As kids growing up
in whatever decade we all happened to have grown up in – ‘cause
it really doesn’t matter – we dreamed about a day when things
like broccoli and brown rice would be banned, and the only thing
permitted according to federal law was cookie dough ice cream for
breakfast, Meat Lover’s pizza for lunch, and Count Chocula cereal
for dinner. While this ultimately did not happen, we did discover
that as adults we were free to eat cookie dough ice cream every
morning breakfast, Meat Lover’s pizza for every lunch and Count
Chocula cereal with our glass of evening brandy if that’s what we
so choose. But only if you planned to live to the ripe old age of 24.
With that in mind, let’s dive deep into our past and fondly
remember these 12 snacks, desserts and treats from our childhood.

1. S’mores

Remember as a kid
sitting around the campfire roasting marshmallows and then
sandwiching them between pieces of chocolate and graham crackers? If
so, your childhood was far more exciting than mine. I had the
privilege of eating s’mores too, but it just isn’t the same when
you’re microwaving the marshmallows and snarfing them down at the
kitchen table. By the way, s’mores are strictly for children. If
you’re an adult who still eats these, you’re a very sad person,
and that in turn makes me sad.

2. Chocolate
covered strawberries

If you were one of
those kids who wasn’t getting enough fruit in your diet, covering
strawberries in chocolate probably did the trick. The best way to do
it was to go to a high-end brunch where they had one of those fancy
pansy chocolate fountains. If that’s not something that made you
feel like a regular swell, there’s not much more I can do for you.

3. 3D Doritos

Full confession: as
insane as it might sound, I don’t believe I’ve ever actually
eaten cheese-flavored Doritos in my life. Some of the other flavor
varieties, yes. But not the nacho cheese. In any event, if regular 2D
Doritos float your boat, you were no doubt intrigued when they
introduced these guys in 3D form back in 1998. But obviously not
intrigued enough as they were discontinued in 2004.

4. Pop Tarts

First of all, the
only Pop Tarts worth eating were the ones covered in frosting. Here
was my strategy when chowing down on these bad boys: I would
grudgingly nibble on the edges of the square first which 1.) didn’t
contain frosting or filling and 2.) tasted like cardboard as a
result. But once I got that out of the way, sugary, chewy bliss was
my reward. Do be aware that if you were the kind of person who ate
these straight from the wrapping without first putting them in the
toaster to get them nice and warm, you were a straight up lazy
sucker.

5. Ring Pops

Every 2nd grade dude
knows that if they’re looking to get engaged but can’t yet afford
to buy his girl a ring, Ring Pops would more than suffice. Of course,
upon discovering that she preferred the taste of paste over that
big-ass green-blue swirly quasi fruit flavored diamond, the mock
wedding ceremony scheduled for recess later that afternoon would
inevitably be called off.

6. Minute Maid
Frozen Juice bars

Drinking Minute Maid
fruit juices was immensely satisfying, so imagine the glee I always
felt when consuming them in frozen form. In my day, it was pretty
much just frozen sugar water. Today these are made with 100% fruit
juice, but before you get too excited, keep in mind that as far as
your body is concerned there really isn’t much that distinguishes
juice from sugar water, no matter what you may have been told.

7. Cookie Crisp

Overprotective
parents are probably horrified at the idea that a breakfast cereal
meant to recreate the taste of chocolate chip cookies is still being
sold at the local grocery stores. But let me tell you something: I
ate this cereal all the time when I was a child and look at me now.
I’m a mentally stable, well-adjusted adult with a master’s degree
who is able to find time to write articles for Brainberries. If I can
succeed, so can your kids!

8. Lunchables

Packaging crackers,
meat and cheese is admittedly a pretty brilliant idea, but only
because parents are good at finding excuses for not wanting to spend
the 30 seconds it takes to make their kids actual sandwiches. For a
short while, my mom would send me off to school with these. Knowing I
wasn’t a big fan of bologna, she opted for the turkey instead. It
all came to a crashing halt once she discovered they contained
unhealthy levels of sodium and more saturated fat than the daily
recommended amount. But it was fun while it lasted.

9. Planter’s
Cheez Balls

As with the Doritos,
I didn’t dare touch these corn balls as the thought of
cheese-flavored dust repulsed me. But I definitely remember my
childhood friend Gordon being a huge fan of this snack, and he will
undoubtedly feel nostalgic next time I bring up the topic of Cheez
Balls, which went the way of the Dodo bird in 2006 and then in 2019
were brought back to existence, sort of like the dinosaurs from
Jurassic Park.

10. Viennetta

If you were too young to remember the mid-90s, then you definitely
would have no recollection of Viennetta ice cream. It consisted of
layers of ice cream ruffles and a thin, hard chocolate coating. I
remember it only being available during the Thanksgiving/Christmas
holiday season at first, but at some point the folks at Breyers
decided to sell it whenever you damn well wanted to feel like
royalty, but only had $3 to spare.

11. Girl Scout
Cookies

At our household, we
were never fans of people ringing our doorbell and trying to sell us
cutlery, their version of Jesus, or cheap whiskey. But if it was
little girls in green skirts bearing cookies, my parents sure the
hell weren’t going to refuse. My personal favorites were the
caramel deLites and peanut butter patties, although I have no idea
how anybody would opt for the Lemonades. Who’s with me???

12. Lucky Charms,
but just the marshmallows

I never understood why Lucky Charms even bothered with those stale oat thingies when we all know the marshmallows were the only things worth eating in this cereal. General Mills obviously took the hint when, back in 2017, they promoted 10,000 boxes of Lucky Charms that only contained the marshmallows. Now all they have to do is sell all of their boxes that way.

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