The Tickle Trees from the commercials for Sunkist Fun Fruits!
Sunkist Fun Fruits were these snack pellets of fructose deliciousness from the late 1980s and I ate so many of them as a kid that my stomach is probably permanently lined with a thick layer of fruity wax. They were pretty much my school’s version of crack for a little while and you could always find us in the back of the playground snorting those pellets up and trying to find a way to inject them directly into our veins. That shit was like cafeteria money too. You could get almost anything for a pack of Fun Fruits.
The commercials were almost as famous as the Sunkist Fun Fruits themselves. That shit was weird (but what wasn’t in the 80s?). In every commercial, kids would sneak into the Enchanted Sunkist Fun Fruit Forest and after they’d accidentally bump into the trees, the Tickle Trees would come alive and laugh maniacally as Fun Fruits dropped from their branches.
Think of all the slow children who tickled a tree in the wild without asking, because they thought that Fun Fruits would drop from the tree’s branches. (I may or may not have been one of those slow children.) And I honestly don’t know who was more stoned in these commercials: the kids or the Tickle Trees?
Because the world is a terrible place, Sunkist stopped making Fun Fruits a while ago and now they use the name Fun Fruit for their packs of actual fruit. BOO! That’s not Fun Fruit, that’s Boring Fruit.