The '90s were really a gross time for kid's food. The decade saw the rise of Lunchables, the appearance of fruit snacks that had no fruit in them, and so many artificial flavors that your tongue would sometimes turn green. When you get down to it, kid's food from the '90s was disgusting. From fake ingredients to sugar contents so high that your parents instantly regretted letting you eat the offending food item, there were some seriously gross '90s snacks that kids ate regularly.
However, let's be absolutely clear: just because these disgusting foods from the '90s were terrible for you and horrifying to look at doesn't mean they weren't delicious. Really, who wouldn't like to see a resurgence of Butterfinger BB's or Ecto Cooler? These unhealthy '90s snack foods were a part of life and, nostalgia aside, some of them were more addictive than anyone cares to admit.So, as a child of the '90s, which of these were your neon, sugary, artificial bread and butter? Get ready for a blast from the past as you vote up the grossest '90s foods, and prepare to have your mouth water. Even if you hate yourself for it a little.
Punch-Out Shapes Fruit Roll-Ups
Yes, these may have had a decent amount of Vitamin C. Yes, these may have actually had some real fruit in them sometimes. But with those little shapes, you just had to pull them out and play with them before eating. Chances are, before that stuff went in your mouth, it got a little grimy from your grubby little kid hands. And don't even mention the tongue tattoos.
Some parents loved these. No need to pack a lunch, no need to put anything together, just give your kid one of these and let them do it themselves! And kids were all too ready for that. Although tasty, these are finger food, and you know what's grosser than a kindergartner's fingers? Not much, even if you are that kindergartner. On top of that, was anyone else kind of disturbed that these sat in lunch boxes all day without refrigeration, despite having dairy and meat products inside?
While these are still popular today, they first saw their rise in the '90s, and for good reason. While they were high in Vitamin C, they were also crammed with artificial dyes and flavors and had enough sugar to be closer to candy than fruit snacks. Plus, their commercials were basically an acid trip for kids.
Getting one of these was a real treat. The first ones you got, you had so much fun pushing them all the way up using the spring at the bottom. But what about when you needed them to be pushed back down? Well, you had to push on the sticky part. Sometimes you could do it with your tongue, but often you had to do it with your fingers. Then the sticky happened. Push Pop sticky is a very special kind of sticky, the likes of which are only comparable by Ring Pops.