Join us as we take a stroll down memory lane and reminisce about some of the 90s’ best foods.
A matter of convenience for busy moms and a symbol of coolness for kids, these “assembly required” lunches came in vast array of offerings, including pepperoni pizza, lunch meat with crackers and cheese, and chicken nuggets.
-Lunchables were created to help Oscar Mayer sell more bologna.
-Although wildly popular in the 90s, Lunchables have actually been around since the 80s.
-In 2017, Lunchables announced that it was launching a line of organic options with no artificial preservatives, colors, or flavors.
9. SnackWell’s Devil’s Food Snacks
SnackWell’s Devil’s Food snacks were all the rage in the health-conscious community back in the 90s. That’s because these little babies were marketed as delicious snacks with no fat and just a few calories. The problem, though, was that these snacks were still high in sugar, including invert sugar and corn syrup. And, if you know anything about nutrition, when sugar is consumed it’s converted to fat that gets stored in your body — a definite no-no for anyone who’s trying to lose weight.
8. Oreo O’s
When Post introduced America’s favorite cookie in cereal form, the masses went wild. And, understandably so. I mean, who wouldn’t want a cereal that tastes like Oreos? In fact, everyone wanted it — adults included! Unfortunately, like most breakfast cereals, Oreo O’s were not the healthiest item on store shelves. In fact, food publication Spoon University ranked it as #4 of the 10 worst cereals according to nutritional value. It has 13 grams of sugar per serving.
FUN FACT: Oreo O’s can be seen in the movie “Daddy Day Care” in the scene in which Charlie (played by Eddie Murphy) is going grocery shopping with his little son, and when they get to the boxes of Chocolatey Chocolate Balls cereal, Murphy takes one off the shelf and stomps on it. If you look to the left of the Chocolatey Chocolate Balls as he’s removing the box from the shelf, you’ll see a few boxes of Oreo O’s.
7. Fruit by the Foot
Eighties kids definitely remember noshing on Fruit Roll-Ups. But, in 1991 General Mills decided to revamp this popular 80s fruit snack by rolling out (no pun intended) Fruit by the Foot. Although the actual size of this snack varies slightly, each Fruit by the Foot is, on average, about three feet long. They’re also made up almost entirely of sugar (48 percent), artificial colors and flavors, thickeners, and stabilizers, so proceed with caution!
FUN FACT: If you want to have some fun with your Fruit by the Foot, Betty Crocker has some neat little “play with your food” recipes on its website, including the Fruity Pretzel Crayons, which promise a tasty treat for kids that’s both crunchy and sweet.
6. Hot Pockets
These frozen, hand-held sandwiches are touted as a delicious, satisfying snack made with “quality ingredients to deliver delicious taste and big flavor” for people with busy lifestyles. They were originally invented in 1983 by brothers Paul and David Merage. They released the product under their brand Chef America. Hot Pockets was acquired by Nestle in 2002 for $2.6 billion.
FUN FACT: Chef America introduced Lean Pockets in 1987 for more health-conscious consumers. Other products soon followed, including Croissant Pockets (introduced in 1995), Pizza Minis (introduced in 1996), Pocket Meals, Pizza Stix and more.
Introduced in 1992, a package of Dunkaroos consisted of kangaroo-shaped graham cookies and a smooth frosting in which to dunk them. The spokescharacters for the popular cookies was a kangaroo that went by the name Duncan the Daredevil. As popular as these snacks were, that didn’t stop General Mills from discontinuing them in the U.S. At one point, Canada was the only place you could get them — despite pleas from former 90s kids to bring them back. But, now you can’t even get them there as they were discontinued in Canada last year. Fortunately, Walmart began selling its own version of the snack last year. It’s called Dunk N’ Crunch and can be found in the retailer’s bakery section.
4. Bubble Tape
What’s better than bubble gum? Bubble gum that looks like tape, of course! That’s why Hubba Bubba’s Bubble Tape was all the rage back in the 90s. Not only did this gum look like tape, it actually came in a container that looked like a tape dispenser. But, the fun didn’t stop there. This gum was referred to as the bubble gum that’s taller than you — depending on your height, that is. But, for the average chewer, this was definitely true as Bubble Tape was six feet long.
3. Kid Cuisine
Introduced by Conagra Foods in 1990, Kid Cuisine “offers kid friendly meals and snacks that are delicious and Mom-approved!” That’s according to the company’s website. We’re not certain if moms approve, but what we do know is that kids loved them then AND now.
Here’s a list of the Kid Cuisine meals available today:
-Bikini Bottom Chicken Breast Nuggets
-Oh Buoy! Chicken Breast Nuggets
-Friends Forever Mac & Cheese
-Bubble Popcorn Chicken
-Mini Corn Dogs
-Spaghetti with Mini Meatballs
-Reduced Fat Pepperoni Pizza
2. Jolly Ranchers
Who didn’t love these delicious candies? Even if they were hard as a rock and even harder to get out of your teeth, they were still a favorite among 90s kids — especially the sour apple Jolly Ranchers (at least that was the favorite flavor at my high school). Other flavors at that time included grape, watermelon, cherry, and blue raspberry.
FUN FACT: Even though these candies were wildly popular during the 90s, Jolly Ranchers first came onto the scene in 1949. In addition to hard candies, the Jolly Rancher Company also sold chocolates and ice cream.
1. Toaster Strudels
Similar to Pop-Tarts, these frozen breakfast pastries were all the rage when they first hit the frozen food shelves. Launched in 1985, Toaster Strudels gained in popularity in the 90s.
FUN FACT: Although the sweet pastry was launched in 1985, its origin can be traced back to 1979, when, according to the General Mills website, Pillsbury challenged product developer Joe Perozzi to come up with something new. So, he started frying dough, and what he came up with was a sweet, light, flaky pastry. But, Perozzi thought they were somewhat bland, so he decided to fill them with raspberry preserves. And, that’s how Toaster Strudels were born.
The 90s had some really great food. What’s your favorite 90s food(s)? Let us know in the comments section below. Thanks for journeying with us down memory lane!