This post was inspired by the "Snacks We Wish Were Still Alive" podcast episode of Mash the 90s
Let's start off with Cheez Balls. I remember eating these on road trips, sitting in the bed of our family truck. I remember their salty, OVERLY cheesy flavor, and popping them in my mouth as fast as I could to try to get more delicious cheese taste. Their texture is unforgettable, and rivaled only by cheese puffs. But cheese puffs don't have the convenient sphere shape, making Cheez Balls overall superior.
Speaking of cheese, I was a big fan of it growing up. Especially the fake stuff: cheese in a can, Cheez Whiz, and the envelope of cheese goo that comes with Velveeta Shells&Cheese... And of course, the cheese that comes in these Ritz Handy Snacks. The breadstick ones are also good, but that red plastic stick is classic and I'm convinced it makes the whole snack taste even better.
Funyuns are a funny snack. They're onion flavored, right? When I was little, I hated onions. Wouldn't eat them. Go to McDonald's and ordered "PLAIN cheeseburger, nothing on it!" But my sister and I loved to ride our bikes to the grocery store in the summer and buy Lunchables, cookies, and Funyuns. I don't think we understood that they were supposed to taste like onion.
I'm almost convinced that these Reese's Bites are no longer made. I don't even know how I discovered them, but I remember sitting on our computer in the summer. Making Angelfire websites and checking out web rings... and eating entire bags of these Reese's Bites. Like Cheez Balls, they have a convenient sphere shape, which must have been what made them irresistible to me.
Bubble Tape. You know, the tape that comes in one big roll and you can tear off as little or as much as you want? Grape is the best. I've bought grape Bubble Tape just within that past few years; it's still that good. I always tear off a big mouthful of a strip, and those first few bites is like an explosion of grapey goodness. So delicious. Then the flavor goes away and it's time to spit it out. "Long Lasting Flavor"? suurrrre...
We must have ate a lot of cereal in our youth because I remember having lots of different kinds. Cap'n Crunch was a favorite, and Alphabits, and even simply Cheerios. But Cinnamon Toast Crunch was my all-time favorite. That shit is so sugary, I can't believe they're allowed to sell it as "breakfast". I used to eat it plain. Also, Trix. Besides being wonderfully colorful, Trix's mix of fruit flavors is quite delicious. The first time I tasted a real lemon I said, "it tastes like the lemon shape in Trix cereal!" *facepalm*
Ouch Bubblegum: I don't actually remember very much about this product except the tin it came in was AWESOME. After the gum was gone, you still had the tin! I found these photos my mom took of me when I was about 4(?) years old. Enjoying my Ouch gum tin. What a nerd.
This next treat goes by many names: freeze pop, Fla-Vor-Ice, Mr. Freeze, pop ice, freezer pops, fun pops. We called them Freezy Pops. And I've probably eaten a thousand of them in my lifetime. Pink and orange were my favorite colors. (What are the flavors there? pink lemonade and orange? is pink strawberry? does anybody really know?) They were a summer staple and probably the most refreshing snack ever.
And there you have it, folks. Some of my most favorite childhood treats. If you feel like more 90s nostalgia, I recommend checking out the Mash the 90s podcast. It's on iTunes and you can find them on their website and on facebook. The 2 guys who do the postcast are very NSFW but are often hilarious and remember more about the 90s than I even do.