Robin Davey

It’s 1861 and you’re leaving home to fight in a war. You have room for one snack in your gunnysack. What do you bring?

I bet snacks sucked in 1861, especially in wartime. Really, what are my options, fruit? Gross. I surrender.

It’s 1908 and your dad brings home the first car you’ve ever seen. He tells you to jump in. What snack do you bring on your first car ride?

Long car journeys of my childhood usually involved Rowntree’s Fruit Pastilles. Which I’ve just found have been around since 1881, so I’ll take some of those. You can have all the lemon ones.

It’s 1969 and you’re sitting cross-legged on a shag carpet, watching the moon landing on TV. Which snack fills the large plastic bowl in front of you?

In solidarity, I’ll have some of that “astronaut ice cream” that tastes like sugary insulating foam.

It’s New Year’s Eve 1999 and the threat of Y2K is looming. Which snack do you use to calm your nerves?

Ugh, the millennium. I don’t remember what I ate, but I was a student so no doubt something cheap and disgusting.

It’s 2014 and you’re writing an email. What are you putting into your face?

I just ate a Tracker, kind of an energy/cereal bar thing? The ads used to imply that they’re somehow healthy and natural but the number one ingredient is glucose syrup sooo…