Everyone had at least one beloved food or snack growing up that just ~hit~. For me, all it takes is a bite of a grilled cheese (with fake American cheese slices, of course) and I'm transported back to childhood. Ever curious, I asked the BuzzFeed Community to reveal what childhood food they still crave as adults, and wow oh wow, did they deliver.
Below are some of the best responses from people around the world. Get ready for a big dose of nostalgia (and hunger!).
2. Breakfast Rice
"My Southern mother from Oklahoma used to make us what she calls 'breakfast rice.' She would melt an entire stick of butter into a pot of white rice, then dump in a full cup of sugar with a pinch of salt. To this day, whenever I’m homesick or depressed, I pull out the rice maker and make myself a big bowl of pure buttery sugary nostalgia."
4. Potato Smiles
5. Creamed Chipped Beef on Toast
"It's mashed potatoes, meatballs, and cauliflower mashed into the potatoes. I don't know why it was so good but it was. Planning on making it one day soon, gourmet-style."
7. Egg Tarts
8. Cabbage Sausages
"My grandpa was a butcher and he used to make these sausages with cabbage inside (SO GOOD). Every time I eat some, I feel like a kid again and I feel like he’s still here with us. Also, the homemade saucisson he used to make (yep, I’m French) and my grandmother’s mashed potatoes. Heaven on earth."
11. Rahmschnitzel With Spaetzle
12. Apple Pie and Peach Cobbler
13. Chorizo con Huevos
14. Homemade Biscuits and Corn Syrup
15. 1-2-3 Jello
"My mom made me 1-2-3 Jello in the '80s. She put it in these cute pink vintage, Art Deco custard dishes that had belonged to my grandma. It’s jello that separates into three textures/consistencies: jello, custard, and sponge. It sounds gross and it very well could be. They discontinued it decades ago — I loved it though!"
16. Bird's Hot Crunch Pudding
17. Borscht, Pierogies, and Cabbage Rolls
18. Thick Blinis
19. Buttery Cinnamon Tortilla
"Toasted white flour tortilla on the gas stove top so you get some charred bits...butter, cinnamon, and sugar. Roll up and eat quickly so the butter doesn't drip out!"
21. Minute Rice with Soya Sauce
24. Tortilla with Sour Cream and Chips
"Sometimes I used to take a tortilla, spread sour cream on it, and sprinkle on some crushed chips. Afterward, I folded it in half and cut it like a pizza. Delicious. 🤤"
25. Egg Soldiers
26. Pancit and Lumpia
27. White Bread with Chili Beans and Cheese
29. Roasted Chicken with Potatoes and Garlic Sauce
"We did have a family favorite: roasted chicken with potatoes and garlic sauce. It's super easy to make and super delicious. So whenever Mom didn't feel like cooking anything complicated, she'd ask us what we wanted to eat, because we'd always say roasted chicken with potatoes and garlic sauce. By that time, she'd already seasoned the chicken and peeled the potatoes. 😅"
31. Otter Pops
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