90s Nostalgia with Walkers & The Spice Girls

The 90s spanned my coming-of-age years, 8 until 18, the entire breadth of high school. They contained some defining moments for me – from my first kiss, to leaving school and moving out. I have so many fond memories of the 90s and with the re-emergence of The Spice Girls it’s definitely triggering my nostalgia! My friends and I used to argue over which Spice Girl we’d be, and I remember us having to search for a 5th for our group so we could do a proper singalong…. and my best friend (who was a dude!) being mad he wasn’t allowed to join in. We ended up allowing him to be our manager.

The 90s were an iconic decade for pop hits and a lot of those hits are being replayed today. From classic Britpop like Oasis, Pulp, Blur, The Verve, Supergrass and The Boo Radleys, to Pop hits from Britney Spears, Backstreet Boys, Smash Mouth, Hanson and Vanilla Ice. I bet you’ve already got a song playing in your head from the list above. But ultimately… could you be a teen girl in the 90s without dancing around to the Spice Girls? I was 14 when the Spice Girls hit it big and I’ll admit, I may have spent some time dancing around in my living room using the hairbrush as a microphone to Wannabe and If You Wanna Be My Lover. I’m eternally grateful that things like SnapChat and TikTok weren’t around to capture it!

To celebrate The Spice Girls being back in 2019 Walkers Crisps headed up a hunt for their biggest fan. All will soon be revealed and I must admit, I’m definitely curious to see the outcome.

Some other things that I’m nostalgic about from the 90s

Children’s TV from the 90s

Children’s TV in the 90s was so different to it is now – mainly because you had a set schedule. These days with everything on demand when you want it, kids can watch their favourite shows whenever. Back then? We had to sit patiently and wait once a week for our new favourite cartoon, and mealtimes were structured around the afterschool specials, whilst I knew exactly what cartoons I’d be heading to school after in the morning.

Round the Twist, Family Ness, Fun House, Rosie and Jim, Postman Pat, Sooty and Sweep, Animals of Farthing Wood… And let’s not talk about the fact that my first crush was on Andy from Art Attack.

90s Food

For me, the 90s was a decade of TV dinners, frozen food, desserts that came in cans and sweets. Yeah, I wasn’t exactly raised on healthy food… I’m not even sure if I saw a fresh vegetable in that decade. Whilst I try to feed my son pretty much the opposite of how I ate in the 90s, there’s some definite nostalgia for the food. Club biscuits, taz bars, iced gems, rainbow drops, panda pops, wagon wheels and Walkers salt and Lineker which drove the football-mad boys at school into a frenzy.

Iced Gems

Is there anyone who didn’t eat the sugar off the top of Iced gems? Then you’d get left with a bag of biscuit bases and be super sad.

So no matter how old you are… let’s take a trip down memory lane. Let me know in the comments:

  1. What was your favourite Spice Girls song?
  2. What cartoons trigger your childhood memories?
  3. What’s your favourite childhood food that you’d want to bring back?

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  • Reply Michaela June 3, 2019 at 4:46 pm

    If you wanna be my lover is my favourite spice girl song. I wasn’t actually born until 95 but it still takes me back to my childhood.

  • Reply Gemma June 4, 2019 at 5:41 am

    1. Two become one (listened to this in throes of romantic teenage angst, haha!)
    2. The original pokemon cartoons
    3. Honestly I’d love to have my nans moussaka again, she left a recipe but we’ve never replicated it. For treats we used to go to a wimpy, and I think they’re all closed down now, so maybe that.

    • Reply Christy - WelshMum June 4, 2019 at 10:36 am

      Aw, I definitely miss my grandmothers home cooked meals! My mother is an awful cook (she would agree)! There is actually one Wimpy left in Wales, and it’s somewhere I pass quite often – it’s on the seafront at Porthcawl if you’re ever in the area and want some nostalgia. It’s in the original building and is right on the beach. I am surprised it’s still going and hasn’t been bought out by a restaurant given the location it’s in.

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