For him it was his Mom's cinnamon rolls with icing. (He says icing and I say frosting) The other thing was her chili followed by cheesecake with strawberries. It reminded him of fall weather when the four brothers and Dad would be outdoors cutting wood, putting it on the splitter and stacking it to get ready for winter in northern Michigan.
For me, I thought of that little box of crinkle cut french fires that I would cook after school to eat while I watched "Dark Shadows" (which Johnny Depp (Barnabus Collins) is remaking, by the way). Mom was not known for her cooking but she did make awesome fried chicken. My sister (YFS/ Your favorite sister) shared the crispy chicken liver with Mom. I never knew YFS liked that. I sure didn't. She also remembered Brown sugar Cinnamon Pop Tarts when she was in High School.
So, I asked my daughters. They always got to request what they wanted for their Birthday dinners so I was expecting lasagna, nachos, homemade pizza, or clam chowder...the things they asked for then. No... that's not what happened. What I got was "Otter Pops" and Coco Wheats from daughters 2 and 3. Daughter number one said "I'm pretty sure I was raised in the same house they were and I do not know what Otter Pops are." She remembered good ole Kraft mac and cheese while she watched Electric Company on TV.
So I had to look up Otter Pops. Oh, yeah, now I know. They were right. We had those all summer, every summer. You could get a box of 100 for $2.99 I swear.
So be careful what you ask your children. The answers are never what you expect.