23 Snacks From the '90s That Will Send You Back to Your Childhood

Things were easier back in the '90s, especially if you were a kid. Life consisted of deciding which color light-up sneakers you asked your parents to buy and which Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtle you identified with the most. Also, can we talk about the snacks in the '90s? While some iconic selections are still available, many are not, which is truly tragic. I mean, what was Oreo thinking when it discontinued Oreo Cakesters? As if! Alas, I wanted to take a stroll down memory lane and remember all the good times we had together with our snacks in the 1990s, and I invite you to join me on this journey.


You simply cannot discuss nostalgic snacks from the '90s without mentioning Dunkaroos. There's just something about these little packages of vanilla cookies and sprinkle-flecked vanilla frosting that's just perfect, and the day they were brought back to life was quite possibly the best day ever for some of us.

Potato Sticks

Potato Sticks

I generally hate eating things with my hands, but for some reason I made an exception for French's Potato Sticks ($12), which are so damn tiny and messy to eat. They're basically the broken cousin of potato chips, but hey, they're delicious.

Doritos 3D

Doritos 3D are long gone (though there are some other versions available in other markets), and we miss them dearly. The nacho cheese chips were truly 3D and were almost like a puffed Bugles chip. They didn't taste much like Doritos, but we loved them all the same.

Fruit Gushers

Fruit Gushers

Did you ever shove a whole pack of Fruit Gushers ($9) in your mouth at one time to squeeze all the juice out at once or were you normal? There was an abundance of sugary fruit snacks on the market in the '90s, and we had a box of every single one in our pantry at all times.

Lunchables Pizzas

My mom hated buying me Lunchables because she thought they were too expensive and not a sufficient lunch, so any time I convinced her to buy me one was a real treat. The pizza version was and still is the best one, and I would happily eat one now if it was put in front of me.

Oreo Cakesters

These fluffy little cookies were arguably better than a traditional Oreo. I know, it's a bold statement, but I'm sticking with it. The cookies were pillowy rather than crunchy, and the filling was fluffier. They were basically whoopie pies, and I'm sad they're gone.

Pepsi Blue

I didn't get to drink a lot of pop as a kid in the '90s, but when I did, I wanted a Pepsi Blue. It was a limited-run option (similar to Pepsi Clear), and all I can describe the flavor as is blue. It tasted like blue, and I loved it. (Also, yes, I said I drank pop — I'm from Ohio and soda is not a thing, thanks!)

Fruit String Thing

Like I said, plenty of sugary fruit snacks on the market in the '90s. We used to try to make pictures out of our Fruit String Things before eating them, which inevitably made our hands sticky and probably got all kinds of gunk on the string, but that is neither here nor there.

Franco-American SpaghettiOs

The original SpaghettiO's were made by Franco-American, but the company was eventually taken over by Campbell's. Though SpaghettiOs are still available under the Campbell's label, they simply do not taste the same, so I officially miss the old-school SpaghettiOs of my childhood.

Wonder Ball

Candy inside of candy? Sign me up. I loved getting all the different kinds of these and seeing what was inside each one. It's probably why I still buy Kinder Eggs every time I'm in Europe. You can still get Wonder Balls, but they're not the same as the old ones.

Cosmic Brownies

We never had these in the house because if we did, my brothers and I would literally eat them all in one sitting. I always loved going to a friend's house and finding these in the cupboard, and I absolutely swiped one every time. I still can't have these around me for fear of inhaling the whole box at once — they're just so good. And, of course, the rainbow chocolates on top are everything.

Watermelon Laffy Taffy

Watermelon Laffy Taffy

Watermelon Laffy Taffy ($24) used to have "seeds" in it. I imagine the seeds were probably just made from more sugar, but I love the authenticity! We used to get these at the pool during the summer for a snack.


Yoplait came out with Go-Gurt at the tail end of the 1990s, and wow, what a game changer. We quickly learned that these were best eaten frozen, and they became a staple treat in my house.

French Toast Crunch

French Toast Crunch

I was big on having cereal as an after-school snack and still love it as a snack today. French Toast Crunch ($12) was one of my go-tos because not only was it cute (and who doesn't love cute cereal?), but it was also delicious. It was discontinued for a hot second, but thankfully it's back on shelves now.

Toaster Strudel

I was never big on breakfast before school, but I loved breakfast foods after school, including Toaster Strudel. I usually got the Wildberry flavor with the blue frosting . . . because it tasted blue, and that's my favorite flavor.

Dinosaur Eggs Instant Oatmeal

Dinosaur Eggs Instant Oatmeal

When you're a kid, food is about the experience as much as it's about the taste. So putting a bowl in front of me that lets me experience dinosaur eggs hatching in my oatmeal? Hell yeah I'm gonna want that. I loved Dinosaur Eggs Instant Oatmeal ($19) back then, and I still love it now.


If you didn't shove a Bugle on each one of your fingers before eating them, then you did it wrong. Bugles were and are still meant to be finger puppets and claws, and I will hear nothing else on this matter.

Flintstones Push-Up Pops

Back in my day, Push-Up pops were Flintstones-themed. I loved grabbing one of these after school at the beginning or end of the year when it was still hot outside. It was the perfect refreshing treat. You can still get the standard Push-Up pops, and they're still good, just not quite as yabba dabba delicious.


You know what? I really miss squeezing the fun out of a Squeezit. Yes, the regular ones were great, but I want to discuss the color-changing ones. I still remember seeing this commercial and demanding we buy these immediately so I, too, could drop what looks like a fish-food pellet into my sugar water and watch it change color. Simply the best.

Reptar Bars

Rugrats was a staple show of the '90s, so of course we wanted the snacks inspired by it. The candy bars went through a few different iterations (and came and went a few times), but they always included a green element because they were meant to turn your tongue green!

Fruit Roll-Ups

Did you unroll your Fruit Roll-Ups only to smash them into a ball and shove them into your mouth whole? No, just me? Yes, I ate these the same way I ate Gushers — all at once. Sometimes I'd tear out the shapes, but my friends and I usually couldn't be bothered.

Sunny Delight

Sunny Delight, now known as SunnyD, isn't really true orange juice, but it's delicious. I sometimes packed one of the small bottles in my lunch box in elementary school or grabbed a glass when I got home, but we eventually realized it was perhaps a little too sugary to drink as often as I did. Still delicious, though!



I actually come from the home of Smucker's, so pretty much all of its products were staples in our house (and every other house in town). I went through a phase of loving Smucker's Goober Grape ($27) and slathered it on every piece of bread I could find, because who doesn't love the convenience of having your peanut butter and jelly in the same container?!