Throwback: 10 Favorite Pinoy Snacks in 90’s and Early 2000’s

6. Iced Gem Biscuits

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How do you eat an ice gem biscuit? There are actually two ways. One: you take the icing on top and eat the biscuit, leaving all the icings on the pack. Two: eating all the icings and letting your seatmate have the biscuits. This snack is popular among kids since the different colors of icing made it visually attractive and of course looks good to taste. This treat is also a pro to moms since it is branded as biscuit and would leave their kids feeling full.

7. White Rabbit Creamy Candy

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What appeals to us in eating this candy is actually the wrapper, it is made of a unique rice paper that is edible and of course adds to the taste of the candy. This is the Chinese version of our classic nougat. It is also a popular giveaway during fiestas back in the days while after being full with a tasty meal they usually enjoy a little bit of sweetness in this candy. However, a few years after its famous production, in 2008, the candy was discovered to have melamine which is a toxic ingredient in milk from China and was banned in Hong Kong and also in the Philippines, as a result, the production was stopped and later returned with a different brand name, as the golden rabbit and as a change, they are now using Australian milk instead.

8. Pompoms Cheese Curls

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Watching a kiddie show is not complete without a tasty snack on hand. This cheese curls made us remember of those old times where we sit around in front of our television screens watching afternoon cartoons with pompoms on hand. You could have all you want with this snack since it was sold for 25 cents before and a single peso could already get you four packs of it. So, your afternoon show would certainly be ending by the time you’ve had enough of this snack.

9. Bazooka Bubble Gum

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Bubblegums had been around for kids even before they were able to say the word clearly. Bazooka bubble gum had been popular 60 years after the world war and had been enjoyed by kids because of its comic strips that were being collected by the youngsters. Sad to say, in 2012, we said goodbye to its comics since it was replaced by codes for games and advertisements that connect it to the online world.

10. Choc Nut

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Choc Nut is our version of M&Ms and Hershey’s. This sweet chocolate is made up of crushed peanuts, cocoa powder, milk, and sugar cane. You’ll surely want more of this once you get a taste. There are now lots of version of chocolate peanut treats in the market but still, this one never failed to be one of the tops even now. Some OFWs claimed that they bring some of this treat with them because they love the taste and because it’s a trip down the memory lane.


It is true that Filipinos do have a lot of sentimentality on their hearts, we usually cry over movies which are decades old remembering the actors in it who are no longer living and so, snacks are no different from them. Seeing and tasting this treats makes us remember what we were and what we did before, taking us in the past with memories that makes us laugh and some make us cry.


Featured image from: Joan Halili’s Twitter