Fine! I’ve been bitch-slapped by all of you. Whatever. I don’t care.
When I’m wrong, I’ll admit I’m wrong. It shocks me that only a few of you drank Ovaltine. Most of your comments cracked me up, some of them left me scratching my head, and others made me roll my eyes.
All this Ovaltine talk made me thirsty, hungry, and thinking about foods from my childhood. When I was growing up, the most uncool thing you could do was to buy your lunch at school. One exception to this rule was pizza day. Then and ONLY THEN was it acceptable to buy lunch. The rest of the time, you brought your lunch from home. In the early days of elementary school, you brought your lunch in a rad lunchbox (me, I had a Dukes of Hazzard lunchbox). Later on, like in 6th grade, it was only cool to bring your lunch in a paper sack.
My favorite things to bring for lunch were peanut butter and jelly with tortilla chips. I also had a list of snacks that I loved, none of them particularly healthy. (Healthy snacks like apples or bananas were also terribly uncool.)
1. Kudos “Granola” Bars in Cookies and Cream Flavor. I use the term “Granola” very loosely in this context, as there was more chocolate and cookies and cream flavor than actual granola.
2. Fruit Snacks, preferably Farley Fruit Snacks in Strawberry Flavor. All other fruit snacks are inferior, but this Farley Brand is quite difficult to find. Even to this day, if I see Strawberry Farley Fruit Snacks, I’ll buy several boxes and eat them by myself. (I’m not a good sharer.)
3. Fruit Roll-ups. This was in the days before Fruit Roll-ups had cut-out shapes, which I feel really screws up the enjoyment that is eating a Fruit Roll-up.
4. Fruit Leather, specifically Grape Flavor. They are similar to Fruit Roll-ups, but are far superior. I could take hours to eat just one, taking time to savor each bite. These are also hard to find, but again, when I do, I buy several and eat them by myself.
5. Capri Suns in any flavor. These were the most delicious drink ever when I was a kid. They never had enough in one and I always needed like four to quench my thirst, which pissed my Mom off since they were so expensive. Hi-C and those little cheap barrel drinks were pretty good, too, but couldn’t compare to the coveted Capri Sun.
6. Ho-ho’s (not to be confused with Swiss Cake Rolls). I loved to peel the chocolate off the Ho-ho then unroll it, eating the icing, and finally the moist, delicious cake.
7. Hostess Cupcakes. Everybody loves these, please tell me that I’m not wrong about this, too!
I also loved (and still love) grape Hubba Bubba Gum, watermelon Jolly Ranchers, red Tootsie Roll pops, Skor candy bars, Frozen Snickers bars, Kit-Kats, and 100 Grand Candy Bars.
Carson has not yet had any of the aforementioned goodies (except fruit snacks). I wonder if these snacks will still be cooler than apples and bananas when he’s in school.
So what snacks did you eat as a kid? Do your kids eat those same snacks?