When I was younger, I enjoyed lots of different snacks. But give me a cola, some potato chips, and Oreo cookies and I was in heaven. Well, at least that what I’ve chosen for the doodlewash today. I really didn’t have a long list of snacks that I didn’t like as a kid. I no longer drink cola and I haven’t had an Oreo in years, but potato chips are very occasionally still on the menu. The best thing about an Oreo was pulling it apart to eat the white cream filling by itself. An admittedly dumb thing to do as the outside cookie pieces didn’t really taste very good on their own. Truth be told, my all-time favorite snack was a few peanut butter sandwich cookies with a glass of milk for dunking. These cookies were elusive and only to be had once a year when a little Girl Scout came to the door to sell them. After they were gone, it was always sad, but I think only getting them once a year is what made them taste so good.
When I was really little, you’d find happily slurping on that amazing invention called a juice box. But as I got older this switched to sodas of all varieties. I’ve mentioned before that I really just loved the bubbles, so today you’ll likely find me with a Perrier instead. There always seemed to be some sort of liquid snack on the menu back then. I loved strawberry Quik, which came in little metal containers and had a sweet pink bunny on the front. It was a powder you mixed in milk and artificially flavored, which I now know means some sort of chemical I shouldn’t be ingesting, but I used to love the taste. Another, billed as a breakfast drink, but consumed whenever I could get my hands on a glass, was Tang. This was an orange drink, something that referred to the color as no actual oranges were harmed in the making of this beverage. They billed it as “natural tasting” which was pretty much a confession that it wasn’t natural at all. It was really just colored sugar, but it the taste was amazing.
One of my other favorites when I was young were Cheetos. I liked the crunchy version best, but any version was happily accepted. These weren’t a snack you could sneak, as they were a day glow orange color that stained your fingers for the remainder of the day. I preferred the taste over the smell and ended up being put off by them when the kid I had to sit next to each day in a summer school carpool reeked of them. So much of the food I ate back then, I realize now, was practically poison, but it brings back great memories. And potato chips are still my favorite and something that I refuse to give up entirely as an adult. As long as everything is in moderation, being naughty every once in a while is a fabulous thing. So you’ll still find me sneaking the occasional chip, or two, or three, or well, who are we kidding? There’s no counting allowed when it comes to Snack Time!