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Nabisco's Royal Lunch Milk Crackers have been discontinued

Pat Hammond Aug 27, 2006 09:32 PM

I've been waiting for a Nabisco delivery at my local market, since the manager kept promising Royal Lunch would be delivered "any day now". Yesterday he told me that they've stopped making them. They were my absolute favorite for well over 50 years. I couldn't get them in St. Louis, but was happy to find them in Maine and here in NY. No more, though.

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  1. rworange Aug 28, 2006 07:05 AM

    That's sad to hear, Pat. I liked them very much, but now that you mention it I haven't seen them for years in California. It might not do any good, but maybe write a letter to Nabisco. Who knows, if enough people write in, they might consider making them again.

    Maybe you could also contact Vermont Country Store. That is the place that makes all those discontinued items like my own personal favorite the Sunshine raisin biscuits. Maybe they could add the crackers to their line.

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      Robert Lauriston Aug 28, 2006 04:00 PM

      Many of Vermont Country Store's items are not discontinued but rather distributed only in certain regions.

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        rworange Aug 28, 2006 07:01 PM

        Yes, but they do have a bakery where they make some items that no one else makes anymore. Never hurts to ask.

        I found this out when a poster was looking for common crackers
        http://www.vermontcountrystore.com/shopping/product/detailmain.jsp?itemID=10888&itemType=PRODUCT&RS=1&keyword=crackers

        Which brings up another place that makes crackers that were discontinued, Bent's Cookie Factory
        https://www.bentscookiefactory.com/se...

        From my own little craving for the raisin cookies, I'm really unlikly to buy stuff like this on-line. It is something I want to pick up in a store for a reasonable price. Hmmm ... maybe I can talk Yum Foods into stocking some of the raisin cookies for me.

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          GG Mora Sep 3, 2006 04:18 PM

          VCS is not in the habit of taking on the manufacture of discontinued products. Yes, they've kept Common Crackers happening, but to my knowledge that's an anomaly. Common Crackers are made by a contract bakery.

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            jeannie1215 Nov 30, 2010 06:58 AM

            oh my god i have been eating these since i was a little girl im now 55 i miss them so much not to mention when your watching your weight there great i use to dunk mine in a bowl of tea when i was a little girl, wish they would bring them back

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            camille smith Nov 25, 2007 05:07 PM

            Yumm!!! I miss them so much . Click here to see your favorite Box!1

             
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              brewzer Sep 2, 2009 07:08 AM

              rworange: I always loved those raisin biscuits too. My mom used to put them in my lunch as a little kid. I had been searching for them for years too and it's good to see they are available at Vermont Country store but here's another option for you. Go to your local Asian market if you have one and odds are you'll find a package of Sultana Biscuits...the manufacturer is KHONG GUAN BISCUIT FACTORY of the Philippines and they are essentially the same thing...maybe a little crispier than I remember but they will certainly do the trick! Like you said I love knowing that I can stop by on the way home and pick some up!

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                rworange Sep 2, 2009 09:24 AM

                Great suggestion. I'll keep an eye out for them

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              camille smith Nov 25, 2007 04:55 PM

              they arent' in Nabiscos list of products on their website;I think that they are totally discontinued

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              lanarez Nov 6, 2008 10:31 PM

              Wow ...two of my favorite cookies & crackers are gone off the shelves. Been looking for them for a while . not a happy camper. I`ve tried similar milk crackers ....not good. I love both of these.

            4. byrd Aug 28, 2006 01:52 PM

              write a letter, it worked with crown pilot crackers years ago.

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                Pat Hammond Aug 28, 2006 03:22 PM

                Yes, I plan to write a letter. The pilot cracker campaign was quite a deal, as I recall. Thanks for the replies. I did call the company yesterday to be sure they really were discontinued, and in the course of the conversation found out that Royal Lunch has been made since 1902.

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                  rworange Aug 28, 2006 06:50 PM

                  Pat, could you provide the address to write. Kraft which owns Nabisco, is actually kind of snotty about giving out a place to contact them.

                  There was no contact info I could find on the Nabisco site and the actual Kraft food site ... when you finally to get somewhere to contact them turns out to be an on-line reply which says ... "we will get back to you as soon as we can"

                  Right don't call us, we'll call you ... maybe.

                  http://www.kraftfoods.com/main.aspx?s=contact&m=contact_us/contact_us&referrer=kraftfoods

                  The corporate site DOES have some actual phone numbers

                  http://www.kraft.com/newsroom/media.html

                  Gee, Nabisco has to be the most merged, bought-out brand in history according to Wikipedia (was hoping the address was there).

                  http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Nabisco

                  The reason this bugs me so much is because those Sunshine raisin biscuits were discontinued which were MY favorite cookie.

                  I hate when companies do this. While milk crackers are not something I obviously sought out on my own, if I saw them on the shelf at a market I'd buy them. I like them.

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                    Pat Hammond Aug 28, 2006 07:20 PM

                    I found them to be most gracious over the phone. The address I was given is Kraft Foods Global, Inc. 1 Kraft Court, Glenview, IL 60025

                    They said they've had a lot of calls and inquiries about the crackers.

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                      byrd Aug 28, 2006 08:25 PM

                      i have found out with problems on the corporate level just right directly to the ceo at corporate headquarters, wether it's positive or negative you will get a response.

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                        rworange Aug 28, 2006 08:49 PM

                        Thanks Pat & byrd.

                        I just wish sites would put an address or phone number that is easy to get to. At the very least, an email address where you don't need to jump through hoops to find.

                        Will send a letter to them because now, well, I'm craving milk crackers.

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                        lvecch Aug 28, 2006 08:47 PM

                        I used to love those raisin biscuits! I'd forgotten all about them . . .

                  2. Pat Hammond Aug 30, 2006 05:02 PM

                    Well, I bought a box of Mrs. Alison's Milk biscuits. Too sweet, too thin, with that icky baking powder aftertaste. Feh.

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                      Rob DiVenere Aug 30, 2006 05:16 PM

                      I am outraged that Royal Lunch Milk Crackers were discontinued after 90 years. I suggest writing to the company or call this number 1-800-323-0768 and complain. They do register your complaint. What must have happend is that some Leveraged Buyout MBA Finance genius determined that the product was selling in small numbers and at a loss. Therefore, discontinue. I guess they never heard of selling loss lead products to keep overall profitable customers. I may try to organize a sign on Web-Site to complain. If you get enough complaints maybe they will bring product back. In the meanwhile, I have cut off the labels of every Nabisco, Kraft and RJR product in my home and sent to the CEO - stating that I have thrown out these products and will not buy any more of their products.

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                        mccore Nov 27, 2006 02:40 AM

                        Hello, Any progress made with organizing the sign on web-site to log compaints about the discontinuation of the milk cracker?
                        Thanks.

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                          1946dodge Dec 20, 2008 09:48 AM

                          I agree - the MBA's have hijacked the country and left it in shreds. Looking at the financial disaster lately, one can see it plainly.
                          I loved Royal Lunch crackers. What aggravated me even MORE is that the also discontinued the FIRST CRACKER NABISCO EVER MADE - UNEEDA BISCUITS!
                          I just bought the last box at a local Stop and Shop. I went online and ordered a six pack from Hometown Favorites, but I don't know how fresh they will be, but I don't care.

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                          toxretnuh Sep 8, 2006 03:35 PM

                          I have become an offical chow hound by stumbling into this site attempting to find out what happened to the "MILK CRACKER".
                          I am a c-store owner in rural ct. I have been selling them since 1984. This milk cracker caper began when a customer discovered we carried milk crakers. He told me of how his father and a freind (who lives in montana) loved them and could not find them any where. He asked me to order him a case to ship to his freind in Mt. that afternoon the gentleman's father came in and bought the last box of milk crackers on the shelf. I then knew exactly what to do I ordered 2 cases . A few days later my grocery order arrived. I quickly shuffled through the order looking for the milk crackers none were to be found . i then franticlly scanned the invoice looking for a clue and there it was in black and white MANUFACTURER DISCONTINUED. My heart sunk I knew I had some terribles news for my new customers in Mt. A few weeks have passed since I had to break the news of the illfated Milk Cracker. after seeing that customer today I decided to find what ever I could to try and console my milk cracker customer and ended up a CHOWHOUND.

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                            buckeyeleaf Sep 16, 2006 08:48 PM

                            Here in Ohio, these disappeared from the store shelves maybe 20 years ago. I've always missed them.
                            A good product, but it's no wonder that they were unprofitable; Nabisco made no effort to promote or advertise them.
                            With all the big mergers, Nabisco has probably just gotten too big to care about what the customer wants or needs. Maybe we could persuade a smaller baking company like Old London to bring them back.

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                              Prudhomme Oct 18, 2006 05:52 PM

                              The Royal Lunch Crackers vanished from California stores over ten years ago. Mothers on the east coast knew they were great soaked in milk for an upset stomach. All New England kids knew this.
                              There was a company in Oakland California which made very similar milk crackrs but only sold them on the east coast. Maybe sombody knows of this company. I don't recall the name.

                              I hope sombody can locate them.
                              ps I called Nabisco and complained about them dropping Royal. I suggested the low sales was because they only placed the boxes on the shelf. They never SOLD them. They never told people why they should eat them.
                              David

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                                smusco Oct 19, 2006 10:07 PM

                                That is very sad news. I used this crackers just as Prudhomme said they were great for an upset stomach. I also used them for sinus conditions and coughs. I do not think it will make any difference to Nabisco if we complain but I will do my part if anyone thinks it is worthwhile.

                                The same thing happen to me with Mooseabec Sardines made by a Main seafood company.

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                                  smusco Oct 19, 2006 10:15 PM

                                  I just spoke with Nabisco and complained. They discontinued Royal Lunch due to insufficient sales. They are going to send me info on a similar product.

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                                    Flutter Oct 22, 2006 06:07 PM

                                    I just found Chowhound in my google search for Royal Lunch Crackers. I did not know they have been discontinued, but I suspected as much...which is really a BIG disappointement to me. How am I supposed to make macaronie and cheese without them? or have tomato soup. I even had a friend of mine look for them in Plattsburgh, which is the biggest town around here, the other day. He looked in Sams', but no crackers. Last year I was still able to buy them at the Grand Union in Ausable Forks...which was recently a Tops store, but is now back to Grand Union. They, of course, no longer have the crackers. I think it's awful... my Dad used to have them with milk before he went to bed. My Mom used them to top her mac and cheese, (me too...) and we couldn't have tomato soup with out them. Just last week I bet I stared at the cracker aisle for a good 15 minutes waiting for them to just appear. They didn't, and I didn't know what to buy, because all I really wanted was Royal Crackers. What are we supposed to do? There is no other cracker that is like Royal Crackers. Those common crackers at VCS aren't the same. Have you (anyone there...) created a web site that we can complain on??? that Kraft might see??? Can we send a web petition somehow to get them to bring the cracker back?? thanks. Flutter.

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                                      Pat Hammond Oct 23, 2006 01:28 AM

                                      Glad to see this thread is still growing. I spoke to Nabisco too. And wrote to them. I told them there'd be a hue and cry about this decision, and they said they'd be listening. Who knows, though. I remember years ago when I noticed they'd changed them. There was a time when you could insert the point of a knife into the edge and the cracker would split neatly apart. It was nice to butter one half and reassemble. I was nuts about those crackers, as you can tell!

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                                        blue room Oct 23, 2006 01:54 AM

                                        Never had or heard of Royal Lunch crackers--could one of you describe them for me? How would they differ from a saltine?
                                        I do know and love the raisin biscuits, and know to buy them from Vermont Store

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                                          rworange Oct 23, 2006 02:06 AM

                                          A picture is worth a few words here.

                                          http://ec1.images-amazon.com/images/P/B0005XMXQQ.01-A3CDPEGSIQM61V._SS500_SCLZZZZZZZ_V41530738_.jpg

                                          The Amazon customer reviews show a lot of distress over the cracker being gone.

                                          http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/cust...

                                          They are thick and not salty like a saltine. The top customer review had it right "The subtle, sweet flavor was great!". There really wasn't any sugar, though. Hard to describe. Maybe like Pepperidge Farm butter thins ... without the butter ... and thick ... thise were great in a bowl of milk because they absorbed the milk but didn't disintegrate. The taste complemented the milk ... that's it ... sweet like milk.

                                          Seems like a lot of people used them in Thanksgiving stuffing ... now Nabisco is messing with tradition. One person talks about how as a child her mother taught her how to make the stuffing from milk crackers and now that her mom is gone, it was a link to those times.

                                          My favorite comment was that it was like discontinuing milk.

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                                            blue room Oct 23, 2006 02:41 AM

                                            Wow, never had one, now craving the darn things! I certainly hope the campaign to bring them back is a success. At least give out the recipe.. I don't think these were ever sold in the west--if they bring them back they could try new markets. Thanks for the picture, it's funny how even a mild mild flavor can be so distinct and loved!

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                                          dhollingshead Nov 5, 2006 11:59 AM

                                          trying to get in touch with people with information about the royal lunch discontinue, have emailed the company and will call during weekday, cant believe they have discontinued this old fashioned Maine staple.

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                                            Pat Hammond Nov 5, 2006 12:13 PM

                                            Good! The more Royal Lunchers who call, the better. If they have anything new to say, please let us know. pat

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                                        ecap814 Oct 29, 2006 02:06 PM

                                        i'm not happy they stopped making my favorite cracker. it seems all the the great things we had as kids are going by the wayside like the affordable baseball cards with the gum ,atomic fireballs sqirrel nuts penny candy .i ate a box of crackers every couple days.they were avertised on saturday mornings, nabisco brought you the sky king show.so like most things from that safe time that are not turning a profit they stop making them .i don't know how charging $3.79 can'tmake any money.i remember paying .29 cents as a boy for an even bigger royal lunch.fyi there was a diner in new haven called royal lunch that gave them away with soup.sorry to ramble on but i'm even sorrier to see them go

                                        1. Mister Big Oct 29, 2006 08:16 PM

                                          I believe that the British digestives are pretty similar to these.

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                                            Cburke8013 Oct 29, 2006 09:47 PM

                                            My hubby REALLY misses his Royal Lunch! I am going to call them tomorrow to complain. So glad that the number to call was posted on this board!

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                                              SLO Oct 29, 2006 11:48 PM

                                              If you're referring to McVities Digestives, they are a much rougher texture and a richer taste. When they crumble it's almost like little rich pieces of buttery crumbs.
                                              The Royal Lunch crackers (if memory serves) are smoother and more akin to a Carrs cream cracker. I remember .. when careful .. the two halves could be separated for double pleasure!

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                                                cathodetube Sep 21, 2009 01:20 AM

                                                They look like British Rich Tea biscuits, not digestives.

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                                                mccle878 Nov 5, 2006 08:14 PM

                                                Hello everyone...I just went through and read this entire thread after trying to find someplace to buy Royal Lunch Crackers. My family has used them in a stuffing recipe for the holidays for years and since Thanksgiving is coming up we started looking for them again...to no avail. I would like to encourage everyone that has posted here to submit a letter on Kraft's website. I just did and I'll be sure to let you all know if I hear back. I've pasted my letter below along with a link that will take you directly to the form submission page. Let's see if we can get them to bring back this brand in some way, shape, or form!

                                                Link to Form:
                                                http://www.kraftfoods.com/main.aspx?m...
                                                (Copy into browser if it doesn't let you click on it

                                                )

                                                Copy of my letter:
                                                I hope this email will make its way to one of the brand managers associated with Nabisco products. This summer Royal Lunch Crackers was taken off the shelves after decades of use. I would like to start off by saying I completely understand the business reason behind discontinuing a mature brand such as this. Shelf space in supermarkets is a valuable commodity and the company would be remiss if it did not optimize that space and make way for more profitable brands. That being said - I thoroughly believe there is a niche market for this product and would like to ask that you bring it back in a limited fashion. Royal Lunch crackers have become a favorite for the holidays - especially in toppings for casseroles or as the primary ingredient for some of the most fabulous stuffings I have ever tasted. Bring this product back for the holidays, give it marketing dollars during this time of year and a website with holiday recipes that incorporates brand usage. Spend some money on this mature brand and I assure you that results will be seen. Any adverstising should incorporate the emotional elements that surround the holiday season - people will get a warm and fuzzy feeling that can then be directly attributed to the Nabisco brand (Royal Lunch). This product can be a successful season cash cow for Nabisco if properly supported. (Much like Hood Egg Nog or other seasonal products). In addition, the support that it requires would be nominal (website developement, banner ads on Food websites, and print ads that conjure up nostalgia pointing people to the website). I agree wholehearedly with the decision to remove this product from the shelves on an regular basis, but I think Nabisco and Kraft Foods and their investors would be best served by a little creative thinking here and saving a brand that can still be successful. I would greatly appreciate a response other than the standard "thank you for your interest" letter or email.
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                                                  katsmeow Nov 14, 2006 12:52 AM

                                                  Hi there, I recently have been looking for the Royal Lunch Milk Crackers for my sister in law as she uses them in her filling on Thanksgiving and Christmas. I told her I would check on the web and see if I could get her two boxes. Well, needless to say I am now in this fight to bring these crackers back. After reading everyone's replies in the Chowhound I am ready to sign any petition. How do we get it started? I also sent an email to the link you left here and hope if everyone does it we will get it resolved. "United we Stand"
                                                  Let me know if you hear anything. I called my sister in law and read her some of the replies on Chowhound and I am giving her the phone number and address to also send a letter. Our voices shall be heard.

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                                                  buckeyeleaf Nov 5, 2006 08:26 PM

                                                  Yes,I miss Royal Lunch Crackers and now that you folks memtioned it I recall that the Sunshine Raisin Biscuits were a favorite of mine. They were just the thing to take along in a jacket pocket when hunting or fishing.

                                                  Also, Nabisco made a hard=to-find little coconut creme sandwich cookie called OASIS. They were a great midnight snack with a glass of milk.

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                                                    DRM Nov 6, 2006 12:55 AM

                                                    I am so disappointed! I finally remembered the correct name of one of my favorite crackers ( I had been calling them milk cookies!), and now that I can make others realize exactly what I mean, I find that they no longer exist! Are they gone from everywhere in the US?

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                                                      kkv Nov 9, 2006 03:19 PM

                                                      WOw! My mom just called from CT with the bad news. My brother in California alerted her to problem. SHe is now scrambling around trying to find us some milk crackers for our stuffing recipes. She managed to find me some: Mrs. Alison's Milk Lunch New England Biscuits. They are distributed by Archway (1-800-272-2537)
                                                      I have called Kraft/Nabisco and spoke with a nice fellow, Larry, who's title is executive representative in one of their corporate offices. I first called Glenview (847-646-2000) and asked to speak with someone in the Nabisco biscuit division. I got through to Larry after talking with a receptionist for awhile. Anyway, Larry said the best thing to do is contact Kraft/Nabisco by phone, e-mail, letters to let them know how you miss this product. It is all in the numbers. If there are enough complaints an anaylst will notice and only then will anything move forward. So spread the word. Contact your local newspapers food section and ask them to help with alternatives. I bet Martha Stewart has a great milk cracker recipe. Good luck and Happy Holidays!

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                                                        MariaT Nov 9, 2006 11:32 PM

                                                        This is really disappointing. Every year I have my sister in Boston send me 2 boxes of Royal Lunch Crackers so I can make my turkey stuffing! They are non-existent in St. Louis!
                                                        Does anyone have an alternative? I sent my email to Kraft, but doubt they will have an answer by Turkey Day!

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                                                          katsmeow Nov 14, 2006 12:55 AM

                                                          Royal Lunch Milk Crackers were not only a holiday item / tradition as you can read a lot of people used them for a lot of different purposes. Lets stick together and do something about. How do we start a petition?

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                                                            engnrsrule Nov 14, 2006 01:49 AM

                                                            We also use milk crackers in a turkey stuffing recipe. I found the following online source of Mrs Allisons.
                                                            http://www.famousfoods.com/p-milk.html for $4.99 a box.

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                                                              Pat Hammond Nov 14, 2006 01:58 AM

                                                              I bought Mrs. Allisons out of desperation, and here's what I wrote, after tasting one:
                                                              http://www.chowhound.com/topics/show/...

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                                                              pgabriele Nov 14, 2006 02:26 PM

                                                              Does anyone know the recipe? Nabisco shame on you.

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                                                                engnrsrule Nov 19, 2006 10:50 PM

                                                                There are lots of recipes that use them, but the one from my wife's family is awesome. (We usually double the quantities) This will fill a 12-15 lb turkey... 2 one-pound boxes of milk crackers, 1 lb bacon, 6 large granny smith apples, 6 large onions, poultry seasoning. Celery was part of the original but we leave it out. Fry the bacon and put drippings aside. Peel & chop up the onions and apples, Crush up the crackers (I use an OSTER with the largest dicer blade for everything, crackers, onions and apples). Mix all together in a bowl and add bacon drippings (hey, it grossed me out the first time too, but you won't believe how good this is!) Season with poultry seasoning to taste.(we use about 2-3 TBSP). The sweetness of the apples against the oinion and bacon flavor make for an incredible taste.

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                                                                  mlaiuppa Dec 30, 2007 06:07 PM

                                                                  I'm working on a recipe. I've got an old box and between that and a recipe I found for "common crackers" I'm hoping to come up with something. My Mother is working on it too. I have to make my own diastatic malt first as I couldn't find a local supplier. Try your hand at it: http://www.laiuppa.com/mary/recipes/m...

                                                                  I've also registered at kraft.com specifically so I could leave a post regarding Royal Lunch Milk Crackers. I did a search and they weren't mentioned once in the entire members community. I find that hard to believe. Unless they're removing posts with any mention of RLMC.

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                                                                    vvvindaloo Dec 30, 2007 06:13 PM

                                                                    kudos to you for all of your efforts, mlaiuppa. and good luck.

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                                                                  janet eaton Nov 15, 2006 10:58 PM

                                                                  I have used royal lunch milk crackers for over 30 years to make stuffing, now I can't find them anywhere, have also learned that they were discontinued. Maybe an idea would be to make them around Thanksgiving time only for the people who use them for holidays. I would be willing to buy a case at a time. Please don't wreck the holidays for those of us that grew up on this product.

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                                                                    umhmmihearu Nov 17, 2006 11:20 PM

                                                                    This is a catastrophe! Making stuffing with Royal Lunch has been a tradition in my family for generations. We have shared the recipe with others who have also used it year after year. Nothing else seems to work as well. Ditto - "Please don't wreck the holidays for those of us that grew up on this product".
                                                                    The idea of making them around holiday time is great!

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                                                                    alithsdau Nov 17, 2006 02:13 AM

                                                                    I too am deeply disappointed with Nabisco for dropping Royal Lunch ... if Nabisco had sent them to stores across the country I doubt they would have found them unprofitable. My family has used them for many years in poultry stuffing with salt, eggs, lightly carmalized onion and boiling water or chicken stock. It was delisious and my grandmothers were using it over 80 years ago. What is available is not the same and I will be contacting Nabisco also. I hope this outcry will help.

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                                                                      nasusha Nov 18, 2006 03:20 PM

                                                                      I too was very disappointed with the discontinuation of the Milk Crackers & I too received replys from Nabisco. They're sorry but - bottom line is it was not a big seller - so there are no plans to revive it. However, I used unsalted saltines in the recipe yesterday & I have to say that it is really good. So try it - it's better than stopping the tradition of the loaf stuffing. Let me know what you think.

                                                                      Happy Thanksgiving to you all.

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                                                                        engnrsrule Nov 19, 2006 10:40 PM

                                                                        OK Royal Lunch Fans - On a lark I went into an international food market called Grand Mart in the DC area and found a product called Cream Crackers. They are surprisingly similar to Milk crackers, except that they are square and seem like they are baked maybe a little longer, and much heartier than saltine or soda crackers. Bought enough to test this TG and will report on how they turned out. For anyone who wants to try them they are packaged in clear cellophane with a blue label, though their website shows different packaging. I will email a picture of the package to anyone who replies to this post. They are made by SHOON FATT BISCUIT COMPANY of Malaysia. www.shoonfattbiscuit.com, sales@shoonfattbiscuit.com. Try the supermarkets in your area that specialize in Asian food products. Only $1.49 for a 1 lb package!

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                                                                          tpoe Nov 23, 2006 04:23 PM

                                                                          Please let me know how these crackers compare to the Royal Lunch. Thanks so much!

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                                                                            engnrsrule Nov 27, 2006 11:06 PM

                                                                            SUCCESS! The Malaysian Cream Crackers worked great. I was very satisfied with the results and could not tell a difference from the original royal lunch. See my November 19 post for details.

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                                                                            cathodetube Sep 21, 2009 01:23 AM

                                                                            I just posted above saying they looked like Rich Tea Biscuits. From what you are saying they are like Jacobs Cream Crackers in the UK. Supermarkets have their own brands. They are also sold in mixed pack of biscuits for cheese. You could probably get them in Canada.

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                                                                            nincyh Nov 19, 2006 11:44 PM

                                                                            These look very similar to "Uneeda Biscuits" (Kraft, Nabisco) which I'd describe as a thick, bland hard cracker, tasted a bit like a thick unsalted oyster cracker. Also very good for upset tummies, holds butter nicely, and is a substantial cracker that doesn't crumble away. I don't think of it as sweet but I read here that Royal Lunch only hinted at sweet - contained no sugar. I'd imagine they'd absorb milk well.

                                                                            We used to stock these in a hospital that I worked with for many years.

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                                                                              jckoza Nov 20, 2006 04:41 PM

                                                                              I just spoke to Nabisco and logged my complaint with the number 1-800-323-0768. I was told there were no plans on reviving the crackers even for the seasons. I was however told about Crown Pilot crackers by the person who answered. I am the 4th generation daughter-in-law to be handed this holiday recipe. I have located 1 box of Mrs. Allison's Milk Lunch cracker in the meantime. Need a second box of something and I am sad to know yhe family recipie eill never be the same. Good luck in your holiday plans.

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                                                                                bigval Nov 20, 2006 05:04 PM

                                                                                After searching over 4-5 grocery stores for the Royal Lunch Milk Crackers, for my Lithuanian stuffing, and not finding them, my husband suggested that I look on the Internet, for where I could buy them. Am I surprised, upset, and puzzled, as to how I can make this centuries old recipe, without the "royal lunch", the purple box crackers!! I know from experience, that no other brand will do!! Recently, our local paper, the Hartford Courant, Hartford, CT., asked for Thanksgiving stuffing recipes. I happily wrote in, telling them the hisory of this recipe, from my mom. I specifically stated, to use "the purple box" milk crackers, and that the readers would know which brand. How sad I am now, that they might look for the Royal Lunch, and not find them, as I did. I know that my grandparents, and great grandparents used them also. It's funny how such a simple thing, but tradition, can be upsetting. Thanks for listening, val :)

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                                                                                  lfrrn Nov 20, 2006 09:28 PM

                                                                                  Hi Val, just discovered chowhound.com as I was searching for Royal lunch milk crackers futilely. Like you I use them for a lithuanian stuffing that my family has made for generations and am not sure what I am going to do this year. I was curious about your particular recipe as you are the only one who mentioned it as a lithuanian recipe. Mine is very simple with scalded milk, butter eggs and crushed crackers. I think I am going to try the uneeda biscuit, it's not the same but the consistency of the cracker is very similar. I told my hubby but will not say anything to my kids(until after the fact) and see if they taste the difference. I would love to see your recipe. Look forward to hearing from you and Happy Thanksgiving. Linda

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                                                                                  jckoza Nov 21, 2006 01:35 AM

                                                                                  Hi, I wrote a few hours back and have done some research and shopping since then. First of all call Nabisco and complain, they said they have no plans to bring the Royal Lunch back even seasonally. 1-800-323-0768. Yesterday I bought a box of Mrs Allison's Milk Lunch, our recipe uses two boxes of Royal Lunch, so I still needed more. I have since bought two boxes of Uneeda bisquit (these are smaller packages). I do have to say that I like the Uneeda biquit better. They too are made by Nabisco, so no telling how long they will remain on the shelves. Nabisco mentioned substituting with Crown Pilot crackers, these are chowder crackers. Nabisco did pull these in the past and with a lot of hard work they are back. Shame on Nabisco for killing so many regional favorites. I found a website that chronicles the Crown Pilot. http://www.chebeague.org/crownpilot.html
                                                                                  On this site there was a particular letter that we can all use to utilize bringing the Royal Lunch back and keep our family traditions alive. Go to the site and read the Comments and Letters section for some actual letters that may have helped bring another cracker back to the shelves. Good luck all.

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                                                                                    Tat2Fan Nov 21, 2006 03:42 AM

                                                                                    Thats a bummer My Mom gave them to me as a child....And Now I Am trying to return the favor.....I hope they re-think discontinuing them........

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                                                                                      alithsdau Nov 21, 2006 04:52 PM

                                                                                      I posted a few days back and now I just called Nabisco and spoke my bit. I asked them to consider selling the recipe to a smaller baking company if they were not going to produce them anymore. My grandparents were from Lithuania and the stuffing they made was with Royal Lunch Crackers starting over 60 years ago. I am going to experiment using the other brand milk cracker, which is much sweeter than Royal Lunch was,and perhaps the crown or uneeda biscuits.

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                                                                                        wordnerd331 Nov 21, 2006 05:29 PM

                                                                                        I found out about this over the weekend...bad timing for Thanksgiving! My mom and I both use these crackers for our Thanksgiving stuffing (my late nana's recipe), so I was very disappointed to learn of their demise. When I lived in San Francisco, my mother would ship me a few boxes just before Thanksgiving. Anyway, I found a milk cracker made by the "Market Basket" grocery chain in the Boston area...might be an option for those who live in SE New England. The crackers are smaller and thinner than the RL ones, so we'll see how it turns out on Thursday.

                                                                                        I also emailed Nabisco/Kraft yesterday and plan to follow up with a "real" letter...for what it's worth.

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                                                                                          dobiedots Nov 21, 2006 06:03 PM

                                                                                          I just found out! OH NO, NO, NO, NO. I love my Royal Lunch crackers!! They always brought back memories of me & mom at the kitchen table, when I got home from school..munching away and chatting. And they tasted just as good 45 years later! This is devastating news, esp. since I found out that MOOvers Egg Nog is no longer sold on the East Coast! I've lost 2 of my favorites. I wrote to Kraft, not that it will do much good, but maybe, just maybe if enough people write they would make them again, even if just as a seasonal item. There is no replacement for Royal Lunch Milk Crackers. ...in memorium

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                                                                                            Hollish Nov 22, 2006 03:33 AM

                                                                                            how sad. I went to 5 stores today looking for these so I could make my grandma's stuffing (side note-she was Lithuanian!) When I bought my first house 9 years ago I got Thanksgiving as my holiday. I've always been so proud to make her stuffing. Even if she couldnt be here with us, it felt like she was. This truly is a very sad day. Almost like losing another part of grandma...

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                                                                                              Nohmah Nov 22, 2006 03:18 PM

                                                                                              It's a very sad day indeed. I've been experiencing this stuffing for 30 years now, first through my parents / grandparents, and making it on my own now for 10 and this will be my first Thanksgiving that I can remember w/o this stuffing. I have friends and in-laws that look forward to this every year, what do I do? There is no other milk cracker on the market. Mrs. Alison? Can't find it, but I will be checking Whole Foods when I get out of work. I'm distraught, I can't imagine a year w/o this stuffing. I'll check out the market basket variety and post back if it worked over then next day or so. /bummed

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                                                                                              jenandjoel Nov 22, 2006 07:16 PM

                                                                                              I have been using these crackers for 52 years and making stuffing with them. They are so good and nothing can compare. Please help get these back for holidays. Thanks.

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                                                                                                frankk Nov 23, 2006 02:24 AM

                                                                                                We just stuffed our turkey with the last boxes of Royal Lunch Crackers from our stash. They have been the basis of our family stuffing since before my 58 years. I wasn't aware that it was a Lithuanian stuffing but my grandparents were also Lithuanian. We are transplanted to Pennsylvania from Connecticut where the recipe started. We have bought on line, on vacation...whenever we were in a different location we would check the local stores...this is a disaster for a loved tradition. My grandchildren now "love" Nana's stuffing. I'll let you know how Allisons work at Christmas...but tomorrow we are going to enjoy the last of the Royal Lunch Cracker stuffing.
                                                                                                I will email, call and write Nabisco also.

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                                                                                                  CarolSven Nov 23, 2006 03:25 AM

                                                                                                  I am devastated by Nabisco's decision about Royal Lunch Crackers. My mother died this year and I am facing the first holiday season without her. I intended to stuff the turkey with our family's tradiitonal lunch cracker stuffing (we're Lithuanian too), and I could not believe I couldn't get them. As someone said earlier, I lost my mother recently and now it's like I lost another part of her by not being able to make her stuffing (my absolutely favorite thing that she cooked). I emailed Nabisco (they haven't responded yet) and I don't intend to give up! I'm working on a longer complaint letter. It's not about profit only - it is an ingredient that's essential to many traditional recipes. I bought the Mrs. Alison's lunch crackers as my only choice and I agree with previous comments - they're terrible. Don't taste nearly the same, and it's the flavor that made all the difference. Please everyone - keep the pressure on Nabisco until they bring them back!

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                                                                                                    REY Nov 23, 2006 04:13 AM

                                                                                                    I looked on "halfvalue.com" and they are listing this product (Royal Lunch Milk) for $3.99.

                                                                                                    Let me know if this works out when you try to order them.

                                                                                                    Thanks!

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                                                                                                      wordnerd331 Nov 27, 2006 03:50 PM

                                                                                                      I just wanted to report that the milk crackers from "Market Basket" were a decent substitute for my stuffing recipe last week...good thing, too, b/c I couldn't find any other milk crackers in any of the grocery stores around Boston (and I tried most of them...Star, Shaw's, Stop'n'Shop, Whole Foods...).

                                                                                                      Because these crackers are a bit smaller than RL, I used 2 1/2 boxes (instead of 2) and that seemed to be about the right proportion for the recipe. But, I am still holding out hope that they might bring RL crackers back at holiday time if they hear from enough people...so keep writing to Nabisco/Kraft!

                                                                                                      Happy holidays!

                                                                                                      1. MeffaBabe Nov 27, 2006 07:24 PM

                                                                                                        If you contact the vermont country store and ask them to try supplying them you may be able to get them. The vermont country store carries tons of nostalgic foods/products that have all been discontinued at one time. May be worth the try.

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                                                                                                          engnrsrule Nov 27, 2006 11:15 PM

                                                                                                          For those who might not look back - I used the SHOON FATT malaysian cream crackers and they worked fine. I found these in an Asian/International supermarket (see post of 11/19). I think they are closer to RL than the Mrs Allisons type, and better than soda crackers, Uneeda, or other substitutes we've tried.

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                                                                                                            filmcon Nov 29, 2006 12:31 PM

                                                                                                            Thank heavens I'm not alone in this sad situation. I have been returning to Cape Cod every Thanksgiving for many years and have always loaded up on my Royal Lunch milk crackers to take back to Pennsylvania. They're great with peanut butter which I have enjoyed for 70 years. I'll call those numbers I found in some of these email listings (800-323-0768 & 847-646-2000) and see what happens. If there is a "group voice" developed, please add me! - filmcon

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                                                                                                              MariaT Nov 30, 2006 04:26 PM

                                                                                                              My sister did find some milk crackers....Mrs. Allison's. She found them at Shaw's Market. They are not as thick as Royal Lunch....but almost the same taste. They worked for stuffing!
                                                                                                              Maria

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                                                                                                                Nancy Frink Galos Dec 7, 2006 06:48 PM

                                                                                                                I didn't know the milk crackers I crave (w/blueberries and milk) were missed by so many people! It was my favorite after-school snack in the '50's. I've been searching for them for many years.
                                                                                                                Today I decided to check the web, and found this site. Well, I did call the number on the above post. Hope it helps!
                                                                                                                Nancy in San Diego, CA

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                                                                                                                  dalleg Dec 12, 2006 12:17 PM

                                                                                                                  i can't believe that no-one has mentioned dunking the Royal lunches in coffee!!!
                                                                                                                  This was my breakfast at Grandma's as a child. Of course with 3 teaspoons of sugar added

                                                                                                                  Have tried the mrs Allison's... ok, but not like the "purple box"

                                                                                                                  Dave A New York

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                                                                                                                    dobiedots Dec 20, 2006 01:06 PM

                                                                                                                    You're right Dave A New York!! That's the only way I know how to eat them!! Must be a New York thing! NY kids are raised on coffee..hahahhahaha!

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                                                                                                                    Parris Dec 16, 2006 01:59 AM

                                                                                                                    I, as well, am outraged that I cannot make my stuffing with the Royal Lunch milk crackers any longer. But, I did go on both the Nabisco and Kraft web sites, and it was very easy to write them both letters, just find the "contact us" button, and it brings you to a screen, where you can send them an email....which I did. I hope you guys do, too. You never know, it might help.

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                                                                                                                      mgunther726 Dec 20, 2006 03:57 AM

                                                                                                                      I'm 31 years old
                                                                                                                      6'4" tall and 260lbs.
                                                                                                                      and, like many of the other postings, am saddened to hear of Nabisco's choice to discontinue Royal Lunch.

                                                                                                                      This was something my Nana and I would share when I had trouble falling to sleep as a child.(A bowl of crushed crackers covered in milk).

                                                                                                                      And after my Nana passed away 7 years ago... Royal Lunch was always a comfort food that brought back all those wonderful memories when life was simple.

                                                                                                                      Being from Boston, my Aunt would always bring a small shipment or so with each visit. I guess its the end of an era.

                                                                                                                      Here I thought I was the only one eating them.

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                                                                                                                        Parris Dec 21, 2006 02:02 PM

                                                                                                                        I found a website that you can order the Mrs. Alison's Milk Lunch Crackers - I ordered 4 boxes - just in time to make my stuffing this Christmas. It's Famousfoods.com You can order these crackers there, and they are absolutely the same as the Royal Lunch, only a bit thinner. My mother also found them in Stop and Shop in Boston, and they are supposedly at Shaw's Markets in Boston. She said they were really up high on a top shelf, and she had to get help to bring them down. They are made by the same company that makes Parmalat Milk - I hope this helps you guys with your Stuffing Recipes!!!!

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                                                                                                                          filmcon Dec 22, 2006 01:35 PM

                                                                                                                          I took your advice and went to that web site and ordered three boxes of Mrs. Allison's crackers; there's a sale if you order three. Can't wait to see how they compare to the beloved Royal Lunch! Thanks for the link.

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                                                                                                                            Len Jackson Dec 31, 2006 12:17 AM

                                                                                                                            While shopping at my supermarket in Florida some time back I reached on the shelf for one of the last remaining boxes of my favorite Royal Lunch Crackers. A woman next to me reached for her box right after and we both started to laugh. We immediately struck up a conversation about these wonderful crackers and the memories they brought up. We had had similar stories. I started eating Royal Lunch as a kid living in CT during the 50s. Mom would prepare a large bowl of hot cocoa and I would be in my glory breaking the crackers into it, and slurping up the mess with a soup spoon. Coming from an Italian background we named this delicasy "zuppa". Throughout my childhood and on into adulthood I would enjoy my zuppa for breakfast at times, or a snack at others, or, if I was too lazy too cook, it might even be dinner. The crackers themselves became known to us as "zuppa crackers". When I had two daughters of my own I passed on the zuppa tradition. And in recent years I introudced it to my two granddaughters. "Pop Pop, make us zuppa!" Now I can't do it any longer. Four generations have enjoyed Royal Lunch Crackers in bowls of hot cocoa. Shame on Nabisco for ending tradition for so many people. Shame on them.

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                                                                                                                              filmcon Dec 31, 2006 01:24 PM

                                                                                                                              Some time back a person in this email exchange had psoted Nabisco telephone numbers that I called. One of them, I can't remember which one, was very good to talk to and noted my complaint with Nabisco. (800-323-0768 & 847-646-2000)

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                                                                                                                                freshwater_Yardie89 Jan 5, 2007 04:23 PM

                                                                                                                                i thought it was a rumor going around about the discontinuance of this product. eastcoaster here and i've been looking for these crackers for the past several months. the manager at the supermarket where i frequent kept telling me they were discontinued, but i said to myself he didn't know what he was talking about. just last week i went looking on the shelf again and i did the same thing another blogger said she did... i stood across from the shelf in the spot where the Royals should have been for about 20 minutes hoping they would appear. i was too tickled 'and' surprised when i read someone else did the same thing as i did.

                                                                                                                                i started researching using the internet, couldn't remember the name full name of this product (i kept calling them Royal Crown), then accidentially came across something of some familiarity on the internet (sometimes a wonderfult tool) and bingo, was directed to this site -- thank u thank u thank u -- because of this site, it then occurred to me that Royal Lunch Milk Crackers were really discontinued -- OMG!!

                                                                                                                                yes i called Nabisco to lodge my complaint and they have recorded it. what do they mean by it wasn't selling??? hello -- try new marketing pitches -- with all the excellent propensities this product has to offer -- a real 'natural' food [dang -- that's the pitch right there -- anybody uses it, i want my royalties :D).

                                                                                                                                lastly, has a site been directed to kraft/nabisco to petition bringing this product back? i'm very interested in placing my name on it -- yes, i have called the company to voice my opinion -- but whatever helps the cause, i'm ready to do it.

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                                                                                                                                  jbmartell Jan 16, 2007 03:29 PM

                                                                                                                                  http://www.purity.nf.ca/products.htm
                                                                                                                                  Here is a web site for a similar product in Newfoundland.

                                                                                                                                  I used it for my Thanksgiving stuffing and it is a perfect replacement.

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                                                                                                                                    buckeyeleaf Jan 17, 2007 12:15 AM

                                                                                                                                    The Purity products mentioned above look very promising. Milk Lunch Crackers and other goodies galore... But no mail order!! Maybe VCS or another online store could be persuaded to sell them.

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                                                                                                                                    Rosalie Jan 19, 2007 01:17 AM

                                                                                                                                    Please post my comment on Royal Lunch, I'm very disappointed that Kraft has chosen to discontinue this great product.

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                                                                                                                                      Gordon D. King Jan 20, 2007 03:27 PM

                                                                                                                                      As a native of New Hampshire I was very sad to learn that Royal lunch crackers were discontinued. They were a standard in my household. I started eating them as a child more than 60 years ago. I always broke them up and put them in a bowl with a little milk. I did send an e-mail to Kraft. I plan to follow up with a telephone call. Maybe if a lot of people do, they will get the hint and start making them again.

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                                                                                                                                        Gordon D. King Jan 24, 2007 03:47 PM

                                                                                                                                        Since my first posting i have found a cracker which is very close to Roytal Lunch crackers.
                                                                                                                                        Market Basket store has what they call New England Lunch milk crackers. They are a bit thinner than the Royal Lunch crackers but have the same taste. I bought some today and they are very good. Market Basket has stores in NH and Mass.

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                                                                                                                                          Judith alexandre Jan 30, 2007 04:55 PM

                                                                                                                                          I"m not Lithuanian and I didn't know people used Royal Lunch Milk Crackers in stuffing recipes, but I ate them for years topped with soft butter accompanied by tea with milk and sugar. Especially delightful on cold New England winter afternoons. For quite some time it has been impossible to find them here in So. CA since Keebler stormed in and kicked them and Mallowmars off the shelves, but I could stock up on trips back East. Now to my dismay while searching on the Internet, I find that they have been discontinued. I have tried Mrs. Allison"s from Famous Foods,but they just don't cut it. I will call and e-mail Kraft Foods. It's worth a try.

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                                                                                                                                            kharrin123 Feb 7, 2007 01:24 PM

                                                                                                                                            I am heartbroken that Nabisco has stopped making Royal Lunch Milk Crackers. As a preschooler in the early 1960's, my great-grandmother would have "tea and tea crackers" with me. My tea was mostly milk, but we would dunk the crackers and enjoy the tastiest of times together. She died when I was eight, but I will never forget the love and friendship and the way the "teas" made me feel very grown up. My career takes me all over the country and it's not unusual that I cannot always find Royal Lunch Milk Crackers on the store shelf. So, my family and friends would mail me boxes of crackers when I was going through tough times or on the mend. They are my favorite comfort food. Is there anyplace to buy them on line?

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                                                                                                                                              sbaker Feb 8, 2007 05:20 AM

                                                                                                                                              You can order the Newfoundland Purity products at doryload.com. I think you'll find the milk lunch biscuits a good replacement.

                                                                                                                                              If you place an order, try the lemon creams. They are amazing with afternoon tea.

                                                                                                                                              1. Pat Hammond Feb 8, 2007 05:55 AM

                                                                                                                                                Thank you, SBaker. I'm ordering a box of the round milk lunch biscuits. They surely seem to be very close to the Royal Lunch. Pat

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                                                                                                                                                  swlaw1 Feb 17, 2007 01:04 AM

                                                                                                                                                  I was born and raised in Williamsport, PA. As a child (I am now 61), I spent many of my weekends with my maternal grandparents and somewhere around age 7 - 8, my grandfather introduced me to a breakfast dish he referred to as "cracker soup" or "coffee soup". Basically, he would take a cereal bowl and place about a cup of black hot coffee (instant or brewed, it didn't matter) in the bowl. He would then break up 8 - 9 Royal Lunch crackers into the coffee, add sugar and milk, and that was something that replaced cereal. I absolutely loved it. When my kids reached that age, I introduced them to it and they loved it as well. When I moved to CA at age 31, I couldn't find them so I had friends ship them to me from PA. Later, I got them through a website. Then, they were gone.

                                                                                                                                                  Given today's craze for coffee, I would be willing to bet a substantial amount of money that had Nabisco done some advertising along this line, this alone would have generated enough business to keep the product alive. I contacted Nabisco months ago to complaint but it appeared to be useless.

                                                                                                                                                  Kent

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                                                                                                                                                    poeticjustice411 Feb 26, 2007 03:50 PM

                                                                                                                                                    This is a great Idea this site. I copied the letter and emailed to nabisco/kraft. I have been looking for these crackers for months. I Hope this works.

                                                                                                                                                    1. Greg B Mar 18, 2007 12:34 PM

                                                                                                                                                      I bought a box of Hamilton Milk Lunch crackers the other day, made by Purity in Newfoundland and I assume the same cracker that they package under their own brand. I'm not sure of the origin of the Hamilton brand name.

                                                                                                                                                      My recollection of the Nabisco Milk Lunch is only from when I was a kid, and these seem similar though possibly not identical. I seem to recall that the Nabisco version had more of a "glaze" on the surface than these do. However, I think the taste is very close.

                                                                                                                                                      I bought mine at Sobeys here and I did find a couple of online sources, but their prices are ridiculous. I paid $2.50 Cdn for mine and I have seen them offered online for $7.99. I ought to buy a case and sell them on eBay!!!

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                                                                                                                                                        jmworth Mar 20, 2007 08:08 PM

                                                                                                                                                        HI PAT - YES WE TOO ARE DISAPPOINTED, HOWEVER WE HAVE FOUND A GREAT SUB: MRS. ALISON'S NEW ENGLAND MILK LUNCH BISCIUTS. THEY ARE SOMEWHAT THINNER, BUT SAME TASTE. MADE BY ARCHWAY CO., BATTLE CREEK, MI 49017. TELL YPUR GROCER TO STOCK THEM IN. JOHN WORTHINGTON , NH

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                                                                                                                                                          naujadiena Mar 23, 2007 12:40 PM

                                                                                                                                                          I really wanted to try and find a substitute for the Royal Lunch milk crackers for my 86 year old mother, who's been quite ill. I sent her a box of the Mrs. Allison's biscuits, but mom echoed whoever it was who said "feh". She didn't care for them at all. I shall continue the search for a decent substitute.
                                                                                                                                                          By the way, I'm 100% Lithuanian and I've never heard of that milk cracker stuffing.

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                                                                                                                                                            naujadiena Mar 25, 2007 03:00 PM

                                                                                                                                                            Today I found Heritage Mills Classic Lunch Milk Crackers, made by Purity in Newfoundland, Canada. The taste seems right to me, though they're thinner. The true test will come when I send them on to mom.
                                                                                                                                                            If you have "The Christmas Tree Shops" in your area, New England and now down in to New Jersey, you might find them there. I got mine at the Portland ME store, $1.69 a box.

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                                                                                                                                                              ycolon56 Mar 29, 2007 12:11 PM

                                                                                                                                                              Mrs. Allison's is close-just got them today-about the same taste but thinner-I also like splitting them-I always ate them just by themselves and then had lots of water. They are one of my warm memories when I got home from school. Would love to see them back on the market-I will use them for stuffing this year-had never thought of that. Keep it up and hopefully Nabisco/Kraft will get it.

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                                                                                                                                                                alicj116 Jun 14, 2007 11:28 AM

                                                                                                                                                                Hey - Does anyone know where I can buy Mrs. Allison's Milk Crackers? I love on Long Island, NY. Thanks!

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                                                                                                                                                              marymarywv Nov 22, 2007 08:35 PM

                                                                                                                                                              I'm 100% lithuanian and have not missed a year of my life without that stuffing . I have called nabisco too and got the same that they are dicontinued , so what choice we got is to go to another brand and i find mrs alisons as close as i can find to the original . so i will support that brand and the heck with nabisco, My stuffing was as good as it has been for years using another brand . Nabiscos lost

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                                                                                                                                                            cmhanisco Mar 31, 2007 07:19 AM

                                                                                                                                                            I want to thank all of you for posting. My great grandmother was from northern Italy and although I never met her I grew up on her homemade 3-cheese ravioli that was cooked in chicken broth (no tomato sauce for these ravioli! The delicate flavors would be overwhelmed). A key ingredient in the filling was Nabisco Royal Lunch Milk Crackers! I have always wondered whether she created this recipe after coming to the U.S. or did she use a different ingredient when in Italy. Unfortunately, that is a question that will never be answered.

                                                                                                                                                            When my grandmother (her daughter-in-law) was a young bride she taught her how to make the ravioli. She didn't speak English, so this was a hands-on lesson. Since then my grandmother taught the next generation, and now my sister & I have taken on the tradition. The purple box was a big part of the tradition, as my grandmother would use the empty boxes to pack & freeze the ravioli after they were made. She would make dozens and dozens - enough for everyone to enjoy at Christmas dinner. The rest she would package in the purple box and send them home with each of her children's families to freeze & enjoy on another day.

                                                                                                                                                            Unfortunately, since lives these days are a bit different years tend to go by between this cherished ritual. The last time my sister & I made them she didn't have children and I was in law school (1999). Now we've decided to make them for Easter dinner (this may be grandma's last) and no purple boxes to be found.

                                                                                                                                                            I greatly appreciate all the suggestions for alternatives and am glad to hear at least some of you found your Thanksgiving & Christmas traditional recipes were not ruined by these substitutes. I will be looking for some of them this week to use for Easter. It may not be the same, but at least we can keep the traditions going for our children.

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                                                                                                                                                              edgy Apr 1, 2007 01:40 PM

                                                                                                                                                              My dear grandmother was from Northern Italy as well. Any way you could share the ravioli recipe? I read all the entries and agree - there's really nothing like a Royal Lunch. I SAVED the box because I knew it was probably the last box I would get. My dad, 89, LOVES them and I'm looking for them for him. I'll try some of the other suggestions. . thanks. Will also call to complain. Marketing is crazy if they don't respond to a seasonal come back of this product.

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                                                                                                                                                                LindaWhit Apr 1, 2007 04:14 PM

                                                                                                                                                                What an absolutely WONDERFUL family food heritage you have, cm! And a wonderful thing to pass down to your children - hope the raviolis are just as wonderful as you and your family remembered, even with the subbed ingredient!

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                                                                                                                                                                  Just got a call here in Massachusetts from the Arizona branch of the family: mom was not feeling well and daughter futilely hit the markets looking for the venerable cure-all, Royal Lunch Milk Crackers! In a panic, she called us asking if we could send an emergency shipment. Sadly, we had to report our experience of checking markets across the state. I ended up a few weeks ago in the cracker aisle at Stop & Shop in Dennis with my father. We, like a couple of you, stared at the shelves, willing them to appear. No luck, but the Nabisco rep. was there and offered up the "substitute," which my husband and I had tried in desperation months ago. There is no substitute for RL if you eat them with milk and sugar for their unique taste and texture! The rep. suggested, as many of you have and have done, that we pull a Crown Pilot. Thanks to your advice, I've already emailed Nabisco and will follow up with a call and letter. Will also forward this site and Nabisco contact info to like-minded RL fans. Your posts were poignant and made me feel more hopeful. May the force be with us as we seek to maintain beloved traditions from a corporation. I wonder if RL was making money, just not enough, in a world driven to ever larger profit margins. Let's all keep trying for the RL revival!

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                                                                                                                                                                Harryf Apr 18, 2007 11:13 AM

                                                                                                                                                                Good news! FamousFoods.com has a milk cracker that tastes every bit as good as Royal lunch. The crackers are just a litter smaller and half as thick as out old favorite but after eating a few I felt like it tasted exactly the same. I bought three boxes for $16.74 including shipping and I highly recommend them. (I get no commision from them). I think a single box (12.3 Oz) is about $4-$5. As far as I am concerned the thinner cracker actually seems more enjoyable than my old favorite. Of course I don't use them for stuffings so I wouldn't know about that! Happy chowing down! If you like them I wouldn't mind hearing about it. i am Harry_f@earthlink.net Cheers!

                                                                                                                                                                1. chefbec Apr 19, 2007 09:10 AM

                                                                                                                                                                  I found the Purity Milk Lunch crackers (the round ones) at my local Canadian grocery store. They taste like the Royal Lunch MIlk crackers only they are thinner and a bit more flaky in texture. So if anyone is planning a trip into Canada this may be something to try and locate while you're visiting.

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                                                                                                                                                                    rspff Jun 30, 2007 11:10 AM

                                                                                                                                                                    Hi all!

                                                                                                                                                                    I just ordered 4 boxes of "Milk Lunch Crackers" from Famous Foods at Harryf's suggestion .. $4.49 a box plus $5.25 shipping, $22.55 total.

                                                                                                                                                                    Will report back with results,

                                                                                                                                                                    Russ

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                                                                                                                                                                      camille smith Nov 25, 2007 04:44 PM

                                                                                                                                                                      Russ I just ordered 3 boxes, I hope I can dip em in my coffee soon. Will report back results.

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                                                                                                                                                                        kellie129 Mar 5, 2010 09:49 AM

                                                                                                                                                                        I always loved Royal Milk Crackers in my coffee. I thought I was the only one that still used them for that. My grandmother, who was Portuguese, made coffee and crackers for me since I was about 10. I was just craving them the other day and could not find them in any store near where I live(North Carolina) I am originally from Rhode Island, but moved to NC in 2003. I have missed these crackers and I am devastated that they have been discontinued. I went to site for Famous Foods Milk Crackers and I think I am going to order me a box and see how they taste. I hope they taste the same, because I need to curb this craving for coffee and crackers.
                                                                                                                                                                        Do you know the website for the Mrs. Allison's Milk Lunch New England Biscuits? I couldnt find it anywhere but I noticed these crackers have been mentioned in this blog.
                                                                                                                                                                        I hope these taste close enough to satisfy my taste buds.

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                                                                                                                                                                    HILDA1954 Jul 3, 2007 12:14 PM

                                                                                                                                                                    I WORKED AT INTERBAKE FOODS IN ELIZEBETH NJ FOR 17 YRS BEFORE THEY M OVE TO VIRGINIA WE PACKAGED ROYAL LUNC MILK CRACKERS THEY WERE MY DADS FAVORITE CRACKERS AND HES 88 YRS TOMORROW

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                                                                                                                                                                      rspff Jul 5, 2007 07:52 AM

                                                                                                                                                                      Hi again:

                                                                                                                                                                      n Harryf's suggestion, I ordered 4 boxes of "Milk Lunch" Crackers from:

                                                                                                                                                                      http://www.famousfoods.com/p-milk.html

                                                                                                                                                                      Harry is correct, they taste exactly like Nabisco's Royal Lunch Crackers !!

                                                                                                                                                                      They were $4.29 a box and shipping was $5.00 and change. Got them in three days from New Bedford, MA.

                                                                                                                                                                      Enjoy,

                                                                                                                                                                      Russ

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                                                                                                                                                                        chompie Sep 10, 2007 09:41 PM

                                                                                                                                                                        Just saw Milk Lunch biscuits when doing a Peapod order for Stop and Shop that said "LU' brand but when we got them, they were Mrs. Allisons! Just tried one and they are great! Definitely thinner than the old Nabisco ones, and I think a bit sweeter, flakier and softer than I remember, but I am very happy with them so far. It reminds me of a cross between Uneeda, Ritz and shortbread, but definitetly a cracker not a cookie. So I guess you can just get them at Stop and Shop now! and the box is really nice and old fashioned looking too.

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                                                                                                                                                                          edmich Sep 19, 2007 09:49 AM

                                                                                                                                                                          I just purchased Mrs. Allisons from the Vermont Country Store catalog.
                                                                                                                                                                          I had used Nabisco Lunch Crackers for the past 40 years in various stuffing recipes. I made meatless stuffed peppers last night from my grandama's recipe from when meat was rashoned and could not tell the difference.they are thinner and a bid more buttery but well worth the effort. I make a thanksgiving stuffing and I think they will be fine.

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                                                                                                                                                                            trishy Sep 19, 2007 06:45 PM

                                                                                                                                                                            I grew up in New England enjoying Nabisco Milk Lunch crackers for snacking, and my mother used it in a stuffing recipe. I looked for it on the shelves in Florida (lived there over 20 years and used to find them there) while visiting this summer because I could not find them out here in Utah. No luck. I did not know that they had been discontinued. I have used the crackers for casseroles, etc. and nothing else tastes the same. I guess I will have to try one of the substitutes mentioned above. Speaking of stuffing recipes, maybe one of you can tell me how to make a New England stuffing for a turkey that I can remember included saugage, Bell's Seasoning, Milk Crackers and onion. I do not remember proportions. My mother is now gone, as well as my sister who had the recipe. Thanks!

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                                                                                                                                                                              carolpb Sep 26, 2007 04:09 PM

                                                                                                                                                                              I live in Vermont and my mother lives with us - she is in Hospice. There is very little that she can eat and Royal Lunch Crackers was one of the things that she loved, and so I was heartsick when they discontinued them. So I searched around and found a substitute that she actually enjoys even more. They are Mrs. Alison's Milk Lunch Crackers..you can find them on the East Coast in Shaw's Supermarkets. However, our local store renovated their space and discontinued them!!! So I went to a website and found them - I wrote to them and here is their reply.

                                                                                                                                                                              "Thank you for your inquiry and patience! Mrs. Alison's Milk Lunch Crackers are now in stock; please feel free to order at your convenience. We look forward to serving you soon! www.hometownfavorites.com"

                                                                                                                                                                              So you can order them online or find them in another store...good luck....

                                                                                                                                                                              Carol

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                                                                                                                                                                                carolpb Sep 28, 2007 09:20 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                This is Carol again (same as above). I wrote to Kraft a week ago regarding Royal Lunch Crackers and this is the reply I received. Carol

                                                                                                                                                                                "Hi Carol,

                                                                                                                                                                                Thank you for visiting http://www.kraftfoods.com/ and for your interest in

                                                                                                                                                                                ROYAL LUNCH Milk Crackers.

                                                                                                                                                                                It's great to hear from consumers who are looking for our products because it lets us know how much you enjoy them. The tough part comes when we have to share the news that the product you're trying to find has been discontinued.

                                                                                                                                                                                If products don't seem to be popular with our consumers, and demand starts to drop, a decision is made to discontinue the item. Once this decision is made, we stop making the product and the remaining supply is shipped from our warehouse to the grocery stores. Unfortunately we do not have any information about which stores may still have our discontinued products in stock.

                                                                                                                                                                                At this time there are no plans to bring back our discontinued products, but we are always cooking up something new to help you live and eat better so you may discover a new favorite!

                                                                                                                                                                                Again, thanks for contacting us, and I hope you'll continue to enjoy our products.

                                                                                                                                                                                Kim McMiller
                                                                                                                                                                                Associate Director, Consumer Relations"

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                                                                                                                                                                                  kellie129 Mar 5, 2010 10:09 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                  I went to the hometownfavorites.com site but could not find the Mrs. Alison's Milk Lunch Crackers. I sent an email to see if they could tell me where they are in site. Do you know exactly what to click on in hometownfavorites.com site to get to the crackers?
                                                                                                                                                                                  Thank you.

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                                                                                                                                                                                    LindaWhit Mar 5, 2010 03:08 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                    Kellie, it's been almost 3 years since the original post about Alison's Milk Lunch Crackers. It's quite possible they're no longer available.

                                                                                                                                                                                    I went to "Aisle 4 - Cookies & Crackers" and they don't seem to be there.

                                                                                                                                                                                    http://www.crossroads-market.com/hard...

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                                                                                                                                                                        PAK Dec 3, 2007 07:38 PM

                                                                                                                                                                        I ate them for over 30 years. I was unable to find any for the last ten years here in Tucson AZ. Now I know why.
                                                                                                                                                                        I loved eating them with cream cheese and jelly!
                                                                                                                                                                        Also miss them with milk.

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                                                                                                                                                                          soccermum Dec 25, 2007 12:04 PM

                                                                                                                                                                          Our family called them "Pap-Pap Crackers" because my grandfather always had them in his cupboard for when the grandkids visited. We ate them broke up in a bowl with milk and honey! Awesome and quite a memory. How sad Nabisco would discontinue a cracker they had been making for generations just because they get too big and have too many other selections. Personally, the only other Nabisco cracker I buy and eat are their regular saltines (which are now smaller, by the way). I truly wish they would bring the Royal Lunch ones back. That's my "red rider bb gun" wish.

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                                                                                                                                                                          hopedl Dec 25, 2007 10:56 PM

                                                                                                                                                                          I too have been looking in stores for years for the Royal Lunch Milk Crackers and am also saddened to learn that they are gone forever. My mother always had a box of these wonderful crackers in the cabinet and my favorite way to eat them was with butter on them or just plain. I've ordered some of Mrs. Allison's Milk Lunch Crackers as some of you have recommended and hope I won't be disappointed. Kraft, I hope you see this website and head our pleas! Bring back our beloved Crackers!

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                                                                                                                                                                            dolores Dec 26, 2007 04:19 AM

                                                                                                                                                                            I'm sad to read this. Very sad, especially because I never even noticed their demise. I guess they quietly faded away because of people like me, who took comfort in the knowledge that this cracker, which my grandmother bought, would be there forever.

                                                                                                                                                                            Also because of those who like their Oreos double and triple stuffed only because the original is a sad shadow of its former self, and does not have the amount of filling it once had. Now they can sell double stuffed Oreos, not a pound package mind you, for a much higher price than the former Oreo, well stuffed, and a pound package at that. Ah, the American consumer.

                                                                                                                                                                            And because of those who might 'actually' ascribe to the notion put forth to me by the Dannon company, whom I called years and years ago when they downsized their yogurt to 6 oz. The PR person 'actually' said to me that their customers found that 8 oz. was 'too much product'. Uh huh, okey dokey then.

                                                                                                                                                                            Just as Lipton told me when I called them on their Cup Of Soup, which had 3 (I believe) packets in the box instead of four. Too much product. Riiiiiiiiiight.

                                                                                                                                                                            Just as Turkey Hill tried to tell me that they were making 56 oz. of ice cream -- wait, I don't even remember the lame excuse they gave me for that one. But they 'always' try to tell me that the 'price will be lower'!!!!!!!!! Did I ask them for less product at a lower price, which is a lie, by the way. No, I did not. Are THEY getting more money for less product? Of course they are.

                                                                                                                                                                            Keep on dumbing down the palate of America, food manufacturers. There's not much we can do about it. Except complain.

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                                                                                                                                                                              vvvindaloo Dec 28, 2007 09:32 AM

                                                                                                                                                                              These examples sound all too familiar to many of us, I am sure. I remember being a kid in the '80s, and hearing my grandmother complain about how they downgraded the recipe of her beloved "UNEEDA BISCUIT". And my grandfather griping about how a 16 oz. can of coffee was always the "standard", and how dare they try and push 15 and 13 oz. portions in the same cans, at the same price!!! :) I guess we had this coming. It's happening all over the country, by many different producers- just check out the recent thread with the audio link to the now-famous Jimmy Dean Sausage rant! I, for one, would like to have my old oreos back, trans fat and all. I'd also like to know what the heck happened to Thomas' English Muffins? Why are they suddenly lighter, arier, and squishier? The ingredient list looks the same... and is it me, or have cereal boxes gotten smaller, while the sticker prices have gone through the roof?

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                                                                                                                                                                                dolores Dec 28, 2007 12:51 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                It's not you. It's them. I 'thought' the downsizing of the 'half gallon' of ice cream to 56 oz. (or 1.75 quarts when they are really messing with your mind) was bad, but THEN Dove came out with a 15.1 faux PINT of ice cream.

                                                                                                                                                                                Sad, sad, sad.

                                                                                                                                                                                Funny, vvvindaloo, I just came here to mention Uneeda Biscuit, because I thought they would be an alternative to the Royal Lunch cracker. Turns out they are not.

                                                                                                                                                                                *sigh*

                                                                                                                                                                          2. mlaiuppa Dec 30, 2007 06:25 PM

                                                                                                                                                                            Mrs. Allison's is out of stock. Purity are over $7.00 a box. With shipping its $30.00 to ship two boxes to California. Yikes!. My Mother and I are working on baking our own Royal Lunch Milk Crackers. Try your hand at it. Let me know your success. We'll be updating our trial and error experiments until we get something as close to RLMC as we can get. http://www.laiuppa.com/mary/recipes/m...

                                                                                                                                                                            1. im_nomad Jan 2, 2008 01:46 PM

                                                                                                                                                                              Purity factories makes loads of great products!! The Milk Lunch cracker is sold in atlantic canada Wal Mart stores, and i think purity products can be ordered via the Downhomer magazine website, or at least might have links there through which you can order. The caraway biscuits, cream crackers and lemon creams were always my favorite. Sadly i won't eat the caraway ones anymore, cuz they contained lard still, last time i checked. Several Purity products have changed over to veg shortening.

                                                                                                                                                                              The milk and crackers combo was something i'd heard my Mom refer to as "pap"...and was something you'd have when you were sick.

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                                                                                                                                                                                Mmaria Jan 25, 2008 05:05 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                I think I have the last box of Royal Lunch Box Crackers unopened.

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                                                                                                                                                                                  Cheflambo Jan 25, 2008 09:32 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                  eek, Mmaria -- how long have you had it?

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                                                                                                                                                                                    high Feb 23, 2008 02:06 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                    This is my first post and I'm not sure to whom I am to reply to keep the posts in order by date. But here goes my second attempt.

                                                                                                                                                                                    I was talking over the phone today to my 91 year old mother in Rhode Island. She was telling me how much she enjoyed Royal Lunch milk crackers. (I enjoyed them too before I moved west and couldn't find them here.) I told Mom that I would go on the Internet and find her some. Instead, I found this page at Chowhound. My mother will be disappointed at the loss of a life-long favorite food.

                                                                                                                                                                                    I'll call the Kraft number(s) as posted above and do my small part to keep the "bring back Royal Lunch" movement alive.

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                                                                                                                                                                                  spellweaver16 Feb 24, 2008 12:27 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                  I found lunch crackers on the Vermont Country Store website, under Sweet & Savory Snacks. Three boxes for $14.

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                                                                                                                                                                                    RisingSun Feb 28, 2008 06:42 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                    I find this thread so full of memories, thank you all. Milk lunch crackers were something I remembered from my Nunny's house, but her box was always a blue green color. Thanks to rspff for the mention of Mrs. Allisons and LU. That rang a bell for me. I looked for them, and found the crackers of my childhood. I mourn for all of you that miss the purple box. Losing a food you grew up with is so dissapointing. I miss the Sunbeam raisin biscuits too.

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                                                                                                                                                                                      lac60 Apr 3, 2008 09:36 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                      For those of you still hankering for Royal Lunch crackers, if you are ever in Newport, RI, stop into Black Pearl Restaurant to have a bowl of the best clam chowder in the world, which they serve with Nabisco's Crown Pilot Chowder Crackers (aka, the rectangular milk lunch). If you buy a quart of chowder to go for $13, they give you a whole box of the crackers. We visit Newport every year, and every year we have our fix of chowder, then before leaving Newport after a week vacation, we stop back at Black Pearl to get a few quarts and boxes of the crackers to take home to the freezer. No, you can't buy the damn crackers anywhere, but the restaurant must have a special deal with Nabisco, as I sit here munching on the last box of crackers, hoping to find anywhere that might sell them (thus I came upon this site!). Guess I'll have to settle for the Famous Food ones, huh?

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                                                                                                                                                                                        donna320 Apr 4, 2008 04:52 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                        Why discontinue a classic?? For the last 50 years, lunch crackers have been a favorite for me and my family..Any chance of resurecting the dead???

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                                                                                                                                                                                          essell May 18, 2008 05:56 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                          I'm new here and this may be badly out of date but .... I found Milk Lunch Biscuits at my local Giant store in Salisbury MD today. The brand name is Mrs. Allison's. The side panel says it is a product of Canada manufactured for Archway & Mother's Cookie Company, Inc., Battle Creek, MI 49017. I've been looking for these for years.

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                                                                                                                                                                                            swlaw1 Jul 9, 2008 12:14 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                            Mike at Hometown Favorites directed me to Mrs. Alison's to replace my Royal Lunch Crackers ("RLC") some time ago. I didn't realize until later that there were actually blogs about this topic. I have, probably the wierdest way of using these crackers. It all started about 55 years ago when I was 7 years old. I would spend a couple of weekends a month with my maternal grandparents (Ma & Pop-Pop). My grandfather introduced to his favorite breakfast concoction he called "cracker soup" or "coffee soup." He would get a large cereal bowl and place a cup to a cup and a half of hot coffee, brewed in instant, it didn't matter. He would then break up about a dozen RLCs in the coffee and after giving them about a minute to soak up the coffee, he added sugar and milk. It was like oatmeal or any cold serial. I ate this virtually all of my life until I could no longer get RLCs. Now, Mrs. Alison has allowed me to eat my beloved cracker soup again. The only difference is I use about 15 of Mrs. A's crackers instead of 12 RLCs. I order my Mrs. A's from Hometown Favorites by the case! Bob appetit.

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                                                                                                                                                                                              vvvindaloo Jul 9, 2008 01:58 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                              swlaw, I'd give anything to share another breakfast of crackers (Royal Lunch, or Uneeda) in a big mug or bowl with coffee and milk with my Pop just one more time. Thanks for the memory.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                beelzebozo Jul 9, 2008 03:42 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                this reminds me of the way belgians soak speculaas crackers in coffee and eat the paste. delicious.

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                                                                                                                                                                                              joey h. Jul 14, 2008 04:38 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                              I was so saddened when i asked the stock dude "where's the Royal Lunch"?
                                                                                                                                                                                              .."There out of business" he said...they have a real cheap,flaky,ridiculously thin substitute look alike...named like New England something or another..
                                                                                                                                                                                              God knows they were gooood..Royal Lunch was da bomb...f#(#

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                                                                                                                                                                                                Bara Jul 28, 2008 01:15 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                I, too, am very saddened by the discontinuation of RLMC. I've read, on this board, of many recipes for stuffing but they were the essential ingredient in a meat loaf I used to make. The recipe was from the Depression and used very few ingredients, but the milk crackers were what made the difference. While I've tried using substitutes, nothing works and it looks as if the recipe for the best meatloaf in the world (as I'd been told) is gone forever. The other thing is that some of my earliest memories are of my mother, back in the '40s and '50s, crumbling some of the crackers into a bowl, sprinkling on a little sugar, pouring some warm milk over, and my brother and I enjoying our treat. It's a shame the food manufactures insisting on supplying unhealthful foods containing high fructose corn syrup but can't find room on their shelves for this healthful food.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                  Bill Perry Aug 2, 2008 02:34 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                  Stop & Shop Stores on the east coast have the crackers as does Trucchis in the SE MA aewa. Trucchis changres about hakf the price of Stop & Shop. You can buy them from a place in Vermont, get tyhe name on the net. The boxes have 55 crackers as opposed to a doxen in the store. Thet are 4.79 a box for 12 in Stop and Shop and about 2.50 in Trucchis. The Vermont version with 55 crackers cost 14.95 but you can get them for less on Amazon. I'm trying to find a recipe for them if anyone knows.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                    HCrowley Aug 11, 2008 06:26 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                    I just discovered this site when I went searching for an on-line source for purchasing Mrs. Alison's Milk Lunch Crackers. I never realized that so many people enjoyed Royal Lunch Milk Crackers. I recently discovered that the local Stop & Shop has stopped stocking them so I began to search around for another source. I discovered that they were available (limited quantity) in a local Shaw's Market. I began to wonder if Mrs. Alison's were going the way of Royal Lunch. I have found a source for ordering them on-line at a little higher price than I purchased them at Shaw's ($4.95/box). Royal Lunch Milk Crackers was a stable in my family, I guess, since they were first produced back in 1906. I've been eating them pretty much exclusively for breakfast for at least the last 60 years - 6-8 crackers broken up in a bowl of tea. My father before me was raised on them from about 1920 and his father before that. From time to time before Nabisco discontinued making them they would periodically disappear from the shelves and the entire family would comb all of the grocery stores in southern New England buying all that we could find. Then they would come back again and we could buy a box at a time. I soon realized when it became increasingly difficult to find them that Nabisco was discontinuing them. I called Nabisco and my suspicions were confirmed. I searched the web and found a temporary source for the discontinued crackers where I ordered forty boxes which I went through in about 6 months. I then ordered a supply of similar crackers from Newfoundland which cost me $10 a box including shipping. Then I discovered Mrs. Allison's that cost less than half the price of the Newfoundland crackers and were just the same. I've tried all kinds of replacements and none match the taste and texture of Royal Lunch but have found that Mrs. Alison's is a reasonable substitute. Since there seems to be no chance that Nabisco will revive Royal Lunch Milk Crackers, II wish they would sell the recipe to another bakery so they would be available again for those of us who crave them. If anyone out there learns that there is a cracker that can match Royal Lunch, I would sure like to hear about it. I will check this site regularly to see if anything happens! I loved all of the family stories about milk crackers and can certainly relate to them. My nieces and nephews growing up would point to the full moon and call it "papa's crackers!"

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                                                                                                                                                                                                      artyjudy1 Sep 27, 2008 04:19 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                      funny i just ran across this link because i bought some mrs alisons milk crackers since i havent seen the original royal lunch ones in quite awhile,,i thought it was just because i shop at a smaller local iga store here in CT.....anyway,,i havent tried them yet but was glad to read that someone had and that they are similar......i bought another brand awhile ago,,not sure of the name,but except for tasting similar they were smaller and thinner,,not the same but good enough at the time....i really do miss the originals...they remind me of my gramma,,who come to find out reading the replies here,,that she didnt really invent that breakfast she made every morning for who knows how many of her 94 years....her best friend of the same age also ate the mixture.....it consisted of coffee with sugar and milk,,usually instant ....she used a bowl instead of a cup and added,,special k cereal,some unsalted saltine crackers,graham crackers the milk crackers usually a couple of each,,and later had added some puffed wheat or rice to it .....when i was little she would make that for me for my breakfast and sometimes substituted tea for the coffee,,but it was good either way....i dont know what it was about it,,but over the years,,id have a craving for it and make it once in awhile....especially in winter when its cold and id like some sort of comforting warm snack.......sad to find out they were totally discontinued......hope these substitute ones fit the bill....

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                                                                                                                                                                                                        callac Sep 29, 2008 01:20 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                        Wow! I just found this site while trying to find Royal Lunch Crackers. My family uses them in a chicken parmesan recipe that has been handed down for generations. It won't be the same without Royal Lunch Crackers! I'm so disappointed. I guess I'll try Mrs. Allison's brand and contact Nabisco to complain.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                          Laurie0026 Oct 14, 2008 08:00 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                          I found out about a year ago that Nabisco discontinued their Royal Lunch Milk Crackers. I use them for a family stuffing recipe that everyone loves. I'm originally from New England and these crackers never stayed on the shelf. There was a substitute that we used when the stores were out of the Royals (wasn't as good, but very very close). I'm in the process of looking for them and will post when I find them.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                            goitaboy Nov 24, 2008 06:02 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                            I finally decided to search the Internet to determine if Royal Lunch Milk Crackers had been discontinued, after looking in 5 different grocery store chains. I guess my head's been in the sand for two years.

                                                                                                                                                                                                            How sad it was to read RLMC was discontinued. I share a story similar to those listed above, where this cracker feeds a tradition and some fond memories (as ridiculous as that sounds). I emailed an email to Kraft/Nabisco and share it with y'all below:

                                                                                                                                                                                                            I recently discovered that Royal Lunch Crackers was taken off the shelves after decades of use, and I am extremely disappointed and saddened that this has occurred. For me, Royal Lunch Crackers was an essential ingredient in a Thanksgiving Day meat stuffing that my Grandfather and I used to make. The stuffing was always a hit, and we always attributed that in part to the crackers. A couple of years ago, my Grandfather died. And I found it too hard to make the stuffing the last several years because it was too difficult emotionally. But this year I decided I would make the stuffing again, and relive the good old days, only to find out the crackers no longer exist. And even as I type this email and think it's crazy that a cracker could make or break a memory, the discontinuance of Royal Lunch is doing just that.

                                                                                                                                                                                                            And I'm not the only one who thinks or feels this, either. If you search the Internet for "royal lunch" crackers, you'll find chats and comments posted by individuals throughout the U.S. who are saddened by their discontinuance. As proof of this, here is a link to one of those chats: http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/321203

                                                                                                                                                                                                            That being said, I strongly urge that Kraft/Nabisco reconsider reselling Royal Lunch Crackers. People enjoyed the cracker in soups, in milk, and during the holidays. If sales were low and a factor in their discontinuance, I can assure you the low sales were NOT because few people did not find them tasteful. A more accurate reason would be because not many people my age and younger knew about them. An individual in the website above said it best: Kraft/Nabisco never really advertised Royal Lunch Crackers enough for anyone to remember. In fact, the majority of people that knew about the crackers learned of them from parents and grandparents, mostly from New England. That's how I learned about them. And I ALWAYS bought them around Thanksgiving, and maybe once or twice throughout the year.

                                                                                                                                                                                                            That person suggested that Kraft/Nabisco could create a niche market for this product by selling it during the holidays, like Hood EggNog, because there is no other milk cracker accessible in any of the big grocery store chains now. I agree with this person 100%. The person suggested to "bring this product back for the holidays, give it marketing dollars during this time of year and a website with holiday recipes that incorporates brand usage. Spend some money on this mature brand and I assure you that results will be seen (much like Hood Egg Nog or other seasonal products)."

                                                                                                                                                                                                            I can't strongly urge Kraft/Nabisco enough to invest some time into researching this idea. Kraft/Nabisco would have this market all to itself, and it would have thousands of us steady supporters. Offer it to people online only, if it costs too much to stock on grocery store shelves. Or raise the price to $5.00/box - we'll still pay it. It' a small price for a great cracker and a walk down memory lane.

                                                                                                                                                                                                            Please forward this email to one of the brand managers associated with Nabisco products. or another person responsible for making these types of decisions.

                                                                                                                                                                                                            I would greatly appreciate a response to this email.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                              geminigirl Dec 11, 2008 11:16 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                              Thanks for your post, and all the others. I have been inspired and wrote an e-mail to Nabisco, who knows where it will go but it can't hurt. I really like your idea of a seasonal product as well. thanks again.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                        BrendaJean Dec 30, 2008 07:31 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                        I would like to thank Pat and everybody else who has kept this topic going. I hadn't made my family's stuffing (dressing, we called it) for quite a few years because there's just the two of us now and when you're going to someone else's home for dinner you don't usually bring the stuffing. Well, this Christmas I was craving my family's turkey and stuffing and gravy, etc, etc, and so I went to the supermarket.

                                                                                                                                                                                                        Well, I don't have to tell you. You have all described it very well. Standing there, walking up and down, waiting for them to appear . . . By the time I went to the fourth store the horrible truth was beginning to dawn on me. I was in shock. It was a beloved recipe, a family tradition, part of my life. And more than that, that stuffing recipe was the heart and raison d'etre of my cook book. The crackers were the base of the stuffing, and I didn't know anything even similar to them.

                                                                                                                                                                                                        I came home, sat down at the computer and searched "Nabisco Royal Lunch Crackers", and there you all were. Thank you, thank you, for letting me know I wasn't alone. Thank you to ChowHound for keeping the topic up so that I would still find it after the product had been gone for two years. Thank you all for the tips and the advice. My sympathy to those who don't find Mrs. Allison's good for snacking, but thanks to those who let us know that the stuffing made with it should still be great. I will get my hands on some or perhaps those New England milk crackers that were mentioned.

                                                                                                                                                                                                        I will also write Nabisco about the lack of consideration and loyalty they have shown their devoted custoners. I will let them know that from now on the sight of their red triangle trademark will elicit the same degree of loyalty from me. Indeed, from now on I will avoid it totally.

                                                                                                                                                                                                        And thanks also to those who gave me some background for my beloved recipe. I'm not Lithuanian. I'm of French Canadian descent and I thought the recipe --or the custom of using milk crackers for stuffing --was French Canadian. I am originally from New England, though, so that's maybe where my family picked up the recipe. Or maybe they did bring it down from Canada . . .

                                                                                                                                                                                                        The most important thing, though, is that thanks to ChowHound, this whole recipe family is not dead and gone, but still with us, an ongoing tradition.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                          ximena Feb 27, 2009 05:06 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                          Nostalgic cookies...just what the times have called for, in rough times, seek pleasures from long ago. My parent's loved Royal Milk Lunch and so did I. I loved opening the purple paper box to fresh batch of these great crackers. If you read this and remember ML, go www.nabiscoworld.com and then the faq section to where there's a contact us link. Personally, I think Nabisco has a lot of junk products currently, and they would wise to go back to their old favorites especially as the gen xer's are getting older.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                            ERaider Nov 7, 2009 09:55 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                            Try Heritage Mills Milk Lunch Crackers from Canada. Very similar to the Royal Milk Lunch crackers, but thinner. They are quite good.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                            CTSandy Nov 20, 2009 01:41 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                            Same ugly experience for me, too. Went grocery shopping for Thanksgiving and found NO lunch/milk crackers of any brands. Came home to see if I could find some on line and found the posting about Famous Foods and Heritage Mills Milk Crackers - ordered some and they should be arriving in time for the Thanksgiving stuffing. BTW, I, too, am of Lithuanian descent and have been eating/making this stuffing for more than 50 years.
                                                                                                                                                                                                            We all joke about "heart attack stuffing"....lots of milk crackers, butter and eggs - plus I add Carnation milk to the mixture. My family would be devastated without this stuffing - most of them consider the turkey the vehicle for the stuffing. Last couple of years I used lunch crackers made by LU...can't remember anything else about them....and they were not bad. This year, I couldn't find any of them. Looking forward to trying the Heritage Mills product, and I'm so glad I found some direction at this web site.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                              rebecca222 Nov 22, 2009 08:20 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                              Well, we just finished a pre thanksgiving feast without our Royally Unhealthy Stuffing..... My grandmother made this stuffing (crackers, onions, scalded milk, onions and saltpork). My Aunt carried on the tradition and now it is up to our generation. We have been in a tailspin since the discontinuation. This time the substitute was a horrible unsalted saltine atrocity made by a cousin. We all took a hopeful spoonful and then tried not to cry.

                                                                                                                                                                                                              I am having thanksgiving at my house this year and my poor mother was like, what kind of stuffing are you going to make? with a hopeful look in her eye. I tried tempting her with sausage and cornbread and even shitake mushroom stuffing but she doesn't want it. So again, i will try to recreate the impossible. Big Sigh.

                                                                                                                                                                                                              The Mrs Allison's weren't good enough for our recipe, and many of the other substitutes were sad...very sad.... i was thinking of trying this oyster cracker that I got with a cup of soup at Boston Market (they have been made the same way for 100 years) but I can only buy them 3 cases at a time 150 servings per case... a bit more than I need.

                                                                                                                                                                                                              So I think I will search out the malaysian food market and see if I can find a substitute. Shame on Nabisco. Shame on them big time for destroying generations of tradition and breaking the hearts of so many.

                                                                                                                                                                                                              Thanks and I wish everyone a happy Thanksgiving.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                sjsanford Nov 25, 2009 04:54 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                Hey, stuffing-makers... Heritage Mills Lunch Milk crackers are now pretty widely available at Stop'n'Shop, Big Y, and Hannaford Bros all over New England, in NY and NJ. Market Basket also has its own brand. Good luck, and happy stuffing!

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                  chompie Mar 1, 2011 10:48 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                  although there sadly are not Royal Milk Crackers, I have found a new cracker that I love and was wondering if other RMC lovers like them too. They are really nothing like RMCs but more like them than anything else. Its Olde Cape Cod Rounds. They have very few ingredients and very little salt, but the salt is put on in a way that they have a nice salt taste. They are probably most like a saltine, if a saltine was round, puffier and tastier... They have a pure, great flavor and a nice crispy but melty mouth feel with nice air pockets. Its the same company that makes the Westminster Oystter crackers, and very similar to those, which i think are by far the best oyster crackers... At least its one cracker that i can enjoy without artificial taste, too much salt or breaking teeth...

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                  Purity factory in Nfld is still making these (although they were on strike for a while before Xmas).

                                                                                                                                                                                                                  http://www.purity.nf.ca/milklunch.html

                                                                                                                                                                                                                  There are places that sell these via mail order, if you can't pick them up in Canada.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                  1. mels Nov 18, 2013 05:18 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                    My in laws make a milk cracker stuffing every year but had to stop once Royal Lunch was discontinued...that is until I found the Heritage Mills version (I posted the link below). Here in the NY-NJ-CT tri state area, these can be found at Shop Rite. Also for you New Englanders, I was told that Hannaford carries them.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                      Pat Hammond Nov 22, 2013 08:21 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                      Thanks, Mels!! I check this thread every year around this time. I live in NY, but I'm off to Maine for the holiday. There's a Hannaford's in the town and I will definitely look for Heritage Mills. The picture on the box certainly looks like the real deal. Happy Thanksgiving! Pat

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                        mels Nov 22, 2013 12:34 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                        Hi Pat- I don't know where in NY you are located, but if it is downstate and your travels bring you through I-84 in Connecticut then check out Shop Rite in Manchester (suburb east of Hartford). That is where I bought the crackers for my in-laws and it isn't too far of a detour off of the highway.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                          Pat Hammond Nov 22, 2013 09:12 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                          I'm in lower Westchester, but we have a Shop Rite in the next town over. I'll try that, if Hannaford's fails me. Thanks again.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                        Bellachefa Nov 22, 2013 09:21 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                        Stupid milk cracker stuffing!!! My in laws are obsessed. This year I will stuff the turkey with the stuff. MIL will bring a casserole of the stuff. SIL will make little fried latkes with the stuff, and I am going rogue this year.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                        I'm making a salad with pomegranate, apple, cranberry, walnuts and blue cheese and I'm serving it with

                                                                                                                                                                                                                        wait for it

                                                                                                                                                                                                                        wait for it

                                                                                                                                                                                                                        fresh out of the toaster oven - little muffin stuffin bites! snap!!!

                                                                                                                                                                                                                        I mentioned this epiphany idea last year and they snubbed it. So gosh by golly I'm ganna make mini stuffing muffins!!!

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                        BrendaJean Nov 22, 2013 03:13 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                        Thanks to everybody for this precious information, and a really big thanks to those who keep this list going and send notifications when new information comes in.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                          CTSandy Nov 22, 2013 03:49 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                          Didn't see if anyone mentioned it, but the Heritage milk lunch crackers are also available at Stop and Shop in New England and some IGA stores. Heading out to buy mine tomorrow.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                          1. mlaiuppa Nov 23, 2013 10:20 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                            I'm sure the Heritage milk crackers are fine if you're doing stuffing.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                            But my family and I just liked to eat them straight out of the box.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                            We've tried the Heritage and several other brands and nothing replaces Royal Lunch for just snacking on. Just not the same.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                            Curses to whatever CEO decided the bottom line was best served by ending this product line.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                              The Professor Nov 23, 2013 10:34 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                              Blame Kraft Foods. They've owned the Nabisco brands for a few years now. Just as Kellogg's did with the Sunshine brands they got in their purchase of Keebler (who took over the Sunshine brands probably more than a decade ago), they seem to be phasing out a lot of the old 'heritage' favorites.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                              It's sad, but changing tastes and declining sales contribute to these decisions. They either get discontinued altogether or get reformulated and tagged with the dreaded "New Improved Taste" label (and there is never any improvement...it's generally quite the opposite)

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                              engnrsrule Nov 24, 2013 07:58 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                              There is a very similar "knock off" sold in Grand Markets and possibly other ethnic supermarkets. They are called "cream crackers" and aside from being square instead of round, they work well in place of Royal Lunch in our family stuffing recipe. They are also very inexpensive and available year round.

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