Things That Taste Like My Childhood

Inspired by @bjnovak
  1. "Bird's Nest"
    Basically a low-rent, quick version of shepherd's pie. Layer of hamburger, layer of mashed potatoes, cheese on top. Served with either peas or corn on the side. We ate it about twice a month. No idea why we called it that, as it has nothing to do with poultry, eggs, or even looks like a nest.
  2. Gibbles Cheese Puffys
    Best, most delicious cheese puffs I have ever tasted. All other cheese puffs suck in comparison. Gibbles went out of business in 2013 and I'm still mad about it. You can buy a bag of these online for $42.00.
  3. Egg in the Hole
    My Nana used to make this for me when I stayed over at her house. I referred to it as "Eggs Nest." It always seemed magical and special that the egg was cooked inside the bread.
  4. TastyKake Tandy Cakes
    Internet research tells me that TastyKake changed the name of these in the 70s to "Kandy Kakes," but I swear that it was later than that. Anyway, my grandfather, Wally, always has these on hand.
  5. Chex Mix, homemade
    My mom made it around Christmas time and we kept it in a gigantic tin. I would binge eat this during Christmas break.
  6. Fudge Ripple Ice Cream
    [We're now at the Ice Cream portion of the list] My Mom-Mom loved ice cream (her father had owned a confectionary and ice cream parlor) and would typically eat a bowl of ice cream before bed. This is the flavor I remember eating the most, usually with a few pretzels tucked in the side of the bowl.
  7. C.M.P. Sundae from the Jigger Shop
    Oh, this is how you knew summer was ON. Going to the Jigger Shop in Mt. Gretna was a rare and special treat, and a chocolate, marshmallow, peanut sundae was typically what I would order.
  8. Black Raspberry Ice Cream
    Another thing my grandfather, Wally, always had on hand. Eating it conjures summertime memories of sitting on his lap and watching the Phillies game.
  9. Lebanon Bologna Sandwiches
    Growing up in Lebanon, PA, this was a staple. Eaten mostly at the home daycare providers I attended until grade school. Caveat: must be original, regular Lebanon bologna. Lebanon Sweet bologna was, and remains, disgusting.
  10. Lebanon Bologna Pinwheels with Cream Cheese
    Awwww, shit. This is how you knew you were at a real, fancy party in Lebanon. See notes above regarding regular vs sweet bologna.
  11. William Penn Hot Dog
    I wish I could find an actual photo of one of these, as this picture insinuates that it's just a chili dog. I mean, it was, kind of, but also not at all. Purchased at the William Penn Bar for $1. My dad was recently outraged because the price has risen to $2.25.
  12. Pennsylvania Dutch Pot-Pie.
    Comfort food of the highest order. Thick, carb-y homemade noodles, savory broth. Both making and consuming this is a winter time ritual.