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7 Classic Snacks From Your Childhood Everyone's Buying in Quarantine

Locked down, America is eating like it’s 1989.

If there's at least one chef in America thriving while the entire restaurant industry suffers, it's a jolly one with a tall hat and mustache that every kid who grew up in the 20th century will instantly recognize: Chef Boyardee.

Yes, it's no secret that as grocery shopping habits have profoundly changed amid the COVID-19 outbreak, consumers everywhere are stocking their carts and delivery orders with tons (and tons) of shelf life-defying foodstuffs. In the last month alone, according to The New York Times, Campbell's soup sales are up nearly 60 percent, while everyone's favorite little orange bar snack—Goldfish crackers—are up more than 20 percent. (Obligatory health note: If you're stocking up on too many of these products yourself, see here .)

For more examples of how Americans are eating like it's 1989, read on—because this shopping list of products is hotter than a new Madonna video.

Slim Jim Jerky

According to the Minneapolis Star-Tribune, Conagra Brands—the maker of Birdseye frozen foods and Slim Jim Jerky—said that "it's shipments to retailers and in-store sales in March had grown 50 percent" for the famous jerky, in addition to other products.

Cinnamon Toast Crunch

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Courtesy of Cinnamon Toast Crunch

Milk sales are surging, which means cereal sales are, as well. According to General Mills' Ricardo Fernandez, sales for sugary cereals like Lucky Charms and Cinnamon Toast Crunch are "booming."

String Cheese

Kai Brockmann, president at Saputo, told USA Today that sales for its popular string cheese are exploding.


Orville Redenbacher's Popcorn

orville redenbacher popcorn

"We're seeing incredibly high velocities across multi-serve, single-serve snacks," said Conagra Brands CEO Sean Connolly on a conference call in late March. Among those snacks? Everyone's favorite microwaveable popcorn.

Hamburger Helper


"We've seen all of our categories go up, including dry packaged dinner mixes like Hamburger Helper," General Mills's Jon Nudi told The New York Times.


spaghetti os

"Chef Boyardee was growing nicely before COVID. It's doing very well now," Conagra's Connolly told CNBC in an interview.

Kraft Easy Cheese

Yup! Aerosol cheese has made its triumphant return. Huzzah!

READ MORE: 7 Coronavirus Food Myths You Shouldn't Believe


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