For millennials, the ’90s were a pivotal time in shaping us as the creative and unique generation we are today. They were also full of heavily marketed junk food advertisements that drew us in and had us begging for more on every grocery trip. Cookie Crisp? Ate it on the daily. Dunkaroos? Our fave snack! Sadly, many of our beloved treats are now discontinued. BUT, with just a few ingredients (the kind you’d save for an easy afternoon snack), you can make just about anything you want in your own adult kitchen. For the perfect ’90s night in, save Friends in your Netflix queue, hit up your squad on AIM, pin your hair back with some butterfly clips and blast Spice Girls while making these 12 ‘90s-themed recipes — Capri Sun cocktail included!
1. Homemade Ice Pops: If your summers included any sort of hot weather, then you were most certainly running around barefoot with an ice pop like this in hand. Using special zip bags, you can make the same pops in ANY flavor you wish — maybe spiked? (via Detoxinista)
2. Homemade Bagel Bites: Four o’clock in the afternoon meant it was time to run in from school to catch N’Sync on the latest episode of TRL and warm up some Bagel Bites in the microwave. Today, we have to catch Carson Daly on The Voice, and we prefer our mini bagel pizzas topped with fresh tomato and mozzarella. (via Spache the Spatula)
3. Cake Batter Dip: R.I.P Dunkaroos. The portable dessert dipper of our childhood may be no more, but thankfully, it’s incredibly easy to replicate yourself. Sugar rush, here we come. (via Fresh April Flours)
4. Capri Sun Cocktail in a Pop-Rocks-Rimmed Glass: The best thing about being a part of generation Y is that we can make cocktails that taste like our favorite pouched fruit juice. Bonus points for this one since it’s rimmed with Pop Rocks. (via Loverly)
5. Oatmeal Chocolate Chip Cookie Cereal: If your Saturday mornings didn’t consist of binge-watching Recess while simultaneously inhaling Cookie Crisp cereal, you were seriously missing out. Good thing it’s never too late to make your own cookie cereal at home. (via Half Baked Harvest)
6. Dorito Casserole: This casserole may seem a little unconventional, but trust us — it’s all that and a bag of chips. Plus, you don’t have to get dreaded cheese dust fingers. Using a whole rotisserie chicken for the filling also gives this dish an extra dose of protein, so you don’t have to feel guilty about having two servings for dinner. (via The Wicked Noodle)
7. DIY Gemstone Gummies: Fruit Gushers were the bomb when we were younger. How fun would it be to make your own batch and give them away as gifts? A few extra supplies (gem silicone mold, for one) and just a couple ingredients are all you need to make it happen. (via Swooned)
8. Fruit Loop Glazed Donuts: Sure, you could technically have a bowl of Fruit Loops whenever you please. But isn’t it so much more satisfying to enjoy them on top of a homemade donut? We say YES. Just don’t feel bad if you eat all dozen donuts in one sitting… (via Sweetest Menu)
9. Fruit & Yogurt Push-Pops: The thrill of trying to eat our push-pops quicker than they could melt (which was really quick) was like no other. With the help of some clever packaging, we can now have that thrill over and over again. (via The Noshery)
10. Homemade Butterfinger BBs: Why they ever discontinued Butterfingers BBs, we’ll never know. At least we have this homemade version to fall back on. Bart Simpson would definitely have a hard time keeping people away from these. (via Meal Planner Pro)
11. Easy Nectarine Blueberry Fruit Roll-Ups: Store-bought Fruit Roll-Ups are *so* basic. You can use any fruit combo you want with this simple method. The only things they’re missing are the tongue tattoos we loved in the ’90s, but natural flavors make up for that oversight. (via Kevin Is Cooking)
12. Homemade Nutella Toaster Strudels: Toaster Strudels were THE breakfast on the go in the ’90s. Too bad for us, Nutella hadn’t quite made its American mark back then. But now you can have them whenever and wherever you like, thanks to this recipe. (via Bake With Christina)
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