The fondest memories of my childhood all include food. Unfortunately for me, most of these delightful snacks were fly-by-night novelty concoctions. How was I to know Ghostbusters candy wouldn’t be around forever?
Knowing I’m not the only one with such a dilemma, I present to you these eight lost snack foods.
8 – Gatorgum
Nothing quenches your thirst like a sports drink. And nothing quenches your craving for a sports drink like sports drink gum! The package claims that Gatorgum “helps quench thirst” and that “it works”. Some gum chewing fanatics report that this gum was so strong, they needed to spit it out and take a swig of a beverage. It’s unclear whether that beverage was, indeed, Gatorade.
The gum’s failure was that it didn’t completely replace the beverage. It never proved to be a good alternative to dumping Gatorade on a coach.
7 – Giggles Cookies
I can still see that creepy cookie face when I shut my eyes.
These delightful snacks are a sandwich cookie with a creepy face on them. Even though the face horrified me, I kept eating them. Perhaps my logic involved eating all of them before they ate me.
I’m kind of glad they stopped making these cookies before I saw the horror flick Dr. Giggles. I don’t think I would have ever been able to eat another one.
6 – Pudding Roll-Ups
5 – Dr. Pepper Gum
Wrap your head around this: it’s soda flavored gum with soda syrup inside! Biting into a piece of Dr. Pepper gum is a flavor explosion. Over the years, I’ve attempted to track a pack down. Unfortunately, the closest I’ve come was the seeing a roll on display in a Dr. Pepper museum. Who’s with me on a petition to bring this one back?
UPDATE: Dr. Pepper gum is back, minus the inner-goop. Check out our re-cap here.
4 – Slimer Gummy Snack Tray
My Google skills failed me on this one, so no pictures. The goop for these gummy snacks was poured into a plastic tray and given a flat backing. What resulted was an eye-popping Slimer face on the front and a completely flat back. It was kind of like a wiggly smashed gummy bear. Years after the Ghostbusters franchise had its run, movie theaters were still giving these away as part of the kiddy trays.
3 – TMNT Cereal
The square pieces were supposed to be nets.
This was a magical taste combination of sugary shapeless marshmallow pieces and Chex-like pieces. There was something unique about the taste of this cereal. It was so good and memorable that I wouldn’t put it past the cereal maker to have used real ooze as an ingredient. A few years back, I was excited to find a box of Ralston cereal at the dollar store. It was essentially the TMNT cereal minus the marshmallow and, disappointingly, the sugar.
2 – Hidden Treasures
It looks like Cap’N Crunch on the outside, but the inside was filled with cherry, orange, or grape sludge. Every bite was a surprise and, because the flavors were indistinguishable, the only way find out what you ate was to spit it out.
1 – Fruit Wrinkles
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