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Last week we hit some major nostagia with 16 Things That Taste Just Like Your Asian American Childhood, peek the story for favorites such as Pocky and White Rabbit. And just yesterday, Cap’n Crunch, yes the actual four-fingered cartoon character, held a press conference defending his title as “Captain.” While you’re sifting through your bowl of Crunch Berries and sipping your Calpico, learn how to make these DIY Oreo Ice Cubes. They’ll change your life, promise, kinda.

Other happenings around the internetz:

James Bond was wrong, “Stir it, you jag.” [Thrillist]

#PaulasBestDishes – If you’re out of the loop, consider yourself lucky [First We Feast]

Wine for bougie Trekkies [Cool Material]

Rhubarb recipes that actually taste delicious [Greatist]

Oreo Pancakes, aka the only reason to eat breakfast [Nerdalicious]

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16 Things That Taste Just Like My Asian American Childhood

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Nabisco? Hostess? Please, it’s all about Lotte, Glico and Calbee.

Growing up Asian-American, it was always hard not to feel just a little bit different from your peers, especially at lunchtime. While your classmates were knocking back Capri Suns and Dunkaroos, you’d be stuck drinking probiotic Yakult and eating Hello Panda crackers. But that’s okay, because trips to the Asian grocery store with your parents usually meant stopping by the toy counters out front and picking up the newest holographic Pokemon cards, which were always loads cooler than anything you’d find in a Cracker Jack box.

With that in mind, here’s a list of the top 16 Things That Taste Just Like Your Asian American Childhood. Mmm, just like mom used to pack.

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1. Pocky, Yan Yan, Hello Panda

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Never underestimate the simple joy of crunchy bread dipped in chocolate cream. Also available in Strawberry.

Picthx Asian Food Grocer

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2. Lychee Jelly

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These always came in giant buckets, but for some reason there were never enough. WHY WERE THERE NEVER ENOUGH?

Picthx Viet Wah

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3. Shrimp-Flavored Chips

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The Asian equivalent of gum (i.e., once you opened a pack, you could pretty much say goodbye to it forever).

(Notable mention: Snow Pea Crisps)

Picthx Amazon

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4. Calpico, Ramune

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For some reason, Japanese sodas were never content just being one color or flavor, and for some reason, the Strawberry one was always the best.

Picthx Asian Food Grocer, Sand Village Farm

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5. Yakult

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You had the inkling feeling this was supposed to be like liquid yogurt, but decided it was probably best not to ask too many questions.

Picthx Fechando O Ziper

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6. Dry Ramen Packets

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When you have built in crunchy noodles and built in seasoning, who needs chips? (Serving suggestion: crushed and shaken up in a zip-lock bag.)

Picthx Newgrounds

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7. Haw Flakes

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Admittedly these ones tasted kinda funny and you only ate them because your dad gave them to you, but at least tearing open the packs was always fun. Plus they kinda looked like fireworks.

Picthx Nummy Nims

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8. Dry Seaweed

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Perfect with or without rice.

Picthx Nourishing Meals

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9. Tamarind and Coffee-Flavored Candies

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Also available at most Asian restaurants (with the check, of course).

Picthx World of Snacks

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10. White Rabbit

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Two words: Edible. Paper.

Picthx Cafe Zupas

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11. Boba

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Admit it, you felt kinda cool when all your American friends started asking you to take them to get “bubble tea.”

Picthx Tasting Tampa

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12. Rice-Seaweed Crackers, Wasabi Peas, Nagaraya Crackers

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Picthx Hibiki, Nut Stop, Food Recap

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13. Hi-Chew

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Just like harder, chewier Starburst, except they also came in Melon and Mango, aka possibly the best Asian-inspired flavors ever.

Picthx David Wong

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14. Asian Ice Pops

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Hands down, 1 million times better than Otter Pops, just because they were a million times easier to open. Oh, snap.

Picthx Asian Food Grocer, Please Let It Be Friday

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15. Orion Choco Pie

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Picthx Old Delhi Mart

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16. Pork Sung

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Lastly, pork sung, which, despite all appearances, is really not hair. Really.

Picthx E Food Depot

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Leader Image: Jordan Plenzich, Flickr