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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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DonLewis · 02/09/2020 19:42

I actually used to really love finding a couple of pieces of thick malt loaf, buttered, in my lunch box. I also loved a club biscuit!

How times have changed. Nowadays, it's all sandwiches cut in the shape of a face and an elaborate display of fruits and stuff arranged like a Michelin starred amuse bouche!

What I miss most, however, are the hard plastic lunchboxes of the 80s. Can't get em anywhere!

Cotswoldmama · 02/09/2020 20:34

Peanut butter sandwiches yum but not allowed anymore.

DeanImpala67 · 02/09/2020 20:44

KP Skips in a white bread sandwich. Delicious.

biffyboom · 02/09/2020 20:59

I loved egg sandwiches, but was also ashamed of the smell whenever I got them so tried to hide them and eat them in small pieces so nobody would notice!

Lemming20 · 02/09/2020 21:24

Peanut butter sandwiches, party rings and a Frube yoghurt. But I knew I had been a real angel the night before if I also got a Kit Kat Grin

PeaceAndHarmoneeee · 02/09/2020 22:06

I'm sure I had the same packed lunch for the whole 12 years I was in school - cheese spread sandwiches, bacon flavoured crisps, a yoghurt and an apple.

I do try to make sure my own kids have something a) more nutritious and b) more varied than that!

RAOK · 02/09/2020 22:14

I had a white Mr Men lunchbox with a flash for juice. I had Dairylea sandwiches on white bread cut into squares, Skips crisps, a chocolate bar like a Trio, Penguin, Wagon Wheel or Gold bar. I think I had a red apple too. I occasionally had a variation such as wafer thin honey roast ham sandwiches or Quavers/Wotsits but that was pretty much my packed lunch for the whole of primary school.

MumC2141 · 02/09/2020 22:47

A nice chocolate biscuit.

alangarneristerrifying · 03/09/2020 08:46

My favourite was a cheese and tomato pasta salad, made to imitate the supermarket meal deal ones. The dressing was half tomato puree, half ketchup! I also liked my mum's homemade flapjack, and indeed malt loaf which she bought as a nostalgic treat from her own school days

hiddenmichelle · 03/09/2020 10:16

tomato snaps crisps!

YouFellAsleep · 03/09/2020 11:03


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

I thought I was the only one who remembered these! Smile
BellaVida · 03/09/2020 11:06

Sandwich Spread on my mum’s chunky home made bread, or a proper dark chocolate spread sandwich. Dairy Lea triangles. Home made flapjack, cheese straws or occasionally a slice of apple sponge cake. Fresh coconut chunks or pomegranate as a special treat!

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CloudyVanilla · 03/09/2020 14:07

Not much beats the white bread classic jam sandwich Grin

My association is actually so strong that whenever I smell canteens I think of jam sandwiches!

Also my daughter LOVES Soreen Banana loaves. They smell heavenly

Imgettingcheesefries · 03/09/2020 14:10

Cucumber and mayo sandwiches, crisps and a cheestring, preferably one of the pizza flavoured ones Grin

yasmin0147 · 03/09/2020 15:50

I’ve been practising making oat biscuits to put in the kid’s lunchboxes

sqirrelfriends · 03/09/2020 17:06

I used to love carrot sticks with a little pot of mayo, delicious.

Also jam sandwiches with white bread and lots of butter, not super healthy but delicious.

TheEndisCummings · 03/09/2020 17:52

a boiled egg is just so good. And also some assorted nuts. and a piece of fruit. And radishes. That should do it.

FawnDrench · 03/09/2020 19:38

Mandarin yoghurt, a crisp green apple and ham and branston pickle sarnies -on hovis brown bread.

wellingtonsandwaffles · 03/09/2020 21:15

I loved cheese strings!! Not for eating, for peeling. Would never want to eat such processed non-cheese now, but can see the appeal to children!

JulesJules · 04/09/2020 07:47

Viscount biscuits! They came in orange or mint, individually wrapped chocolate biscuits wrapped in green or orange foil.
Or a Pppppenguin biscuit.

MessyJ87 · 04/09/2020 08:34

I give my kids packed lunches very similar to what I had when I was little! Plenty of fruit, crunchy veg sticks and a little chocolate treat

WilmaJean · 04/09/2020 09:50

Peanut butter and cucumber sandwiches... also loved ready salted crisps eaten at the same time as a twix Grin

bravefox · 04/09/2020 12:39

Iced gems and cartoonies (sp?) all the way!

loobyloo2020 · 04/09/2020 13:43

My dad used to put orange juice in washed out jam jars in our lunch boxes...oh the mortification 😳

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