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Hode

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SCREAMING YELLOW ZONKERS! Tue, 04/20/04 11:05 AM (permalink)
I was driving home from an auction and had to stop for gas at a station outside Erie Pa. and when I went inside I was delighted to find an old favorite of mine. SCREAMING YELLOW ZONKERS! It must have been 15 years since I last had them. I enjoy checking out grocery stores and small convenient stores for snacks that I have'nt had in a while or new ones to try when I am out on the road. All those different Potato Chips to try , pretzels as well now with all the flavored types. But when I saw the boxes of Zonkers I could'nt wait to rip the box open and relive the memories. Only downside was getting my steering wheel sticky from the glazing. Anyone else enjoy Zonkers?
 
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    Grampy

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    RE: SCREAMING YELLOW ZONKERS! Tue, 04/20/04 11:13 AM (permalink)
    Are the boxes still as funny as they were when they came out in the late 60s?
     
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      Kristi S.

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      RE: SCREAMING YELLOW ZONKERS! Tue, 04/20/04 12:23 PM (permalink)
      I was a Zonkers zombie in the early 70s as a kid. Didn't see them again for a good 20 years after moving south, then bingo, there they were on the shelf. Fun stuff
       
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        CheeseWit

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        RE: SCREAMING YELLOW ZONKERS! Tue, 04/20/04 12:54 PM (permalink)
        Screaming Yellow Zonkers, Fiddle-Faddle, and Poppycock are all made by the same company. They are all old favorites of mine.
         
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          garykg6

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          RE: SCREAMING YELLOW ZONKERS! Tue, 04/20/04 1:54 PM (permalink)
          had my share in the days when <'smoke em' if you got em'>had more than one translation. wonderful snack food, along with 'bugles'(basically alike) and a bottle of Moxie(I am originally from Maine)......heaven
           
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            angelfood

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            RE: SCREAMING YELLOW ZONKERS! Tue, 04/20/04 2:54 PM (permalink)
            I love 'em. I haven't had them in a while though. Lately, I've been having visions of a Marathon bar... .
             
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              mayor al

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              RE: SCREAMING YELLOW ZONKERS! Tue, 04/20/04 3:46 PM (permalink)

              They are a favorite snack food of mine...Still stock them at the local WalMart !! and you're right...they cause permanent damage to the leather covering the steering wheel.
               
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                emsmom

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                RE: SCREAMING YELLOW ZONKERS! Mon, 05/24/04 1:38 PM (permalink)
                When I was in Sams Club last week, they had the canisters of them on sale for .88 per canister. I only bought one, but I need to go to Sams tonight and if they still have them, I am going to get several.
                I like them better than Fiddle Faddle or Cracker Jacks.
                 
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                  frogger67

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                  RE: SCREAMING YELLOW ZONKERS! Mon, 12/17/07 4:02 PM (permalink)
                  Mrs Fields has a glazed popcorn product that is a Screaming Yellow Zonkers clone......very buttery and very good!
                   
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                    foz352

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                    • Location: Lombard, IL
                    RE: SCREAMING YELLOW ZONKERS! Thu, 11/6/08 1:16 PM (permalink)
                    I remember SYZ very well. Fiddle-Faddle and SYZ were made by Ovaltine in Villa Park, IL in the sixties. They were developed as spin-offs from the Poppy-Cock product. My dad worked as a quality control and research chemist at the plant and worked on new product development. We (our family) consider him the inventor of SYZ & Fiddle-Faddle and many other products that never made it to market. We (six kids) were his test subjects. I remenber him bringing home samples of early SYZ in plastic bags. He gave us different flavor attempts and we would rate them. Other things (flops) that we tried:
                    Ovaltine Candy Bars - very dry and crumbly
                    Ovaltine Candy Bars with milk chocolate - better
                    pre-flavored (in the kernal) popcorn - a big flop, he made onion, garlic and rye flavored- they stunk up the house and had no taste!
                    SuGus- actually very good- citris flavored salt water taffy. They were marketed and sold, but not for long
                     
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                      mar52

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                      RE: SCREAMING YELLOW ZONKERS! Thu, 11/6/08 9:03 PM (permalink)
                      Love them too much. As soon as the box is opened it becomes a single serving until it's empty... a little while later.
                       
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                        Vince Macek

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                        RE: SCREAMING YELLOW ZONKERS! Sat, 11/8/08 10:01 PM (permalink)
                        quote:
                        Originally posted by foz352

                        I remember SYZ very well.
                        ...
                        SuGus- actually very good- citris flavored salt water taffy. They were marketed and sold, but not for long


                        Interesting - I was in South America in the 1960s and they sold a candy called Sugus, which I remembered as shaped and packaged like Starbursts. Same thing?
                         
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                          foz352

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                          RE: SCREAMING YELLOW ZONKERS! Mon, 11/10/08 2:41 PM (permalink)
                          quote:
                          Originally posted by Vince Macek

                          quote:
                          Originally posted by foz352

                          I remember SYZ very well.
                          ...
                          SuGus- actually very good- citris flavored salt water taffy. They were marketed and sold, but not for long


                          Interesting - I was in South America in the 1960s and they sold a candy called Sugus, which I remembered as shaped and packaged like Starbursts. Same thing?


                          Yes, that is exactly how they were packaged, I remember lemon, raspberry, lime and grape flavors.
                           
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                            tfrielin

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                            RE: SCREAMING YELLOW ZONKERS! Mon, 11/10/08 2:54 PM (permalink)
                            quote:
                            Originally posted by Grampy

                            Are the boxes still as funny as they were when they came out in the late 60s?


                            I haven't seen Screaming Yellow Zonkers on my grocers shelf lately, but I have to agree that the boxes were hilarious. At least for my adolescent humor back then. I still remember they ran a mock contest on the back of the box and first prize was the continent of your choice.

                            I still think that one's funny.
                             
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