Ah, the 90s — a time when fashion was questionable, but the snacks? Unforgettable. For those of us who grew up in this rad era, certain foods are like time machines, instantly zapping us back to our childhood kitchens or school cafeterias. We’re taking a look back into the top 12 foods that every millennial will remember (and probably miss). Get a little nostalgic and see which of these classics you were obsessed with.

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Viennetta Ice Cream Cakes

Viennetta Ice Cream Cakes. Photo credit: Depositphotos.

Viennetta Ice Cream Cakes brought a touch of sophistication to the family freezer with its layers of creamy ice cream and delicate chocolate. It was the go-to dessert for special occasions.

Lunchables

Lunchables. Photo credit: Depositphotos.

Lunchables were the ultimate symbol of independence for 90s kids, allowing them to build their own meals at school. The convenience and novelty of stacking meat, cheese, and crackers made them a lunchtime staple.

Dunkaroos

Dunkaroos. Photo credit: Shutterstock.

Dunkaroos were the snack time champions, combining the fun of dipping with the sweetness of frosting and cookies. Their playful packaging and variety of flavors captured the hearts of kids everywhere.

Bubble Yum, Bubblicious, Bubble Tape

Bubble Yum, Bubblicious, Bubble Tape. Photo credit: Shutterstock.

The ultimate 90s gum trio: Bubble Yum’s softness, Bubblicious’ bold flavors, and Bubble Tape’s endless supply made them icons. These brands dominated playgrounds and classrooms with their vibrant packaging and bubble-blowing contests.

SnackWells

SnackWells. Photo credit: Depositphotos.

SnackWells capitalized on the low-fat craze of the 90s, offering guilt-free cookies and cakes. They were everywhere, from office break rooms to school lunches. Our parents kept the pantry stocked with them and we’re pretty sure it was the beginning of the “diet-food” awareness for most of us.

Bagel Bites

Bagel Bites. Photo credit: Depositphotos.

Bagel Bites made pizza an anytime snack, revolutionizing after-school eating. Their catchy jingle and easy preparation made them a favorite for every after school snack get together.

Kudos Bars

Kudos Bars. Photo credit: Depositphotos.

Kudos Bars blended the line between candy bar and granola bar, making them a hit for kids wanting sweets and parents wanting healthier options. Their chocolatey, crunchy goodness made them a lunchbox highlight.

Fruit by the Foot

Fruit by the Foot. Photo credit: Depositphotos.

Fruit by the Foot was the endlessly fun, peelable snack that seemed to go on forever. Its playful nature and fruity taste made it a hit both on the playground and at home.

Toaster Strudel

Toaster Strudel. Photo credit: Depositphotos.

Toaster Strudel offered a gourmet breakfast experience with its flaky pastry and DIY icing packets. They were a luxurious upgrade from the typical toaster fare. These were a personal favorite among my brother and I, always preferring them over PopTarts if we had a choice.

Kid Cuisine

Kid Cuisine. Photo credit: Depositphotos.

Kid Cuisine meals were the epitome of a fun, kid-focused frozen dinner, complete with a main dish, side, and dessert. How many of us were left alone with a babysitter and this as our dinner when it was a parents’ night out?

Gushers

Gushers. Photo credit: Shutterstock.

Gushers brought a burst of fruity liquid with each bite, making them a uniquely satisfying snack. Their explosive flavor and fun commercials made them a must-have in every lunchbox and school cafeteria.

Clearly Canadian

Clearly Canadian. Photo credit: Shutterstock.

Clearly Canadian was the it-beverage of the 90s, offering a refreshing alternative to soda with its fruit-flavored sparkling water. Its sleek bottle and crisp taste made it a popular choice. People loved it so much it’s even made a modern day comeback recently!

11 Fast Food Chains That Should Just Go Away For Good

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Fast food joints are a staple in America’s dining landscape, offering that too-tempting blend of convenience and comfort. Yet, for every moment of indulgence, there’s a chance you’ll end up with a meal that leaves you more disappointed than satisfied.

It’s a hit or miss out there, with some places becoming notorious for all the wrong reasons – think dismal meals, grumpy service, or a vibe that’s far from clean. We dove into the murky waters of fast food reviews to bring you a list of spots that, well, might just be more miss than hit. And while opinions on the “worst” can vary as widely as taste in burgers, this rundown is based on the loudest online voices calling for these chains to shut down for good.

Read it Here: 11 Fast Food Chains That Should Just Go Away For Good

10 Controversial Food Ingredients Used In America That Are Banned Globally

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Around the globe, countries take varied approaches to food safety, setting their own rules on which ingredients and production methods are deemed acceptable. What’s routine in the U.S. food industry often faces stricter scrutiny abroad. With the U.S. grappling with high rates of chronic illnesses and food-related disorders, it begs the question: could certain widely-used, yet overseas-banned, additives be contributing to America’s public health challenges?

In the States, the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) and the Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS) oversee food safety, adopting a “Generally Recognized As Safe” (GRAS) stance. This means additives are presumed safe based on expert consensus or historical use, rather than extensive new testing. In contrast, regulatory bodies in places like the European Union demand rigorous safety demonstrations before any new food additive graces supermarket shelves. This fundamental difference in regulatory philosophy may explain why some products available in the U.S. are forbidden elsewhere.

Read it Here: 10 Controversial Food Ingredients Used In America That Are Banned Globally

7 Reasons We Never Order Off The Kids Menu

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Heading out to eat is always a highlight, but when it comes to the kids’ menu, we tend to look the other way. Sure, the crayons and quirky cups are a hit, but the menu itself? Not so much. It feels like a missed opportunity to dive into the real joys of dining out: sampling new dishes, enjoying a meal as a family, and yes, temporarily forgetting the chaos of mealtime at home. Instead of settling for the usual kid fare, we opt for sharing bits of our own meals with the kiddos, just like we do at home. Here’s why sticking to this approach makes every meal out a little more special.

Read it Here: 7 Reasons We Never Order Off The Kids Menu

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