As food products became more and more convenient, so did the idea of a sack lunch. Some kids made their lunch themselves. Some kids had their parents make a lunch for them with lots of love and no crust. And some kids had their parents buy a fully prepared meal that they could just grab out of the fridge on the way to catching the bus.
The “Lunchable” was a genius product. Parents were tired of making their kid’s lunch, or didn’t have the time, and they were easy to market to kids because it was something different from the traditional lunch: Pizza? Sandwiches made from crackers? That’s SO cool! Plus school lunch was gross and everyone gets tired of PB&J eventually.
Another important factor that contributed to the “Lunchable” success was that yes, in the end you did assemble your food, but it was fun.
Just ham? No Problem. Double stack with a slice of cheese? Coming right up. Pizza with a little cheese or a lot? Whatever you want! Later they came up with nachos, tacos, hamburgers, hot dogs, and who knows what else.
Personally, I thought Lunchables tasted gross. But I loved the idea so much I tried to convince myself that they were amazing. Not only was it convenient, but it made me feel like a “cool kid.” Unfortunately my parent’s viewed these as expensive luxury meals and rarely bought them. It was cheaper to buy lunch at school and at least then it was warm.
Eventually I realized how ridiculous these things were and made up excuses to myself to not feel bad about missing out. Because [cold] hamburgers and hotdogs? GROSS! How was that even possibly real meat?
Looking back I’m not even sure which one I liked best. I was a fan of the classic crackers, meat, and cheese, but it never seemed to taste right. I couldn’t figure out if the crackers were too buttery, the meat was too fake, or if it was just the cheese. The one that tasted the best to me was the nachos, but that seemed more like a snack than a lunch.
Am I wrong or do you agree with me? What was your favorite Lunchable?
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