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Sugar, artificial sweeteners, and all the random flavors of fruits that didn’t actually taste like the fruit. We love the 90s and their tooth-rotting deliciousness. How many of these snacks do you remember?
The only thing cooler than Hi-C at the cafeteria table was a Kool-Aid Burst. This to-go Kool-Aid product came in grape, berry blue, tropical punch, cherry, and lime. That moment when you ripped the plastic top off with your teeth? You were the king or queen of the cafeteria. No one could touch you—not even the lunch monitor.
Of all the 90s snacks, Dunkaroos were something magical. They made the best lunchbox snack, and there was no better feeling than scooping out that last little bit of frosting with your finger after you ran out of cookies. We’re all guilty of that.
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One look at these drinks and you’re immediately transported back to a time when your parents just sat you in front of the TV while Rugrats was on, handed you a punch-flavored Squeeze-It, and went out for a few hours. No babysitter was needed.
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If the ’90s looked like one food, they’d look like a cosmic brownie. Legend has it if you simply read the term “cosmic brownie,” you can taste the fudgy icing like it was yesterday. All that gooey goodness cemented into your teeth and the the colorful chocolate sprinkles to know it was manufactured with love.
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While classic Doritos still pack that flavorful punch we all know and love, we can’t forget when they used to be cone-shaped and puffed. You could buy them in a bag or in a cup, and the best part was dumping those little cones into the top and enjoying them as if they were a delicacy.
The String Thing was the most fun part of lunchtime. Like a Fruit by the Foot, it was a “fruit”-flavored chewy fruit snack, but it had designs in it, so you could pull on the string and eat it bit by bit. It was kind of sticky and messy, isn’t that what childhood snacks were all about?
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More like cones than bars, but getting one of these even after losing all the field day activities was the perfect band-aid. Each juice bar tasted like your favorite Minute Maid juice. Walking down the freezer aisle of the grocery store after school, there’s no way you didn’t throw a tantrum for one of these suckers.
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Trix yogurt was another lunchbox classic. The super-sweet snack came in fun colors like purple and blue or green and pink. The mixing could have been prettier, but hey, it’s colorful sugar, we love that shit. Two “flavors” divided by nothing but a spoon and some ambition to taste them individually before creating a masterpiece of discolored yogurt.
If you love frozen treats as a kid, you probably remember Flintstones Push-Ups. The cardboard tube with an attached push-up stick and the soft, pastel-colored sherbet was truly a match made in summertime heaven. Forget having to let it melt a little before you could even push it, that sweet orange flavor made the battle worth it.
Between the “no stick” factor of Hubba Bubba gum, the adorable container, and the mouthwatering tropical fruit taste, Bubble Jug was far ahead of its time. It was always interesting to see how much powdery “gum” you can stuff into your mouth before choking on it.
Anything that came out of an Easy-Bake oven. I mean come on now, can’t really say you were a kid in the 90s if you, or even a friend, had one of these and spent hours “baking” a cake with two 100-watt incandescent light bulbs. True genius.