Here's Why Dunkaroos Fans Are Rushing To Aldi

Make a note in your Trapper Keepers, friends. Your favorite source for low-priced groceries is now serving up a side of nostalgia, too. Dunkaroos are officially available at your neighborhood Aldi. Not long after Dunkaroos were discontinued in 2012, social media became flooded with pleas to bring the classic '90s snack back. Celebrities like Lilly Singh and Kim Kardashian West contributed to the hype on Twitter and in February of this year, Dunkaroos answered the call. They tweeted a video with the caption "Definitely coming back. Summer 2020." The Dunkaroos website confirmed the details, saying, "Dunkaroos will be on shelves at participating 7-Eleven stores in late May and rolling out to other convenience stores and grocery retailers nationwide in July."

Finally, Aldi made it official in their list of Aldi August Finds (via The Kitchn), and today is the day. Put on your Starter jacket and beep all your friends because, as of August 5, 2020, you can feed your need for dunkable cookies and cream at Aldi. A single 1.5-ounce pack of Dunkaroos will cost you $1.49 and there's only one flavor available. Don't worry, though, it's the best flavor there ever was — vanilla cookies and vanilla frosting with rainbow sprinkles. We're pretty sure nothing happened in the '90s without rainbow sprinkles nearby. Before you dive headfirst into the past, take a moment to consider why Dunkaroos disappeared in the first place.

Dunkaroos were discontinued for a reason

When mom or dad packed your lunch box before you rollerbladed off to school in your jams shorts, perhaps they weren't paying much mind to the nutritional content of Dunkaroos. They were lucky if they got you out the door without forgetting your Lisa Frank notebooks and Nickelodeon pencil pouch, right? Unfortunately, a pack of vanilla Dunkaroos with vanilla frosting and rainbow sprinkles has 190 calories, 8 grams of fat (4 of those are saturated fat), and 18 grams of sugar. The American Heart Association wants kids between the ages of 2 and 18 to get fewer than 25 grams of sugar per day. It's possible these guidelines, and Dunkaroo's nearly pushing their limit in one single-serve package, contributed to the snack icon's discontinuation.

Additionally, the FTC didn't want brands to specifically target kids in their advertising of high-fat and high-sugar foods, which Dunkaroos' parent company General Mills could have been accused of doing, given their kid-friendly cartoon kangaroo mascot. In the end, the public lost interest and popularity waned throughout the 2000s until U.S. production ceased in 2012 (via Snack History). But, we '90s kids are adults now and can make our own decisions. Plus, we love a good comeback. If dunking sugary cookies into sweet frosting speckled with rainbow sprinkles is what we all need in 2020, so be it. A little nostalgia never hurt anyone.