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    I Tried 9 Things Kids Loved In The '90s To See If They're Still Good — Here Are The Results

    Were these actually great, or does my memory deceive me?

    Hi, I'm Christopher, and as a kid, I regularly dabbled in the decade's culinary and entertainment offerings. I tend to remember stuff from my childhood fondly, so much so that I often recall things being better than they actually were. So I'm revisiting beloved '90s treasures to see if they've survived the test of time, or if they were only good because I was a youth!

    A kid in a Sonic the Hedgehog shirt smiles for a school photo
    Christopher Hudspeth

    1. SpaghettiOs

    A can of SpaghettiOs
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    HOW WERE THEY IN THE '90s? Nothing left a mark on the '90s like SpaghettiOs. Literally, they stained every single plastic food container they touched. Taste-wise, I remember them being a quick, solid "pasta" dish.

    HOW ARE THEY NOW? They're like soggy Cheerios in tomato whole milk. I had approximately two spoonfuls and decided it was best to disengage. It's not that they're terribly disgusting or anything, but once you've lived long enough to have tasted quality pasta, it's tough to go back. No disrespect, SpaghettiOs, you'll always hold a special place inside me (because you permanently painted the linings of my insides reddish orange).

    RATING ON A SCALE OF 1–90: 30/90.

    A bowl of SpaghettiOs
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    HOW WERE THEY IN THE '90s? Nothing left a mark on the '90s like SpaghettiOs. Literally, they stained every single plastic food container they touched. Taste-wise, I remember them being a quick, solid "pasta" dish.

    HOW ARE THEY NOW? They're like soggy Cheerios in tomato whole milk. I had approximately two spoonfuls and decided it was best to disengage. It's not that they're terribly disgusting or anything, but once you've lived long enough to have tasted quality pasta, it's tough to go back. No disrespect, SpaghettiOs, you'll always hold a special place inside me (because you permanently painted the linings of my insides reddish orange).

    RATING ON A SCALE OF 1–90: 30/90.

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    HOW WERE THEY IN THE '90s? Nothing left a mark on the '90s like SpaghettiOs. Literally, they stained every single plastic food container they touched. Taste-wise, I remember them being a quick, solid "pasta" dish.

    HOW ARE THEY NOW? They're like soggy Cheerios in tomato whole milk. I had approximately two spoonfuls and decided it was best to disengage. It's not that they're terribly disgusting or anything, but once you've lived long enough to have tasted quality pasta, it's tough to go back. No disrespect, SpaghettiOs, you'll always hold a special place inside me (because you permanently painted the linings of my insides reddish orange).

    RATING ON A SCALE OF 1–90: 30/90.

    2. Lunchables

    HOW WERE THEY IN THE '90s? DELIGHTFUL. FANTASTIC. DELICIOUS. EXQUISITE. SPECTACULAR. Truly, it was always exciting to put your meal together with whatever cheese and meat–to–cracker ratio you wanted.

    HOW ARE THEY NOW? PRETTY GOOD. ALRIGHT. OK. NOT BAD. DECENT. I still see the appeal; they're quick and easy to construct, and honestly, the pizza one and I went on a pleasant walk down memory lane together. I'm not ashamed to admit that I ate the entire thing — both crusts, and not a single pepperoni left behind. As for the other one, the turkey was a little slimy, which turned me off, but I still stacked some cheese and cracker sandwiches together and happily ate cold Oreos.

    RATING ON A SCALE OF 1–90: 72/90 for the pizza; 38/90 for the cheese and crackers.

    3. Warheads

    A watermelon flavored Warheads candy wrapper
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    HOW WERE THEY IN THE '90s? A very sour candy that was more about torture than taste.

    HOW ARE THEY NOW? Was I a glutton for punishment? Why did I eat these? This one seared my taste buds with a burning sourness that tasted like chemicals. I tried running it underwater to wash off the sour and get to the sweet part, but even then it was only fine. This is a prime example of something that was living under a pleasant light in my memories but will now be thought of as an absolute nope.

    RATING ON A SCALE OF 1–90: 9/90 (the only redeeming quality is the very OK sweet candy part).

    A watermelon flavored Warheads candy
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    HOW WERE THEY IN THE '90s? A very sour candy that was more about torture than taste.

    HOW ARE THEY NOW? Was I a glutton for punishment? Why did I eat these? This one seared my taste buds with a burning sourness that tasted like chemicals. I tried running it underwater to wash off the sour and get to the sweet part, but even then it was only fine. This is a prime example of something that was living under a pleasant light in my memories but will now be thought of as an absolute nope.

    RATING ON A SCALE OF 1–90: 9/90 (the only redeeming quality is the very OK sweet candy part).

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    HOW WERE THEY IN THE '90s? A very sour candy that was more about torture than taste.

    HOW ARE THEY NOW? Was I a glutton for punishment? Why did I eat these? This one seared my taste buds with a burning sourness that tasted like chemicals. I tried running it underwater to wash off the sour and get to the sweet part, but even then it was only fine. This is a prime example of something that was living under a pleasant light in my memories but will now be thought of as an absolute nope.

    RATING ON A SCALE OF 1–90: 9/90 (the only redeeming quality is the very OK sweet candy part).

    4. Mighty Morphin' Power Rangers Season 1, Episode 17: "Green With Evil, Part I"

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    HOW WAS IT IN THE '90s? Mighty Morphin' Power Rangers was 80% of my personality as a kid. I had Power Rangers clothes, I played with Power Rangers action figures, the Power Rangers were plastered on my lunchbox and thermos, and I did air karate at nobody in particular, pretending to be a Power Ranger. I also used to rent episodes on VHS from Blockbuster, and "Green With Evil" in particular is considered to be one of the best installments of the series.

    HOW IS IT NOW? What can be said about Mighty Morphin' Power Rangers that hasn't already been said about a KFC Famous Bowl? It's a corny, cheesy mess. This episode introduces Tommy, the Green Ranger, whom Rita Repulsa possesses and uses to wreak havoc on the Power Rangers and their command center. My favorite scene came when the Green Ranger jumped inside the Megazord and beat up all of the Power Rangers by himself. He whooped them so bad that it somehow made sparks fly from the Megazord's head. Anyway, the dialogue is not great, and Rita is a terrible strategist. (Why doesn't she just create SEVERAL monsters at once, make them grow into giants, then attack the Power Rangers simultaneously instead of one per episode?) It's tough to watch as an adult unless you turn off your brain's logical-thinking switches. ALL that being said, the episode ended on a cliffhanger, so now I'm going to watch the sequel to be reminded how it plays out.

    RATING ON A SCALE OF 1–90: 60/90 (my childhood self wouldn't allow me to go any lower, out of respect for what this show once meant to me).

    5. Juice Barrels

    A bottle of red juice and a bottle of blue juice
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    HOW WERE THEY IN THE '90s? One of many sweet beverage options back in the day. While they weren't top tier like Capri Sun, they were nothing to scoff at. If my memory serves me correct, they're like a lesser Hawaiian Punch.

    HOW ARE THEY NOW? They just taste like something that has little to offer nutritionally. They're sugary water with coloring. That said, this tasted decent, in a plasticky sort of way.

    RATING ON A SCALE OF 1–90: 45/90.

    6. Ring Pops

    A Berry Blast Ring Pop and a Blue Raspberry Ring Pop in the package
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    HOW WERE THEY IN THE '90s? The most elegant candy option on the market. Great for children who were too young to be trusted with a loose piece of hard candy in their mouth.

    HOW ARE THEY NOW? The candy itself is still REALLY good, like a Tropical Skittles–flavored Jolly Rancher. Unfortunately, it's tough not to have your lips blocked by the plastic ring part. I don't remember this being a problem — did the ring part get bigger? Did my lips simply outgrow this? Whatever the case, the inconvenience of trying to eat this outweighed my ability to enjoy the candy.

    RATING ON A SCALE OF 1–90: 45/90 (this would be much higher if it were based on the candy alone).

    A Berry Blast Ring Pop and a Blue Raspberry Ring Pop out of the package
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    HOW WERE THEY IN THE '90s? The most elegant candy option on the market. Great for children who were too young to be trusted with a loose piece of hard candy in their mouth.

    HOW ARE THEY NOW? The candy itself is still REALLY good, like a Tropical Skittles–flavored Jolly Rancher. Unfortunately, it's tough not to have your lips blocked by the plastic ring part. I don't remember this being a problem — did the ring part get bigger? Did my lips simply outgrow this? Whatever the case, the inconvenience of trying to eat this outweighed my ability to enjoy the candy.

    RATING ON A SCALE OF 1–90: 45/90 (this would be much higher if it were based on the candy alone).

    BuzzFeed

    HOW WERE THEY IN THE '90s? The most elegant candy option on the market. Great for children who were too young to be trusted with a loose piece of hard candy in their mouth.

    HOW ARE THEY NOW? The candy itself is still REALLY good, like a Tropical Skittles–flavored Jolly Rancher. Unfortunately, it's tough not to have your lips blocked by the plastic ring part. I don't remember this being a problem — did the ring part get bigger? Did my lips simply outgrow this? Whatever the case, the inconvenience of trying to eat this outweighed my ability to enjoy the candy.

    RATING ON A SCALE OF 1–90: 45/90 (this would be much higher if it were based on the candy alone).

    7. Push-Ups

    An orange Push-Up frozen treat
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    HOW WERE THEY IN THE '90s? A beloved frozen treat. Aside from Ninja Turtles ice cream bars with the gumball eyes and the Good Humor strawberry shortcake joints, these were a popular purchase from ice cream trucks.

    HOW ARE THEY NOW? They're so much smaller than I remember, but they still taste good — like a spoonful of sherbet. I ate two of them in a span of three minutes.

    RATING ON A SCALE OF 1–90: 65/90.

    An orange Push-Up frozen treat out of the wrapper
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    HOW WERE THEY IN THE '90s? A beloved frozen treat. Aside from Ninja Turtles ice cream bars with the gumball eyes and the Good Humor strawberry shortcake joints, these were a popular purchase from ice cream trucks.

    HOW ARE THEY NOW? They're so much smaller than I remember, but they still taste good — like a spoonful of sherbet. I ate two of them in a span of three minutes.

    RATING ON A SCALE OF 1–90: 65/90.

    BuzzFeed

    HOW WERE THEY IN THE '90s? A beloved frozen treat. Aside from Ninja Turtles ice cream bars with the gumball eyes and the Good Humor strawberry shortcake joints, these were a popular purchase from ice cream trucks.

    HOW ARE THEY NOW? They're so much smaller than I remember, but they still taste good — like a spoonful of sherbet. I ate two of them in a span of three minutes.

    RATING ON A SCALE OF 1–90: 65/90.

    8. Brisk Iced Tea

    A can of lemon-flavored Brisk Iced Tea
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    HOW WAS IT IN THE '90s? I remember being a big fan of this iced tea and how it hit on a hot day. You can't chug a burning, fizzy soda the way you can a nice, chilled tea. It also had memorable commercials through the years that starred Rocky or the skeleton/snowman.

    HOW IS IT NOW? Why did I stop drinking this? Perhaps Arizona Iced Tea came between Brisk and me for a stretch during middle school and we never rekindled things, but it was good to be reunited. This isn't overwhelmingly sweet, and in terms of canned tea, it's above average.

    RATING ON A SCALE OF 1–90: 66/90.

    9. Werther's Original Hard Candies

    A bag of Werther's Original hard candies
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    HOW WERE THEY IN THE '90s? These were a virtual lock in every elderly person's candy dish, and even back in the day, it was evident that they deserved more respect than as a last resort for sugar when you were at your grandparents' house.

    HOW ARE THEY NOW? Still underrated. I'm here wondering why I don't ever buy these as an adult. I like caramel, I hate candy getting stuck in my teeth — boom, here's the solution: caramel in hard candy form.

    RATING ON A SCALE OF 1–90: 75/90 (75–90 also seems to be the Werther's Original target age range).

    A Werther's original candy unwrapped
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    HOW WERE THEY IN THE '90s? These were a virtual lock in every elderly person's candy dish, and even back in the day, it was evident that they deserved more respect than as a last resort for sugar when you were at your grandparents' house.

    HOW ARE THEY NOW? Still underrated. I'm here wondering why I don't ever buy these as an adult. I like caramel, I hate candy getting stuck in my teeth — boom, here's the solution: caramel in hard candy form.

    RATING ON A SCALE OF 1–90: 75/90 (75–90 also seems to be the Werther's Original target age range).

    BuzzFeed

    HOW WERE THEY IN THE '90s? These were a virtual lock in every elderly person's candy dish, and even back in the day, it was evident that they deserved more respect than as a last resort for sugar when you were at your grandparents' house.

    HOW ARE THEY NOW? Still underrated. I'm here wondering why I don't ever buy these as an adult. I like caramel, I hate candy getting stuck in my teeth — boom, here's the solution: caramel in hard candy form.

    RATING ON A SCALE OF 1–90: 75/90 (75–90 also seems to be the Werther's Original target age range).

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