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These Foods Are the Modern Day Versions Of Your Favorite 90s Snacks

Every decade has its bests — best fashions, best films, best toys and of course best foods. Imagine back in the 1950s, you could walk down to the corner malt shop, shine a quarter — or a nickel or a dime or whatever — on your overalls ‘til it gleamed, and buy yourself a soda pop.  Now the usual consists of scoping out one of those fancy 100-something-flavor Coke machines and going nuts.

Things have definitely changed throughout the years when it comes to snackage, yet a lot remains the same. We’re essentially enjoying the same things as we were, say, 25 years ago, just with a slight twist. Let’s look into this even further with today’s equivalents of snacks from the world’s most nostalgic decade: the 90s. Here’s what some of your favorite snacks have evolved into. 

Chewy Granola Bar vs. KIND Bar

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Millions of lucky kids in the 90s enjoyed opening up their lunchboxes every day to find one of three original Chewy Granola Bar flavors: chocolate, peanut butter, or s’mores. Now, the IT-granola bar (yes, there is an IT-granola bar) is the KIND bar, packed with whole grains, seeds, nuts, and lots of cool points.

Even with slightly modernized Chewy bars on the market as well, KIND bars are the fastest growing energy bar.  In 2014 sales of KIND energy bars in all shapes and brands topped $1.2 billion, up 50% from 2010. That’s a lot to chew.

Lunchables vs. Starbucks Bistro Boxes


Like Lunchables, Starbucks Bistro Boxes are appealing in the way they conveniently package all sorts of fun goodies into one little plastic tray. Sometimes they’ll come with crackers and cheese in one compartment, and maybe a little fruit snack in another — fun!

The difference lies in what each brand would choose to include in the compartments. While Lunchables might provide a rich peanut butter cup for dessert, a Bistro Box would give a lighter option like chocolate-covered cranberries. The Bistro Boxes definitely give Lunchables some competition, as they’ve become quite the hit for Starbucks since their 2011 debut.

Hot Fries vs. Veggie Straws

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Photo Credit: Graham Holt

Both are light, crunchy, and salty, yet one is clearly a bit more health-conscious than the other. Veggie Straws and chips came onto the snack scene in the 2000s and have been climbing the chip charts ever since. Unlike Hot Fries, they allow you to eat healthier, but still get the satisfaction of a proper crunch.

Pretzels vs. Pretzel Chips

Miniature salted pretzels have always been the quintessential party snack, but pretzel chips have pretty much taken over the 2000s. With a completely unique texture and style, Pretzel Chips are a little bit more fashionable to tote around than Rold Gold.

Little Debbie Cakes vs. Trader Joe’s Cookies

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Photo Credit: theimpulsivebuy

Zebra Cakes, Buddy Bars, Cosmic Brownies, and Oatmeal Creme Pies — music to the ears of every Generation Y’er. Gen Z’s have found their own piece of heaven with Trader Joe’s cookies, especially the Joe Joe’s creme sandwiches, with all its mouth-watering flavors. And who could forget about TJ’s infamous Crunchy Cookie Butter? Experts are saying cookie butter is now the new cookie.

By Molly Shannon

Molly is the original krill queen and co-founder of the Boba Belt. She fancies a mean ramen burger, and a cold glass of nonfat milk.

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