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11 Reasons It Was Sweet to Be a '90s Kid

Oct 29 2016 - 5:00pm

Sometimes we wish we could go back to a time when Fresh Prince was king, our greatest responsibility was making sure our Tamagotchi was fed, and candy was sweet, sour, and simple. There are near-countless reasons we're proud to be '90s girls [1], but the sweetest of them all was stashed in the candy aisle. Let's take a trip down memory lane with these iconic treats of our childhood.

Bubble Tape

Sorry Washi Tape [2], you weren't the first novelty tape to take the US by storm; Hubba Bubba Bubble Tape's [3] got you beat.


Warheads [4] were equally prized for their shock factor as they were for their terrifically tangy flavor.

Pixy Stix

Grown-ups didn't understood their appeal — sure, Pixy Stix [5] are basically just flavored sugar — but that only made them more fun to eat.

Fruit Stripe Gum

Not only did Fruit Stripe Gum [6] step it up in the food-coloring department, but each stick also came with a temporary tattoo.


We're still not really sure how Nerds [7] got their cheeky name, but that didn't stop us from gobbling them up by the handful.


Sour apple, cherry, and watermelon had their fans, but the best Airheads [8] flavor was, and still is, White Mystery.

Tiny Size Gum

Chiclets Tiny Size Gum [9] might not have tasted like much, but that didn't stop us from ripping into packet after brightly colored packet.

Everlasting Gobstoppers

If you needed to make your candy last thoughout an entire sleepover — sleep being a major misnomer — all you had to do was open up a box of Everlasting Gobstoppers [10].

Push Pops

Like their close-cousins Push-Ups [11], Push Pops [12] trumped their classic stick-based counterparts, no contest.

Bubble Yum

For the best bubble blowing and gum snapping, we chewed our way through a packet of Bubble Yum [13].

Ring Pops

Fantastically flashy, Ring Pops [14] were worth their weight in gold to a '90s candy fiend.

What did we leave off?

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