It’s hard for us to imagine this in today’s world, but there was a time when these chalky sugar sticks that look like cigarettes were sold to children. For those who grew up in the ’70s, ’80s, and even the ’90s will likely remember these strange sugary snacks. The United States considered banning candy cigarettes, both in 1970 and 1991, but neither passed.
The chalky, hard candy cigs and the paper-wrapped bubble gum smokes that puff out that white powder stuff, are shockingly still made and sold despite having fallen out of favor.
Burger King Mac n' Cheetos
We have to hand it to Burger King: On paper, deep-fried wads of macaroni and cheese doused in Cheeto dust probably sounded like a great idea. But there have been few times in limited-time offering fast food history when the gulf between "idea" and "finished product" has been so broad, and also disappointing.
On May 18, 2017, Burger King returned the Mac n' Cheetos to its menu for a limited time.
The logic certainly seemed sound enough: Chicken McNuggets are nearly universally beloved, and the Filet o' Fish is arguably one of the finest sandwiches that McDonald's offers. So what could go wrong, using the magic McNugget machine to miniaturize Fish into poppable bites of seawater-scented deliciousness? McDonald introduced Fish McBites in three sizes in 2013, each conveniently packaged to fit into your car's cup holder, so that consumers could finally live their unrealized dreams of "eating fish" and "driving cars" at the same time.
Most reviews at the time were positive, but Fish McBites just weren't meant to be. McDonald's pulled the item from menus shortly after their debut, citing poor sales and a lack of consumer interest.
Our sweet list continues with Pixy Stix, it came as n alternative to regular candy and was basically just mainly sugar. The allure of Pixy Stix was in its pure simplicity: all you had to do was pour the sweet and sour powder straight into your mouth.
They definitely were not the healthiest of snacks; Pixy Stix doesn't contain protein, fat, vitamins, or minerals -- only sugar carbohydrate and one small straw contain approximately 2.14 grams of sugar.
So why were these sweet candies called Nerds? Just like the colorful mascots that represent all varieties of Nerds candies, they were meant to signify weird characters. While Nerds are still available today, they were a child of the '80s. These colorful small pebbles are essentially made of crystallized sugar, that is then coated with additional layers of sugar.
It's difficult to say what was so appealing about pouring these little beads of sugar from the box into our mouths, but something about it is satisfying.