These cinnamon graham crackers packaged next to rainbow chip-studded frosting were magical. Every kid wanted to be your friend--at least for the few seconds it took to dunk a tiny cookie. This was the shiznit. You reigned as lunch royalty at your table if you had a pack of these.
This song was truly one of the greatest one-hit wonders. Your parents loved it, you loved it, everybody loved it! Everybody and their pet parrot sang along to "Heyyyyy Macarena, ay!" And then would awkwardly mumble the rest of the lyrics because they didn't know the next words. Even today, we're sure you can do THE Macarena dance (arms out, ay!).
Buying one of these babies was irresistible. Sometimes, you'd spot new ones in local mall stands before they retired. Remember how everyone was utterly convinced "they'll totally be valuable later on!" and stocked up on 'em? We loved and love you, "Spot the Dog." You weren't supposed to take off the Ty tag either, remember?
This fondly remembered (and still beloved) console had some of the most influential games released on it. Super Mario 64, Mario Kart 64, Star Fox 64, GoldenEye 007, The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time, Mario Party, and Super Smash Bros.--have you heard of these, maybe? This console also quite deservedly won Time Magazine's "1996 Machine of the Year" award. We still blew on the game cartridges then too. Good times.
Fanny packs were a notable equalizer in fashion. Everybody looked great in them! Not! And they came in the following colors: Neon, neon, and weird-stuffed-animal-with-zippers-on-their-bellies. What did anyone ever keep in them, anyway?
Gel and milky pens
Used for writing letters during class, bedazzling construction paper or backs of hands, and making friends, these pens were fresh. The worst was when a pen suddenly stopped working even though it had a full cartridge of baby blue ink!
Virtual pet simulation games became a lifestyle with these handheld toys. You could take your pet anywhere on a keychain! Brag about which developmental stage your pet was in! You could be there for your Tamagotchi's distinctive life stages. Anywhere. Whenever your pet passed on, admit it, you were sad. Tamagotchis were also a fashion statement, with a ton of fun designs. Yeah, tiger print!
The Disney Renaissance period
Though this Disney era began a year before the nineties, it ended in the late nineties. We grew up with some of the top animated-film classics. This period includes The Little Mermaid, Rescuers Down Under, Beauty and the Beast, Aladdin, The Lion King, Pocahontas, The Hunchback of Notre Dame, Hercules, Mulan, and Tarzan. Naaaants ingonyamaaaa bagithi babaaaa!
The dial-up sounds you could imitate, your parents saying that they needed the phone now so please get off the computer, chatrooms, funky screen names, internet "dating", and "You've got mail!"--these were some of the most memorable things. You couldn't escape the AOL CDs being mailed to your family but at least they made great coasters.
Once upon a time, we primarily used compact discs (CD-ROMs) to store our music. We listened to music on "disc mans" or "walkmans" or "CD players." Or, if you were really cool, "CD playas." Remember how songs would "skip" if you even walked a bit quicker than usual? Carrying music around became even easier with these.
Lisa Frank paraphernalia
One word: rainbow. Rainbow cats, rainbow unicorns by rainbows, rainbow puppies painting rainbows on a rainbow gradient background. Rainbow rainbows, man.
How many fashion accessories made a satisfying and distinctive "snap!" when you put them on? A snap bracelet--or five--meant you were trendy. And everybody could see AND hear that.
Pokemon cards, Pokemon Everything
Gotta collect 'em all! Remember the much-coveted holographic cards? Many allowances were spent on booster packs. Many childhood dreams were realized and shattered with Pokemon cards. You could find Pokemon on various consoles, cards, television shows, movies, snacks--everywhere! The original 151 were the best. We knew all the Pokemon, from Bulbasaur to Mew.
R.L Stine has sold more than 300 million of these children's horror books. We loved the colorful, terrifying, and surreal illustrations on the book covers. We got...goosebumps reading these. Everybody had his or her favorite.
ALL the cartoons
Saturday morning cartoons with sugary cereal and cozy pajamas were the best. Just a few cartoons we fondly remember are Rugrats, Hey Arnold!, CatDog, Ed, Edd 'n Eddy, Dexter's Laboratory, Dragon Ball Z, The Powerpuff Girls, Sailor Moon, Scooby-Doo, Looney Tunes, and so, so many more!
Getting these bad boys at Halloween made you a boss, way cooler than all the kids stuck choking down dots.
Pucker up! Remember competitions you'd have with other kids? Who could tolerate the most pieces of sour candy for the longest period of time? You'd win some mad street cred quickly. These were practically currency on playgrounds. Yeah, Black Cherry Warheads were the best.
Remember this kooky drawing program for Macintosh? You could mix drawings, illustrations, and designs with animations and sounds. So many options! So much fun!
What's the dillio? Whassup? Talk to the hand ('cause the face ain't listening'!), chat acronyms beginning (LOL, TMI), psyche!, NOT!, let's roll, I will jack you up, shortie, how'd you get so fly?, dude!, and of course, dawg. Many of these phrases may have been around before the nineties, but they were still part of that slammin' decade.
Silly Putty was like a giant wad of chewing gum to play with (but less gross). Did you know that it's also used for rehabilitative hand therapy and tool-securing in space too? Pretty cool. And we used to just bounce it around and then forget about it.
You couldn't escape this hairstyle. We're looking at you, Lance Bass of 'N Sync. Bleached and spiked hairdos were a thing for men. This hairstyle was usually accompanied by baggy pants and a total 'tude. So dreamy?
The nostalgic music though
The rise of pop princesses--Britney Spears, Mandy Moore, Christina Aguilera, and more! We can't forget Beyonce's origins in Destiny's Child, Nirvana becoming a bigger deal (and alternative rock in general), Hootie and the Blowfish, U2, ska punk, Alanis Morisette being angst, 'N Sync, Mariah Carey, Madonna, Garth Brooks, Backstreet Boys, 98 Degrees, Jennifer Lopez, and so, so many more! We still sing along to "MmmmBop!" Thanks Hanson.
Butterfly hair clips
There were several versions of these. The single-color plastic ones and the extra-fabulous versions made out of metal that shed multi-colored glitter everywhere. The best clips were the ones that had wings on springs. They screamed feminine with a side of sass.
Fruit String Things
Where did these incredible fruit snacks go? We miss their fun shapes. These made snacking a form of art.
Bob Saget! We loved watching "Full House" and "America's Funniest Home Videos" with our families and friends. This man has been there for so many laugh tracks.
Ladies, you know what we're talking about. Not quite wavy, not quite curly, just crinkled. There were and are crimping irons for that day when you're having a bad hair day anyway.
These were super popular collectible discs with "pogs" and "slammers." Giving up your favorite pogs when you lost ruined days and caused a lot of heated playground arguments. They were even banned in various schools not only in the US but also in Spain, Germany, Sweden, the UK, and Iceland!
The Rachel Green hairstyle from Friends
Jennifer Aniston's character, Rachel Green, revolutionized women's hairdos across the nation. Many women requested and flaunted layered, face-framing haircuts inspired by Rachel. Cue affirming laugh track!
The hit movies that became classics
Titanic (that penny-whistle solo part though), Home Alone, Space Jam, Jurassic Park, Forrest Gump, Braveheart, The Silence of the Lambs, The Sixth Sense, Saving Private Ryan, Mrs. Doubtfire, Mission: Impossible, Men In Black, Independence Day, and oh yeah, Star Wars Episode I: The Phantom Menace. Thanks nineties!
Bop it, twist it, and pull it! We can still remember catchy voice and beats from this childhood game. The stakes were even higher with Bop It Extreme!
We all had strong opinions about this eerie toy that resembled a cross between a hamster and owl that went horribly awkward. Were they cute? Maybe. Were they terrifying? Let's just say there were horror stories of Furbies with dead batteries coming back to life in the middle of the night.
Sweaters tied around the waist
A more practical form of fashion, this was a way to have hands and arms free from holding onto the sweater your mom made you put on before you left the house. You didn't have to worry about looking odd, either. This was the status quo for your sweaters you weren't wearing.
Did you know anybody who had these toys that were "more fun than a pillow fight"? Or did you just have that jingle stuck in your head? Sure, they were around before but every kid from the nineties remembers the catchy commercials.