Today, WE TOOK THE 90S AND PUT THE 90S ON YOUR 90S. Because let's not dance around this fact: the grunge decade was the absolute best. The power of flannel, Nickelodeon's hay days, Pokemon and Tamagotchi for hours, Surge soda — can you tell I was like 12 years old in the 90s?
But, as a snack queen, I think the most vivid memories I have of my 90s childhood are of the food. 90s snacks were processed, packaged, brightly colored and ridiculous — and they marketed the hell out of them to us. Remember HandiSnacks — those fake breadsticks you dipped in processed cheese? Or the Kidz Cuisine frozen dinners (yep, with a z) with the overeager penguin mascot and the soggy cosmic brownie? Or spending your summers by the pool, sippin' on Capri Suns, stacking your pizza Lunchables and downing them with a side of Gushers? Those were the days.
But funfetti ruled the decade, and Dunkaroos were no exception to this. I believe the portable snacks came in a few different flavors, but who even cared about anything other than the cinnamon cookies that you dipped in funfetti frosting, trying to match up that cookie-to-frosting ratio up just right.
I've seen a few Dunkaroo recipes floating around on the internet lately — like My Name is Yeh's brilliant Dunkaroo tartlets — because we're all about that nostalgia. I'd been wanting to flavor something with that brown sugar, funfetti brilliance, and what better food than another favorite kid food — Pop Tarts. Sorry, Toaster Strudels.
I'm not going to lie — my sisters visited last week and I decided to whip up these babies for them because the 90s were our best days and they lasted about 15 seconds past the first bite. We then licked the bowl of frosting clean and spent the rest of the day on a sugar high, listening to music like Shaggy's "Wasn't Me" and doing the Macarena. They are insanely easy to make if you just lean into the laziness and buy store-bought crust, because you're not better than us for making shit from scratch, Becky Home-ecky. And they're so good you won't even have to explain them to those poor souls that grew up in the 80s.