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3 Snacks That Remind Me of My Childhood

Updated on November 16, 2013
A different kind of memory.
A different kind of memory. | Source

Food and Memory

Certain foods have a way of becoming associated with memories.

When I pass a certain product in the local Safeway, I sometimes think back to a time when I ate the particular item. Some foods remind me of where I was sitting, who I was speaking with, and what was going on in my life at the time.

Three particular food items take me back to my childhood, growing up in Victoria, BC, Canada.

Peanut butter. Celery. Mom.
Peanut butter. Celery. Mom. | Source

PB On Celery Sticks

PB is the shorthand term for peanut butter. As a little girl, I remember my mom serving me dishes of chopped celery sticks with peanut butter smoothed along the ridges. I made the snack for myself today and realized I hadn't tasted this combination in years.

I noticed the slippery way that the peanut butter slid along the juicy celery sticks. I thought of my mom making the snack for me as a little girl in our kitchen lined with red bricks on the walls. I loved peanut butter. Sometimes I just ate a cup of peanut butter with a spoon as a snack.

Peanut butter is still one of my favorite foods today.

Ding Dong. Roller skates. Fun.
Ding Dong. Roller skates. Fun. | Source

Ding Dongs

Ah yes, another snack that reminds me of my childhood is the Hostess Ding Dong. As a child, I thought it was such a treat to eat the snack cakes that were individually wrapped in foil; I bit into the chocolate coating to reveal the white creamy filling.

My mom didn't often buy them growing up, so when I was offered one I did not decline. When she pulled out the white box from the grocery bag there was no mistaking my smile. I knew I would get at least one from the box.

I remember eating a Ding Dong while standing on roller-skates in the carport of my family's home. I was taking a break from the skating; roller blades were not yet on the market. I was surrounded by neighbourhood girls who were sharing in the fun activity with me.

Funny that while I remember clearly eating the snack cake, I do not recall if they were also eating the treats. I suppose I was content on my own snack and the sweet taste! Chocolate is still a favourite food of mine.

Oh, the Wagon Wheel!

Wagon Wheel. Crumbs. Yum.
Wagon Wheel. Crumbs. Yum. | Source

Wagon Wheels

I remember Wagon Wheels! I recently bought a box. Yes, they are still in the grocery stores! Wagon Wheels are round chocolate-coated biscuits that are thinner than Ding Dongs and have marshmallow inside rather than a whipped creamy substance.

When I was in Elementary School, my mom often packed a Wagon Wheel into my pink Rainbow Brite cloth lunch bag. I remember that the snack was often crushed when I went to open the white package that protected the treat. Despite the crushed chocolate exterior, I still ate the snack. Hey, the cracked appearance didn't hurt the taste!

Today, Wagon Wheels have undergone a bit of a transformation appearance-wise. The packaging is now a clear wrapper rather than a white one. As well, the chocolate shell seems sturdier as it doesn't crack as easily in transport. Eating the snack brought back memories for me and was still a tasty food to tide me over until dinnertime.


Food is more than just a combination of ingredients whisked together or a particular boxed product purchased from the grocery store shelf. Snack foods can hold memories of times we consumed the products. The memories may not always be pleasurable either. These three snack foods remind me of happy memories during my childhood. I enjoyed eating the foods even now as an adult.

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      Christy Birmingham 5 years ago from British Columbia, Canada

      @Tracy, hello my smiling friend! You are right that the foil was a key part of the snack. Too funny!

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      Tracy Lynn Conway 5 years ago from Virginia, USA

      I am not one for the celery stick and peanut butter thing, but I am with you on the Ding Dongs. What is it about those chocolate coated things and who came up with that name? Maybe it was Willy Wonka. Not only do I have vivid memories of eating Ding Dongs and how I would savor each bite and the cream but also the tin foil, something about that tin foil and the way it was wrapped. Thanks for inviting me to join you down memory lane. Fun hub!


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      Christy Birmingham 5 years ago from British Columbia, Canada

      @TT, glad to assist with the trip down memory lane :) My sweet tooth is acting out today! Thanks for stopping by with another great comment.

      @Peggy, oooh that sounds like a fun trip for frozen custard. How neat that we each have our own childhood treats we remember! Thanks for taking time to read Peggy.

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      Terrye Toombs 5 years ago from Somewhere between Heaven and Hell without a road map.

      oh man, thanks for the flashback! PB on celery with raisins - ants on a log! :) And ding dongs...had to steal loose change to run up to the local 7/11 to buy one when mom wasn't looking. Wagon wheels look a lot like chocolate moon pies. :) Great hub, Christy. Loved the quick trip back to childhood. VUMS!

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      Peggy Woods 5 years ago from Houston, Texas

      I have had PB and celery and it is good. I haven't had the other two you mentioned but remember eating Hostess Cupcakes and Twinkies on occasion. Mostly we had my mother's homemade cookies and other homemade treats. A BIG treat was being driven to the drive in the summer where we would get a frozen custard...kind of like a Dairy Queen but richer. Those were great!!! Fun hub. Up and sharing.

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      Christy Birmingham 5 years ago from British Columbia, Canada

      Hi alocsin, nice to see you! Yes I recommend the PB snack :) I also am a big PB fan as I wrote in this hub, something else we have in common!

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      alocsin 5 years ago from Orange County, CA

      I've had the other delights but never peanut butter on a celery stick. Since I love PB, maybe it's time to give this a try. Voting this Up and Interesting.

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      Christy Birmingham 5 years ago from British Columbia, Canada

      @Marc, I have not heard of PB and brown sugar sandwiches. Ooh that would be sweet! Funny how different regions have different snack foods that are popular. Thank-you for all your reads, I appreciate the comments too!

      @Vinaya, I do hope that now that you are an adult you are better able to enjoy your food. I realize how lucky I am to have such wonderful snack-filled memories! Thanks for your comment.

      @alliemacb, Thanks for the compliments :) I wonder if the foods seem smaller because we grow bigger in comparison? Hmmm..

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      Marc Babineau 5 years ago from Cornwall, Ontario, The Seaway City

      Great hub, CB! PB on celery? I loved PB and banana, or PB and brown sugar sandwiches growing up, and still do!

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      Vinaya Ghimire 5 years ago from Nepal

      I don't have any childhood memories of food, I studied in boarding school, and I hated my food. But anyway I enjoyed reading this hub. Good work, my friend.

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      alliemacb 5 years ago from Scotland

      Great hub. We don't have Ding-Dongs in Scotland but Wagon Wheels were a great treat when I was a kid. Had one recently and it seemed a lot smaller than I remembered - funny how that happens!

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      Christy Birmingham 5 years ago from British Columbia, Canada

      @lord de cross, thanks for the kind words. I do have many fond memories and I enjoyed putting the snack ones together for this hub. You are getting me thinking now about the '80s music and there are some great ones!

      @kittythedreamer, Oooh hot cocoa yes!! Thanks for the great comment :)

      @HawaiiHeart, I'm glad I brought back some fond memories for you. I appreciate the comment!

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      HawaiiHeart 5 years ago from Hawaii

      Mmmm... Ding Dongs... Every now and then I'll indulge and by myself some. Totally reminds me of my childhood!

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      Nicole Canfield 5 years ago from the Ether

      Oatmeal Cream Pies...and hot cocoa with a candy cane! Thanks for sharing. Voted up and awesome.

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      Joseph De Cross 5 years ago

      Nice Memories of yours...we can relate but this time we get into music. Grew up lsitening to 80's songs. Your hub got me hungry for some sweet though. You describe your childhood so tender..that we wish we could've been there to share some treats of our ownm, like m&m's and some other chocolate bars..! Thanks for sharing!