Iconic Foods From The 1980s That You Totally Forgot About

By Jack Ripley | March 7, 2024

A Bottle of Fun: Squeezits

When some people picture the 1980s, they think about bright neon colors or wood paneling and other leftovers from the 1970s. For others, though, the decade was all about the food. Those of us who grew up in the 80s remember the snacks our moms set out after school and sent in our lunch boxes. From sweet and sugary drinks to dishes that used the then state-of-the-art microwaves, the food had everyone salivating and begging for more. Take a walk back in time with the foods that everyone loved in the 1980s.


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Known as both Squeez It and Sqeezits, this popular juice drink appeared in almost every lunchbox and cafeteria table in the 80s. Who can forget the fun bottles that had a face embossed on the outside? Other packaged drinks at the time came with a small straw that often made a mess when pushed through a tiny opening at the top. Squeezits were different because you popped off the plastic top and squeezed the sides, which caused the juice to rush to the top and into your mouth.

General Mills released Squeezits in 1985 in classic flavors like cherry and orange. Each bottle featured a different character, causing kids to pick their favorites. In later years, the drink came with a small disc that kids added to the bottle to change the drink's color. Though Squeezits popped up a few times over the years, it quietly disappeared for the last time in 2012.

Not an Enchilada, Not Quite a Burrito: The Taco Bell Enchirito

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The Taco Bell of the 1980s looked very different compared to the chain today. Its menu included fewer options and dishes that made use of limited ingredients. One menu option fans still talk about is the Enchirito. Some restaurants in the chain added the dish in the late 1960s and the early 1970s, but it didn't go nationwide until the 80s. Though it sounds simple, it was delicious. Taco Bell mixed onions and ground beef with pinto beans and added it inside a tortilla before rolling it and coating the tortilla with olives, shredded cheese, and its signature red sauce.

Making the Enchirito even better was the metal tray it sat inside. The tray retained heat to keep the tortilla hot. Discontinued in 1993, the Enchirito popped up a few times on the menu, including for a month in 2023. While some fans miss the old metal tray and the olives on top, others eagerly await its next return.