Category: Food

Move away from Long Island and you’ll quickly realize all of the amazing food you left behind. I dare you to scroll through this list of items and not get hungry.

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Sweethearts

Back in the 70s, adults exchanged flowers and elaborate boxes of chocolate with their loved ones. Kids, however, preferred those little heart-shaped candies with the chalky flavor and Cupid-like power, each emblazoned with a short message such as “Be Mine” or “Kiss Me”. Sweethearts were always happy to do the talking when you were too shy to verbally profess your love. … read more

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Bubble Yum

Bubble Yum was the first soft bubble gum to arrive, way back in 1975. Enormously popular when it was introduced, it would soon find itself waging war, not only against a handful of competitors, but also an army of imaginary spiders. … read more

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Egg Sandwiches

It seems like the kind of food you could find anywhere in the United States, and you would be wrong. There is no place other than Long Island to get the traditional, old-school delicacy known to the locals simply as an Egg Sandwich. … read more

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Wax Bottles

Okay, you really weren’t supposed to eat them, but how were we to know? After all, they were in the candy aisle. Actually, the liquid inside was the candy, not the wax container that surrounded it – which didn’t stop us from ingesting enough wax to turn our digestive tract into a candle. … read more

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Candy Buttons

There is no rule that says candy must be sophisticated for a kid to like it. Just drop some sugar on a strip of paper, give it a little color and kids will gnaw on it like it’s their last meal. You know them as Candy Buttons. … read more

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Mr. Bones

Perhaps you were taught that you shouldn’t play with your food. But what if your food was also a jigsaw puzzle? Better yet, what if it was also a disassembled candy skeleton contained within a plastic coffin? Such was the case with Mr. Bones, a novelty item created by Fleer in 1977. … read more

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C&C Cola

While the two soft drink giants, Coke and Pepsi, waged war against each other throughout the 1970s, New Yorkers enjoyed a third alternative. With its unique flavor and enticing bargain price for anyone on a budget, C&C Cola managed to contend with the two behemoths and win the hearts of many a Long Island family. … read more

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Bomb Pop

During those muggy summers in the 70s, there was no sound more welcome than the jingling bells of the ice cream man. And one of his more popular items was always the patriotic popsicle known as a Bomb Pop. Sporting the three colors of the American flag, each representing a tasty layer of flavor, the Bomb Pop soothed many a soul during those dog days of summer. … read more

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Choco’Lite

The discontinued candy graveyard is filled with confections that once delighted us in our youth, yet for one reason or another, dropped off the radar. Such was the case with a sweet treat from the 70s called Choco’Lite, an airy candy bar consisting of whipped milk chocolate and something described on the wrapper as “crispy chips.” Today, they are but a memory. … read more

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Candy Cigarettes

Perhaps one of the most ill-conceived confections ever devised, candy cigarettes enjoyed enormous popularity among children of decades past, and the 1970s was no exception. Available in a variety of forms, they gave kids a way to emulate their heroes of the day, who always seemed to have a cigarette dangling from their lips, or a pack rolled up in their t-shirt sleeve. … read more