The Halloween season is upon us, and I thought it would be fun to go back in time to the days of trick-or-treating and look at just what were some of my absolute favorite things to find in my treat bag at the end of the night. Now, don’t get me wrong, it was hard for any treat to be classified as “bad”, but we all had the favorites that we hoped to get a sack full of by the end of the night. Here are five of my favorites!
When I was young back in the ’80s, there wasn’t much more revered candy amongst my friends than Nerds. We all loved these things. We’d carry the normal-sized boxes of them to school with us and compare flavors. So when the snack-sized boxes came along, we were all stoked. It was a big deal for a few years though to get these on Halloween night. We’d all bring in our Nerds haul to school and see who really hit the jackpot.
I know these things aren’t exactly politically correct these days, but back then, people didn’t see anything wrong with them. A lot of Dads smoked then, and one of the coolest things you could do was to imitate your Dad. I’d “puff” on these things for a while trying to look cool, but it didn’t take long for that chalky flavor to overcome me and I’d have to gobble them down. Not only that but in school, we treated candy cigarettes like prisoners do real cigarettes. You could trade these things for all kinds of stuff between classes.
This year’s Halloween junk food season continues to roll on, and so far, it’s been a great one. If you’ve not seen them before, check out the other fun junk foods I’ve found here and here. Now that you’ve checked those out, let’s take a look at what else I’ve found.
Monster Cereal Snack Packs
Now that the band is back together for their 50th anniversary, the Monsters have taken over this Halloween junk food season in an all-out assault as you’ll see as this post goes on. I’m not complaining one bit though, as we went so many years without the monster cereals in our lives that I cherish every year we continue to get them in their various forms.
These snack packs are such a great idea, I’m surprised we’ve never gotten them before. It’s such a simple concept, but I know I would love to get these things in my treat bags when I was a kid. Or today. Anytime is a good time for monster cereal.
Count Chocula Treats
If I were the Count, I’d be pissed about being left out of the cereal. I mean, they filmed a special documentary about the band getting back together after all these years, and then he got left out of the whole thing at the last minute. But I guess he might be getting the last laugh though as he is the only one with an exclusive goodie for the Halloween season. These treats were out last year, but I can’t remember if they were available in any years before that. But they were so good last year. If I weren’t diabetic, I could eat a whole box of these this season. But I’ll just have to settle for a couple of bites from one treat and be done with them, but oh what a few bites those will be.
McDonald’s has released more than their fair share of various hamburgers and sandwiches through the years. Some have been big hits, and others colossal flops. And while different ones like the McD.L.T. have been discussed at length through the years, the Superhero burger rarely gets mentioned. Let’s change that.
Historically, the Big Mac has always been the largest burger on McDonald’s menu. But for one glorious month in 1995, it played second fiddle to the Super Hero Burger. With it’s 3 (that’s right, 3!) burger patties on a hoagie length bun, with two different slices of cheese, lettuce, tomato, onion, and mayo….this sucker was a monster.
The Super Hero burger had two promotional tie-ins attached to it. First and foremost, it was available during the release of the movie Batman Forever, and Batman, Robin, Riddler, and Two-Face all figure prominently in the advertising spots for this burger. Secondly, 1995 was the year that McDonald’s released a different burger every month, known as their “Taste of the Month”, and this was the featured item one month. Speaking of the “Taste of the Month” promotion, I’m going to have to dig deeper into that for some future write-up. That was a great year for new products from McDonald’s.
You may not know this, but I’m a pretty damn good cook. Not necessarily in the vein of a Gordon Ramsey or an Emeril Lagasse, but when it comes to good old southern cuisine, you won’t find much better.
A lot of times, the simpler the recipe, the more it’s enjoyed, and that’s pretty much the story with my green Christmas punch. Now I can’t take credit for creating it. Hell, I remember my mama making this punch every year when I was young. But since I make a big deal out of it and put on a full presentation unveiling it each year, the locals around here identify this stuff with me.
Regardless of any presentation or how much I hype it up, this stuff stands on it’s own. Just one taste and you’ll know what all the fuss is about. It’s like green liquid crack. Green liquid crack with creamy sherbet floating in it.
It’s quick and easy to make, and I cannot suggest strongly enough that you make it this year for your Christmas. But if punch isn’t your thing, you can also try my recipe for quick and easy egg nog.