In the late 80s and 90s, all of the best snack foods were "extreme," multi-colored, and unbelievably addictive (well, usually-we're still trying to get the awful taste of Orbitz out of our mouths). If you're feeling in the mood to throw it back with classics like Dunkaroos and Jell-O Pudding Pops, be sure to check out these 10 amazing copycat recipes from some of our favorite bloggers and sites.
Dunkaroos may be the best food concept of all time. Cinnamon cookies plus rainbow-speckled frosting equals a purely blissful experience for nostalgic snackers. You can still find the pre-packaged stuff in some stores, but this recipe from Amuse Bouche is definitely worth trying out. Plus, making them yourself means you can always whip up more frosting if need be.
The Lady Prefers 2 Save
Back in the 90s, the very best way to quench your thirst on hot summer days was with an icy cold cherry slurpee from 7-Eleven. The Lady Prefers 2 Save uses Splenda in her recipe to cut down the calorie count, but you're welcome to substitute it for the real stuff and relive the intense sugar rush you got from the original mixture.
So creamy. So delicious. In her recipe, Tara of Deliciously Declassified recreates the fan-favorite chocolate-and-vanilla-swirl version of the Jell-O Pudding Pop.
In 90s lunchrooms, cosmic brownies were the ultimate cool-kid dessert. These guys are still around in grocery stores today, but we absolutely love this recipe from Averie Cooks. It might be considered blasphemy, but we'd argue that her take on the classic dessert is even better than the real thing!
Every mall rat can attest to the goodness that is Orange Julius. This sugary, terrible-for-you drink (aka the 90s version of the Frappuccino) used to be an essential part of the mall experience: "OMG, is Josh buying Stacie an Orange Julius? It must be getting serious!" Here, Handmade Charlotte gives her own take on the sweet, frozen beverage.
For 80s kids, Breyer's Viennetta represented the ultimate luxury ice cream experience. The commercials made it look uber-classy, so you knew that you were an A-list friend if you were offered one at a sleepover. Find an impossibly yummy adaptation of the frozen treat on Southern Plate.
Fork & Beans
Nothing screams "childhood" more than Mother's Circus Animal Cookies. In her recipe, Cara from Fork & Beans makes these treats allergen-friendly so you can share the snack with those who are lactose- or gluten-intolerant.
Add a Pinch
The designated food of baseball games has been and will be around forever, but Jacks were especially loved during the 90s when the prizes in packages were actually good. Add a Pinch attempts to recreate the perfect combo of salty, sweet, and nutty in her own Cracker Jack recipe.
Serious Eats provides a homemade version of this now-discontinued Keebler favorite: a chewy cookie with a melt-in-your-mouth chocolate middle. We don't even need the commercials with Elf Einstein to convince us that these are the Holy Grail of junk food.
The 80s and 90s were a Golden Age for the Pop-Tart: the decades brought us Pop-Tart Minis, Pop-Tarts Crunch cereal, and the now-gone PB&J flavor (forever commemorated with this gem of a commercial). For a grown-up friendly version of your favorite childhood breakfast, check out the copycat recipe on Cooking Classy.
Along with the Fruit String Thing, Gushers, and Fruit By the Foot, Fruit Roll-Ups played an essential part in the 90s Fruit Snack Craze. Though this recipe from Mommy Musings lacks the punch-out shapes and tongue tattoos of its 90s-counterpart, it definitely packs a punch of the same powerful, fruity taste.
Chocolate Covered Katie
Back in her elementary school days, Chocolate Covered Katie remembers her Italian grandmother picking up a can of Spaghetti-Os and saying, "This is NOT food." That may be a fair assessment, but there's no denying the addictive quality of Spaghetti-Os that made them so popular back in the day.
Long before the rise of the taco trend, there was one nontraditional taco that captured the imagination and served as a source of awe to kids everywhere: The Choco Taco. In honor of the top-tier ice cream treat, Daily Leisure created a delicious tribute to its chocolate-covered, fudge-swirled, peanut-topped goodness.
Glazed & Confused
Butterfinger BB's were introduced in 1996 with awesome commercials starring Bart Simpson. Despite the fact that they were essentially just tiny, round versions of the larger candy bar, they were easily the best movie theater candy around. Glazed & Confused figured out how to recreate the discontinued candy, and the results are glorious.
Justine Sterling / FWx
Was it its toxic-green color? Was it its strangely addictive properties? No matter what caused the immense popularity of the Ghostbusters-inspired Hi-C Ecto-Cooler, the recipe for the discontinued beverage has been sought after by nostalgic snackers for years. It looks like FWx finally cracked the code; try it for yourself and decide how the recipe compares to the original!
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