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Old-school childhood snacks we love in Singapore

Revisit your salad days with these old-school snacks we used to squander our pocket money on

Old-school snacks
By Huang Junyi |
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How did we become a nation obsessed with food and snacks? We start 'em young. Iconic ice lollies, mini chocolate cakes in foil wrappers, ring pops and the strong smell of Hacks sweets. We hope you're getting nostalgic – here are some childhood snacks we love in Singapore. 

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20 childhood snacks Singaporeans love to eat

Ice Pops

Ice pops

Hot hot heat and ice cold sweet snacks – a magical combination. A timeless favourite regardless of age, this colourful iconic snack is the best way to triumph the muggy Singapore weather. Plus, it's cheap too. 

HACKS Honey Lemon, $1.70/pack

Hacks sweets

Hack the cough with Hacks, a strong-smelling mint that will remind us of all the times we got sick in our childhood. We don't know if it even works or not, but you can still find Hacks sweets being sold at convenience stores everywhere. 

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Mamee Monster, $0.50

Mamee Monster

Despite of how it looks, Mamee is not an instant noodle – it's a snack noodle, meaning no cooking is required. There's many ways to eat this snack but our favourite is crushing the noodles first before adding the flavoured salt – that's tasty, tasty MSG for you. 

Iced Gem Biscuits, $1

Iced gem biscuits

Over the years gem biscuits have somewhat become an icon in Singapore, appearing in jewellery, accessories and even home decor – as throw cushions. Still, we'll always fondly remember these super sweet, fun-sized and pastel-hued biscuits of our childhood.

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Hiro Chocolate Cake, $0.50

Hiro Chocolate Cake

Can't get the real deal? That's okay, we 90s kids just settled for Hiro Chocolate Cake, a mini dry sponge cake that is coated in chocolate. What it lacks in taste, it makes up with the nostalgic feeling of ripping open the foil wrapper during recess for all the times your packed lunch was not enough. 

Wheel Crackers, $1

Wheel crackers

Say what you want but this will still remain one of the best snacks around in Singapore. Delightfully salty (it's MSG, this we're sure) and addictive, this potato-based cracker is wheel-y good. 

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Houten Chili Tapioca Chips, $0.50

Chilli tapioca chips

Though not the best-looking snack out there, these tapioca chips remain as one of the most popular local snacks around. Spicy, sweet and sticky all at once, this is not a snack you'll enjoy sharing. 

Haw Flakes, $1.20/pack

Haw flakes

Made from Chinese hawthorn, Haw flakes were actually eaten before ingesting bitter Chinese medicine. Who knew it could become such a popular snack, and among kids nonetheless. 

 

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Popo Muruku Ikan, $0.30

Popo muruku

The most memorable thing about this entry level muruku is probably the minimal design of the wrapper. While it's not big on flavour, it doesn't mean that it's any less addictive. 

Bangle Chocolate, $0.50

Bangle chocolate

More for its novelty than actual nutritional value (and taste), the Bangle/Eyeglass Chocolate sweets were useful during play time when you need to prescribe "medicine". 

 

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Biscuit Piring Wafers, $1

Biscuit Piring Wafers

The best thing about these wafers? The colours. There really isn't much to say about its super bland taste. If you're lucky, you might find these fragile, papery wafers in old-school bakeries around the neighbourhood. 

Ring Pop, $1

Ring Pop

Advertised like crazy during Saturday morning cartoons, novelty Ring Pops promised a never-depleting source of sugar. Plus, they came in really pretty retro colours that made you want to collect the whole set. 

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Preserved Mandarin Peels

Preserved mandarin peels

A snack for acquired tastes, sun-dried mandarin peels are spiced lightly so you get an aftertaste that is slightly bitter. Useful if you are feeling nauseous, some people carry them in their bags when travelling to get over motion sickness.

Magic Dust, $1

Magic Dust

Perhaps the most exciting snack on the list, Magic Dust will take you on a most peculiar sensory experience. Sweet, sour and almost electrifying, the popping and crackling magic that happens in your mouth with a spoonful of magic dust will still amaze you years on. 

 

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Pop Pop Sweet Corn Rolls, $1

Pop Pop sweet corn rolls

Popular as goodie bag fillers, these corn crackers may be hollow in the middle but they sure pack a punch. Salty, peppery and also slightly sweet – basically, it's easy to get addicted. 

Super Ring, $0.50

Super Ring

Know for being brightly orange, and then staining your fingers with the same hue after eating, these cheesy Super Rings have definitely survived the year. You can still find them in supermarkets, flavour-wise nothing has changed much but yes, they still stain your fingers. 

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Wu Hua Guo, $1

Wu Hua Guo

According to Chinese medicine, it aids in digestion and helps with the appetite. Techniclally more useful than a sweet or snack, these dried figs may not be everyone's favourite. 

Ovaltine Candy, $0.40

Ovaltine candy

You can never go wrong with Ovaltine anything. There's many ways to eat this sweet, fron crushing and crunching it to sucking it till it depletes.

 

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White Rabbit, $2.90/pack

White Rabbit

Years have passed and still the look of this iconic sweet stays the same. Milky, sweet and chewy – it's all the things kids love. Plus there's the novelty of eating the edible rice paper as well too. 

 

Teddy Chocolate Biscuits, $1

Teddy bear chocolate biscuits

Never judge a book by its cover? Nah, these adorable-looking biscuits are as pretty tasty and make for a good snack. Dip it in a hot cup of Milo or kopi, or eating it on its own – it's up to you. 

 

Where to buy them

Shopping, Bakeries

Biscuit King

icon-location-pin Bukit Timah

A unique biscuit shop selling old-school snacks that we had back in the days. In here, reminisce your childhood with snacks like gem biscuits and chocolate wafers. Make a trip down for a major throwback to your salad years. 

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Munch Munch

icon-location-pin Chinatown

Hidden in one of our favourite neighbourhoods, Chinatown. You can find all your childhood favourites here. Be transported back to the past as you munch on classic snacks like chili tapioca chips, muruku and more. 

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Nineties Candy Society

icon-location-pin Novena

Like its namesake, this 90s store has the biggest collection of classic biscuits and sweets. Check out this unconventional store that stocks up on your childhood favourites and eat your way through memory lane. 

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