In preparation for Love Food Fest – our celebration of childhood food favourites – we thought we’d take you “back in time” to the food fads of the 1980s. Test your knowledge of some most popular foods of the ‘80s!

(We know this is actually 2014 and you could just Google the answers but for now let’s pretend otherwise. No cheating!)


  1. What movie helped the candy “Reeses Pieces” make a big 80’s comeback thanks to clever product placement?


  1. Who was the spokesperson that made Jello Pudding Pops a huge hit?


  1. What cartoon characters helped a dried fruit to surge in popularity?


  1. What “exotic” fruit was introduced to Americans for the first time in the ‘80s, showing up in everything from cheesecake to pasta salad to chicken dishes?


  1. Which future supermodel starred in a 1982 tv commercial for Tab, helping to market the diet drink to “beautiful people”?


  1. What supposedly healthy snack was dubbed by the New York Times, the “croissant of the ‘80s”?


  1. What popular snack food flavour was based on a salad dressing?


  1. In the movie “The Breakfast Club,” what did Claire (Molly Ringwald’s character) have for lunch, reflecting a growing trend among ‘sophisticated’ diners?


  1. The increasingly stiff (and sometimes snarky) competition among burger chains (McDonalds, Burger King and Wendy’s) was nicknamed what?


10. What was the original slogan for Cheetos, proclaimed by Chester Cheetah?








  1. ET
  2. Bill Cosby
  3. The California Raisins
  4. Kiwi Fruit
  5. Elle Macpherson
  6. The Oat Bran muffin
  7. Ranch (Cool Ranch Doritos)
  8. Sushi
  9. Burger Wars
  10. “It ain’t easy bein’ cheesy”

How did you score?

0 or 1   Bad (and not in the Michael Jackson way)

2 – 4    Bogus! You can do better.

5 – 6    Don’t wig out, you passed. Like, awesome.

7 – 9     Totally Rad, dude.

10 out of 10     That’s like, a perfect score. Righteous!

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Don’t forget to join us for more food nostalgia at Love Food Fest!

On October 7, ACF Canada is hosting Love Food Fest . We’re bringing out Toronto’s best chefs in a fierce competition to show off their gourmet renditions of their favourite childhood treats.

Get your tickets now! We expect to sell out. Like, to the max!