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OUCH! GUM

Woohoo! My confectionary of choice when going to the cinema…

Ouch! is a type of sugar-free bubble gum made by the Wm. Wrigley Jr. Company under the Hubba Bubba brand name.

The gum had previously been available in the flavors o grape, watermelon and strawberry.

Each stick of gum was wrapped with wrapping made to look like a bandage and was packaged in a container similar to that of a bandage box.

Another type of candy dispensed in a novelty form just because it made it more fun.

Watermelon was the shiz and I remember collecting the tins so I can put the most random things in them like real band-aids?

WARHEADS

Warheads is a brand of sour candy manufactured by Impact Confections and proved to be very popular, especially with children in 1999. 

Their strong sour flavor is derived primarily from malic acid which is applied as a coating to the outside of the small, hard candies.

The intense sour flavor fades after about 20 to 40 seconds. The hard candy itself contains the somewhat less sour ascorbic acid and citric acid. 

At the center of the hard candies is a small pocket of more malic acid.

Warheads are marketed as an “extreme” candy.

The name “Warheads” comes from the notion that the sour taste of the candies is akin to a real warhead going off in one’s mouth and the brand’s mascot, Wally Warheads is depicted as a boy with puckered lips and a small mushroom cloud emanating from the top of his head.

A driving force behind the candy’s popularity were informal competitions among schoolchildren to determine who could withstand eating the largest number of Warheads at once.

A warning is now included on Warheads packaging, as follows:

“WARNING: Eating multiple pieces within a short time period may cause a temporary irritation to sensitive tongues and mouths.”

Cheap as chips, one Warhead candy was sold for 5cents at the corner store.

My friends and I would dare each other to eat the “HOT” Torture Sorchers, dumbest idea ever!

MCDONALD’S EL MACO

If ever I was on death row and I had the choice of what my last meal on Earth would be, I’d pick the the Chicken El Maco.

McDonald’s hit the jackpot when they came up with this piece dé resistance but as all good things must come to an end it eventually was phased out from the menu.

The El Maco is a burger with salsa and sour cream sauce, the meal came  with a barbecue spice mixture sachet and a paper bag which were known as shaker fries.

I would go to Micky Dees 2-3 times a week just to fulfill my El Maco cravings, the sauce was divine and I’m salivating over my keyboard just thinking about it.

I always hoped that they would bring it back even if it was just for a limited time but alas no such luck.

Please ‘like’ the following FB page: Bring Back The El Maco

CANDY NECKLACE

I’m beginning to think kids of the 90s preferred to wear their food rather than eat it.

My weakness for “Candy Necklace” is another prime example why I’m truly a kid at heart.

These bad boys would cost about 0.25 cents which made it affordable to have it on a weekly basis.

They were bliss on a string even though they had this weird chalky after taste.

I don’t exactly agree how hygienic they would’ve been to wear them around your neck all day and then eventually eat them but I seem to have grown up just fine.

As part of the candy accessory range there were also: candy bracelets, candy watches and the seasonal candy cross.

BUBBLE TAPE

How fun was it to be a kid in the 90s! The age of innocence, I’d be impressed by the simplest of things especially how my candy was dispensed.

Bubble Tape is a brand of bubble gum produced by Wrigley and experienced its greatest popularity in the early 1990s due to its unique packaging and direct marketing to tweens.

It comes in a small, round plastic container with six feet (1.8 m) of gum wrapped in a spiral. The container functions much like a tape dispenser even though the top half can be removed.

Flavors: 

  • Awesome Original
  • Sour Green Apple
  • Sour Watermelon
  • Sour Blue Raspberry
  • Cotton Candy
  • Strapping Santa
  • Juicy Fruit
  • Gushing Grape
  • Snappy Strawberry
  • Triple Treat (mix of strawberry, blueberry and watermelon)
  • Sugar Free Very Berry (a dentist recommended version of Bubble Tape)
  • Candy Cane (seasonal flavor)
  • Tangy Tropical

Bubble Tape was fun because you can literally overdose on gum, okay maybe not so much but definitely a sugar high of some sort.

I mean what’s cooler cooler than whipping out Bubble Tape from your back pack and sharing it amongst your friends.

ORBITZ

Don’t you hate it when you fall in love with a highly marketed consumer product only to have it wiped from extinction due to poor sales.

I’ve been a victim of this many a times but what do they expect me to do, buy a palette load before they discontinue it? R.I.P Orbitz!

Orbitz was the product name of a non-carbonated fruit flavored beverage which had these tiny edible balls floating in it.

Clearly Canadian Beverage Corporation brought them out in 1997 but they didn’t last.

The drink was marketed as a “texturally enhanced alternative beverage” but some consumers compared it to a portable lava lamp.

The small balls floated due to their nearly equal density to the surrounding liquid and remained suspended with assistance from an ingredient known as gellam gum.

The gellan gum provided a support matrix, something like a microscopic spider web and had a visual clarity approaching that of water which increased with the addition of sugar.

Flavors:

  • Raspberry Citrus
  • Blueberry Melon Strawberry
  • Pineapple Banana Cherry Coconut
  • Vanilla Orange
  • Black Currant Berry
  • Charlie Brown Chocolate

No joke, I would trade my 20th Anniversary limited edition CareBear to get my hands on one of these (preferrably the Raspberry Citrus) if you know where I can source one from whether it be a collector’s item… you know where to find me!

PUSH POP CANDY

Please tell me y’all remember “Push Pops”, those cute fruit flavoured lollipops that were dispensed like lipstick.

The slogan “Don’t push me, push a Push Pop!” will forever be etched into my memory.

Other catch phrases included:

  • Isn’t time you pushed a Push Pop?
  • Give life a push.
  • Push a Push Pop, push it for flavor, push a Push Pop, save some for later!

Manufactured by Topps (best known for Bazooka Joe) varieties included Original, Triple Power and Push Pump Spray.

Topps didn’t stop there. They also developed the infamous “Ring Pop”, using the same brand of fruit flavoured candy shaped into a ring!

The best thing about my childhood was that I was oblivious to what a calorie was? Nowadays as soon as I eat a handful of skittles I Google how many minutes it would take to burn off at the gym.