5 Foods From the 90s They Should Really, Really Bring Back

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Flickr User Justin Snow
Oh, to be a 90s kid

I rant a lot about how kids these days have it easy, what with their Spark Notes, Wikipedia, smart phones, and easy access to porn, but one of things I will never envy about '00s kids is their food.

Sure, they were born into a sort-of food renaissance and have their pick of menus from both brick and mortars and luxe loncheras, but man, there are just some things that they're missing out on. 90s kids know, we had some of the best snack food to ever exist. But the worst part? Kids these days don't even know how bad they have it because they don't how good it used to be.

Case in point: Here are five foods from the 90s they realllly need to bring back.

5. Ecto Cooler

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Flickr User Andrew Mager
Freaky looking, amazing tasting

When I was in school, there were only two acceptable flavors of Hi-C: "red" (there are actually a half dozen or so "red" flavors, but no one differentiated) and Ecto Cooler, a run of rebranded green-colored, citrus-flavored sugar water created to capitalize on the waning popularity of the Ghostbusters.

The cartoon series that Ecto Cooler was connected to, The Real Ghostbusters, actually ran for seven seasons, but that pales in comparison to the drink itself, which was popular for years after the show was cancelled.

Then, in the most unadvised marketing move in existence, Minute Maid "discontinued" Ecto Cooler in 2001, rebranding it Shoutin' Orange Tangergreen. A few years later? It's completely gone.

Sure, a few people figured out a similar recipe but Ecto Cooler was some of the most efficient trade bait that was ever found in lunch bags. To think that grade schoolers won't get to learn the economics of running a mini sugar cartel any longer is just tragic.

4. French Toast Crunch

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Flickr User Foogos
So different, so hip!

Cinnamon Toast Crunch is fine, but in 1995 General Mills introduced the United States to the cereal's more attractive foreign cousin, French Toast Crunch.

Things started out well. French Toast Crunch's cutesy, Texas-toast appearance stood out from everything else on the market, and the mellow maple flavor was pleasant without obnoxiousness. But things started to change. After a few years, French Toast Crunch started taking after its American cousin, losing its mini-toast-like form completely for the more familiar flakes of corn.

Before the changes got too drastic, French Toast Crunch fled the country and is now found in Canada exclusively. Those reminiscent of an old romance can relive it -- for a price. Services that ship the cereal from Canada to the United States exist, but is $20 worth it for a box of cereal? Your call.

3. Lychee Cups, Original Wonder Balls, Kinder Surprise

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Flickr User Cherster Santos
Pictured: a choking hazard.. apparently

Lychee cups were some of the best Asian snacks to ever be imported into the United States. They consisted of a small piece of fruit encased by semi sweet, fruit-flavored gel and came in little pods the size of a large coffee creamer. Unfortunately for those who understand the concept of "chewing," some people -- children and adults alike -- choked on the snacks. They were banned in the European Union and were flagged with import warnings in the United States, making much more difficult to find and much more expensive.

That wasn't the first time that the apparent misunderstanding of "what is food" has vanished something from store shelves. Wonder Balls and Kinder Surprises, hollow chocolate spheres that contained toys and other knick-knacks were banned in the United States because of, you guessed it, choking hazards.

They can still be found, but the more hookups you have, the better.


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ruizlora18
ruizlora18

you can find kinder sorpresa anywhere in mexico

Gregory Soave
Gregory Soave

They still make rice crispie treats cereal. just gotta know where to buy it. My brother finds it and hoards it.

Jay Mendoza
Jay Mendoza

not since the 90's. they have spicy but not flaming hot like the flaming hot Cheetos

hostage
hostage

Screw the 90's, how about the 70's?   Bring back Aspen Soda...


Niko Babic
Niko Babic

Koolaid "flavor" Sharkleberry Fin. It was pink. It was the shit. Closest thing I've found is the Big Wednesday from Robeks.

Marie Handl
Marie Handl

Crispy M&Ms were the shit, but come on... I can't believe Dunkaroos didn't make the list!

Ro Ar
Ro Ar

Josta. Bring me my Josta.

Terence James
Terence James

Josh, I was expecting the turtle pies from the pic haha. Those were good.

Kit Hope
Kit Hope

I want sodium cyclamate back.

Justin Kramer
Justin Kramer

Bring back WWF/WWE wrestling ice cream bars!!!!!!!

Josh Dutch Schultz Gaitan
Josh Dutch Schultz Gaitan

For me it was Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtle Puddie Pies! A green hostess pie with vanilla pudding in the middl! I miss that so much..

Joe Rivello
Joe Rivello

Ive had rice krispie treats cereal somewhat recenetly. so bomb

littabitty
littabitty

i'm pretty sure my mom still has a package of ecto cooler in her basement with an expiration date circa 1989.  

Justine Burgess
Justine Burgess

Rice Krispies Treats cereal is currently available at Big Lots. ;)

JMB123
JMB123

There are about 100 boxes of Rice Krispies Treats cereal (for $2.50 or so) at the Big Lots on Katella and Euclid in Anaheim. I just left there. Pretty sure they are at the other Big Lots as well. ;)

Steven Michael Saul
Steven Michael Saul

i miss the ghostbuster green hi-c, the only time in my life it felt ok to drink slimer. lol

Pete Schelden
Pete Schelden

Rice Krispie Treats Cereal tasted like the box it came in. Ugh.

Erin McDermott
Erin McDermott

I don't remember any of these food items, now I feel like I had a shitty 90's childhood. Thanks a lot Stick A Fork In It!

MissLand
MissLand

What about bonkers? Do you remember those? They were like starburst but so much better!

Christina Wong
Christina Wong

Ohh and the best when you freeze them. Like little lychee jelly popsicles.

Stick A Fork In It
Stick A Fork In It

Having something to actually chew was one of the best things about them!

Christina Wong
Christina Wong

YESS to the lychee cups. They tried making them with smaller pieces of lychee fruit, not the same.

dj4monie
dj4monie

@Steve S Lee That sh*t was nasty, how people drank it straight I'll have no idea.

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