These 12 long lost snacks of the 1970s will give you the munchies
Please give our mouth a time machine so we can munch on some Space Food Sticks, Pizza Spins, Googles and Koogle.
Nothing goes with television like a big bowl of something salty and crunchy. In the 1970s, we would ride our banana-seat bikes home from school, flip on game shows like Match Game and Tattletales, and chow down on crackers, cookies and more. We packed pudding cups into our Welcome Back, Kotter lunch boxes.
Alas, many of our favorite munchies from the decade are no longer around. Here are a dozen defunct snacks we'd love to get our lips around again.
Top image: Continental Airlines postcard from the 1970s / Papergreat
1. Concentrate Cereal
Okay, so Concentrate was aimed at adults, but the reflective gold box looked something from a NASA lunar module.
Hot danishes popping up in your toaster? How did this fail?
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3. Dolly Madison Razzys, Koo Koos and Googles
Long before Google there were Googles, a vanilla cake with cinnamon bits. Koo Koos were similar to Ding Dongs, while Razzys made the rounds with yellow cake and raspberry frosting. The Peanuts gang pitched these treats, and the fruit pies were also quite tasty.
It took a while for the creamy goodness of Nutella to make its way from Europe to America. But we were set in the 1970s with Koogle, a sweet spread in many varieties. Banana Peanut Spread! Just add bacon and you've got an Elvis meal.
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We don't eat meals out of coffee cups as much as we used to.
6. Nickles' Banana Flip
It's like a Twinkie taco, but banana flavored — like the original Twinkies.
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7. Pizza Spins
Pizza flavored pizza shapes. Of course, you could pretend they were steering wheels or wagon wheels. Odd that the pizza on the box didn't seem to be covered with any cheese.
8. Snack Pack
Pudding cups are a school lunchroom staple, but the plastic containers of today don't quite have that same aluminum tang of the 1970s cans.
9. Space Food Sticks
Like Tang, these chews were developed for astronauts! Many flavors were offered, including Chocolate Mint, Chocolate Malt, Orange, Caramel and Peanut Butter. At just 44 calories a stick, you could really pound them.
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Sure, Goldfish and Cheez-Its still line the grocery shelves, but Nabisco's Tid-Bits had a different shape. What if we want our cheese crackers in stick form?
Pop Tarts dominate the toaster pastry market today. Toastettes were pretty dang delicious, though.
12. Tuna Twist
Mom's best ploy to get us to eat our tuna fish was this quick sprucer-upper.
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