Guest Blog by Amy Snider
Oh how the lunchbox has transformed from the Holly Hobbie lunchbox I carried in my youth! Sturdy, hard plastic with a matching thermos for juice or milk, my lunchbox (like my classmates’) was a reflection of my personal style.
These days, lunchboxes are designed with functionality, food safety and the environment in mind. In fact, this stackable melamine lunchbox keeps each layer separate and well-sealed so there is no need for additional packaging.
The contents of our lunchboxes have seen changes as well. My ’80s grade-school lunch consisted of a peanut butter or tuna fish sandwich, an apple, two cookies and a juice box. With peanut bans and concerns over mercury, my favourite retro sandwich choices are no longer acceptable.
In the ’90s, processed treats like “Lunchables”, “Fruit by the Foot” (an overstatement to be sure) and “Dunkaroos” were popular for their portability and kid appeal. But with a return to whole foods in this decade, “Lunchbox 2000” has undergone another evolution.
As I’m currently compiling info on lunches past, present and future for an upcoming presentation, I would love to hear your reminiscences about your favourite lunchbox fillers from the ’80s and ’90s. Likewise, feel free to tell me about what goes into the lunchboxes you fill today.