Whatever Happened to Pudding Pops?: The Lost Toys, Tastes, 2021 and online Trends of the 70s and 80s sale

Whatever Happened to Pudding Pops?: The Lost Toys, Tastes, 2021 and online Trends of the 70s and 80s sale

Whatever Happened to Pudding Pops?: The Lost Toys, Tastes, 2021 and online Trends of the 70s and 80s sale
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If you owe a couple cavities to Marathon candy bars, learned your adverbs from Schoolhouse Rock!, and can still imitate the slo-mo bionic running sound of The Six Million Dollar Man, this book is for you.

Whatever Happened to Pudding Pops? takes you back in time to the tastes, smells, and sounds of childhood in the ''70s and ''80s, when the Mystery Date board game didn''t seem sexist, and exploding Pop Rocks was the epitome of candy science.

But what happened to the toys, tastes, and trends of our youth? Some vanished totally, like Freakies cereal. Some stayed around, but faded from the spotlight, like Sea-Monkeys and Shrinky Dinks. Some were yanked from the market, revised, and reintroduced...but you''ll have to read the book to find out which ones.

So flip up the collar of that polo shirt and revisit with us the glory and the shame of those goofy decades only a native could love.

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"A great nostalgia-inducing gift for fellow members of Generation X."
—Richmond (VA) Times-Dispatch

"With entries like ''John Hughes Movies,'' ''Judy Blume Books,'' ''Love’s Baby Soft'' and ''Pen Pals,'' it’s hard not to go into a state of nostalgic euphoria while reading Whatever Happened to Pudding Pops?"
—The Weekender, Wilkes-Barre, PA

"Gael Fashingbauer Cooper and Brian Bellmont are two people who obviously lived through and loved the ''70s and ''80s. They''re funny and sharp, and their passion for pop jumps off the page."
—Whitney Matheson, USA Today Pop Candy

"A pop culture flashback"
—Jen Chaney, The Washington Post

"I was reading this book the other night and just howling at some of these entries."
—Rachel Martin, "All Things Considered," National Public Radio

"For those of us who think we''re beyond the reach of pop culture, think again. It''s hilarious to be reminded of how we were defined as a generation. I couldn''t put Whatever Happened to Pudding Pops? down and I couldn''t stop laughing. As we used to say, ''Wow, what a trip.''"
— Pamela Sue Martin, author and actress, "The Hardy Boys/Nancy Drew Mysteries"

"This book is one that I never knew I needed, but I soon realized that it''s the book I''ve always wanted...if you''re a pop-culture junkie, want to take a time machine back to your past, or just like reading humorous books, pick this one up for sure."
—Monique Jones, MoniqueBlog

“Some pages had me nodding my head in agreement while some pages were like one big blast of memories since forgotten. It''s a total blast to read!"
—Culture Brats

"This thing is a box full of squeals of delight alternating with wistful oooohs of nostalgia."
—Lisa Parsons, The Hippo

"..anyone whose childhood included hours leafing through the Sears Christmas Wish Book and playing lawn darts should enjoy the book."
—Damian Penny, BlogCritics.com

"Every single page will remind you of something from your childhood. Sea Monkeys! That’s Incredible! Lik-M-Aid! What a fun way to revisit all of that stuff."
—Sundrymourning.com

About the Author

Gael Fashingbauer Cooper is a journalist and author of the nationally recognized pop culture blog  Pop Culture Junk Mail. Her published works include Whatever Happened to Pudding Pops? and The Totally Sweet ‘90s. A native of the Twin Cities region, Fashingbauer Cooper now resides in Seattle with her family.

Previously a television reporter and producer, Brian Bellmont now runs a public relations agency. His published works include  Whatever Happened to Pudding Pops? and  The Totally Sweet ‘90s. He has interviewed various pop culture icons including Adam West, Davy Jones, and Loni Anderson. Bellmont resides in the Twin Cities region with his family.

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KarenBridget777
5.0 out of 5 starsVerified Purchase
Super Fun Read!
Reviewed in the United States on June 6, 2017
This book either had everything I remember about growing up in the 80''s-90''s or at least touched on it. I was a little disappointed the cereal chapters didn''t mention one of my favorite all time favorite prizes- the Wacky Wallwalker. However, the... See more
This book either had everything I remember about growing up in the 80''s-90''s or at least touched on it.

I was a little disappointed the cereal chapters didn''t mention one of my favorite all time favorite prizes- the Wacky Wallwalker.

However, the mention of the Rain Scent (my personal favorite) version of Love''s Baby Soft definitely makes up for that.

I also loved the mention of Choco-Bliss. (Come on, Hostess, it''s a just a Suzy Q with chocolate cream filling, chocolate sprinkles, and chocolate icing! If you can make a lime flavored Sno Ball, you can bring back the Choco Bliss!)

Another favorite chapter was the one on Free to Be You and Me, which was my elementary school music teacher''s main source material.

I heartily recommend this book to anyone who was a child or teen from the seventies into the mid-1990''s. You will have a FANTASTIC time reading this.

Do yourself a favor, though, and read this when you have a couple hours to spare. The author covers a LOT of ground here and one chapter easily turned into the next and then the next until I realized I had finished the entire book!

Still, there were two hundred and thirty pages of things I remembered and some things I had forgotten about.
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TravellingCari
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A mini A-Z encyclopedia (that includes an encyclopedia! ) ...
Reviewed in the United States on May 2, 2018
A mini A-Z encyclopedia (that includes an encyclopedia!) of lost trends of the 1970s-80s. Choose Your Own Adventure to find your favorites, complete with X-tinction dates. This is less of a narrative and more a collection of columns, but it works, although I found myself... See more
A mini A-Z encyclopedia (that includes an encyclopedia!) of lost trends of the 1970s-80s. Choose Your Own Adventure to find your favorites, complete with X-tinction dates. This is less of a narrative and more a collection of columns, but it works, although I found myself wishing it were organized differently, perhaps by peak, as there were some things I adored and others I had zero recollection of. Surprised not to see Masters of the Universe
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Stacy Helton
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A Nice Romp Through the Brain of Generation X
Reviewed in the United States on August 3, 2013
This book, which is subtitled "The Lost Toys, Tastes & Trends of the `70s & `80s" is a nice romp through the lobes of Generation X. As one such member of that generation, I have lately found that references that I make to younger friends and clients to be lost in the ether.... See more
This book, which is subtitled "The Lost Toys, Tastes & Trends of the `70s & `80s" is a nice romp through the lobes of Generation X. As one such member of that generation, I have lately found that references that I make to younger friends and clients to be lost in the ether. The blank looks that I get when I talk about CHICO AND THE MAN or THANK GOD IT''S FRIDAY or even Buffalo Bill (from SILENCE OF THE LAMBS) is infuriating - I''m beginning to think that people are so dumb, but maybe I have to adjust to the fact that I''m old! WHATEVER HAPPENED TO PUDDING POPS is a fun reminder of several lost artifacts of Gen X that even I have forgot about. Written in breezy, basically one-page per entry form. I''ll just tell you a few: candy cigarettes, SCHOOLHOUSE ROCK, Shrinky Dinks, Freakies Cereal, DYNAMITE Magazine, Pepsi Light, Strawberry Shortcake, Dixie Riddle Cups, CHARLIE''S ANGELS Trading Cards, Judy Blume, Honeycomb Hideout, Big Wheel, Dapper Dan, Sun-In, Time Life Books and probably 100 more! It''s a bit TOO breezy for my taste, but that''s OK, it makes a great reference book and will keep you running to YouTube and Google Image Search! For a more concrete review of the 1970s from a more sociological POV, I cannot recommend Pagan Kennedy''s PLATFORMS highly enough! But that doesn''t diminish this book - pick it up and get lost in THE BRADY BUNCH VARIETY HOUR or THE APPLE DUMPLING GANG!
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Victoria Lytles
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Wherefore Ar''t Thou Pudding Pop?
Reviewed in the United States on January 21, 2014
I was intrigued with the title of this book. I use to LOVE pudding pops and then I remembered that one day there they were in the frozen foods aisle and the next, gone. So what did ever happen to those delicious pudding pops? If you grew up in the late 60''s, 70''s... See more
I was intrigued with the title of this book. I use to LOVE pudding pops and then I remembered that one day there they were in the frozen foods aisle and the next, gone. So what did ever happen to those delicious pudding pops?

If you grew up in the late 60''s, 70''s and early 80''s then this book is for you or for someone you know who grew up them. Items are listed alphabetically and are about a page long so this makes for a fast and fun read. Everything from After School Specials to Zoom with some Jolt Cola and plastic models thrown in. Some items are very familiar to almost anyone from that era like John Hughes movies to the more obscure items like Spire Christian Comics featuring Archie (???).

This would make a great present for someone who would love to revisit their childhood and to all those summers eating pudding pops.
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Luc
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Informative but there are minimal pictures
Reviewed in the United States on December 22, 2013
Before you assume I am a philistine who likes picture books and do not like to read, I bought this book for a friend as a Christmas gift, and thought it would have more visual representations of the products in this book for us to enjoy. Granted, it is very well researched... See more
Before you assume I am a philistine who likes picture books and do not like to read, I bought this book for a friend as a Christmas gift, and thought it would have more visual representations of the products in this book for us to enjoy. Granted, it is very well researched and will take you down memory lane, but the book is more like an encyclopedia instead of a fun visual journey. As we browse through each page, there are almost no pictures to remind us of what the item was and we had to rely on memory or the Internet to recall what each item looks like. Very informative to read, but not exactly ''fun.'' The book would be more thoroughly entertaining if there was pictures to show us exactly what they mean so we could go ''OH MY GOD REMEMBER THOSE THINGS OH YEAH'' immediately instead of going ''Wait, does he mean that thing with that thing?'' ''No that''s the other thing with that thing.. he means this other thing remember mom bought it for us'' ''Wait let me google it, OH MY GOD REMEMBER THOSE THINGS OH YEAH''. It''s a good book for a cozy night to read by yourself but to share with pals? I''d get something else.
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Sandra Watkins
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EXCELLENT Trip down Memory Lane!
Reviewed in the United States on June 7, 2015
I''m 52 years old and I purchased three copies. I gave one to my friend and we talked about items in the book and laughed and laughed. I gave one to my brother so that he could not only remember all these fun things ... but share with my niece and nephew (and laugh about... See more
I''m 52 years old and I purchased three copies. I gave one to my friend and we talked about items in the book and laughed and laughed. I gave one to my brother so that he could not only remember all these fun things ... but share with my niece and nephew (and laugh about what WE played with and did when we were little). My niece and nephew love hearing about our past (and making FUN of our past!) The third copy I kept for myself then my husband and I went thru the whole book over several days. It is so much fun to read each section and probably would be enjoyed by anyone around my age. The only drawback (and it''s still not a big deal ... just a wish list for future editions) is it needs more photos.
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Molly McGee
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For People my Age
Reviewed in the United States on February 10, 2014
I am 37 and this book hit the nail on the head. It''s fun to go through and wonder what happened to certain fad toys and foods of our youth. I''m pretty sure If you''re 30-40 years old you''d get a kick out of it. If you still remember Stretch Armstrong, Big Wheel, Benji,... See more
I am 37 and this book hit the nail on the head. It''s fun to go through and wonder what happened to certain fad toys and foods of our youth. I''m pretty sure If you''re 30-40 years old you''d get a kick out of it. If you still remember Stretch Armstrong, Big Wheel, Benji, Silver Spoons, "theme" cereals, The Facts of Life, and after-school specials, you''ll like it.

I would give it five stars but it was printed on a newsprint type paper with small black-and-white pictures. I would have paid more for a nicer presentation and color photos.
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Cinebelle
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A Little Slice of Pop-Culture Heaven
Reviewed in the United States on June 10, 2011
Gael Cooper and Brian Bellmont hit a home run with this compulsively readable anthology of the great Gen X trends of the ''70s and ''80s. But pop culture fans of every age will love it and find themselves humming random TV theme songs and suddenly dying for the taste of... See more
Gael Cooper and Brian Bellmont hit a home run with this compulsively readable anthology of the great Gen X trends of the ''70s and ''80s. But pop culture fans of every age will love it and find themselves humming random TV theme songs and suddenly dying for the taste of Quisp. It''s all here, from ABBA to "Zoom," and the great thing about it is that it triggered my own memories from the era -- enough to suggest the authors to do a followup book.

It''s a great gift--ridiculously cheap--but you''ll find yourself picking it up again and again. Even my kids have been holed up on the couch this afternoon reading passages out loud.

Thanks for the memories, Gael and Brian!
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Tom's mum
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Not great
Reviewed in the United Kingdom on June 24, 2015
American. Didn''t recognise most of the things referred to. Returned.
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Robin Malott
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Five Stars
Reviewed in Canada on August 31, 2017
Amazing memories
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Beth Jorginson
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Five Stars
Reviewed in Canada on October 4, 2015
IT WAS A GREAT TRIP DOWN MEMORY LANE...SO MUCH I FORGOT...WHAT A GREAT BOOK!
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Whatever Happened to Pudding Pops?: The Lost Toys, Tastes, 2021 and online Trends of the 70s and 80s sale

Whatever Happened to Pudding Pops?: The Lost Toys, Tastes, 2021 and online Trends of the 70s and 80s sale

Whatever Happened to Pudding Pops?: The Lost Toys, Tastes, 2021 and online Trends of the 70s and 80s sale

Whatever Happened to Pudding Pops?: The Lost Toys, Tastes, 2021 and online Trends of the 70s and 80s sale

Whatever Happened to Pudding Pops?: The Lost Toys, Tastes, 2021 and online Trends of the 70s and 80s sale

Whatever Happened to Pudding Pops?: The Lost Toys, Tastes, 2021 and online Trends of the 70s and 80s sale

Whatever Happened to Pudding Pops?: The Lost Toys, Tastes, 2021 and online Trends of the 70s and 80s sale