Food of the Seventies, Hostess Fruit Flavored Potato Chips

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For a fleeting moment in the late 70's , Hostess had a line of fruit flavored chips. 3 flavors; cherry, orange, and grape. They were the nastiest things to ever appear in a corner store. Everyone I've ever talked to about these abominations has a vivid vomitting memory as well...
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Mark - June 27, 2008 - Report this comment
I remember these! I remember seeing practically a full bag, thrown up right outside a convenience store!!
Derrick - August 31, 2008 - Report this comment
My favorite out of all three was the cherry chips then the grape. Sorry orange you come in last. Was great fun when I was a kid. Wished I could still get them.
dale - October 04, 2008 - Report this comment
$$$$$$$ hi , looking to buy these empty or full chip bags of the 70s 80s ,, if you have any of these bags ,or old candy wrappers .email me at. or call 519-721-3585 canada.
peter - June 16, 2009 - Report this comment
A few years ago i had this God awful taste in my mouth and it triggered a deja vu feeling. For years afterwards I would get the taste again out of the blue usually and not be able to place it. I remember trying to recall where I had tasted that taste before. Then one day it came into my head out of nowhere that it was grape chips. I remember asking a few people if they remembered grape chips but nobody did. Now thanks to the internet I have proven that I haven't lost my mind but actually did have grape chips in the late 70s when i would have been about five or six. lol!
Glen - June 23, 2009 - Report this comment
I remember having fruit flavoured chips in 1979. The clerk that sold them to me said Hostess was test marketing them in a few cities (I was in windsor). Since I never saw them after that few months, I assumed they didn't catch on. To me it tasted like chips sprinkled with koolaid powder or lik-a-maid candy. Yuck they were gross!
Tony - November 09, 2009 - Report this comment
I remember those horrible things. I took a taste of one chip (grape) and threw the bag was the only time I ever littered. These chips were a BAD idea...LOL!!!!!!
Rob H - November 20, 2009 - Report this comment
THanks to all posters. You have proven to my wife that I am not insane (unlike Hostess). I bought mine in Calgary 1979. Tin-foil bag,25 cents (no GST)....absolutely awful. I Asked the store for my money back, got it. Should have kept them, might be worth a buck or two........... or not.
70's junk food gal - January 07, 2010 - Report this comment
omg. NO ONE, absolutely NO ONE I talk to remembers these !! I finally googled it and found all of you... my NEW FRIENDS !! I was starting to think it was a figment of my imagination.
Phil - January 15, 2010 - Report this comment
Sometimes I wondered if these were one of the many hallucinations I experienced during the late 70's. I am so glad to know they were real, since they didn't last more than a few days at the local Macs. What kind of madness would permit the release of such a horrendous product? I wish I could have sat in on the meeting where they got the thumbs up from management! Didn't anybody at Hostess taste one before sending them out the door?
Susanne - January 21, 2010 - Report this comment
I have a vintage foil Hostess chip bag from the 70's. Found it in our house when we moved in.
Meredith - March 08, 2010 - Report this comment
Too funny! Talk around the dinner table turned to junk food we remember from the 70s. I was sure I was going to once again, be laughed at for my apparent hallucination of fruit flavoured chips. Me and my dinner companion were so relieved to both have experienced this hallucination that we had to google the chips and see if we weren't alone. Bonding over bad food choices. Gotta love the internet. :)
Ryan - April 14, 2010 - Report this comment
Why having tried fruit flavoured chips is like alien abduction. It's scary, it leaves a bad taste in your mouth, and nobody believes you when you tell them about it!
Renolda Head - May 04, 2010 - Report this comment
thank God i found this page now my daft friends will believe me about the cherry flavored hostess potato chips i am sending this link to them i only wish there was a photo of them.
Darren - July 03, 2010 - Report this comment
I remember liking them as a kid because they were different...kind of like candied potato chips. I can imagine if I tried them now, I might not have the same reaction.
Vanessa - September 18, 2010 - Report this comment
I remember these!!
Susan - January 16, 2011 - Report this comment
Finally a place where I can send the nay sayers that won't believe me about the absolutely putrid fruit flavoured chips Hostess came out with... Take that!!!! They did exist!
Eugene - January 21, 2011 - Report this comment
I saw these in Oakville, Ontario (in 1978?) -- Exactly once. They had all three flavours. This was a time when the chip companies were willing to be pretty experimental with flavours, but at least all the flavours they had tried out before this were savoury flavours that I could at least imagine *might* work with chips. But fruit flavours just didn't work. I never saw these again -- I guess everyone else felt the same way. I never felt I was crazy for remembering these, as my wife also encountered them in another location at about the same time (and had a similar opinion of the flavour).
Chris - March 21, 2011 - Report this comment
I definetly remembered these chips when I was a kid. I may have tried them once and spit them out thinking "WHAT THE F**K?!!" Give Hostess an A for effort, but some things should not be attempted. Fruit flavoured potato chips are one of them.
Mike - April 23, 2011 - Report this comment
Loving both potato chips and oranges, I figured these things would be the ultimate. Oh yeah. They sure were. One handful to discover the taste. A second to confirm it. The rest were tossed straight into the garbage can. The ultimate in disgusting. Never tried the other flavors.
paul - May 31, 2011 - Report this comment
Nobody remembers these except me...and now lots of people. I got a bag of grape & orange at the Pnto in Ottawa east. Can't remember which was worse! Awful Awful stuff!!
Al - June 14, 2011 - Report this comment
This is too funny! Nobody I ask remembers these things either, yet here you all are! We had all three flavours here in Halifax, too, and I dutifully tried all three. All absolutely terrible. Sure wish there was a pic of them somewhere *L*
Toni - June 23, 2011 - Report this comment
My friend and I tried these in late 70's (in the UK). Think we bought them in a local shop - orange flavour - they were disgusting. We offered them to one of our youth group leaders who on hearing what flavour they were exclaimed "They give me the willys!". We thought her response hysterical and it still makes me chuckle - maybe you had to be there :-)
Steve - July 20, 2011 - Report this comment
Yup my group of friends bought one bag of each of the orange, cherry and grape Hostess chips when they came out. We each tried one chip from each bag, then threw the rest out. Not edible even by junk-food junkies such as us. Would love to see an image of the bags but it seems they were so short-lived, people barely believe they exist. The Hostess brand barely exists any more, having being taken over by Lay's.
Steve - July 20, 2011 - Report this comment
By the way this was in Ottawa, again must have been 1979 or so. They still sold Canada Dry Ginger Beer and Pine Beer in the store then too. Neither of those were very good either.
Tina - September 26, 2011 - Report this comment
These came out in Edmonton over the summer of '77/'78 and were sold in the Red Rooster stores. To this day I can remember the taste of the grape flavor OMFG disgusting.
Kyle - November 06, 2011 - Report this comment
The talk about gross tasting things always came up and I would ask people if they remembered these pop flavored chips, and eveyone i talked to thought i was crazy. i'm glad I found this link to prove I'm least about these.
Eli Martin - February 14, 2013 - Report this comment
Sweet jumpin jesus...until now I always wondered if the fruit flavoured chip memories I had were real or the result of some bad acid trip! Thanks for clearing out one cobweb.
Kristine - February 23, 2013 - Report this comment
Oh WOW, finally other people who remember these! We used to buy them for 25 cents a bag, at the Boots pharmacy down the street in Hamilton, Ontario. If it was 1979 (I can't remember the year) like others claim, I would've been 7. I don't remember them tasting awful, I don't remember the taste at all in fact.
Bobby - March 02, 2013 - Report this comment
Yes they were horrible, I remember buying these at the variety store next to our grade school. That being said, I wish they bring them back so I can make funny of how disgusting they are and see if others could finish a bag. LOL!
Holly - May 20, 2013 - Report this comment
I had the grape chips, didn't think they were great but ate them anyway. It was a rare treat to have money to buy something. I grew up near Saint John, N B.
Steve - July 13, 2013 - Report this comment
I too remember these.If I remember correctly I bought them off a coffee truck at work in Guelph about 1978. No one I talk to remembers them but I remember they tasted like someone dumped a bag of grape kool-aid in the bag with the chips. Just horrible!
Darling - July 13, 2013 - Report this comment
This is hilarious. I told my husband about these and he thought I was nuts. I got them in Halifax, Nova Scotia, I thought in 1970/71. Hubby didn't believe me but now I can confirm they existed. The date seems off based on other comments though. Thanks for the memories! LOL!!
Kim - August 07, 2013 - Report this comment
My kids, thought I was joking everytime I mentioned glad I looked it up...
Laura S - August 21, 2013 - Report this comment
This is so funny. I too asked a lot of people if they remembered these chips and everyone thought I was making it up. My friends and I bought them at the corner store, "Beckers" in Unionville, Ontario.
Randy - August 23, 2013 - Report this comment
Not sure the exact year (77-79) but I remember buying bag of the grape flavor, ate 1 chip and the rest were thrown in the was right around the same time we were getting those packs of hockey cards with the hard as concrete bubble gum and trying to get rid of the silly Gretzky rookie
Jack e - August 21, 2014 - Report this comment
Iam serious nobody in thirty years believed me about these abominations I remember returning an empty big boss Pepsi bottle for a refund and buying grape and just felt cheated... Kook aid crystals for sure. I had tears in my eyes reading these comments
Reilly Fitzgerald - September 11, 2014 - Report this comment
Like many posters here, I too seemed to be the only person who remembered this God-awful Hostess experiment. My aunt & uncle owned a little "Groc & Conf" and they too stocked all three flavours. I actually seem to remember someone stocking the shelves with the new chips from the box when I selected my first and last bag of Grape chips. They were absolutely awful but not to be deterred I eventually tried all three and each was as effectively horrible on the palate as the previous . By the way, we were in Newfoundland.
Joe Kinn - November 08, 2014 - Report this comment
I tried the cherry flavour in Ottawa in the mid/late 70's. To me they tasted like pink popcorn-flavoured potato chips. They must have tried it more than once because I came across them again in Moncton sometime around 83/84. I didn't buy another bag. Like the rest of you, no one I know has heard of them either.
Barbara Arscott - December 27, 2014 - Report this comment
Thank goodness for Google! It led me here to this page so that I could show my friends that I was not lying nor was I insane. These vile creations from Hostess are a vivid memory from my childhood - one that still causes me to gag at times.
Chris L - March 21, 2015 - Report this comment
I grew up in Burlington,ON. The local "Beckers" sold them I think. Never saw Cherry but had the other two. For years I had the grape package in a scrapbook and eventually tossed it as it got water damage.
Kelly Craig - April 19, 2015 - Report this comment
These were sold in the Wheat City Kinsmen Arena in Regina Saskatchewan. The colour of vomit on the ice was something to be seen, I wonder if they used Red Dye #5 in this product. I'd love to find a photo of a bag, perhaps someone could post one.
Brenda F - April 27, 2015 - Report this comment
I remember these as well, only ever tried the grape flavor. I did throw-up, but I never bought another bag. Nobody I have talked to has ever remembered these and I wondered if I dreamt the whole experience. Good to know it wasn't something I made up.
robin borgiani - July 08, 2015 - Report this comment
I remember these chips very well and only a few of my friends remember them to i actually enjoyed the cherry and grape potatoe chips I would love to see them come back again I have 4 kids in their teenage years and they think that thats cool and would also like to try them . can you please bring them back for a summer promotion
Debbie Murphy - August 15, 2015 - Report this comment
I remember these chips very well... I'm sure it was around 1976 in Nova Scotia..Because my sister and I each bought a bag on our way to Cape Breton for our family Vacation...I had grape and she had cherry..they were so disgusting... Of course... When our parents were not looking.. We threw them away...we still talk about them and laugh at how aweful they were to this day!!
Mike Millington - October 29, 2015 - Report this comment
I tried these in 1978 in Dartmouth, Nova Scotia. They were pretty gross but I'm glad this page has been made so that others may believe they actually existed.
Jay - May 09, 2016 - Report this comment
My friends and I first had these chips from Kiddie's Korner in Timmins Ontario; I think around summer 1978. (The Dickie-Dee guys were still driving around on ice-cream bikes then.) I bought the grape chips and my friend bought the orange. I remember we went on a hike in the woods later, and my friend threw up. It's true they had a kool-aid like substance on them. The best I can describe the flavor was simulated fruit mixed with a puckering quality, like taking an antacid. Not sure, but this might have been excessive amounts of MSG. Needless to say, the marketing posters stayed in the window of the corner store long after the chips were discontinued. A horrible reminder of the experience.
gary - February 19, 2017 - Report this comment
i remember these. how grose. i tried one bag back in the 80s but never again.
Steve - February 08, 2018 - Report this comment
Hard to forget the uproar these fruit-flavoured chips created immediately with the kids I knew who had the inexperience/willpower to try them (I didn't). I don't think I've ever seen a snack vanish from convenience stores so fast, never to be seen again.
garydean - July 19, 2018 - Report this comment
i remember these chips i think they were in the 80s not the 70s. anyway they were the most discusting snack ive ever tasted. i bought one bag and never bought them again the most sickening snack on the face of the earth.
Grant - September 04, 2018 - Report this comment
I was just telling my kids about this unholy abomination, and I wanted to see if anybody else remembered it! I recall buying a pack each of grape, cherry and orange at the Zellers in Richmond in '79. I also recall regretting this decision almost immediately!

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