Sometimes, celebrities find great success in the food world. Consider Gwyneth Paltrow ’s cookbooks, Snoop Dogg’s cooking show with Martha Stewart, or Robert De Niro’s Nobu. But more often than not, celebrities who dip their toes into the food world flounder.
Many famous people — from athletes to actors and everything in between — have tried to launch food products and not been fully successful. Unfortunately for them, these products failed. But fortunately for us, their prior existence brings us great nostalgic joy.
Big Mo’ Candy Bar
NASCAR’s favorite son, Dale Earnhardt, Jr., entered the candy bar game in 2008 with his Big Mo' candy, a 2.5-ounce milk chocolate bar filled with caramel or peanut butter. The caramel bar was criticized as being too sweet, but the peanut butter bar was praised for its rich, creamy texture. Unfortunately for fans of the Earnhardt dynasty, this confection is no longer in production.
Dwight Yoakam's Bakersfield Biscuits
Country music pioneer Dwight Yoakam isn’t just known for his hits like “I Sang Dixie” and "Ain't That Lonely Yet” — he also has a line of chicken patties and chicken fries. With flavors that range from Pizza Fries to Chicken Rings Afire, Yoakam isn’t afraid to branch out. The product line (which is still available) has expanded to include riblets and sausage links.
Spice Girls Chupa Chupes
Was any ‘90s childhood complete without these strawberry-flavored lollipops? Super sugary and sweet, this endorsement was a win-win situation for fans of the “Spice Up Your Life” girl group. The best part of this candy? It came stamped with Spice Girls phrases and lyrics and every package came complete with a sticker.
Smokey Robinson Foods
Motown legend Smokey Robinson took his first name literally in the mid-2000s with his own line of barbecue and Southern-inspired foods. The frozen dinners included seafood gumbo, red beans and rice, pot roast, and a chicken and sausage gumbo. The food line is most famous for a lawsuit it sparked from a Lousiana chef who claimed that the “Just to See Her” singer stole his tagline: “Soul in Yo Bowl.”
Sylvester Stallone’s High Protein Pudding
Though Stallone’s High Protein Pudding sounds like an absurd SNL sketch, it was a real product. The Rocky actor tried his hand at a lifestyle brand in the mid-2000s. According to Uproxx, in the mid-2000s, Stallone pimped out his product — which he claimed had 20 grams of protein, 108 calories, and no sugar — on Larry King Live, but the promises of his miracle pudding fell short. In the midst of all of this, shady business practices and convoluted lawsuits caused this product to go under in 2012.