There were so many notable food moments in the 1990s. From the invention of some of the most iconic snacks (think Gushers, Dunakaroos, Pizza Pockets and Lunchables), to the most en vogue trends like fusion cuisine and the launch of Food Network in 1993, it was an unforgettable decade for food. For better (and sometimes for worse), here are 10 foods trends that will bring your tastebuds right back to the 1990s.
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Mexican food was trending up in the 1990s, with the New York Times reporting that salsa outsold ketchup as the top condiment in America (as reported by The Spruce Eats). Staple dishes included nachos, tacos and the approachable and sharable appetizer slash main, chicken fajitas.
Many 90s babies will fondly remember filled pastry pockets (whether the frozen or pantry varieties) as treasured school snacks. Enjoyed warmed up and slathered with icing, they were a sweet treat to look forward to after a long school day. Try your hand at making your own homemade take with this Baking Therapy recipe.
Salad dinners were popular in the 90s, and the one that reigned supreme was the mighty Cobb. Packed with protein, this filling salad traditionally contains hard-boiled eggs, cheddar cheese, tomatoes and bacon. Some other optional ingredients are avocado, red onion, celery, cucumbers and edamame (like in this modern wedge take).
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These handheld frozen calzone were microwave snack staples in the 90s and early aughts. The convenient snack were the perfect cheesy bite to tide you over to dinner (or sometimes, as dinner, if you had a few). If you want to relive the satisfying pizza flavours, try your hand at making your own at home. We recommend making a big batch and freezing them in individual servings for the real pizza pocket experience!
Another Mexican-inspired dish, this appetizer could be found on nearly any late-night bar menu in the 90s, when they became known by that name. And who can argue with their popularity, when the dish is both creamy and cheesy, and spicy and crunchy? They’re still popular today, with interesting variations, like this bacon-wrapped air fryer version, popping up.
Dunkable Funfetti Cookies
Dunkable cookies were a fun trend of the 90s. They made snacking fun — dipping the cookies into the creamy icing, and trying to correctly portion out each bite to have the perfect satisfying dip. Try them yourself with this funfetti cookie and cream cheese icing recipe.
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Stuffed Crust Pizza
Pizza is a forever favourite, and the 90s saw an influx of unique takes on the dish, from Caesar Salad Pizza to dessert pizzas. Stuffed crust pizza was invented in 1995 to tackle the issue of pizza lovers who never finished their crusts. Now, with the addition of cheese, marinara sauce, or other imaginative fillings, the crust became just as delectable a bite as the rest of the ‘za. Try it yourself with this recipe from Ree Drummond, stuffed with cheese strings for an extra delicious bite.
The Sloppy Joe sandwich, though dating back to the 1910s, was a staple in school cafeterias and at family dinner tables in the 90s. It was popular for its ability to feed a crowd easily, stretching the ground meat with a hearty amount of sauce. Try it at home with this southwestern take on the classic.
Crusted Pork Chops
Remember those pre-seasoned breadcrumb mixtures came with a plastic bag to shake your protein (usually pork chops or chicken breast) in post-egg-wash. Pop them in the oven or deep dry them and voila! Seasoned dinner, at the ready. While the product has been around since the 60s, it really grew in the 80s and 90s when the notable commercials were all over televisions. Make your own homemade version with this easy recipe.
Chocolate Lava Cakes
A plethora of upscale restaurants featured this decadent dessert on their menu after it was invented in the late 80s (though the exact date and creator are contested). And honestly, it hasn’t really died down in popularity. With its molten chocolate centre and crisp brownie-like exterior, why would it?
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