If you were a kid in the 80s or had kids in the 80s you probably remember the years when America thought of Bill Cosby as the world’s greatest dad and amateur ice cream man, hawking Jell-o Pudding Pops in a series of commercials where the comedian put on his Dr. Huxtable act with a bunch of other people’s kids. And what a brilliant idea! Prepackaged pudding – meets – ice cream, two of everyone’s favourite desserts with the all-American Jell-O logo slapped on the box. But sometime in the mid-90s parent company General Foods (who also brought us those ridiculously melodramatic ads for the powdered International Coffees) pulled the plug without warning on the pops. So whatever happened to Pudding Pops?
For starters, despite internet rumours you may have heard, Jell-O Pudding Pops are still off the shelf, so let’s get that out of the way.
General Foods seemed to be on a roll following the original 1979 Pudding Pops with Gelatin Pops and Fruit Bars, with $300 million a year in popsicle sales just 5 years after launch. But somehow with all that money coming in, it still didn’t justify the cost to put the product out for a company who was bought out in 1985 by Phillip Morris and combined with Kraft Foods in 1990. So, the pops were dropped. They tried again in 2004, licensing the Jell-O name to Popsicle brand (they make Fudgsicles) who used the same molds as the originals but slightly changed the formula, resulting in not-a-pudding-pop that reflected in poor product sales. While they did last until 2011 somewhere in space-time, Popsicle pulled the new Jello-O Pudding Pops off the market that year without official explanation.
Now there are other, inferior pudding pops out there by companies like Kemp’s at Target but these clearly lack the crisp thin coating the official pops had back in the 80s that held the whole works together while the pudding softened. Now a die-hard fan reports that Giant Brand Pudding Pops sold at Giant Food Stores are the closest ever made but if you’re really jonesing for a good old pop, Jell-O does sell pop-making kits all over the place with the molds. And here’s a pro tip: freeze ‘em, dip ‘em in cold water and freeze ‘em again for that authentic icy crunch.
I don’t know where you live but the heat’s been pretty much all anyone can think about here. Let’s break out the cool crayons and colour some ponies in the snow!
As if 2017 wasn’t packed to the gills with 80s reboots in cartoons, toys, food and film, 2018 and ’19 will be continuing on with another round of re-dos and this time around 80s kids are wondering when we should call it quits and leave the glory days back where they belonged – in the 80s.
1. Muppet Babies – Disney’s got their claws all over this one but on first glance they don’t look horrible, just computer animated.
2. TMNT – now really, it’s about time we stopped all this nonsense as Nickelodeon has yet ANOTHER interpretation of the heroes in a half shell.
3. Transformers– Not exactly Transformers if Optimus Prime is handing the reigns over to Bumblebee…
4. Thundercats– already this one has generated a lot of interwebs anger from the original 80s children in that it takes the comic book style of the original and slaps a CalArts spin on. Think that complete mistake Teen Titans into Teen Titans Go! was…
5. Mega Man– Cartoon Network screws up a whole lot of stuff but this reboot doesn’t look so terrible off the cuff.
6. Where in the World is Carmen Sandiego? – Personally I hated this show but I was definitely a fan of the 12 million floppy disk computer game by Broderbund. Looks like Netflix is going on a more anime- themed reboot that might have some promise.
7. She-Ra: Princess of Power– Now I question She-Ra getting a reboot and not He-Man because their universe is codependent and the last big girly reboot Netflix did (looking at you, Rainbow Brite, oh and you too Popples) completely sucked. But you won me over at Voltron….
8. The Magic School Bus– this was a little past my time and even the books annoy me but clearly public television isn’t above the reboot cash-in.
9. Dungeons and Dragons – Instead of ruining this one in yet another series, D&D is in the works to go from the vintage animation to a feature film.
10. Clarissa Explains it All- Melissa Joan Heart will reprise as Clarissa, obviously out of her school- locker phase.
And from primetime 80s we’ll see updated versions of:
1. Miami Vice
2. Magnum, PI
3. Murphy Brown
4. Lost in Space (now on Netflix and actually pretty good)
5. The Twilight Zone (again?!)
7. Sabrina the Teenaged Witch
8. Cagney and Lacey
9. Sweet Valley High
10.The Greatest American Hero
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Do you remember the original baby pony lineup from the original G1 Hasbro lineup? Bet you don’t! Check em all out on the work-in-progress page and if you happen to have any backcard stories please contribute to help build this page! Learn more at Baby Ponies! on Yello80s.com !
How cute is a baby pony? Like a million times cuter when they can turn their heads up and give you those adorable little baby eyes, that’s how cute! Peek-a-Boo Baby Ponies were part of the G1 line from Hasbro and featured turnable heads you could pose. Learn more about them on the updated Peek-a-Boo Baby pony page on Yello80s.com !
The thing I loved about First Tooth Baby ponies as a kid (and a collector!) was all that cool stuff they came with- especially those adorable little tubes of toothpaste and toothbrushes. Learn all about them in the new update to the First Tooth Baby Pony page here on Yello80s.com !
While there were several sizes of My Little Ponies released throughout the G1 line by Hasbro, the absolute smallest had a pretty big collection: The Petite Ponies. Think of these like the Micro Machines of My Little Ponies and check em out at the newly updated Petite Pony page here on Yello80s.
If you liked our last post on Brush n Grow ponies you’ll love to get to know their big sisters in year 7 of G1- Princess Brush n Grows! Check em out on the updated page!
Are you a fan of long, luxurious pony manes and tails billowing in the wind? Then you’re gonna love the G1 line of Brush n Grow ponies from year 6! Read all about em on the updated Brush n Grow Pony page here on Yello80s.com !
Hello my dear CPK fans who visit Yello80s! I’ve got some new names on the Cabbage Patch Kids name list. I’m so glad you’ve been so active on Yello80s.com asking questions and sharing your ‘Kid names for this now 3-page long running list of vintage CPK names (and a couple of neat newer ‘Kid names too). Please keep in mind Yello80s cannot price, value or locate your Kid, the CPK pages exist for information only in your quest to find out more about this truly unique piece of toy history and 80s pop culture. In the coming month I hope to get the Identification Guide up for your reading pleasure so sit tight, more CPK to come!