Long live the '90s!
When we weren't rocking JNCO jeans, playing with our Tamagotchis or sniffing scented markers, we were noshing on '90s snacks while watching amazing kid-centric television.
FWx chatted with three of our favorite child stars, Jenna von Oÿ, Danny Tamberelli and Tia Mowry, to discuss how '90s treats played in a role in their own unique childhoods. What we learned is not necessarily surprising, but a re-affirmation that we lived in the best. decade. ever.
Jenna von Oÿ (Six Lemeure, Blossom)
"Once upon a 13 year-old me, there existed a desperate need to look cool in front of my middle school peers. Par for the pre-pubescent course, I suppose. Then again, I was already making a pretty stellar dent in my cool factor by rocking crimped hair, a closet full of Hypercolor T-shirts and a pager on my hip the size of a Nintendo Gameboy.
Growing up in a small town, it was common for my friends to congregate at the local movie theater on Friday nights for a bit of unchaperoned fun. My parents were a bit slower to allow me to participate, so the first time they gave me the go-ahead, it was a milestone in my teenage independence. I met up with my friends in line for tickets, after which we queued up for popcorn and goodies. There was a super cute boy manning the candy counter and I ogled him with starry eyes. When it was time for me to order, I collected my nerves, took a deep breath, and announced, 'I’d like a Reese’s Penis Butter Cup, please.' The kid looked back at me in shock over my Freudian slip, as my face turned redder than his acne.
And that’s how Reese’s Peanut Butter Cups came to define my early '90s experience. They may not be considered a '90s-specific standout for the rest of the world, but I just can’t seem to associate them with any other decade!"
For more hilarious stories, check out Jenna's book Situation Momedy: A First-Time Mom's Guide to Laughing Your Way Through Pregnancy & Year One.
Danny Tamberelli (Little Pete Wrigley, The Adventures of Pete & Pete; All That)
"Gushers, in addition to being my favorite sweet treat for their tart and sweet flavor profile, were also an important part of my public school interaction. My mom was a nutritionist so we had very few sweets in the house. I used to get Gushers from the craft service guy on the set of Pete and Pete and sneak them in my backpack. I then brought them to school and traded for other types of sweet products that I wasn't allowed to have like Dunkaroos, Little Debbie snack cakes, Fruit by the Foot, etc.. I learned at a young age the time-old tradition of the barter system. To this day, I'm not sure if my mom ever found out, but now the cat's out of the bag...sorry, Ma.”
Tia Mowry (Sister, Sister)
“My favorite candy as a teenager would have to be Jolly Ranchers! Favorite was the apple flavor. This candy just made me happy and smile. I’d suck on them throughout classes in school. I loved how long they lasted in your mouth and the flavor was the perfect combination between sweet and sour.”
'90s stars—they're just like us!