It’s incredible how many amazing food items have been discontinued over the years. Food companies discontinue their products like broadcast networks discontinue TV shows: with no regard for the feelings of their fans. However, many shows that were cancelled too soon have been getting rebooted – take Veronica Mars, for example. This gives us hope that the same can happen for some of our favorite food items. Unfortunately, those kinds of decisions are completely out of our control. All we can do while we wait and hope (other than create petitions on Facebook) is reminisce about some of the discontinued food items we miss the most. Without further ado, here are ten more food items we would do anything to get back.
10. Hershey’s Kissables
Everyone loves Hershey’s Kisses. Because of that, you’d think that Hershey’s Kissables would have been a hit. Unfortunately, this variation on the beloved chocolate didn’t do as well for itself as was expected. Available for less than four years in the early 2000s, Hershey’s Kissables resembled miniature Hershey’s Kisses with a thick sugar shell that came in several colors. For most of the year, they came in the basic colors of the rainbow, red, orange, yellow, green, and blue, but special edition colors were released to celebrate certain holidays. You could find pastel Kissables around Easter, pink and white Kissables around Valentine’s Day, and red and green Kissables for Christmas. If milk chocolate wasn’t your vibe, you could opt for Kissables Dark instead. They were made with dark chocolate and came in darker colors to help set them apart from the original candy. To reduce production costs, some changes were made to the ingredients used in Kissables about two years after their release. The amount of cocoa butter used in Kissables was significantly reduced. Not only did this affect the taste, but it meant that Kissables couldn’t even be referred to as milk chocolate anymore; they had to be called “chocolate candy” instead. To no one’s surprise, this change did nothing to help the candy’s success. It was discontinued shortly after. The takeaway here is to never cut corners when it comes to chocolate.
9. Dr Pepper Berries and Cream
Sold for less than a year in both Canada and the United States, this soda and its diet counterpart brought an interesting flavor palette to the soft drink world. Dr Pepper Berries and Cream maintained the original flavor of Dr Pepper, but complemented it with the addition of berry and cream flavors. It might sound weird, but it worked. Dr Pepper Berries and Cream soda was part of their Soda Fountain Classics lineup, which also included Dr Pepper Cherry Vanilla. The point of this line was to emulate the types of drinks you might have found at a soda fountain in the 1950s. The idea is cool – everyone who watch Grease as a kid has an unhealthy obsession with poodle skirts and diner food. It was smart of Dr Pepper to try and take advantage of the popularity surrounding all things fifties but, considering the fact that only two drinks were ever released in this lineup, it feels safe to say that things didn’t go as planned. While Dr Pepper Berries and Cream is gone for good, Dr Pepper Cherry Vanilla can still be found in several places across the United States, so be sure to keep an eye out for it. Even though it was only sold for a few months, Dr Pepper Berries and Cream still has a lot of diehard fans. Many of them have shared their love for this soft drink online, some of them even going as far as to create Facebook petitions calling for its return!
8. Flintstones Push-Up Pops
The best frozen dessert to reach for on a hot summer day in the nineties was a Flintstones Push-Up Pop. These sherbet popsicles originally only came in orange but, as they gained popularity, more flavors, including Berry, Lime, Cherry, Grape, and Rainbow, were released. As if things weren’t good enough already, a variation of this frozen food item, dubbed Pebbles Push-Up Ice Cream Treats, in which Nerds candy pieces in every color imaginable were mixed into the ice cream. Combining the iconic cartoon with this universally loved dessert seemed like a surefire way to create a hugely popular food item. And it worked! Flintstones Push-Up Pops were loved by kids and adults alike. Many people get nostalgic at the mention of them. For whatever reason, Nestlé decided to drop Push-Up Pops association with The Flintstones entirely. Many of the flavors have been dropped, and those that were kept on no longer have cutesy Flintstone-related names (such as Bedrock Berry), and special editions like the Pebbles Push Up Ice Cream Treats are a thing of the past. So, yes, while you can still buy orange, cherry, or grape Push-Up Pops, it just isn’t the same.
7. Pop-Tarts Snak-Stix
Kellogg’s has tried to make Pop-Tarts snacks happen more than once, but it’s never really worked out in their favor. Snak-Stix came out in the early 2000s and were all about making everyone’s favorite breakfast food easy to eat on the go. Designed like a Kit-Kat, Snak-Stix were made up of three rectangular bars of Pop-Tart, which could be separated from one another with a simple snap. They could be found in Cookies and Crème, Frosted Berry, Frosted Caramel Chocolate and Frosted Double Chocolate. The issue with Snak-Stix is that they didn’t bring anything new to the table (or the lunch box). They more-or-less tasted like a regular old Pop-Tart, just in a different packaging. They were also made less accessible than standard Pop-Tarts, as many people prefer to eat them toasted, but, with Snak-Stix, you were pretty much forced into eating them at room temperature. Even a huge advertisement tie-in with American Idol (which was actually relevant back when Snak-Stix were released) wasn’t enough to save this afterschool snack from discontinuation. After about a year it was bye-bye Snak-Stix. As Randy Jackson would have said, “that’s gonna be a no from me, dog”.
6. Crème Savers
The swirl of crème and fruit favors paired with the fact that they were shaped like Life Savers without the hole resulted in the rather odd name of these hard candies. On the r/nostalgia thread on Reddit, many Redditors look back fondly on their memories of Crème Savers. One commenter even went as far as to say that just the picture of the hard candy made them salivate. As you’re probably gathered, Crème Savers were pretty popular back in the day. Crème Savers came in many flavors, including strawberry, orange, and raspberry, but people only really cared about the strawberry ones. This hard candy made a huge splash when it was first released in the late nineties, but interest fizzled out over time. There’s a bit of controversy surrounding whether or not Crème Savers have actually been discontinued. No official statement has been made, but they’ve become nearly impossible to find. Some claim that they can still be found in the deep, dark corners of the Internet, and even in some stores. Maybe if you really believe, you’ll be able to find them. That being said, it doesn’t look promising. But it’s okay, because Campino still exists and it’s the same thing, but better.
5. Snapple Pie Drinks
Who hasn’t dreamed about consuming pie in liquid form? Actually, most people probably haven’t. But, apparently, Snapple has. These questionable fruit juices are just strange enough that we wish they’d never been discontinued. This limited-edition Snapple Beverage, Snapple Pie, was created to taste like everyone’s favorite pies – crust and all. First there was Snapple Apple Pie (they had to include this all-American dessert, after all), then there was Snapple Berry Mix and Mingle, which sounds like it was going for a mixed berry vibe. We have to admit, Snapple Pie Drinks were better than expected. Once you get over the shock that a transparent liquid actually managed to capture the taste of pie, you start to enjoy its delicious taste. If you never had the opportunity to try a Snapple Pie Drink, you’ve probably having a hard time wrapping your head around what the experience of drinking it would be like. Take it from us, it’s not as weird as you’d think. Despite the fact that these drinks were pretty good, they were a bit too out there to ever really catch on in the mainstream. If you’re ever looking for a laugh, check out the Snapple Pie Facebook profile. Unlike most Facebook pages dedicated to discontinued food items, this one isn’t a petition demanding the product’s return – it’s run as Snapple Pie’s personal Facebook account. It’s as confusing as it sounds, but there’s good entertainment value to be found.
4. Dannon Sprinkl’ins Yogurt
Dannon is one of the best yogurt brands out there. They can do no wrong. But of all their great yogurt products, the one that stands out the most in our memories is their Sprinkl’ins Yogurt. What is Sprinkl’ins Yogurt? Well, if you weren’t lucky enough to have it as your afternoon snack back in elementary school, Sprinkl’ins Yogurt is what you get when you take yogurt and make it extra. Sprinkl’ins Yogurt came in the conventional flavors of vanilla and strawberry but what made it special was the package of colorful sprinkles that was paired with each container. The preparation was as easy as it gets; you just had to stir the sprinkles into the yogurt and dig in. There was even a special version of this yogurt, in which the sprinkles actually caused the yogurt to change color. We have to say, if you showed up to elementary school with that in your lunchbox, you’d be the coolest kid on the playground. Why this Dannon product disappeared, we can’t tell you. It’s one of life’s great mysteries. Luckily, there are plenty of other yogurts out there that are marketed towards younger audiences, so the loss of Sprinkl’ins Yogurt didn’t hit as hard as it could have. That being said, we wouldn’t be sad if Dannon decided to give it a second chance.
3. M&Ms Cookie Chocolate Snack Bars
The name of this food item is pretty self-explanatory, but there’s a lot going on here, so let’s take a second to unpack it all. The M&Ms Cookie Chocolate Snack Bar was more or less a hollowed-out vanilla biscuit that was filled with chocolate. As an added bonus, M&Ms were mixed into the chocolate. This snack bar sounds like the literal best food ever but, for some reason, it wasn’t sold for very long at all. This is another example of a food item that was discontinued without any explanation. One day it was there, and the next day it was gone. The odds that the M&Ms Cookie Chocolate Snack Bar is ever revived are pretty low, but the news isn’t all bad. While creating an exact replica of this product would be pretty difficult, there are a million and one recipes for M&M Cookie Bars to be found online. So, why not try one of those out the next time you find yourself feeling nostalgic (or hungry) for this throwback of a snack bar. Who knows, the homemade stuff might actually end up tasting better!
2. Vault Soda
When it comes to caffeine, no other soft drink has anything on Vault Soda. Even Surge and Mountain Dew’s impressive caffeine contents pale in comparison to that of Vault. This Coca-Cola product, which was sold for about six years in the early 2000s, proudly bore the slogan “Drinks like a soda, kicks like an energy drink.” The original Vault Soda was citrus flavored and came in a lime green color similar to that of Mountain Dew. After Vault’s debut, a red variation of the soda, called Vault Red Blitz was released. Vault Red Blitz was cherry flavored and, as the name implies, was red instead of yellow-green. In addition to the two flavors, there was also a diet citrus-flavored variation of Vault Soda, called Vault Zero. Vault Soda met its end at the start of the 2010s, due to the reintroduction of once discontinued soda, Mello Yello. Mello Yello, which had originally hit shelves at the start of the eighties to compete with Mountain Dew, was basically the twin to Vault. It was also highly caffeinated and citrus flavored. It even had a cherry flavored variant! As Mello Yello was reintroduced, it began to replace Vault Soda, which was slowly phased out.
1. Kudos Bars
Someone on Reddit commented that they owe one of their best and oldest friendships to this granola bar. If that’s not a testament to the power of food, we don’t know what is. Although, calling a Kudos Bar a granola bar is generous; it has a lot more in common with a candy bar. That being said, the goal of the Kudos Bar was to create a healthier candy bar, and, with the inclusion of granola, it looks like they managed to achieve that. This eighties snack bar was a granola bar with a layer of chocolate along the bottom. Mixed into the granola were the ingredients specific to each flavor. There were a few different kinds of Kudos Bar, including chocolate chip, peanut butter, and nutty fudge. There were also special variations of the Kudos Bar that were inspired by popular candies. One was the M&M Kudos Bar, which contained M&Ms, another was the Snickers Kudos Bar, which was covered in milk chocolate and had a caramel layer inside. It was especially difficult to try to sell the M&M and Snickers Kudos Bars to parents as a healthy snack, but kids everywhere made a concerted effort. The disappearance of these snack bars might be due in part to the fact that parents didn’t want to buy their kids what was essentially a candy bar for breakfast. Plus, kids were probably way more interested in eating actual candy bars than this “healthier” alternative. Whatever the reason, Kudos Bars have virtually disappeared. Even though they didn’t make the best candy bars, they made for pretty incredible granola bars and, for that, we miss them.