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Flintstones Push-Ups, Thank You For My Childhood

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Photo: Thomas Kohler

Until I grew into a freakishly long body and started chasing girls—or awkwardly stumbling after them, to be exact—I could’ve lived off of Flintstones Push-Up Pops (and Golden Grahams for morning nutrition, naturally). That’s all I really remember eating as a kid in the summertime.

And, damn, did I eat.

Some kids handle snacks like drunk birds, where they do things like color-code and set aside Skittles “for later.” I was in the other category of youngins, the ones who eat and live in the moment.

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Photo: Kasey Eriksen

So as a child without any regard whatsoever for “manners” or “sitting still,” I was a constant threat to…well, everything—my parents’ carpet, my grandparents’ couch, pets’ whiskery faces, you name it. It was probably safer to hand me a bomb than dessert. If I had an ice cream cone in my hand, there was only a 5% chance most of it wasn’t going on the ground or the rest of my face.

Imagine my shock and awe when Flintstone Push-Ups hit the scene.

It wouldn’t surprise me in the least if a long-hidden conspiracy arose about push-ups being designed by parent-hired scientists back in the day. Not only were they fun for kids, push-ups were a straight up genius invention.

With its cardboard cylinder, you couldn’t make a mess. There was hardly a risk of spillage, and you didn’t wind up with a sticky face or hand since you were, by way of an elevator-like stick, only methodically exposed to reasonable portions at a time. The pressure was off! With push-ups, I instantly went from deplorable house guest to borderline tolerable.

The delicious sherbet prison concept wasn’t new in the 90s, though, and Nestlé’s push-ups still exist today. But without the friends and family of dedicated employee and doting husband-father Fred Flintstone, it kind of feels like a sham.

Fred and his kin were always there for you, from start to finish, like a good waiter always checking in on you without doing finger guns. Yes, I’d say, I am still enjoying this tasteful amount of sherbert, Fred, thank you.

The whole line-up was near flawless. Fred was Yabba Dabba Doo Orange, Wilma was Limerock Lime, Barney was Raspberry Rubble, Pebbles and Bamm-Bamm split Cave Kid Cherry, Dino was Granite Grape, and then Baby Puss was Bedrock Berry for some reason.

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Photo: Mark Anderson

I always thought it was weird they chose the pet cat over Barney’s wife. Like, was Betty’s raw sexuality a concern for Nestlé, given that she was a stone-cold dime piece who married beneath her?

But like all good things—rainbows, the Beatles, Kirk Cameron’s likeability—they come to an end. That’s why you treasure them. Flintstone Push-Ups hit fever pitch in the mid-90s and it just wasn’t sustainable. How could it be?

Looking back, it feels like their market presence melted as quickly as they did. Yet, if you ate a push-up right, even the sloppiest eater could leave someone’s house with a clean hand and a cleaner conscience.

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11 Pieces of Candy that Every ’90s Kid Misses

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Story originally written by Nicole Perry of Popsugar

Sometimes we wish we could go back to a time when Fresh Prince was king, our greatest responsibility was making sure our Tamagotchi was fed, and candy was sweet, sour, and simple. There are near-countless reasons we’re proud to be ’90s girls, but the sweetest of them all was stashed in the candy aisle. Let’s take a trip down memory lane with these iconic treats of our childhood.

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Bubble Tape

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Sorry Washi Tape, you weren’t the first novelty tape to take the US by storm; Hubba Bubba Bubble Tape’s got you beat.

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Warheads

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Warheads were equally prized for their shock factor as they were for their terrifically tangy flavor.

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Pixy Stix

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Grown-ups didn’t understood their appeal — sure, Pixy Stix are basically just flavored sugar — but that only made them more fun to eat.

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Fruit Stripe Gum

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Not only did Fruit Stripe Gum step it up in the food-coloring department, but each stick also came with a temporary tattoo.

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Nerds

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We’re still not really sure how Nerds got their cheeky name, but that didn’t stop us from gobbling them up by the handful.

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Airheads

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Sour apple, cherry, and watermelon had their fans, but the best Airheads flavor was, and still is, White Mystery.

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Tiny Size Gum

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Chiclets Tiny Size Gum might not have tasted like much, but that didn’t stop us from ripping into packet after brightly colored packet.

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Everlasting Gobstoppers

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If you needed to make your candy last thoughout an entire sleepover — sleep being a major misnomer — all you had to do was open up a box of Everlasting Gobstoppers.

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Push Pops

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Like their close-cousins Push-UpsPush Pops trumped their classic stick-based counterparts, no contest.

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Bubble Yum

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For the best bubble blowing and gum snapping, we chewed our way through a packet of Bubble Yum.

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Ring Pops

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Fantastically flashy, Ring Pops were worth their weight in gold to a ’90s candy fiend.

What did we leave off?

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PushCakes: A Cupcake Push Pop

Oh you novel thing you. Anaheim, CA based Meringue Bake Shop has offered up a product for the new school: PushCakes. This amazing little product takes some serious note from the Nestle Push-Up product we grew up on, but substitutes fruity ice cream with delicious levels of cake and frosting. Done with the first layer of cake? Give the stem a nice push and voilà, more cake is revealed!