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The Most Disgusting Food All '90s Kids Ate 

Laura Allan
Updated August 19, 2019 47.7k votes 4.8k voters 284.4k views 21 items

List Rules Vote up the grossest foods all kids who grew up in the '90s ate, despite their appalling nutritional value and ingredients lists.

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.

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Purple Ketchup
Purple Ketchup is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Most Disgusting Food All '90s Kids Ate
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OK, why did Heinz think this would be a good idea, again? Regular ketchup was fine, and red by nature, but apparently purple was a better plan. Even though everyone tried it once or twice, purple ketchup quickly went the way of the dinosaur. At least it still tasted like ketchup and was made from tomato paste. Mostly.  
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Kid Cuisine
Kid Cuisine is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Most Disgusting Food All '90s Kids Ate
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There are plenty of kids who will attest to loving these during childhood, but have you tried one recently? They're pretty much nothing but sogginess and the flavor of lingering plastic. They're also incredibly high in sodium, and these things just don't heat evenly when you cook them. Still, at the time, they were a great special occasion dinner... or just whenever mom didn't want to cook. 
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Orbitz
Orbitz is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Most Disgusting Food All '90s Kids Ate
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If you ever wondered what those little bits of stuff floating in these strange drinks were, this will ruin some of the magic for you: they were xantham gum and gellan gumWhile they looked cool and you kind of had to try it, some of those flavor combos were kind of off the wall, and the texture was... less than perfect. But still, drinking a lava lamp just seemed like fun sometimes. 
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Surge is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Most Disgusting Food All '90s Kids Ate
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It's making a comeback, and many of us can see why. As a kid, if you wanted a sugar high that was comparable with drug trips you heard about in movies, then this was the soda for you. Where else can you find a drink that gives you the equivalent of 14 teaspoons of granulated sugar in a single can?
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