If you grew up in the 90s, you were – at one point – this kid in the commercial. Praying for no PB&J, Trying for no tuna, and DEFINITELY no egg salad.
So on those days where you pulled out that sunshine yellow (Or bright blue, if you had Lunchmates that day) rectangular box from your Thermos sack, you may as well have been holding gold. Always noticed but rarely traded, Lunchables were at the top of schoolyard commodities…alongside Dunkaroos and SodaLicious, of course.
The types of Lunchables available read like your dream cafeteria menu: Tacos, Pizza, Nachos, Hot Dogs, Burgers, and the lowly sibling of Ham n’ Cheese crackers.
But like most school cafeteria food, all the “good” options were , in retrospect, awful!
I mean, who wants to eat cold nachos or burgers? Who enjoys plain hot dogs? And the pizza? Though it was the most popular option on my playground, the crust (Let’s admit it) was like styrofoam.
Back in the day, my mom would only get me ham n’ cheese Lunchables. I’m so glad she did.