These 20 Comforting Junk Foods Will Take You Straight Back to the Innocence of Childhood
Simpler times, man.
Find yourself craving junk food lately? Yeah, us too. Sales of classic junk foods are up and it’s no wonder why: It’s just plain comforting to munch on your favorite childhood snacks. Organic? No. Full of salt and sugar? Yep. Here are 20 of our favorites.
Find yourself craving junk food lately? Yeah, us too. Sales of classic junk foods are up and it’s no wonder why: It’s just plain comforting to munch on your favorite childhood snacks. Organic? No. Full of salt and sugar? Yep. Here are 20 of our favorites. Pexels Take a trip down memory lane with these hat-shaped corn snacks. You may not be able to wear them on your fingers anymore, but your kids still can. This 14.5 oz. bag is bigger than what you’d typically see on store shelves, so you’ll have plenty to snack on. Amazon Combos sound like a snack dreamed up by a group of stoned 17-year-olds—”Dude, what if we combined, like, pizza and chips?”—and they taste that way too. Whether you prefer the pretzel dough or the classic cracker, the cheesy filling is the perfect fix for munchies of any kind. Amazon For some reason, we’ve never had an oatmeal cookie quite as soft, sweet and satisfyingly chewy as these Little Debbie masterpieces. Oatmeal Creme Pies were the first Little Debbie snacks to hit the market in August of 1960, when a carton cost only 49 cents. Amazon You’ll appreciate the sugar rush from these spongy, cream-filled golden cakes just as much now as you did when you were a kid. If you want to get really wild, drizzle these babies with some chocolate sauce and slice them up with strawberries to top off a decadent homemade sundae. Amazon If you’re looking for enough MoonPies to last a lifetime, behold this glorious 96-count box. There are eight boxes in total, so if you’re feeling generous, you can drop some off on friends’ or family members’ doorsteps with a sweet note. Amazon You can now spot the Abba Zabba candy from a mile away, with its graphic black and yellow wrapping. The chewy peanut butter and vanilla bar first came out in 1922 and was huge in the 1950s and ‘60s. Kids of the nineties might remember it best from the opening scenes of the stoner movie Half Baked when Dave Chappelle says, “Abba Zabba, you my only friend.” Amazon Do not click on this YouTube video of an early 1990s Payday commercial unless you want the old “totally nuts about Payday” jingle to be stuck in your head for the next week. Despite those weird old ads, the creamy caramel enrobed in salty peanuts still makes PayDay bars the perfect sweet and savory combo. The candy was invented in 1932 and got its name because it just so happened to be pay day. Amazon You can still nab a ten-pack of the classic Raspberry iced Zingers, rolled in coconut flakes and bursting with pillowy vanilla cream, here on Amazon. Amazon Fill in the blanks: “SNAP INTO A __ __!” For anyone who was around during Hulk Hogan’s commercials, that phrase is forever stuck in your head. There’s still something so satisfying about gnawing on these classic sticks. Is this how dogs feel when they get a really good bone? Amazon Remember getting your hand stuck halfway inside the Pringles can as a kid (or possibly just last week)? Say goodbye to all that with these mini plastic cups encasing three off your favorite flavors: original, cheddar cheese and of course, sour cream and onion. Amazon Not only are Cosmic Brownies yummy, they’re also such a delight to look at. Those little rainbow chocolate candies are so cute! The moist, fudgy squares are so perfectly uniform! Even the rainbow on the box brings cheer. Amazon Where do you stand on the decades old debate between Twizzlers and Red Vines? Both of the twisty candies claim to be strawberry-flavored, but we think they just taste red. (Also, we totally prefer Red Vines.) Amazon When these cinnamon-flavored jawbreakers were invented in 1954, the Ferrara Candy Company could only produce 200 cases a day. But within three weeks, the factory was getting orders for over 50,000 cases a day, and 15 million of the candies were consumed each week worldwide. Amazon In two classic flavors, Cherry Yum Diddly Dip and RazzApple Magic Dip, this retro treat is just as much fun to dip now as it was when you were little. Just try not to spill the sugary powder everywhere this time around. Amazon These toasty, cheesy crackers have been around for almost 100 years—they were invented in 1921 by Green and Green Company, a snack manufacturer in Dayton, Ohio. Of course, there are plenty more flavor options now, including white cheddar and the crispy, baked variety. Amazon Of course, Oreos are delicious any way you serve them. But if you want to bring classic carnival fare home (especially since we’re unlikely to be hitting any fairs this summer, try this easy recipe for homemade deep-fried Oreos. Amazon These pudding packs are just as creamy and delicious as you remember—with the added bonus of being free of preservatives, high fructose corn syrup, artificial growth hormones and trans fats. Amazon Tear into these individually wrapped pies to reveal perfectly flaky golden layers of crust, stuffed with juicy cherry and apple filling, and relive the joy of biting into one of these on the playground. Amazon In 1932, C.E. Doolin of San Antonio, Texas, bought the recipe for Fritos from a man in Mexico named Gustavo Olguin. The crunchy corn snacks were inspired by fried masa, or cornmeal, sold in little baggies at the beach and outside gas stations, according to Doolin’s daughter, Kaleta. Doolin employed his kids as taste-testers—and with their help, he also invented the Cheeto. Amazon These light-as-air crinkle-cut chips melt in your mouth in both the original and the bold cheddar sour cream flavors. Amazon