The Forgotten Snacks (Caution- This Post May Have You Running to the Junk Food Aisle!)

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Who doesn’t love junk food? There seemed a time when our entire lives revolved around what snack we were going to be eating in front of the TV. But as we grow older, we tend to leave our old snacks of childhood behind and move onto whatever the latest food fad is. We may not be aware of it, but many of our old favorite snacks can still be found in the aisles of the grocery store. It’s time we start paying these snacks the homage they deserve.

1. Sunchips

Harvest Cheddar Sunchips taste like Nacho Cheese Doritos without as much guilt. They’re cheesy and crunchy and a wee bit healthy. Sunchips come in a variety of flavors so it should be easy for anyone to find one to suit their own personal tastes.

2. Babybel Cheese

What could beat creamy soft cheese wrapped in its own package? Nothing, that’s what. Babybel was the perfect hidden gem in the lucky kid’s lunchbox. It’s still available and waiting to make you feel like the luckiest kid in the lunch room at the office.

3. Chex Mix

Aaaahhhh! The salt-lover’s paradise. Chex Mix was the go-to snack for anyone who needed to satisfy that salt craving. The multiple textures made this snack unique. It’s still available for anyone who’s looking for a mid-day salt fix and can’t decide between pretzels, bagel chips, breadsticks or a handful of cereal. This snack has it all.

4. Nilla Wafers

These crispy sweet treats are still good for more than topping off that banana pudding. They’re great right out of the box, too! Fear not, if you’re hankering for some banana pudding, there’s still a recipe on the box.

5. Bugles

Bugles aren’t just a tasty treat, they’re a fun toy, too. Who hasn’t taken five of these handy-dandy snacks and made claws out of them? They still seem to taste better when they’re being eaten off of a finger. Freddy Kruger, look out!

6. Pringles

They’re more than a potato chip, they’re a crispy tasty treat. What kid hasn’t tried to see how high they can stack a pile of Pringles? You may be too old to play with your food or to use the canister as a makeshift sword, buy you’re not too old to enjoy the goodness of Pringles.

7. Hello Panda Chocolate Biscuits

Whether you are craving chocolate or vanilla, Hello Panda has you covered. Inspired by the bear it’s named for, these crackers have both flavors that combine for a taste explosion.

8. Kraft Hand-Snacks

It’s the staple of grade school snack time. Possibly one of the first decisions a kid can make is the cheese to cracker ratio of this snack. The compartmentalized package still keeps the soft gooey cheese separated from the crunchy cracker until you are ready to put them together. Yum!

9. Snackwell Cookies

Simple, delicious, and not as bad for you than other cookies. Enough said.

10. Lance Crackers

The variety pack that has something for everyone. Savory lovers can go for the cream cheese and chives flavor while those craving a little protein can go for the “Toasty” or “Toast Chee” flavors. There’s even a whole grain variety for those wanting to watch their waistline do something other than expand.

11. Combos

The snack for those who always thought just plain pretzels were not enough. These pretzels with a bit of a kick from a flavored center filling were the perfect handful of a snack. They still are.

12. Andy Capp Hot Fries

Before there were hot Cheetos, there were Andy Capp Hot Fires. These cheese and spicy puffed snacks always had the perfect amount of kick to them, and still do.

13. Jello Pudding Pops

Thanks to Bill Cosby, Jello Pudding Pops were hugely popular. Summer just wasn’t summer without frozen pudding on a stick. But, alas, these snacks are no longer available in supermarkets. But those of you who are still hoping to satisfy a yen for the cold sweet treat may have some hope. This yummy treat has a Facebook page dedicated to bringing them back. If that’s not quite good enough, a quick Google search can bring up several recipes to make them at home. That may have to do until someone decides to resurrect these wonderful treats.

The next time you have a free Saturday morning be sure to hunker down with some old-school cartoon reruns, complete with School House Rocks breaks, and crack open one of these treats. You may not literally be able to go back to your childhood, but it will be the next best thing.

If you prefer cookies and want to make your own snack, try Sheryl’s In the Kitchen favorites found HERE.

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