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15 Gross Foods from the 1970s We Actually Want to Try

We'll pass on the canned pudding, but Fun Dips and Blow Pops are pure nostalgia.

The '70s may seem far away, but the themes of social unrest and living a little more simply are in the air today. While we might not be dancing to disco and wearing bell-bottoms, we wouldn't turn down a pot of fondue no matter what decade it is.

A big trend in the 1970s? A lot of new sugary snacks hit the shelves, some of which are still popular and some not so much. People were also very into TV dinners and frozen snacks. Let's boogie down memory lane for a look at these 1970s foods.

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Pop Rocks

packets of pop rocks candy

These candies, which hit the shelves in 1975, felt like they were sizzling on your tongue. Kids of the '70s might remember the urban legend that if you ate these and drank soda, your stomach would explode.

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Bottle Caps

box of bottle caps candy

These pressed sugar treats (some might say chalky) were meant to have the fizziness of soda combined with the tartness of SweeTARTS. Mostly, they had lots of sugar.

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Blow Pops

box of charms blow pops

Debuting in 1973, these lollipops, which are still popular today, combined two things kids love: sugary hard candy and low-quality gum. While an eight-year-old you might have loved them, today they might be a little much for your adult palate.

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Pudding Cups

homemade caramel in aluminum can
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You know those cute pudding cups you find chilling in the cold aisle near the dairy? The 1970s precursor to those is far scarier: shelf-stable pudding in a can.

Swanson TV Dinners

swanson fried chicken frozen dinner

Pop one of these in the oven, and in 40 minutes you'd be peeling back the tinfoil on your fried chicken or turkey and gravy dinner right when The Brady Bunch started.

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kraft wrapples caramel apple wraps

The '70s were all about convenience, and Wrapples made creating caramel apples easier with sheets of caramel you just wrapped around the apple. Most kids just ate the sugary caramel sheets (you know you would).

Ring Pops

box of ring pops candy

While rocking out with your Ring Pop looked pretty cool, the reality of your hand covered in sticky sugar as you tried to get every last bit of candy off the ring was actually pretty gross.

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York Peppermint Patty

family size bag of york peppermint patties
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While this minty, cool treat was available before the '70s, the groovy decade is when distribution widened, delivering the candy to melt in the bottom of moms' purses across the country.

Cheese Tid-Bits

Bowl of cheez its

A precursor to the far cuter Goldfish crackers, these bite-size, cheese-flavored crackers were a hit in the '70s.

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Fun Dip

wonka fun dip candy

This candy was basically Lik-M-Aid, but in the '70s, they came up with the idea to add a candy sugar stick to deliver the flavored bags of sugar to your mouth. Totally normal.


mug o lunch betty crocker boxes 1970s commercial
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In the days before microwaves, these little packs of noodles and dried powder were cooked by boiling water, which made for an easy—if strange—lunch.

Charleston Chew

charleston chew candy bar
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While the vanilla flavor had been around for years, in the 1970s, the jaw-busting candy introduced chocolate and strawberry flavors—that tasted pretty much like vanilla.


jars of koogle peanut spread from commercial 1970s

Introduced in 1971, this peanut butter spread came in cinnamon, vanilla, banana, and chocolate flavors. It was described as a "less sticky" peanut butter.

Marathon Bar

marathon retro snickers bar

An entire eight inches of braided caramel covered in chocolate, this bar was marketed as taking a long time to eat—it's a marathon!

Aspen Soda

aspen soda in glass with apple slice

This short-lived, apple-flavored soda was introduced in the late 70s and was touted as being "crisp and refreshing."

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Tanya Edwards
Tanya Edwards is a seasoned food and health journalist, who has held roles at Yahoo Health as Managing Editor and at Food Network as Programming Director. Read more about Tanya
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