Anyone ever tripped off what we were eating back in the 80s? This post is partly inspired by Plug Two’s verse in a song I was listening to the other day by the Gorillaz entitled “Super Fast Jellyfish”
“This morning you’ve got time
For a hot, home cooked breakfast
Delicious and piping hot
In only 3 microwave minutes
Are you kidding?
Yo, pretty packages of frosted delights
Look, it comes with a toy, he, he, I like that
I wanna number 4, number 6 and throw in a plastic doughnut
Just enjoy the gritty crunch, it tastes just like chicken”
Yo, this describes 80s food to a T. Half out food came out of a spray can. We ate stuff that exploded in our mouth, “edible” toys, plasticy stuff you could use for ropes, and let’s not forget our favorites, Elmers and Play Dough.
So I started thinking about one of my many after school sugar addictions, fruit roll-ups. With all this fuss about plastics in food, should we have really been eating that stuff? Probably not. But you can’t tell me that fruit roll-ups weren’t the business. My favorite was grape. I’m pretty sure you have that friend in 3rd grade who’s hands were never clean but who was quick to rip a handful of sticky fruit roll-up from his smoldering lunch box and share it with you. I never shared. I made sure they were the first thing I’d eat during lunch so the other kids wouldn’t beg me for a strip.
While doing my research I stumbled upon a sight that actually shows you how to make homemade fruit roll-ups with real fruit. Wait a minute, “real fruit”? Yuck! obviously they didn’t grow up in the 80s.