There are a lot of snacks out there that fill many of us with nostalgia, but arguably no other decade had better snacks than the ’90s! Sadly, a lot of these tasty treats no longer exist (or are really hard to obtain in the U.S.). And while some of them can still be bought today, it’s just not the same.
We’re sure many people who grew up in the ’90s agree that a certain soda should definitely be put back on shelves!
In 1992, Butterfinger used The Simpsons to advertise Butterfinger BB’s, which were like malted milk balls except the inside was the Butterfinger deliciousness we all know and love.
These were some of the best snacks you could get in the ’90s until they were discontinued in 2006. In 2009, Butterfinger tried to redeem themselves by introducing Butterfinger Mini Bites, but we all know it’s not the same.
Dunk-a-roos are truly a ’90s novelty. They originally came with cinnamon graham-flavored cookies and a small dollop of icing that you could dunk the cookies into, hence the name.
Kids of the ’90s who brought these to school were usually the coolest, but the reign of Dunk-a-roos only lasted so long. They were discontinued in 2012 and in a fierce campaign to get them back, Canada — who still produces them — launched “Smugglaroos,” encouraging Canadians to smuggle them to their southern neighbors.
Hi-C Ecto Cooler
When The Real Ghostbusters, a cartoon based on the 1984 live-action movie, came out, Hi-C began to advertise Ecto Cooler. This green drink was a rebranded version of their Citrus Cooler and was so popular, that it stayed in production even after The Real Ghostbusters got canceled in 1991.
Ecto Cooler was discontinued by 2001, much to the dismay of its fans, but when the 2016 reboot of Ghostbusters debuted, Hi-C decided to sell Ecto Cooler once again for a limited time. It was a disaster to say the least since its limited qualities made the product hard to find despite the popular demand.
Keep reading to see what other popular green drink ’90s kids were clamoring for!
Oreo O’s made eating cookies for breakfast a near possibility ever since they were introduced in 1997, instantly becoming one of the most popular cereals around.
Everyone was disappointed when Oreo O’s were discontinued in 2007 and since then the only place you could get them from was South Korea, selling on eBay for well over $10.
Cosmic Brownies were one of the best treats to find in your lunch box. These fudgy brownies were topped with frosting and sprinkled with crunchy, colorful chocolate chips.
These weren’t the only Little Debbie favorites, though. ’90s kids loved eating Oatmeal Creme Pies, Star Crunch, Zebra Cakes, and Nutty Bars.
Coca-Cola introduced Surge in the ’90s as a “hardcore” drink to compete with Pepsi’s Mountain Dew. The citrus-flavored soda instantly became a cult classic.
By 2003, Surge still wasn’t selling as well as Mountain Dew, which caused it to get discontinued, but in recent years movements to get Surge back on the market have been somewhat successful.
Fruit-flavored treats were all the rage, especially when they came three-feet long!
Squeezit was such a joy to have in one’s lunch box. These fruit juices came in a plastic bottle that had to be squeezed in order to be consumed.
They became even more fun when General Mills rolled out the color-changing editions, which featured a pellet that had to be dropped into the tube. Unfortunately, they were discontinued by 2001.
Any kid who brought Fruit Gushers to school became the envy of all their classmates and had to worry about sharing. Gushers were kind of like Fruit Roll-Ups but were little gems filled with a sweet gooey burst of sugar.
If you’ve ever wondered what exact shape Gushers are supposed to be, they’re elongated hexagonal bipyramids.
Baby Bottle Pop
These bad boys were more or less for the late ’90s bloomers since Baby Bottle Pop wasn’t introduced until 1998. Still, most kids growing up in the ’90s can attest to having these at one point in their childhood.
The lollipop top is shaped like the top of a baby bottle, which is where it gets its name from obviously. The best part about these was that you could screw off the top and dip it into the candy powder in the bottle.
Keep reading to see what treat went to great lengths to keep kids begging their moms for it!
Choco Taco was by far one of the best treats you could score from the neighborhood ice cream truck. Choco Tacos consisted of a taco shell-shaped waffle cone, filled with vanilla ice cream and fudge swirls, then topped off with a chocolate shell and peanuts.
It was a messy treat, indeed, but sometimes that’s just what made the Choco Taco so special. Since 1996, you’ve been able to get these straight from your local supermarket.
Another treat that makes ’90s kids yearn for yesteryear is Crispy M&M’s. Introduced in 1999, these M&M’s contained a crispy wafer center that you didn’t know you needed.
People were upset when they were discontinued in 2005, but they’ve recently been put back into production since 2015. Another ’90s M&M’s invention was M&M’s minis.
Fruit By The Foot
Similar to Fruit Roll-Ups, Fruit by the Foot was three times as cool — in that it was three feet of this fruit-flavored snack rolled into itself. These are arguably more fun than Fruit Roll-Ups since there are multiple ways that it can be consumed.
Fruit by the Foot was introduced in 1991 and is still available to this day, although you probably wouldn’t catch any ’90s kids buying any in their adult lives for fear of being judged for eating was is essentially just sugar.
Another fruit snack coming up had a little bit of a bite to it…
Go-Gurt is yogurt you can eat without a spoon since it’s in a tube that you can squirt right into your mouth. Not only did Go-Gurt make yogurt consumption convenient, but it made eating yogurt incredibly cool.
Go-Gurt was introduced in 1999 as the first yogurt made specifically for kids. It certainly was found in many kids’ lunchboxes since its release.
Minute Maid Juice Bars
Minute Maid Frozen Juice Bars were the joy of many ’90s kids’ summer memories and they always tasted that much better when you got them as a treat at school.
Anyone who remembers eating these, however, knows that it could become a messy ordeal. By the end, you were sure to have juice running down your arms.
Kudos granola bars actually made eating granola bars enjoyable. They were originally introduced in the late ’80s as an alternative to eating candy bars.
At first, there were only chocolate chip, nutty fudge, and peanut butter, but in the ’90s the advent of M&M’s on top made the deal that much sweeter.
Keep reading to see which fruit snack gave Kudos a run for its money!
Push Pops were the ultimate candy-on-the-go for many ’90s kids. These cylindrical lollipops could be pushed up and then pushed back into their tubes for later consumption.
These bad boys were introduced in the late ’80s, which explains their extreme popularity among a wide range of those people who have grown up in the ’90s.
Ring Pops were for the candy connoisseurs who chose to be flashy about their treat of choice. These guys featured a jewel-shaped hard candy on top of a wearable plastic ring, which made its consumption very convenient.
Ring Pops, Push Pops, and Baby Bottle Pops were all products of Topps, the same company that makes all those sports trading cards.
Of all the fruit snacks that have been available throughout the ’90s, none were quite as popular as Shark Bites. Contrary to popular belief, the yellow shark is not lemon flavored but strawberry.
Also, there have been debates about whether the white shark gummy is supposed to mimic the other flavors or if it is its own flavor.
Yoplait Trix Yogurt
Also to come out of the ’90s was Yoplait Trix yogurt, which was based on Trix cereal. This yogurt featured fun duo-flavors, which looked even more inviting when opened as the colors of this yogurt were very distinct.
This was another yogurt that was marketed directly towards sugar-crazed ’90s kids.
“What’s in the Wonder Ball?” When it was first introduced in the early ’90s, it could have been anything! At first, these ball-shaped chocolate shells contained small toys of Disney characters but the product was briefly discontinued because that was deemed a choking hazard.
In 2000, they were reintroduced, but instead of toys, they just put more candy on the inside.
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