When I was a kid, I used to eat Special K cereal for breakfast, even as my friends were singing the praises of Frosted Flakes. “They’re grrreat!” they’d declare, but I never saw the appeal. My other obsession was Fresca. Which just goes to demonstrate one thing…
I was a weird kid.
I’m not saying I was a health nut. After all, I also used to fry up bologna, douse it in ketchup, and stuff it between two slices of white bread. Gordon Ramsey I was not. But at least I made a few healthy choices back then.
Ironically, if you step inside my kitchen today, you will find Special K in the pantry and Fresca in the fridge. Which means it’s either 1979 or Some Things Never Change.
I’m going with the latter, but a few fun facts about 1979 just because: The Dukes of Hazzard debuted on CBS, McDonald’s introduced the Happy Meal, and the smallpox virus was eradicated.
Hmm. I kinda wish it was 1979 still…
Or maybe not.
In reality, the Special K and Fresca are on hand because of my newfound dietary needs. Do you have any idea how hard it is to find a cereal that is not loaded with carbs? Let’s just say I won’t be listening to any snapping, crackling or popping in the morning anymore. And diet sodas are considered a “freebie” for diabetics. Not that I’ve ever thought of Fresca as a diet soda, but it does have zero calories and is sugar-free. That’s the good news. The bad? It’s sweetened with aspartame. Which means my glucose levels won’t go up, but I might end up with cancer someday.
Damned if you do, damned if you don’t.
Apparently, once upon a time Fresca was even marketed toward diabetics.
What unusual foods or drinks did you like when you were younger? And are any of them still in your kitchen today?