Let’s just admit it: ’90s snack food was better than the food we have now. Why? Because these weren’t just snacks… they were extreme snacks. They were hi-tech snacks. In the ’90s, it felt like every new trendy snack or drink had to be cooler and more wildly out there than the last.
The only thing (may be) better than these delicious retro foods? The crazy commercials. Yeah, you might be able to still buy a few of these things (although a lot of them have been discontinued), but you definitely won’t see these commercials on TV tonight. Watch our favorite old commercials, which were just as extreme as the foods, and tell us: which was your favorite?
This has to be the most hi-tech lollipop ever – not to mention the most ’90s commercial ever. When I was a kid, I thought this might have been the most amazing technology I had ever seen (that was before iPads, okay?), and I guess it was pretty cool… but now that I think about it, who really needs a lollipop that sings “in your head”?
Gushers are delicious and wonderful, and if I could find them in a store, I would buy a minimum of 1 million packages of them. I’m sure I’m not alone on this – just watch the commercial, they’re even newsworthy! It just seemed so different: you got a chewy candy AND a burst of fruity liquid.
I love this peanut man. I want him to be in every commercial ever. And, um, why don’t they sell these anymore? No, seriously, why? They were only one of the most amazing snacks ever. So much peanut butter. So much deliciousness.
This is such an old-school commercial and I can basically follow along with all of the words. Butterfinger BB’s were awesome because they were tiny versions of a candy bar. Yup, that’s pretty much it. Oh, and Bart Simpson loved them – so that obviously up-ed their cool factor.
Reeses Puff Cereal
Making candy into cereal? Who knew you could do such a thing?! Eating healthy cereals full of fiber and fruit was not popular in the ’90s. What was popular? Eating the most disgustingly sugary cereals you possibly could, ones that had absolutely no nutritional value whatsoever. We’re looking at you, Reese’s Puffs, Rice Krispie Treats cereal, Pop Tarts cereal and Oreo-O’s.
Yes, I know… you can still buy Mentos, like, everywhere. But you definitely cannot get this Mentos commercial back. The Mentos commercials were sooo much better years ago – and the idea of Mentos just seemed so much cooler: a mint you could chew! It was kind of amazing.
Again, I know you can still buy Blow Pops everywhere (thank God for that), but between the clothes and the silly props, I feel like they just don’t make commercials like this anymore. Also, just like with Mentos, the idea of Blow Pops was so much more awesome back then than it is now. I mean, a lollipop that ended in gum? It doesn’t get much better than that.
Only one thing comes to mind when I think of Wonder Balls: “Oh, I wonder, wonder, what’s in a Wonder Ball?” And that, my friends, is thanks to commercials like this one. It’s catchy enough to get stuck in your head for literally years.
I had totally forgotten about these until I saw the commercial, but now I want them back – badly. I mean, cereal that sparkles?! These must be so bad for you, but so good at the same time. And that, sadly, is the reason these were a ’90s food. So not parent-friendly.
Fruit By The Foot
Fruit By The Foot is still going strong, but I couldn’t resist not including this commercial. The t-shirts eating the snack? This is such a classic. And I love how making it Tie Dye makes it that much cooler.
This was perhaps the best Pepsi ever. It was blue! There’s not much more that needs to be said. I just wish this commercial featuring old-school Britney Spears was longer…
I think we all already know how cool Ecto-Coolers are. But do you know how cool the commercial is? The spooky grocery store combined with the Ghostbusters theme and this kids ’90s haircut… it’s perfect!
Yogurt that you can eat without a spoon! Oh, ’90s. Only you would create such a convenient and gross food. I love how they show this kid effortlessly eating it on a bike. Do you know how many times I tried to do that? And do you know how many times I majorly failed?
Life Saver Holes
In case you wondering what happened to the hole part of a Life Saver candy… this commercials gives you some answers. The holes are pretty wild, guys. I wouldn’t mind joining their little candy party.
Ignore how terrible this commercial is (except it is pretty cool that Ali Landry can catch flying Doritos in her mouth)… I am still mourning the loss of these 3D Doritos. Come back to me. I’ll even take this awful commercial.
Which was your favorite ’90s commercial? What food do you miss the most on this list? What did I forget? Tell us about it in the comments!