Ah, 1990s. It was a different era then – an era of fructose corn syrup at every table and lots of boys. Justin Timberlake was still wearing curly (and bleached) hair, children under 13 were playing with weird robotic keychains called Tamagotchis, and if you were cool, you would wrap your flannel around your waist … intentionally. But even more nostalgic than 1990s fashion or music is, of course, food. Specifically, those Unforgettable snacks from the ’90s.
Processed foods that can be prepared in the microwave were the answer to convenience, and snacks – sugary, gummy, “fruit-flavored” snacks – that is – reigned supreme.
Get ready to shed tears with fond memories as you take a look back at all the foods from that decade that you probably haven’t eaten in years. Here are 27 foods that induce nostalgia which were probably in your Power Rangers lunch box in the 1990s.
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How did you do your Dunkaroos? Most of us took the cake, dipped it in icing, and pretended to be healthy. Or maybe you were some kind of cake icing sandwich, Dunker. Anyway, Dunkaroos were the snack every child wanted to see when they opened their lunch box.
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To this day, you may not be sure what the hell Gusher is It is (um, a diamond-shaped gum filled with inexplicable, fruity goo?). That’s our best guess, but hey, Gushers have been a really delicious lunch box staple since the ’90s.
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Man, the ’90s were a lot of fun, especially if you were given a Fruit at Lunch for lunch. The motto for this fruit snack and painted with a tie was “3 feet of fun!” for a reason. At the time, it was not uncommon to see children tying their 3-foot-long wraps around their heads, like Rambo, or laughing as they read the tongue screwdrivers printed on the packaging.
Believe it or not, Hi-C has not fallen off the face of the earth since the 1990s. It is still available in some fast food juice fountains, but sometime Depression was the best part of the cartoon on Saturday morning, Hi-C was produced by Coca-Cola and Minute Maid in small juice cans. Each child in the canteen had either Fruit Punch, Poppin ‘Pink Lemonade, or Orange Lavaburst. Your tongue after that? Always redder than when you started.
The only thing louder than Hi-C at the canteen table was a Kool-Aid Burst. This Kool-Aid product for use came in grapes, blue berries, tropical punch, cherry and lime. That moment when you ripped off the plastic countertop with your teeth? You were the king or queen of the canteen. No one could touch you – not even the lunch monitor.
To this day, the kids of the ’90s have very strong opinions that Lunchable was the best Lunchable, so we’ll leave it here, no excuses: Pizza & Treatza (a sauce and pizza with DIY cheese combined with a dessert of chocolate pizza) was on fire. Fill it with a CapriSun and you were the gold of the ’90s. He came back even in 2017, and you can still stock up on the Pizza + Treaatza combo today.
Not exactly chocolate milk, but not even chocolate water, Yoo-hoo was super popular before the turn of the century – sometimes even more so than Ovaltine! Did you know that the main ingredients are water, high fructose corn syrup and whey? No wonder he never tasted milk …
Planters might be known for his Mr. Peanut character, but in the ’90s, Planters slapped Mr. Peanut’s face on a box of interrupted Cheez Balls, and boy, he shaped our childhood. Any true connoisseur knows that Planters balls were much noisier and more fragrant than the imitative version of Utz. (I’m sorry, I’m not sorry.)
If you didn’t compare what colors or types of sharks you found in your pack of Shark Bites snacks with your colleagues, then were you really alive in the ’90s?
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Take a look at these drinks and you’re immediately transported back to a time when your parents were just sitting in front of the TV while Rugrats it was on, it gave you a punch-flavored Squeeze-It, and it went out for a few hours. No babysitter needed.
Remember when Go-Gurt first hit the market? That little tube filled with yogurt changed the game in the dining room. It’s been almost 20 years since Go-Gurt stormed the yogurt market and it’s still going strong.
If the ’90s looked like one food, it would look like a cosmic brownie. Legend has it that if you simply read the term “cosmic brownie”, you can taste the fudgy icing as if it were yesterday.
Today’s young people simply do not understand that Trix was not only a cereal – with real shapes, that is – but also a delicious fruit yogurt. Between cotton candy and watermelon, it was almost impossible to choose a favorite flavor.
If you remember a time when Doritos had 3D cone shapes, then – no kidding – it’s time to start using retinol. OK, maybe it’s a little dramatic, but these chips were really from another era – today’s kids will never know the joy of nibbling on them at lunch.
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Thank God Gretchen Wieners’ father invented the Strudel Toaster just when people decided to love icing more than ever. No, but seriously, Toaster Strudel was the breakfast of the champions in the ’90s, long before they had time to shine. Bad Girls. Making a design out of that sweet glaze on that flaky outer crust was a real highlight of anyone’s day.
A whole candy bar shrunk into a bite-sized ball that you could put in your mouth? Butterfinger BB was the children’s dream before 2000! The candies tasted all the goodies of a traditional Butterfingers stick, but in small balls that left your fingers covered in chocolate – not butter – every time without fail.
The String Thing was the most fun part of lunch. Like a fruit on its feet, it was a snack of chewed fruit with the flavor of “fruit”, but it had designs in it, so you could pull the string and eat it little by little. It was a bit sticky and messy, but that’s what childhood snacks are about, isn’t it?
Scooby Snacks could have originated as dog delights (at least in the iconic world of cartoons), but the kids of the 1990’s can grow up: these were one of the best fruit snacks you could get in your box. for lunch.
Today’s children will never understand the sheer joy of drinking juice from a plastic barrel. And this is a fact.
In the 1990’s, Keebler was not only known for its cakes. At the time, he also made pizza chips called Pizzarias. Pizza-flavored chips were the best thing about Bagel Bites as they watched your favorite after-school show.
Something you’ve certainly never changed at lunch? A fruit roll. If you had a Fruit Roll-Up, you just didn’t share it. No, instead, you simply rolled it on your fingers while chewing it and applying the special edition temporary tattoos on your tongue. But no, you never shared.
We know what you’re thinking: Spaghetti for lunch ?! Spaghetti-O’s were certainly not a dish on the go, but if you reached a certain level of hacking, you realized that Spaghetti-O’s were the perfect lunch if your mom warmed them at home and then put them on. in a Thermos. Still hot until noon, these canned pasta from Campbell was better than Pizza Friday.
Known affectionately by frequent consumers as Sunny-D, this sugar-rich alternative to orange juice has been sour and delightful. In addition, the commercials always make you want to put on a hat and an oversized T-shirt and go for a drink at Sunny-D at the beach.
Marshmallows and fudge glaze: alias everything that was the ’90s. This truly iconic pair has come together in SnackWells.
Spaghetti-O weren’t the only preserved pasta that kids loved in the ’90s. Then, when you asked your mother what she was having for dinner, you prayed that she would answer, “Chef Boyardee.” I met Chef Boyardee just before I knew what real ravioli were. Opening lunch and seeing Chef Boyardee there … nothing could get over that.
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