The best Gen X junk food is on the menu for this week’s 12-Inch Poll. Hope you brought your appetite for junk food.
I got thinking about this after putting together a recent 12-Inch Poll about Gen X drinks. That one featured 21 different beverages that, if you grew up as a kid in the late ’70s through the early ’90s, you were probably chugging down on the regular. When I last looked, Clearly Canadian–the “classy” seltzer water–was in first place, capturing a quarter of the votes so far. They were trailed by OK Soda, a product that was marketed at Gen X with laser focus. That poll is still open; you can vote here.
Speaking of “marketing with laser focus,” that’s a big reason why the products that make up this week’s poll make up this week’s poll. In the ’80s, Madison Avenue made millions off of upwardly-mobile Boomers in the upper middle class by, among other things, buying the rights to every ’50s and ’60s song available and turning them into commercial jingles. It didn’t take long for those ad execs to figure out they could market like hell to the children of Boomers, too. So they did. And they loved pushing snack food.
Gen X Junk Food: What’s Your Favorite Throwback Munchie?
This is by no means a comprehensive list. I built this list primarily off of the memories of what me and my friends would spend our paper route tip money on back in the day at the Greenwood Pharmacy or Pump’n Pantry. As always, I encourage you to reach out to me on the ROCK 92.9 Facebook or Twitter and let me know if your fave back-in-the-day munchie didn’t make this week’s poll. In the meantime, take a scroll through some Gen X junk food and vote for your favorite snack.