You know that phrase You are what you eat? Well, after watching this Bon Appétit video, we’re proposing a modified version: History is what it eats. The clip features adorable kids tasting the original brown-bag lunches from the year 1900 to today, and the meals really took us by surprise. Did you know that Barnum’s animal crackers have been a lunch staple for over a century? Or that the Spamwich was a popular meal in the ’40s? Oh, and remember Gushers circa the junk-food craze of the late ’90s and early ’00s? This flick will make you crave a gallon of it.
As far as we’re concerned, the recipe for an enjoyable history lesson calls for three primary ingredients: visual aids, a class clown, and, most importantly, snacks on snacks. Lucky for us, Bon Appétit has this triple threat of a checklist covered. So without further ado, tune into this video to learn about the bygone days through the lens of brown-bag lunches.
What was your favorite lunch growing up? And better yet, would you still want to eat it today? Share your memories with us, and then shop our roundup of chic lunch boxes and totes.