20+ Childhood Snacks And Games That Bring Back Fond Nostalgic Memories Of Yesteryear

20+ Childhood Snacks And Games That Bring Back Fond Nostalgic Memories Of Yesteryear

There was a time when our lives revolved around eating, playing, sleeping (and occasionally studying) without a care in the world. Our childhood may be long gone, but we can still bring back fond memories with some of the childhood snacks and games that we grew up with – maybe even introduce them to the next generation!

How many of the following old school snacks and toys do you remember?

Childhood Snacks


1 Iced Gem Biscuit

Ice Gem BiscuitThis must be one of the most iconic snacks of our childhood. Sweet, colourful, it has almost reached pop culture status, inspiring fashion, stationery designs, and even home living ideas! Were you one of those who just bit off the brightly-hued icing top and rejected the plain biscuit at the bottom?

Ice gem biscuit ring from wheniwasfour.
Iced gem biscuit ring from wheniwasfour. Source

2 White Rabbit Candy

White Rabbit CandyAnother childhood snack to have transcended the food category to star in fashion accessories and home decor is the White Rabbit candy. Milky and sweet, wrapped in a transparent piece of edible “paper”, it was the ubiquitous treat in every child’s pocket.

White Rabbit candy cushions from Naiise.
White Rabbit candy cushions from Naiise. Source

3 Kaka

Kaka
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One of the joys of opening a packet of this chicken-flavoured corn childhood snack was finding a toy inside – an ingenious marketing strategy that had kids saving up their pocket money for their next packet. A shout-out also goes to another favourite childhood snack, Chickadees!


4 POLO

Polo
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Remember the mint with the hole? POLO was probably the first breath mint that local children tasted back then – although no one ever took it for that purpose. The fun was in keeping the ring intact for as long as possible in the mouth. Whoever’s broke first lost.


5 Bee Bee

Bee BeeBee Bee was a popular childhood snack during recess, probably because it was pocket-friendly – price-wise as well as size-wise.


6 Muruku Ikan

Muruku Ikan
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Like Bee Bee, this childhood snack was sold in small, square packets. Up till this day, its signature red and white packaging featuring a diaper-clad baby has remained largely unchanged.


7 Haw Flakes

Haw FlakesWe ate them while watching television, as a treat after completing our homework, and shared them with our siblings and friends. These little discs of hawthorn candy are an unforgettable part of our childhood, and the source of many sweet (literally) memories.


8 Mamee Mee

Mamee MeeCrush, crush, crush! Pour in the super salty MSG. Shake, shake, shake. Crunch, crunch, crunch! Is this how you used to enjoy your pack of crispy noodles?


9 Satay Fish Sticks

Satay Fish Sticks - Nostalgic Satay SnacksIt was a pleasure to bite onto these roundish pieces of salty, sweet, slightly spicy goodness, and yank them off the satay stick. Shiok!


10 HACKS

HACKS
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These old school sweets were a common sight in many households. The black HACKS, with its intense spicy-cool flavour, was usually taken by adults as a remedy for coughs. Us kids were happy to be sucking on the milder orange and blackcurrant ones.


11 Super Lemon

Super Lemon
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A novelty at that time, Super Lemon was a great trick candy. Offer one to your friend and wait for him or her to wince from the initial super sourness!


12 Dried Fig (Wu Hua Guo)

Dried Fig (Wu Hua Guo)
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Hands up those who remember this childhood snack! Its mix of sweet, salty and sour was somehow rather addictive.


13 Apollo Chocolate Wafer

Apollo Chocolate WaferThe Apollo chocolate wafer was a popular choice of kids back then. Who wouldn’t love a sweet crunchy treat like it?

Childhood Games And Toys


14 Blowing Plastic Bubbles

Bestman Plastic Bubbles BalloonOh, the fun we had blowing bubbles of all shapes and sizes out of a tiny straw with a glob of viscous “plastic” attached to its end! And whenever a bubble started shrinking, we would quickly get to work, looking for the hole and pinching around it to close it up.

Blowing Plastic Bubbles


15 Bubble Gum Tattoo

Blowing Plastic Bubbles
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We weren’t sure if this should be in the ‘childhood snacks’ or ‘childhood games’ category. Chewing on the gum was nice, but what made this sweet treat memorable was the temporary tattoo on the back of its wrapper. By just applying water, we could transfer the pattern onto ourselves! Those were the days when we could still buy bubble gum in Singapore!


16 Styrofoam Glider Plane

Styrofoam Glider Plane
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Unlike the children of today, who are plied with complex toys that beep, sing or even activate upon sensing movement, we were happy with simple childhood toys. This DIY plane is made up of just a few pieces of styrofoam and a small plastic propeller, but it glides beautifully across varying distances, depending on the skill of the “pilot”.


17 Sticky Man

Sticky Man
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Gravity plus sticky limbs – that’s the science to getting Sticky Man to climb down walls. It was always exciting to challenge each other to see who could get their sticky men to descend faster.


18 Five Stones

Five StonesThis childhood game needs no introduction. It was a perennial favourite during the recess break. Were you good at it?


19 Paper Dolls

Paper Dolls. Photo credit: Pinterest
Photo credit: Pinterest

Barbie dolls were expensive (they still are), so paper dolls with different sets of clothes that could be “worn” had to do. We weren’t less happy playing with these.


20 Country Erasers

Country ErasersSome kids liked to “conquer” by flipping their country erasers over their opponents’. Others were just interested in collecting the different nations represented. Country erasers were a world of fun!


21 Marbles

MarblesNot every child knew how to play the ‘Gor Li’ game, but almost everyone had a marble collection because these glass balls were just too colourful to resist!


22 Water Ring Toss Game

Water Ring Toss Game
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This was as close to PSP or Nintendo Switch as we got back then. We would be frantically pressing the buttons to push the rings towards the pegs, only to have everything float out of place when we were nearing success. That would probably be considered resilience training in today’s world!

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