My mom, who made everything from scratch back then, finally gave in and we would order the fruit snacks and fruit roll-ups from Market Day. Between those, the granola bars, and string cheese, my siblings and I would gobble them up so fast they were gone within a day or two.
When I was a teenager, Gushers were just invented and boy were they good! To this day, my favorite Gushers story that my best friend, Amy, and I always joke about is when we were probably about 15 years old and at an outdoor music festival. We brought along Gushers, Chex Mix, and whatever else to snack on during the day. Crammed on a small space on the lawn by the main stage, we watched a band and then gathered up our stuff to head to another stage. When my BFF stood up, this Motley Crue groupie wannabe lady behind us shouted, "YA GOT SUMTHIN ON YOUR BUTT, HUN!" Amy had sat on a Gusher. Grateful that the woman in stonewashed jeans and about a bottle's worth of Aquanet in her hair pointed out the Gusher on Aim's butt (literally), her delivery of the message was classic. So nonchalant and as if she saw Gushers on butts on a daily basis. Hilarious. Guess you had to be there...
When I think back to how I wanted to be locked in a grocery store overnight I think how silly it was, but that was one of the joys of being a kid. Being silly, having fun, and not having a care in the world. I also look back and think, "Awww man, if I ever were locked in a grocery store overnight I couldn't eat the Twinkies, Hostess Cupcakes, and all those glutenous snacks." BUT I can still eat the fruit roll-ups!
Yep. Betty Crocker's got my back. The General Mills people state:
Betty Crocker Fruit-Flavored Snacks are a snack choice you can feel good
about - they are made with real fruit and each serving is less than 100
calories! Now every kid can enjoy the simple joy of a fun, great tasting
The kind folks over at MyBlogSpark sent me a fun, little "Simple Joys" prize pack that includes 2 packages of Betty Crocker Fruit-Flavored Snacks, a retro Pick `em Up Sticks game, a light-up yo-yo and a classic Frisbee so I could once again enjoy the simple joys in life. Fun times! I'm already discovering I'm better at the yo-yo than I was as a kid. (It's all in the wrist.)
Here's where it gets better:
MyBlogSpark wants to send one of my readers a "Simple Joys" prize pack too! Sweet deal, eh?
You can enter the contest* three ways:
- Become a follower of my blog and leave a comment saying you are now a proud reader of Gluten Free Betsy.
- Post a comment of a funny or memorable story from your childhood, tween, or teen years. (Does not have to be Gushers related.)
- Post a comment of your favorite childhood snack and/or toy.
*You may enter once for each option (follower, story, and favorite snack/toy). Contest closes on Wednesday, October 7th at midnight (CST). Winner will be selected by random.org based on the number of comments submitted. Thanks for entering!