Ah, the good old days when our biggest worry was getting our homework done. It was a simpler time. We’d run around with our friends and share a snack or two after. This was, of course, way before Covid-19 came to be. Back then, if you’d mentioned sanitizers to us we’d probably have looked you straight in the face and asked, “What’s that? Can eat one?”
One thing we did know a whole lot about was snacks. As we go down the list, I bet that most of you can still remember exactly how it tasted – even if you hadn’t eaten it in years.
This is a crowd favourite. We’d run to the mama shop with our friends to buy this sugar loaded, colourful and artificially flavoured frozen ice sticks. Two of us would share one ice pop, twisting the middle until it split into two. Then we’d enjoy the frozen treat together while using the rest of our money on other snacks.
These chocolate sticks were pretty much a cheap Nutella substitute when we were younger. We’d try to get out every last bit of it through any means possible – pinching it hard between our fingers or by using our teeth.
Mamee Monster Noodle Snack
I still remember the first time I saw someone eating this right out the packet. I was shocked they didn’t cook it first because I thought it was a packet of instant noodles – the kind you put in boiling water, add seasoning then eat three minutes later. After having a bite of it myself, it was such a revelation. It’s actually INSTANT noodles, no form of cooking required.
White Rabbit Candy
I had friends who refused to believe the rice paper wrapping was edible. They used to try to tear it off before eating it. I used to pretend I was one of the cool kids eating the “paper” bit of it. That really impressed the young kids.
I can’t count the number of times I was proposed to as a child (by another child) with this sweet treat. As sweet as it was, it was also rather unhygienic if you think about it. Many of us would suck on it a few times and keep it for later. Thinking back… Eww.
Iced Gem Biscuits
Although they all tasted the same, the yellow ones were my favourite. Anyone else used to bite off the sugary part and eat the biscuit separately?
It’s a fun treat, some of us used to eat a few of it at a time, whereas others would choose to peel it off slice by slice. It’s just the right amount of chewy sweetness for me.
This was always seen as the cheaper alternative to potato chips. It had an addictive savoury taste and crunch to it that made it hard to stop at a few. No matter what we told our parents, we’d always end up eating more than we said we would because we always ate by the fistful.
Wang Wang Crackers
The perfect combination of sweet and savoury in the form of a cracker. It comes in twos so it was always a popular choice for a sharing snack between two best friends. It now comes in other flavours but personally, I think nothing beats the OG flavour.
Apollo Chocolate Coated Wafer
single goodie bag at school or at birthday parties.
What a nostalgic walk down memory lane.
*Images courtesy of Brandon Goo