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Top 10 Best Lunchbox Snacks of the ’90s

Get ready to reminisce, because it’s time to check out the top 10 best lunchbox snacks of the ’90s. These treats were easy to access and so much fun to eat. Many of them are still available. For the first 2 entries on the list, we are looking at meals.

10. Uncrustables PBJ Sandwiches Are Perfect For Lunch

Uncrustables Peanut Butter & Grape Jelly Sandwiches from Smuckers launched during the ’90s and they are still available today. These “soft bread” sandwiches are round, crust-free and crimped all around their diameters. The crimping keeps the peanut butter and grape jelly inside of the sandwiches. The filling won’t leak out. Portable and tasty, Uncrustables are perfect for those who prefer sandwiches without the crusts. Each 2-ounce sandwich contains 6 grams of protein. These convenient snacks from the ’90s still fill a need in the marketplace, and you’ll find them in the freezer aisle of many grocery stores. Smuckers is based in Ohio and the company has been around since 1897. Since Smuckers has a proven track record when it comes to offering great jellies to customers, it’s no surprise that its sealed PB & J sandwich is such a big hit. This sandwich isn’t patented, but the name, “Uncrustables” is trademarked. Smuckers constructed a factory in Kentucky in order to facilitate production of these popular crustless sandwiches. In 2018, when California was ravaged by wildfires, firefighters snacked on the sandwiches to keep their energy up. Uncrustables keep selling because they are portable comfort food. They are great lunch options for kids of all ages. Uncrustables Peanut Butter & Grape Jelly sandwiches are modern classics, but they aren’t the only sandwiches in the Uncrustables product lineup. There are also Uncrustables filled with chocolate-flavored hazelnut spread, or plain peanut butter, minus the grape jelly, or peanut butter & honey spread on whole wheat. There’s also peanut butter Uncrustables with strawberry jam. Reduced-sugar Uncrustables are also an option. Check the freezer aisle at your fave grocery store to see which Uncrustables are available.

9. Lunchables Ham & Cheddar Combos Are So Convenient

Lunchables Ham & Cheddar with Crackers meals were very popular during the ’90s and they are still available today. While Lunchables were actually launched during the end of the 80s, by Oscar Mayer, the popularity of Lunchables definitely soared during the ’90s. While some people may not feel satisfied after eating Lunchables Ham & Cheddar with Crackers as a midday meal, those with less-hearty appetites may find that Lunchables really satisfy. With Lunchables, ingredients are stacked on crackers. Ham & Cheddar with Crackers is a perennial favorite, but there was also a very popular pizza Lunchables during the 90s. Kids – and maybe some adults – would make tiny pizzas with cracker crusts, by adding tomato sauce, cheese and pepperoni-flavored sausage. It’s still possible to enjoy the pizza Lunchables. In fact, the current Lunchables product line is really extensive. Clearly, Lunchables meals are still hitting the target with kids and parents. Today, consumers may buy Lunchables that come with Capri Sun juice or without. There are also Lunchables which are made with natural cheese and meat. Lunchables Uncured Ham & Cheddar is one example. If you prefer the old-fashioned Ham & Cheddar version over the natural option, you can get that, too. Another choice is Lunchables Brunchables, which include classic breakfast ingredients.  Lunchables “Snacks” are also sold, and so are Lunchables Uploaded, which come with more of everything that kids enjoy, for a more filling and variety-packed experience. The Uploaded meals come with drinks. Now that we’ve talked about beloved Lunchables Ham & Cheddar with Crackers, as well as how Lunchables have evolved over the years, let’s look at three fun and kid-friendly snacks that were found in tons of lunchboxes during the ’90s.

8. Polly-O String Cheese Is Fun To Eat

Polly-O String Cheese was a hit back in the ’90s and it’s still popular today. Produced by Kraft Foods, this lunchbox favorite was a snack food and an activity. Some kids spent a lot of time deconstructing their cheese strings. Others cut to the chase by munching the cheese sticks without the usual peeling off of strings of cheese. However kids ate them, they enjoyed their good taste. Many adults indulged in Polly-O String Cheese, too. Polly-O string cheese is found in lunchboxes and in plenty of brown bags, too. It’s a tasty and convenient way to get a little healthy calcium during the day. Today, Polly-O String Cheese is available in four varieties. There is Mozzarella string cheese, plus a Mozzarella string cheese variety made with 2 % milk. There are also Twists which are combos of mozzarella and cheddar. The fourth option is mozzarella and cheddar twist cheese made with 2 % milk. With the twists, children untwist the cheese before they string it. Those who eschew dairy may not embrace the fun and taste of Polly-O string cheese. Lots of people are turning to dairy alternatives these days. In the 90s, there were also dairy alternatives, but these alternatives weren’t as popular back then as they are now. The part-skim Polly-O cheese strings come in packs of 12, 16 and 24. The original cheese strings, which aren’t made with 2 % milk, come in 12-packs, 16-packs, 24-packs and 48-packs. Original and part-skim twists are available in 12-packs. All of these products are made without artificial preservatives and flavors. 

7. Fruit Roll-Ups Have So Much Flavor

These legendary fruit snacks come from the General Mills’ brand, Betty Crocker. They were ’90s faves at lunchtime and anytime. Packed with intense taste, these fruit-flavored snacks made kids happy and parents liked eating them, too. Like so many awesome snacks featured here today, Fruit Roll-Ups are still out there in the marketplace. The concept for Fruit Roll-Ups began to be explored during the 1970s. The product was launched during the 80s and its popularity skyrocketed in the 90s. A brand called Uncle Toby’s also produced similar snacks which were promoted via TV ads during 1990. Today, there are many types of Betty Crocker Fruit Roll-Ups to choose from, including Tropical Tie-Dye, Blastin Berry and Strawberry. Strawberry Craze “mini-rolls” are also available. People can buy their favorite flavors or go for variety packs which allow them to enjoy different flavors. A Blastin Berry Fruit Roll-Up has 50 calories, 10 percent of the recommended daily allotment of vitamin C and 1 gram of fat, plus 7 grams of sugar.  The first three ingredients listed for Fruit Roll-Ups are corn syrup, dried corn syrup and sugar. Most nutritionists advise parents to consider these lunchbox favorites occasional treats, because they do contain empty calories.

6. Fruit Gushers Are Snacks With Liquid Centers

Betty Crocker Fruit Gushers are usually called Gushers for short. They are fruit snacks that have liquid centers. They surged in popularity during the 90s and they are still beloved. Known for their distinctive long hexagon bi-pyramid shapes, these fruit snacks are made mostly from fruit juice and sugar. Inside of each fruit gusher, there’s a sweet and thick liquid. The outside of the fruit gusher is made from a gummy type of colorful coating. Biting into a gusher releases a gush of liquid and this is why these snacks have their unique name. ’90s kids who found Fruit Gushers in their lunchboxes were generally happy campers. These snacks rated highly among school-age kids, ‘tweens and teens. It’s safe to say that parents occasionally enjoyed them, too, even though they were made with kids in mind. Since they’re still available, it’s so easy to enjoy them at home, or in packed lunches. Current Fruit Gushers varieties include Strawberry Splash, Sour Triple Berry Shock, Mood Morphers, Mouth Mixers Punch Berry, Tropical Flavors and Flavor Mixers. There is also a variety pack available. When the ’90s ended, Gushers stayed relevant, in part because a popular YTV show called Uh-Oh was sponsored by Fruit Gushers from 2001 to 2003. These fruit snacks have widespread appeal that has endured through the years. 

5. Capri Sun Drinks Are Iconic

These lunchbox essentials were a big deal in the ’90s. It was possible for kids to polish off these fruit drinks in no time flat. Sometimes, a few big sips was all it took to finish a Capri Sun. These drinks come in convenient little pouches with small straws. These days, kids may enjoy Lunchables that include Capri Sun juices. The fruit drink pouches are also sold on their own, just like they were back in the ’90s. The Original Juice Drink contains ingredients that are all-natural, which are naturally sweetened with some sugar. The drinks don’t contain artificial preservatives, colors or flavors. If you want to experiment with different flavors, or your kids do, you’ll have plenty of product options, including Fruit Punch and Strawberry Kiwi, as well as Lemonade and lots of other great flavors. There are even organic Capri Sun drinks available nowadays. Overall, there are seven main categories of Capri Sun drinks, from the original drinks to the organic drinks to a sports beverage version called Capri Sun Sport and beyond. Capri Sun is still a favorite drinks brand for kids. It’s a brand with staying power. Each drink pouch comes with 1/2 cup of juice. 

4. Hi-C Juice Is Still A Hit

For many people, Hi-C is a taste of childhood. It brings back ’90s memories. During the 90s, one flavor of Hi-C, called Orange Lavaburst, was offered at McDonald’s fast food joints. When McDonald’s took the drink off the menu many years later, a lot of customers weren’t happy. This popular Hi-C flavor was available elsewhere. Hi-C is still sold today, and Orange Lavaburst is still a popular flavor, along with Boppin’ Strawberry, Blazin’ Blueberry, Poppin’ Lemonade and Torrential Fruit Punch. There are other flavors to choose from, too. Hi-C appeals to kids, it’s made from genuine fruit juice and each drink box comes with a full day’s supply of vitamin C.  The current Hi-C product line has 50 percent less sugar than the original product line. In the ’90s, drinks like Capri Sun and Hi-C really ruled. Kids loved sipping and gulping them. They were fun to drink and perfect for school lunches. Today, new generations are discovering these fruity bevvies. Hi-C is produced by the Coca-Cola Company. It was invented way back in the 1940s. Its inventor’s name was Niles Foster. The drink was launched in 1947, in an orange flavor. Today, each Hi-C drink box contains ten percent fruit juice. For the last 3 entries on the list, we are looking at desserts

3. Dunk-a-roos Are A Sweet Treat

Plenty of kids love sweet treats, just like kids did back in the 90s. This is why Dunk-a-roos remained popular for years, after the 90s ended, just like they used to be. In case you’ve never tried them, Dunk-a-roos are cookies that come with frosting. For many kids, they are one of the premier lunchbox desserts. These snacks were launched in 1990, by the General Mills brand, Betty Crocker. With Dunk-a-roos, cookies are meant to be dipped into icing before they are inhaled. Each pack comes with several small cookies, such as ten cookies, plus enough frosting for dunking. The cookies came in a host of shapes. One popular shape was the hot air balloon. This famous dessert snack had a cartoon mascot, who was a comical kangaroo. The cartoon mascot was called Sydney and he had an Aussie accent. In 1996, a new mascot, Duncan, was introduced after a special contest. In 2012, production of Dunk-a-roos stopped in America, but the cookies with frosting were still available in Canada. Some people brought Dunk-a-roos from Canada to the States when they needed a sugar fix, for themselves or for their kids. In 2018, Dunk-a-roos were discontinued in Canada. Yummy flavors included Chocolate Icing with Graham Cookies and Vanilla Icing with Chocolate Cookies. At one point, there were SpongeBob SquarePants Dunk-a-roos, which featured bright yellow icing.

2. Teddy Grahams Are Adorable And Tasty

Teddy Grahams aren’t just for kids. Adults eat them, too. These snacks became a sensation in the ’90s and they are still amazingly popular. Actually, the success of these little cookies isn’t so surprising. They are adorable, because they are shaped like tiny teddy bears. They taste good. They come in different flavors, so there is something for everyone. Kids who found Teddy Grahams in their lunch boxes back in the 90s would gobble them up. These days, they still add tons of fun to school lunches.  Nabisco launched these cute little cookies during 1988. By the 90s, they were very famous and very beloved. These days, Teddy Grahams are available in 4 flavors, which are Honey, Chocolate, Cinnamon and Chocolately Chip. Yes, they are aimed at kids, but lots of adults snack on the cookies, while they’re watching TV or whatever. There are even recipes online which utilize the tasty little bear bookies in innovative new ways. Teddy Grahams do not contain high-fructose corn syrup. You may have a box of these cookies in  your pantry right now. A lot of people do, especially if they are parents to young children. If you don’t have any on hand, you may be craving them right now. They are mild cookies. They are sweet, but subtle. Those who buy these cookies regularly know that they disappear fast. It’s easy to eat a lot of Teddy Grahams.

1. Zebra Cakes Have Bold Style

Zebra Cakes were ’90s faves, thanks to the bold, graphic appeal of their black-and-white frosting. These cakes are still sold. They come from a company called Little Debbie. Zebra Cakes feature yellow cake that’s iced with white frosting and dark stripes made of fudge. Zebra cakes also have cream filling. The sight of Zebra Cakes in a lunchbox is going to put a smile on a child’s face. These cakes made kids happy back in the ’90s and their appeal hasn’t faded. If you want to relive childhood memories, you should know that Zebra Cakes are available in single serving sizes, as well as family packs. So many ’90s snacks, including Zebra Cakes, continue to intrigue new generations. These snacks keep packed lunches from seeming too dull. These are snacks that aren’t likely to be traded to other classmates or thrown in the garbage. Kids love getting fun stuff in their lunches and these snacks really delivered for the kids of the 90s. Try one, a few or all of these modern classics to get that ’90s lunchbox vibe, even if you’re way past the lunchbox stage. If you’re into baking, you’ll find recipes online for cakes that are very similar to Zebra Cakes. It may be harder to make your own Teddy Grahams, or Fruit Gushers. 

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