The sixties were a great time to grow up in America. I still remember all the fun things we did and had. Many of the toys and foods that were available back then seem to have vanished forever. A quick Internet search, however, will reveal that most of them are still available by mail order. There are a few things that are probably gone forever. Here’s a list of 5 items I liked that used to be common but aren’t available any more:
Cyclamates were invented in Illinois in 1937. They were a popular artificial sweetener in diet soda pop in the sixties. Perhaps my taste buds were not as well developed back then, but even though I had a sweet tooth, I could not tell the difference between diet soda pop and regular soda pop. Fresca, in fact, was one of my favorite drinks. In 1969, the FDA banned cyclamates after research indicated there might be health risks associated with it’s consumption. Although later research called some of that research into question, the makers of cyclamates seem to haven given up on fighting the FDA. Cyclamates are still widely available in Canada and the UK.
2. Candy Cigarettes
When I was little, we used to like to buy these candy cigarettes that came in a pack that looked like a smaller version of a pack of tobacco cigarettes. They tasted good and like most or the other little kids in my neighborhood, I thought they made me look cool. I tried tobacco cigarettes when I was older, but I didn’t like them. These will probably never come back because most people feel that they encourage kids to smoke later on.
3. Nabisco Bacon Thins
I really loved Nabisco Bacon Thins. Unfortunately, they must not have sold well enough. Nabisco decided to discontinue Bacon Thins after selling them for more than a decade. I’m sure they must still have the recipe. Maybe they will bring them back some day.
4. Schwinn Stingray
The vintage Schwinn Stingray was the stunt bike of choice when I was young. They had 20″ wheels with wide knobby tires. They were very solid and suitable for riding on rough dirt trails. Their high rise handlebars made it easy to pop wheelies with them and their banana seats were nice for jumps because if you caught air, it reduced the chance of coming down on the frame……ouch.
5. Simba Soda
Simba Soda was a citrus soft drink that tasted similar to Squirt. It had a majestic lion embossed on the bottle and was a great drink.