Childhood Memories: What Was Your After-School Snack?

Can you believe there was a time when our work day was over at 3:00? When we got to go home, have a snack, and then...play?! Boy, those were some good times. What did you usually have for an afternoon snack back then?

We were big fans of popcorn in my house. And back in the '80's, that meant microwave popcorn. My brother and I felt so grownup that we could put the bag in the microwave and make this snack for ourselves. We particularly liked the kind that came with the little package of neon-orange powdered cheese to shake over the top of the popped corn. It makes me shudder to think of that now, but we couldn't get enough of it back then!

I also remember a lot of juice packs and packaged cereal bars. This is so funny to me because the rest of the day, packaged food was completely verboten in our house. Our mom must have thought that after-school snack merited a little treat. Or more likely, she knew that if she gave us a treat now, we'd be more likely to eat our peas and carrots later.

What was snack time in your house? Does it look anything like snack time does now for your kids?

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