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In elementary school, lunch was never about what was in your box, it was about the trades. One pizza bagel could usually score you pre-packaged cheese and crackers, and squeezable yogurt was good for one chocolate chip cookie if you were lucky. And then there was always the lucky King of the Playground who was sent to school with the all-reigning, cake-flavored Pop-Tart.
While Dunkaroos don't carry quite the same weight they once did, there's still an undeniable joy that comes from biting into a perfect peanut butter and jelly sandwich. But now the store-bought, cloyingly sweet jelly and sodium-packed bologna has been replaced by the finer things in life, like homemade preserves. And words like charcuterie have found their way into our vocabulary. Here are 12 childhood lunches, updated: