Snackin’ Memories

My husband clearly remembers munching on celery sticks stuffed with cream cheese when he was a kid. Me, my go-to snacks included grapes, Handi Snacks (the package of cheese and crackers with the red spreader) and Safeway Mint Chocolate Chip Ice Milk. I remember having the ice milk before bed quite often.

Mint Chocolate Chip from redrobinland on Flickr

About a year ago, I found myself routinely giving my own kids ice cream before we shooed them up to bed. I wanted to give them something they would be sure to eat and that required very little energy on my part. I was suffering from the delusion that they would sleep better with full bellies. (In my defense, I hadn’t gotten a good night’s sleep in a couple years.) 

Around this same time, a friend of mine was looking for nutrition-based ideas for a school project, and I found myself immediately pleading for guidance on bedtime snacks (which it turns out they really don’t need unless they had an early dinner) and snacks in general. I decided to start looking more closely at the snacks I gave my kids and experiment with new homemade goodness.

As my 6 year old  and I brainstorm in the kitchen, I wonder what her snacking memories will be when she grows up. If things keep going the way they have, she probably won’t have memories of one particular food but rather an atmosphere of endless experimentation.

Now that someone other than my immediate family members seem to be reading my posts, I’m dying to know: What are your snacking memories? What are your favorite kid snacks?

Author: Cindy

Born in Charleston. Raised in the Silicon Valley. Live near Hartford, Connecticut with my husband and two children. We have lots of tropical fish.

8 thoughts on “Snackin’ Memories”

  1. This is a very interesting post. I would have to say the typical snack for me was either chocolate chip cookies (store bought) or devil dogs and milk. In retrospect, I wish my parents were more strict about snacking – i.e., more fruits and veggies.

  2. I don’t remember any evening snacking at my parent’s house. But at my grandma’s in the summer, we always had pineapple sherbet, from a huge grocery store tub. I’m sure it was just the least expensive thing available, but I remember loving it!

  3. what a great topic! ding-dongs, zingers, double stuff oreos, ice cream bars, Thomas’ English Muffin mini pizzas, ice cream. i think our regular meals were pretty healthy, what passed for healthy then, especially as i got older (e.g. supposedly healthy kids cereal, tuna on whole wheat with carrots sticks for lunch, canned green beans or frozen mixed vegetables with meat for dinner). of course, i’d be horrified if i saw my sister or mother feeding this kind of stuff to my nephews on a regular basis, but it seemed so normal then.

  4. Ring Dings, potato chips dipped in ketchup, celery stuffed with cream cheese and green olives, Bugles dipped in Ranch, Kool Aid, Oreos and Chips Ahoy, Kraft singles, Little Debbie peanut butter wafer things, Potato Stix, tons of pickles and olives. Yikes not realy of the whole food variety.

  5. I don’t recall routine snacks, but I do remember the ones that involved a fair amount of effort on the part of my parents, and those that had the whole family helping together in the kitchen. Of course I loved coming home from school to rows and rows of freshly baked cookies. My sisters and I got very good at sneaking treats out of the heavy ceramic cookie jar without my mom hearing (my mom only just learned we did this, 20 years later; she didn’t believe us until we demonstrated for her!).

    I especially recall special occasion treats, particularly make-your-own sundae night, with the special sundae dishes and homemade sauces, and root beer floats, sometimes with root beer we brewed with my dad.

    1. Wow! Tell your family they win a prize for fun and culinary creativity. They sound fabulous! I am digging the lovely vibe and writing on your blog. Thanks!

  6. My two brothers and I would come home from school and make a jug of kool aid, and proceed to drink it all, between the three of us. That’s 1 cup of sugar divided between three kids, and I can report that we never never put less than the whole cup in.
    I remember having ..
    crackers with peanut butter, or apples with peanut butter, and chocolate chips on top. Yum!
    celery with cheese whiz. Boy I loved cheese whiz; In elementary I would eat cheese whiz sandwiches for lunch. And when I got tired of that, I had mustard sandwiches! (yes, just mustard and bread. loved it!)
    I also loved to snack on a pickle, crispy and juicy from the fridge. When we got to the bottom of the jar my brothers and I would fight over the pickled garlic that remained in the brine.
    Handi snacks were a begged for treat, less than once a year did we enjoy those (but cheese whiz and crackers at home, pretty frequent).
    Summertime we would eat snap peas, fresh out of the garden – pick em yourself! That was the best. Even our dog Tilly carefully would pick some peas from the plant to snack on.
    My mom always had homemade cookies for us too. Often more than one variety to choose from! Our regular three were peanut butter, oatmeal raisin, and chocolate chip.
    Cookies as snack in school lunches were almost guaranteed, along with (brand name/flavoured) yogurt, many times an apple, and probably a slice of banana bread or a muffin.

    I loved to eat raw carrots as a little girl – sometimes I would go in the fridge and sneak them, and crunch away, unpeeled. My mom recounts that one winter I had built a snowman, and found some rocks for the eyes, and asked her for a carrot for the nose. I tried unsuccessfully to stab the carrot nose into the frozen face of my creation, but it didn’t want to stick. After a few attempts I glared at the snowman in anger, and took a vindictive chomp out of his nose which was held in my mittened fist. I ate that whole carrot, while staring him down.

    So, uh, most of my childhood snacks weren’t stellar! However, no snowman was going to deny me a snack, either! (:

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