Is food even food if someone’s not around to photograph it? Back in the 1980s, there were Polaroids, but no cell phone cameras — or cell phones. But believe it or not, food existed somehow. And it wasn’t that much different than it is today. Instead of hipsters, there were Gen-Xers who got off on eating sugary and overly processed foods to numb themselves to the hard truth that Netflix didn’t yet exist. Today’s consumers are way more health and image conscious; packaging matters as much as the taste, if not more. Back in the “Decade of Excess,” it was all about flavor and sugar dosing. What else was there to do in the 80s besides crash? Here are 15 “hipster” foods and their 1980s equivalent.
2017: Avocado Toast
1980s: Bagels And Cream Cheese
The combo was the best thing you ever ate.
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2017: Craft Beer
1980s: Wine Coolers
Nobody was cooler than Bartles & James.
2017: Overnight Oats
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And not just sprinkled atop acai bowls as a garnish. Like, and entire bowl dedicated to granola. Back then, it was considered “hippy food.”
2017: Smoothie Bowl
1980s: Yogurt Parfait
There's something about taking some regular ol' ingredients: Greek yogurt, strawberries and a bag of granola (that's been siting in the pantry forever), and putting it in a glass making it all look pretty. And then pairing said ingredients with a fancy name: parfait. Feels like a treat! And I'm a sucker for treats! 😍
2017: Vegetable Chips
1980s: Flavored Popcorn
If someone really liked you, they’d give you a sampler bucket.
2017: Freeze-Dried Fruit
1980s: Fruit Roll-Ups
2017: Sweet Potato Fries
1980s: Potato Skins
“What are calories?” — 1980s.
1980s: Bran Muffins
This was the go-to to-go breakfast in the 80s mainly for its health benefits, because fiber.
Unlike jackfruit, Steak-Umms were not a vegan meat substitute. But like jackfruit, the stuff couldn’t really be classified as meat.
1980s: Frozen Yogurt
Same thing, just more gummy bears.
1980s: Ranch Dressing
It made everything taste better.
1980s: Raspberry Vinaigrette
It was on every spinach salad that was ever born in the 80s. Most of the time, those same salads already contained fruit, usually strawberries or the always classy dried cranberries.
2017: La Croix
1980s: New York Seltzer
2017: Cereal Milk Ice Cream
1980s: Jell-O Pudding Pops
Back when they had a more positive connotation.
2017: Pressed Juices
1980s: Capri Sun
The original pressed juice.