Nostalgic food may not be as good as the memories

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  1. phatch

    phatch Moderator Staff Member

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    When shopping this week, I was looking for tuna packed in olive oil. I did find some, but I also saw some Underwood Deviled Ham. I remember this stuff when I was a kid in New Jersey and I always liked it then. I still remember the commercials too. So I picked some up to remember.

    35 years haven't been kind to this stuff. Bleah. Smelled like cat food. I've never tasted cat food, but if it tastes like this cats would be a lot skinnier.

    Thanks to Helen Witty's recipes I make a pretty good deviled ham myself now. That may have spoiled my taste buds.

    When I went fishing with my dad, he always liked those Vienna sausages out of the can. I tried those again a few years ago and they were just as yucky as this deviled ham.

    Scarier, as a kid, my dad would eat those things with a sweet roll. He has very fond memories of that.

    Ah well, there are still good foods from childhood too. At least I think so...

    Phil
     
  2. alexia

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    I've noticed it too. And of course I agree our tastes have become more refined with adulthood, experience, etc. But I think that in fact the formulation has changed as well sometimes for many of these. And the way the raw food itself is produced (leaner meats, different varieties of produce, etc.)

    As a kid, I loved a locally produced cake - Tastycakes. (Now mfg by Phillips chemicals who bought out the bakery.) Both the texture and taste are different; not just "tastes" different, but IS different. The gap is not in my memory but between the actual food then and now. I think that is true of many processed foods.

    I've always used Miracle Whip (well, I grew up with it) and I KNOW that has changed - even the texture is different.

    It would be interesting to find out how many of our food mfgers are affiliated or run by with chemical companies.
     
  3. shawtycat

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    Well....my childhood wasn't that long ago :rolleyes: but I can add my nostalgic food that didnt taste the same. Well...its actually a drink.

    I loved Ovaltine when I was a kid...but since the company changed to Novartis it tastes like crap now. :( I had to switch to Milo which Nestle makes. If you wanna try some its usually in the spanish food section.

    Jodi

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    I just read what you said about chemical companies Alexia...thats what Novartis does too.
     
  4. chiffonade

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    * Suzy Q's
    * Devil Dogs
    * Snow Balls
    * Yodels
    * Those cakes that had the peanut butter creme
    * Hostess cupcakes
    * Those little "fruit" pies that are shelf stable for 8,113,971 years
    * Canned ravioli
    * Pixie Sticks (straws filled with colored "flavored" sugar)

    I've also learned to use ketchup in "human" quantities. I no longer bathe my food in it. I used to have a saying: "French fries are a vehicle on which ketchup rides into my mouth."

    I think I'll savor my memories rather than burst any bubble I might be carrying around by actually consuming them ;).
     
  5. jill reichow

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    Hey phatch, we caught a sunk in a trap last year with vienna sausages!

    Luckily my fav, bonomo's turkish taffee is no longer in existance.

    Old Dutch potatoe chips were an expensive treat when I was little. Now they just don't taste the same...........

    And what about sipper straws? You know the ones you put in a glass of milk and when you sucked the milk up it became flavored by the inside of the straw...banana, chocolate and strawberry...

    And don't forget fizzies...the first kinda carbonated drink..mmmm.
    Grape was the best!
     
  6. mezzaluna

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    Oh God, Fizzies and sipper straws! (were they actually called that?). I remember that even then the stuff in the straws tasted metalic. But that didn't stop us. The straws were neat, and they altered the white taste of milk.
    Actually, I used to love Bosco in milk, but don't think I want to try that one out now either.

    Then there's Cheez Whiz, which I used to eat on a spoon. And canned Hormel hash (I think it was Hormel). Snowballs--the pink ones were the best. And what were those fried potato sticks/straws in a vacuum-packed can?

    Phatch, this is quite a topic. :D
     
  9. phatch

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    I never liked the snoballs. Mystery goo with mystery flakes was just too much for me.

    Phil
     
  10. isa

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    Ovaltine is still sold under that name here.
     
  11. shawtycat

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    Pheobe.

    ..thats exactly what they were called "Potato Stix" and they are still around...check your grocery store or supermarket. I don't think they are as expensive as these though. :rolleyes:
    Potato Stix


    Isa,

    Maybe you have the good stuff. :D Ovaltine used to be nice fine chunks of chocolatey stuff that you could eat with a spoon. Now its the fine powdered stuff that tastes just like Quick...bleah. If you see a can of MILO...that is what Ovaltine used to look like...and taste like for that matter.

    Jodi
     
  12. isa

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    Sorry Jodi I did mean the stuff like Quick. I had no idea it could me somethign else. :)
     
  13. peachcreek

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    We were in a park in Jackson, Wy a few weeks ago letting the 2 year old run around when another group showed up to the park. One guy was toting a big 5 gallon cold thermos which he set up on a picnic table and asked if anybody wanted some Kool-aid. So they go about passing out glasses to everybody and they asked my wife and I if we or the kid wanted some and the wife got a glass for the kid. Well the kid was more interested in the other 4 kids that had showed up and after a sip or two the boy tears off leaving me holding the cup of Kool-aid. Aw, what the heck, I'm standing there, I might as well finish it since the kid is now long-gone. Seriously. the stuff DOES taste like ####. It was the regular grape kind, made with sugar, but tastes like grape flavored kids' vitamins. I can't believe I used to love that stuff as a kid. Of course I can't believe how much cheap wine I drank as a young person either.....
     
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    Liebfermilch, Lancers, Zeller Swartz Katz, Boone's Farm......I can't believe drinking age in Mfs was 18 and in NO ......as a mother of teenagers it hits home how young I was, and the "wine" was REALLY BAD.

    I spent the first seven years of my life in Sacramento, CA> with a mother who shopped at the produce stands, health food store, winery, etc....as well as having an almond tree, garden, 9 fruit trees in our yard, health food was the grub of the day. Twinkies were a huge treat for me because I just didn't get um often.....tried one as an adult and it was pretty bad....did not have the same fluffy consistancy.
     
  15. shawtycat

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    I just remembered Snickers chocolate bars....I used to eat like 5 or 6 in Jr. High. I grabbed on a few months ago and got a blister down my throat. :confused: I actually think Im allergic to them now. :eek: And what a bad way to find out too. :(

    Jodi
     
  16. mezzaluna

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    Well, at least Spam still tastes like Spam! Guiltily, I love it sliced very thin and fried to a crisp.... My mom wouldn't serve pork products for dinner, but would buy this. Go figure!:confused:
     
  17. rachel

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    You know the worst thing about nostalgia food? Your mother was right. I used to love Heinzs Cream of Tomato soup and my parents wouldn't eat it. They said it was awful. I tried it a few years later and they were right. It was. It tasted of tin. Kool Aid ws probably always as bad as that and if your mother didn't drink it, it was because she was right. Again. ;)
     
  18. shawtycat

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    Ohhh.....the trick about Kool-Aid is: Never Drink It Straight! You have to mix it with something else or add something to it. Like orange juice and Angostura bitters. By itself its awful cause you keep adding sugar to give it a flavor and all you end up with is colored sugar water. Bleah!
     
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    Growing up in Montana we used to add Everclear. It still tasted like #### but we felt better about it afterwards.
     
  20. suzanne

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    Peach -- you could feel ANYTHING afterwards????? Reminds me of parties in college, late 1960s: line a garbage can with plastic bags (so you don't have to wash it all that carefully), fill halfway with bugjuice, top off with ??? alcohol. :eek: