BH Power Ranking: Aussie Lunchbox Snacks From The 90s

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You know ’em… you love ’em… but where do the lunchbox snacks enjoyed in Australia during the 90s stand in terms of a definitive ranking? The BH office wasted an entire afternoon conducted an extremely productive, and at-times heated, discussion to determine the fair dinkum truth. This is Aussie journalism at its very finest.

IMPORTANT NOTE:
For the sake of keeping this read a tad more succinct, we’ve excluded all actual lunches, beverages (apart from one key exception), ice creams + ice blocks, as well as candies (apart from one key exception).
The latter three sit more in Canteen territory as opposed to packed lunch snacks, anyways.

90s Snacks From Australia Ranked

Single Dad Tier

In A Biskit

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Just like the old man’s failed marriage, he couldn’t be bothered to put in the requisite effort to get you some Shapes. These biccies sucked Dixie Drumsticks.



Ritz (Plain)

Ritz with the right dip goes alright. Unfortunately, they usually rocked up bare and dry. If you ever encountered Jatz – Ritz’s even shitter quality knock off – that was legal grounds for completely losing custody of your and your siblings, perhaps even child emancipation.

LCM Bars

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LCM bars were as tasty as they were nutritious. Not at all. And sickening on both fronts. Barely edible.

Canteen Money

Sure, you could have copped anything you wanted during lunch and recess. But it wasn’t better than your parents staying together.

Weird Tier (Acceptable under different circumstances)

Yakult

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Yakult should only be consumed in one way: within minutes, if not seconds, after leaving a fridge. Sitting in a backpack buried under crayon drawings of some house for hours is sickening.

Babybels

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A kid eating cheese is perfectly fine. A kid eating cheese packaged in wax, however, is reserved for a fringe demographic. It’s the dairy equivalent of still showering with a sibling when your age is about to hit double digits.

Maggi Cup Noodles

Asking the teacher to use the staff room kettle for this one during primary school was a clear indicator that you’d grow up to be a Parking Ranger or something within the burgeoning domestic industry of snitching. You probably also used a binder folder to make a partition barrier and cover your answers during class.

Anything Meringue

I said what I said.



Run-Of-The-Mill Tier (Common & Tradeable)

Tiny Teddies

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We’ll never fault Tiny Teddies. They do the job, they do it well. But they were never anything special and a pack of the Honey numbers was liable to torpedo your day.

Arnott’s Assorted Biscuits

See above, but replace Honey packs with the Choc Ripple bullshit.

Bega Stringers

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There was nothing like tearing away strip by strip to take the edge off. Still, there were better options out there. There’s a lesson somewhere about never settling for less.

Milo Bar

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You’d have preferred the drink.

Uncle Toby’s Muesli Bars

Purely filler snack. Same goes for Nature Valley Bars. Next.

Space Food Sticks

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None of us quite knew what was in a Space Food Sticks. It sat in this strange in-between territory between museli bar and candy. Fully leaning into either one or the other would have made for a far tastier offering.

Soya Crisps

Moreish as they may be, no one was rolling you or trying to be your friend for a soya crisp (yes, those are the two dichotomies in my books). It’s really something you’ve come to appreciate as the years go by. Hence its placement in this tier.

Jumpy’s

See above.



Laughing Cow Cheese

Similar to a Yakult, the cruel, unforgiving climate experienced by this sunburnt land of ours made packing a Laughing Cow precarious. At its best, there’s no denying it was scrummy. At its worst, it was a time bomb which threatened to contaminate everything else in your lunchbox.

Go-Gurt

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Packed frozen only. Anything else was a write-off or a red flag telegraphing your desire to harm small animals and the slower kids.

Wagon Wheels / In-Cred-I Bites

A poor man’s Reese’s Peanut Butter Cup. Borderline unnecessary existence.

Le Snak / Dunkaroos

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Perfectly enjoyable. Nothing more.

Ovalteenies

Ovaltines divide a room. Depending on who you ask, this could either be the best or worst thing. So we split the difference and placed it in the middle.

Jealousy Tier (Certified Commodities)

Burger Man

All…

Mamee Noodles

Chips…

Doritos

Are…



Toobs

Equally…

Samboy

Enjoyable…

Smiths

But…

Cheeto

Inferior…

Cheezels

Before…

French Fries

Burger Rings…

JJ’s

… and Twisties.

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God Tier (Never let this go)

Uncle Toby’s Fruit Roll Ups / Fruity Metres

Objectively, these weren’t actually that good. The fact you weren’t allowed them often – if ever – added to the allure… the hype… the mystique. Forbidden fruit is the best kind, and fruit products without any actual fruit in them were the bee’s fucking knees, son.



Yogo

Everything about Yogo was iconic. The commercials. The sensation of being poured down your gullet. The mouth-stained sugar crash approximately half an hour later. 10/10.

Twisties

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If God had a face, it’d resemble the fragrant, artificially coloured craters and contours of a single giant Twistie. The first round of consumption down the hatch was delightful. The second round of consumption sucking the residual dust from your grubby little fingers was an out of body experience.

Burger Rings

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There was something about the form factor that made Burger Rings such a shareable crowd pleaser. Don’t get me wrong, the flavour was legitimately bomb. The feeling of lobbying a few of these tiny hoops into playground social currency, even for a day, was just more tantalising than the unmistakable flavour.

Twiggy Sticks

In terms of bringing ready-to-eat meat to school, the only thing which could surpass Twiggy Sticks was chicken nuggets. The connoisseurs who sampled this fine delicacy are now all titans of industry.

Nutella (All Forms)

God bless whatever evil marketing genius convinced our parents what was essentially liquid chocolate had any nutritional benefit.

Shapes

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‘Nuff said.

Your-Parents-Are-About-To-Divorce Tier

Kinder Surprise

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There’s always a calm before the storm, and an otherworldly offering from the gods themselves before misfortune strikes at home. If you encountered a Kinder Surprise anytime during the week, your parent’s divorce was imminent. And all you’re about to unpack is a broken home (no assembly required).



Full circle.