Did you enjoy yesterday’s post?
I sure did, and all your comments got me so excited, that I’m rounding up a new 90’s nostalgia batch. But this time, its for 90’s fads I didn’t understand or care for.
First, take a look at this add (yes, even if you are familar with gushers).
First of all, that ad is terrifying. I couldn’t sleep for weeks for fear I’d be zapped into a human-size semi-peeled banana. The image still haunts me. This near-banana experience, however, did not deter tykes of the 90s to beg their parents to buy Costco-portioned cases of these liquid-filled fruit snacks. I never understood why Gushers were such a hot lunch box commodity when I was a kid. Everyone want to trade for them. But I never cared for them. What was that mysterious goo lining the interior of our beloved fruit snacks? It was sort of like a tart, tangy eyedropperful of fruit juice embedded within a fruity gel coating. By description alone these sound disgusting, and let me assure you that they absolutely are. I’m sorry, but I find something inherently disturbing about my food “gushing”. I just don’t feel comfortable using verb for my snack food that better describes the rush of blood from a wound. It’s just foul.
The Push Pop was supposed to be practical with its “save it for later” plastic cap, but looking back that whole concept makes me want to Purel the hell out of every corner my mouth. Sure, you had the ability to eat a candy over an extended period of time, but the sanitary/hygienic component was questionable. On the other hand, it sure beats preserving a jaw breaker over several days by leaving its spit-covered carcass in your backpack. At least with push pops, the covers could keep out a higher percentage of the dust bunnies.The underlying concept behind the push pop was that you could actually push up the candy from within the plastic tubular packaging, allowing you as the eater to control how much pop you’d like to expose. Theoretically you could cap the pop, call it a day, and come back to it later that week. Anyhow, it kind of grossed me out. I was more of a Chupa Chup gal.
Ugh! After seeing this commercial, I can just imagine one of the girls pulling out a poodle and being all “What poodle raped you!”. Anyhow, puppy mating aside, this girl in my first grade carpool had these. Even after so many years, this toy still strikes many of us as a bit disturbing. The concept is cute–your mother dog comes with an indeterminate number of puppies, so it’s an actual surprise when you “slit ‘er open”. On the practical side, though, it gave many young children a premature and medically inaccurate perception of childbirth. For a year or so, I thought that we simply reinserted babies back into their mother’s bellies for convenient storage at clean-up time. Anyhow, they werent even cuddly and cute, so I never understood them. When I was in second grade I got a real puppy and was beyond thrilled she we got her neutered.
NOTE: I found this in German (had a hard time finding one in English that would paste into the blog, but actually, its funnier in German!)
My mom saw a commercial and screamed at the TV, “What the F***? Why would I bring another bed-wetting thing to this house?!”. She didn’t have to worry, because I was pretty disgusted by Baby Born too. I mean, you have to feed it?! And it pees?! No thanks. I’m blaming this doll for all the teenage mothers. Or maybe if they actually had this doll, they would have closed their legs. Just sayin…..
Alright, enough bashing 90’s stuff….
So what was popular when you were a kid and yet didn’t quiet understand why?
And let me note that my recipes from the past two days have been mediocre and not blog worthy. I promise I’ll have one tomorrow.