Here are some other foods I remember from childhood:
1. Cherries. These were red candies shaped like cherries (go figure!) which were similar to jelly beans. Every week, I would take my 15-cent allowance to our local store, and watch as the proprietor doled out 45 cherries with his gasoline-soaked fingers into a small paper bag (I’m still alive to tell about it 40 years later!). Cherries are tough to find now, although Allen’s makes a sour version (yuck!).
2. My Grandad’s Swiss steak…he cooked all the meals at my Grandma’s house. I really wish that recipe had gotten passed down before he died! It melted in your mouth, and the sauce was divine!
3. Chunky. When I was eleven, my brother and I shared a paper route. I stopped every day at a gas station and bought myself a Chunky bar as a reward for my hard work.
4. Chef Boyardee pizza. That’s the only kind of pizza we had at home in the ’60’s! When I think about it now, I don’t think we really realized how awful it was!
5. Macaroni and cheese. Not the stuff that comes in a box, but the real stuff…the kind that is creamy and gooey all at the same time! I’m glad my mom showed me how to make proper cheese sauce.
6. Beechnut gum. It came in thin sticks…my favourite flavour was orange. I also liked Wrigley’s Doublemint gum. Remember the TV ads with the twins?
7. Popsicles. Our local store sold them for 7 cents in the early ’70s. I went back and forth between root beer and chocolate flavours. We also used to save the sticks, and make our own popsicles with Kool-Aid (another childhood memory). My brother and I used to set up a Kool-Aid stand out by the road whenever we were strapped for cash (which was most of the time!).
8. Half Moons. I think I bought a chocolate milk and a chocolate Half Moon for lunch in the cafeteria every day of Grade Eleven…I could eat anything I wanted when I was sixteen!
9. Root beer floats. We always made these at my Grandma’s. Hires Root Beer is the best kind to use…it’s not as sweet as other brands.
10. Powdered milk. Mom used to mix real milk in with it, but it was still gross! I won’t ever drink that again.
11. Chocolate chip cookies. My mom could make them without a recipe…just eyeballed the ingredients. They never lasted long…we felt the need to eat them three at a time! She used to lay them out on paper towels on the kitchen table to cool, then store them in empty bread bags.
12. Bologna. Another food I refuse to eat now, unless it’s fried! Bologna sandwiches were my school lunch for many years.
13. Sugar pies. My mother would take leftover pastry dough, put it in small foil pans (from pot pies), and sprinkle it with sugar and cinnamon. My brother and I would have our own personal little pies.
14. Cracker Jack. I loved it, but the prizes sucked!
15. Milk Duds. I used to suck all the chocolate off them before chewing the caramel…it’s the only candy I’ve ever liked that sticks in my teeth! I picked up a big box on my last visit to the States, and my kids found it…gone! Talk about upset!
16. Pillsbury Crescent Rolls. Mom used to wrap them around hot dogs to make “Pigs in a Blanket.” That was one of our favourite suppers.
17. Tapioca pudding. That was dessert a lot of nights…not a popular choice for me!
18. Yellow Dog. My dad made breakfast every morning when I was a kid. “Yellow Dog” is rice cooked with raisins. It is served with milk, butter (making it yellow), and brown sugar.
19. Bazooka bubblegum. I went through a brief phase when I was about ten that involved chewing a lot of bubblegum…I soon grew out of it! I did enjoy the process of blowing bubbles, but ended up with gum in my hair on more than one occasion!
20. Tomato patties. This was something my mom used to make for supper. It was a can of tomatoes mixed with egg and some cracker crumbs, mashed together into patties, and fried. Yummy!
21. Cheese balls. These were at every family reunion we ever attended. I like cheese, but they were never something I made a beeline for!
22. Hershey bars. The candy drawer my Grandad had always had mini Hershey bars in it.
23. Habitant pea soup. We ate that for supper, a lot! I liked it, but the colour and consistency were really not that appetizing.
24. Orange/lemon slices. The candy dish at Grandma’s house (which I have now – the dish, not the house) always had orange/lemon slice gumdrops in it. I still fill it with those at Christmas time.
25. Candy corn. It was one of my mom’s favourite candies.
What foods remind you of childhood?