Whatever Happened To Pudding Pops?

Friends, I’ve had the pleasure and privilege of reading Gael Fashingbauer Cooper and Brian Bellmont’s humorous look back at “The Lost Toys, Tastes & Trends of the ’70s & ’80s”. Their book is out now from Perigee Books so you should have no problem picking it up at major bookstores. You should make a point to do so, because if you are visiting this site you are absolutely the perfect demographic for this.

The book is alphabetical and while Gael and Brian may not spend more than just a paragraph on a toy, TV Show, restaurant, etc. they do supply a very humorous look at it all. Subject matter from Ants in the Pants to Zoom get covered in this 230 page tome of the past. I was laughing out loud more than once and they’ve done something kind of neat with supplying an X-Tinction Rating, then a Replaced By Rating, and finally a Fun Fact for each entry. I was impressed by not only some of the great memories they brought up but for giving me the heads up on some of the things that I missed. Like the Hugo, Man of a Thousand Faces “Toy” or as Gael and Brian rightfully call it, “Part Billy Barty, part Lon Chaney Jr., and all creepy, Hugo, Man of a Thousand Faces, has to be one of the single most terrifying toys ever created.”.

Another great example is that for the longest time I’ve been trying to remember the name of a line of Hamburger chains, one that was in my neck of the woods back in my youth and thanks to this book, on page 24…the mystery was solved. Burger Chef! Which by the way had the Fun Meal…which was later “adopted” by another Burger Empire.

So if you want to spend a day curled up in your favorite reading spot and have an immensely wonderful and humorous stroll down memory lane, you owe it to yourself to pick up Whatever Happened to Pudding Pops?, because as you can see in the photo below, Gael and Brian are one of us!


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Searching through the alleys for useful knowledge in the city of Nostalgia. Huge cinema fanatic and sometimes carrier of the flame for the weirding ways of 80s gaming, toys, and television. When his wife lets him he is quite happy sitting in the corner eating buckets of beef jerky.

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6 thoughts on “Whatever Happened To Pudding Pops?

  1. Earblast says:

    I used to love, love, love Burger Chef. We had one out here in Indiana and their version of a happy meal was really cool. They had everything on a cardboard tray that was somewhat like a diorama. I think they had a toy packed along with the usual burger fries and a drink. Really neat stuff when you’re little.

  2. Elizabeth says:

    I really hope O’Boisies are in there. I’d say that at least once a week the little “o’boisies are o-boisterous” ditty goes through my mind. And someone else has to remember that stupid product besides me! Looking forward to checking it out!

  3. twilitezoner says:

    I just found out not too long ago that in my native Pennsylvania they are bringing back Gino’s restaurants. They had great burgers and back in the 70s they were the official outlet for Kentucky Fried Chicken long before there were KFC’s. Very cool.

  4. @Elizabeth Friend, they happen to be on page 131! :)

    @twilitezone You know…I think I saw something about that on ABC news actually. Make sure to take some swell photos of yourself enjoying a meal there when they open the doors! :D

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