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This won't help Seltzer Head (post below) but he/she deserves credit for my stumbling across it while looking for a substitute for Lawry's Classic San Francisco Salad dressing. Bring out the hankies.

Link: http://www.hometownfavorites.com/shop...

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  1. Thanks, Gary, but no hankie necessary for 99% of those products. Most of them never should have seen the light of day!

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    1. re: Kirk

      I agree. Reading through the list (what else to do on a Sunday while the laundry dries?) I was amazed at how much of that I had never known existed and would not have bought anyway.

      1. re: Kirk

        You mean like "FIZZIES" - another in the line of pharmaceutical company "soft drink" concoctions - this one being an Alka Seltzer-like tablet loaded with cyclamates and godawful flavors. It was a charming product for kids, what with the initial burst of bubbles and sharp "nose" - but, IIRC it was Warner-Lambert who could have spared us this chemical swill.

        Now "FUNNY FACE" drinks (Rootin'-Tootin' Raspberry, Loudmouth Lime, et. al.) - they wuz somethin'!!!

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        Perfect timing on this post! I no longer have to scour my grocery store shelves for the Nabisco bacon crackers that I liked so much.

        1. What about Junket? And what about Quisp? I think limited quantities are produced but your chances of finding them in your local Albertson's are just about nil. Ditto for Rheingold and Schaefer beer, and also all the products of all those tiny breweries like Peter Doelger which once dotted the borough of Brooklyn, city of churches and bars.

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          1. re: Brian S

            Would you believe I have an autographed photo of Miss Rheingold 1959? I believe her name was Robbin Bain. She made an appearance at the Grumman Corporation (my Uncle's employer) company picnic at Calverton, Long Island (unlimited free beer, ID's not checked!) and I'm surprised she didn't get assaulted by a certain drunken 17-year old with an overactive libido.

            I can also remember Vin Scully broadcasting for the Brooklyn Dodgers and saying, between innings, "Folks, wouldn't this be a good time to pour yourself a nice cold glass of Schaefer beer?"

            1. re: Gary SoupShe

              RHEINGOLD AND SCHAEFER are still on the shelves, albeit a far cry in their beer from what they were - of course we were BIG fans of Rheingold's 10-ounce pull-top "Chug-A-Mug" bottles - one gulp would do the trick!

            2. re: Brian S

              I just bought some Junket about a month ago, from my local Fareway store. I do live in a rural part of Iowa, however, where folks still use products like that. ;-)

              1. re: Brian S

                I still see Junket once in awhile but the Maple Flavor is gone forever

              2. canada dry or schweppes bitter orange

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                1. re: byrd

                  Canada Dry? The Ginger Ale? I drink that regularly! I live in Western NY state, and that is the ginger ale of choice.


                  1. re: milkyway4679

                    byrd was referring to the bitter orange flavor, I used to really like that too.

                2. Sob! Bonomo Turkish Taffy is no more? Always my candy of choice at the movies. The site said French Chewy Chewy Taffy is a good substitute, but I think my fillings prefer that I not pursue it.

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                  1. re: semmel

                    I too miss Bonomo Turkish Taffy.

                    Remember putting it in the freezer to make it good and firm and then smacking it on a wall to break it into smaller, bite-sized chunks?

                    Many Saturdays in my youth were spent exercising my jars on their vanilla taffy.

                    1. re: semmel

                      DO NOT get French Chew Taffy - it's nothing like Bonomo. I've got 4 of them in my freezer. I tried one and just didn't like it. I suppose it's either my childhood memory of the taste of Bonomo Turkish Taffy is better than the real thing, or these French Chews are really that bad.

                    2. I have a question regarding my Dead (brain cell) Product List!

                      Having grown up in a modest, one income family with five children, we regularly dined on, shall we say, meals of dubious chowosity!!

                      For example, I cannot recall a single Saturday night growing up on which we did not have hot dogs and B&M baked beans! But I digress.

                      Now the question.... We also had our share of Hamburger Helper meals (tuna helper too, but we won't go there) and I *clearly* remember one such variety that had dried potato slices instead of the customary noodles. I'm convinced it was an early version of their Beef Stroganoff... which I know now exists with noodles.

                      Has my brain made some half-hearted attempt to block a trauma from my childhood? Or could this be a true confirmed dead product that has been reincarnated to taunt a new generation.

                      Inquiring minds......


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                      1. re: Gusman

                        Possibly it was the Beef and Garlic Potatoes Hamburger Helper?
                        It was the sodium hexametaphosphate that really made that meal for me!
                        Betty Croker also made those great dried "Au Gratin" potatoes that
                        I was never surprised to find served alongside HH. Both of these
                        products still exist.

                        I disagree about this being un-chowhoundish. Our parents were trying
                        their best to find something tasty in a new and bleak environment.

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                        1. re: Attaturk

                          Betty Crocker *INSTANT* Au Gratin Potatoes? I bought a box of them in the '60'. Once! Read "instant" in the store, read the directions when I got home. Put them in the trash and made au gratin potatoes from scratch in about half the time. Those suckers required a minimum of 40 minutes soaking time to rehydrate the potatoes before cooking! Absolutely nothing "instant" about them. Except for how long it took me to drop them in the trash can.

                        2. re: Gusman

                          Was it any of the Hamburger Helpers in the link below?

                          I miss Nabisco Raisin biscuits and I swear it was Nabisco not Sunshine.

                          They were long flat cookies in a cellophane wrapper. Each sheet had four preforated sections and they had scalloped edges. There was a little cookie around raisins. The cookie was shiny and egg-washed on top.

                          I remember being told by the guy stocking the shelves of some market that they were discontinued. A freind was devastated. It was the only cookie her mom let her eat growing up because it wasn't sweet and had those healthy raisins.

                          I know that Vermont country store carries something similar ... but $14.99?

                          Looking at that website reminded me of My-T-Fine pudding. And why did Stella D'Oro ever discontinue those Christmas cookies that were like the anise biscotti, but they were soft and had candied fruit. One year they changed them, and the next year ... gone.

                          Seems like a good place to refer people to when looking for something obscure. Didn't realize David's sunflower seeds were hard to find. I refuse to believe Andes creme de menthes are hard to find, but I haven't looked lately? Aren't they still given out at many hotels?

                          Autocrat coffee though ... gee, I only remember my parents mentioning that ... and it seemed they were reminiscing that it was no longer made.

                          Most of the products that ARE still available are as obscure as the ones on the 'no longer made' list ... Baskin & Robbins ... CANDY?

                          I wonder who would name their product Bea's Ho-made jams & jellies?

                          Oohhh - Ice cubes. Love those. I did find a new sardine ... Underwood mustard sardine.

                          I've got to say though that Queen for A Day basket is wonderful. First of all because of the name. There's a show they should re-run on cable ... who had the most pathetic, humiliating story so they could win a free washer.

                          Second, there is just such a wonderful assortment of outrageous junk in it. If someone wants to send one of those gift baskets to cheer someone up, this has gotta be it.

                          They also have more hilarious gift baskets ... like the "Lost in Space" bucket or the "One Lucky Cowboy"

                          The thing is, although I was giggling looking at each one, they really are filled with appropriate products. I want to work for these people. They have twisted minds.

                          Thanks Gary, very cool link and one I'll use for those gift baskets.

                          Link: http://willyfogg.com/en/p202145/hambu...

                          1. re: rworange

                            The demonic folks at Keebler took a perfectly good product, namely SUNSHINE GOLDEN FRUIT (the raisin biscuits we both loved) and destroyed them.

                            But before killing them altogether, they felt compelled to tinker with the recipe, use some cheap-ass grease and uglify the product.

                            I'm actually very bitter at the little elfen buttheads for doing this.

                            1. re: Mike R.

                              I was looking for these and saw your post - I agree! I miss those cookies so much - my mom use to feed them to us on trips from ND to FLA

                              1. re: Grasshopper

                                Loved those! We called them "smashed fly cookies" and they did look it.

                                1. re: Junie D
                                  stanley dalton

                                  Have looked for these raisin cookies for two years and
                                  finallly called Nabisco, found out they had been discontinued some time ago. NOW all I want is the recipe and I'll make them myself. Anyone know about that?

                            2. re: rworange

                              My mom buys at Trader Joes a product that is very much as you describe these raisin biscuits, I can't remember the name but I think they are from australia, new zealand or ? I am sure they are not more than $3-

                              1. re: rworange

                                "I miss Nabisco Raisin biscuits and I swear it was Nabisco not Sunshine.

                                They were long flat cookies in a cellophane wrapper. Each sheet had four preforated sections and they had scalloped edges. There was a little cookie around raisins. The cookie was shiny and egg-washed on top."

                                You are either referring to Sunshine Golden Fruit or the old Nabisco Sultanas.

                                1. re: rworange

                                  Since this thread was resurrected I'll pitch in that the sultana/raisin biscuits are available in Asian groceries - if there's one near you with a big cookie section, they're bound to have them. Not made in the US but just as good.

                                    1. re: Midlife

                                      Yep, good old squashed fly bikkies. The Khong Guan brand is the one I buy.

                                      1. re: buttertart

                                        It went by the name of Fly Cemetery in my part of the UK. Garibaldi bikkies are available in Canada.

                                2. After perusing the list I found five items that are still available before I made it to the G's and then a quick look found several more.. I think that the research for that "list" wasn't done very well.

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                                  1. re: biltong

                                    Which ones? I found the Hometown Favorites people to be pretty
                                    thorough and helpful when I was on a life-or-death quest for Jello 1-2-3.
                                    (Didn't find it, I died). Since their business is finding things on that "list".

                                    1. re: biltong

                                      Have you checked the pull dates? ;-)

                                    2. They forgot...

                                      * the unfortunately-named "Ayds" diet candies? I used to filch the chocolate-mint flavored ones from the boxes my mom bought

                                      * No-Cal sodas (with cyclamates!!). Coffee flavor with milk added was a favorite when visiting my diabetic Grandma

                                      1. I used to like frozen crab cakes by Mrs. Paul. Sort of an upscale fast meal.

                                        Another high-end treat - there were steak pies from England with a wonderful puff pastry crust. They came in their own pie-shaped can. A friend of mine lived off of them.

                                        Hard to find, but I think they are still in production - Campbell's shrimp soup and black bean soup.

                                        1. maybe they still exist, but I have not been able to find:
                                          those pink and white marshmallow cookies with coconut sprinkled on the top
                                          jello pudding pops

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                                          1. re: Alice

                                            there was a recent article about mallowmars in the NY Times, i think. turns out they're seasonal! they're only available in the fall/winter months, i think. don't know why.

                                            1. re: hobokeg

                                              Just saw them this weekend, so they're still around. I think it's Memorial Day to Labor Day you can't get them. It's because they use chocolate that isn't tempered(?) so it would melt in the heat.

                                              1. re: coll

                                                Ironically, the site that Gary linked to, sells mallomars. It does discuss the seasonality in some parts of the country.

                                                "Introduced in 1913 this northeast favorite is still only regionally and seasonally available. Available October through March due to heat sensitivity of pure chocolate coating."

                                                Wow, pure chcolate coating ... now I have to have one.

                                                Link: http://www.hometownfavorites.com/shop...

                                            2. re: Alice

                                              jello pudding pops are so disgusting and addictive. god i love them.

                                              1. re: Alice

                                                Saw Mallomars at Fairway (NYC) yesterday, $3. a box.

                                                1. re: BluPlateSpec

                                                  The Mallomars I saw the other day were $4.79 a box! (at Waldbaums)

                                                2. re: Alice

                                                  Man, I MISS Jello Pudding Pops...I liked the Vanilla/Chocolate Swirl flavor the best !

                                                3. To supplement the Dead List we need a Lazarus List. Somebody on this thread mentioned Rennet Junket (or is it Junket Rennet) being gone, when in fact it's currently sold at Treasure Island markets in Chicago; I saw some yesterday. Vermont Country Store (online, also has interesting mailed catalog) is a great source for items, including food, candy, gum etc, of yesteryear. Also, if you google terms like "vintage candy" or "nostalgia food" a lot of this stuff turns up. Or, just google the name of the item, eg Sen-Sen or Slo-Poke Holloway Suckers.

                                                  1. Gary, - bingo - you hit the same neuroreceptor that rworange did with the Sardine posts...

                                                    Try these: Haagen-Dazs HONEY VANILLA and CAROB flavored ice cream. A container downed in one sitting.

                                                    1. [sob] the marathon bar! [wail]

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                                                      1. re: Smokey

                                                        (gasp) not the *7-UP* bar! (shriek!!) I thought I just wasn't looking in the right places...

                                                      2. Baskin-Robbins Mandarin Orange, or Mandarin Chocolate--I don't remember what they called it, but it was chocolate/orange ice cream that looked like tar but tasted like heaven. Also, as previously discussed on these boards, Dannon frozen yogurt--it was yogurt, frozen, tangy and delicious.

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                                                        1. re: Alex Halsey

                                                          You might also wish to consult the Ben & Jerry "Flavor Graveyard"...and see it on your next trip to Burlington, VT.

                                                        2. I can't believe Doritos ditched its flagship product - Doritos Original Taco Flavor Chips. This is what I consider a "Dorito" to be, not the crappy cool ranch.

                                                          Satisfying the munchies will never be the same.

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                                                          1. re: rl

                                                            that's my all time favorite dorito flavor as well. last time i saw it in a store (years ago), i bought everything on the shelf.

                                                            i also prefer doritos plain tortilla chips over most others. i guess they're still made, but they're impossible to find in my area.

                                                            1. re: mark

                                                              Just saw the plain Doritos at Jon's Grocery Store in the Los Angeles area. Perhaps you could contact the company and see where they carry them in your area.

                                                              As for the taco flavor, it's still listed as a current product on the doritos website.

                                                              1. re: DanaB

                                                                I saw the Taco flavor in our Meijer last month and almost fainted. I hadn't seen them in years and thought they were gone. Bought a bag and, yep, they were as good as I remembered.

                                                          2. sorry about the Delfa rolls. i used to love those!

                                                            1. I miss Post Oat Flakes. Full name was Post Fortified Oat Flakes. The taste was really good.

                                                              1. Star Wars cereal, people have told me it's just Lucky Charms, but it taste nothing like LC.

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                                                                1. re: theSauce

                                                                  I miss Pac-Man cereal.....people also tell me it's just Lucky Charms but they don't know what they are talking about! Same idea, completely different taste.

                                                                  1. re: danni_1981

                                                                    mine is smurfberry crunch. not at all like crunch berry cereal.

                                                                2. And whatever happened to sourballs? Can't find them anywhere. The best thing for keeping your mouth moist when hiking.

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                                                                  1. re: semmel

                                                                    Sourballs are another item you can find via the Vermont Country Store.

                                                                  2. I missed CW Post like crazy. I've never been able to find another granola i liked as much.

                                                                    1. Growing up, Gina Capaletti (the football player) had a burger chain called Gino's, and the Gino Giant was my favorite. Miss those (similar to a big mac but better). Non-food items: Quicksand, whatever happened to that? As a child I was so scared of stepping into quicksand while walking in the woods and now it's never in any movie or anything. Same with knocking a guy out with a rag soaked in chloroform (mod squad/MI style).

                                                                      1. Growing up, Gina Capaletti (the football player) had a burger chain called Gino's, and the Gino Giant was my favorite. Miss those (similar to a big mac but better). Non-food items: Quicksand, whatever happened to that? As a child I was so scared of stepping into quicksand while walking in the woods and now it's never in any movie or anything. Same with knocking a guy out with a rag soaked in chloroform (mod squad/MI style).

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                                                                        1. re: LES Resident

                                                                          LOL I just stumbled upon this thread and thought I'd make a football clarification.

                                                                          The Gino of Gino's fame was Gino Marchetti, defensive end for the Baltimore Colts, not Gino Cappaletti, split end/placekicker for the Boston Patriots.

                                                                          1. re: Bob W

                                                                            There was also a John Cappaletti who won the Heisman for Penn State back in '73, I believe. He played some pro ball, too.

                                                                          2. re: LES Resident

                                                                            Gino's was most definitely founded by Gino Marchetti of the Balto. Colts. There are current efforts to resurrect the chain. See this link: http://www.ginosgiant.com/index.html

                                                                          3. Kellog's Corn Soya cereal from the 50's. Sort of an all-bran thing, but used corn and soy. Great flavor! Mainstream ealth food in the 50's! who knew?

                                                                            1. I sorely miss Rachel's Brownies: About an 1" high, fudge-like, and packaged in a small tin. Pure sin! My wife votes for Cicklets (ph.).

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                                                                              1. re: cj

                                                                                If you're still looking for Rachel's Brownie's, try Blissful Brownies out of Hood River, OR. Dead-ringer for Rachel's; even better.

                                                                              2. I miss Wishbone Green Goddess Dressing :-(

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                                                                                1. re: davina

                                                                                  You can still find Green Goddess Dressing. I just finished up a bottle not that long ago.

                                                                                  1. BBQ Fritos seem to have disappeared, much to my chagrin.

                                                                                    I also saw Wasabi Funyuns. Once. Now they're gone, apparently. They were quite delicious.

                                                                                    I wonder if Zots can be found anymore? They were a hard candy with a center that fizzed madly once you reached it.

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                                                                                      1. re: Perilagu Khan


                                                                                        we ate them while drinking a coke for a mouth explosion!

                                                                                      2. Here in Australia (land of Coke that is made with cane sugar thank goodness) the Coke gods brought us Cherry Coke, and then they took it away. No more Aussie cane sugar Cherry Coke now, just (difficult to find, but available) American Cherry Cke, which I am informed is sweetend with HFCS, and does not taste good to me at all (esp with the cherry flavouring, sweetness overload!!). It has been six years, and I am still upset about it. sob :( (I am glad that we live in a land of plenty of cane sugar, so we get yummy Coke still though!)

                                                                                        1. Add O'Grady's extra thick cut potato chips to the necrological log.

                                                                                          1. The greatest mixer ever made--Hi-C's Ecto Cooler. A tasty tangerine/lime combo that was the perfect conveyor of rum or vodka directly to your liver. Officially confirmed dead in 2007. I has a sad. :(

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                                                                                            1. re: MandalayVA

                                                                                              ecto-cooler? wasn't that tied to "ghostbusters"?

                                                                                            2. They don't even mention Calso Water! I used to love it back in the '50! I didn't know it was supposed to help with indigestion. I just liked it. Now all you can find of it is an old black and white commercial on youtube! For anyone else old enough to remember when TV was all in black and white, here's the Calso commercial, and then some:

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                                                                                              1. re: Caroline1

                                                                                                So artificially delicious out of the bottle from the vending machine as a kid - FANTA RED CREAM SODA :

                                                                                              2. I'm amazed that everyone seems to have stopped making chocolate-covered graham crackers! I occasionally find a little package of 1 or 2 at Starbuck's or similar, but otherwise not available at all! And they were the very best!

                                                                                                1. Screaming Yellow Zonkers. I got the munchies.

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                                                                                                  1. re: Passadumkeg

                                                                                                    Oh my word! I haven't thought of those in years!

                                                                                                    1. re: boyzoma

                                                                                                      Don't bogart that....Hey your eating all The Screaming Yellow Zonkers, give me some!

                                                                                                    1. I tried to find Crown Pilot Crackers in Mass, last month, understand they have been discontinued , Again! I also miss Neumann's date nut bread. I used to love that bread, with a schmear of cream cheese.

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                                                                                                      1. Frozen chocolate malted milk. It used to come in an orange cup, about sixteen ounces, with a paper peel-off top. In the eighties, it was fifty cents at my local market. My brothers would spurge on the pricier drumsticks, which only left them a quarter of their candy money left. Fools. I had enough to buy TWO cups of malted goodness, which I often did.

                                                                                                        It came with a wooden spoon, which added it's own flavor to the mix. No, really, you could taste the spoon . . . and I liked it.

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                                                                                                        1. re: onceadaylily

                                                                                                          You know, I know exactly what you are talking about. They were great and the spoon did taste good.

                                                                                                          1. re: onceadaylily

                                                                                                            that sounds like the ones i used to get at Dodger Stadium in the '80's. they were made by Carnation, i believe.

                                                                                                            and yes, the spoon tasted awesome, too.

                                                                                                            1. re: Jelly71

                                                                                                              Didn't Have nothin' like that at Ebbitt's in the 50's. Gimme a frank w/ kraut & mustard.
                                                                                                              Tro de bums out! Broke my heart. The NY Giants too.

                                                                                                            2. re: onceadaylily

                                                                                                              I have not thought about that wood taste in ages. You don't need a spoon, either, just a Toasted Almond popsicle from the Good Humor truck. Maybe someone should make wood-flavored ice cream, and just cut to the chase.

                                                                                                              1. re: small h

                                                                                                                Good idea. And I used to hold onto the stick or wooden spoon (the wooden spoons were cute) and suck on it for a while after the treat was gone. "Don't run around with that stick in your mouth!!!" - Mom.

                                                                                                            3. I saw Quisp mentioned above; God I used to love that stuff.

                                                                                                              Does anybody remember food sticks? I remember my mother used to give those to us as snacks: chocolate-flavored God-knows-what mashed into a shape of something like a magic marker.

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                                                                                                              1. re: Mestralle

                                                                                                                space food stix? mentioned above.