Certain foods or flavors can bring you back to a specific moment, they can even bring back memories that you hadn’t thought about in years. Many childhood foods have the ability to bring us back to the exact moment we first tasted them. Some of these foods are still available in stores, and some, well, some hold a special place in our hearts. These are forgotten foods from the ’80s for some serious nostalgia.
Hot Buttered Cheerios
Since cheerios are still around, you can try this one at home – if you dare. The recipe calls for three simple ingredients, Cheerios, butter, and a dash of salt. For some reason, people in the ’80s enjoyed eating regular Cheerios, coated in butter.
They didn’t even choose the sugar or honey-flavored cereal, they recommended the regular kind. This recipe was so big in the ’80s it even got its own ad – some people ate fried Cheerios instead of popcorn. We’re not judging…
As if adding fruit to gelatin wasn’t enough, they had to go and add walnuts. We’re not sure exactly what thought process went into this strange creation, but our best bet is that someone’s mom was nagging them about protein deficiencies, so they decided to throw walnuts into Jell-O and call it a day randomly.
To make this ad a little more appealing to the people, they added whipped cream to the top of this giggly dessert – to be honest, it’s working.
MicoMagic products first appeared in the frozen food sections of supermarkets in the ’80s. The company sold hamburgers, chicken sandwiches, french fries, and milkshakes. The perfect meal, right? Microwaving a milkshake sounds like an oxymoron yet lo and behold, it was a thing.
Let us help you jog your memory – it was a cup of ice cream that you put in the microwave to partially melt it. We don’t know about you, but our fondest memory of these milkshakes was dipping fries into the chocolate flavored ones.
Hubba Bubba Soda Pop
Hubba Bubba gum has always been an all-time favorite. Our mouths are watering up just thinking about the sweet, fluffy chewing-gum. By some miracle, Hubba Bubba managed to make a soda that was even sweeter than the chewing gum itself. No drink should ever be that pink, it was almost radioactive.
We’d love to see the dental records of every person that indulged in this drink back in the ’80s. Our parents never let us drank this, so we’re going to take this opportunity to thank them – here’s to you, mom and dad!
What is better than one Push Pop? The answer is pretty obvious – three Push Pops, a “triple power” Push Pop if we’re exact. Back in 1986, there was a version of this hard candy that offered three different flavors at the same time.
For the kid that still lives in us, this is simply heaven on earth. Our adult selves, on the other hand, it’s a little more complicated – we get an instant sugar rush just at the thought of this snack.
Yes, it was all the rage in the ’80s, but that doesn’t make this pink dessert look any less toxic than it probably tasted. A raspberry Halo Mold does not seem like a dessert; we would be happy for our dinner guests to bring.
This dessert combines fruit gelatin, bits of frozen raspberries, marshmallows mixed in with angel food cake. Success does come easy, so maybe the fact that this seems like a complicated recipe means something?
Almonds and Sherry
At first glance, this cake looks like a winner, a sponge cake with frosting and sliced almonds is something we would indulge in any day. But as we know, the ’80s wouldn’t be the ’80s without an extra twist to anything good.
They added Cream Sherry to this cake, making it off-limits for kids as well as clumps of almonds that run through the entire cake. It’s a bit much if you ask us, but hey, if someone is willing to bake this cake, we’re willing to eat it.
Condensed milk and fruit is something we would never say in the same sentence, yet here we are. The way they arranged these fruit and milk cups makes it seem like they put in more of an effort into making this dessert than was realistically put in.
Let’s be honest, this is about as basic as it gets. It looks like they were going for a classic parfait, but totally forgot they were supposed to add granola and nuts.
This 1983 cereal was described on the box as a “fruity sweetened corn, oat & wheat cereal fortified with ten essential vitamins and minerals.” Considering The Smurfs were huge in the ’80s, it’s no surprise there was a cereal that was based on the popular cartoon.
These we fun to eat with milk but were also a nice snack. In 1987, Post produced a second Smurfs cereal called Smurf Magic Berries, which contained marshmallows.
Cheese That Goes Anywhere
Easy Cheese is the trademark for a processed cheese that is packaged in a metal can. The cheese is extruded through a flexible nozzle and, although we are not proud to admit this, it is one of our favorite snacks. Yes – we are those kinds of people, the spray-cheese loving straight from the can kind of people.
Nabisco marketed the cheese under the name Snack Mate until 1984 and was merchandised as “instant cheese for instant parties.”
It took us a moment to understand exactly what ad we were looking at, but then it hit us, Jolly Ranchers! Jolly Rancher’s original flavors were watermelon, apple, and Fire Stix.
In the ’80s, ads for the hard candy featured an illustration of a young girl – they advertised the sweet by boasting it lasts for 23 minutes and only costs 10 cents, calling it a bargain. We’re happy Jolly Ranchers is still around, it was one of our favorites and will probably remain one of our favorites for as long as it exists.
Lactose intolerant friends, this one is definitely not for you. Cool Whip and yogurt together do not sound appetizing at all, but apparently, a pie made of both was all the rage in the ’80s. The crust that holds this “international sensation” together actually looks pretty delicious.
The marketing for this pie was exquisite, they managed to make a less than appetizing pie look half eatable. Would you ever consider making this? Or even better, would you ever consider eating this – the ingredients are still around.
You may have had spumoni on a luxurious vacation to Italy, the dessert consists of molded gelato made with different colors and flavors, usually containing nuts and candied fruits. This cake is the last thing we picture when we think about the Italian treat.
We understand the inspiration behind this cake, and in theory, it could work, it’s just we would never trust a “cake” wrapped in egg custard. The most appealing aspect of this cake is the strawberry rose on top of it.
Potato chips are delicious, and everything – but have you ever had potato skins? We have, and let us say that it’s hard to go back to eating regular chips once you’ve tasted this real slice of heaven.
Keebler understood the concept of potatoes, one side was dark, and the other was light – like a real potato. They had flavors that one could only dream of – steak and potatoes and cheese n’ bacon.
These brownies look the kind of brownies we love – the brownie to chocolate frosting ratio is exact, and it looks like there is the perfect amount of walnuts in each slice. The only problem we have with what is going on in this ad, is the ad itself.
The 1980s appreciated a good chocolate dessert – it’s just they may have enjoyed it a little too much. The wording in this add is just a little too moist for us – we cringe at the word every time we say it.
Fat Frogs bring us back to summer in the ’80s, when we would spend summers swimming in the YMCA’s pool and then run after the ice cream truck man hoping to catch him before he drove away.
Fat Frogs had a delightful artificial flavor, and yet is a flavor we give anything to get back. They were the perfect popsicle, there was a chocolate layer in the back, and the frog had gumball eyes, what more do you need?
You may recognize seven-layer dip as a Super Bowl party food – what you may not know is that it wasn’t popularized until the 1980s when Tex Mex became an inspiration for many American favorites. Over time the recipe has varied.
Many chefs and cooks at home put their own spin on it, but generally, the recipe includes refried beans, guacamole, sour cream, salsa, grated cheddar cheese, black olives, and either sliced lettuce, jalapeños or green onions. We’re licking our lips just thinking about it.
The Popcorn Maker
In 1981, General Mills received the first patent for a microwave popcorn bag, but it took a couple of years before the product was released. Popcorn from a popcorn maker was still the most popular to make the favorite snack in households across the United States.
This kitchen gadget performed one function only – popping popcorn into a bowl. The part we love most about this ad is the fact that they pointed out that it was available in Canada. Although we love bagged popcorn, we kind of miss this appliance – the popcorn always came out perfectly.
Bread Bowls & Spinach Dip
If you were ever at one of your parents’ house parties back in the ’80s, you probably remember this perfect pair. Bread bowls filled with creamy spinach dips were a guarantee at almost every dinner party. The savory dish was made out of hallowing out a loaf of bread and filling it with this mayonnaise-based dip.
Hosts were sure not to waste any bread they would slice the remaining bread into cubes and use them for dipping.
Comfort foods such as Rice-O-Roni and Hamburger Helper were big in the ’80s – Sloppy Joes became popular then as well. Kids could not get enough of the meaty sandwich, and neither could we, probably because it was fun making such a big mess while eating.
A mixture of ground beef, onions tomato sauce on a hamburger bun is all it took to perfect this delicious sandwich. Growing up in the ’80s meant you could heat a can of Manwich to avoid any cooking.
The 1980s were all about consuming quick-fix foods. Among those foods, there were freezer cakes made by brands like Sara Lee. These cakes were already baked, fully-ices that came in boxes found in the freezer aisles of grocery stores.
The fun part about these cakes is that you didn’t need to defrost them before eating the cakes, the ingredients managed to stay ice-hard yet spongy. Although Sara Lee’s cakes went down in popularity, freezer cakes are still going strong.
Many people seem to forget that in the early ’80s, Nabisco made the absolute best crackers. They had a viral commercial featuring a Dixieland that sang a very catchy theme song. They were chicken flavored and shaped to look like miniature drumsticks.
It’s interesting because Nabsico also had Chicken In A Biscuit crackers that were similarly flavored. Fun fact! The snacks are still available in Australia. If they could get our hands on a box, we would eat the whole thing now.
Squeezits were first introduced to kids in the 1980s, though their popularity grew in the ’90s. Squeezits were juices that came in a bottle that you had to squeeze. Instead of the standard juice box, this juice came in a plastic bottle with character faces molded onto the side of them.
Each flavor had a playful name, such as Chucklin’ Cherry and Grumpy Grape. People love playing with their food, so it makes sense that the juice had the tagline: “squeeze the fun out of it.”
Big League Chew
Of all the ’80s snacks and candies that are still available for purchase today, Big League Chew has got to be favorites. The chewing gum was invented by a professional pitcher as a healthy alternative to chewing tobacco and hit the markets in 1980.
Strands of chewing gum came in a cool, unique pouch and had a cartoony design that took off like wildfire. It really was something special and remains to be because it has been selling strong in the 40 years since its release.
The creators of Five Alive were going to prove their worth no matter what, they were not going down without a fight. They added a whole new level to the game, instead of selling one type of juice, they combined five different fruits at once.
We can’t see the logic behind this tactical move – combining so many flavors into one juice, but they went ahead and did it. We’ve never had this specific juice, but we’re sure whoever has got all the vitamin C one could need.
The Big Stuf Oreo
If you love Oreos half as much as we do, this next one is for you! The Big Stuf Oreo was introduced in 1984 and sold individually or in boxes of ten. This monster Oreo was about ten times the size of a regular Oreo – or at least that’s how it felt. Each Oreo came out to be 316 calories.
Although the idea was golden, one big Oreo was too much for a kid to eat in one sitting or dunk into a glass of milk. Unfortunately, the mega cookie was discontinued in 1991.
A spin-off of Fruit Roll-Ups, Fruit Wrinkles were small fruit snacks that looked somewhat like wrinkled up fruit. They were introduced in 1986 and were purchasable in four flavors: cherry, lemon, orange, and strawberry. The fruit snack would come in small packets, and you’d tear off the end and eat the little fruit snacks out of your hand or out of the bag.
These snacks were around for what felt like longer than they actually were. Even though many fruit snacks resemble this one, nothing can replace this delicious snack.
There are only a small number of ’80s items that we wish were left in the past – Slice Cola is one of them. There was Orange Slice, Lemon Lime Slice, Apple Slice, and last but not least, Cherry Cola Slice. This soda variation was undrinkable, to say the least.
The most ironic part about the Slice ad is that they boasted about beating Cherry Coke in a taste test – which is funny because Cherry Cola Slice was discontinued in 1988 due to the rave over Cherry Pepsi.
Ralston introduced three Ghostbusters themed cereals over a few years back in the 1980s. Interestingly enough, all three kinds of cereal were the same cereals repackaged. The three variations: Ghost Busters, The Real Ghost Busters, and Slimer! And The Real Ghostbusters was a four-grain cereal that came in a bigger box and was fruit-flavored.
Kids loved it back in the ’80s, and we’re sure it would be a big hit if it were still around.
Introduced in the late ’80s, Bar None were milk chocolate flavored wafers filled with chocolate cream – yes, they were delicious. They were covered in crushed peanuts and then covered with a coating of milk chocolate.
They were absolutely perfect until Hershey’s added caramel into the recipe and split them up into two bars, somewhat like a Twix candy bar. Less than ten years later they disappeared, but rumor has it you can still find them in Mexico!
30 Comparisons of the Food Restaurants Serve vs. How It’s Advertised
A French Nightmare
Who says that breakup hurts more than anything? Have you ever had a restaurant show pictures of a mouth-watering item and later serve you something you want to be a thousand miles away from your mouth? It looks like this person has been there, done that.
IHOP showed a picture of the dream breakfast you have been planning to buy yourself for weeks and then surprised the customer with its twin that barely looks like the picture.
Gordon Ramsey Doesn’t Approve
Imagine ordering bruschetta and getting burnt dough absolutely free. This local pizza shop posted such a beautiful picture of bruschetta as a part of the menu. We were tempted to order this for lunch but then…
We saw the actual picture, and we are definitely calling Gordon Ramsey to comment on it! What we can’t understand is, how can someone ever mess up something so easy to make? This will keep us up at night, for sure!
Cheese + Fries
Quick maths! Buffalo Wild Wings did the maths right in our opinion. They will get you what you exactly order. Cheese fries? You got this. Here are your cheese and fries separately! Learn how to cook, Karen! We are just wondering if we order chicken wings there, are we going to get raw chicken wings along with some spice packets?
At this point, we think that these restaurants should just put a disclaimer saying, All you need to do is assemble the dish!
Subway to the Microwave!
Apparently, people order pizzas from Subway. As hilarious as that is in itself, these photos of their actual product are even funnier. It seems that Subway isn’t quite making pizzas but sending you all the ingredients (in minimal portions) so that you can make it yourself!
Not only does the dough look uncooked, but the cheese on the left pizza barely looks like cheese. This should be a lesson for Subway – they should definitely stick to making sandwiches.
Just the Tortilla
The first picture is Taco Bell’s Grande Stacker Box. Now, you must be wondering, what can possibly go wrong with a tortilla? Well, hold your “filling!” They sent a tortilla without anything inside it, it seems.
It is just the tortilla, and that’s it! Seriously, that’s just it! Do you think someone would actually go – “Hey Taco Bell, can I have a Grande Stacker Box without the fillings because that’s the best part?”
Before and After Hitting the Gym!
The first picture made us want to order it right away, but the second one made us lose our appetite. Honestly, this one looks like one of those memes we see on Twitter, 2019 vs 2020! The actual one does not even need any rating.
Just call it 2020! The rest of the world will know what it means. The buns look somewhat edible, but what exactly happened to the bacon and the cheese? Did they run out of them?
Bury the Burrito!
Taco Bell can be so disappointing sometimes! Just look at the burrito they are advertising and what they are serving. Can you please tell us in what way the latter one looks like a burrito from any angle? This is a big-time disappointment.
We assumed that we would find some ingredients in the burrito or something close to that. Little did we know that we won’t even find the burrito in the real picture!
Sauce With Pizza
Some people love to dip almost every food in sauce, and that’s absolutely understandable. Many even ask restaurants to add some extra sauce. How extra? How can someone ever add so much sauce to one pizza?
Even ten pizzas would have required less than the amount used in the original picture. We don’t think that anyone would love dipping sauce so much that they would douse pizza with it. If anyone like that exists, there’s something wrong with them!
Where is the Salad?
Suppose, you want to have a feast for brunch. You want to have vegetables and meat – the whole bit. So, you ordered a steak salad because, with it, you’d get everything you wanted in one dish. Now, imagine getting what you see in the second image.
What would you do? Is this supposed to be an appetizer? Putting aside the little amount of beef that barely looks like steak, where is the salad? This beef steak salad rather looks like leftovers from the dish on the menu!
Finger Lic… Oh No!
The first picture is KFC’s BBQ Pulled Pork Burger. Although they included the burger buns to make it look more like a burger in real life, we are having major trust issues after seeing this whole creation. Even a 10-year-old can make you a better burger with the ingredients.
Honestly, this burger barely looks like a burger. We are addressing it as a burger just for the buns that barely resemble the first picture that they are offering.
Bees Won’t Approve!
Here is what Applebee’s shows on the menu vs what is really offered. It genuinely looks like they just sent the curry and will send the rest of the ingredients later, doesn’t it ? This is some high level of bizarre!
Although we noticed that there is an abundance of meat in the real dish, all we see in the real dish are big chunks of tomatoes. Whoever ordered this, we hope you have got a refund for this!
This Buc-Es was apparently offering a Texas-sized brisket according to the poster on the image. We think that they forgot the part where they said that it was going to be “big.”
On the other hand, they probably did exactly what they said, and we misunderstood them. It is still big, you know – at least the buns are big! This was some next-level creativity. We wonder what they would do if we ordered a small brisket there.
99 Cent Lettuce
You should name the food on the menu correctly! If you are offering just a few bits of lettuce inside a taco shell, then call it 99 cent lettuce on taco! Why would you call it a taco and send just the tortilla with some lettuce in it?
No one is excited for a 99 cent lettuce, just so you know! Even our eyes are hurting after seeing the actual picture under the advertisement.
Where’s the Rest?
Compared to the disasters that some giant food chains have served, we don’t mind if the rest of the cake took a flight to another land! The cake looks delicious regardless. Although the size kind of broke our hearts, the cake looks extremely mouth-watering.
They put the cream and strawberries in the right amount. So, we won’t argue much. Just a suggestion, show what you are exactly offering.
Tempura Green Beans
The advertised photo shows some beautiful golden brown fried tempura green beans. The picture looks amazing, and we would have definitely ordered this one if we were at the restaurant. After seeing the real picture, though, we think we might just walk past this restaurant and never order from here.
Did they forget to fry the tempura beans? It looks like they mixed some spices to the boiled beans and served just that.
Is it a Burger?
At this point, we have stopped trusting all the burger joints in America. Even the burgers we learned to make from YouTube videos look a thousand times better than the burgers these burger joints are serving. How can someone ever mess up something so simple?
The burger on the fight does not remotely look like the one in the first picture. Also, is that beef in the advertised photo and chicken on the actual one?
This restaurant staff must be really lazy. They at least served all the things they showed on the advertised picture. They just forgot to roll the meat and provide the same portion that they showed in the picture.
Hey, if you look on the bright side, there is one little Babybel as compensation. They gave you the olives too. Besides, you can eat this on a plate too instead of a board!
What a Burger!
The name of the restaurant says everything about its burgers. This burger looks nothing like the burger it was showing in the advertisement. Weirdly, it does not look like a burger at all.
On top of that, the original picture looks like a slider that has been through a massive mayo explosion. We do not know how exactly to describe what they did with the burger. We just feel sorry for the customer!
10 Bucks for This?
Having stale food from airlines is absolutely understandable. There should be a point where you can draw a line, though. The most that can go wrong is the taste. Here, United Airlines went too far with this 10 dollar dish.
It looks like the sandwiches we get at the gas stations are far better than this one from the airline. Is it just us or does it seem like someone put cat food inside the bun and called it a sandwich?
Cheese Burger With No Cheese
Burger King should really stop bashing McDonald’s all the time if they keep on serving food like this. As we have mentioned earlier, we have some major trust issues when it comes to burger joints.
We are adding Burger King to the list well. What’s a burger like without cheese? The answer is – Burger King’s Chili Cheese Burger! Apart from forgetting to add the cheese, they also managed to make the patties look inedible.
Forget your cleaning lady, we have a cleaning taco for you! This Taco looks more like a cleaning mop with some garbage that someone took out from the trash.
Perhaps, after taking the photos for the advertisement, some of the fillings fell on the floor and they decided to wipe it with the tortilla and serve it to their customers. In short, this looks like an absolute nightmare for taco lovers.
Try the New Zinger Bone!
Remember the times when we used to gush over the food from KFC? Well, that’s long gone, and most people know that. The question is, does KFC know it? Even if KFC does not, how come their customers don’t know it?
This Zinger slider did one job right, and that is, it has the bread. That’s just it! We are still wondering, why bother adding chicken if you’re going to add this little piece?
The pictures are telling us that these are completely two different items of Subway. Even if they had to mess up the item someone ordered from the first picture, you would think that they would mess up some of the ingredients to an extent.
Here, they delivered quite a different looking sandwich instead. They did one job right: they added the bread to the Fungi Toastie. It seems that we can only expect bread from these chain restaurants.
Do-Nut Buy This
This Tim Hortons outlet was offering fruit loops donuts. So, they had one job – to put fruit loops on the donuts. It looks like they did not even get that right. Did they run out of fruit loops? Then just say so!
The donut holes look pretty old and expired too. If you absolutely love fruit loops and have no problem having just one little piece, then you can totally order this donut. We wouldn’t go for it, though.
Fancy Cucumber Dish
This item is from a mall food court. Our first question is to the customer, who buys grilled salmon from a mall food court? Here comes our second question, who even expects such food court restaurants to get the order right?
Honestly, mall food courts no longer disappoint us because we already know what to expect. The grilled salmon in the second picture looks nothing like the advertised picture. However, nice work on the cucumber and fries, guys!
Did the guacamole get up and run away from the burger or did they run out of Avocado? Although they did not exactly send what they offered in the first picture, we kind of like the real one too. The burger looks edible at least.
On top of that, the chicken patty looks great too. The first picture definitely has our hearts, but at this point, we are not expecting much from the pictures these restaurants are showing.
Tacos Are Breaking Hearts!
Tacos are playing with our hearts regardless of the restaurants that are serving them. Here is another example of that. This restaurant added a photoshopped photo of one of its dishes and called it a day. No one would probably expect the taco to look like that, but the actual dish does not look like a taco whatsoever.
It seems that this restaurant sent the tortilla but did not feel like adding the fillings, just like most of the taco restaurants out there.
Arby’s No Meat Special
If you are planning on avoiding dairy products and protein for a while, just go for the Arby’s Bacon Beef ‘N Cheddar. It will give you everything except for the cheese and the beef.
We are just wondering, why would one put the words “Bacon” and “Cheddar” in the name of the dish when there’s no visible cheese and barely any bacon in it? The bun itself looks pretty sad.
No School Lunch
Apparently, this is what school kids are being served for their lunch – that too. But can you really call this Sun butter and jelly? This looks like a mess, and we don’t think it would actually be good for any child’s health.
Where is the butter? Also, can you really call whatever brown stuff is on that slice of bread “jelly?” If you look closely, the bread looks like it is definitely expired. How are they feeding these to the kids?
Let the Dogs Out
Out of business, we mean! The first picture looks like a feast to us. Just look at the perfectly squeezed out mustard and the bits of meat! Then again, it looks good in the picture only.
At this point, it seems like McDonald’s just wants people to go berserk on it for some publicity. At first glance, we thought that they did not add the sausage. However, it seems that there is something underneath all that yellow stuff – we hope that’s the sausage.