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7-Up

The Un-Cola. "You like it, it likes you" - It's lemonade alright? It's just lemonade (and nothing to do with Michael Apted).        

Angel Delight

Angel Delight debuted in British supermarkets in 1967, promising the taste of strawberries and cream from colourful sachets of microdust. The luminous powder fell out of favour in the 1980s.

Berni Inns

Bristol company Hort's, which was run by Frank and Aldo Berni and Paul Rosse, changed the dining-out habits of Britons for two decades. After the ending of meat rationing in 1954, the Bemis hoped to import...

Birds Eye Steakhouse Grills

What do you give your old man with his steakhouse grill? In which a gang of builders leave a building site in the back of a van and sing (to the tune of Que Sera Sera) about...

Bovril Soldiers

Buttered and Bovril-ed bread sliced into four or five uniform strips. The same militia were more popularly spotted in their other gear - hence 'buttered' or 'eggie' soldiers - their manoeuvres often carried out around soft-boiled...

Breakfast Cereal

Some of the breakfast cereals listed below are still in production. Some have been re-named and re-packaged. Many of them disappeared as quickly as they arrived. But they all have a special place in our memory...

Café-Bar

In the days before Starbucks and Café Latté on tap from every corner coffee shop, the height of sophistication and convenience for the serious java-loving office worker in Australia in the 1970s was to have...

Chu-Bops

Chu-Bops were packs of record-shaped pink bubblegum that came housed in a small 3" X 3" replica album cover. The Amural Products Company of Naperville, Illinois, released nine series of Chu-Bops between 1980 and 1983. The first...

Cigarettes, Cigars & Tobacco

New brands of cigarettes introduced in Britain in the 1960s included B&H Special Filter (1961), Embassy (1962) and Player's No. 6 (1965). A report by the British Ministry of Health in 1969 showed that 100,000 people...

Cresta

The coolest ad campaign of the Seventies. The Bear (also called Cresta) that inspired The Fonz (no, really). The drink that stripped paint. Rimsky-Korsakov!! Cresta was produced in the UK by Schweppes from the early 1970s and originally came...

Diet Coke/Diet Pepsi

A product of the 80s - you could still drink Cola AND look stunning in a lycra aerobics outfit and leg-warmers. Probably one of the most famous brands to be born in the 1980s, Diet Coke...

Dr Pepper

Like many soft drinks, this fizzy cough medicine flavoured muck from the USA began life as the result of an experiment in a pharmacy. Charles Alderton, a pharmacist at Morrison’s Old Corner Drug Store in Waco,...

Fanta

In the years leading up to World War II, attempts to make Coca-Cola as popular in Europe as it was in America had one major success - Germany. The company sold millions of crates to...

Fast Food

There has always been fast food of sorts, but 1950s America put mass-produced, flavour-rich but nutritionally-poor fast food on the culinary map. It was the decade that quick-service restaurant chains began to open and franchise,...

Fondue

A definitive 70s icon - Basically a small pot on top of a burner into which either scorching hot oil or gooey, melted chocolate would be placed. Various foodstuffs would then be dipped into the hot...

Fray Bentos

Steak pie'-in-a-tin. Had a wonderful catchline in the TV ad: "It's Beef! It's Beef!". These days you wouldn't feed it to your dog, but it was so Glam because it was Steak. Serve with Blue Nun and...

Funny Face

Funny Face is Fun To Drink! Funny Face was an American brand of powdered drink mix originally made by the Pillsbury Company from 1964 to 1994 (and in the Mid West and New England to 2001). The...

Heinz Sponge Pudding

Directions 1) Put the tin in a saucepan and boil it 2) Use a tin opener and take both ends off 3) Let the molten jam take the roof of your mouth off!

Humphreys

"Watch out, there's a Humphrey about" was a slogan which first hit British televisions in 1974. The Humphrey's (a product of Unigate designed to make us drink more milk during the mid 70s) were invisible creatures...

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12-Inch Remixes

In the 1980s, if you liked a song you went out and bought the single on 7-inch vinyl. If you loved it you went out and bought the 12-inch version instead. This was an exciting innovation in popular...

16 Magazine

Founded in late 1958 by George Winters, 16 magazine set the standard for all teen magazines. many imitators popped up over the years, and 16 withstood some pretty stiff competition but always remained true to its beginnings. 16 was never the...

2-XL

The 2-XL was a "robot with a personality" manufactured and released by Mego Corp. in 1978. This small 'talking' robot came complete with an 8-track cartridge and a voice that sounded like Lou Costello. On the box,...

3-D Movies

Stereoscopic films had been around since the 1920s, but the 1950s was unquestionably the golden age of 3-D, with excited teenagers flocking to the cinema to see such classic fare as The House Of Wax (1953),...

60s Speak

THE BAWL GAME Baby-sitting. Self explanatory really. BOSS We know who the boss is.... Bruce Springsteen, of course. And as a verb, it means to order someone around - But in the early 60s "boss" was an adjective....