Retro Foods of the 60’s and 70’s!

Retro Foods of the 60’s and 70’s:  A Trip Down Memory Lane!

A while ago, in Beauty Flashback, I wrote about a few of the beauty products from my teenaged years that I just couldn’t forget, and from the amazing responses that came from Busy Bee readers, apparently they hadn’t forgotten those products (and more) either!  After the fun of reminiscing about the beauty products, I started thinking about the foods that were unique to my generation and so here goes!


DrinksTang; Kool-Aid (served in my mom’s plastic pitcher that replicated the big guy!); RC Cola

Breakfast Carnation Instant Breakfast; Count Chocula or Quisp cereal; a soft boiled egg served in an egg cup with a generous sprinkling of Bac-Os!

Snacks – Onion dip made with French Onion Soup Mix (the oversized can of Charles Chips was optional!); Jiffy Pop Popcorn (remember anxiously watching the foil lid?)

Dinner – Libbyland TV Dinners – when a baby sitter was in order, these were the favorite treat!

Dessert –  Jello 1-2-3 (who could forget those three “magical” layers!)

CandyPop Rocks, Bottle Caps, Razzles, Lemonheads

I can’t wait to see what all of you remember from both family dinners and parties hosted by our parents!  We’d love to hear!

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16 responses to “Retro Foods of the 60’s and 70’s!”

  1. C says:

    My favorites…



    Food Sticks

    Wacky Packages

    And something that was like ice-cream that you mixed with a fork to make a shake. I dont remember the name, but the flavor was really good!

    By the way, loved Count Chocula (original, not the current version) and the Libbyland frozen dinners for kids…Pirate Picnic was always a favorite!

  2. i am trying to find who sells Franco American macaroni in a white cheese sauce , in cans. Can anyone help me?

  3. Kristine says:

    How about Space Sticks from General Mills or Pillsbury? They came in chocolate and caramel….

    And as far as toys go – who can forget Liddle Kiddles (especially the ones that smelled like flowers)?

  4. Diane Ryan says:

    Does anyone remember a special ice cream sold around Halloween? It had 3 flavors arranged just as they are in neopolitan ice cream today. The flavors were: vanilla, orange sherbet, and black licorice. I LOVED it! I would love to know which company made it (Lucerne? Meadow Gold?) so I could ask them to bring it back. Thanks!

  5. Roxanne says:

    Does anyone remember a commercially packaged pastry of rolled cinnamon roll, formed into a rectangular shape about 5″ x 3″ at the cut edge and maybe 6″ long on the rolled side. It was sliced and the slices were stiff and somewhat crunchy. Very sweet and cinnamon flavored. This was sold during the early 60’s, at least in Arizona, I can’t remember what they were named to see if there is an old recipe out there to try.

    Any help or jog to the memory would be really appreciated.

    Thanks, Roxanne

  6. Shirley says:

    I also tring to find franco american mac and cheese in white sauce? can anyone tell me where to by around Phoenix az

  7. Phoebe says:

    I am looking for what Roxanne (Dec 26, 2009) is talking about. I don’t know the name, but it was a hard, crunchy cinnamon roll. I would appreciate any info, or the recipe!

  8. Kimberly Weinrich says:

    Does anyone remember Chills and Thrills, I think thats what it was called. It was a slushy frozen drink. I would love to see ads or anything about it.

  9. Irene says:

    I’ve been trying to find my empty can of Chills & Thrills for years. I kept it because I liked the colorful illustration. I loved making my own cola slushy. Glad someone else remembered! Also, I bought the Franco American white sauce mac about a year ago! I stocked up. I’ll try to recall what store had it.

  10. diana says:

    Back in the 60’s we made a party drink combining sangria wine and 7up, but I can’t remember what they were called, anyone?? Thank you!

  11. cynthia says:

    I was wondering if anyone remembers a drink mix called PDQ? It mixed in milk like nestle quik. It was like little crunchy nuggets of chocolate. I used to put it on my ice cream. If you do remember, maybe you could tell if I can still get it? Thanks

  12. Doug says:

    I LOVED Chills & Thrills!
    I actually worked at a factory that made it in Oakfield, NY; Curtis Burns. I was there when they stopped distributing it, and PALLATS of it were taken to the Curtis Burns dump.
    Somehow, some of those cases made it into my car : )
    Loved the Cola!

  13. Sandra says:

    does anyone remember the individual snack pie’s(coconut or pecan)and the big oatmeal pies? They were big yet thin.

  14. Mary Gutsmeidl says:

    Does anyone remember eating a product that was two cheese flavored crackers put together like a sandwich with a cheddar cheese spread in the middle? I recall buying them in the 1960’s. The crunchy crackers had criss cross patterns on them and I believe they came in packages of six or so wrapped in cellophane.

  15. Donna Sprague says:

    Does anyone know the name of the breakfast drink from the 60’s or 70’s that came in chocolate & strawberry?

  16. Lisa Vetro says:

    Reply to Roxanne and Phoebe: Not sure if you guys got your answer. I think you are talking about Merry Go Rounds. If you are….those were my ultimate favorite!!!! Miss them so much. Pop Tarts are supposedly the “replacement” but can not compare. Had a Pop Tart catch fire in the toaster. Never had a Merry Go Round catch fire in the toaster. Let me know if that is the name you guys are looking for and if you find a receipe.

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