While the new Ford Explorer doesn’t look that much different from the car it’s replacing, it’s got some pretty impressive specs that we think deserve a little more attention. The new Ford Explorer is all about power and it sports one of the most powerful base engines in its class. The standard 2020 model will house a 2.3-liter, four-cylinder engine that produces 300 horsepower and 310 pound-feet of torque. The upgrade engine houses a 3.0-liter that produces 365 hp and 380 lb-ft of torque, while the ST is currently the strongest SUV in its class with 400 hp and 415 lb-ft of torque. That’s one fast SUV!
But the niceties don’t end there. The new Ford Explorer has all the trimmings you’d expect from a modern car and looks like it was designed for a Hollywood movie, rather than family outings. The interior is designed to be as tech-friendly and ergonomic as possible, with a comfortable but easy-to-use 10.1-inch touchscreen in the center of the dash that helps to control the various features of the car as well as the entertainment and GPS system. It’s definitely one of the prettiest touch-screen systems we’ve seen in a car of this size. The best thing about the dash though – it’s not cluttered with gadgets and dials. Just a plain and simple setup with a really nice finish.
But when driving an SUV, one of the main things you’re bound to look for first is space – and the Ford Explorer really delivers here. In terms of length, the car is 198.8 inches long and has been redesigned to ensure that you have as much comfort in the vehicle as possible while being able to store more than just your shopping in the back. The Explorer has been designed to add as much additional space onto the back of the vehicle and while it may only seem like a small amount, it will most likely make the difference between having to sit your bag on your lap for a 3-hour drive or not! We cannot wait to try out this sleek, sexy and tough SUV.
40+ British Foods From the ‘90s That Defined Our Childhood
Cast your mind back to the halcyon days of frozen food, primary school discos, and tea at your nan’s. This list will take you back to those innocent times, as we count down 40+ foods from the ’90s that will fill you with nostalgia.
No packed lunch was complete without these sweet treats. If your mum gave you a Wagon Wheel in your lunchbox, you always felt like the coolest kid on the playground, eating a slab of chocolate almost the size of your head.
So many of us have fond memories of chasing the ice cream van down the street, as it chimed its recognisable tune. Forget Mr Whippy — in the 1990s, all the cool kids asked for a Funny Feet ice cream! The concept was simple. It was a strawberry ice cream bar in the shape of a foot!
As demand decreased, the cult favourite was discontinued by the manufacturer, Walls. Luckily, it was brought back in 2014 thanks to a Facebook campaign!
No birthday party gift bag was complete in the ’90s without a Swizzels Drumstick lolly. They were a delicious treat, even if you had to pick the chewy nougat out of your teeth for hours after eating them!
The classic milk and raspberry flavour is the quintessential taste of British childhood, and has been a firm favourite amongst kids for generations. Believe it or not, they have been around for more than 60 years, and can still be found on shelves!
Anyone who grew up in the ’90s will remember the delicious strawberry and cream flavoured Campino sweets. Small, hard candies decorated with a red and white swirl, they were a childhood staple for so many. Unfortunately, they seemed to disappear off the face of the Earth.
They are no longer available in shops in the UK, but if you’re craving some nostalgic goodness, you can get your hands on them on Amazon! Warning — they’re shipped from America and they aren’t cheap!
Cartoonies were another lunchbox favourite of the ’90s. They were sweet biscuits with animals printed on the top, packed with a molten chocolate centre that could fill any child’s heart with joy, and their teeth with cavities.
The manufacturer, Burton’s Biscuits, was bought out in 2013 — and since then, Cartoonies have been difficult to come by. You may be able to find a packet online, but they will probably be well past their expiration date. Eat at your own risk!
These iconic snacks have been in production since 1987, and the packaging has barely changed! If you are from the UK, you will probably remember tucking into a bag of Space Raiders at lunchtime. Created by KP Snacks, these alien shaped corn crisps have stayed in Brit’s hearts ever since they invaded in the late ’80s.
They’re still on sale today, and they come in Beef, Pickled Onion, Saucy BBQ, and Spicy flavours. Which one is your favourite?
Many will remember Ring Pops, as one of the most treasured food items of the ’90s. They consisted of a wearable plastic ring, adorned with a hard candy ‘jewel,’ available in an array of sweet flavours including strawberry, apple, watermelon, and cherry.
You probably sported one of these in primary school, as they doubled up as a fashion accessory and a tasty snack! Did you know that they were originally designed by manufacturer Topps to help children break thumb-sucking habits?
A dinnertime staple, no list of nostalgic food items is complete without potato smiles. Consisting of soft, mashed potato encased in a golden crumb and shaped like a smiley face, these delicious treats were often served with cocktail sausages, spaghetti hoops, or baked beans from a tin. Bon appétit!
Produced by manufacturer McCain, they are still available in most supermarkets. If you’re looking for a blast from the past, why don’t you serve up a classic ’90s childhood meal?
If you grew up in 1990s Britain, you will remember having these classic biscuits on display at your birthday party. Party Rings are crunchy, sweet biscuits in the shape of a ring, topped with colourful icing. Their delicious flavour and bright design made them a hit with children across the country, giving them the status of the ultimate party food.
You can still purchase Party Rings today, and they can be enjoyed by those avoiding animal products, as they are vegan!
Another example of iconic packed lunch food, Kelloggs’ Fruit Winders have been enjoyed by children for decades. They are strings of gummy fruit-flavoured candy, which can be unrolled to reveal a comic printed on wax paper. A fun and nostalgic treat, you can purchase Fruit Winders from most supermarkets and corner shops in the UK today.
They are a surprisingly healthy snack, as they made from real fruit, contain low levels of fat and salt, and are only 67 calories.
Jelly and Ice Cream
Jelly is one particular food item that people tend to leave in their childhood. Back in the day, mums across the UK would combine the wobbly dessert with ice cream to create the ultimate comfort food. The contrast of the light, fruity jelly with rich ice cream is a true taste sensation that will definitely delight your inner child.
Make sure to use strawberry jelly with vanilla ice cream to achieve the perfect retro flavour profile. What’s not to love?
Cadbury’s Animal Biscuits
This shiny purple packet was another break time favourite for primary school kids all over the UK. It contained Cadbury’s Animal biscuits, a fantastically fun treat of crunchy biscuits half-coated with Cadbury’s milk chocolate. The biscuits were in the shape of various zoo animals, making them fun to trade with your friends.
You can still find them in shops and there has even been another addition to the gang — the Cadbury’s Freddo frog! Keep reading to find out about him…
Only the toughest kids on the playground would munch on these sour sweets. Toxic Waste candies came housed inside a novelty drum container, making them look more like toys than snacks. They were the enemy of parents and teachers across the country, due to the high levels of e-numbers, sugar, and artificial flavourings.
Hazardously sour, these sweets would make your face contort as you tasted them! Who knows why these sweets were so popular? They didn’t even taste good! Gross.
These powdery little discs will immediately take you back to your childhood. Flying saucers were a staple of any school disco tuck shop, with the e-numbers and sugar providing fuel for a night of dancing to S Club 7, Steps, and The Cheeky Girls.
Flying saucers were made of brightly coloured rice paper or wafer and were filled with sherbet. The sweets immediately melt in your mouth, giving you a hit of nostalgia that’s simply out of this world.
Bacon is one of those foods that suits being artificially replicated. It’s just a fact that pretty much any bacon flavoured snack will taste delicious. Frazzles are a prime example! These bacon flavoured corn snacks were a corner shop favourite of Britons across the UK, especially in the ’90s.
The packaging hasn’t changed since they burst onto the market in 1975, and neither has the salty, savoury flavour that’s loved by so many. They are even suitable for vegetarians!
There are few feelings as satisfying as peeling the foil lid off a tub of Choc Dips, and dunking the first breadstick into the smooth chocolate. Created by snack giant KP, they have been loved by children across the UK for decades. For those unfamiliar with these sweet treats, let us educate you.
Choc Dips consist of a plastic tub, divided into two sections. One half contains crunchy breadsticks, while the other contains white or milk chocolate sauce for dipping.
In primary school, while some kids enjoyed gourmet sandwiches and carrot sticks for their lunch, others were happy with the humble Lunchable kit. Created by Dairy Lea, these delightful snacks allowed you to construct your own lunch with crackers, ham, and cheese slices.
Lunchables are still enjoyed today by children up and down the country, but they now have even more options! You can now purchase versions with Oreo cookies, chocolate buttons, chicken slices, and tomato sauce for mini pizzas!
While many children enjoyed them as a snack in the ’90s, Poppets were actually created all the way back in 1937! They were originally only available in raisin flavour, but the manufacturer Paynes eventually branched out to create the toffee flavour that we know and love.
Many people have happy memories of sharing a box of Poppets at the cinema, as the unique cardboard box packaging creates no disruptive rustling sounds. That’s why Poppets remain a childhood favourite of many.
How do the dads of the UK come up with their cringeworthy jokes? They pick up a Penguin! These classic biscuits are known for the jokes printed on the wrapper, as well as their silky smooth chocolate flavour. Best enjoyed dunked into a cup of tea, these chocolate covered biscuits also boast a chocolate cream sandwich in the centre.
They have been a staple in British cupboards for years, but many ’90s kids will fondly remember them from their childhood.
Mars Delight bars, gone but not forgotten. ’90s kids will remember these delicious chocolate bars, which disappeared from shelves a few years after their launch. Bosses at the confectionary giant Mars have never given an explanation for discontinuing these snacks, much to the dismay of customers.
These delicious chocolate bars were intended to be a lighter version of the humble Mars bar, and consisted of a layer of creamy chocolate with a crunchy wafer inside. We will always miss them!
Okay, so this one may be a drink instead of a food item, but hear us out. Taking one look at this image will immediately transport you to your younger years, and that’s why Kwenchy Kups have earned a place on this list.
Despite tasting like watered-down sugar and artificial fruit, Kwenchy Kups were another school tuck shop classic. Everyone loved the feeling of piercing the plastic film lid with the pointy straw and slurping down the juice inside.
These chalky sticks of candy are nothing short of iconic. They would come in small packets shaped like matchboxes, and they were usually adorned with cartoon characters such as Spiderman and Dennis the Menace. One of the oldest types of sweets, candy sticks have been around for decades in various forms.
Children of the 1990s will remember the kind made from powdered sugar. Eating them would leave a white residue around your hands and mouth, but it was worth it!
If you were a kid in the 1990s, these colourful puffs of sugary goodness will remind you of your childhood. Produced by legendary confectioners Swizzels Matlow (the makers of Drumstick lollies, Love Hearts, and more), Rainbow Drops were not your average sweet.
Instead of using a gelatin base like other treats, they were actually made from puffed maize and rice, just like cereal! You wouldn’t want to have these for breakfast, though, unless you want a trip to the dentist.
Yes, you can still buy Frosties in most supermarkets. However, having a bowl of Frosties as an adult just isn’t the same as when you were a kid. Plus, the recipe has changed over the years to use multigrain frosted flakes and dramatically reduce the amount of sugar.
Remember the good old days, when you could pour yourself a bowl of Frosties and spend your Saturday morning watching My Parents Are Aliens and Grizzly Tales for Gruesome Kids on CITV?
Soft mashed potato encased in a crispy golden exterior. What more could you want? It’s safe to say that potato waffles (particularly the Birds Eye brand) were a massive part of any Brit’s childhood growing up in the 1990s.
They can be enjoyed as part of a fry-up breakfast, with other classic childhood foods such as baked beans and spaghetti hoops, or as a savoury snack on their own. Did you know that they can be cooked in the toaster?
Baby Bottle Pops
Baby Bottle Pops are another nostalgic sweet treat created by Topps, the manufacturer of Ring Pops. They are super sweet lollipops that come in the form of a baby’s bottle, for those who don’t like their sweets to be in the shape of jewellery.
They were highly popular in the 1990s when they were first launched, and they are still in production today. They now come in a variety of flavours including strawberry, blue raspberry, bubblegum, watermelon, and apple. Yum!
Fruit Salad Sweets
The more appetising sibling of the classic Blackjack aniseed sweets, Fruit Salads are pineapple and raspberry flavoured chews that have been around for decades. As an adult, you probably haven’t snacked on some of these in a while, and we definitely recommend picking up a packet next time you visit your local corner shop!
The fruity taste will take you back to your younger days of buying sweets with your pocket money and trading them in the school playground.
Who remembers Hubba Bubba bubblegum? The bright pink packaging could not be missed on shelves, prompting countless ’90s kids to beg their mum for a packet when visiting the corner shop.
The gum was formulated to be less sticky than other brands, allowing you to blow a giant bubble and peel it off your skin when it burst! It was even better when you stuffed multiple pieces in your mouth at the same time. Plus, the fruity flavours were delicious.
Billy Bear Ham
Billy Bear ham was all the rage in the 1990s, before chefs like Jamie Oliver tried to ruin all the run by making kids eat healthily. Why eat regular meat when you could eat slices of processed ham in the shape of a cute bear?
The actual percentage of ham was only 66%, but this didn’t bother us when we were kids. All we cared about was showing off to our friends about having the coolest sandwiches in our lunchboxes.
Sure, many people still enjoy cocktail sausages as part of a Sunday roast. But, nothing beats the experience of eating these tiny pork sausages at a birthday party as a child in the 1990s. Imagine the scene — disco lights bouncing off the walls of your local town hall, with Aqua’s “Barbie Girl” blasting on the stereo.
Platters of beige foods like cocktail sausages adorn the tables. There’s a bouncy castle. You’re about to play ‘pass the parcel.’ Life is good.
Despite the name, Viennetta is originally a British item. No family gathering was complete in the 1990s without your mum offering up some for dessert. It’s a long bar of ice cream swirled with chocolate, that can be cut and served in slices, making it perfect for sharing.
However, it was hard to resist, reflected by the slogan, “one slice is never enough!” The waves of ice cream and layers of cold, crunchy chocolate made Viennetta a top drawer treat.
Frubes are beloved by kids and parents across the UK for their convenience, delicious flavours, and health benefits! One of the first yoghurt products for kids, they were launched in 1996 and have been available in shops ever since.
Providing children with calcium, these yoghurt tubes are a quick and easy snack to throw in your lunchbox for school. That’s why many kids of the 1990s will remember slurping Frubes at break and lunchtime. Which flavour was your favourite?
Kids of the ’90s will remember these! For some reason, we all thought it was a good idea to combine snacks and accessories with these kitsch creations. Not only did they taste pretty bad, but wearing a necklace with remnants of saliva on it was never a good look.
These sugary, fruit-flavoured pellets were laced onto a piece of string, which could be worn around your neck. If you miss candy necklaces, why not make your own version at home?
Club Biscuits are still a tea break staple in offices around the UK, but many of us will remember the joys of stealing one of these from our grandparents’ biscuit tin. When we take a bite of these nostalgic snacks, we can almost hear the kettle brewing, with the familiar tune of the Corrie theme song playing in the background.
It’s hard to forget the catchy jingle, “If you like a lot of chocolate on your biscuit, join our Club.”
These cinnamon flavoured sweets are an acquired taste. Atomic Fireballs are a sweet shop favourite for those who like a bit of spice in their life! Many will have fond memories of heading to the corner shop after school to grab a bag of these.
They are incredibly spicy, prompting some people to spit them out as soon as they begin eating them. Remember when the hard lads in school would show off by munching on these red hot candies?
Often referred to as the nation’s favourite cheesy snack, these were another classic lunchtime food for primary school children in the late 1990s and early 2000s. They are tubes of processed cheese, which can be peeled into thin strips.
Kids love playing with their food, hence why cheese strings are still a top seller today. Many kids would try to create their own versions of the cheese string mascot, peeling layers of cheese to create his signature funky ‘hairstyle!’
Sometimes you just crave a nice cup of tea and a sit-down. If you can get your hands on one, why not try a Toffypop next time you take a break? Many will remember these from the ’90s.
They are crumbly biscuits coated with chocolate and filled with oozing toffee, making them perfect for dunking in a hot beverage of your choice. They’re a bit crunchier than a Jammy Dodger, yet not as chocolatey as a bourbon cream. Delish.
The cylindrical cousin of the Viennetta, Birds Eye’s arctic rolls are another classic dessert from your childhood. They consist of vanilla ice cream wrapped in a thin layer of sponge cake, glued together with an added layer of raspberry-flavoured sauce.
These delicious desserts are the perfect comfort food, beloved by many for their convenience and indulgent taste. They are especially tasty when served with some chopped strawberries, or even topped with some jelly for the perfect retro dessert experience.
A British summer holiday was not complete without munching on a Mini Milk lollipop. These small, milk-based lollies are a favourite of mums and dads, as they contain 36% of your daily dose of calcium — plus, they lack the e-numbers and sugar that can be found in other ice lollies.
The creamy lollipops could be bought in three flavours including vanilla, strawberry, and chocolate. They were part of the Walls brand along with other favourites like Twister, Calippo, Cornetto, and Solero.
McCain’s Micro Chips
These can still be found on shelves, but for some reason, they have been rebranded as ‘Quick Chips.’ The OGs will remember them as ‘Micro Chips.’ Produced by frozen food connoisseurs McCain, a packet of these could be enjoyed within minutes, as you only had to heat them in the microwave.
Sure, they may taste vaguely like cardboard, but a healthy portion of ketchup can hide a multitude of sins. They are quick, convenient, and remind us of our childhood.
Extra Thin Ice
Traditional chewing gum may not count as food, but these unique breath strips were entirely edible. Wrigley’s Thin Ice sheets were thin strips of translucent blue gum, that melted within seconds of being placed on the tongue.
The company originally hoped that this product would replace chewing gum on shelves, eventually eradicating the problem of gum litter on our streets. However, Thin Ice strips never really caught on, and they were sadly discontinued in the early 2000s. Who remembers these?
Parma Violets are a confection that divides the nation. Some are strongly against eating a sweet that tastes like flowers, while other people thoroughly enjoy the unusual flavour. Whether you like them or not, you have to admit that Parma Violets definitely take you back to your childhood.
Produced in small packets since 1946, these purple tablet candies are sweet, sugary, and fragrant — and in 2016, Swizzels Matlow released a special Parma Violets flavoured cheese to celebrate their 70th birthday!
Birds Eye is the master of classic British cuisine. Not only do they produce potato waffles, frozen vegetables, arctic rolls, and their signature fish fingers, but they also create a quintessential dinner item for kids across the UK — the humble chicken dipper.
Perfect dipped in ketchup or mayonnaise, these savoury snacks are a quick and easy main course, loved by parents and kids alike. Why not serve up a beige Birds Eye buffet, complete with all of your childhood favourites?
Turkey Twizzlers have become a controversial cult classic, thanks to chef Jamie Oliver. As part of a crusade against childhood obesity, he campaigned to get these frozen treats banned in 2005, and they were removed from shelves as a result.
Many ’90s kids will remember tucking into Bernard Matthews Turkey Twizzlers at tea time, until they were discontinued years later. The processed spiral-shaped meat snacks were loved by many, who rejoiced when they were brought back earlier this year!
Freddos are an affordable chocolate treat produced by the legendary confectioner, Cadburys. However, the snack has been embroiled in controversy over the years, as the price has risen due to inflation. In the 1990s, a Freddo bar could be bought for 10p, but now they retail for 25p, more than double the price.
They are loved for their simplicity, as they consist of a bar of milk chocolate shaped like a friendly frog. Some believe the caramel ones taste even better!