There are some foods that, no matter how many years have passed, just embody childhood for us.
They’re the classics, the ‘everyone knows ’em’, the ones we find ourselves dreaming about when hunger and nostalgia come together.
So if you’re looking to take a walk down memory lane then strap in, we’ve got the 50 classic foods that are going to bring back your childhood memories. Or, you know, just make you hungry.
1. Streets Viennetta
Strangely artistic in its multiple wave-like layers, Viennetta is basically the world’s fanciest ice cream cake. Pretty much reserved for special occasions, you’d always have a go at unravelling the layers before it melted into a puddle.
2. Coca Cola’s TaB
The younger generations remain blissfully unaware of this, but before Diet Coke was widely available we had TaB. Stunning in its pink packaging and oddly tinny favour, TaB started to disappear off the shelves as Diet Coke became synonymous with diet beverages. We still miss it.
Definitely not a fruit juice but not quite a cordial either, Tang was the drink we loved because astronauts drank it. Even though it had been around long before NASA sent it skyward, that claim to fame was pretty much the only thing going for it.
They might have tried to rename them as FADS, but all the Aussie kids knew what they really were. FAGS were pretty much the most politically incorrect product on the market. Lollies that came in a box that looked like a cigarette packet, with the musk stick lollies shaped like cigarettes and with a red tip to look like they were lit. Ah the good ol’ days.
5. Samboy Chips
Pretty much the only chips we were interested in eating, Samboy chips were made famous by their hilarious 1980s ad campaign that saw Samboy eaters flattened by the flavours they so enjoyed. We mourned when Atomic Tomato was discontinued in 2003-2004, only to celebrate it’s reintroduction years later.
6. Polly Waffle
The Great Australian Waffle Log — what wasn’t to like about the Polly Waffle? It was a marshmallow log, wrapped in wafer and then smothered in milk chocolate, pretty much all winners in our books. Sadly, it was discontinued in 2009 because of poor sales. Not from us that’s for sure!
7. Sherbet Cones
What was it about Sherbet Cones that made them so popular? The cone was always either shockingly dry or disappointedly soggy, there was never enough sherbet inside and the marshmallow sucks. Just kidding. We love ’em.
8. Mello Yello
The name is pretty associated with pee, and there’s no denying that Mello Yello was the thing to get you out of bed in the morning. Highly caffeinated and citrus flavoured, there wasn’t that much ‘mellow’ about this beverage at all. Eventually, it was replaced with the similar, but disappointingly lacking in caffeine, Lift.
9. Tip Top’s Jelly Tip
This was actually a New Zealand treat, but it made its way into Australia and into all of our hearts. Vanilla ice cream, topped with raspberry-flavoured jelly and covered in milk chocolate, it had everything we wanted in a cool treat.
10. Golliwog Biscuits
These biscuits are another politically incorrect product that have been left in the past. Chocolate-flavoured and named after the (then) much-loved characters Golliwogs, the biscuits were renamed Scalliwags before eventually being discontinued all together.