10 '90s Foods We Really Miss Gallery
November 25, 2013
We’ll probably never be able to eat these again, and that makes us sad
Hostess Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles Pies
Either you remember these with extreme fondness, or you’ve never heard of them; nobody who ever experienced a Ninja Turtle Pudding Pie looks back on it with neutrality. They were released in 1991 as part of a giant cross-promotional stunt that also looped in Ellio’s Pizza and Hi-C, but these were by far the oddest of the bunch. These huge pies (way too big for a kid to eat) were dyed a shade of deep green, which gave way to a yellowish vanilla-flavored pudding when you bit into them. Each package also came with a TMNT trading card. Not only were they crazy-looking, but they were pretty darn delicious. They only stuck around for a couple of years, and Hostess confirmed in 2004 that "the pies were always meant to be a limited item and… we do not intend to re-introduce them to the marketplace." Oh well. Even the pudding pies are really tough to find these days, without the green crust.
In 1992, Butterfinger rocked every kid’s sweet tooth with the introduction of Butterfinger BB’s, which were basically entire Butterfinger bars shrunk down into little ball format. The seemingly low melting point of the chocolate meant that each time you’d reach into the bag your hands would come out covered in chocolate, but no one seemed to care. They were discontinued in 2006, and after much uproar something similar, Butterfinger Bites, were introduced in 2009, but they’re just not the same.
For a brief, shining moment from 1990 to 1993, there existed a magical food known as Cheetos Paws. Sure, they were just Cheetos in the shape of a paw, but there was something about the design that seemingly made them super-cheesy, and therefore a must-have. It doesn’t look like they’ll be coming back, but you can always sign the petition.
French Toast Crunch
Nothing says "childhood" like a monstrous bowl of tiny little French toasts, right? Launched in 1995 by General Mills, this product, with its cute tiny little toasts and maple syrup flavor, was beloved by soon-to-be-hyper kids nationwide. In 2006, the cereal was discontinued in the U.S., but not before being altered to look identical to Cinnamon Toast Crunch, with a different flavor (what gives?). Rumor has it that you can still track down boxes here and there in Canada, and the newer, flatter version is still available online.
Rice Krispies Treats Cereal
The early '90s equivalent of the Doritos Locos Taco-flavored Dorito, Rice Krispies Treats Cereal took a beloved product, Rice Krispies, turned it into a completely different food item, Rice Krispies Treats, then turned that item back into a cereal. Brilliant. First introduced in 1993, it’s since become somewhat of a supermarket rarity. It’s actually next to impossible to find these in supermarkets these days, but believe it or not they haven’t been completely discontinued: Amazon still has some available!
Planters P.B. Crisps
In 1992, Planters rolled out a line of peanut-shaped snacks called P.B. Crisps. With a peanut-flavored, corn-based shell on the outside and creamy peanut butter on the inside, there wasn’t much not to like about these. They didn’t hang around for too long, but we remember them fondly.
Cookies-n-Creme Twix Bars
There was a time when were available in a wide range of flavors, including Chocolate Fudge, Triple Chocolate, and Peanut Butter (which, thankfully, made a comeback last year), but there’s one that we really wish was still around: Cookies-n-Creme. Released in 1990, these featured an insanely tasty cookies and crème filling in place of caramel. Sadly, like the Chocolate Fudge Twix that were released simultaneously, these only stuck around for a few years.
Hershey’s Bar None
Introduced in 1987, Bar None was delicious: milk chocolate-flavored wafers filled with chocolate cream, covered with crushed peanuts, and then covered with a coating of milk chocolate, they really did “tame the chocolate beasty,” as the great motto urged. They were perfect just as they were, but in 1992 added caramel into the mix and split them up into two bars, possibly in a misguided attempt to one-up Twix. By 1997, they’d disappeared from shelves entirely, although we hear you can still track them down in Mexico.
Keebler Fudge Magic Middles
These things were awesome. Shortbread cookie on the outside, fudgy chocolate on the inside. We don’t even know how these were made, but they turned out delicious. While their popularity hit its peak in the late 1980s, these were still going strong among kids in the '90s, and were quite possibly the greatest type of cookie to dunk into milk (seriously, how did they get the chocolate in there?). They met a quiet end, and even though Walmart claims to sell them, you won’t find them anywhere anymore.
Heinz E-Z Squirt Ketchup
Even though it was introduced in 2000, Heinz E-Z Squirt Ketchup had a very 1990s feel to it, and was quite possibly the last gasp of a decade that was all about crazy-colored foods (anyone else remember multi-colored popcorn?). Available until 2006, E-Z Squirt threw out the idea that ketchup should be red, and introduced it in colors including Blastin' Green, Funky Purple, Stellar Blue, and whatever "Mystery Color" was. Sales were dismal, proving that even kids want their ketchup to be red. It was just one of countless food products that have failed miserably.
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