8 Childhood Snacks You Thought Were Discontinued but Actually Aren’t
My childhood in the early 2000s was centered around oatmeal studded with sugary dino eggs, finger-staining cheese balls, yogurt that somehow ended up in a tube, and more. They were fab then and, to a few people’s surprise (including mine), they still exist today! Here are eight nostalgic snacks that are sure to give you all the feels.
1. Mother’s Circus Animal Cookies, $.99 for 9 ounces
Plain animal crackers have their place, but the frosted rainbow nonpareil sprinkle-covered animal crackers are really where it’s at. I packed these in my lunch box as a kid, and just knew my friends would try to barter with me come lunchtime. Don’t worry, I shared!
2. Planters Cheez Balls, $3.29 for 2.75 ounces
Cheez > cheese. That was my motto when I was growing up. There was no shortage of cheez-y snacks too choose from — doodles, crackers, curls — and these puffy balls were (and still are) my favorite. The more orange my fingers are stained, the better!
3. Little Hug Fruit Barrels, 5.49 for 20 (8-ounce) bottles
I firmly believe drinks can be snacks and I can’t talk about the ’90s without mentioning these foil-topped barrels. I had no idea Little Hugs were still around, but now that I do, I can’t wait to pierce through a top and take a sip! Drinking an ice-cold barrel of intensely sweet fruit juice was the best on a hot summer day.
4. Kool-Aid Blue Berry Blue Bursts, $1.39 for 6 (6.75-ounce) bottles
I was also pleasantly surprised to find these in the drink aisle on a recent visit to the grocery store. How could I forget powdered Kool-Aid’s bottled-up cousin with the plastic, twist-off top? It really is just Kool-Aid in a bottle, but somehow it tasted different. (Nineties kids, you agree with me!)
5. Quaker Dinosaur Eggs Instant Oatmeal, $4.59 for 14.1 ounces
Obviously oatmeal with dinosaur eggs was an ideal before-school breakfast, but did you ever have it as an after-school snack? (Spoiler: It’s even better!) Were you an eat-the-eggs-before-they-hatched type of kid, or did you wait until the tiny colorful dinosaur shaped pieces were revealed underneath? I was a little bit of both!
6. Smuckers Uncrustables Peanut Butter & Grape Jelly Sandwich, $10.99 for 20 ounces
Sure, my mom could make me a standard peanut butter and jelly and cut the crust off, or even use a cookie (or biscuit) cutter to create fun shapes. But. But! With these ready-to-go PB&J’s in the freezer at all times, all the work was already done for me (read: my mom).
7. Post Oreo O’s Cereal, $2.99 (on sale) for 11 ounces
As someone who likes to dunk her cookies in milk, this launch was the innovation of my childhood dreams. (Clearly I find breakfast foods to be excellent snack fare.) A favorite cereal of the ’90s and early 2000s, Oreo O’s made its triumphant return in the summer of 2017. It remains a preferred cookie and milk combo to this day.
8. Yoplait Berry & Cherry Go-GURT, $5.99 (on sale) for 20 (2-ounce) tubes
In the early 2000s, somehow yogurt made its way into plastic tubes. The Shrek-themed Go-Gurts, and all their funky colors, are forever etched into my memory. If you were really in the know, you threw your Go-Gurts into the freezer for a few hours before snack time. If you weren’t in on it, you’re welcome!
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