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Candies from the 80’s That Are Still Going Strong

September 21, 2016 by

It’s that time of year again. The days are getting shorter and cooler, the leaves are beginning to fall, and football season is back! And if there’s one thing that goes hand-in-hand with football season, it’s tailgating.

From a food perspective, some of the greatest tailgating took place in the 80’s, when sloppy joes and pasta salad reigned supreme. But, of course, no sports-watching experience would be complete without a sweet treat to finish things off.

Luckily, the 80’s were full of great candy debuts that we still love today! So while Waldorf Salad and dips in bread bowls may not be quite as much of a hit as they used to be, you can rest assured that the candies from the 80’s have not even begun to lose their charm.

cow-tails-bulk1Classic Cow Tales

Like something that’s all sweet and all fun to eat? Then Cow Tales may be your go-to, blast from the past snack. Created by Goetze’s Candy Company, this perennial favorite was launched in 1984.

The cream center is covered in chewy caramel, so you get just the right amount of creaminess and caramel goodness in each bite.

skittlesTaste the Rainbow with Skittles

But maybe Cow Tales aren’t quite your cup of tea? If that’s the case, then we think that Skittles are another great tailgating snack that we can thank the 80’s for providing! Although technically introduced to the US in 1979, it wasn’t until 1982 that we started producing these sugary treats on our own soil. But as soon as we did, they took off!

They’re the perfect size for throwing in a big bowl and eating by the handful! And since we have a variety of flavors from which you can choose, there’s bound to be at least a few that strike your fancy, and sound like a nice way to finish off that saucy, heavy, and oh-so delicious tailgating meal.

sour-patch-kids-bulkSour Patch Kids for the Win

 If you want something to make your lips pucker, however, Sour Patch Kids are the 80’s treats you’ll want to get ahold of.

Another late 70’s creation, these gems didn’t really catch on until the mid 80’s when they were re-named as a result of the popular Cabbage Patch Kids dolls, whose popularity was sweeping the country during that decade.

These gummy treats are the perfect size for snacking all through the big game, and will leave you reaching back for “just one more,” when overtime comes around. So you’ll want to make sure you have plenty on hand.

The 80’s:  A Decade of Delicious

As it turns out, the treats of the 80’s are alive and well around here! We have countless snacks to make your game day a whole lot sweeter. So if these options didn’t tempt you, feel free to take a look at everything we have to offer!

Gummi Candy

Breaking News: Mars Men Abducted by Sour Patch Kids

July 31, 2009 by


Sour Patch Kids Gummi Candy was one of the first sour candies!

Sour Patch Kids Gummi Candy was one of the first sour candies!


Sharability: 10

Denture Danger: 9

Convenience: 6

Novelty: 7

Overall: 10

 Sour patch kids are one of my personal favorites. I love sour patch kids so much for a few reasons. Firstly, every flavor is distinctly different, unlike M & M s or something where you can barely even tell the flavor difference of the different colors. The yellow lemon, lime green, orange orange, and cherry red all satisfy the tastebuds with their sandy sour kick. 

Sour patch kids are a common concession candy and for good reason. They are perfect for movies because you can suck on them until all of the sour sugar dissolves and then you have Swedish fish, but in a better flavor. Of course it’s always fun to mix flavors (my favorite combinations being red and green and yellow and green) and chomp down making a really loud chewing sound because it is too just hard to resist it.

Sour patch kids also have a great history. In the 1970s when UFO sightings were the talk of the town, little “Mars Men” aliens were sold for a penny a piece and were quite popular because of their unique sour coating. A man named Frank Galatolie is credited with the invention of the gummy candy with the sour coating. In the 1980s Cabbage Patch Kids dolls were quite popular and that is where the name sour patch kids is derived from. The first sour patch kids product was sold in 1985 by Jaret, Galatolie’s company. The cartoon character on the original package was Galatolie’s son, Scott who is now in his 20s. As of 1997 Cadbury Adams has taken over the Sour Patch trademark in the United States.

But beware, just because sour patch kids are extremely delicious does not mean that they too should not be eaten in moderation. Too many sour patch kids can leave you with a numb tongue, hurting teeth, and a belly ache. But just the right amount can be exactly what you need to get you through your day.