Sunday, April 11, 2010

Forgotten Foods | Yes, Another Food Blog


RE-POST FROM OCTOBER

As you may have noticed most of my blogs revolve around food. Forgive me, it's just that I've always been both a big-time consumer and sadly a big-time eater.

Today I thought of some scrumptious memories involving foods we're no longer able to indulge in ... I Googled a bit to see if images or info exist and was surprised to discover videos, photos and old ads from the deliciousness of days gone by.


McDonald's McDLT 1985-1990


Remember the McDLT (McDonald's Lettuce and Tomato)? I'm not gonna lie. I've always been a sucker for the latest food fad. How could you resist the concept of "the cold on one side" and "the hot on the other." The nifty dual packaging and open-faced burger presentation fooled me into thinking the McDLT was more of a "real burger" than a "rat burger" as my dad so lovingly called Mickey D's meat.

The McLean Deluxe 1991-1996

Who could forget McDonald's attempt at a lean cheeseburger? With 91% lean meat and less calories than a Quarter Pounder, it was somewhat acceptable to order. I am really bummed that it's gone. Why are dieters forced to order salads or grilled chicken sandwiches? If I'm home and we want ground beef without massive guilt, we can slap a 93% lean burger on the grill. What happened McDonald's? I was also a fan of the McRib until one summer night around 1982. I became violently ill somewhere in the hallway between my bedroom and the bathroom. I will never forget the stench of cheap BBQ sauce that lingered for days.

Team Flakes 1963-1990s?

Mom as you may recall, was anti sugar cereal and apparently so was my paternal grandmother. I learned to love the mom-approved cereals like Rice Krispies, Corn Flakes and Raisin Bran but one cereal my grandma always served us when we slept over was TEAM Flakes. I remember reading the back of the orange box (recipes for TEAM flake chicken, etc.) while savoring the famous four grains flavors -- corn, rice, oats and wheat. Something about this cereal was so addicting, my grandma would often let me take a box home with us. Maybe it was hard to find on Long Island since we didn't have ShopRite which is where she always bought it.

Almost Home Cookies 1985?

Again, I was sucked in by interesting packaging. I clearly remember the knitted stitching on this soft baked batch.

It reminded me of a "Home Sweet Home" sign that hung in a family members' house - which is exactly the vibe package art was intended to conjure up. A feeling of family and old fashioned times when moms had time to freshly bake chocolate chip or oatmeal cookies.

JELL-O 1-2-3 1969-1996?

Said to have hit shelves around 1969, I don't remember this product until the mid '80s. It was the prettiest jello I had ever seen. It featured three different layers - one was transparent another was fluffier and the top was creamy.

Today there are many different recipes available to create it yourself at home, but I'm sure it won't match the store-bought version, no longer available. I remember making boxes of this growing up and thinking it was such a fancy dessert. I found a Jello 1-2-3 petition online. I wonder if I should call Kraft and urge them to re-release the old favorite.



Dunkin Donuts Cereal 1988-1990?

"Time to make the doughnuts" was a slogan we kids loved, but the pretty pink boxes and idea of donuts for breakfast must have caught my attention in high school which is when this silly idea for a cereal hit shelves. I loved the sugary cereal and by that point I earned my own money and Mom had long forgotten her "no sugar cereal" policy.

20 comments:

Copyboy said...

ALMOST HOME COOKIES. Loved those. My fave was the chocolate, chocolate chip. They were the best 'cause they had just the right amount of chemicals to keep 'em good and soft for 50 years – give or take a decade.

Amanda said...

I remember all of these! that Jello was amazing and I had forgotten about it completely. I would eat a layer at a time. Thanks for the memories!

LaraAnn said...

I do remember the McDLT - I think that I ordered it once. Our family was more a Burger King and Roy Rogers one though. Don't remember the other stuff, although that cookie package seems vaguely familiar.

Mainland Streel said...

Go Team Flakes! That's an awesome cereal name. My mom was anti-sugar cereal too, so I feel your pain. :)

McD's in Russia have the McTasty and the McFresh. I thought that was funny when I was there. They also had yummy pineapple/kiwi pies that we don't have in Canada. And better service. Ohhh, now I want a Mac! :(

I don't think I ever saw the DLT!

VKT said...

I remember most of these. I never knew that dunkin donuts made cereal but I remember the rest. I used to love to make that jello!!!!!!

mama-face said...

What a trip down memory lane. We must be around the same age. I loved jello 123, it was like a science experiment.

(my attempt to follow failed...I'll be back)

Kathie @ Just a Happy Housewife said...

I completely forgot about all of those! and sadly, I didn't get to try most of them :-(

RawknRobynsGoneBlogWild said...

I'm sad to learn I also never knew there was a Dunkin' Donuts Cereal! I knew my childhood was lacking something important.
Cheers,
Robyn

Lisa said...

Man, I love these walks down memory lane! Thanks for taking me back again and again. :)

Andrew Green said...

Ah, I miss the 1-2-3 Jello....

Tracie said...

The only ones I remember are all the McD's burgers (good marketing, McD's) and the Jello. I wish there were some leaner options at McDonald's these days - other than a salad, obvs.

joe said...

If you ate all of that stuff on a daily, regular basis, you'd be dead by 45.
Just sayin'..

Bossy Betty said...

These foods brought back a lot of memories! Do you remember Jason Alexander was on the McDLT?

Mad Woman said...

Clearly I grew up in too many different countries. I don't remember ANY of those. Either that, or I was a seriously deprived child.

Marlene said...

I totally remember both those McDogfood burgers. I fell for the whole McDLT thing, too.

Holly said...

I do not remember any of those...except the McDLT and the McLean. I really liked the McDLT.

Powdered Toast Man said...

You made me hungry now. I'm too young to remember any of those products. That jell-o looks good but I will only eat it if I see Bill Cosby in a commercial with it.

Melissa Mashburn said...

I did not know about several of them, but in my opinion you forgot a very important one. The McDonald's McRib

Elizabeth Channel said...

Team Flakes! My husband's grandparents thrilled to these, calling them "Ze Flakes." They must have stockpiled boxes and boxes of them because they had them well into the 1990s...

~ Noelle said...

LMAO
you should have heard my hubby as I read this to him...
He is ALWAYS talking about the MCDLT... me, now that shows the age difference, i never heard of it!

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