With Uber Eats, multiple restaurants and pub grubs so easily accessible to everyone nowadays, it’s easy to forget the old classics.
But sometimes you need to remind yourselves of the good old days – you know, all those quick-to-rustle-up dishes like Crispy Pancakes.
In fact, how did they ever fall out of fashion?!
So, with the help of our friends at the Manchester Evening News, we’re taking a look back at some of the food and drinks we loved as kids that hardly anyone eats any more.
Let us know your favourite flashback food in the comments.
The that the nation’s favourite corkscrew-shaped meat strips left our supermarkets when Jamie Oliver campaigned to have them banned after his TV show, Jamie’s School Dinners, unearthed the impact they have on our diets.
Following on from this, Bernard Matthews eventually stopped making them, leaving thousands of people disappointed.
Indeed, it led to a petition that gained 28,000 signatures in 2018 to bring them back.
Last year the firm relaunched the product, saying it had developed a recipe which was ‘healthier and tastier than ever before’.
Billy Bear Ham
You didn’t take a trip to the supermarket without begging your parents to buy Billy Bear Ham – did you?
Some stores still sell the lunchbox favourite but it seems to be less popular nowadays, with some asking ‘what’s even in this ham?’
Fray Bentos pies
The much-loved pie of lazy students, Fray Bentos were the perfect quick fix food. If you could unscrew the tin with a stinging hangover.
The tinned pie saw a rise in sales last year when we went into our first lockdown. Surely a sign of their enduring quality.
Basically just sugar and milk whisked together, how could it taste so good?
It was the go-to dessert for a generation.
The pudding has been on sale for more than 50 years.
I might go and get some now, actually.
Every child seemed to be hooked on Sunny Delight – no surprise with all the E-numbers.
There was even a mad rumour that drinking it would turn your skin yellow.
Well, apparently there was some truth to it as a girls’ hands and face changed colour in 1999, when she was consuming 1.5L a day – I’m not surprised if she drank that much!
At the time a spokersperson for manufacturers P&G said: “This is excessive consumption, and consumption on that scale would lead to a yellowing of the skin because of the beta-carotene, in the same way as drinking too much carrot juice or orange juice would.”
Fair enough – but sales had halved by 2001. Years later, the popular drink was re-branded ‘Sunny D’ by a new manufacturer and new recipe.
Go and get some!
Smash is probably the easiest way to make mash and it took no effort at all.
Why did it taste so good?
All you had to do was add water to the packet of contents and your roast was good to go.
And who can forget the robots in the adverts?
The source of all your fillings, possibly, the Scottish toffee was known for being tough on the teeth.
The 80s toffee came in plain or chocolate and it was only five or 10p.
Findus Crispy Pancakes
An absolute classic for more than 60 years, generations of kids grew up on these for dinner. And we weren’t complaining – they were amazing.
Flavours included cheese, ham and cheese, and beef flavours.
The downside was waiting yonks for the fillings to cool down enough to eat them.
In 2019 the snacks were replaced with a new name and new updated fillings.
SodaStream – the device of choice in the 70s or 80s for people who wanted to pretend they worked in a bar.
The kitchen appliance allowed families to suddenly make their own fizzy drinks at home.
OK – it was a great idea, although the results – perhaps through incompetence on the part of people (like me) who couldn’t use it properly – weren’t necessarily perfect.
Amazingly, they are still available today.
SodaStreams even saw sales rise during lockdown as carbonated drink fans opted to create their own drinks.
And nowadays – believe it or not – you can even use them to make prosecco.
A true classic. Ice cream, sponge and jam – a long-time family favourite.
In fact, I’m off in a second – I want one for dessert.
But I had to mention Spam.
Meat in a tin – it didn’t get more straightforward than that.
The staple go-to meal when parents were busy or desperate in the 70s and 80s, it might seem a bit too basic for modern tastes.
But then what do youngsters know – this stuff was great.
And it dates back decades.
During the Second World War, more than 150 million pounds of Spam was used to feed soldiers.
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