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The Most Disgusting Food All '90s Kids Ate

Updated August 19, 2019 214.6k votes 16.0k voters 515.7k views21 items

List RulesVote 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
    Photo: Metaweb / CC-BY
    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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    Orbitz

    Orbitz is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Most Disgusting Food All '90s Kids Ate
    Photo: chrissam42 / flickr / CC-BY-NC 2.0
    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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    Kid Cuisine

    Kid Cuisine is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Most Disgusting Food All '90s Kids Ate
    Photo: WordShore / flickr / CC-BY-NC-ND 2.0
    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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  • Crystal Pepsi is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Most Disgusting Food All '90s Kids Ate
    Photo: Distressed Volatility / Flickr
    What. No, seriously, what was going on here? Who said, "Hey, I know, let's make Pepsi clear, the kids will love that!" Well, the kids generally didn't, which is why it didn't stick around for very long. Neither did its later brother, Pepsi Blue, which should tell you one thing: stop messing with Pepsi. We like it the way it is. However, Crystal Pepsi did get a short comeback in 2015, so we'll see if it ever rears its ugly head again. 
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