It’s easy to look back on the past and feel a pang of nostalgia. We all long to revisit the places of our youth, but, unfortunately, many of those sites are long gone. Just like that old drive-in or favorite store at the mall, there’s another major source of nostalgia: food products that are gone but not forgotten.
It’s hard look back on the foods of our youth without getting a little sentimental. But while you can always fix yourself a peanut butter and jelly sandwich with the crusts cut off just like mom used to make, there are plenty of food products that simply don’t exist anymore. In the 1970s, for example, dozens of insanely sugary cereals hit supermarket shelves, but those who long for one more taste of Strawberry Crazy Cow-flavored cereal milk are sadly out of luck.
Nostalgia for the ’90s is at an all-time high right now, perhaps because millennials, who came of age during those heady and carefree days of the Clinton administration and Nicktoons, are beginning to face issues that are decidedly adult, like 401(k)s and babies taking over their Facebook walls. There were some truly awesome snacks available during the 1990s, so much so that the decade could be called a golden age of junk food. Folks who came of age in the 1960s most likely don’t look back and wish that Mixed Vegetable Jell-O for Salads was still on grocery store shelves. But by the time the ‘90s rolled around, food companies had gotten the whole snack food thing right, so most of the best discontinued food products came out of that decade — but not all.
Thankfully, food companies are beginning to take notice that there’s a major call for products that haven’t been stocked by grocery stores in over a decade. Within the past couple years a handful of once-discontinued foods and drinks, including Surge, French Toast Crunch, and Crispy M&Ms, have found their way back to shelves. The odds are good that there are more to follow.
So read on for nine food products that we really wish would return to grocery store aisles. Most of these products simply didn’t sell as well as they should have, and were brand extensions that weren’t vital to the success of the company. But they certainly worked their way into our hearts, and we wish that they’d come back to us. This time, we won’t take their availability for granted.
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 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. After much uproar, Butterfinger Bites were introduced in 2009, but they’re just not the same. Thankfully Butterfinger’s new peanut butter cups are pretty good.
Cookies-n-Creme Twix Bars
There was a time when Twix bars 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.