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Beloved Pantry Foods Everyone Had in the '80s

Remind us why we thought Manwich and Chef Boyardee were good ideas?

Whether you're rewatching Stranger Things or just feeling nostalgic, there's never a bad time to reflect on all of the weird and wonderful foods the 1980s brought us. From New Coke to Jello pudding pops, there are plenty of nostalgic treats that aren't around anymore—but there are just as many '80s foods still on store shelves today.

Here are some of the best foods that were in countless American families' pantries in the 1980s. And if you're looking for a healthier version, check out these 7 Classic Childhood Snacks You Can Make Yourself. We promise they're just as good as the real thing!

And for more, don't miss these 15 Classic American Desserts That Deserve a Comeback.


Hidden Valley Ranch

hidden valley ranch

Ranch dressing is such an integral part of American culture that it's hard to believe shelf-stable ranch only hit stores in the early '80s. Our salads (and pizzas) are thankful that it did.

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Handi Snacks

handi snacks breadsticks and cheese

You can still find these breadstick pieces and neon cheese dip in stores. But the nostalgia is better than the taste—you're much better off with real cheese, such as these 10 Best Cheeses for Your Health.

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Chef Boyardee

chef boyardee

This canned pasta is beloved for the nostalgia alone, but you don't need us to tell you it's not the best for your health. If you're craving pasta, try one of these 17 Healthy Pasta Recipes.


Cheez Balls

bowl of corn puffs balls with brown dust
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The misspelling of "cheese" should have tipped customers off that this product wasn't healthy. But there was something fun about getting that orange dust all over your fingers as you ate this crunchy snack.



can of manwich sloppy joe mix
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The number of household products that have been unnecessarily gendered for marketing purposes is endless. But one of the strangest ones is Manwich, a canned Sloppy Joe sauce that's apparently the perfect meal for men. We won't deny that Sloppy Joes are comfort food, though. If you're craving one, try our Healthy Turkey Sloppy Joe Recipe.


Famous Amos Cookies

Famous amos bite size chocolate chip cookies

These lunchbox treats were the stuff of legend. Chips Ahoy? We don't know her.



bowl of bugles corn snacks

If you didn't stick one of these horn-shaped corn chips onto each of your fingers at the school lunch table, what was the point?

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Meghan De Maria
Meghan De Maria is a senior editor at Eat This, Not That!, specializing in food, product, and restaurant coverage. Read more about Meghan
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