Did You Eat Any of These Foods Growing Up in the 1970's?
Would you let your kids eat them today?
Before chemicals and preservatives made food shelf stable, people only ate fresh foods that they grew, they found or they prepared themselves. It was a labor intensive task, especially women who were responsible for most meal preparation. Eating canned food did not mean grabbing the can opener and placing it on the stove top or in the microwave for heating-it meant putting what you grew in your garden in a can so would have something to eat during the long winter when fresh fruit and vegetables were not readily available.
When food manufacturers created ways to freeze, can, and box food for the masses, what people ate became full of all things artificial. Dyes, chemical preservatives, high fructose corn syrup and all manner of unnatural things became a part of most people’s diets.
Because we are a more savvy society now, many people, especially parents, are returning to a more natural way of eating. It has often been said if you cannot pronounce it or if it is not found in nature, you should not be eating it.
I wholeheartedly agree.
During a recent trip to the grocery store with my eleven year old twins, they spied the boxed donuts and cake confections and wanted to know if I would buy them some.
I politely declined and told them I loved them too much to feed them this kind of food. Then I started telling them about all the things that I ate as a child that I would not buy today. They thought it was unfair that their grandma would buy all sorts of great things for my brother and me but I would not. (Just call me a mean mom-they do!)
Our conversation got me thinking about the foods that I ate as a child. Yes, I ate the following and managed to survive.
While most of these foods were around long before I was even born, Baby Boomers such as myself will have fond memories of the following items.
The Taggart Baking Company was about to launch a 1.5 loaf of bread to the public in 1921. In order to differentiate it from the other breads sold in stores, Elmer Cline, who was Vice President of the company, had to come up with a way to promote it so this would stand out to it’s customers.
Elmer was struck by a sense of “wonder” while watching all of the hot air balloons hang out in the sky at a balloon race. Hence the name and the logo were born. Wonder Bread became a staple in home across America, and in 1930’s, it was at the forefront again by being the first company to sell pre-sliced bread.
Most critics will complain about the lack of nutritional value and the preservatives in this product, but kids love the soft bread that can be squeezed into little balls and tossed at the kid across the cafeteria table from you.
Remember This Wonder Bread Commercial?
This childhood classic, which was originally created 1934 as a sweet syrup to be used as an ice cream topping, had a memorable commercial that I am sure could never be made today in our politically correct climate.
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Twinkies-Golden Deliciousness in Every Bite!
Twinkies became an American household treat in 1930 when it was invented by Jimmy Dewar for the Continental Baking Company. It was a raging hit.
Fans of the sponge cake dessert were alarmed when they went off the shelves in November 2012, when Hostess Brands filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy. However, the new owners of the brand have done something to change the recipe-the shelf life of a Twinkie has been extended to 45 days from the former shelf life
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Hey! It's Twinkie the Kid!
Don't forget the pink Snowballs, too!
The Hostess Snowball is simply a repurposed product that they already produced. It is actually a Hostess cupcake covered with marshmallow and pink colored coconut flakes. It was created in 1947 after of World War II rationing of flour and sugar had ceased. Originally just white in color, when pink was favored by the public, the color stayed and the creamy filling was added.
Have you seen any pink coconuts?
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Drake's Coffee Cakes
My kids have eaten this treat, which was created by Newman Drake in 1916 by the Drake Brothers Bakery in Brooklyn, New York. My mom still buys these today, so my children can get a fix whenever they visit grandma.
Pringles Potato Chips
Now enter Pringles-the stacked chip that comes in a can!
Proctor & Gamble, the company that brings you all kinds of detergent and personal hygiene products, came out with Pringles in 1967. Customers were tired of bagged chips that were broken or became stale after opening them. Pringles are made from dried potatoes brought back to life. They are made of on 42% potatoes, with the rest of the ingredients being fillers like starch and flour, as well a multitude of items that are hard to pronounce.
Vintage Pringles Video
It was created by Neslte in 1948 and remains a top seller on store shelves. It has come in other flavors, like strawberry, banana and vanilla.
It's so Rich and Thick and Chocolate!
As a parent, it is my responsibility to make sure I feed my children foods that will help them grow up to become healthy adults. There are many all natural versions of the products I used to eat as a child, which I do buy or bake for my family.
These foods make for fond memories for me, but not for my kids.
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