32 Things That Will Take You Right Back To Your Mexican Childhood

1. The ultimate people’s champion:

The dude knew how to knock people out.

2. One of your first cassettes:

Never forget.

3. Big Brother + American Idol + Mexico =

TV Azteca

The show would eventually lose steam in later years, but La Primera Generacion de La Academia will always and forever be in our hearts.

4. Gloria Trevi’s trendsetting tights:


Perfectly cut out holes in tights = GROUNDBREAKING ’90s FASHION.

5. This song by Cri Cri:

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Also, the first time you heard English and Spanish being used in the same song.

6. This Televisa logo that appeared before every telenovela:


Brace yourself for some FRIGGIN’ DRAMA!

7. These fried thingies, usually covered in chile y limon:

So bad for your health but SO GODDAMN GOOD!

8. These chicles:

They somehow always snuck their way into piñatas and colaciónes.

9. This simple dish that your mom cooked when she was in a hurry:

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Tortilla + Queso Panela = The taste of childhood.

10. The smell of leather when walking into a Mexican boot shop:

The sweet smell of alpha male.

11. Your parents refused to take you to McDonald’s because you had this waiting at home:


12. The glory that is the inside of a Gamesa Surtido box:

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Your favorite ones always seem to disappear 10 seconds after opening the box.

13. Piñata shops on the day of your birthday:

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25 cents ALWAYS went a long way at the corner store.

15. This telenovela that your mom liked crying to:


Tissues everywhere.

16. Having to rock one of these folklorico outfits:

Eight-year-old me: “But I don’t wanna do it.”
Mom: “Are you paying rent in this house? PUT THAT CHARRO OUTFIT ON!”

17. The joy of seeing these on your kitchen table:

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As a kid, conchitas were great, but it was that bread with the multicolored sprinkles that caught your attention.

18. The traditional turn-and-look part of every telenovela intro:

This was absolutely essential and not at all cheesy.


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Sweet, salty, and spicy, all in one refreshing popsicle.

20. The colorful and flamboyant style of Jorge Campos:

Because the man knew how to defend a goal and look like a superhero at the same time.

21. The telenovela that swept the world for a hot second:


REBELDE > SPICE GIRLS. That’s right. I said it.

22. Small print that scrolled really fast during telenovela intros:


It always seemed awkward, forced, and out of place.

23. Your mom asking you to peel a hundred of these:

These would go on to make the greatest green salsa of all time.

24. Mexico’s unbelievable adoration of this man:

Especially when he was visiting Mexico.

25. The heartbreaking scene where Pedrito Fernandez sings “Amigo” for the Pope in this 1980 movie.

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The song was so memorable, it would be used as the anthem for all of the Pope’s future visits to Mexico.

26. This telenovela about uniformed Mexican students and their parents issues:

Sometimes, this show got a little too real.

27. Instead of Big Bird, you had Abelardo:

Jim Henson Studios

Big Bird’s Mexican cousin who’s also a parrot.

28. Watching the last Selena concert on Univision where she wore her famous purple outfit:



29. Cristina doing that thing with her thumb at the end of every single show:


That thumb wiggle is now iconic.

30. The thin layer of film on a hot cup of Chocolate Abuelita.


31. This dance move for that awesome song that never really made any sense:


32. And finally, this intro to the most iconic children’s show in Mexican history:

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“SUPER” comedian Roberto Gomez Bolaños managed to capture all the innocence of our childhoods, no matter what era we grew up in.

Read more: http://buzzfeed.com/norbertobriceno/we-mexican-and-proud

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