10 Foods You Used To Love That Are No Longer Made
Jell-O Pudding Pops
Kraft introduced Jell-O Pudding Pops in 1982, and they were later marketed by Popsicle, with three different flavors - vanilla, banana, and chocolate. With Bill Cosby as the face of this icy treat, the Pudding Pop was the king of the freezers back in the 1980s. However, the company discontinued production in the 1990s enraging a lot of fans. Now, there is a Facebook page that petitions for their return.
Planters Cheez Balls
Children of the 1980s will surely miss this iconic junk food. Made by Kraft, these neon orange balls had the right kind of cheesiness, despite being artificial, that made everyone who tasted them declare that they're "having a ball." Although they're not on the market anymore, they have left a stain in the hearts of Cheezball fans the same way they left a stain on their fingers when eating them.
Butterfinger BBs was a combination of Butterfinger and Whopper. When Bart Simpson popularized it not only as a food, but also as a weapon, the crunchy peanut butter balls gained more popularity.
There are plain M&Ms and peanut M&Ms. Then, along came crispy M&Ms, and the world was never the same. Popular in the early 2000s, these crispies were like a Kit-Kat makeover where Mars placed the crispy chocolate covered wafer in colorful mini tablets which you can pop anywhere you are. It would've been less messy than Kit-Kat, but Mars thought otherwise, and Crispy M&Ms are nowhere to be found.
If you are a child of the 1980s, one of the common items in your lunchbox was Hi-C's Ecto Cooler with the picture of Slimer, the cute green ghost, on the box. It was a tie-in to the Ghostbusters franchise to which it owed its huge popularity. However, the manufacturers decided to revamp the flavor's image to Citrus Cooler. It thrived for a while until they pulled it off the shelves in 2007.
Taco Bell Lunchables
When Kraft, under the Oscar Mayer brand, introduced Lunchables in 1988, Taco Bell joined in. What you got was a do-it-yourself nachos and tacos kit packed with beef. The final masterpiece was complete when you smeared it with a packet of red sauce. Aside from the delicious and convenient way to have Mexican food, you got to have a Capri sun too.
When Coca-Cola introduced its Vanilla Coke, Pepsi launched a counter-attack by introducing Pepsi Blue. However, because of its use of the controversial food color Blue 1, the company discontinued producing it in 2004. Despite being off of the shelf for a long time, there are still a lot of people who search for it.
Fig Newtons have been such a popular fare among Nabisco's snack line that they decided to create different flavors, like grape, cherry, and apple. However, it is still incomprehensible to fans of the Apple Newtons why Nabisco had to discontinue them when they tasted so good.
Dr. Pepper Gum
If you like Dr. Pepper, you probably remember tasting the gum version, which tasted exactly like the drink. Those who grew up in the 1980s knew that there were a lot of soda-flavored gums, but no one topped Dr. Pepper with its liquid center, which tasted heavenly.
Squeezit juice drinks were marketed with kids in mind. They had an easy two-step process, just take the off the top and squeeze it. The brand also came with catchy names, such as Grumpy Grape, Silly Billy Strawberry, and Chucklin' Cherry. However, kids outgrew them and the next generation did not appreciate them, forcing the company to discontinue production.
French Toast Crunch
Intended to look and taste similar to Cinnamon Toast Crunch, French Toast Crunch was launched in 1995. Almost 10 years later in 2006, General Mills discontinued the cereal in the United States. However, it can still be found in Canada and online if you're seriously craving some French Toast Crunch.
The Wonder Ball went through a roller coaster of changes during its run, but was ultimately discontinued. It was originally called the Nestle Ball and contained small plastic toys, but was pulled off the shelves when kids started choking on the toys in 1997. It was re-released in 2000 with candy inside and in 2004 was sold to Frankford Candy and Chocolate Company, which discontinued the Wonder Ball permanently.
Oreo O's Cereal
Sadly, Oreo O's were discontinued because the two companies that made it (Post and Kraft) split up. It was launched in 1997 but was discontinued 10 years later when Post and Kraft quit co-branding, because Post made the cereal but Kraft owned the Oreo brand. Since the two companies decided to quit branding together, the cereal had to be pulled from the shelves.