Dec 5 2013
These are commercials that I grew up with in the 80s. Amazing how much nostalgia they bring up all these years later. These ads were the staples of Kuwaiti tv during the years 1980-87 (I left Kuwait in 1987 when my family moved back to India).
The first one is a Kuwaiti tv ad for Chicken Tikka restaurant in Kuwait City – very catchy jingle that you can dance to. Everyone in my extended family loved this one.
Pepsi was the choice of cold drink back then for me, my family and most of my friends & their families. Coke was never on the scene but 7Up was equally popular. However in terms of cool this Lemon Pepsi ad was the winner!
The French product La vache qui rit (The Laughing Cow) is a brand of processed cheese products made by Fromageries Bel, and in particular refers to the brand’s most popular product, the spreadable wedge. It was the cheese spread of choice. We all loved their cheese.
My favourite burger back then was Hungry Bunny, which is a Saudi Arabian chain. We used to buy them a lot. Even if McDonald’s was available I preferred this one. Great jingle too!
Sunkist was the fruit drink of choice. We bought them all the time and they were delicious. Sunkist made a grand introduction in New York by franchising it to The Coca-Cola Bottling Company of New York, it’s been sold a couple of times and is now a Dr Pepper Snapple Group product.
Finally Kitco chips. Kuwait Indo Trading Co.is known as KITCO in Kuwait. Manufacturer of Potato chips, fried snacks, Mexican tortillas and corn chips. Their stuff was the bomb back them. Kids all loved it and especially the Bunny mascot that they had. In a kiddie version of beer or shot games, my friends and I had a different version – we’d try and eat as many Kitco chips as we could while the ad was playing especially in the manner that the bunny did!
So there you have it. A huge piece of my childhood. Along with the tv shows, cartoons and movies these ads, played repeatedly during my favourite shows, bring back so many memories. I miss my childhood, there were some really good times back then!