12 THINGS AUSSIE KIDS HAD IN THEIR LUNCH BOX DURING THE 90'S

12 THINGS AUSSIE KIDS HAD IN THEIR LUNCH BOX DURING THE 90'S

WORDS by Amy Lovat

WORDS by Amy Lovat

For all you ‘90s kids out there, let’s take a trip down memory lane. I guarantee that by the end of this article you will be hightailing it to your nearest supermarket for a Tiny Teddies and roll-ups fix.

I’ll admit, I did a quick Google search to jog my memory for this article and OH, EM, GEE, what is happening to the world?! I was met with an influx of Pinterest-style pics of kids’ lunchboxes perfectly organised, with colour-coordinated snacks and healthy fruit-and-veg creations in the shape of animals and happy faces. I even saw a sandwich cut into the shape of an elephant. An ELEPHANT, people! I used to have one of those cheap plastic lunchboxes that had a little top flap compartment for a frozen ice bottle to keep my lunch “cold”.

Today you can get lunch boxes that double as eskies and keep your child’s healthy lunch all fresh and “fridge-cold” for up to eight hours. No more lukewarm juice poppers and sweaty cheese sandwiches for today’s little critters. As I write this, an article popped up on my Facebook feed about the “Lunchbox Police” and “nude food policies” popping up in Australian schools. Let’s just say that none of these would pass the test these days!

1. Devon and tomato sauce sandwich on white bread

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Heck. Yes. My mum used to buy those round loaves of bread so the circle of devon was a perfect fit. Going to the deli was super fun!

2. Roll-ups

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Ok, so I wasn’t actually allowed these in my lunch box (deprived childhood and all that) owing to the fact that it’s just, you know, sugar. But sometimes I would swap my cheese and crackers for someone else’s delicious “fruit” roll-up. It sounds like an unfair trade, but kids were often super keen to switch their sugary snacks for my healthy ones… I guess the grass is always greener?!

3. Cheese sticks/wedges

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You know, those little triangle wedges or long skinny tubes of cheese wrapped in foil? As much as I loved them at the time, these things really freak me out now. I mean, what kind of cheese can be kept out of the fridge?!

4. Dunkaroos

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Tiny little kangaroo biscuits that you could dip into chocolate/hazelnut/strawberry/vanilla goo! Who on earth was the genius to think of such an awesome snack? I think I chose the wrong career path…

5. LCMs

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Rice bubbles fused together in a small brick shape with fermented sugar and other stickiness. Sometimes, on a good day, you could get the Cocopop ones with the little coloured chocolate bits. Need I say more?

6. Pop Tops

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On special occasions like school excursions or my birthday, I was allowed to take a blue one of these Pop-Top juice box things to school. A BLUE one, you guys!

7. Tiny Teddies

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Heck. Yes. I’m going to get me some right now.

8. Zooper Doopers

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Can we talk about Zooper Doopers for a second here? Even though it’s not technically a lunchbox item, I feel like it deserves an item. Clutching a sweaty 20c piece in your palm, you tiptoe up to the canteen counter and pass it to the nice lady in exchange for a plastic tube full of colourful frozen deliciousness. Ah, the memories…

9. Le Snak

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I’m almost crying now. Goddamn I just loved Le Snaks so much. Delicious round crackers you could generously swipe into the attached cream cheese pouch, then finish off the dregs by pushing your dirty little child-finger into the corners and licking the gooey cheese clean.

10. In-cred-i-bites

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My bestie in kindergarten and I had a game we would play, involving trying to guess what flavour the filling of our Incredibite would be before we bit into it. Sometimes you would get a total dud that had no filling and was just a boring pouch of flaky grains.

11. Jatz with cheese/Vegemite

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I totally still eat with Jatz on an almost-daily basis. Never, ever will I fall out of love with Jatz. I distinctly remember my primary school days of creating “worms” by pushing two Jatz together and watching the butter and Vegemite ooze out of the little holes. It’s the little things.

12. Cheezels/ Burger Rings

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Chips you can wear on your fingers? Shit was real in the ‘90s.

What was your favourite childhood lunchbox snack?



WORDS BY:  Amy Lovat

Amy is a passionate busy-bee studying for her PHD in Creative Writing and doing freelance work on the side. Her interests include (but are not limited to) doing Sudoku puzzles, blogging and gulping down cold pressed juice.

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