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After school snack memories

So after staying up way too late last night reading the post on Mom's cooking, it got me thinking about what my Mom would serve for after school snacks. I vividly remember coming home and hoping for the best and many times getting the worst: my older brother was put on the Feingold diet for hyperactivity during my early school years and because of his restrictions (no sugar, no chocolate and no artifical colors or flavors) there was always some 'fake' chocolate/carob type cookie that left a strange aftertaste, or if we were lucky, 'natural' peanut butter that had to be stirred for ages to make it come back together, spread on a piece of bread. What was waiting for you when you got home?

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  1. As a latchkey kid, I had the run of the pantry, so I tested out my nascent cooking skills by making huge amounts of Rice Krispie Treats and eating the whole batch before my mom got home.

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    1. re: MrsCommanderson


      lucky!! i think at one point i would've traded my family for the privilege.

    2. Little Debbie or TaskyKake
      Oreos, Vienna Fingers or those Almond Windmill cookies.
      Fresh fruit.

      Mom’s dessert of the week was strictly for after dinner.

      1. My personal favorite was on Mondays when Mom made bread for the week. Walking into the enclosed porch on a cold, blistery wind afternoon and getting a heady whiff of warm flour and yeast. Warm yeast rolls straight from the oven with butter. That was the best ever.

        For my son (latch key kid) it was when I had bought oreos. A very rare treat.

        Sheesh - what a disparity!

        1. - apple slices or celery & carrots with PB
          - a bowl of cold cereal (my favorite)
          - crackers, pretzels or goldfish with some sort of cheese (usually muenster or Swiss)
          - Spaghetti-O's

          we rarely had "junk food" in the house because my mom was always on some sort of diet and my sister was a bit heavy. but when there were cookies in the cabinet, they were usually Chips Ahoy, Keebler Fudge Stripes, Vienna Fingers or Honey Maid Graham Crackers. i'd have a couple with a glass of skim milk.

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          1. re: goodhealthgourmet

            MMMMMMMMMMMMmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmm Keebler Fudge Stripes. My mom, on the rare occasion she bought, "processed, garbagy store cookies," bought Nutter Butter Peanut Butter Sandwich Cookies." God how I loved those things. She thought they were kind of okay because of the peanut butter's protein!!

          2. home made cookies when my mother stayed at home... sometimes after, but once she started working and wans't home in the afternoons, I'd grab a stack of ritz crackers and make SUPER dark chocolate milk with nestle quick. (that was before I discovered the joy of chocolate and pretzels together). I could eat a whole stack and drink a quart of milk in one afternoon! :)

            1. Sometimes my mom would stop and get groceries after golfing and pick up a pan of iced coffeecake /honeybuns to have with butter and coffee when she got home. She would save out a couple for my sister and me......but by the time we got home, they were generally stale and dry as a cardboard box. If we were lucky, they were warm and fresh.....about 1 time in 5. We never knew whether to hope she had gotten them or not.

              Otherwise, it was PB&J

              1. I didn't know at the time how fortunate I was to have my mom at home. She doted on all three of us and sometimes would serve us at different times.

                My after school snack varied, and sometimes if my Dad was home, he'd make it.
                I've had crab cocktail (was really trout!) that was excellent
                French apple pie
                cooked chocolate pudding
                homemade big huge sugar cookies
                peanut butter and jelly toast
                mayonnaise sandwiches - white bread and Miracle Whip
                Rice Krispies
                Hostess chocolate cupcakes - LOVED THOSE! (cold we'd freeze them and as they soften eat them)
                Frozen Musketeer Bars
                Greeen Apples with salt
                Cinnamon Toast
                Tuna sandwiches
                Grilled Cheese sandwiches
                Fried chicken - I loved it ! My mom would always have a fried chicken or a french vegetable soup with french bread on the stove almost every week.
                Most of the time I ruined my appetite for dinner. But we all how hungry you get after school!!! Who can wait

                1. To make sure your followers don't get the wrong idea about the Feingold diet, I wanted to point out that it does not eliminate sugar or chocolate and one does not have to stir peanut butter! Afterschool snacks can be just about anything as long as it doesn not include artificial colors, artificial flavors, some preservatives or Aspartame.

                  1. We were one of those annoying "no junk food" homes, but I used to love going over to my bestest friend's house after school, where they had a bottomless cupboard of Ring Dings. (The Big kind, before they shrank them....) mmm kreme.... adam

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                    1. re: adamshoe

                      i had the same situation. my best friend's house was directly behind ours, and our backyards were connected, which made it very easy to get a junk food fix. they had an entire double-wide cabinet AND one of those deep pull-out bins dedicated to snacks - every cupcake, cookie & chip you could imagine, plus shelves in the refrigerator & freezer stocked with goodies like pudding, whipped cream & ice cream. it was nuts. whenever my mom had a chocolate craving she would call their house and ask if one of the kids could run something over for her :)

                    2. We were also an essentially junk-food free home. (Mom was a 1950s home ec major). Often it was peanut butter between slices of apple or carrot sticks (still don't particularly like raw carrots).

                      1. I don't really remember having too many after school snacks, I think because I came home from school / school activities so late, it was usually almost dinnertime, anyway. Or maybe it was because if I professed hunger, mom would make me eat a full meal of healthy stuff that I didn't want, anyway.

                        I do remember almost always having tea or other marinated eggs around in the fridge that we could help ourselves to whenever we wanted. And usually a jar of homemade granola. And oatmeal cookies with almost no sugar or oil, which in retrospect I realize tasted a lot more like scones than cookies. And lots and lots of fruit of all different kinds. And seasoned nori seaweed snacks....

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                        1. re: cimui

                          We had nori for snack too! We would put rice inside it or eat it plain. Sometimes we would get kimbap or yaki mandu but these were unusually special after school snacks.

                        2. Most of the time, there wouldn't be an after school snack because by the time I got home (almost 4-ish), Dad would be back from work soon and Mom would always tell us not to spoil our appetites. If I really wanted something though, then it was usually fruit.

                          On our really lucky days, Mom would've been trying out a new recipe while we were at school and we would be allowed to have that before dinner. I remember a Chinese steamed egg cake, variations of lo bak go, and this gelatinous/sticky thing with red beans in them.

                          1. Sneaking one of these in was always a fun treat. We would eat at 7pm most nights, so an after school snack was usually permitted. Years ago, these were great.

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                            1. moslty i never ate after school- casue i was too preocupied with playing but if i did snack it would always be- a piece of fruit or a 100percent dried fruit strap, almonds yoghurt and as a aspecial treat dried figs and if i was very hungry grain crispbreads with vegemite, cheese, tomato and lettuce.

                              1. English muffin pizza's (I prefered straight tomato paste for the sauce)
                                Flakey Puffs
                                Chopped, raw onions in any creamy dressing (Remember Kraft Creamy Cucumber?)
                                Spaghetti-o's with LOTS of black pepper

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                                1. re: Sean

                                  i forgot about those toaster-oven English muffin pizzas! and why Kraft discontinued my beloved Creamy Cucumber dressing is beyond me. i know they have something called Cucumber Ranch now, but there's no substitute for a classic like that.

                                  1. re: goodhealthgourmet

                                    GHG, I just saw this old post. My sister and I still search (in vain b/c it's no longer made) for Kraft cucumber onion dip. We could polish off a tub of it w/ a bag of Wise's potato chips in no time flat. But I also loved the Kraft tomato bacon salad dressing. Yummm...

                                    Ohmygosh, just saw spell weaver16's post. I too miss the tomato bacon dressing!!!

                                  2. re: Sean

                                    I remember the creamy cucumber! What I loved was the tomato and bacon dressing that I ate with carrot sticks. That stuff was fabulous!

                                    1. re: Sean

                                      oh yum! +1 on english muffin pizzas - with sliced hot dogs and cheddar cheese, dried oregano:)

                                    2. My sisters and I would want to make french fries but my mother frying in the house. If she wasn't home we might make some - otherwise we were happy with potato chips and ketchup. It was mostly junk food. We always had bags of Fritos,popcorn or chips and a bowl of those would do. Frozen snack foods too like pizza rolls ! But there were alos raw onion sandwiches.

                                      1. A piece of Oscar Mayer bologna OR, if mom was working, a plain milk chocolate Hershey bar. I love you mom!

                                        1. Popcorn - the most often consumed and most loved
                                          Peanut Butter and Fluff or Banana on White Bread
                                          Bagel Bites or Pizza Rolls - whichever my Mom found on sale
                                          Ramen Noodles - only the 49 cent instant packs would do
                                          Taco Bell Bean Burritos or Taco Bell Pizza

                                          My after school snacks consisted of things I could eat while walking my dog, watching TV and/or studying. In high school, if I had time to eat a snack and dinner was far enough away to be allowed a snack, it had to be portable and able to fit in between play practice, football games, study groups and between 2-6 hours of homework a night.

                                          No wonder I had high cholesterol and stomach problems as a kid! Thankfully I have learned the error of my ways and have changed my lifestyle and eating habits.

                                          1. My parents rarely bought junk, so I got graham crackers and milk most of the time and for a treat my dad's homemade yogurt with a little of my mom's homemade plum jam. It was good, but she never bothered to take out the pits, so you could break a tooth.

                                            In junior high I became a latchkey kid. I sometimes bought frozen chocolate chip cookie dough and ate it raw. I also liked to make popcorn on the stove, though I often burnt it. (No microwave yet.)

                                            Then in high school I started taking care of two little girls after school. They had a freezer in their basement full of ice cream and frozen treats like yogurt push-ups. I was amazed and thrilled. Kept the job until I moved on to boys and coffee.

                                            1. My father always had tea for the kids when we'd get home from school and some sort of sugary snack purchased in bulk at the wholesaler: fried pies, cinnamon buns, donuts, etc. This might be why I weighed nearly the same now as I did when I was in the 3rd grade.

                                              1. Until my senior year in high school, after school snacks followed a predictable pattern -- fresh fruit was always available, most often bananas or apples, milk was the drink of choice and a cookie - either molasses or oatmeal raisin from Van de Kamps bakery in Los Angeles. If we were really lucky, there might be pretzles but the junk food my lucky friends ate did not exist in our home.

                                                I lived with a French family for my last year in high school and hit PAYDIRT! We got chocolate croissants and beer for "gouter" after school and I knew that I'd died and gone to heaven. While my American friends were slurping cokes, I was drinking beer. This was a very big deal to me and still a fond memory.

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                                                1. re: Sherri

                                                  You consumed chocolate croissants and beer at the *same* time?

                                                  1. As a hungry teenager in the UK, I have happy memories of a rather eclectic range of 4pm snacks, many made by me in my earliest attempts at cooking, few tried since:
                                                    Waffles with Bon Maman rhubarb compote, poached pears in blackcurrant juice with cinnamon; bacon sandwiches with HP sauce on plastic white bread; whole tubs of Onken peach yogurt with wholegrains (hmm, should try that again, an interesting texture); dark chocolate Bahlsen Leibniz biscuits, eaten chocolate topping first; garibaldi biscuits. Sometimes plum-jam filled donuts from a Polish bakery and Lebkuchen in December.

                                                    1. My mom used to bake a lot so there'd usually be some sort of homemade treat to eat after school. Brownies, either with icing on top or melted marshmallows were my favourite, followed by other homemade cookies. If there was nothing homemade I'd eat Dare Chocolate Fudge sandwich cookies, or "Midnight Mint" (which I think were very similar to what American girl scouts sell as thin mints); chocolate covered digestive biscuits or Fudgee-O's, or PC Decadent Chocolate Chip cookies.

                                                      My brother usually followed his cookies with a slice of cheese. I just wanted another cookie.

                                                      1. I believe I was lucky. My mother baked a lot and so the list is large and tasty.
                                                        Chocolate chip cookies
                                                        peanutbutter cookies with a chocolate kiss on top
                                                        ranger cookies
                                                        butterscotch chip cookies
                                                        lemon bars
                                                        sour cream rasin pie
                                                        ginger snap cookies
                                                        chocolate cake with mint frosting
                                                        carrot cake
                                                        fruit cake cookies
                                                        rasin bread
                                                        poppy seed kolachies and prune
                                                        oatmeal rasin cookies
                                                        apple pin wheels
                                                        jelly roll
                                                        All made with love and by hand!!!!!!!!!!!

                                                        1. Graham crackers with butter. I loved them.

                                                          1. We had a junk food drawer that I used to dig into for snacks. I remember when I was really little I used to love nutty bars, and also cheez-its with a glass of oj (i can't believe i liked that combo!).

                                                            1. Growing up in Kenya, things were very different. Chocolates and other Western goodies were a rare treat, snuck into the country whenever anyone went overseas. Ready made snack foods were almost unheard of and for us were a treat if we ever got our hands on them.
                                                              I remember savouring a small packet of hula hoops someone brought back from England, making the whole packet last for a week.

                                                              After school snacks consisted of home made goodies. An ice cold glass of milk mixed in with a Tbs of cadbury's drinking chocolate or rose water. Home made Indian snacks like chevdo, bhusu and other chick pea flour snacks
                                                              Hot khitchi with chilli powder (Rice and lentil flour snack), bhajia with tamarind and tomato chutney's, vegetable samosa's, kachori etc.
                                                              And our absolute favourite use to be when dad would get home early from the bakery with fresh, still warm, crusty bread. Eaten with very salty, very creamy butter, and a dollop of jam that still had whole strawberries in it

                                                              1. Inexplicably, in my Italian-American childhood home in Brooklyn, we had "tea" with buttered party rye or other bread cut into small pieces. However, the really big treat was when my mother was making a pot of sauce, and we had some of the sauce on white bread with a heavy sprinkling of Romano cheese.

                                                                1. My parents worked at night so they would usually be sleeping when I got home so my grandmother would usually make me anything I wanted - which was usually instant ramen with an egg in it along with some kimchee. Other times, my best friend would come over to eat steamed rice wrapped in seasoned nori with kimchee. She tells me she still dreams of it to this day.

                                                                  1. Also being a latchkey kid and having a mother that made everything I always had left overs but once in a while i would convince my mom to by me bad stuff the best still to this day
                                                                    Devil dogs
                                                                    Ring dings
                                                                    Chicken in a bisket crackers
                                                                    Wise onion garlic potato chips( shared a bag on a bus ride to the Florida keys when I was 12 with my dream girl even though she did not notice me)

                                                                      1. Two things: A thick slice of my mom's homemade bread with peanut butter and peach jam, and fruitcake with a slice of sharp cheddar cheese on it.

                                                                        1. When I was in elementary school, I remember graham crackers, popcorn, peanut butter toast, and the occasional milkshake.

                                                                          In high school, after swimming or cheerleading practice, it was always frozen bread-ladden goodies from Costco. Bagel bites, frozen pizza, french fries, potato skins. So bad for you but I loved my mom for always having them for me!

                                                                          1. As a latchkey kid in NZ in the late 70s my friends and I would go over to each other's houses after school. It's quite scary nowadays to think that often our parents wouldn't have known where we were from 3pm when school finished to 6pm when they came home!

                                                                            A particular friend used to always make the same thing for a snack - a bowl of homemade peppermint icing (icing sugar, water and peppermint essence), a packet of plain biscuits (arrowroot biscuits or round wines or similar) and everyone got a knife and a plate and just helped themselves to the icing and spread it on a biscuit.
                                                                            Not healthy, sickly sweet, but a great way to cater for a bunch of hungry girls!

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                                                                            1. re: Billy33

                                                                              sounds delish -- but I love mint-flavored things

                                                                            2. Usually one of the following:

                                                                              Boloney with peanut butter smeared on and rolled up
                                                                              Apples with peanut butter
                                                                              Bananas with peanut butter
                                                                              Peanut butter and honey sandwich on wheat bread
                                                                              Fig Newtons
                                                                              Nutty Bars
                                                                              The family oatmeal chocolate chip cookies
                                                                              Rice Crispy treats with peanut butter chips
                                                                              Pudding cup

                                                                              1. My after school snack from my Mom was nothing with a side of "you'll ruin your supper" and, on the rare occasions Dad was home from work before 6pm, his snacks were a quiet "here, eat this chocolate and don't tell your mother".

                                                                                I preferred my Dad's snacks.

                                                                                1. Gjetost cheese slices with apples, bananas and milk, raisins and nuts, oranges and tea, graham crackers,kippers with mustard on saltines.

                                                                                  1. White bread with cheddar cheese, peanut butter+banana+honey sandwich (with milk), or a big bowl of frosted flakes with milk were my favs. I had a phase of MASSIVE after school snacks...definitely wasn't good for me though. :P

                                                                                    1. The usual.
                                                                                      Except that there was this fish store in town that had a restaurant attached to it. First name type place and the owners knew my family very well. They had the best pre-cooked shrimp. Once in awhile, my parents would give me $1.50 to go to Friendly's and get a hot dog and a jr. fribble. Once in awhile, my buddies and I would go into the fish store and get like five cold jumbo shrimp for $1. Man I miss that place.

                                                                                      1. Mom's made from scratch CC cookies and chocolate cupcakes were favorites, but a piece of cold fried chicken was also welcome.

                                                                                        1. When I was a little girl, my mother wasn't working, so I remember once a week getting a fresh cinnamon bun. Yum!
                                                                                          But when my mother started working, and she happened to be home when we got home, her standard answer was, "Have bread and jam. Not good enough? I guess you aren't very hungry." LOL

                                                                                          1. The evening meal was served pretty early (around 5:30-6:00), but coming home around 4:00 I'd usually nibble on:

                                                                                            -crudites (usually celery, broccoli, carrots and cauliflower) and a little dipping sauce (ranch or hummus)
                                                                                            -cookies sandwiches made of Social Tea cookies and PB
                                                                                            -crackers and a little cheese
                                                                                            -banana 'hot-dog' (a slice of bread smothered in either PB or Nutella, with half a banana atop and a little blueberry jam atop, eatean as a hot dog... haha, I still eat this as breakfast sometimes)
                                                                                            -a big mug of ''mocha'' (2 Tbsp of instant coffee + 1 Tbsp of cocoa + hot water and milk)

                                                                                            I already was a coffee fiend a 13... But I stopped using instant coffee a looong time ago.

                                                                                            1. Oddly, none of these restrictions applied to anyone I knew as a kid. We all ate everything.

                                                                                              1. I had a friend who would come over to my house, cut a slice of bread (my mom always had homemade in the house...I was spoiled that way!), and pour honey and rainbow sprinkles all over it! I never ate it, but she referred to it as "a celebration of bread" :) I was more a fan of the English muffin pizza...

                                                                                                1. Quesadilla with Cacique's Ranchero on a corn tortilla and mom's blender salsa and a bowl of Frijoles de la Olla with a dollop of sour cream on top.

                                                                                                  I could not want for anything more.

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                                                                                                  1. My dad the Experimental Hippie baked delicious bread every day, and when we came home there was always hot bread and butter and honey. Absolutely fantastic, that stuff, but did I appreciate it at the time? Noooooooooo. I spent the afternoons positively lusting after the snack my girlfriends The Harvey Sisters got: Dingdongs, or HoHo's or some other positively jealousy-inspiring little foil-wrappped gift. I was prettttty sure their mother loved them a whole lot more than our parents loved us because she gave them these. Meanwhile they'd beg to come to my house for hot fresh bread and honey and maybe a banana or an orange. Like Trump, I finally got onto the Art of the Deal, and never looked back.

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                                                                                                    1. re: mamachef

                                                                                                      Some of my friends used to follow me home because my mother always kept good snacks around. Sometimes, we had homemade cookies or brownies, or one of my grandmother's amazing cakes, but more often, we had pretzels (I come from the world's pretzel capital) or chips (local, not national brands) or even Ritz or Wheat Thins with all kinds of cheeses, from Port Wine cheddar to Sage Derby to American to Boursin. Occasionally, we had leftover homemade tortilla chips and guacamole or salsa.

                                                                                                    2. Celery stuffed with peanut butter, swiss cheese slices on ritz crackers, peanut butter and jelly on a graham cracker, and nestle's quik chocolate milk. I still like all of these snacks today.

                                                                                                      1. For the part of my girlhood when we lived in Argentina, after-school snack was an art form known as Tea (four meals a day were eaten, the last two being Tea (4 PM) and Dinner (8 PM). Tea was invented for people who got home from school starving. There would be a big pot of hot tea and some combination of warm scones, hot buttered toast with jam, spreads like peanut butter, Marmite, and ham salad, bought empanadas, a ubiquitous local cake called Budin Ingles that was pound cake with raisins in it, little cream puffs or baba au rhum from the bakery, pineapple upside-down or chocolate cake of home manufacture, alfajores (sponge biscuits layered with dulce de leche in between) etc etc. Tea remains my favorite of all meals.

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                                                                                                        1. re: Querencia

                                                                                                          Querencia, that's lovely. I may be asking you for help, 'cause I'm giving a Tea for darlin' daughter's 26th birthday. Yummy description of the foods you got.......

                                                                                                        2. My favofrite after-school snack for years was garlic melba toast rounds with whipped cream cheese.

                                                                                                          1. My parents owned a huge hotel with its own bakery and full-time baker. Need I say more?

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                                                                                                            1. re: beevod

                                                                                                              Dream childhood. Are you by any chance Steven Lewis?

                                                                                                              1. re: mamachef

                                                                                                                No, would you like me to be? (signed: Addicted to Bear Claws).

                                                                                                                1. re: beevod

                                                                                                                  No, I just had to wonder. You keep on being yourself; you're wonderful. :)
                                                                                                                  (Signed: Addicted to Really Good Cream Puffs)

                                                                                                            2. When my grandmother lived with us, she always served us an entire plate of food, salad, and a mug of tea once you were done. She's Chilean, so traditionally the big meal is lunch and then tea and a sandwich at 5ish. In high school, I would get home at 2:30 and she would have the food hot and ready for me, and would sit with me to talk while I ate. My favorite meal is still fricandelas, white rice cooked with onion and a single strip of green pepper, a green salad and lots of raw tomato and onion salad. Its a treasured memory that my siblings and I share.

                                                                                                              1. can of chef-boy-r-d beef raviolis with a dollop of sour cream on side of plate
                                                                                                                grilled cheese made with either kraft american singles or real yellow cheddar on whole wheat (we never bought white sandwich bread)
                                                                                                                but we did buy loaves of fresh baked warm french bread from our local market. grandma would always bring one home and slather it with saffola margerine, which is apparently a healthy kind. SOOOOOOO GOOD
                                                                                                                She would also slice a banana, put the slices on a plate and top each slice with PB
                                                                                                                tuna sandwiches with cheez-its (or potato chips) added inside the sandwich, with a glass of nesquik chocolate milk
                                                                                                                tostidos chips with salsa
                                                                                                                thomas' english muffins with butter (I buy Bays now whenever I want an english muffin fix)
                                                                                                                ooorr.... cheese cheese cheese by the slice mmmmmmm...

                                                                                                                1. Not many snack foods at my house ~~~ Mostly I remember getting off the school bus, going to the kitchen and making toast in a little toaster oven. I covered the toast in homemade Strawberry Figs. Yum! The bread came from a discount bakery...10 loaves for $1 (10 cents a loaf) The figs were from two enormous fig trees in the back yard.

                                                                                                                  1. Thanks to whoever revived this old thread! I remember that Feingold diet, or an early precursor--I also had ADHD and detested the no white sugar rule.

                                                                                                                    My favorite after school snack belongs in the hall of shame: vienna sausages from a jar, on toasted bread with lots of mayo and black pepper. Also loved corn tortillas with butter AND cheddar cheese wrapped in foil and put in the oven until it got all gooey.

                                                                                                                    1. Just add boiling water: Lipton Cup-O-Soup and Intenational Delights "coffee" drinks. (It was the 70s, every food in my house came in a box).

                                                                                                                      1. It sounds gross now that I am grown but I loved a. Cup of peanutbutter and strawberry jelly mixed together and eaten with a spoon. Also gross now but when we first got a microwave I would cook scrambled eggs and squeeze in ketchup. Yikes. A chunk of velveeta. I'm gonna get myself kicked off the chowhound if i keep it up.
                                                                                                                        Oh how our tastes change.

                                                                                                                        1. Usually an apple off the tree in our backyard or something out of my mother's garden...a carrot or something. We didn't eat in between meals in our home....
                                                                                                                          We waited for dinner.
                                                                                                                          Have to say it's been truly beneficial health wise.

                                                                                                                          1. Tina's frozen chicken burritos. After microwaving, the tortilla would dry out and the filling would get mouth-scorching hot except for a little ice cube surprise waiting in the middle. The only reason I still buy the damn things is because they remind me of after school snacking.

                                                                                                                            I wasn't allowed to play video games on weekdays, so naturally every day from 3:30 when I got home to 5:00 when Mom got home was covert Super Nintendo time. I became very good at switching off the console and sprinting to the homework desk with half-eaten Tina's in hand at the first sound of the garage door opening. Well one day the garage door opened at 4:30. SHIT! I tried to do my usual switch-n-sprint but my right leg had fallen asleep, causing me to do a pinwheel maneuver and face plant right into the living room wall. The Tina's in my hand left a nice starburst pattern of chicken gravy on the wall which is probably still there to this day.

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                                                                                                                            1. re: RealMenJulienne

                                                                                                                              Oh sweetie, better a chicken gravy stain then blood from a head wound. :-)

                                                                                                                            2. This is the most depressing thread I've ever read. The percentage of people who stated junk food or crap like Chef-boy-R-dee scares me. When I was a kid in the late 70s I would have a piece of fruit or my mom would make me a half sandwich of tomato and provolone or maybe peanut butter. If she happened to be cooking something at the time, I'd pick at whatever fresh veggies might be going into the dish. Scary to think that so many people had junk handed to them as a kid. Even as a teen when I came home and my mother was at work, it was a glass of iced tea and maybe some cheese and crackers.

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                                                                                                                              1. re: jhopp217

                                                                                                                                Well bless your heart & arent' you special!

                                                                                                                                Good grief - this is supposed to be a lighthearted thread blasting into the past. So sorry you find it scary, & that you ate fruit & cheese - even when mommy wasn't watching you - while the rest of us were enjoying - OMG - "junk food" back in our 60's/70's school years. And I seriously doubt that any of us had our growth stunted or ended up with horrible diseases because we - oh, the humanity - were eating Chef-Boy-R-Dee & SuzieQ's instead of fruit & cheese after school - lol!!!!!

                                                                                                                                1. re: Bacardi1

                                                                                                                                  Agreed. My junk food after school snacks make for great memories - my mom making them those baked potato skins and french fries for all my friends after swim practice...I wouldn't trade those snacks for anything!

                                                                                                                                2. re: jhopp217

                                                                                                                                  Well, I totally applaud your mom for setting a good example. Sounds like she did it the right way, or maybe you were a more receptive kinda kid for stuff like that.I'm sorry this depresses you, but I've got to say this:
                                                                                                                                  My parents made a concerted effort to keep junk food out of our home and out of our lives, and their agenda (food as fuel, except for rare special occasions) was supported by the fact that Ma was a pretty bum cook.Food held zero fascination for her. It showed. So on the one hand, while overcorrecting as far as food-love is concerned, which led me to my eventual career, served me, on the other hand, I'm addicted to soda and I love junk food and I have a feeling the pendulum's not swinging to middle ground anytime soon.

                                                                                                                                  1. re: mamachef

                                                                                                                                    This says it all: "Food held zero fascination for her." That was my mom, too. She loves beauty and always makes everything she serves pretty, but that does not mean it tastes good or is good for you. In fact, she has often said that she'd rather eat bad food in a pretty restaurant than good food in a hole-in-the-wall. I'm just the opposite. I think you are born craving variety or you aren't.

                                                                                                                                    1. re: mamachef

                                                                                                                                      No wonder I like you so much. We were raised by similar food driven mothers, that being none at all. It does tend to form a deep love of feeding yourself and others. At least in my opinion

                                                                                                                                  2. Usually it was anything I could grab out the cupboard like crisps or sometimes spoonfuls of peanut butter/chocolate spread. I still love doing that!

                                                                                                                                    1. Since my dad had a 2-1/2 hour commute each way to/from his job in the city, our after-school snacks were pretty substantial since we ate dinner fairly late at our house (around 8 p.m.). So we pretty much could have anything we wanted when we arrived home at 3:30, which usually ended up being more like a 2nd lunch. Sandwiches, salads, canned stuff, crackers & cheese, etc., etc. And of course any of the popular snack foods were always fair game - Yodels, RingDings, etc. - although to our credit we were more into savory stuff than sweets. One of my favorite items was canned beef tamales; also jarred pickled pigs feet - lol!

                                                                                                                                      1. I had forgotten about little Debbie snack cakes. Oatmeal cream pies, star crunch and peanutbutter bars. I bet I would hate them now but man were they good then

                                                                                                                                        1. Toasted Cheese on miniature Bagels made by Sweet Mable our house keeper when I was in Kindergarten.

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                                                                                                                                          1. re: chefj

                                                                                                                                            We didn't have a housekeeper, but you reminded me of the 1/2 bagels with cheese toasted in the broiler mom made on cold days after school. Too bad it's summer or I'd make one of these tomorrow (maybe I'll set the AC to 40 ;)

                                                                                                                                          2. The rural road between the school bus stop and the house - about a half mile - had old fieldstone walls on both sides, overgrown with concord grapes at the start of the school year until mid- October. I would forage like a bear along the walk home on the warm grapes in the late afternoon sun.

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                                                                                                                                            1. re: Veggo

                                                                                                                                              Yummmmmm. I remember as a kid walking home scouring the roadside for blackberries. Gosh, I forgot about that. Getting my tiny hands scuffed up from the brambles. Accidently biting into a stinkbug, which strangely tastes like cilantro. Memories. And even though I ate a blackberry stinkbug combo I still like cilantro

                                                                                                                                              1. re: suzigirl

                                                                                                                                                Veggo and suzigirl, these are both such lovely, evocative memories! And now I know, stinkbugs taste like cilantro; NOT chicken as I'd been led to believe. :)

                                                                                                                                                1. re: mamachef

                                                                                                                                                  I had a math tutor after school a few times a week so I'd get a small carton of cottage cheese, small ag of Ruffles and small carton of chocolate milk on those days, lurchased at a convenience store near the tutor's house. Other days it was sliced bakery challah with American cheese, a carton of yogurt or Ritz type crackers with tuna salad. We kept (still do) kosher so we ever had snacks like my friends. Even at a very young age I knew I was not allowed to eat Oreos , Cheetos, diorites, hostess shacks or marshmallows. And my mom gated to cook or bake so when we got cookies, they wer from th bakery. We dud have ice cream though. And i was allowed a scoop. And there was always milk, Minute Maid lemonade and seltzer. If iwas lucky there was 7up, too.

                                                                                                                                                2. re: suzigirl

                                                                                                                                                  Oh my goodness YES!!! But in my case we had wild Black Raspberries & Wineberries. The Wineberries were everyone's favorite - large, red, soft, & oh-so-sweet. I still come across them once in awhile in abandoned spots - you can i.d. the plants by their unbelievable thorny/hairy reddish stems/branches. Some online nurseries even sell them, & one day I'm thinking I'll buy some & stick them somewhere here on the farm - even if it's just for nostalgia.

                                                                                                                                                  1. re: Bacardi1

                                                                                                                                                    You can find them in a hybrid sans thorns but it kind of takes from the memories. Get them with the thorns to keep the childhood memories alive. Just don't eat the stinkbugs. :-)

                                                                                                                                              2. One of my favorite combos was orange juice, potato chips, and colby cheese.

                                                                                                                                                1. With four older siblings and a competitive and VERY FAST fraternal twin brother... It was a fight for that last Twinkie/HoHo or banana or fistful of potato chips/Fritos or Oreo or apple or Ritz cracker. There were lots of finger-trails in the jar of peanut butter, much to my mother's dismay. If the weather was good and we were outside until dinner, I usually didn't have--or miss--a snack, but if it was raining or a good Bette Davis movie or Flintstones/Bugs Bunny cartoon or After School Special was on, I usually wanted something and some days it was scarce! I think that's when I started baking cookies! lol

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                                                                                                                                                  1. re: staughton

                                                                                                                                                    Precocious Bette Davis fan, you were. I was watching Tarzan and Jane then.

                                                                                                                                                    1. re: Veggo

                                                                                                                                                      We're talking Hush, Hush, Sweet Charlotte and Baby Jane.... Not Now, Voyager! lol I wasn't THAT precocious.

                                                                                                                                                  2. I would usually fix myself two slices of peanut butter toast and wash it down with a glass of cold milk. Occasionally I would have cinnamon toast or fix some instant white rice (the only kind I grew up with) and melt American cheese slices into it.