Archive for the ‘Food’ Category


Keebler Rich ‘n Chips Cookies

May 17, 2012

(photo credit – Jonathan Mankuta @

Murky Memories: Rich ‘n Chips cookies were one of two premium chocolate chip cookies offered by Keebler in the ’70s and early ’80s. There were the Coconut Chocolate Drops (which are still sold today but under the name “Chips Deluxe Cocnut Cookies”) and Rich ‘n Chips.

Rich ‘n Chips were cookies with both chocolate and butterscotch chips, and they were my father’s favorite type of cookie. We still add butterscotch chips to every homemade batch of chocolate chip cookies we make.

Whenever I go to the grocery store, I still search for these even though they have been discontinued for more than 20 years.

-Scott Copperman-


Beans and Rice

February 13, 2012

Murky Memories: Although I’ve never eaten “beans and rice” as a meal, I remember this PSA from the late 70s.

Perhaps it’s the Schoolhouse Rock-ish-ness of the video that made it seem so cool, but I have never forgotten it or the message behind the video. Beans and Rice are nice.

(Interestingly, I’ve always misremembered the lyrics as “Beans and rice, beans and rice, sometimes if you’re good mama will serve us twice.” I’m not sure that even makes sense, but that’s what I have thought it was for nearly thirty years.)

-Scott Copperman-



August 22, 2010

Entry at Wikipedia: Chili’s
Chili’s Main Site: “About Us”

Murky Memories: My first trip to Chilis was in 1983. I was living in Englewood, CO at the time. Chili’s was this awesome place that had dozens of different types of hamburgers, and not much else. There was the Chili’s Trip, the Oldtimer (with or without cheese), more than 20 others. The Englewood location was one of only a handful, and it was a special place to go.

You can see in the Wikipedia entry that the founder of Chili’s sold the brand and his 20 or so locations (primarily in the southwest) at around that time. And while Chili’s has become a thriving restaurant chain, it’s not the Chili’s I knew and loved. It’s okay… but it’s not the same.

The same thing happened to “T.G.I. Fridays”… two years earlier, I had first eaten at a Friday’s restaurant in San Diego, CA. Potato Skins were a speciality, and all different varieties were offered (Pork n Beans, Parmigiana, the traditional we all know now with cheese and bacon)… but I digress.

I miss the old Chili’s, and I tell anyone I go there with about how it was… “back in the day.”

-Scott Copperman-


Golden Wrappered Chunky Bars

April 30, 2010

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Profile at the CandyBlog: Chunky

Murky Memories: Chunky Bars were most commonly found wrapped in silver wrappers and they had raisins in them. At the time, that was a big turn off for me. But there was another, hard to find, variety… wrapped in gold. It contained nuts (pecans actually) instead of raisins.  I thought it would be outstanding (since I didn’t care for the raisin filled silver one but loved chocolate covered peanuts)… it was all right. I’m not a big fan of Nestle’s chocolate over that from other companies, but it was okay.

Little did I realize it would soon vanish from the Earth.

-Scott Copperman-



October 29, 2009

Murky Memories: Ah, Sizzlean… or as it was refered to after a subtle name change “Swift Premium Sizzling Bacon.”

To be honest, I never actually ate it. It wasn’t “REAL” bacon, so we weren’t allowed to go near it. It always looked good though.

There’s considerable debate over what Sizzlean actually was. Some say it’s “facon” in the way a chicken nugget is reconstituted mean in the shape of a… well, a nugget. Some say it was an early form of turkey bacon. The majority seems to feel it’s a form of beef bacon.

Either way, it wasn’t pork. And if it’s not pork, it’s just not bacon.

-Scott Copperman-


Sugar Bear

March 28, 2009
Sugar Bear

Sugar Bear

Wikipedia page:  Sugar Bear Entry

Murky Memories:  When did breakfast cereals outlaw the word “sugar.”  Remember when Dig-’em promoted “Sugar Smacks” instead of “Honey Smacks?” I do. I also remember the cereal giving the milk a sweet carmel taste and making your hands all sticky when you ate it right from the bag.  Good times, good times.

Sugar Bear was the best, with his Dean Martin-like “Can’t get enough of that Sugar Crisp…” . Perhaps I feel the greatest affinity for Sugar Bear because in 1987 I wore a Sugar Bear costume at the Wilton Villiage Market.  Go me!  It was the kind you’d see at Disney or Six Flags, but I was Sugar Bear… and Sugar Bear was me.

-Scott Copperman-