Never underestimate the power of nostalgia and its usefulness in creating a fictional universe. With that in mind, The Duffer Brothers' hit Netflix series, Stranger Things, has gone a long way towards reminding people just how much they love the 1980s -- from classic movie posters to The Clash's "Should I Stay or Should I Go?" In fact, one notable consumer product featured on the series has made such serious impact on fans that it may soon experience a major resurgence in a grocery store near you. Pudding fans, prepare yourselves for a blast from the past.
We've just learned from TMZ that the popularity of the Hunt's Snack Pack pudding cups on Stranger Things has gotten fans insanely riled up. The retro-style, metallic cans feature prominently on the Netflix series, and audiences have begun to demand that the company bring the old pudding cups back. Given the immense demand for such a revival, the folks at Hunt's have reportedly issued a statement indicating that the company is hoping to abide the fan request for metallic, retro pudding cups in the very near future. In the words of Futurama's Fry: shut up and take my money!
Readers any younger than Generation X might not have even known about the original metallic casing of Snack Pack pudding prior to the Netflix series. Hunt's has utilized a much lighter plastic cup design since 1984, but (like so many other things) Stranger Things has managed to get people yearning for the way things used to be.
If you've binge-watched Stranger Things like the rest of us, then you probably already know why fans have gotten so excited. The metallic, sugar-filled canisters seized the attention of audiences when Dustin (Gaten Matarazzo) and Lucas (Caleb McLaughlin) happened upon a refrigerator full of the old-fashioned Snack Packs during the first season of The Duffer Brothers' series in one of the show's funniest moments. Check out the scene in question below:
The return of the Hunt's Snack Packs only really represents the tip of the iceberg when it comes to the nostalgic influence of Stranger Things. While we obviously cannot wait to see the delicious pudding cups make a return, the show has also gotten people captured audiences' imaginations for its use of a decidedly classic "synthwave" soundtrack and an overall aesthetic that feels ripped straight from a 1980s Steven Spielberg blockbuster. It legitimately feels like it comes from another era altogether and we can't get enough of it.
Personally, I wasn't even born during the era of the metal Snack Pack, but you can bet that I will most certainly be one of the first in line to pick up these iconic snacks when they finally return. We will bring you more Stranger Things news as it becomes available to us; for now, make sure to check out our fall TV premiere guide and mark your calendars accordingly.
Originally from Connecticut, Conner grew up in San Diego and graduated from Chapman University in 2014. He now lives in Los Angeles working in and around the entertainment industry and can mostly be found binging horror movies and chugging coffee.
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