man later. They sold Bond bread only at the store.
The milk man brough your dairy products to your door early in the morning, but in our area it was in the afternoon. He had good milk from the local dairy. Milk used to come in glass bottles when I was in grade school. The bottles were sealed with cardboard caps instead of plastic like today, and I guess some kids collect the caps but we never heard about that.
The Watkins man brough unusual gadgets, the latest gidgets and of course the great Watkins products for your health and your kitchen to your door. The Watkins man would bring in a case and it was fitted out with brushes and things to clean the home (I think they stole this idea from the Fuller brush man, don't you?) He had cake mixes, bread mixes, food coloring, flavors to put in pies and cakes, etc. Like vanilla extract. By the time I was in high school the Watkins man sold many things beside his famous salves and ointments. You could get clothes from him and small kitchen appliances, I memory is kind of dim on that one.

We all loved to walk down to the hot dog stand and get foot long hot dogs. You could top them with chili or mustard, ketchup and onion or relish. Colonel Sanders didn't come to town until I was in high school, along with Borden burgers and Burger king. Our idea of a meal out was the diner or the cafeteria where you took a tray, stood in line and chose from such delicious meals (much much tastier and fresh than you can get in a cafeteria today!)as turkey, dressing and mashed potatoes, roast beef and mashed potatoes with gravy and green beans. The meals were under $2.00 and you could hardly eat the whole meal.

Saturdays when you lounged around with your friends you'd go to the A&W rootbeer stand and have a rootbeer, a tin roof sunday or a brown cow. All your friends would be hanging out there or cruising the streets. Every now and then you'd stop at a red light and flirt with the boys. Sometimes you'd jump out of your car, cross the intersection and hop in the other car…and drive down to the drive-in where you met up with your car again. It was cool! Everyone stared, shook their heads and wondered what the world was coming to. (Gee…if they only knew how tame that is to drive by shootings and gang wars!) Lancaster had Kenny's Drive Inn where people came from all over to sample their famous strawberry pie and their big man's platters. You could go inside the restaurant or the waiteress would come out on roller skates and take your order. She brought out the food on skates, too. She was called a car hop and it was like today's Sonic pretty much.

Sometimes we hung out at Kenny's downtown restaurant. I loved to sit in a booth by the window and watch all the traffic going by. (You hardly ever saw a car on our street, just a few in the neighborhood.) I'd drop in a quarter and play five songs on the juke box. My favorite meal was usually a hamburger with the works and an order of french fries.

For pizza the best place was the Isle of Capri in Columbus, Ohio. In Lancaster it was the West Side Inn. Pizza Hut built a place in our town around the early 70's. Before that pizza there was Chef Boy 'R Dee. For breakfast you might stir up a glass of Tang (orange juice mix) or have Bosco in your milk, or you might have some Nestles's Quick. We didn't have pop tarts or breakfast bars. Instant oatmeal was a wonder that Quaker didn't have yet, oatmeal took five minutes to fix. --- Judith (born in Lancaster, OH), 1947

Name this product:
I can't remember what they were called (help) but it was a 2 piece plastic ball with a tube molded into each end of it. The ball broke apart in the middle and you put a scoop of your favorite icecream inside, then put it back togeather. The tube on one end was inserted into a bottle of your favorite soda pop and you drank from the tube on the other end of the ball. The icecream always outlasted the soda pop but then you just opened the ball and finished the job. --- Randy- Reedley, CA, 1955

That plastic ball which you separated and added ice cream to and then put one end into a soda bottle was a "Fizz-Nik" and was often associated with 7-UP. Wish they'd bring them back. --- Elliot, San Diego, California 1951

Aeresol Flavored Drinks and Cherry Mash
I remember in the mid 1960s there was an aerosol product that you could squirt into a glass of water and would get a flavored drink. I can't remember the name of the product, but the can was about the size of a large shaving cream can and the nozzle looked the same. My favorite flavor was lime. I remember going on an airplane to visit relatives and packing the can in my suitcase; I worried that the can would explode due to the pressure while on the airplane! I came across this site while searching for an old candy bar favorite, the Cherry Mash. I have been looking for this candy for decades and wish I could find a place that sold them. --- Steve, Ann Arbor, Michigan 1959

Hey Steve, Cherry Mash is still around! The company is located in St. Joseph, Missouri. I remember when I was a kid my dad would go to the store and buy my sister and I each a Cherry Mash and a bottle of Coke (pure heaven!) right before The Wizard of OZ came on TV each year. ( I still have to have my Cherry Mash and Coke whenever that movie's on TV:o) --- Tammy Walker, Kearney MO 1965

My dad's brother and his family lived out near Hershey, PA and I remember touring the actual chocolate factory. At some point in time they built a Disney-esque virtual tour and shut the public out of the factory, but I can still see the vats of chocolate with the huge rollers going from one end to the other "conching" (sp?) the chocolate. I don't remember what this process was for but I am sure it is done today. After the tour you received a small bag of "stuff", most likely a sample of the chocolate candy and I think a packet of powder to mix with milk. I have never been to the amusement park...may have been built after we were there. --- Ginger - 1961, Fridley, MN (grew up near Johnstown, PA)

Sweet Tooth Memories
I enjoyed reading everyones rememberances, and want to tell them that many of hte old time candies are available by mail or online at the California Candy Company. They sell just about anything. Remember those wax lips? Walnettos? They have them. Mary janes, HUGE jawbreakers. I grew up in Alliance, Ohio, and we had a local restaurant(still in business) that all the teenagers hung out at called Heggy's. They put butter on thier french fries.(try it, you'll like it) They also still make the hand dipped candy they had then. the centers were various flavors, maple, vanilla, cherry, peanuts. o this day, when I want to send my brothers out of state a present, they get Heggy's candy and Snyder's potato chips. My aunt used to make me something called Py-O-My pudding cake. You mixed the stuff right in the pan, and when it baked, the cake would raise to the top, and there'd be warm chocolate pudding underneath. Do you remember Isley's skyscraper ice cream cones? They had a special scoop that made a tall thin scoop, and you had to lick them fast to keep them from falling over. We also had a Coca-Cola bottleing Co. in our neighborhood, and it was locally owned by a family named Fullmer. They also made their own flavors of soda, and the "blood orange" was the best orange pop I have ever drunk. We had both Red Barn and A&W Rootbeer, on date night the boys would drive up to the burger king, drive around the building, then drive down the dtreet to the Red Barn, do the same, then back up the street. Guess they didn't know what else to do, and we didn't get spending money like they do today. There was also a drive-up restaurant with waitresses on skates, called the Polka-Dot Drive In , It was a white building with big black Polka-dots on it, and our favorite treat there besides hamburgs, were the "Boston Coolers" which were rootbeer floats. Isn't it funny how many of our memories are built around food and music? --- Judith C., Canton, OH, 1943

I remember Whip-n-Chill as a form of instant pudding that had a bit more body or texture to it. This stuff actually set up almost like Jello gelatin. I also loved the Space Food Sticks. My mom was into Weight Watchers when I was growing up and I remember making low calorie "pizzas" on toast with WW's recipe ketchup, dried oregano and colby cheese. I also loved Pepsi Lite when it was just Pepsi with lemon...before they took the sugar out and ruined the taste. --- Ginger -1961, Fridley, MN (grew up near Johnstown, PA)

Whip-n-Chill was wonderful -- mousse-like and rather mild tasting (came in chocolate, strawberry, vanilla and other flavors) with a bubbled texture resembling ultrafine Styrofoam. General Foods used to advertise it on "Gomer Pyle" and other network fare. Here's some of the jingle, to the best of my recollection. (The backups repeated "Whip-n-Chill can be..." in a syncopated, bouncing-octave melody emphasizing the word "can.")

[Whip-n-Chill can be...]
Whip-n-Chill can be a cherry pie.
[Whip-n-Chill can be...]
Whip-n-Chill can be
Or Souffle!
Whatever Whip-n-Chill can be
It's plain delicious, 'Cause
Whip-n-Chill's delicious, just plain!
[Whip-n-Chill can be... Whip-n-Chill can be...]

--- Peter, Greenville, MI, 1954

Chiquita Bananas
I remember the Chiquita Banana Song:
I'm Chiquita Banana and I'm here to say
That you can eat bananas any time of day
Bananas taste delicious when you peel and eat
And bananas with milk are such a nourishing treat!
Wholesome and then some! --- Sylvia, Austin, TX 1947

Dilly Bars, Fizzies…
I remember Dairy Queen Dilly Bars, Crispy Critters cereal, Shake-a-pudding, Space sticks (ugh) , Strawberry Crush, Campfire Mints , Kellogs Concentrate, The Milkman and the Breadman who ran over my tricycle....Swansons Fried Chicken TV Dinners, Fizzies (yummy!), Nalleys Potato Chips (they came in a box), Adams Sour Cherry drops, Hires rootbeer floats..I could go on and on. --- Cam Keeley, Seattle Washington, 1959

Burries Cookies
What ever happened to Burries cookies? In the 60's these were the best, You had Fudge town, loaded with chocolate fudge, Gouchos,with peanut butter filling and Mr. Chips, great chocolate chip cookies, Always the good things go first. --- Michael, Bklyn, New York 1958

Coconut Watermellons anyone?
Does anyone remember the candy made from coconut red green black (seeds) watermellon slices. --- Denise, Pennsylvania, 1955

I remember jelly candy fruit slices from Fanny Farmer. They came were half-circle slices in orange, lemon, lime and cherry. The "rine" was a white candy of a tart nature. They were sugar coated. The precursor to today's "Sour Patch Kids?" --- Jill, Milwaukee, WI, 1948

Jill: For a blast from the past stop by your local Fanny Farmer/Fanny Mae... They still sell these.

King Stir and Funny Face
Does anyone remember King Stir "the mix on a stick"? It looked like a swizzle stick with a blob of orange "Fizzies" type stuff on the end that you'd swirl in your water to make a Tang-like drink.
Or, how about Funny Face mixes? Choo-Choo Cherry, Goofy Grape, Jolly-Olly Orange, Rootin-Tootin Raspberry, Lefty Lemon... --- Terry, Chicago, 1956

Funny Face Drink Stand (a mail-in premium)
Thanks for the memory trigger, Terry... I remember sending in a bunch of Funny Face Drink (Pillsbury) packages to get a Funny Face Drink stand - it was a brightly printed cardboard "sales booth" with posts that held up a sign. The best freebee I ever had. I'm sure I immediately had mom buy a bunch more Funny Face drink packets so I could open up the booth by the road. --- Tim, Shoreview, MN 1953

More east coast food memories
Reading someone else's memories of foods they had while growing up in Brooklyn brought back my own memories. I definitely remember eggcremes, milk deliveries and even soda deliveries. The soda man also sold U-Bet chocolate syrup. Anyone remember that? Someone else mentioned Fresca soda and how it has gone by the wayside, but it is still available here in the Northeast. I remember Wetson's hamburger joints and Jahn's ice cream parlors (I know there were at least 2 in Brooklyn and 2 in NJ -- not sure where else). You could get the giant Kitchen Sink sundae that served 11 people! I also remember Chocolate Babies candies. I believe they were made by Heide. They were sort of like Tootsie Rolls in flavor and consistency, and they were in the shape of what was supposed to look like babies, but they looked more like mutants. Other people here have mentioned Quisp cereal. I recently discovered that it is still available in several cities and is now available from General Mills at Apparently they have been doing very good business lately! --- Loretta, Union, NJ, 1962

Shake a puddin', a paper cup with chocolate, vanilla and banana flavored powder, add water, shake and set aside, and voila, a few minutes later you have puddin'! (well, sort of!) Jello 1-2-3, where the third kayer was always thick and gritty. Fizzles, Cool pops. --- Mallorie Mamber Cove, Hollywood, FL 1961

Jello Parfaits and other wiggly delights
Remember Jello parfaits? It was this really cool mix that when you whipped it up and poure it into a parfait glass, it separated into layers all by itself and looked really fancy even though you'd done nothing special. I remember my Mom would make it for me whenever I was home sick from school and it always made me feel a little better.I miss that stuff. Sigh! --- Valerie, Toronto, Canada, 1954

Jello 1-2-3! I think Valerie described this product earlier as a Jello parfait. I always begged my mom to buy it for me because the TV ad looked so cool, the way the layers formed, with the clear Jello on the bottom and a fluffy type of Jello on top. This was around the time Space Sticks (originally made for the astronauts!) were big, too. --- Dolores, San Diego, CA, 1963

I remember making "Knox Blocks" with Jello and Knox geletain. They were basically hard and chewy Jello that didn't melt easily - great for chomping on in school. --- Ted V., St. Paul, MN 1954

The Frito Bandito
Frito Bandito from Frito's Corn Chips
Aye-Yaye-yaye-yaye, I am the Frito Bandito
I love frito's corn chip I love them I do...
I want Frito's Corn Chips I get them from you!

I still to this day enjoy a small bag of fritos with my sandwich at lunch time.... and besides... they keep you regular....and at our age, this is important. --- Jeff Gross, Philly, PA, 1960

Boyer’s Mallo Cups
As a kid we couldn't wait to scarf up some nickels and hit the corner store for Boyer's Mallo Cups. It was a chocolate/marshmallow candy shaped like todays Reese Cup. It tasted great but almost as important was the cardboard backing that revealed how many Mallo Cup points you got. Usually 1 point was all you got but I remember 5, 10 & 25 pointers. You saved the points and when you reached say 100 you mailed them in for free Mallo Cups. --- Dave, Scranton PA 1956

Boyer's Mallo Cups were one of my favorites though. We would save those points (1,2,5,10,25, & 50) 'til we got 500 and send them in. Nothing tasted better than those FREE Cups, even if they did melt on the way and had to be peeled out of the wrapper. --- Ed, Everman, Texas, 1948

My memory of Mallo Cups - They still make them today, but there was nothing like the OLD point system. After collecting 500 points, you were in for a treat of 10 double bars, via U.S. Mail. When they finally came it was an all-time great day. And I remember 100 point cards, what a rush! Rumors abounded about 500 pointers, but I wonder...

There was a short-lived sweet that consisted of a little molded plastic bottle, with sweet syrup in it, I remember cherry flavor. It was so sweet that a drop was great - but at first we tried just sort of drinking them down. That wasn't so great, but if you nursed it for a while, a drop at a time, it was really fun. What were those called? --- Dale, Salt Lake City, Utah, 1959

Another Bonomo Memory
I remember walking home from school and stopping at the local soda shop and getting a chocolate coke or a cherry coke and a big piece of turkish taffy. It was made by Bonomo and it came in vanilla, chocolate, and strawberry. My favorite was to get a vanilla turkish taffy and dip it in my choc coke. You could sit there for an hour till it was gone. They have taffy today, but no one could make it like BONOMO..... I also miss the one dollar a carload drive-in movies.. We used to pile anywhere from 9 to 11 people in my sisters 53 Chevy . Those were the days... --- Carol Smathers, Indiana, PA. 1948

I also recall that there was a Banana flavored Bonomo. And come to think of it, a banana flavored Popsicle, too. --- Tim, Shoreview, MN 1953

Lendy's Drive-Ins
All about Lendy’s, a 50's- 60's drive-in in Virginia. Lots of cool photos. Go to:

Cup O’ Gold Candy
Who remembers those wonderful candy bars, "Cup O' Gold?" They were a round candy a little bit larger than a peanut butter cup, made with the sweetest chocolate with crunchies on the top and filled with this incredibly delicious marshmallow creme filling.
Does anyone know if they still exist? I used to get them at the movies once in a while for a nickle. I'd buy one for a whole lot more today if I could find one. --- Tammi, Cheverly, MD, 1957

Bright Red Candy Lipstick & Henry's Burgers
Does anyone remember the little lipstick candy it was a one inch tube of red mystery with a gold foil around it. It really made your lips ,mouth anything it touched bright red. Also Henry's hamburgers were the big thing around here 15 cents 10 cents for fries and a whole quarter if you wanted pop too.
My Mom was hooked on "walnut crush" candy bars. they looked yummy in a shiny orange wrapper but were dark chocolate with a pure white nougat filling. ---Nancy, Cedar Rapids, IA, 1949

Burger Chef & Parkmoor
Anyone remember Burger Chef and Parkmoor restaurants? Snacks were cheap--15 cent hamburgers, Coke for a dime, and candy bars for a nickel. Some flavors of soft drinks that have gone by the wayside were Fresca and Squirt. For breakfast you might have Maypo hot cereal. Jelly came in jars that were reusable as drinking glasses. --- Gloria, 1954, Dayton, OH

Tang and O-o-o - it’s Bonomo!
I can still remember the Tang Drink song:
If you want to do what the Astronauts do,
Join the Space gang
And Drink your energy Tang.
Tang is for breakfast, lunch and after school- TANG!
Tang is energizing like rocket fuel...sooooo
If you want to do what the Astronauts do-
Join the Space gang and Drink your energy Tang.

It's very scary that I rembember it so well after all these years.. Anyone remember Bonomo Turkish Taffey?- Give it a whack- Whatdoyouknow Bonomo? --- (name missing) Toronto, ON, 1959

It went, "BO-NO-MO... Bonomo's, O-O-O, It's Bonomo's... CAAANDEEE." I live in California now and haven't seen Bonomo's Turkish Taffy in years. I guess they don't make it any more. Too bad. It was the best. I remember spending the day at the pool in Levittown, PA - one Bonomo's lasted all day long. --- Carol, Northridge, CA, 1947

Vanilla Turkish Taffey!!! Can't stop thinking about that stuff and wishing I could find it! --- Wanda, Bethesda, Maryland, 1949

I have great memories of Bonomo's Turkish Taffy, Vanilla Egg Creams, Twinkies, Milk Duds and Sugar Babies. I know they are still around but remember the little wax bottles with the syrup in them? How about Maypo. I want my MAAYPOOO! --- Sonia from Queens New York, 1951.

Yipes! Stripes!
I still own and cherish a "lime fruit stripped tiger" stuffed animal that I got by sending in gum wrappers and $4.99 to Beech Nut. I carried it around everywhere and put Brut on it's nose. I think you could also get a horse and an elephant and something else. I still have the ragged portions of this animal who I named Toenail (who knows why?) and believe it or not can still faintly detect Brut when I smell it. --- Phyl, born in Detroit in 1951

Scranton Cuisine
I grew up in Scranton, Pa. and remember the milk deliveries from the Burschel Dairy a few times a week. Also potato chip deliveries from Charle's Chips. We used to go downtown to Woolworth's and have "chocolate" and 'cherry" cokes at the snack counter. We couldn't wait for hot summer evenings for the ice cream trucks to come through the Tripp Park neighborhood........ Dairy Dan and Mr. Softy, great ice cream!!! And those trips to the neighborhood candy store...... Sen Sens, Mary Janes, Green Mint Leaves, Ju Ju's, Bazooka and Double Bubble Gum. Does any one remember Sasparilla soda? That was my mom's favorite. I remember mom canning everything...... tomatoes, fruit from our trees in our backyard, mushrooms that dad picked, chili sauce. Stop & Go drive-in downtown and Carol's drive-in before McDonald's came to town. Ovaltine on cold, snowy days. Nutty Buddy ice cream cones. The Good 'Ole Days! --- Mary Ann, Gibsonville, N.C.1947

Cracker Jacks and Chicken Shacks
I have very found memories of many previously [below] mentioned foods, Farfel's and his famous Nestles pitch, Tang, Space Food Sticks, etc. One of my favorites were Cracker Jacks (wish I could remember all the words to the jingle - "Lip smacking... peanuts and a prize") and the commercial of the kid pulling strings, pennies, a yo-yo and numerous other items out of his pockets to purchase a box of Cracker Jacks. Locally, there was an small chain of fried chicken joints around Austin, Texas called the Chicken Shack. For about $1.50/person, a family could get all you could eat fried chicken and fixin's and the kids would get to pick out a toy at the end of the meal! Afterwards, we'd pile in the Impala and go to the Chief or Burnet Drive-In for a double feature with a gallon jug of ice-cold, frothy rootbeer from the local A&W stand. --- Allen Bettis, Austin, Texas, 1959

Ice Cream Push Ups
Ice Cream Pushups. Ice cream with fruit flavored ice was wrapped in a cylindrical tube... as you ate you pushed the stick up to get more ice cream. We were lucky to have a small family-owned store at the end of our block. --- Beth, St.Paul, MN, 1954

Dreamsicles and Fudgesicles
I always gravitated toward these Popsicle treats as opposed to the fruit flavored ices... And always found it hard to choose between the two. I think that Dreamsicles usually won out. But I still can see and feel the ice form on the surface of the Fudgesicle after the first lick. --- Tim, Shoreview, MN 1953

Birch Beer and Misc. Sweets
I remember Royal Castle restaurants having birch beer instead of root beer, Dogs & Suds for drive up car hops serving hotdogs relishes, hamburgers and fries, Chuckles candy, Bonamo Taffy, Milk Duds, Slo Pokes, Fresca soda, malteds, Blue Moon ice cream, the waffle man,
watermellon shaped candy made from coconut, candy dots on sheets of white paper, wax lips, bull's eye candy, black jack candy and bazooka joe bubble gum. We were kids raised as kids not miniature adults as children are raised today. I taught the children in my neighborhood how to play hide and go seek. The weirest question I was asked was " when do we play this game?" Duh! Kids don't play outside, they don't build forts or treehouses.
Being a 4th grade teacher, children are losing their creative imaginations by our computerized world. --- Jim, Cleveland, Ohio 1951 (Born in a Paddy wagon due to the blizzard.)

We ate alot of it in Long island. --- Phyllis, Long Island, NY 1950

Cherry Mash
I remember my Dad announcing a trip to the store. We usually resounded with "Can we go? Can we get out?" If not, we would ask for a candy called Cherry Mash. I recently found them at a store and bought one for my sister and myself. What a sugar rush! --- Pam, League City, Texas - 1961

Jiffy Pop Popcorn
Popcorn was a favorite snack around my house in the 50's and 60's but was somewhat of a pain to make until Jiffy Pop came along. I'll never forget the first time my mom brought some home from the grocery store, we couldn't wait to tear into this new space aged wonder. My sister, brother and I watched in amazement as the silver dome of popcorn grew and grew over the heat of the stove. And the first taste was wonderful! No muss no fuss, you ate it right out of the container it came in and then when empty you just tossed it in the trash. What a marvelous invention it was! ---Wally, St Louis, Mo 1953

Yeah, I remember Jiffy Pop - the coolest thing was watching the silver dome unspiral and puff up. Then, you poked a fork in the top to open it and were blasted with hot steam. Most of the time, we burnt it. Then those electric popcorn cookers came out (probably in the early 70's)- with the plastic domes that doubled as the serving bowl. Some of the fancier ones had a little lid in the top that you put butter in - the steam melted it and it drizzled over the popping corn. Most of the time, we burnt it. --- Tim, Shoreview, MN 1953

I remember these supersweet flavored syrup drinks called Queeno. Especially the lemom lime green syrup-it looked like anti-freeze! --- Peter, Clarence, NY, 1958

NeHi Drinks
I remember NeHi grape or orange drinks in tall bottles (probably 12 or 16 oz.) They were great ice cold with a Baby Ruth bar while watching "The Gale Storm Show" on summer mornings when I was home from school. My idea of Heaven as a 12-yr. old! --- Joan, Orlando, FL1946

Remember when A&W root beer operated their drive ins, in addition to the frosty (glass) mug which came in different sizes, you could get great foot-long hotdogs and torpedo sandwiches. --- Bill, Sacramento, CA 1957

I remember A&W’s Burger Family: Papa Burger, Mama Burger, Teen Burger, and Baby Burger. Always had to have a side of onion rings with them. --- Tim, Shoreview, MN 1953

Pretzel Man
I can remember (and now confess) that I used to wait for the pretzel-man to deliver my neighbor's favorite pretzels. Not until the clean white truck turned the corner did I then sneak up to the front door and snatch the big tin that held those salted goodies and somedays he even had a great big bag of potato chips. --- Steve, Baldwin, NY (1951)

Diet Right Bread
When I was a little girl growing up in Brooklyn,NY,I remember my mother making me sandwiches for my school lunch on toasted Diet Right Bread. This was in the mid-fifties and the first diet product I can recall. It was a paper thin white bread with sesame seeds on the crust. She would spread cream cheese and jelly on it and hours later when I ate it the toast was soggy but strangely delicious! --- Elena, Bellmore,NY 1950

Flavored Straws
As a kid in Sourthern California I remember flavored straws. They were paper straws that chocolate or strawberry flavored cardboard sticks going down the inside. You put them in a glass of milk and they flavored it. I don't remember other flavors 'cause maybe those were the ones I liked. They were pretty good in a cardboardy way. --- Nell, St. Joseph, MO 1949

Pretzel Delivery
I remember how jealous I was of my friends who had their pretzels delivered. It could have been potato chips but I doubt it. It’s been such a long time, and I was in a coma since I last thought of this. --- Phyllis, Baldwin, NY,1950

Hot Suckers
I remember the square "hot" suckers that cost 2 cents, and the ice cream truck that came around at the same time every day when an ice cream sandwich was 6 cents. --- Gayle Rhodes, Corinth, MS ’59

Safety Pops
Remember those little suckers with the soft twisted handle that formed a loop - they were called “Safety Pops.” I think the premise was, if you fell while sucking on one, they wouldn’t pierce a hole in your throat (or something). Also—Root Beer Barrells and Lemon Drops (hard candies) were cheap (1¢) and available at the corner drug store. --- Sandy, Mt. Vernon, NY, 1950

Someone mentioned "Safety Pops" - I remember them well! I think they were called "Paloops" They tasted better than any other lollipop before or since, or at least so it seemed at the time. --- Linda, Palmyra, PA 1947

Brooklyn, NY Food Memories
I grew up in Brooklyn, New York. My food memories include Bungalow Bar Ice Cream from the truck with the shingled roof that cruised the streets looking for kids with fifteen cents to spend on an ice cream. Then there were those fantastic Jelly Bars, a raspberry jelly coated in milk chcolate. Although jelly bars still exist, the most prevalent brand, and in my opinion the best, were the Knickerbocker Jelly Bars that were individually wrapped in purple foil wrappers (they went out of business years ago). You could also get a little six-pack of wax bottles with flavored sugar water inside. Down at the candy store, you could get a small soda or lime rickey for 5 cents while an ice cream soda cost a whole 25 cents ( a rod pretzel to go with it was an extra 1 cent). And of course, there were those fantastic egg creams that don't contain eggs.

Maybe a once every so often included a frozen TV dinner in those metal trays that you just popped in the oven. Seemed like Mom always made me one (fried chicken) on the day I visited the dentist for drilling and filling.

Milk and bread were delivered to the home----2-3 times a week as stipulated by Mom. The milk tasted so much better in those glass bottles. The bottle tops were covered by a foil cap under which was a little cardboard circle. You had to pry up the little tab in the cardboard circle and then remove it from the bottle neck. The orange juice was also great in the glass bottles, also delivered by the milkman.

In Brooklyn, we had our bread delivered by the breadman. The company was Dugan's. The breadman woukd tie a string around the packaged loaf and leave it dangling from the doorknob on the front door. It was great bread but it was yellow. In a time where other kids lived on Wonder Bread(which was white), I took my lunch to school on Dugan's bread which was yellow. The other kids were fascinated by the fact that I always had yellow bread.

Another memory was the Italian green grocer who sold his produce from his cart pulled by his horse. He would travel the strets and ring a bell. My Mom would run out to purchase some fresh fruits and vegetables. She also began feeding his horse sugar lumps. The horse loved these. The horse got to know at what house the lady would feed him the sugar lumps. If there was a space where the hosre could fit through the cars on the street, he would try to get onto the sidewalk to our gate. One day, when the horse and owner came selling their goods, there were no cars parked in front of our house. The horse came up on the sidewalk, pulling his cart with him, and nudged our gate with his nose, looking for my mother and her sugar lumps. Vegetables and fruits began rolling off the cart. Luckily she was home and heard the shouts of the greengrocer scolding his horse. From then on, the greengrocer carried sugar lumps for his horse. --- Mary, Little Neck, NY, 1950

Lunch Bar, Double Cola, and Kickapoo Joy Juice
Reading the various lists of foods that I also ate "way back when" reminds me of a candy bar found only in vending machines, by me at least. It was called a "Lunch Bar" and they were 2, that's right, 2 for 5 cents. Also, Double Cola was the competitor for Coca-Cola and Pepsi-Cola and a lot cheaper. (In their 2 cent returnable bottles.) And how many people remember when Mountain Dew was first marketed? Further, "Kickapoo Joy Juice" was also brought out at the same time, by a different manufacturer, and both were, as the names suggested, parodies to the moonshine whiskey-soft-drink style! --- Mike, Indianapolis, 1951

Jello 3-in-One, Biteamins, and Neco Wafers
The Jello™ 3-in-one; you ran the electric mixer for a couple of minutes - quick! Pour it in the clear glasses and pop them into the 'fridge. In a couple of hours you had a "fancy" dessert with jello on the bottom, jello more opaque and like puddin' in the middle, and jello froth on top! Orange was my favorite! And "Biteamins" children vitamins that looked like M&M's --- we'd suck the candy coating off to see the yucky looking vitamin part, but they tasted ok --- sorta like sweet tarts gone slightly bad. And, those wonderful Neco candy wafers ---- a variety of flavors stacked up into a roll like nickels --- we fought over the chocolate ones. And what a treat when Mom would splurge and buy us each our own 5¢ roll!!

Travelling across country in a VW "bus" with 6 kids and no A/C! Pull into McD's for a sack of 15¢ burgers. And on one particular hot day, my dad promised the cranky kids a scoop of ice cream at the next ice cream place we came to if we would quiet down ---- and the next place?? Baskin-Robbins with 33 flavors!!!!!!! Try and get us to be satisfied with vanilla --- no way!! Sometimes, Mom would hand out slices of white (not 100% whole wheat! another treat!!) bread; we'd carefully eat away the crust, then mush the rest into edible play dough!! --- Lorraine, Farmers Branch, TX 1953

Vintage McDonald’s and the Milkman
I remember McDonald's before there was an arch! A little steel building with a little enclosure to order from and a little kitchen behind the counter. We had to eat in our car back then and a hamburger, fries and coke was less than a dollar. Remember Wetson's? Another hamburger place like McDonald's. What memories!! This is not food, but I remember my mom putting 3 cents in the mailbox for a stamp and the mailman would put it on the envelope she left! And the milkman would come into the kitchen and rotate the new and old milk bottles in the fridge on delivery day! And the rag man would drive his car laden with fabric scraps slowly down the street selling them. And the ice man would come put ice in our ice box and we'd climb on his truck and chip pieces of ice off to eat!! --- Bev., New Canaan, Ct 1947

Wampums Chips
I remember Wampums corn chips, an alternative to Fritos? I think they might have been made by the same company as Fritos, but somehow they tasted better. --- Rob Lowrey, Hesperia, CA 1953

Wampum corn chips were a Laura Scudder's product; Fritos were, of course, from Frito-Lay. Competitors, Rob, not the same company. But I agree with you: the flavor of Wampums was far better! As for the Frito-Lay company, I believe the flavor of Lay's potato chips (you can't eat just one) used to be much better than it is now. Same for Shasta sodas. Just ain't the same as it used to be! --- Curtis Paltza, Santa Clarita CA, 1956

Restaurant Memories
The Taylor Ham restaurant in Atlantic City before casinos and I think there was another one in Asbury Park for a while. (I still love that Taylor Ham) Howard Johnson butter fried hot dogs on that top split bun. Did you DQ today? --- John, Dunellen, NJ 1959

Howard Johnson's to me will always be the plate of deep fried clam strips. In Minnesota, we had Uncle John's Pancake Houses - all the pancakes you could eat on Tuesday nights (favorite hang for college kids). And, I remember when A&Ws introduced the Family Burgers: Papa Burger, Mama Burger, and the Baby Burger. --- Tim, Shoreview, MN 1953

Kenny Burgers
I also wanted to mention the first fast food joint I remember, no not drive in, but a real go in sit down, carry-it-from-the-counter joint, "kenny burgers"...I remember getting the "doozie burger" which had a sweet kinda red colored pickle relish on, boy were they good. And you ususally got your order right, and it wasn't served by some derelict punk looking like a reject from "freddie crugers nightmares"...sorry, the times they are a changin! --- Tony, Harrisonburg, VA '64

Radioactive Milk
I don't know if this belongs in Food or World Events... Remember the radioactive milk. Everyone (U.S. Russia, Britain, and France) was testing bombs above ground. Strontium 90 was in our milk! A new flavor! --- philip morris lenox, Ia. 1951

Misc. Food Memories
Remember shake-a-pudding? just add milk and shake the cup? Remember burger chef and jeff? burger chef was bought out by hardee's. remember when McDonalds had only one arch? remember A & W and Dog and Suds drive in restaurants? remember when 25 cents would buy you a candy bar and a bottle of ne-hi strawberry pop? remember Libby the Kid TV dinners for kids? how about Pink Panther frosted flakes cereal? how about drinking the juice out of the little wax bottles and then chewing on the wax? did you ever enjoy Quisp and Quake cereal? excuse me while I go get a snack! --- Pete, Norway, Mi 1960

Bike Shop Candy Store
Talk about fast food! I remember the neighborhood family-owned candy store/bike shop. The owner repaired/sold used bicycles and sold penny candy. Items that we kids always bought were tasty waxed lips, fangs and mustaches. Also, most area drug stores had soda fountains. --- Jeff L. Ranck, Hamilton, OH 1948

Misc. Gummy Memories
Reading Rhonda's memory of Teaberry Gum (below) reminded me of my grandpa's favorite: BlackJack (licorice), and my personal preference: Clove. They tried reissuing these in the late 80s or early 90s, but they apparently didn't catch on. And, "Yipes! Stripes!" Beachnut Fruitstripe Gum - white and colored stripes matching the flavors lemon, lime, orange, cherry, and ? There was also some brand of orange and green apple gum that we used to fold over our front teeth and suck it into the teeth grooves so our smiles were green and orange. Haven’t had as much fun with gum since!

Oh, and one more: I remember yards of rope gum in grape, cherry, green apple, bubblegum and other flavors. Of course, we had to get the whole yard into our mouths at once! I think it might have been called "Bub’s Daddy" (?). --- Tim, Shoreview, MN 1953

Do you remember Chum Gum? The price was right. Three sticks for a penny. It tasted like that nasty gum that came with baseball cards. How about Jaw Teasers one cent bubble gum balls. These were sold from plastic domed gumball machines. The turquoise blue ones were the most sought after. --- Dave D. Cedar Rapids, Iowa, 1946

The best part of the Bazooka gum was the comic. And, there was always something neat that you could send in for. --- Andy, Green Bay, WI 1955

Sweet Memories
I remember lots of candy: Sugar Babies, Sugar Daddy, Black Cow suckers, Firesticks and Green Apple sticks, Clark's Teaberry Gum, Reed's Rootbeer and Cinnamon Lifesavers. Also root beer and banana popsicles from the Good Humor man. ---Rhonda, Northridge, CA 1957

Vanilla Custard
Gerber's vanilla custard. ---Matt, Morton Grove, IL 1951

Soda Jerks
Do you remember putting peanuts in your bottle of Pepsi? Around here we called that an Amish highball. More soda fountain fun; Green Rivers, Lemon Phosphates, Cherry Cokes, Chocolate Cokes, Vanilla Cokes and Suicide Cokes. That was a mixture of all of the above Cokes. How about Black Cows? This was another term for a Root Beer Float. Ice Cream Sodas of different flavors. --- Dave, Cedar Rapids, Iowa 1946

Egg Creams
Those people from the east coast may remember Chocolate phosphates with the unusual and unexplainable name, “Egg Creams” I believe. --- Tim (ex-soda jerk at Farrell's Ice Cream Parlour Restaurants), Roseville, MN 1953

History and recipe of the Chocolate Egg Cream
Growing up in 1950's Brooklyn, I had an uncle with a candy store. All candy stores in Brooklyn had soda fountains. Having a relative with a candy store yeilded me LOTS of best friends!
Originally, The Egg Cream did indeed contain an egg white...along with real cream, seltzer, and a touch of "chocolate sauce". Equal parts seltzer and cream, the egg white, and sauce to taste.
During the depression, cream was replaced by milk, and the egg white was left out. The recipe still stands....
Half fill a large glass with grade A milk....mix in enough chocolate syrup as if it were a full glass.....slowly pour seltzer (not club soda which contains salt and ruins the flavor) while stirring, and watch out for the foamy overflow.
A perfect egg cream will have a good "head" on it....and don't think you're going to "sip" this concoction! I rarly see anyone who can't help but just gulp this down! --- Mike, Monroe, MI, 1952

How many remember in the midwest when Hardees was Sandy's? --- Diana Smith, Roanoke, VA , 1953 (formerly from IL)

I remember Tang. We had to have it all the time. Especially when we went camping... fond memories. --- Julia, St. Joseph MI, 1958

Tang: It was the stuff that the astronauts drank - it had to be good for us... so ran our commercially influenced logic. --- Sara, Menomoni, WI 1954

Hires Rootbeer
“High Time for Hires!” Hires Rootbeer was about the closest taste to A&W that you could get in a bottle. Also, remember the original Mountain Dew commercials with the animated bottle and the hillbilly popping a hole through his hat after the cork blows out of his “Mountain Dew“ jug? --- Bob, Fort Douglas, WI 1956

TV Dinners and Calorie-laden Junk
I remember when TV dinners first hit the frozen foods case at Delchamps! I can't believe now that us kids used to beg for them! The chicken tasted freezer burned and the peas were as big as Bomber marbles! But we loved them anyway! The Krispy Kreme doughnut place right around the corner made everyday wonderful. The smell of fresh cooked doughnuts would hook you by the nose and before you knew it you and your bicycle would be pulling up in front of the big glass windows as you tried to decide whether you wanted lemon or raspberry filled. Yuuummmmm, Heaven! Of course, it didn't hurt to have an A & W Rootbeer Drive-In hamburger place right across the street and a McDonald's hamburger joint on the other side of it! It's a wonder I didn't weigh 200 pounds as a kid!! Remember the food at the Drive-In movie concession stand?? Nowadays we wouldn't dream of eating all of that grease and cholesterol laden junk, but man o man, it sure tasted great then! My husband's mother used to always fry up some chicken EVERY Sunday, so he called it "Gospel Bird"! He also loved "Pop" Cola (it came in a great big bottle, so you got more for your money) and RC Cola was another favorite of his. We both liked the gingerbread cookies with the pink icing (they came two to a pack and were about 4 inches by 8 inches long, just can't remember the name of them). Aw, sweet memories! --- Susan-1955/Greg-1947, Panama City, Florida

Space Food Sticks
A fudge stick about 4 inches long in a foil wraper which came in several flavors. Became popular during the early space program. --- Gary, Savannah, Georgia, 1956

My brother and I LOVED Space Food Sticks! I'd love to find some (even if they are inedible) to give him for Christmas along with the Land of the Lost VHS tapes I just bought him from We also loved Pop Rocks - you can still find them. I buy them for every 80s party I throw. Also, for a while in the late 70s, it was very big for elementary school girls in our town to eat Jello powder straight from the box. It turned your tongue whatever color the concentrated powder was. --- Maggie, Atascadero, CA, 1969

I'm not really a boomer but I searched your list to see if anyone else remembered these chocolate sticks. They weren't as sweet as Tootsie Rolls and were kind of a cross between fudge and cake. Oh, my sister and I would beg my mother for those. I remember they were expensive compared to the other items on her grocery list so we could only eat one. They weren't very filling. When they finally discontinued them my mother would stop at a little gas station because they still had a stock of them. My mom was great! --- Teresa F., Salem, OR, 1968 (boomer at heart)

Wanna Walnetto?
Remember these good little caramel/walnut candies? Artie Johnson (as an old man sitting on a bus bench) used to becon the old lady with them on Laugh-In. To which she replied by hitting him over the head with her purse. --- Tim, Shoreview, MN 1953

I remember in Jr High going to the drive-in (A&W RootBeer had one) where they put that funky tray in your car window. I also remember a MacDonald's on the corner where the "golden arches" boasted "Over 40,000 sold!!!".--- Kris, St. Louis, MO '48

Sugar Crisp
I remember Sugar Bear on the Sugar Crisp comericals. " Can't get enough of those Sugar Crisp, Sugar Crisp " - Dennis, Baltimore, 1948

Oscar Mayer Weiners
"Oh I wish I were an Oscar Mayer Wiener, that is what I truly want to be-e-e. Cause if I were an Oscar Mayer Wiener, everyone would be in love with me." And what about, "My bologna has a first name, it's O-S-C-A-R. My bologna has a second name it's M-A-Y-E-R. Oh I love to eat it every day, and if you ask me why I'll say, cause Oscar Mayer has a way with B-O-L-O-G-N-A!" - Lore, Chicago, 1958

Other Processed Meat Products
I entered a contest on TV in the early 60's where you had to draw Wilfred the Weiner Wolf (I won a bike). I have no idea of the brand of Weiner associated with the contest. Anyone have any ideas! - Tim, Shoreview, MN 1953

By some marketing miracle, this STUFF still around - want to get nostalgic? Slice some up and fry it to eat with pancakes. - Toni, Grenwich, CT 1955

Bosco, Ovaltine, and other things Chocolate
Bosco the Clown (or was it a bear?) brown plastic squeeze container that held chocolate syrup that you used to make chocolate milk. Also Ovaltine (which tasted too healthy) in the big glass jar with the orange lid. And then there was Farfel, Jimmy Nelson's puppet dog, who sang the Nestles song on television commercials: “N-E-S-T-L-E-S, Nestles makes the very best, Choc...late.” - Tim, Shoreview, MN, 1953

Jumbo Sweet Tarts
I remember in junior high when Sweet Tarts were new, they came out with these huge (Salvo-sized) individually wrapped Sweet Tarts that lasted pretty much all day - they were about three inches in diameter. It’s no wonder our teeth were bad! - Tim, Shoreview, MN, 1953

Flavor Straws
You put one of these straws in your white milk and you had strawberry flavored milk. I quess the flavoring was in the stripes inside the straw. - Sandy, Milan, MI, birth year?

Lick’em Aid
A straw filled with Kool-Aid type powder. - Jeff, St. Paul, MN 1952

Box O’ Pizza
Before there was frozen pizza and a franchised pizza place on every corner - pizza at home was a new thing. I remember the fun our family had creating our own pizzas at home using the new-fangled boxed pizza (Chef Boy-R-Dee or Jenos). The kit consisted of a box with a can of sauce, a packet with the dough mix (just add water and knead) and a packet of dried parmesan cheese. The toughest part was getting the dough to fill the pan - you had to keep pushing it around with your fingers. --- John, Cleveland, Ohio, 1950

Two Fizzies tablets in water and you had your own home-made soda pop! We used to dare each other to hold the tablets in our mouths. --- Tim, Shoreview, Minnesota, 1953

You can still get Fizzies at Toys "R" Us, I picked up a pack of Cherry and Grape the other day so my grandaughters could taste them. Still just like they were when we were kids, although I remember them tasting better then. They're kinda like flavored Alka Seltzer now.----Wally, St Louis, Mo 1953

The Country Store
Remember the smell of the country store with the wood floors, the assorted canned goods, the feel of the Ice cream freezer on a hot august day when a Scooter crunch (dismay, chocolate or strawberry) or maybe an ice cream sandwich would make the walk home fun. Or how about those little wax six-pack bottles of "pop" which wasn't really carbonated at all, but was like a "cool-aid" syrup, but the neat thing was, you could eat the wax flavored bottles as well. Oh, the days. --- Tony, Harrison, Virginia, 1964

Quisp and Quake
I remember two cereals by Quaker - Quisp and Quake. Quisp was a little space guy and Quake was this big hee-man hero guy. --- Becky, Port Huron, Michigan, 1961

Sugar Pops Pete
Remember Sugar Pops Pete commercials? The bad guys were so bad that they made noises with their straws when they drank! That’s bad! --- Julie, Stevens Point, Wisconsin, 1953