Food Fads of the '60s and '70s

Those of us born near the end of the Baby Boom were a bit young to be hippies, war protesters, or racial rioters. But life was exciting all the same! America was accelerating its space program, Andy Warhol was elevating Campbell soup cans and Coke bottles to artistic heights, and moms across the country were impressing party guests with soufflés and flambés that made Julia Child proud. We had plenty of food fads to spice up our lives in the sixties and early seventies.

If you remember when McDonald’s boasted of having served one billion burgers, you should be a whiz with this quiz. For the younger set, the recent re-emergence of some of these trendy tidbits might help clue you in—and inspire your next trip to the grocery store.

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What were Fizzies?

Marshmallows coated with multicolored sugar that sizzled and sparkled when roasted over the backyard grill.
Tiny, opalescent candy crystals that exploded on the tongue, banned after a six-year-old suffered a seizure from putting too many in her mouth at once.
Effervescent drink tablets whose tenure ended when the artificial sweeteners known as cyclamates were banned.
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What was the name of the dessert that kids made by agitating a disposable container until the treat was done or they had pulled a muscle?

Twistin' Treat
Shake-a Pudd'n
Shakin' Bakin' Cake 'n' Frostin'
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What TV cooking show featured a British chef who sipped more wine onscreen than he added to his dishes, and whose most popular episode featured the British treat "Spotted Dick"?

The Galloping Gourmet
Tippling Tristan, British Chef
Epicurean Adventures
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What were Chuckles?

Little pouches of clown-shaped gummy candies made popular at Ringling Bros. Barnum & Bailey Circus
Sugar-coated jelly candies with five flavors to a package, which paired up with Evel Knievel in a mid-seventies ad campaign
Chocolate confections filled with raspberry and orange cream, whose package featured Lucy and Ethel in their popular "Job Switching" episode in the chocolate factory
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What drink became popular thanks to its inclusion in the menu for American astronauts in space?

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What were Danish Go Rounds?

Oval-shaped breakfast treats with fillings like Brown Sugar Cinnamon and Blueberry
Circular little snacks of Havarti cheese, individually wrapped in Day-Glo cellophane to appeal to kids and hippies alike
Contentious meetings between President John F. Kennedy and Prime Minister Jens Otto Krag over how to address nuclear proliferation
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Which of these convenient toaster foods was NOT a real product in the late sixties?

Campbell's Toast-R Soup, freeze-dried rectangles that were created in conjunction with NASA and contained all the nutrition (and taste) of favorites like chicken noodle, beef barley, and cream of tomato
Buitoni's Toasterinos, smooth round crust encasing pizza fillings that never got quite warm enough before the toast cycle was done
Toast'em Pop Ups, a cousin to Pop-Tarts that enjoyed less popularity because Milton the Toaster wasn't part of its media campaign
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What was a Space Food Stick?

A long, chewy treat first cooked up by Pillsbury food scientists as emergency energy food to be stored in an astronaut's helmet, then sold in foil packaging to the many Americans who were crazy about anything that made them feel like astronauts
A lightweight aluminum cylinder designed to store the freeze-dried meals sent on the early Apollo space missions and that inspired a line of pencil cases and Thermos containers for star-struck school kids
Human waste from astronauts or cosmonauts on early space missions, dried out through exposure to the vacuum of space, flash-wrapped in protective foil, and ultimately disposed of back on earth
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What was the name of the gelatin dessert that separated as it cooled into several layers of varying textures?

Jello Presto!
Royal Triple-Crown Gelatin
Jell-O 1-2-3