Like most of us MCLers – our parents didn’t have much money. So the money allocated towards food went just for breakfast, lunch, and dinner. And if there was a little bit left over – maybe we could get ice cream for dessert. We hardly ever had snacks. I mean real kine snacks – like Oreos, Granny Goose potato chips, iso peanuts, all da good kine stuffs. I remember arare when it used to come in a tin can and required a screwdriver to open it. We had one once. It was kept on top of the ice-box.
Sometimes when I got desperate, usually around 4 o’clock in the middle of Checkers & Pogo, I’d start looking for some kind of snack. We had apples and oranges but I didn’t want fruit – I wanted snacks (probably from watching all the commercials on tv). So I start digging into the Tupperware in the bottom cabinets. And settle for cereal.
My dad used to have a stash of the dried red cuttlefish – the hot kine.
You know the kine, where your fingers get all red after eating it. And the cat follows you all around the house. I used the eat the hard, chewy legs first – as all the tiny dried up suction cups fall off – then save the soft flattened out body part for last. That was a special snack.
If we did have a bag of chips – it would have to last at least a week. No such thing as whacking the whole bag in a day or two. Had to stretch it out by rationing servings.
I remember once when I was at my Auntie Betty’s house. She busted out this blue box called Chicken in a Biskit. She offered me some but I didn’t even know what a biskit was! But I tried it anyway. OMG! This stuff is delicious. I begged my mom to buy a box – which she eventually did. Been a favorite ever since.
A favorite snack – outside of the house – was the candy colored popcorn from downtown Kress. I remember having a small bag of that and eating the whole thing – non-stop.
Of course the regular popcorn at Ala Moana Sears by the Auto department was winnahs too. Something about the smell of freshly popped popcorn and rubber tires. Great combo.
But getting back to snacks at home – did you grow up in a snack-filled home? Or a snackless one like I did?
Was so bad – had to eat soda crackers with butter and salt on them. Or a cold slice of bologna. Sometimes I would sneak out a sheet of sushi nori and eat that. Plain! Oh, here’s one. I used to take a teaspoon, dig it into the jar of peanut-butter and suck on it though a Popeye cartoon. Pretended it was a lollipop. Sad, yeah?
What kind of snacks did you grow up with? What did you do in those desperate times? Share your small-kid time snack stories with us.