Nostalgic Childhood Snacks!

Nostalgic Childhood Snacks!

Snacks are the culinary domain of the young. Since childhood, there is something about the rush of artificial sugar or flavouring that delivers an instant kick which gratifies the soul no matter how bad a day you are having.

As mentioned in our Luxury Bites article, certain types of food can evoke an emotional response. The bond between food and emotion is particularly impressionable during our formative years. Hence, it is not surprising to learn that most of your favourite snacks probably took root during your childhood days!

Looking back, we decided to take a stroll down memory lane and share our favourite childhood snacks that we just can’t live without!


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Hiro Chocolate Cake


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A must have during school recess; this chocolate coated fluffy cake is easily one of our favourite snack. Practically a steal at 50 cents, it is a must have for all chocolate lovers out there. Sadly, they are kind of extinct now. If sighted, please drop an email on its whereabouts on our Facebook page. For that, we will love you looong time!

Kaka Chicken Flavoured Snack


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Another beloved childhood staple, Kaka Chicken flavoured snack could easily be found in playgrounds all over Singapore. Imagine a fatter version of a Twisties, and you pretty much got a good idea of this salty treat. Usually found at your friendly neighbourhood mum and pop store, they are also available in supermarket.

Tora and Ding Dang


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Made by Kinos, the same snack manufacturer as the above mentioned Kaka snack, Tora and Ding Dang are essentially localised versions of Maltesers. The little chocolate coated treats even came with a free toy in every box! We personally prefer Ding Dang as the mascot reminds of the our childhood hero, Doraemon .

Kinder Surprise


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A member of the Kinder chocolate family, Kinder Surprise is a chocolate egg made of both milk and white chocolate. With the allure of a different toy in every egg, we loved assembling the free toy as much as we enjoyed eating the delightful treat. Every day is Easter when you got a Kinder Surprise!

Ice Pop



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A cool lifesaver in our sweltering climate, ice pops are the sweet frozen popsicles that we loved to indulge in after any sporting activity. Boasting a variety of different flavours, you can choose from anything ranging from pineapple to Sarsi. Costing just 40 cents, you will be hard pressed to find them at that price anymore.

Bubble Gum


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Sadly banned in 1992, we miss the days when a standalone piece of gum cost a mere 10 cents from the neighbourhood provision store. It was a treat to collect the colourful wrappers which comprised of eye catching designs!

White Rabbit Milk Candy



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Developed in Shanghai in 1943, this white chewy candy is a common sight in most household during Chinese New Year. Wrapped in a thin edible sticky rice film, the ever popular candy was hit by China’s melamine contamination scandal in 2008.

Khong Guan Fancy Gem Biscuits


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A proud product of Singapore’s very own Khong Guan Biscuit Company, these little biscuits topped with star-shaped coating were immensely popular from the 60s’ to 80s’. Sold in huge metal biscuit tins, the colourful treats were frequently packed as snacks on shopping trips.

A&W Root Beer float


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We miss A&W A LOT! Since its departure from our shores in 2003, many Singaporeans have been deprived of that iconic frost mug goodness. We remembered when happiness meant a Coney Dog which was washed down with a thirst quenching root beer float. Fortunately, we can still head across the Causeway to relive those moments again.



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Available since the 70s’, we are all pretty familiar with the uber cheap hawflakes candy. Made from Chinese hawthorn, these sweets were usually enjoyed on its own or before the ingestion of bitter medicine. Amazingly, the design and taste of the product hasn’t changed much since its introduction.

Push Pop


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An ingenious product by Topps manufacturer, Push Pop is a fruit flavoured lollypop that can be eaten over a period of time. Housed in a plastic casing, the clever product design was a gimmick that was a hit with kids. Coupled with the catchy tagline “Don’t Push ME, push a Push Pop!”, it was a marketing novelty that prompted kids to dole out their pocket money.

Ring Pop


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From the people who brought you the Push Pop, came another ingenious line of lollypop called Ring Pop! Mounted on a plastic ring, the diamond shaped lolly comes in many different flavours. The idea of the Ring Pop came about when inventor Frank Richards wanted to stop his daughter’s bad habit of sucking her thumb.
We didn’t suffer from that habit, but that didn’t stop us from sucking those sugary treats. In addition, it was pretty charming to think back on the proposals you might have made with a ring pop during your adolescence.

Pop Rocks


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Retailing at 20 cents per satchel, Pop Rocks is a carbonated candy that fizzles. We loved the crackling sensations as the hard candy pops in our mouth.
Now that we are older (and wiser), we certainly have no qualms eating Pop Rocks with cola. We are pretty sure that our stomach wouldn’t explode.



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THE brand for sour candy, Warheads is an EXTREMELY sour candy which comes in a variety of fruity flavours. The hard candy has an exterior sour coating that will subsides after a while leaving you to enjoy the sweet fruity flavour.

We remembered having Warheads challenge with friends and trying to keep a straight face while downing three to five Warheads at the same time.



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