80s Food - Snacks

On this page I'll be taking a look back at some old snacks from the eighties (mostly junk food!) including including Walkers, KP and Smiths Crisps. Who else agrees with me that you used to get more crisps in a packet in the old days? They only seem about half full these days!

80s British TV Ad for

Birdseye Potato Waffles

This has to be one of the most irritating TV ad's ever! An annoying tune sung by someone with an annoying voice. At least it only lasts for ten seconds. Looking back, I suppose potato waffles were pretty disgusting really, but pour some baked beans over them and they tasted great - Waffily versatile!

By the way, I have listed all this 80s food in any particular order of preference.

That lonesome waffle is waiting for a good dollop of spaghetti hoops in tomato sauce!

Walkers Crisps

This is classic a Walkers Crisps advert from the 80s, before Gary Lineker got involved. I remember the styling of those crisp packets like it was yesterday. This was before they started using foil on the inside, so you could actually see the real crisps. Those packets look like they're bulging with crisps, too. So what is my favourite flavour? Well, I have three actually; Ready Salted, Cheese & Onion and Roast Chicken.

Walkers Snacks was founded in the 1880s by Henry Walker and now has a 47% slice of the UK Crisps market.

KP Crisps

Staying with crisps, remember the TV advert for KP featuring the cartoon monks? You can see it in the playlist at the top of the page.

KP Snacks are more famous for their nuts which they started producing in 1948, although the brand "KP The No.1 Nut" didn't start until 1953. The company itself founded in 1853 as Kenyon & Son and became part of United Biscuits in 1968. The KP initials originally stood for Kenyon Produce.

Smiths Square Crisps

Comedian Lenny Henry helped to advertise this slightly unusual snack back in the 80s. I suppose square crisps aren't unusual now as they come in all shapes and sizes, but I do remember they had quite a different taste to the normal Smiths crisps. I used to like Salt 'N Shake and occasionally you would get more than one salt packet in the bag - this made me extremely excited! Hmm, it takes a lot more to excite kids these days!

Smiths Flavour n Shake Crisps Mar 88 Front
This is a packet of Smiths Flavour 'n' Shake from 1988 - anyone remember these?
Smiths Crispy Tubes 1989 Front
This empty packet of Crispy Tubes is from 1989
80s Planter's Cheez Balls can family size
No eighties party was complete without a tub of Cheese Balls. I'm not sure whether Planters are still making them, but I have seen some other varieties in the supermarket. Real 80s party food!
Old Smiths Crisps Packet 1980s - Ready Salted
An old Smiths Crisps packet (Ready Salted) from the 1980s featuring a Kevin Keegan Superstar Tracksuit Offer.
Findus Crispy Pancakes
These are still available to buy, apparently, although I haven't tasted any since I was in my teens. I do remember burning my mouth on the piping hot filling, though. As a typical teenager I couldn't wait for the filling to cool down! I have to admit that I quite liked these, especially the curry ones, and they always went well with chips. These have to be in my top five list of favourite 80s foods.
Pot Noodle
Pot Noodle
This probably gave 80s food a bad reputation, but I used to take one of these to work with me back in the late eighties, and a particular favourite of mine was beef & tomato which is still available today. Adding boiling water to a dried mix of vegetables, noodles, textured soya and a powdered sauce isn't everyone's idea of food heaven, but they were preferable to cold sandwiches in the winter months. You could boost the flavour with an extra sachet of sauce which came in the pot.

You can now get them in fifteen varieties, and the chip shop curry one sounds interesting. In the 80s it was Golden Wonder who produced the snack, but the brand was sold to Unilever in 1995, and they sold Golden Wonder to Tayto in 2006. However, Unilever kept the Pot Noodle brand and are still selling them today.

A few more food memories...
Old Biscuits - Peek Freans Assorted Cocktails
Peek Freans Assorted Cocktail biscuits. I'm not sure of the exact date of that old tin, but it looks very 1970s.
Haunted House Ice Lolly - Lyons Maid
Lyons Maid Haunted House Ice Cream - had quite a few of them!

Marathon before it became Snickers in 1990.

Wrigley's Spearming Chewing Gum
Wrigley's Spearmint Chewing Gum
1980s Blue Band margarine tub
Blue Band margarine. See the 80s TV advert
80s Food - Birds Eye Haddock Pastry Lattice
Birds Eye Haddock Pastry Lattice
Bag of Chocolate Minstrels
Used to adore Chocolate Minstrels!


Top Deck Shandy - Limeade & Lager
Who remembers buying this from their local shop? Top Deck alcoholic shandy drink was advertised to kids from the 1960s to the 1980s. The alcohol content was extremely low, though, thankfully!


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