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Dunkaroos, Beloved Children’s Snack of the ’90s, Will Return This Summer

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Dunkaroos are returning this summer.
Dunkaroos photo: Dunkaroos. Frosting photo: Dunkaroos.

Dunkaroos, like the ’90s, are back

AriZona iced tea is an aesthetic, teens unironically love Friends, scrunchies are back in — and continuing the wave of ’90s nostalgia, Dunkaroos are making a comeback.

The beloved childhood snack, consisting of cookies and a small bit of frosting for dunking, was first introduced in 1992 and was discontinued in the U.S. in 2012. For years, it was only available in Canada; General Mills even ran a “Smugglaroos” campaign encouraging Canadians to bring the snack across the border for Americans. But come summer 2020, there will be no more smuggling necessary, as the most popular flavor — vanilla cookies accompanied by vanilla frosting with sprinkles — returns to grocery store aisles stateside.

Fans, including celebrities like Kim Kardashian and Tyler, the Creator, have been asking for the return of Dunkaroos for years — a plea that the snack brand has smartly used in its marketing, resurfacing those requests alongside blatant ’90s nostalgia pandering on its newly created Twitter and Instagram accounts.

“We know there’s a lot of love for Dunkaroos, and fans everywhere have been asking for it,” said Jeff Caswell, president of snacks at General Mills, in a press release. “We’re excited to help ’90s kids relive all the best parts of childhood.”

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