Sure, you could pack store-bought snacks in your handcrafted reusable snack bags, but some DIY nibbles would be totally on point, don’t you think? As much as we love them, we’re going beyond Oreos here, bringing you 15 homemade snacks and sips that will make lunchtime even better. And if you love the ’90s as much as we do, you’ll definitely want to keep reading. There are a few nostalgic, no-longer-sold-in-stores goodies included below.
1. Homemade Chocolate Teddy Grahams (Gluten-Free, Vegan): Satisfy your chocolate cravings with these totes adorbs tiny bears. Buckwheat flour is used to transform these cookies into surprisingly whole grain and naturally gluten-free snacks. (via Fork and Beans)
5. Ecto Cooler: This cooler will be a total flashback for folks who may have been sent off to school with a juice box of Hi-C’s Ecto Cooler in their lunch box on more than one occasion. Enjoy sippin’ this citrusy fruit juice straight up or fashion it into a tasty, tequila cocktail. Either way, the Ghostbusters costume is optional. (via Food and Wine)
6. Oats ‘n’ Honey Granola Bars: It couldn’t be easier to make these classic, crunchy granola bars in your own kitchen. You’re only nine ingredients, five minutes of prep time and less than an hour of baking and cooling away from snack time. (via Half Baked Harvest)
7. Strawberry Mango Fruit Leather: Fashion this fruit leather into rollups or narrow spirals that may be shy of three feet, but are no less fun than their store-bought counterparts. (via The Law Student’s Wife)
8. Pocky Sticks: Pack these chocolate-dipped cookie sticks into your lunch box, sneak a few into the theater or simply enjoy nibbling on a handful at home. They’re a great anytime, anywhere treat. (via Food52)
9. Doritos: While maybe a little labor intensive, there’s certainly something extra satisfying about making your very own cheesy snacks at home. Cover your chips with as much or little homemade nacho cheese powder as you like, and even play around with different cheeses and seasonings… basically, the possibilities are endless! And delicious ;) (via Cupcake Project)
10. Dunkaroos: Whether you miss Dunkaroos or missed your chance at having these cookies packed into your brown bag growing up (because sometimes parents just don’t understand), now’s your chance to get your fix. (via Food52)
11. Hard Pretzels: There’s no question, soft pretzels deservedly get a whole lot of love, but their crispier counterparts can’t be left out. These hard sticks are terrific for snacking on solo and can even be used to make pretzel pops. (via Food Network)
12. Milano Cookies: Crisp wafers sandwich an irresistible layer of chocolate ganache to create these wonderful cookies. Simply add a couple drops of edible essential oil — peppermint or orange are two good choices — to the ganache for an easy flavor variation. (via The Live-In Kitchen)
13. Cheez-Its: It’s hard to choose between the classic cheddar, basil mozzarella and gruyere black pepper options presented. Thankfully, these crackers are easy enough that you can whip up a few batches in a blink of the eye, leaving the tough decisions for another day. (via Brit + Co)
14. Chewy No-Bake Peanut Butter Granola Bars (Gluten-Free): Chewy granola bars have been a lunchbox staple for as long as we can remember. These are packed with peanut butter, but you can easily make them your own by swapping in chocolate chips or adding a few mini candy-coated chocolates to the mix. (via A Sage Amalgam)
15. The Capri Sun Cocktail: No difficult-to-pierce juice packets here. This Capri Sun-inspired, adults-only punch is served up in glasses that are just poppin’ (literally, they’re rimmed with Pop Rocks). To avoid any trouble with HR, we recommend saving this one for happy hour. (via Loverly)
What was your favorite snack growing up? Any long lost faves you’d like to see brought back to life in a DIY? Let us know below!