Last century, French author Marcel Proust wrote that the scent of madeleines could transport him back to childhood memories he’d almost forgotten. If Proust was alive today, he’d probably be writing about Ecto-Cooler and Dunkaroos. Which snacks from your childhood do you still miss?
What was your favorite flavor of Clearly Canadian? I was a Mountain Blackberry girl, but Country Raspberry was good too. This sweet, fancy sparkling beverage was like the grandfather of LaCroix. Plus you could use the empty glass bottles as flower vases to show that you were truly a classy and elegant person.
The good news is that you can buy Clearly Canadian again at World Market. The bad news is that it will never taste as good as your childhood nostalgia.
Dunkaroos were little plastic containers with a compartment of cookies and one filled with vanilla frosting studded with sprinkles. You were supposed to dip the cookies in the frosting (and not just eat the frosting, you savage), and it was delicious. They stopped making Dunkaroos in 2012, but I’m going to tell you a secret. You can just dunk animal crackers in a can of Funfetti frosting. They taste even better if you’re binge-watching something on Netflix.
Ask a group of 90s kids what candy they miss most, and you’ll get an anguished chorus of “Butterfinger BB’s!” The bite-sized Butterfinger nuggets coated in chocolate (or something similar to chocolate, anyway) had a much better ratio of coating to filling than the full-sized bars. They lasted from 1992 to 2006, when Nestle broke all our hearts by pulling the delicious treat pellets from the shelves.
Why does Ecto-Cooler hold such a place in our collective childhood memories? Originally introduced in 1987 as a tie-in for Ghostbusters, the tangerine-orange juicebox lasted until 2001. It’s actually pretty remarkable, considering that most movie-related products end up in the clearance bin within six months. The green nectar made a brief reappearance in 2016 for the reboot of Ghostbusters, but if you want a fix now, you’ll have to make it yourself with one of the many DIY recipe hacks online.
Keebler Magic Middles
Take a vanilla shortbread cookie and fill it with soft, gooey chocolate fudge or peanut butter. Sounds good, doesn’t it? I bet you wish you had one right now. Well too bad! Keebler Magic Middles were axed in the early 90s, and although they’ve dabbled with variations on the idea, we still miss the originals. The snacks you childhood really were the best, weren’t they?