What foods are uniquely '80s'?

I spent my childhood growing up in the 80s, and looking back it always seems, compared to the Jell-O mold 50s, the brown rice 60s & 70s, and the low-fat 90s, to be a rather characterless food era.

So what foods do seem uniquely 80s and how would you characterize that decade in terms of food? (as a second grader I was out of the nouvelle cuisine loop).

Although many of these foods still exist in one form or another or predate the 80s, their popularity crest/introduction during the era screams 80s to me:

Snack foods:
Reeces Pieces (of course)
Fruit Roll-ups
Capri Sun and Hi-C squeeze boxes of juice
Hawaiian Punch
Doritos (and Cool Ranch Doritos)
Skittles
Starbursts
'Nerds' candy
Combos (really cheeses your hunger away)
Breyer's ice cream
Carvel
Pepsi
'New' Coke
7-Up
Jawbreakers

'Real' and fast food:
McNuggets
Wendy's
Kentucky Fried Chicken
Bennigan's
Pizza Hut
Domino's (deliverered)
Kiwi fruit

Serious Eats Newsletters

Keep up with our latest recipes, tips, techniques and where to eat!

Comments

Comments can take up to a minute to appear - please be patient!

Previewing your comment: