Snack Pack


If you ever sliced open your tongue while desperately trying to lick the last remaining morsels of pudding from a pull-top lid, it is safe to say that you might remember a childhood delight of the 70s and beyond called Snack Pack. Introduced in 1969, they remain a staple of lunchboxes (or brown bags, if you prefer) to this day.

In the late 60s, the folks over at Hunt-Wesson Foods realized that a lot of people, young and old, were packing lunches those days, some 12 billion of them. Thinking these folks might enjoy including a self-contained dessert that required no refrigeration, the company began test-marketing a line of puddings and fruits. Dubbed Snack Pack, the products proved to be an instant success.

Snack Pack arrived on store shelves in bundles of four aluminum cans, each with a handy pull-tab top. Hunt would advertise that the can’s interior was coated with a layer of enamel to ensure that you didn’t taste the can, but most people old enough to remember the canned version will attest that there was a decidedly metallic flavor. In 1984, the company switched to a plastic cup (and a much safer lid), prompting many former aficionados to insist that the pudding’s flavor suffered dramatically as a result.

Evidence suggests this is true. After all, a pudding must be mighty good to, not only persuade you to fillet your tongue for just one more taste, but also repeat the same mistake on numerous occasions in the future, at least until 1984. Folks that started eating Snack Pack after the switch know not what they missed.

If finding a Snack Pack pudding at the bottom of your lunch ever brought a smile to your face, we welcome your thoughts in our comments section, as we tip our hats to the best pudding snack in existence … at least until Bill Cosby offered us the frozen variety on a stick.

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  1. Emily says:

    I remember that pudding–it was pretty good, although it tasted vaguely of metal. Also, I never licked the excess pudding from the lid; I’d scrape it off with a spoon instead.

  2. I thought the snack pack pudding was so much better tasting in the can in the 70’s

  3. bill says:

    How did we kids of the seventies survive? No seat belt laws, metal pudding cans and all the adults were high, drunk or both. LOL.

  4. Melissa says:

    Snack Pack pudding was so much better in the 70’s and early 80’s. I also think Hershey bars and Hostess Ding Dongs and Ho-Ho’s were awesome when wrapped in tin foil. Everything that went to plastic changed the taste. I wish things were as good as they used to be. I always tell my son that I wish he could taste things from back then, so he could taste the difference. So glad I grew up during that time.

  5. DaNae says:

    I have to agree that the pudding tasted better out of the can. I vaguely recall a metal taste….it just tasted a lot fresher in the can. The sound of the seal being broken as you pulled the top open, in my opinion, was proof of it’s amazing flavor. I miss the good old days as a kid….and why did they stop making the snack pack rice pudding? I loved that, too.

  6. Johnny C. says:

    Chocolate is always good but I really liked the vanilla and also the caramel flavor…always had a can in my lunch box.

  7. Elizabeth says:

    Pudding back in the 80’s tasted so much better in the can. Why did they change it? Sad.

  8. Karen E says:

    I do miss the hunt snack pack rice pudding and don’t know why they quit making it with my favorite. I kind of think maybe it won’t keep the same in the plastic as it did in those metal cans as that is about when they quit making it. I never thought the cans tasted like metal.

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