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It's not five times in one day if it's tomorrow here already. Oh, shut up. I have a question.

What kind of snack stuff could you get from an American vending machine in 1990? And how much would it cost? I need to know for science.

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nestra
Jan. 4th, 2009 02:44 am (UTC)
Chips (crisps) and candy bars, most likely. There might have been a couple other of token options, like gum, breath mints, or a package of crackers. It probably cost...50 cents?
infinitemonkeys
Jan. 4th, 2009 02:49 am (UTC)
Thank you. That is exactly what I wanted to know. Are there any brands that were about then that would not be about now?

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rubberneck
Jan. 4th, 2009 02:52 am (UTC)
Cheetos (cheesy poofs), Gardettos (snack mix), Three Musketeers (candy bar), each 50 - 65 cents, depending on where the machine is. Do they just restock, or have they raised prices at every opportunity? That kind of thing.
infinitemonkeys
Jan. 4th, 2009 03:00 am (UTC)
Thank you. This is marvellous.
veejane
Jan. 4th, 2009 03:07 am (UTC)
For reference, in 1992 I went on a trip to the US southwest, and was amazed to discover Coke cans for $0.50 -- in the East, they'd been $0.65 for a while by then. Candy bars were still reliably 50 cents, though, and gum was 35 cents for a long time.
infinitemonkeys
Jan. 4th, 2009 10:31 pm (UTC)
Cheers. I hadn't realised prices were so variable (or cheap)
musesfool
Jan. 4th, 2009 03:14 am (UTC)
M&Ms! Both plain and peanut, but none of this dark chocolate M&Ms they have now. Chips - plain and possibly also bbq flavor, pretzels (usually the small log shaped ones, sightly stale), three musketeers, snickers, milky way, etc. 50 cents sounds about right.
cofax7
Jan. 4th, 2009 03:35 am (UTC)
I'm pretty sure that all snack machines have always had Cheetos. Which would be, hmm, not sure. Maybe $0.35 or so?
sophia_helix
Jan. 4th, 2009 08:28 am (UTC)
And they have probably always been the same bags of Cheetos. Since 1990.
batwrangler
Jan. 4th, 2009 04:02 am (UTC)
When I was in college (NH, 1987-1991), the Breakfast of Champions was a package of Twix candy bars and a can of coke. :)

Alas, I do not remember the prices. Probably 50-75 cents. Gum would have been 35-40 cents.

Other brand name snacks: Milky Way (candy bar), Three Muskateers (candy bar), KitKat (candy bar), Twizzlers (red licorice twists), Snickers (candy bar), Junior Mints (chocolate-covered mints), Snyders Pretzels, M&Ms, Peanut M&Ms, $100,000 Bar (candy bar), Fritos Corn Chips, Cheetos cheese puffs.

And potato chips (plain and rippled/ridged). And snack cakes apple pies, of which there were two kinds, Drake's brand which were a two-pack of square pies sort of like apple-filling ravioli and Hostess, maybe, which was a single, larger pie made of a circle of pastry folded in half and also containing apple-filling.

Soda machines usually had Coke, Diet Coke, Ginger Ale, Mountain Dew, Orange Soda in 12-oz cans. Usually regular Coke were three or four options and the others were one option each.

And I think you could still even get packs of cigarettes from dedicated vending machines. That is, I know you could in 1987, but I forget when exactly they went away.

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batwrangler
Jan. 4th, 2009 04:20 am (UTC)
Also Cheez-Its. Probably also Suzie-Qs, Twinkies, Hostess Cupcakes, Little Debbie Fudge Rounds. Fudge Rounds tended to be a 25 cent snack, the apple pies and stuff 75 cents, the candy bars 50 cents, the chips and pretzels 45 cents.

It's amazing what comes back when one starts to think about it. :)

Smart Food popcorn and cheese popcorn.

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gwendally
Jan. 4th, 2009 04:35 am (UTC)
Fritos, and they were sixty cents IIRC.
infinitemonkeys
Jan. 4th, 2009 04:55 am (UTC)
thank you
noelleleithe
Jan. 4th, 2009 04:50 am (UTC)
I can speak from experience about one thing: it was impossible to find ginger ale in a vending machine anywhere in the world. Well, actually, it was impossible a couple of years before that, when I gave up carbonated drinks except ginger ale for Lent, forgetting that the symphonic band would go on tour during Lent and I'd be reliant on vending machines. I finally had to give in and drink a Sprite. *g*
infinitemonkeys
Jan. 4th, 2009 04:56 am (UTC)
Ginger ale in a vending machine would be unnatural and wrong, though, wouldn't it? *g*
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marakara
Jan. 4th, 2009 05:06 am (UTC)
Potato chips, pretzels, soda, candy.

The soda would be in machines branded by the soda companies - a Pepsi machine, a Coke machine. Soda would probably be $1.00.

Candy would include Hershey bars, M&Ms Mars bars, Skittles, Certs, Lifesavers, Wrigley gum. The high end stuff (chocolate) would run $.75 or so. The gum would be $.50.

Potato chips/pretzels would be from Roll Gold, Buggles, Combos, microwave popcorn, Lays potato chips. Based on the quality of the stuff, $.50-$.75 a bag.

There would be some sort of granola bar but I never noticed brands or cost. Since they usually stick it to the healthy eaters, I'd go higher prices ($.75 or better).

There would also be cookies - Pepperidge Farm Milanos, Famous Amos Chocolate Chips, Hostess Twinkies, Grandma's Cookies. $.75 for most of the stuff, $1.00 for the Pepperidge Farm.

Around 1990, there would probably be a cigarette vending machine in an old dumpy place.

Yes, I've worked late a number of times in my life and had dinner at the vending machine on more than one occasion.

Take Care
Mara
batwrangler
Jan. 4th, 2009 05:17 am (UTC)
I don't think the vending machines I saw in the 1990s had gotten microwave popcorn yet, it was pre-popped.

Also we had bags of Cracker Jacks (with a prize, even) and Rollos (caramel-filled, round chocolates).
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violetisblue
Jan. 4th, 2009 05:31 am (UTC)
Besides all the mentioned snacks, Bugles (little cone-shaped, crispy corn chips), Andy Capp fries (crispy, French-fry-shaped corn-potato snacks in cheddar or "hot" flavors), and occasionally various Hostess snack cakes or little bags of salted/flavored pork rinds. Down south or up east you might also find whoopie pies (hockey-puck-sized sandwich cookies with a thick "cream" filling). I think the cost would have been from about forty cents to $1.50, but don't quote me.
breyer
Jan. 4th, 2009 05:37 pm (UTC)
What kind of snack stuff could you get from an American vending machine in 1990? And how much would it cost? I need to know for science.

Please please please tell me that "for science" is a euphemism for "writing fic." One of my New Year's resolutions is to find someone to stalk, and at the moment, you're looking really good for it. ;-)
infinitemonkeys
Jan. 6th, 2009 02:55 am (UTC)
It is indeed a euphemism, but it is cracky crossover fic. I am not sure it would match your interests, despite the presence of a certain lanky great drink of water by the name of Mulder
franthewndrhrse
Jan. 4th, 2009 06:22 pm (UTC)
We know way too much about vending machine snack food.
infinitemonkeys
Jan. 6th, 2009 02:55 am (UTC)
It is true. if you ever want to troll for comments on your journal, the answer is: ask a question about food or regional names for food ;)
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