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’80s Crossover Event #3 – ’80s Innovations

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Next week, Return to the ’80s is participating in the monthly ’80s Crossover Event. This time, we will be talking/blogging about ’80s innovations. The event is being organized by ’80s Reboot Overdrive, and other participants will be Rediscover the ’80s, Weegiemdget, and Killer Kitsch. So look for this event next week.

Also please let us know if you have any innovations you’d like to discuss. In addition to technology, they can be toys, movies, fashion, or food as there could be some interesting items that you loved or hated back in the 80s that you want to talk about. Please leave a comment below, or email us at returnto80s@gmail.com. We will be recording a new episode of the Return to the ’80s podcast, and this will be a segment on that episode. So we would love to hear from you.

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My Love/Hate Relationship with Snack Pack Pudding

It’s been a long, boring morning of school. Well, maybe it wasn’t too boring. I gave myself an adrenalin rush by not doing my homework the night before, forcing me to quietly and quickly do it as the teacher was talking. Ah, there’s nothing like giving yourself stress in the 2nd grade! Yay, it’s lunchtime!! One of the best parts of the day – second to actually leaving school at the end of the day. Let’s see what we got. I’m sure it’s some kind of lunchmeat sandwich. If I’m lucky, it’s the chicken lunchmeat that I like. Hopefully it’s not ham with that disgusting fat dangling from it. Nope, it’s Bologna. And it has a first name, it’s O-s-c-a-r. And my bologna has a second name, it’s M-a-y-e-r. I don’t love to eat it every day, but today it will have to do.
And looky what we have with dessert! Chocolate Fudge Snack Pack Pudding!! My favorite!! Alright, I’ll take this can. Let’s see. I know there’s a trick to this. I lift the tab up. Ah, nothing like that popping sound. Now, I just have to pull the tab up without….DAMMIT!!!!! I’m over here holding a tab, and the lid is still on the pudding with a little tiny crack where the tab broke the seal! DAMN YOU TO HELL, SNACK PACK!!!! Now what am I supposed to do?!? Oh, let’s see. I can stick the plastic spoon in the hole and start to pry it op…SNAP!!! DAMMIT!!!! Now I have a broken spoon!

Well, I learned my lesson. From now on I bring a metal spoon to school. I still tried to challenge myself to peel the lid off the right way. More often than not, the tab would snap off. But, I would be able to pry it off with the metal spoon. I was finally able to take it off the right way take it off the right way without a problem.  And just when I had it figured out, Snack Pack comes out with a plastic container whose lid easily peeled off. Figures.

I don’t know if it was the lack of the challenge of opening the pudding anymore, or if the quality went down, but my Snack Pack pudding didn’t taste as good anymore.  Oh, don’t get me wrong. I still loved the pudding – as long as it was chocolate. But, I think it tasted better out of the can, even though it could be maddeningly frustrating trying to open it.

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Big Stuf Oreos

In the ’80s, everything was bigger than it is now. Big hair. Big cell phones (they were called car phones in my day). Big bright colors. Big personalities. And Big Stuf Oreos! For a brief moment of time, we mega-sized the awesomely delicious Oreos. Instead of grabbing a huge stack of Oreos out of the package, you could get the same amount of cookie in one giant package. Instead of having rows of cookies, the box would come with around 8 individually wrapped cookies. Your style of eating the Oreo did not need to change. If you’re like me, you could twist the cookie apart, and eat the cream, then enjoy the chocolate. Or you could still just eat it one bite at a time. Or you could dunk it in a giant glass of milk (another favorite option of mine).

Sadly, the Big Stuf Oreos were discontinued in 1991. But, at least we still have Oreos today.

Of course, we need to include this catchy commercial.

How do/did you eat your Oreos? There are so many different flavors now. Do you have a favorite? I’m liking the peanut butter filled Oreos. But, I think you still can’t beat the standard with a nice glass of milk.

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