The mention of the word childhood immediately brings to mind a plethora of memories. These memories range from songs we enjoyed as kids to games we played with our friends, and from the movies and cartoons we watched to the food items and candies we indulged in! And on the occasion of Children’s Day on November 14, we have compiled a list of food items that we ate as kids and make us nostalgic. We really wish that these make a comeback in a big way.
As we know, every year, November 14 is celebrated as Children’s Day or Bal Diwas (in Hindi), in fond memory of Pt. Jawaharlal Nehru. Chacha Nehru, as he was lovingly referred to, was born on November 14, 1889. On this day, we all walk down memory lane and wish we could go back in time and relive our childhood. For instance, we have all been in that situation where we have looked at the younger generation enjoying a fancy chocolate bar and saying that it is nothing like the 0.25 paise toffee that we enjoyed. Those simple joys that we treated ourselves to from the pocket money we saved are unmatched. And it is sad that some of these iconic treats are no longer on the retail shelves or the local kirana store.
Here is a list of some of those food items that we all loved and really hope come back to into the market!
Meet Poppins, the real world avatar of Candy Crush! These colourful candies were a favourite among children of all age groups. From train journeys to boring lectures, Poppins made everything bearable. The best part about eating Poppins? Rushing to get your favourite colour from the pack before someone else grabs it!
Who doesn’t remember Fatafat! The simple black coloured tangy treat was all that you needed on a dull day. The speciality about eating Fatafat is that you could never stop at one. It is supposed to be medicinal and a treatment for an upset stomach. For kids though, it was a khatta-meetha goli that we ate like popcorn.
We all have had those days when we just didn’t feel like eating the tiffin packed by our mother, and instead reached out for a pack of Uncle Chips from the kirana store near school. The salty snack has evolved over the years, but we remain a fan of the original ones!
We all loved to show off our pack of Phantom cigarettes and pretend like we are smoking. The white stick with a reddish tinge resembles a real cigarette.
Big Babol was the go-to chewing gum brand for most 90s kids. The best part was gathering in a group, each kid vigorously chewing onto the gum and having a competition on who will blow the biggest bubble!
There are several more that we could add to the list. For instance, the sweet snack, Bytes, chocolate Milkybar, fruit drink Rasna, salty snack Peppy and Parle Kisme chocolates, among others. Some of these are available in select stores and online food ordering sites. But aren’t available as widely as they used to be before. So let us know which are your childhood treats that you miss the most in the comment section below. Maybe the companies are listening!