Top Ten Uniquely '80s Foods


Certain foods are as '80s as shoulder pads, side ponies, and Teddy Ruxpin. Inspired by a thread in our Talk community, here's a list of ten iconic '80s foods and some corresponding commercials.

10. Jawbreakers

20080715-80s-jawbreaker.jpgLike spicy food, these dangerously choke-inducing balls inspired serious candy egos. Can you handle it? No, seriously, can you? They came in a slew of sizes, depending on your tolerance. "Oh snap, he has the three-incher!"

9. The California Raisins

Link: California Raisins, 1987 [YouTube]

8. Cool Ranch Doritos

Link: Cool Ranch Doritos, 1986 [YouTube]

7. Tri-Color Pasta Salad

20080715-80s-pastasalad.jpgPasta salads were just hot in the '80s. Especially in elbow, wagon wheel, and squiggly shapes, and shades of peach, pistachio, and normal off-white noodle. Toss them with canned olives and powdered salad dressing, and you were the coolest kid at the potluck.

6. Orange Julius

20080715-80s-orangejulius.jpgCreamy plus citrus sounds like a wretched marriage, and it is, except in Julius form. Why don't Orange Julius stands exist anymore? Due to a corporate merger, they can actually be found in select Dairy Queens, with seven hiding in Singapore.

5. Equal

20080715-80s-equalsugar.jpgThe first aspartame pixie dust sold to consumers, it may not plumpen your thighs, but it will probably kill you with evil toxins very slowly. Maybe consumers weren't aware of the health risks in the '80s, but even now, it's so easy to justify that one little blue package. Especially in baby blue. Baby blue would never hurt us.

4. Artificially Flavored Fruit Snacks

Link: Fruit Bars, 1988 [YouTube]

3. Tab Cola

Since the soda catered to "beautiful people," Tab ran commercials with waifish girls scoring hot guys because they drank this.

Link: Tab Cola with Elle Macpherson, 1982 [YouTube]

2. Lean Cuisine

Link: Lean Cuisine, 1986 [YouTube]

1. Capri Sun

Link: Capri Sun, 1980s [YouTube]