Kicking It Old-School20 Things ‘90s Kids Actually Ate For LunchGina Vaynshteyn

When you were a kid, you had two favorite times of the day: lunch, and when the bell rang at 3:30pm. Lunch was pretty special though, even if you were stuck at school. Lunch time led to the grand unveiling of what your mom or dad packed you in your Hercules lunch box.

If you were a child of the ’90s, chances are, it was probably garbage. Sweet, delicious garbage. These days, my sister-in-law packs organic granola bars and sliced gala apples for my niece and nephew, but I remember my dad throwing whatever I had picked out at the grocery store into my backpack, and that was totally normal. In fact, if your lunch box *didn’t* contain at least one or two completely processed snacks, you were probably looked down upon. Like, who do you think you are, not bringing a bag of fruit snacks laden with red dye no. 6 to school?

The best part about ’90s snacks, was that most of them were designed to be some sort of activity for us. We were constantly “making” our own pizzas, or wearing chips on our fingers. Although we probably grew out of most of these treats (I said probably!), we can still reminisce, right? See if you can remember finding some of these technically edible gems in your lunch box:

1. Lunchables

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Lunchables gave you the culinary ingenuity to do whatever you wanted with your ingredients. Stack your crackers, cheese, and deli meat up like a leaning tower of junk food, make pizzas out of fudge and M&Ms, shove Reese’s in your mini burgers — the options were infinite.

2. Sprinkl’ins Yogurt

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Sprinkl’ins offered you the opportunity to show your parents you could eat healthy by consuming “yogurt.” Also, you got to mix in a surprise variety of sprinkles or powder every single time!

3. Nilla Wafers

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For some reason, you always fooled yourself into thinking these were delicious, when in reality, Nilla Wafers are just tasteless, vanilla-scented pucks.

4. Ritz Bits

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Crackers with peanut-butter or cheese? GENIUS.

5. Bologna and Kraft American cheese sandwich

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Nitrites be damned. This sandwich was everything.

6. Fruit Rolls Ups

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Fruit Rolls Ups were like sheets of strawberry-flavored plastic, but you could artistically express yourself with them by making strawberry plastic pizzas and tie-dye hearts.

7. Bugles

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Placing bugles on our fingers and curling our hands at friends like we were witches was the only proper way to consume Bugles.

8. Handi-Snacks

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I’m still not sure why we needed a red wand to make cheese and cracker sandwiches.

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  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1204369598 Andrew Olson

    Nilla Wafers are awesome!!! FOO FOO on you, especially on with some Banana pudding!

    • Gina Vaynshteyn

      okay, with some banana pudding and Cool Whip is a TOTALLY different story :)

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=38900828 Emily Stallings

    I totally did the Harriet the Spy sandwich thing, too! I thought I was the only one. I still love tomato sandwiches to this day.

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1403223219 Vanessa Woods

    tomato sandwiches are infinitely better on toasted bread! Had no clue Americans didn’t have Dunkaroos anymore, go Canada!

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=665403447 Amanda David

    @Vanessa Woods, we do still have dunkaroos :-)

    • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1548011455 Shar Rowell

      So lucky! Send some my way, please.

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=612152612 Mikael Murstam

    American 90’s kids.

    • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=505317032 Lola Underwood

      I was just about to say the same thing :)

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=612182517 Mike Beek

    Don’t forget “wagon wheels”.

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1745361027 Jacob S. Smith

    You forgot about Kudo’s…

    • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=6826900 Holly Smith Mills

      The. Best. When I was in Junior High I discovered these delightful things. Then one day the principal announced that they would be giving out Kudos to kids who showed some sort of good something or another. Let’s just say I was very disappointed to work so hard for what was not chocolate.

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=508309043 Ellen Guitard

    What about Soda-licious?!

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=601026822 Mike Zellers

    you’re way off on nilla wafers. around when I was a kid, and delicious. and I am not a 90s kid… 1890s maybe

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100001607778501 Awkwardly Mikki

    OMG talk about memories!

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1548011455 Shar Rowell

    Pssh, I still eat Gushers. They were the best!

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1195080851 Nathan Fisher

    Uh dunkers hello. a time before teddy grahams. gotta remember that kangaroo

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1746805278 Rachel Jane Albee

    Still in love with lou’s records.

    • Gina Vaynshteyn

      Encinitas <3

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=640345079 Morris Rath

    this seemed like a sponsored post. if you look all thesethings are made by sister companys

    • Gina Vaynshteyn

      Nope. I just really like ’90s junk food.

    • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1187867557 Veronika Specht GB Treasurer

      I think the relation between all of these foods is more becuase those companies were really popular at making these 90s foods than the post being sponsored :P

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1246463049 Tiffany McCormick

    I seriously thought I was the only kid on the planet that didn’t like fruit gushers! My kid loves them and they are still gross, in case you wanted to know!

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=7924275 Brenda Cuellar

    Dammit! Im hungry now!

    I could really go for a bologna sandwich right about now……..

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100001885783842 Kathy Noblit

    what about fluffer nutters my kids loved them ( peanut butter/marshmallow fluff on wonder bread

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=612817420 Alaina Regelsberger

    I LOVED Harriet the Spy and therefore was also obsessed with mayonnaise and tomato sandwiches! They are especially delicious if you toast the bread….

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1187867557 Veronika Specht GB Treasurer

    Woah woah woah to this day I still LOVE gushers and Nilla wafers!!! Nilla wafers especially are still so deliciously addicting to me <3

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1219074621 Mandy Schomas Soderstrom

    The Jolly Rancher “Jell-o” was actually not “Jell-o” brand (they were made by Jel-Sert, which is why they had to be referred to as “gel snacks” which is what made/makes them even more disturbing. Who wants to eat a “gel snack?” Kids in the 90s. That’s who.

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