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The Top 7 Old School Snacks for Kids

By mikeadamick |

I’ve got a serious thing against snacks. Well, not the food itself, per se. Just the sheer quantity of snacks. The all-encompassing omnipresence of them.

Yes, most of the snack foods for kids are probably a lot healthier than they were when we were kids — baby carrots, apple wedges, some weird organic fruit squeeze pouches — but just how many snacks do kids need? I swear you can’t hold a kid event nowadays without having a snack on the way to it, a snack during it, and then a goodbye snack after it.

Seriously? Kids can survive an hour without food.

But all that said …

I went to a birthday party the other day, and one of the parents whipped out a cooler filled with icy cold Capri Suns, and it occurred to me that I haven’t had a pouch drink in literally decades. My poor daughter didn’t even know how to put the straw in.

What else, I wondered, has she been missing?

Oddly, in an age when more snacks seem available and served all. the. time., parents have simultaneously sucked the joy out of snack time. Maybe five less servings of organic, sugar-free, protein-rich, gluten-free after school specials could mean one more, say, Zinger?

The party got me thinking of my favorite childhood snacks, the ones that parents nowadays have declared verboten. I haven’t seen these in ages, and, frankly, in some circles, you’d be ostracized for even thinking of serving them. But please, think of the children. I bet they’d love them. At least maybe once a year …

If it’s time for a crap food comeback, here’s my Top 7 Old School Snacks.

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The Top 7 Old School Snacks for Kids

Capri Sun

At the birthday party, a couple kids turned up their granola eating noses at the pouch sugar, while the adults huddled around the ice chest like it was opening day at the new methadone clinic. Three cheers for old school!
Photo Credit: Kraft

Mike Adamick writes at Cry It Out!

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7 thoughts on “The Top 7 Old School Snacks for Kids

  1. Timmi says:

    Little Debbie snacks any of them were awesome and so were gushers!

  2. Megan says:

    It must be a city/suburb thing to do healthy/organic everything. I live in a small rural town(about 10,000 people) and my kids eat/drink these old school treats all the time. Snackcakes, fruit snacks/fruit roll-ups and cookies are staples at scout meetings.

  3. Megan says:

    I live in rural quebec and it is split here. there are some parents that literally own goats just because goat milk is so much better for you! *insert eye roll here* and some that don’t care. Very few parents know the word moderation. I once got in trouble because i didnt MAKE my own granola bars. really????

  4. elva says:

    My kids have been exposed to all these things…bad for them or not lol

  5. Laura says:

    My kids got hohos for a treat the other day. They were so excited.

  6. Cody Nicole says:

    Don’t forget kudos, dunkaroos and cracker jacks!

  7. Samira says:

    Kool Aide busrsts squeeze its whatever the juice aisle at wal-mart is where to find them along with tummy ticklers belly washers and whatever else and I agree with Megan must be a city thing because my kid eats all that stuff all the time we just made chocolate chip cookies yesterday and fruit rollups a few weeks ago

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