August 27, 2020
The 1990s were iconic. If you grew up in the 90s—and even if you didn’t—you know how cool this era was. Boy bands and pop stars, scrunchies and frosted tips, and denim on denim— we could go on for hours talking about our favorite 90s trends.
What we’re here for is the 90s food.
Sure, almost everything was either processed or microwavable, but it was all amazing. 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 into the shopping cart as a kid.
Go ahead and turn on your TLC/Boyz II Men throwback playlist, find one of those really uncomfortable inflatable chairs, and take a trip down memory lane to reminisce about the best 90s snacks.
Most popular snacks back in the 90s
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 one of the best. There was no better feeling than getting them in your lunchbox and nothing beats scooping out that last little bit of frosting with your finger after you ran out of cookies. (Don’t lie, you did it too.)
2. 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. The trick was leaving them unmixed, or else you’d be eating brown yogurt. Unfortunately, this snack was discontinued, so you’ll just have to dream about stumbling upon it again in the dairy aisle.
Fancy charcuterie boards are just grown-up Lunchables, so let’s get back to basics. Whether the cracker stackers are calling your name or you’re just in it for the Reese’s Cup at the end, Lunchables were the height of culinary joys as a kid. They’re an even better snack as an adult.
4. 3D Doritos
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 a cup (and dump them right in your mouth if you were extra hungry).
These were also discontinued in the early 2000s, but at least we have the OG Doritos to remember them by.
5. Scooby-Doo Fruit Snacks
Whether you ate them because you watched Scooby-Doo or if you wanted the bright blue fruit snacks, you know exactly what these are. Fruit snacks will never be discontinued completely, but there’s just something special about these ones with Scoob’s face.
6. Fruit Gushers
While we’re on the subject of fruit snacks, it’s safe to say Fruit Gushers were ahead of their time. If you were a 90s kid, you could trade a pack of Fruit Gushers for anything at the lunch table. No matter how you prefer to enjoy this treat, be grateful they still exist today.
7. 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!
8. 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).
9. String Thing
If you don’t remember String Thing, it was a candy rope that invited you to play with your food as a kid—even if that was against your family’s wishes. The commercial encouraged kids to do anything with this snack, like play the bass, jump rope, or turn it into a wig. The options were endless before they were discontinued.
10. Bagel Bites
Many 90s kids know and love this take on pizza as the perfect after-school snack. Today, Bagel Bites still reign supreme as the perfect midday, after-work, late-night, or anytime-you-can-get-your-hands-on-them snack. There are now even little hot dog versions called Bagel Dogs. What’s not to love?
If we’ve inspired a craving, you can find both on the Gopuff app.
11. Flintstones Push Ups
Aside from the 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 the ice cream leaked out of the bottom or the cardboard wrapper grew soggy. While they’re not around anymore, we can still dream about these six-flavor masterpieces.
Few things were cooler than Wonderballs as a kid. If you were sneaky, you could slide one 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 you pucker up. Unfortunately, potential choking hazards with the candy prompted its discontinuation back in 2004.
13. Fruit Roll-Ups
Similar to Fruit Gushers, these were a must for 90s kids. Wrap them around your finger, put it like a sheet over your mouth, shred it, or ball it up and eat it whole—the creative ways to eat this chewy snack were endless. When Fruit Roll-Ups came out with tongue tattoos, it changed the game. We can all be thankful for this snack’s existence today.
14. 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 retro song from the commercial. 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.
15. Chef Boyardee
Every 90s kid hoped a can of Chef Boyardee would follow them home after their parents said no to the item at the grocery store just like in the commercial. While the can won’t technically roll to your door, you can order Chef Boyardee Beef Ravioli from Gopuff and relive your 90s dreams.
16. Fruit by the Foot
If you were a kid in the 90s, then you definitely remember voraciously trying to stuff a whole roll of this gummy candy into your mouth. The fruity taste was (and is) just too good to resist. This snack came in a long compact roll meant to be spooled out slowly, and the remaining paper on which the gummy treat was rolled was great for middle school arts and crafts. Did you ever make a bracelet out of one of those, or was that just us?
17. Cosmic brownies
This out-of-this-world chocolate delight was the perfect after-school snack. And the good news is that they’re still on the market, meaning they can now be a comforting after-work snack. Moist, rich, and topped with sugary confetti sprinkles, this treat is part birthday cake, part candy bar.
While nutritionists may disagree, many 90s kids would say there’s no better breakfast than a pop tart. Sometimes starting your day right is all about having a sweet moment before the reality of work sets in.
Many varieties of this frosted toaster strudel do contain fruit, so they’re practically healthy. Other versions, like the s’mores variety, opt for fun ingredients like marshmallows and chocolate.
19. Shark bites
If you’re craving this gummy snack, be sure to qualify your browser search by typing “shark bites fruit snacks”. The results are a lot more pleasant than if you just search for “shark bites.” These shark-shaped treats don’t have much bite to them at all.
While some nostalgic 90s snacks didn’t make it long into the 21st century, plenty of snacks survived into the 2000s. We don’t have flying cars or people living in space, but we do have snack delivery right to your door, and that’s pretty cool.