When Stranger Things premiered last summer, it became an immediate phenomenon. The first season, set in 1983 in the Midwestern town of Hawkins, Indiana, followed a group of precocious youngsters in search of their missing friend amidst a slew of supernatural occurrences. In a lot of ways it worked as an homage to so many classic horror and adventure films of the past 30 years. Sly nods to ET, Alien, and The Goonies are all on display, unleashing a floodgate of nostalgia from viewers young and old.

But Stranger Things doesn’t just pay tribute to ’80s sci-fi (and eerie synth-rock). It treats every aspect of the time period with equal reverence, including the food. With season two premiering this Friday, we revisited some of the series’ culinary highlights and what they mean, not just to the show, but to the culture at large:

    • Coca-Cola:  Way before the brand was scandalized by the introduction of “New Coke” in 1985, Stranger Things portrays a simpler time when there was a clear winner in the cola wars. Even the can that Eleven crushes with her telekinetic superpowers features the old-school design.
    • Eggos: Frozen waffles are a staple for families on the go. The speedy breakfast is probably the most prominently featured food in the entire series as Eleven hoards an entire supermarket freezer full of them.
    • Meatloaf and Casseroles:  These comfort food classics and dinnertime mainstays are seen on dining room tables throughout the series. Most notably, Karen bakes a casserole for  a distraught Joyce will she attempts to find her son Will. While we’re never told exactly what kind of layered dish it is, we’re betting it’s tuna noodle, the grossest of them all.

What food fads will make an appearance in season two? (Wine coolers, anyone?) Guess we’ll just have to tune in on Friday to find out!

Header image courtesy of Netflix.

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