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Mumsnet users share their favourite childhood lunchbox items with Soreen

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JustineBMumsnet · 01/09/2020 09:29

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The way parents and schools think about the contents of children’s lunchboxes has changed over the years, but the excitement of realising mum or dad has given you a favourite treat remains the same. With that in mind, Soreen would like to hear about the school packed lunch inclusions you fondly remember from your childhood.

Here’s what Soreen has to say: “We all want our children to enjoy their school packed lunch and feel full and energised for the afternoon of learning ahead.

But we know it can be tricky finding that sweet spot– those healthier lunchbox items that you’re happy to give your children but which won’t come home in the lunchbox untouched! Then there are the school food guidelines to think about too!

That’s why we’re introducing Soreen Lunchbox Loaves, the healthier snack that is squidgy and delicious. Each individually wrapped mini loaf contains a source of fibre and is low in saturated fat. They also contain over 50% less sugar and 70% less fat than the average cake bar and are available in 4 deliciously fruity flavours – banana, apple, malt and strawberry. Not forgetting that they’re nut free and suitable for vegetarian diets.

Plus Soreen Lunchbox Loaves are school compliant so will keep the teachers happy too!“

Perhaps you remember homemade treats making you smile? Maybe a slice of malt loaf brightened up your lunchtime? Is there anything you had for school packed lunch that you give to your children today?

Whatever the school lunchbox items you remember being your favourites when you were a child, share them on the thread below to be entered into a prize draw where one MNer will win a £100 voucher for the store of their choice (from a list).

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purpleclaire · 01/09/2020 10:32

I loved dairylea and marmite sandwiches... must try them out on my own children!

teacake89 · 01/09/2020 10:54

I loved peanut butter and cucumber sandwiches!

lolly2011 · 01/09/2020 11:47

Cheese and pickle sandwiches, flapjack, tracker bars

79lauren79 · 01/09/2020 13:18

I had school packed lunches which were the same just about every day which I hated so I hope to have a good wide range of things in my daughter's lunchbox so she never knows what to expect.

voyager50 · 01/09/2020 18:29

I am showing my age, but I used to love the ET biscuits!

They came in packs of 3 in bright colours, full of e-numbers but, best of all they had photos from ET on a little card inside.

It was always a treat when I had them in my lunch box

sharond101 · 01/09/2020 18:52

I loved a picnic. Crackers, cubes of cheese, slices of meat, pretzels, raisins and some nuts (when they were allowed in the good old days.)

Gazelda · 02/09/2020 10:15

I've just ordered screen lunchbox loaves for this week's packed lunches. We also love individual cheese portions, wraps and candyfloss grapes.

BraayTigger · 02/09/2020 10:15

I used to love cheese and pineapple on sticks and little puff pastry cheese and marmite spirals.
My favourite sandwich used to be picked cucumber on brown bread with butter - my grandmother used to pickle the cucumber overnight - was so delicious!

27Yardsofdentalfloss · 02/09/2020 11:24

I vividly remember taking a packed lunch for the first time. Infants were not allowed packed lunches at my school, so going into the juniors, I couldn't wait to take in my Muppets lunchbox, filled with hard boiled egg salad sandwiches, cheese and onion crisps, a Lakeland creameries banana yogurt, and a mint Club biscuit. I don't think we were allowed to take in drinks as I recall jugs of water on each table.

MrsMaglev · 02/09/2020 11:31

Sounds rank now but tuna paste sarnies with crisps - yum (I hasten to add yum at the time, I think my palate has matured!!)

DaisyDando · 02/09/2020 12:24

School packed lunches when we were kids in the 1980s were sandwiches - often peanut butter, so that wouldn’t be allowed nowadays. My mum would make enough for the week and freeze them and they would slowly defrost over the course of the morning. We generally had Mighty White bread as a nod to health.
We also had fruit, crisps (EVERY DAY! YIKES!) and something else. This was sometimes a Club or a Penguin or, and this is true, a lovely slice of buttered malt loaf.
Nowadays, I faff around with crudités and wraps and rice cakes, but a welcome constant is a bit of Soreen. We like the bananary one at the moment.

ButterflyOfFreedom · 02/09/2020 12:43

When I look back on my school lunch boxes I realise how unhealthy they were!! Usually a sandwich (e.g. spam or ham), crisps & a KitKat. Don't think any fruit or veg were included!
I think I pretty much had the same every day too.

NauticalDisaster · 02/09/2020 12:51

It was my Mum’s homemade banana bread that I enjoyed most in my lunch. It was such a treat when we got a slice.

m0jit0 · 02/09/2020 13:00

Can't beat a ham sandwich. Carrot sticks and humus is a winner too.

Martinisarebetterdirty · 02/09/2020 13:58

I loved a ham and cheese sandwich - strawberry jam, milk roll bread and Red Leicester cheese - delicious!

shumway · 02/09/2020 15:04

Yes to mighty white bread. And tracker bars. That takes me back.

Gretal81 · 02/09/2020 16:07

Fish finger sandwiches. White bread, butter, fish fingers, onions and Ketchup. Yum!

Nquartz · 02/09/2020 16:56

My mums homemade banana bread slathered in real butter was always a favourite 😋

Summergarden · 02/09/2020 16:58

I loved the Trio chocolate biscuits as a treat after tuna sandwiches that mum never put mayo in so were pretty dry...I never knew any different though!

Asuwere · 02/09/2020 17:25

I used to love a cucumber sandwich! I don't remember getting any treats, just sandwich, fruit and occasionally crisps. I give my kids pretty much the same. :)

sewonandsewon · 02/09/2020 17:27

Boiled eggs (I was that kid!) Tracker bars and a buttered slice of malt loaf. All were a surprise treat in my lunch box!

notregistered · 02/09/2020 17:45

Mums homemade cake. Cheese and pickle sandwiches. Don't think I ever had crisps or chocolate ever! In the 70s I don't think any friends did either.
Drink was squash in a plastic beaker with a lid which always leaked

Gin4thewin · 02/09/2020 17:46

Home made egg mayonnaise sandwiches were a special treat for me, usually because it required more than slapping a bit of ham in a piece of bread!

BristolMum96 · 02/09/2020 18:35

Iced gems biscuits!

Glendaruel · 02/09/2020 19:38

Lunch boxes after someone in the house had a birthday with sausage rolls cheese and pickled onion sticks, little sausages and of course cake. Being a helpful child I used finishing all the leftovers!!!!!

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