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12 crispy, salty snack foods from the 1960s

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Nothing beats kicking back on the couch with a bowl of chips and a favorite sitcom. It's no wonder why we use the term "couch potato." As television became colorful and wild in the 1960s, so too did our snack foods develop fun new shapes and flavors.

The snack aisle at your local grocery store can be overwhelming. Rewind the clock half a century, and there were dozens of ways to cure your salt cravings. Sadly, you will no longer find these discontinued crackers and chips. Here are some bygone snacks from the 1960s, both beloved and bizarre.

Which one would you want to eat?



Nabisco dominated the snack market. No big news there. But one forgets just how many cracker varieties the National Biscuit Company cooked up in its factories. One ad alone lists 10 options, and that was a fraction of its product line. The ad proclaims its crisp potato Chippers are perfect for "TVIEWING," especially Westerns and quiz shows.



Corn Diggers

These dippable corn puffs had a pinched shape to help scoop and boasted of their "hot-popped corn taste."

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Dippy Canoes

Quaker went with a Native American theme for its canned, canoe-shaped corn chips that supposedly tasted "like Indian roasted corn." As you will see below, this was not uncommon. Perhaps history buffs were excited by a snack with a name that played off the Battle of Tippecanoe and the Whig party campaign song of 1840.

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Nabisco's Flings were like curled cheese puffs, though they came in savory Swiss N' Ham and Chicken varieties, too. Mmm… ham puffs.

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Humpty Dumpty Potato Chips

We could have included many brands of potato chips in tin cans, like Chesty. Humpty Dumpty, however, was the company that threw in collectible plastic coins in its tins, which would feature breeds of dogs, airplanes or football players. These days, you need a smartphone to claim your Cracker Jack prize.

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Pik Chicks

Chicken in a Biskit has long had a cult following, and for a brief time (circa 1966 in this ad) Nabisco offered this Bar-B-Q Chicken twist on the cracker.

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The Kellogg's ad copy proclaimed, "A Poke in the mouth makes a hit in the tummy." Corn Pokes seem like an ideal pairing for Hee Haw.

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Salty Surfers

The surf craze invaded the snack industry, too. Salty Surfers were the sister brand of Dippy Canoes. The tub stated that these snacks had "the tang of the open sea." Sadly, they were not shaped like surfboards. 

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Yep, more Nabisco products. Shapies were essentially hollowed-out Flings, for those on a diet, we suppose.

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Sip N' Chips

These cheese crackers were highly conceptual, though really rather standard. They were supposedly made to pair with drinks and "designed to fit the curve of your hand." Finally, ergonomic snacking!

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Wampum Corn Chips

Laura Scudder's offered this competitor to Fritos, and many will swear Wampum was the superior corn chip. As far as its questionable mascot goes, remember that Fritos had its own problematic Frito Bandito. 

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Whistles and Daisys

When the corn snack made its debut, it had two siblings, Whistles and Daisys, which were basically the same thing in different shapes (tubes and scoops, respectively). The advertising dubbed them "Televittles" and "great with TV." 

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