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What was in your childhood lunchbox?

  • 28-08-2022 10:37am
    Registered Users Posts: 1,652 ✭✭✭Patsy167

    I thought this might be a fun discussion for the time of year that's in it with the kid's heading back to school.

    My usual was 4 sandwiches with either crumbed ham or billy roll. Always white stapletons bread with real butter. One or two days a week I would have two slices of my mother mcCambridge style whole-wheat bread with butter and marmite.

    The chap next to me in school would always have jam sandwiches.



  • Registered Users Posts: 27,613 ✭✭✭✭Wanderer78

    plum jam sandwich's, all the way, cant remember anything else in it, even though im sure other things were there

  • Registered Users Posts: 9,385 ✭✭✭Jim_Hodge

    Various flavours of jam, usually on homemade soda or brown bread. An apple maybe once a week.

  • Registered Users Posts: 6,884 ✭✭✭Cluedo Monopoly

    Jam sandwich in primary school. An apple in autumn.

    When I got all fancy in secondary, I liked sandwiches with Easi-singles with peanut butter. 1980s.

    The free school milk cartons were such a treat, except when they were sour.

    What are they doing in the Hyacinth House?

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  • Registered Users Posts: 7,812 ✭✭✭Gloomtastic!

    I can’t remember mine but my son had hummous sandwiches every day for the 8 years of primary school so I’m definitely going to remember that.

  • Registered Users Posts: 3,258 ✭✭✭Ryath

    My daughter has been the same all the way through primary. Offered her loads of other options but rarely wanted anything else. At least there was bit of variety with bread types, wraps, pitta and breadsticks. She'd have the odd chicken or cheese sandwich and did like to bring in chicken soup. Peanut butter would have been her first choice but thankfully that was banned in the school! My other daughter pretty much just ate ham sandwiches all the way through and wanted very little else. At least they both used to mostly eat the fruit they got for small break.

    Remember having by mums brown scones a lot usually with cheese in the early years and used to bring milk in a flask. They were nice the first day when fresh but were pretty hard after that! We pretty much used to just get lunchon roll or corned beef sambo's in later years. Always on brown bread. Sliced white was pretty much banned in our house growing up. Plenty in my primary school only ever had jam sandwiches.

  • Registered Users Posts: 11,803 ✭✭✭✭cj maxx

    Sandwiches ( ham) an apple or other fruit.

  • Registered Users Posts: 23,488 ✭✭✭✭Strumms

    Sandwiches… Turkey, roast beef, ham, salami, all with varying cheeses and liberally drizzled with varying condiments..some fruit and or bar / crisps.

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  • Registered Users Posts: 2,599 ✭✭✭4Ad

    Tomato sauce sandwiches( for 5 years), penguin bar once a week...

    I went to a school where there some boarders who were always asking for food or sandwiches, never asked me again !

  • Registered Users Posts: 5,424 ✭✭✭The Continental Op

    Never had any, went to school in the UK where they have school dinners.

    Wake me up when it's all over.

  • Registered Users Posts: 12,364 ✭✭✭✭Sardonicat

    Holly Hobbit flask (my pride and joy) of cocoa and tinned salmon sandwiches. Every day.

  • Registered Users Posts: 2,592 ✭✭✭Darwin

    I had to be careful and bring something plain everyday, as our primary school teacher would line up random students at breaktime and take what he wanted out of their lunch boxes. This was a long long time ago now....I can only imagine him pulling a stunt like that today 😅

  • Registered Users Posts: 13,861 ✭✭✭✭ednwireland

    We still had school dinners Thatcher hadn't quite wiped them all out

  • Registered Users Posts: 12,364 ✭✭✭✭Sardonicat

    There was a nun at mu school who'd confiscate "nice" snacks from someone she had it in for on that particular day and raffle them off! Usually accompanied with calling the victim a spoiled brat who needed to learn to share just cos they had been given a treat for sos time.

  • Registered Users Posts: 931 ✭✭✭Doc07

    1980’s primary school. Usually Dunnes stores white bread with tuna or plastic ham, Apple or orange and then school milk. A few lads in my class would sometimes have no lunch and the nuns would discretely visit the classroom and slip them a sandwich before lunchtime

  • Registered Users Posts: 788 ✭✭✭thefa

    Yes, I remember salami becoming very in vogue one year when the local centra got it. Corned beef slices too which I wouldn’t touch today.

    Cheesestrings came out at some stage too. Babybel cheese with the red wax. Frubes and other youghurts every now and again.

  • Registered Users Posts: 3,350 ✭✭✭chewed

    Sliced Corned beef!

  • Registered Users Posts: 15,641 ✭✭✭✭Spanish Eyes

    Golden Oldie who had the school sandwiches and a teeny bottle of milk every day in the National School. They came in a big cardboard box and were different depending on the day. Friday was currant bun day and was the biggest treat ever. The rest of the week it was bread and cheese, corned beef, something else, and jam. A great thing for some of the kids who were very hungry.

    Secondary school was DIY, usually bread and cheese or bread and jam. A trip to the little shop on a Friday was the treat then for a macaroon bar or Perri crisps with the triangle of salt. The innocence of it all. Five a day was unheard of.

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  • Registered Users Posts: 77 ✭✭castor 1

    For September and October it was soggy tomato sandwiches.

    We had a glasshouse so there were plenty of tomatoes. Problem was that by lunchtime the tomato juice would have saturated the bread. No money for fancy ham slices.

    Rest of year was mostly corned beef sandwiches with brown YR sauce.

  • Registered Users Posts: 23,488 ✭✭✭✭Strumms

    I forgot about corned beef slices…. They were nice with a mild cheese.

    proper corned beef off the bone is sexy…mmm

  • Registered Users Posts: 12,364 ✭✭✭✭Sardonicat

    A yeah, jam sandwiches. An acceptable and frequent meal back in the day. I remember my Aunt making a giant Mrs. Doyle-esque pyramid of white sliced pan and jam sandwiches, plonking it in the centre of the kitchen table and calling my cousins and myself in for our dinner!

  • Registered Users Posts: 3,464 ✭✭✭standardg60

    Banana sandwiches, jam sandwiches and even sugar sandwiches in the early days, moved onto corned beef, Dunne's pork, onion and tomato (none of which were discernible) and hazlett when we got a bit of money.

  • Registered Users Posts: 237 ✭✭berocca2016

    White Bread, spreadable butter, cheddar cheese, sandwich was never cut! Served with an apple and a penguin. Drink was Robinsons in a plastic reusable bottle which managed to seep the taste of plastic into the cordial.

    Occasionally a bingo bar instead of the penguin?

  • Registered Users Posts: 1,375 ✭✭✭brick tamland

    Jam sanswiches mostly and a little bar of some sort. But not nice jam like we'd use now, it was overly suggery jam that came in huge blue pots.

    Sometimes if i was lucky id get sliced corned beef, ive great memories of the corned beef and every couple of years i buy a pack and Im alwyas bitterly disappointed.

    Always hated the free milk as it’d be warm by the time it was handed out so never drank it.

    Occasionally when I got a bit older id get a flask of soup and bread to dip in, not fancy soup, powdered soup mix from a packet. Loved it though

  • Registered Users Posts: 15,929 ✭✭✭✭the beer revolu

    someone earlier mentioned United Bars. They were a staple for me in primary school - I even won a branded leather football signed by Steve Heighway (or was it Kenny Daglish?). Other things: Rancheros, Wagon Wheels, plain butter sandwiches, cream crackers and butter, hot chocolate, milky coffee, tetra pack cartons of school milk (don't ever remember bottles), occasional roast beef sandwiches on a monday, apples.

    Seconday school, I think it was exclusively ham and butter in a roll - made in bulk and frozen.

  • Registered Users Posts: 5,424 ✭✭✭The Continental Op

    I always thought that UK school dinners had a lot to be desired (not great) but after reading what some of you had in your lunchbox all I can say is long live school dinners they weren't that bad after all.

    Wake me up when it's all over.

  • Registered Users Posts: 86 ✭✭Poyndexter

    Usually a white bread sandwich with butter and a few slices of easi singles cheese, a piece of fruit, a club milk and popcorn. Terrible when I think about it now.

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  • Registered Users Posts: 4,275 ✭✭✭mojesius

    sandwich with either ham or corned beef.

    Penguin bar or club milk, Capri sun, popcorn the odd time or a mandarin orange.