Snacks are such a significant part of our lives. We love the way they taste when we're kids, but we also love them as adults. Some flavors can bring you right back to your childhood, even though your snacking habits might have changed since then.
We reach for snacks when our bodies need a little boost of energy, but we also turn to them in stressful situations. The best thing to do when a life crisis hits is to stay calm and grab a bag of your favorite chips, or a nice scoop of your favorite ice cream.
After a lousy job interview, after a stressful day at school or after your heart gets broken, a snack shouldn't just be delicious – it should hug your soul. Comfort food tastes heavenly, it stabilizes your energy levels and it makes you happy, so it's a triple win, and it's no surprise we love it.
Whether you're snacking just out of habit, or because it tastes good, or because you need some comfort food, chances are you have a favorite snack combination. Reaching for that snack drawer is like reaching for a hidden treasure when it's stacked with the right stuff.
How serious are you when it comes to snacking? Can you tell Skittles and M&Ms apart? How about Starburst and Life Savers? If we remove the name from the packaging, how many favorite junk food snacks can you recognize?
Pass the Pringles and take the quiz to find out!
Lay's potato chips are very popular in the U.S., making up over a fourth of the complete potato chip market in the country. They were first sold in Nashville, Tennessee in 1932. Lay's invented region-specific flavors for various parts of the U.S.
Cheetos are extremely popular crunchy, cheesy treats that are favored by millions. These cornmeal snacks are made by Frito-Lay, a subsidiary of PepsiCo. They were first invented in 1948 by Charles Elmer Doolin.
Back in 1940, people's requests for fruit-flavored gummy candy were on the rise, which is why Mike and Ike's started production. The original flavors were orange, cherry, lemon and lime.
Crammed with crispy peanuts, delicious caramel and nougat, then coated with fine milk chocolate, Snickers quickly took the spotlight after it was first introduced in 1930. It's known as the world's best selling candy bar.
Oreo cookies are so popular that they are directly responsible for many wonderful childhood memories. The Oreo family offers a wide variety of flavors, but the original chocolate sandwich cookie still takes the lead as one of the most favored cookies ever.
Hot Pockets were invented in 1983 by brothers Paul and David Merage who patented their formula for keeping the microwaveable snack crispy. They became extremely popular in the '90s as a delicious snack you could prepare on the go.
When Doritos appeared on shelves in 1966, they were just ordinary, plain chips. The taco flavor was added in 1968, but what made them famous is what is now considered the "original" Doritos flavor: nacho cheese.
Proctor and Gamble had a task to formulate a dough that would be easy to fry and that would result in uniform chips. It wasn't an easy task, but after some trial and error back in the '50s, Pringles were introduced in 1971.
After hitting the Cleveland market in late 1963, Pop-Tarts were an instant hit. In 1964, the original flavors: strawberry, brown sugar cinnamon, blueberry, and apple-currant rolled out nationally and made the whole country fall in love with Pop-Tarts.
In 1890, black licorice-flavored gum drops were popular. Then DOTS introduced a sweet, fresh, fruit-flavored version in 1945. Today, DOTS produces four billion fruity gumdrops every year.
Unlike most candy, a small bag of Skittles supposedly contains around 50 percent of the daily amount of recommended Vitamin C for an 8-year-old, according to the manufacturer. Skittles are one of the few candies that offer such health benefits.
Since there was a shortage of chocolate and coconut during and after World War II, there was an increased demand for candy and Peter Halajian sold his home-made sweets Almond Joy door to door. Hershey's bought them in 1988.
The U.S. military valued Tootsie Rolls as a source of quick energy in WW2. They wouldn't melt in hot water or go bad over time, so Tootsie Rolls were in every World War II soldier's rations.
Apple Jacks has been a favorite cereal for many kids since 1965. The crunchy, multi-grain cereal with cinnamon and apple is still a top-shelf product, loved and enjoyed by many. Although it's primarily made for kids, many adults also mark Apple Jacks as their go-to cereal.
Lunchables come in 26 different varieties of meal combinations. They include pizzas, crackers, chicken nuggets, small burgers, small hot dogs, nachos, wraps and subs. Lunchables were extremely popular in the '90s, and they are still around today.
Jolly Rancher is a favorite American brand of hard candy, but they also make gummies, fruit chews, lollipops, jelly beans, etc. The Jolly Rancher Company originally produced the fruit-flavored hard candy, but The Hershey Company now owns it.
Herr's Barbecue Potato Chips were introduced in 1958 when Herr's started adding seasoning to their ordinary chips. The barbecue flavor was so well-accepted and popular that they still use the same recipe today.
If you want to stick to Southern tradition, when you're eating a MoonPie, you should be combining it with a cold RC Cola. Chattanooga Bakery handles the production of MoonPie, and it has been doing so since 1917.
Margaret Rudkin was a Pepperidge Farm founder who discovered a delicious cracker recipe while visiting Switzerland and brought it to the United States in 1962. The crackers were an instant hit. Celebrity chef Julia Child even served Goldfish crackers at her Thanksgiving dinners.
Initially, there were seven simple flavors of Dum-Dums, but at one point the company introduced a mystery flavor. A massive "find the mystery flavor lollipop" mission went on among children and adults who love candy.
The Chipwich was introduced in 1978 in New York, and despite its early success, the company struggled and ultimately got sold to Nestle, which then shut down the production of the treat because they didn't want it to compete with their own brand of a sandwich. It was re-launched in 2017.
If anyone has spread the "donuts gospel" around the world, it's Dunkin' Donuts (the company is rebranding as Dunkin'). These incredibly tasty donuts are recognized for their fantastic collection of different flavors. Currently, there are 50 different flavors of Dunkin Donuts on their site - and that's without the season specials.
Starburst chews were originally invented in the UK in 1960 and were called "Opal Fruits" back then. When they changed the name to "Starburst" and came to the U.S. in 1967, the candy became a major hit.
Frank Richards wanted to wean his daughter off of sucking her thumb, so he invented Ring Pops. They were among the most popular candies of the '70s, and many kids and adults all over the world still adore them.
President Ronald Reagan was a huge fan of Jelly Belly jelly beans. The blueberry flavor was created for his presidential inauguration in 1981 when over three tons of Jelly Beans were eaten during the festivities.
In the movie "E.T.," Elliot uses Reese's Pieces to get the lovable alien out of hiding, and according to People magazine, sales of the candy tripled after that. Reese's Pieces is still one of the most adored junk food candies in the U.S.
Sour Patch Kids was initially produced in Ontario in the 1970s and didn't reach the U.S. market until 1985. Initially, the candies were shaped like aliens but were changed to the shape of kids because of the Cabbage Patch Kids fever in the '80s.
The recipe for Chex Mix was originally printed on boxes of Chex cereal in 1953. The company introduced the packaged Chex Mix in 1987, and it instantly became one of the most favored party snacks.
Ben Cohen and Jerry Greenfield owned the first Ben and Jerry's ice cream shop, and it quickly went on to become a classic, iconic brand across the United States. In 1988, they were named the U.S. Small Business Persons of the Year by Ronald Reagan.
Peter Pan was the first brand of peanut butter that was sold in plastic jars. It currently comes in 13 varieties. It was the main ingredient in a now-discontinued product called "Peter Pan Peanut Butter Cups."
Back in the '90s, convenience and eye-catching packaging was everything. Push Pops are a classic candy that features lollipops that can be pushed up and retracted to save for later after enjoying them.
Traditionally home-made, Rice Krispies Treats were invented in 1939 by the Kellogg company. The delicious treat is a combination of Kellogg's Rice Krispies rice cereal, butter and melted marshmallow, all wrapped up in a small package that's perfect when you need a sweet break.
The company that produces Popcorners was founded in 2008. The snack has an airy, fluffy consistency which made it a fast favorite in the United States and across the world as a healthier alternative to traditional snacks.
All production of Twix candy bars takes place in Cleveland, Tennessee. In late 2018, Twix launched a new candy bar called the "Twix Triple Chocolate" which is packed and configured exactly like the original.
Teddy Grahams come in two shapes: a bear with arms and legs closed, and a bear with legs open and arms down. They are available in many flavors today, but when they were first introduced, they came in honey, cinnamon, fruit punch and chocolate flavors.
Stacy's Pita Chips began as a treat for people who were waiting in long lines for the original Stacy's sandwich cart in Boston, but they became incredibly popular on their own. Pepsi bought Stacy's Pita Chips in 2005.
In 1941, Forrest Mars Sr. patented the process of coating chocolate with a heat-resistant shell. M&M's were very popular among the military during World War II. Initially sold in cardboard tubes, they used to fit perfectly into military cargo pockets.
Bertie Bott's Every Flavor Beans were featured in the "Harry Potter" series. The famous candy came to life, then Jelly Belly created specific flavors that were featured in the books such as vomit, spinach or dirt.
Even though 100 Grand Bars are a '60s throwback, they are still trendy. The candy was created in 1966, and it was previously known as a "hundred thousand dollar bar." The bar's slogan is "That's Rich," which refers to its recognizable, delicious taste and the monetary reference in the name.
Cheez-Its are some of the most adored crackers in the U.S. Made out of wheat flour, vegetable oil, cheddar cheese, salt and various spices, the crackers were introduced in 1921 by the Green & Green company.