Old Lunchbox Favorites
I just stole one of my kid's Handi-snacks, the square of cheese with the crackers. OMG! Not only did it taste wonderfully bad for me, with nothing natural in the ingredient list whatsoever, but it gave me a flood of memories of all that lunchbox food from back in the day.
I'm avoiding the requisite carrot sticks and other healthy items....
Pudding in a pop-top can
Donald duck orange juice cans
Hostess fruit pies
Goober-Grape sandwiches- do they still make that awesome gross swirled heaven?
Chicken in a basket crackers with the old brick Velveeta, cubed (blush from shame)
Help me remember some oldies but goodies!
My mom was a healthy and unconventional lunch-packer. I was the kid who'd come to school with a can of sardines and saltines and eat happily, or the one with liverwurst on rye or the leftover eggplant parm. Always celery/carrot sticks on the side, and an apple. Sometimes an oatmeal cookie. Thermos of whole milk, always.
But ONCE in a while I'd get a little surprise...my beloved Ring Ding (many similar products, but I maintain the superiority of that snack) or a royal blue juice box of original Hawaiian Punch....or a little container filled with a kid size portion of Planters Cheese Balls...don't even get me started on those...
So, my big three?
Planters Cheese Balls
Original Hawaiian Punch
You're lucky if sardines were the most unconventional lunch you'd get. My dad used to pack us halal lunches at a time when there weren't many good, child-friendly halal products commercially available so I'd open my lunch box and find he somehow tried to jam a whole tandoori chicken thigh in there. Or when they started making halal bologna, he thought the red plastic casing was meant to be eaten so he'd make us sandwiches filled with choking hazards. His tomato paste, American cheese and cut up hot dog on a pita pizza still elicits shudders.
You can only imagine how longingly I would stare at the kids with Lunchables who got to trade their bland crackers and cheese for Mondo or fruit roll-ups.
My mom was one of those creative lunch packers too. :-) It was the early 70's and she made "wraps" for my lunch way before tortillas were mainstream...peanut butter and grape jelly or bologna and Kraft single rolled up in a tortilla. "Lunch meat" on a hot dog bun with mustard is another memory. The occasional pudding in a can or Ding Dong would occasionally show up in my lunch. So Snack Pack pudding and Ding Dongs are my lunchbox favorites. :-)
Vienna mash on bread – canned Vienna mashed with mayo, relish and mustard (my brother still makes this for nostalgia)
Gushers – gummies with the sticky syrup inside
Cheese strings (still eat it now once in awhile!)
Bubble gum tape – waterlemon (not necessarily lunch but I used to take it to school with me!)
Bagel and cream cheese (won’t touch that now with a 10 foot pole, ate it every day for 2 years)
The best was the rare occasion when mom would show up with McDonalds
I don't think there's anything better in life when you're a kid than your mother showing up with a Happy Meal at school. It somehow tasted infinitely better.
Gushers, I LOVED Gushers.
And the bubble gum tape! Forgot about that stuff.
I still eat string cheese and bagels with cream cheese all the time.
Hmmmm...I ate at the cafetira most of the time, but....if we had a field trip (THE NE Aquarium was the BEST!), I got Andy Capp fries, and for dessert, Chuckles candy.