August 27, 2020
The 1990s were iconic. If you grew up in the 90s—and even if you didn’t—you know this all too well. From boy bands and pop stars, to scrunchies and frosted tips, to denim on denim, we could go on for hours talking about our favorite 90s trends. What we’re really here for, though, is the 90s food.
Sure, almost everything was either processed or microwavable, but it was all outright amazing. There was just something special about 90s snacks. Not to say that snacks today aren’t great, but there was a certain kind of rush you’d get when you were able to sneak a fun snack for yourself into the shopping cart as a kid.
Go ahead and turn on your TLC/Boyz II Men mashup playlist, find one of those really uncomfortable inflatable chairs and let’s take a trip down memory lane to reminisce about the best 90s snacks, some of which are no longer with us and some that are still going strong today.
Now that Dunkaroos are available for delivery on the Gopuff app, it’s safe to say we’re in our 90s feels. Of all the 90s snacks, Dunkaroos were something magical. They made the best lunchbox snack, and there was no better feeling than scooping out that last little bit of frosting with your finger after you ran out of cookies. (Don’t lie, you did it too.) Get some Dunkaroos delivered to your door with Gopuff and party like it’s 1998!
Yoplait Trix Yogurt
Trix yogurt was another lunchbox classic. The super-sweet snack came in fun colors like purple and blue or green and pink—just don’t mix them, or else you’ll be eating brown yogurt. The bad news is that it’s since been discontinued, so you’ll just have to dream about stumbling upon it again in the dairy aisle.
The fancy charcuterie boards of today are just grown-up Lunchables, so let’s bring it back to basics. Whether the cracker stackers are calling your name, or even if you’re just in it for the Reese’s Cup at the end, Lunchables were an elite lunch as a kid and an even better snack as an adult.
While classic Doritos still pack that flavorful punch we all know and love, we can’t forget when they used to be cone-shaped. You could buy them in a snack bag or in a cup, and the best part was dumping those little cones into the top (or right in your mouth if you were extra hungry). These were also discontinued in the early 2000s, but at least we still have the OG Doritos to remember them by!
Scooby-Doo Fruit Snacks
Whether you ate them because you actually watched Scooby-Doo, or if you were just in it for the bright blue fruit snacks in your pack, you know exactly what these are. Luckily, nobody discontinued the concept of fruit snacks altogether, but there’s just something special about these ones with old Scoob’s face.
While we’re talking fruit snacks, it’s safe to say Fruit Gushers were ahead of their time. If you were a 90s kid, it was known that you could trade a pack of Fruit Gushers for anything at the lunch table. It doesn’t matter if you let it burst in your mouth or squeezed it in between your fingers and watched the goo come out, we can all be grateful they still exist to enjoy the way everyone did back then–and let’s be honest, they still hold up.
Planters Cheez Balls
The cardboard can of Planters Cheez Balls was so 90s. Cheese balls and cheese puffs of different varieties still exist today, but everyone knows Planters had the best. There’s nothing quite like licking cheese dust off your fingers after digging your way to the bottom of one of these containers. Only a few stores carry them now, but we’ve got Cheetos Puffs to hold you over. They hit the spot and the bag is bigger, so you can’t go wrong!
Dinosaur Eggs Oatmeal
It felt like a morning science project to watch the little eggs turn into small baby dinosaur candy in your oatmeal. If you were lucky, you even had the color-changing bowl and spoon set to go along with it. Shout out to Quaker for keeping this oatmeal alive (for kids and for the rest of us).
The name doesn’t lie. If you don’t remember String Thing, it was a string of candy that was an invitation to play with your food as a kid against your family’s wishes. The commercial encouraged kids to do anything with the snack, like play the bass, jump rope and turn it into a wig. The options were endless with this one before they were discontinued.
Many 90s kids know and love this take on pizza as the perfect after-school snack. Today, Bagel Bites are still going strong and reign supreme as the perfect midday, after-work, late-night, anytime-you-can-get-your-hands-on-them snack. They even have little hot dog versions called Bagel Dogs, and we have both on the Gopuff app. What’s not to love?
Flintstones Push Ups
Aside from those classic Flintstones vitamins everyone knows and loves, Nestle introduced us to the sherbet IceScreamers Flintstones Push-Ups in the 90s. There was nothing quite like these on a hot summer day, but you had to move quickly before it leaked out of the bottom or the cardboard wrapper got soggy. While they’re not around anymore, it was all worth it for that six-flavor masterpiece.
Few things were cooler than this as a kid. If you were sneaky, you could slide a Wonderball in with the groceries at the cash register and bring it home to shake and crack open. The chocolate hit your sweet tooth, while the tart candies inside made your mouth pucker. Unfortunately, potential choking hazards with the candy prompted its discontinuation back in 2004.
Similar to Fruit Gushers, these were a must-have for 90s kids. Wrap them around your finger, put it like a sheet over your mouth, rip it up or ball it up and eat it whole—the options for creative ways to eat this snack were basically endless. When Fruit Roll-Ups came out with tongue tattoos, the game was changed. The snack is still going strong today and for that we are thankful.
Baby Bottle Pop
The Baby Bottle Pop is one of the best options for nostalgic candy you can still get your hands on. If you’re a 90s baby, you can probably still sing the song from the commercial, and you might have vivid memories of pretending to be an actual baby while eating this candy. Gopuff carries individual Baby Bottle Pops, and you can get your hands on a randomized selection of Berry Blast, Blue Raspberry, Watermelon, Strawberry or Cotton Candy.
Another classic after-school snack, everyone hoped the can of Chef Boyardee would follow them home after their parents said no at the grocery store just like the commercial. It won’t technically roll to your door, but you can get Chef Boyardee Beef Ravioli delivered to your door with Gopuff to relive your 90s dreams, which is basically the same thing.
While some nostalgic 90s snacks didn’t make it long into the 21st century, there are still plenty of snacks that made the cut into the 2000s. The 90s definitely had everyone thinking we’d have flying cars or people living in space by now in 2020, but we do have snack delivery right to your door, and that’s still pretty cool.