If you grew up in the ‘80s—or, at the very least, grew up in the ‘90s, but found yourself watching E.T. and The Goonies on repeat—Netflix’s latest, binge-worthy series, Stranger Things, probably has you feeling lots of feelings. As we all know, taste and smell are the two senses most closely tied to memory, and after watching the show, fans found themselves craving discontinued snacks from the Reagan era.
While Eggos waffles take center stage in the series—with the psychic Eleven munching on them in a number of episodes—according to TMZ, Hunt's Snack Pack pudding is planning a comeback following a cameo in the show.
Apparently, it doesn't matter that a version of the pudding is actually still available today—consumers want the old-school packaging thanks to a brief scene from the Duffer Brothers’ homage-filled thrilled. In the seventh episode of the series, after using El’s psychic powers to commune with an alternate dimension, friends Dustin and Lucas raid their junior high school kitchen and discover that the school's lunch lady had been hoarding Hunt's Snack Packs.
What fans might be less quick to remember is the reason why Hunt's switched out their metal packing for plastic in the first place. Besides production costs, licking the extra pudding left on the lip of can came with a risk—children could slice their tongues on the container's sharp edges.
At least the Hunt's pudding is still available in some form. Time has done away with a plethora of snacks, but thankfully there are people so committed to keeping old-school treats around that they've discovered ways to make their own Keebler Fudge Magic Middles and Jell-O Pudding Pops.
If Hunt's does decide to bring back its nostalgic pudding packaging, perhaps the company will give fans retro commercials, tooike this ridiculous pudding ad from 1973.