Our Favorite Foods of the 80s: Part One

Some of your favorite foods were most popular in the 80s. Do you remember them? Let me jog your memory.

Our Favorite Foods of the 80s: Part One

Chicken McNuggets

It’s true. Chicken McNuggets were served at McDonalds all over the nation come 1983. Loved by kids and adults alike, they still remain one of the most popular choices of the chain.ET_Moon

Reese’s Pieces

The movie, E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial, came out in 1982. This means, Reese’s were “seen” in households across America and soon everyone wanted some. As a personal favorite, their popularity is no surprise to me.

Red Bull

Red Bull celebrated its 30th birthday earlier this year. This energy drink was released in the 80s and is still the best selling energy drink in the world.71r5AAJAtCL._SL1500_

Waffle Fries

Everyone likes fries. Birds Eye Brand released waffle fries in 1981, and they have been wildly popular throughout the years. Anything shaped is more fun anyhow, wouldn’t you agree? So whether it’s curly fries, waffle fries, or fries that smile, make sure to choose your favorite.

Portobello Mushrooms

Well the 80s weren’t the first decade to produce this vegetable, they certainly did grow in popularity during the time. These mushrooms are known for their meatiness, especially within the vegetarian, and vegan (or plant-based) crowds. They are much larger than a typical mushroom and with the ability to be stuffed, they are a favorite to many.


Another food that didn’t come out in the 80s but certainly wowed palettes during the decade was pesto. Made typically with pine nuts, lots of garlic, and fresh basil, this “sauce” is very versatile. Well making it at home is a breeze, you can also find very good, ready-made versions at almost any store.

Pasta Salad

This summer staple is still served at BBQ’s and parties alike. Named the “dish of the decade,” it’s hard to argue that this side will got out of style anytime soon.  IMG_20161111_074459 (1)


This holiday staple was no doubt a hit at the dinner table. Ambrosia is a sweet treat most commonly filled with marshmallows, oranges, pineapple, coconut, and slivered almonds. It’s a light, refreshing end to your dinner, and can be made to suit any taste. Want a fun twist on the old recipe, try this.  

IMG_20161205_191415Pudding Pops

And last (for this list) but certainly not least, pudding pops. These frozen delights were made popular thanks to The Cosby Show, and also, of course, their great taste! I’m sorry to share that they’re no longer sold but if you want to make them, here’s a delicious and easy recipe!

Hard to believe that these foods have been around for so long, and yet at the same time, it seems like only yesterday. Watch for another article soon with more yummies to recall (and maybe, try again!)


Author: Emily Rokke

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