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Pop Qwiz Popcorn 1990 1990s Colors included yellow, blue, green, and a mystery bag with a surprise color. I'm not sure how many of you will remember this stuff, but it was just too weird not to mention. Video store chains became especially popular during the early 90s; a fact proven by the insidious amount of Blockbuster commercials strewn into TV breaks at the time. As more and more movie nights were staged from home, popcorn finally shed its "theater treat" stigma for good while sales soared. Those microwaveable bags of kernels became and remain a staple in most households, with several companies competing for the coveted top spot. Yes, there's competition in popcorn. So how do you make one popcorn more attractive than the other? For the most part, it's all the same shit. Covering the packaging with pretty colors and in-your-face fonts only took these companies so far, and while dubious additions like cheddar dust and Cajun red spice helped differentiate the products, General Mills had something else in mind. Something strange. "Pop Qwiz." Perhaps the first and only popcorn marketed exclusively towards children. Thrown under General Mills' "Pop Secret" banner, Pop Qwiz really broke the mold. Junk food with a gimmick is common nowadays, but this stuff was pretty unique in 1991. Basically, it was just regular, buttered popcorn dyed in every color of the rainbow. You had bags of red popcorn, blue popcorn, green, yellow, you name it. That alone was sure to bring in a substantial clientele -- kids'll eat anything that looks odd. Pop Qwiz had more to offer than weird colors, though. While each of the mini-sized bags had correspondently bright colors, the colors of the bags didn't necessarily match the shade of the popcorn within. What was surely just a cost cutting measure was sold to us as a "game" -- it was up to us to guess which popcorn color was in each bag. The point of the game is up for debate, as we got to eat all of the popcorn even if we guessed wrong. Taking things even further, the bags had all sorts of quizzes, puzzles, and other stupid games printed right on 'em. Children always appreciate things tailored specifically for them, and while popcorn wasn't an important victory, we took it with great pride. We had our own popcorn. Tomorrow, the world. You'd have to imagine that some kids would've begged for Pop Qwiz just by passing the colorful box in grocery stores, but the point was really driven home with General Mills' ad campaign. This was crucial for ten trillion reasons, and I swear, I've counted. Okay, how often do you see popcorn advertised during children's programming hours? It's pretty rare, so Pop Qwiz was playing to an audience its competitors never even thought to tackle. Another point: when a kid wants popcorn, words are rarely minced. "I want popcorn." That's all that's ever said. No specific brands are mentioned, no bias towards one particular popcorn is conveyed. Just a simple "I want popcorn." By throwing the "Pop Qwiz" title in our heads, General Mills created a sense of inadvertent brand loyalty. If we wanted popcorn, we asked for popcorn. If we wanted crazy wacky colored popcorn, we asked for Pop Qwiz. And what kid wouldn't always prefer crazy wacky colored popcorn? This was all much more brilliant than it seemed on the surface, and the commercial was a real keeper to boot. I know I focus more on earlier years with these articles, but as I was entering my ugly, lonely teen years during the 90s, I ended up watching a whole lot more television. Alone. This "Pop Qwiz" ad, to me, is just as synonymous with the time as any of the big ones, including that PSA where the Ninja Turtles exposed the dangers of marajuana. It surprises me that the snacks weren't very successful -- I guess the world just wasn't ready to accept, much less eat radioactive green popcorn. Artists are so often unappreciated in own their time, even if they only work in kernels.
Tags: Pop  Qwiz  Popcorn  1990 
Added: 19th August 2012
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Posted By: masonx31
Fruit By The Foot Commercial January 24 1991 Fruit by the Foot is a fruit snack made by Betty Crocker. Fruit by the Foot was introduced January 24, 1991 and is still in production. Fruit by the Foot is very similar to Fruit Roll-Ups (also a General Mills product), in its presentation of being rolled up within itself, but differs in taste, dimension and consumption methods. The similarity in name and concept is such that many people sometimes mistakenly refer to Fruit by the Foot as "Fruit Roll-Ups" and vice versa. The candy is 3 feet (0.91 m) long, and has a loop at the end. Fruit by the Foot is commonly known as Fruit Roll-Ups like its sister brand. Current marketing slogans include "3 Feet of Fun!" In the early 90s, Fruit by the Foot came with stickers that kids would frequently put on their lunch boxes to prove they had eaten Fruit by the Foot. The original Fruit by the Foot came with a long sticker which is no longer included. Since the 1990s, the paper backing has been printed with games, jokes, or trivia facts - though not all flavors have it, such as 'Rippin Berry Berry'.
Tags: Fruit  By  The  Foot  Commercial  January  24  1991 
Added: 19th August 2012
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Posted By: masonx31
Farleys Teenage Muntant Ninja Turtles Snacks 1990 Farley's Teenage Muntant Ninja Turtles Snacks 1990-1997? The Turtles were all over the place in the early ’90s. You couldn’t walk into a Kay Bee toy store or supermarket without seeing their faces and logo plastered all over some type of product. As far as food tie-ins go, other than Pizza-Crunchabungas and TMNT cereal, Farley’s TMNT fruit snacks were a high point in the merchandising blitz that controlled my young life. Farley’s was always produced a low budget line of fruit snacks. You could just tell from packaging and flavor and texture that they weren’t the best brand around. Farley’s was the type of fruit snacks where you’d see a whole palette of them in the middle of the sales floor at the Dollar Tree (no doubt right alongside whatever licensed cereal Ralston was pumping out that month). They couldn’t compete with Sunkist or Betty Crocker but cheap fruit snacks are still very good in my opinion because you can never really go wrong with fruit snacks in the first place. One of the great things about fruit snacks is that they double as toys if you’re creative enough. Who else had the Turtles battle Shredder and his henchman before playing the part of a giant and gobbling them all up? I think Leatherhead was my favorite to eat just because I like Leatherhead and I think he’s a criminally unappreciated part of the Turtles universe. I was disappointed there was no Rat King though.
Tags: Farleys  Teenage  Muntant  Ninja  Turtles  Snacks  1990s 
Added: 19th August 2012
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Posted By: masonx31
buy me some peanuts and Cracker Jack! YOU REMEMBER THAT????Cracker Jack is a U.S. brand of snack consisting of strong molasses-flavored candy-coated popcorn and peanuts, well known for being packaged with a prize of nominal value inside. Some food historians consider it the first junk food. Cracker Jack is also famous for its connection to baseball lore.
Tags: Cracker  Jack  baseball  candy  popcorn 
Added: 11th November 2012
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Posted By: mia_bambina
Hostess Snack Cakes Commercials Tags: Hostess  Snack  Cakes  commercials      A  delight  in  every  bite 
Added: 17th November 2012
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Posted By: BigBoy Bob
Wagon Wheels Mallow Biscuit Snack These have been around for a long time now. (1948 to present) I remember as a kid they seemed to be bigger than they are now, or is it that our hands were smaller.
Tags: Wagon  Wheels  Mallow  Biscuit  Snack 
Added: 18th November 2012
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Posted By: donmac101
Dagwood Sandwiches Dagwood sandwiches are enormous creations comprised of numerous leftover meats and vegetables, often with extra slices of bread in the middle. The name originated from the Dagwood Bumstead character in the popular newspaper comic strip Blondie, who frequently snacked on this type of oversized sandwich. The first such sandwich is believed to have appeared in the Blondie comic strip in 1936. A small chain of Dagwood Sandwich shops exists today. One item on the menu is an enormous Dagwood that weighs 1.5 pounds!
Tags: Dagwood  sanwiches  Blondie  comics 
Added: 24th January 2013
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Posted By: Lava1964
Jiffy Pop Pop Corn Tags: Jiffy  Pop  Pop  Corn  Monkey  ape  food  corn  food  snack  60s 
Added: 2nd August 2015
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Posted By: Freckles

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