No matter when you were growing up, there surely were those extremely popular unhealthy snacks, treats, overwhelmingly sweet and colored drinks, and other junk foods back in those days. Despite the indisputable popularity of those products, most of them were sooner or later discontinued for various reasons. Of course, the same thing happened with our childhood toys, memorabilia, clothes and other things too, but unlike these durable items that are still kept and traded by collectors, most of our childhood foods and drinks are gone for good. To commemorate and pay tribute to all the discontinued foods and drinks that we used to love so much when we were kids, we decided to compile a list with 25 Discontinued Foods And Drinks That We Kind Of Miss. Sure, a vast majority of those products were junk foods, and we should be actually happy that they were discontinued. However, for some reason – let us call it nostalgia – we cannot help but miss those foods. From General Mills’ French Toast Crunch and the Ghostbusters´ iconic tie-in Hi-C Ecto Cooler to the legendary Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles candies and the Heinz Colored Ketchups, let us remember our childhood with these 25 Discontinued Foods And Drinks That We Kind Of Miss.
Wonder Ball was a spherical chocolate ball with a toy inside. Nestle stopped manufacturing them in 1997 after some children choked on the toys.
This popular fruit-flavored drink by the Coca-Cola Company is still available in Canada and in Australia, but it was phased out in most of the US in 2003 where it had struggled for several years.
Slightly larger than the traditional milk chocolate variety, Crispy M&M’s were released in 1999 and were produced until 2005 when they were discontinued in the US. This iconic candy remains available in some countries in Europe and Asia.
French Toast Crunch
Launched in 1995, French Toast Crunch is a breakfast cereal flavored to taste like French toast produced by the General Mills Company. In 2006, the product was discontinued in the US. Luckily for French Toast Crunch lovers, it was put back on the market in December 2014.
Taco Bell's Bell Beefer
Taco Bell’s version of a Sloppy Joe was included in the restaurant’s original 1962 menu, but most likely due to its “think outside the bun” campaign in the ’90’s, the beloved item was discontinued in the late 1980’s.
Planters Cheez Balls
Planters Cheez Balls were crunchy yet airy, stick-to-your-fingers cheese balls that were discontinued in 2006. Despite several petitions to bring it back, the popular food was never put back on market again.
Jell-O Pudding Pops
First launched with Bill Cosby acting as spokesperson, Pudding Pops were frosty treats marketed by Jell-O. After being absent for a time in the early 90’s, they were reintroduced to grocery stores under the Popsicle brand name.
Heinz Colored Ketchup
In 2000, Heinz introduced colored ketchup products called EZ Squirt. Available in squeezable containers, the ketchups were eventually discontinued in 2006. Green, purple, pink, orange, teal, and blue colored ketchups were also available for a limited time.
This gum made an appearance in the 80’s as the beverage gum phase was very popular. It promised to quench your thirst, but the craze didn’t last long and neither did Gatorgum.
Coca-Cola BlāK was a coffee-flavored soft drink introduced by Coca-Cola in 2006 and discontinued in 2008. The mid-calorie drink was introduced first in France before making its way to the United States and other markets.
While the packaging made these candies appear hollow, the Dina-Sour Eggs were actually egg-shaped jawbreakers that were very hard to crack. They were popular in the 1980’s.
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Surge was a citrus flavored soft drink produced by the Coca-Cola Company to compete with Pepsi’s Mountain Dew during the 1990’s. Lagging sales caused production to cease in 2003 for most markets. However, in 2015 Surge was brought back due to consumer demand.
Popular in the 1990’s, P.B. Crisps were bite-size snacks with a cookie coating on the outside and creamy, peanut butter filling. The organizer of a petition to bring the candy back calls their discontinuation one of “the most hardest blows in candy loss ever.”
7Up Gold was marketed for a short time in 1988 as a spice-flavored beverage, similar to Vernor’s Ginger Ale. Even though 7Up’s marketing slogan at that time was “Never Had It, Never Will,” referring to caffeine, 7Up Gold did list caffeine as one of its ingredients.
Altoids' Tangerine Sours
A citrus alternative to the minty favorite, Altoids’ Tangerine Sours hit the market in 2004. These incredibly sour, brightly colored crystalline-looking candies were discontinued 6 years later.
Crystal Pepsi was a soft drink made by PepsiCo from 1992 to 1993. In December 2015, it was briefly re-released as a promotion to go along with the launch of Pepsi’s new signature smartphone app, Pepsi Pass.
The Doritos 3D line was introduced in the 1990’s. These now discontinued snacks have been described as “Doritos-meets-Bugles.” Flavors included Jalapeño Cheddar, Nacho Cheese, and Zesty Ranch.
Debuted as early as in 1908, Hydrox was a creme-filled chocolate sandwich cookie similar to better-known Oreo cookies. Hydrox was largely discontinued in 1999 after its producer, Sunshine, was acquired by Keebler.
Whistle Pops were a lollipop brand produced by Spangler Candy Company that were designed to make a whistling sound. The company Chupa Chups reintroduced Whistle Pops, naming them Melody Pops, but even these lollipops are already discontinued in most places. You might still find them in random specialty candy stores and online if you search hard enough.
Seven Up Bar
The Seven Up Bar was a candy bar comprising 7 different chocolate “pillows,” each filled with a different flavor. Flavors changed with the availability and popularity of ingredients, which included brazil nut, buttercream, caramel, cherry, coconut, fudge, mint, nougat, and orange.
Launched in 1998 as limited edition cereal, Cinna-Crunch Pebbles cereal was discontinued just 3 years after its introduction.
Hi-C Ecto Cooler
Hi-C Ecto Cooler debuted in 1987 through a promotional tie-in with the blockbuster franchise “Ghostbusters.” It was so popular that remained available on store shelves until the early 2000’s. The drink actually returned earlier this year with the film remake. If you loved this drink, it’s a good idea to run out and get it while you can.
These plastic garbage cans in blue, green, purple, and pink surprised you with tart pressed powder candies in fruity flavors presented in classic garbage items like cans, bottles, and fish bones.
Ben & Jerry’s Tennessee Mud Ice Cream
Available for just one year between 1988 and 1989, this coffee-flavored ice cream included amaretto, Jack Daniels whiskey, and roasted almonds.
Hostess TMNT Pies
One of the rarest TMNT food products was made by Hostess from 1990-1991. The candy consisted of a green glazed pie crust and “Vanilla Puddin’ Power” inside. A commercial for the pies featured all 4 turtles, performing a rap song with the memorable line, “Fresh from the sewers to you!”