Every generation says that their generation is number one or that growing up when they did was the best, and perhaps I’m a little biased when I say this, but being a 90s baby and growing up in the 2000s was in so many ways, the best. There were fun toys like Bratz dolls and Polly Pockets, addicting shows like Spongebob and Ed, Edd, and Eddy, and lets not forget, the food. The food of the late 90s and early 2000s is remembered for its creative and eclectic nature- who can forget the Heinz Squirt colored ketchup? Or Wonder Balls? Or Fruit Roll Ups? The list can go on and on, but if you were a 90s baby, here are the top five foods that you will never forget from your childhood.
90s Foods – Dunkaroos
Having Dunkaroos in your lunchbox as a kid was like the best thing ever, along with perhaps a Lunchable or the Kraft’s breadsticks and cheese (so good)! Crunchy and sweet graham crackers combined with creamy vanilla frosting and sprinkles? How can you resist that delicious combo? Dunkaroos also had another flavor, with chocolate chip cookie like bites and chocolate frosting. Unforunately, you can no longer purchase Dunkaroos in the United States, but they are still available on sites like Amazon and even in Canada! If you don’t feel like going through the trouble of ordering them online or smuggling them from Canada, you can make your own Dunkaroos at home with this recipe!
90s Foods – Trix Yogurt
Let’s face it, yogurt was a pretty big deal in the 2000s. There were so many varieties of delicious yogurts for kids to pick out, from Gogurt to Sprinkl’ins to YoCrunch that literally had chunks of oreos or Chips Ahoy cookies in them. Nothing quite got hyped as much as Trix Yogurt, however. With the popularity of Trix cereal, Yogplait released Trix Yogurt as a way to appeal to kids and get them excited about something ‘adult-like’ such as yogurt. The colorful swirl of the yogurt was magical and the flavors were amazing- I particularly loved the cotton candy flavor.
90s Foods – Dinosaur Egg Oatmeal
Nothing quite captured the magic of being a kid as much as Quaker’s Dinosaur Egg Oatmeal, in my opinion. When you would go to prepare the meal, you would see the obvious oats, but also little dinosaur eggs throughout. Once you added hot water or milk to it, the eggs would slowly dissolve and reveal tiny dinosaur shaped sprinkles! Having a yummy breakfast and getting able to see some magic happen right before your eyes? How cool! If you want to still experience the fun of having prehistoric reptiles in your oatmeal, the staff at Extra Crispy have a great recipe to satisfy your nostalgic cravings.
Part of the themes of foods during the late 90s and early 2000s was how easy you could transport your snacks or meals, Gogurt, anyone? Companies were constantly looking for ways to make food more convenient to eat and easy to have on the go, which is why Bagel-Fuls were so awesome. Bagels are excellent in general, but they can be messy to assemble and take with you when you’re in a hurry. Bagel-Fuls, on the other hand, were tube-like bagels that had the cream cheese stuffed inside them! There were a variety of flavors, such as regular, strawberry, and even apple cinnamon. A snack I would happily enjoy today as much as I did back in the day!
If you would ask my parents or grandparents what one of my all time favorite foods was as a kid, they would undoubtedly say either Kraft’s Macaroni and Cheese or Smiley Fries. While Kraft’s remains high on my list of one of the best foods of my childhood, nothing can compare to the joy I had while eating Smiley Fries. Perfectly crispy and crunchy on the outside and deliciously soft, potato filling on the inside made these cute snacks one I always went to as a kid and one I’m positive 90s babies will always remember.
Nothing quite beats the nostalgia of the food you had when you were a kid. If you were a 90s baby, do you remember these foods from your childhood?