Looking back on the ’80s, it’s easy to ask ourselves “What were we thinking?” Big hair, brightly-colored clothes, New Wave… It was really a decade unlike any other before or since. It was also a really fun time to be a kid, and if you grew up during the decade, we bet you remember all of these foods.
The ’80s ushered in lots of snack foods and drinks that are still incredibly popular today: Cool Ranch Doritos, Fruit Roll-Ups, Diet Coke. It was also a golden age for food commercials; who can forget the dancing California Raisins, Michael Jackson hawking Pepsi, or the “Where’s the beef?” lady? It was also the era of the food product tie-in, when kid-oriented TV shows and movies would hitch their wagons to a kid-oriented food product, usually with memorable results.
For every product that’s stood the test of time for the past 30 years, however, there are plenty of food products that have been all but completely forgotten. We’ve made sure to include plenty of those in our slideshow, so be prepared for a trip down memory lane. But some of the trendiest foods of the ’80s are back in style today, or never went out of fashion to begin with.