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Nabisco's Uneeda Biscuits discontinued

Well they blew out our Royal Lunch crackers, so now they have really done it. The first cracker that Nabisco ever made, the Uneeda Biscuit, my favorite when I am sick or well, has been discontinued.
Why? Because the megaconglomerate Kraft has listened to their bean counters and canceled it.
I was able to get a 6 pack from Hometown Favorites, but I don't expect them to be fresh, since these are the last of them.
Uneeda biscuits are as American as it gets, and now they are gone.
I called Kraft, BTW and registered my displeasure. I asked the operator there if she ever had a Uneeda biscuit or a Royal Lunch cracker.
She said no.
Poor girl I told her.

Damn.

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  1. i grew up eating these with cream cheese. that is so sad. i can still taste them now and have a clear memory of the box. i always used to say, " i need a uneeda biscuit" which is funny when you are 3 years old.

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    1. re: nativeNYer

      hi can't believe this post, I just bouggt a case of Mayo on line. Not cheap but tastes as good as I remember

    2. I'm so upset to hear that Uneeda Biscuits have gone the way of the Royal Lunch Milk Cracker. I've been looking for them for months for my 94-year-old mama-in-law, and I don't know how I'm going to tell her...so many of the things she's known and loved all her life have been heartlessly dumped by the corporate profitmongers who really don't care a hoot about anybody's family recipes, traditions or memories--only their bottom line...I went through the RLMC trauma a few years ago--Mom's a milk-cracker lover too. And Nabisco also dumped the original Shredded Wheat cereal a while back, though at least Post still makes a reasonable substitute (the big biscuits, not spoon size!). Funny story--while on my search, I asked the kid stocking the cereal aisle if he knew where the Nabisco Shredded Wheat had gone, and he looked at me funny and said, "Nabisco doesn't make cereal lady, you need to look in the cracker aisle." He thought I was looking for Triscuits...and it's true, shredded wheat is the only cereal I remember Nabisco making. On a positive note, I found Wheatena hot cereal recently...I was starting to fear that was gone too, but I found it at Waldbaum's. Still looking for Maypo, does anyone know if that's still made? Oh, and Peek Freans cookies? Where have they gone?

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      1. re: missmarymac

        Peek Frean's still exist in Canada. Indeed, I drive past their bakery almost every day. Unfortunately, while the bakery smells great, they are not very good cookies.

        Peek Frean's became Christie's, which became Nabisco, etc. If you can't get them, I don't feel you are missing much.

        1. re: missmarymac

          Maypo is still produced, but your best bet to buy it is online. Nabisco sold the Shredded Wheat line to Post. Peek Freans! Wow...I remember hearing the commercials about the "very serious cookie" and now realize I hadn't heard it in a long, long time. PF is part of the Kraft line these days.

        2. I am so upset that they DC'd Uneeda Biscuits! It's an food American Icon. Let's all write to Nabisco and maybe they'll reconsider? Of course I'm late on the bandwagon here as I didn't realize it was done in Dec. I had bought a box about a month ago...I see now it was the last box.

          1. "And the U-Needa Biscuit in the air tight sanitary package made the cracker barrel obsolete, obsolete..."

            (From the Music Man?)

            1. They've shown up at Big Lots.

              1. For decades, starting with my grandmother, then my mother, now me, our Thanksgiving stuffing recipe - and, if I do say so myself, the best stuffing I have ever tasted - was based on 4 boxes of Uneeda Biscuits. I had to buy them in the summer to ensure I would have them for Thanksgiving. Today in King Kullen, the manager told me that they have discontinued the brand! NOW what am I going to do? You can only stock up so much, especially if you live in a 1 bedroom apartment! Guess what else has been discontinued, Folks? Zweibacks! THEY are the basis for the crust on my father's favorite cheesecake! Nabisco is definitely in the doghouse with me. What will be next?

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                1. re: lromeo

                  You shouldn't have any problem finding many alternative brands and types of zwieback.

                  As to the Uneeda biscuits, perhaps animal crackers...

                  1. re: embee

                    animal crackers?! are you kidding? NO where even close!

                  2. re: lromeo

                    Zweiback is on Nabisco's website as a current product. It may be that King Kullen a small size grocer has dropped the item.

                    1. re: lromeo

                      You can try matzoh. It does work.

                      1. re: lyndc5

                        Matzoh will not work. Even worse suggestion than annival crackers.

                        1. re: bicyclechick

                          Wanted some Uneedas myself and disappointed they are gone! Maybe try Social Teas but they are a bit sweeter if I remember Uneedas correctly! Hope this helps!

                      2. re: lromeo

                        I know what you mean. When I got married 32 years ago, my hubby said that I had to make his Aunt Elsa's stuffing recipe for Thanksgiving. It was based on the Uneeda Biscuits and it has been a tradition for many years. have tried to stockpile for a while. It is sad that this traditional cracker is now longer around. I have found a cracker that comes pretty close. As mentioned by another reader - it is by Goya Snack Crackers. They come in a large plastic bag of four individually wrapped bags . Look for them in the Latino section of your market. They are really quite similar in flavor to Uneeda. Hope these work for you.

                        1. re: lromeo

                          By any chance do you remember the recipe for the Uneeda bisquit stuffing. I planned on making it for Thanksgiving; however, I never wrote it down and both my parents are gone. I am going to use the Goya water crackers as was suggested. Thank you.

                          1. re: rugro

                            My Grandma's recipe, which seems different from those posted already:
                            6 Spanish onions, diced
                            1 pkg. fresh mushrooms, sliced
                            oil
                            2 boxes Uneeda Biscuits (now Goya Snack crackers)
                            1 small box Kellog's Corn Flakes
                            water
                            4 eggs, beaten
                            salt, pepper & paprika to taste

                            Saute onions & mushrooms in a little oil; set aside to cool.

                            Combine biscuites & cornflakes in a colander; run under faucet, tossing to moisten all. Squeeze out excess water. Transfer to a large mixing bowl & blend in onion-mushroom mixture, eggs, salt, pepper & paprika. Pour into a large baking pan. At this point it can be refrigerated overnight.

                            Bake at 350 degrees covered with foil for 45 minutes. Uncover & bake for additional 15 minutes to brown stuffing.

                            It makes a lot & the recipe can be halved.

                            1. re: rugro

                              I can ask my wife. She made it last week..I loved it

                            2. re: lromeo

                              My mother-in law (and grandmother-in-law) passed a recipe to me...and I've been going crazy visiting store after store trying to get the Uneedas for Thanksgiving...now I know why no one has them. I'm thinking about maybe using unsalted oyster crackers. BUMMER!

                              1. re: refinedk9

                                Try Goya Crackers.... a lot closer to Uneedas

                            3. I loved Uneeda biscuits. There were so many ways to enjoy these simple prototypical crackers.

                              Kraft obviously reared its ugly bean-counting head again, just as it did when they wiped out Liederkranz cheese. Liederkranz was made by a small family firm in Wisconsin. The cheese was popular in the upper mid-west and northeast before the firm was sold to Kraft back in the 60s or 70s. When Kraft tried to market nationally, the rest of the nation had never heard of it and it didn't sell well apart from its regional following. Their response was to destroy the culture and end production.

                              Thanks, Kraft.

                              CP

                              1. While not identical in texture, I've recently discovered that Goya Snack Crackers (sold in a large plastic bag of four individually wrapped bags in the Latino section) are remarkably similar in flavor. They are a simple wheat cracker (they are bit more dense) with no sugar or malt, very little salt and very much like the Uneeda.

                                CP

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                                1. re: Chefpaulo

                                  thank you for this. will check them out.

                                  1. re: Chefpaulo

                                    You are correct! I used these a year ago when could not find Uneeeda biscuits and had to get something for my traditional stuffing recipe for Thanksgiving. They are really very close to Uneeda. Have been searching high and low and now I found out that Uneeda biscuits are discontinued. So, now I will be looking in the Latino section for these crackers

                                    1. re: Chefpaulo

                                      Thanks! I want to make my Mother-in-law's Thanksgiving stuffing this year -- it calls for Uneeda biscuits. I was surprised to find out they have been discontinued. I had never heard of them so I'll never know the difference. I'm hoping with this substitute that my hubby won't know either!

                                      1. re: kaybethskitchen

                                        My Aunt makes stuffing with the Uneeda Biscuits. Nabisco now sells a product called Stoned Wheat Thins; I attached a picture of the box. I made the stuffing with this in a roasted chicken just to see what it tastes like and my whole family said it tastes just like the Uneeda Buscuit recipe. It really did, I couldn't tell the difference my self....I hope this helps!

                                         
                                        1. re: foodieinohio

                                          Hi! Is this recipe anything like the one your Aunt makes? I'm not sure about it -- my mother-in-low only seasons it with cooked onion. For me stuffing needs celery, onion, poultry seasoning and BUTTER!
                                          http://kaybethskitchen.blogspot.com/2...

                                          1. re: kaybethskitchen

                                            My recipe is different:

                                            For up to a 14 LB turkey (for 2 split chicken breasts, half this):

                                            4 boxes Uneeda Biscuits
                                            Salt & Pepper to taste (about 1/2 - 1 tsp each)
                                            10 eggs
                                            1 onion, chopped
                                            1.5 sticks butter, melted
                                            Milk

                                            Crush Uneedas with a rolling pin. Add salt & pepper and onion in large bowl. Add eggs in and fold. Add butter and fold. If dry, add some milk. Stuff turkey and cook as directed (or firmly pack stuffing mixture into a sprayed roasting pan and place split breasts on top/sides and cook as directed).

                                            Slice to serve

                                            mmmmmmmm, whaaaaaaaa, I am going to miss this FOREVER!

                                        2. re: kaybethskitchen

                                          Hi KayBeth. By any chance could you share the recipe. I too was planning on making the Uneeda Bisquit stuffing that my mother used to make. I thought I might find the recipe on the box and to my dismay, I find that they are no longer available. I plan on using the Goya brand as a substitute but both my parents are gone, so I have no way of knowing the recipe...I thought it might be on the Uneeda box but since they are not available I am truly at a loss and had my heart set on doing this. Thanks

                                          1. re: rugro

                                            Hi RUGRO,

                                            Here's the link to the recipe -- I haven't tried it yet but I will post after the holiday to share my thoughts!
                                            http://kaybethskitchen.blogspot.com/2...

                                        3. re: Chefpaulo

                                          Hi Chefpaulo, I gave you a shout out in my latest blog posting. Thanks again for the Goya Cracker assist!!
                                          http://kaybethskitchen.blogspot.com/2...

                                          1. re: kaybethskitchen

                                            Many thanks for the kind accolades, Kay Beth. I'm glad I was able to help the Uneeda crowd worldwide with my "discovery." May all of your stuffings/fillings/dressings be up to Uneeda par.

                                            Uneedas and Goyas also make a great improv hot cereal. Crumble a dozen or so into a bowl, cover with warm milk, let stand a minute and add sugar or maple syrup.

                                            CP

                                            1. re: Chefpaulo

                                              Wow, CP, you just brought my visit here full circle! I did a search for Royal Lunch Milk Crackers, which led me here. My sister & father were talking about not being able to find the Nabisco ones recently. Now I can tell them why and that they'll have to make do with that odd brand they found at Stop&Shop [if I dare] . We used to eat milk crackers broken into a bowl (not cup) of hot cocoa, usually with a donut (cake type-- preferably a little dry/stale) crumbled in, as well. Eating a bowl of cocoa was usually a wintertime breakfast treat. (As opposed to drinking or sippng a cup of cocoa.) Then I find your description of the also-gone Uneedas eaten in similar fashion. Hmmm.

                                              1. re: NicCT

                                                I gather the CT in your name means Connecticut and the Uneeda's in warm milk are definitely a New England thing. My sixth grade teacher (from Northampton, MA) taught us that way back in the year dirt was invented. Your addition of cocoa adds intrigue for sure. Ever give dad credit for inventing the original Cocoa Crispies?

                                                Another use I came up with is pulverizing the Goyas in the food processor to make a simple, unflavored cracker meal coating for deep frying. It works great!

                                                CP

                                          2. re: Chefpaulo

                                            Chefpaulo.... I agree with you. My wife used the Goyas to recreate her signature stuffing...

                                          3. hi, my mom taught me to use uneeda biscuits as a stuffing for chicken. I really miss it. I just found out that they discontinued this great product. I also had my kids looking for the Royal Lunch Milk Cracker. Now I know why we could'nt find them.

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                                            1. re: lyndc5

                                              Would you share your recipe for stuffing? I'm supposed to make my Mother-in-laws version but it doesn't sound very appetizing. I'd love to know what you put in your recipe. Thanks!

                                              1. re: lyndc5

                                                Try Goya Crackers..... They are real close.

                                              2. Everyone here needs to call the 1800 customer number to complain. I found Iberia snack crackers but not Goya, are they the same?

                                                1. Uneeda Biscuit was a really good cracker. But I didn't buy them that often, only because they were quite expensive. Nobody has mentioned this yet, but they are a type of cracker known as "cream cracker." They don't necessarily contain cream, I think the name is to suggest the consistency when you chew them. The first cream cracker (1865) was Jacob's, made in Ireland -- these are still very popular in Great Britain and you can find them in the USA too. They are great. A little flakier than Uneeda. There's also Boland's, which is similar to Jacob's, also made in Ireland. They have also become very popular in Malaysia -- Malaysia has it's own Jacob's which are a slightly different, but also quite good (very crispy), and there are several other Malaysian brands, some of which, like Hup Seng, actually do contain a little cream or milk. The Malaysian cream crackers come in big metal tins. But Uneeda was special, it was a little more solid and rigid than Jacob's. I was sad to see them discontinued, but not surprised, since I don't think Nabisco had made the slightest effort in decades to improve the marketing. Corporate idiots, total lack of imagination or appreciation.

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                                                  1. re: priscianus jr

                                                    Thanks for the details regarding the biscuits, priscianus jr, and I agree with your take on Nabisco. I ate these with cream cheese when I was a kid.

                                                  2. I don't know if this is the same stuffing others made, but I have my mom's recipe here:

                                                    http://web.me.com/markmiller66/Site/R...

                                                    I also was unhappy to not find the biscuits but found a substitute that at least "looks" the same:

                                                    http://www.meroshop.com/product.php?p...

                                                    Hope this helps others,

                                                    Mark

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                                                    1. re: simdude

                                                      I wanted to thank the person who suggested the GOYA SNACK CRACKERS as a substitute for UNEEDA BISCUIT. The Goya Snack Crackers are extremely close but I am boycotting Nabisco products. My mom called Nabisco several times and they were so disinterested in the complaint about discontinuing the Uneeda Biscuit. I asked Nabisco to at least tell me the ingredients of the Uneeda Biscuit so I could compare it to saltines, etc. They couldn't provide the ingredients claiming that once a product is discontinued all details of it are removed from their computer. I tried using saltines for my grandmother's stuffing recipe but that didn't work out at all. Next up was Goya and this worked well although I did need to adjust my other ingredients like butter and milk because as one contributor noted, Goya crackers seem to be a bit more dense. I also think the Goya crackers are a bit less expensive than the Uneeda biscuites were.

                                                      My grandmother's stuffing recipe would call for Uneeda Biscuit (now Goya Snack Crackers), milk, butter, egg, oninion and thyme. I can provide the recipe in more details if anyone needs it.

                                                      Happy Thanksgiving and thanks again to the person who suggested the Goya Snack Crackers. You saved my family's holiday tradition!!!!!

                                                    2. I signed up on this sight to reply to this post. I, too, sorely miss the Uneeda biscuit brand. I have a family recipe for stuffing where Uneeda bisuits are the main ingredient. I have not had this stuffing for four years now. Publix used to carry the brand. I am mad at RJR for selling the Nabisco brand to Kraft. That really sucked. There is no substitution for this product. I loved these crackers, too. I wonder how many people feel the same way. If it is enough, do you think we can get Kraft to revive the Uneeda biscuit?

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                                                      1. re: mlb4cpa

                                                        If Kraft sees Goya making money on their cancelled market, you bet they'll be scrambling to find the Uneeda recipe. But don't hold your breath. If next quarter's profits are up without Uneedas, public sentiments be damned.

                                                        Until then, try the Goya Snack Crackers and add more liquid to compensate for their density.

                                                        CP

                                                      2. I just found this site when googling Uneeda Biscuits. My Italian grandma, who died in 1968, used to make Medaglia Oro Expresso coffee and put in an equal amount of milk, then crumble the Uneeda Biscuits in it. It was so good and I remember it so well.

                                                        Why are the great foods discontinued and the so-so ones last forever?

                                                        LI Roe

                                                        1. I also grew up on Uneeda Biscuit stuffing at Thanksgiving and taught my daughters the same. It was such a simple recipe and always had fun playing with adding some different things each year such as sausage, or walnuts and prunes, or just celery and apples. My grandmother's basic recipe was biscuits, milk, onions cooked long enough to softened in butter, salt, pepper, and thyme. Instant fabulous stuffing. I will try the Goya crackers this year. Hope it works. Would love to have our traditional dinner back in the family! Thanks for this blog. Glad to connect with others with the same tradition.

                                                          1. "To: Kraft Foods

                                                            We, the undersigned, ask Kraft to resume manufacture of UNEEDA BISCUITS. This venerable brand had a loyal following for over a century until discontinued. The crackers have multiple uses and, at this time of year, are sorely missed by all who use them as a main ingredient for turkey filling. Goya Foods is presently reaping profits from former UNEEDA consumers who are using the Goya Snack Crackers as a substitute. However, they are not the same consistency of the original UNEEDA.

                                                            It is our hope that the large number of signatures that are collected for this petition will prompt the resumption of the manufacture of UNEEDA BISCUITS."

                                                            Sincerely,

                                                            I have tried to post the above petition to www.petitiononline.com but have had some page problems. If anyone else wishes to post the above for petition, please do so.
                                                            CP

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                                                            1. re: Chefpaulo

                                                              I just did a long post about a cracker that i recommended in the Royal Lunch thread, but i realized that they really taste much more like Uneeda and are the first crackers I have loved since Uneeda. They are Olde Cape Cod Rounds. They also come as squares but i prefer the rounds.. I put a full description of the taste and feel in the Royal Lunch Post if you want to check it out there..

                                                              1. re: chompie

                                                                Thanks Chompie -- I'll look for the Olde Cape Cod Rounds!

                                                                1. re: kaybethskitchen

                                                                  I found them in the Vermont Country Store website and have been using them successfully for 2 years now. Good luck with them.

                                                            2. 1646 Dodge... I have great news.!!! GOYA CRACKERS!!! They taste like Uneedas. They cook like Uneedas. They have OU kosher certification and they are parve just like Uneedas...

                                                              http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B000...

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                                                              1. re: winetaster24snj

                                                                Awesome winetaster24snj! I will check this out
                                                                Thanks!

                                                                1. re: 1946dodge

                                                                  so how was everyone's Thanksgiving stuffing? I used the Goya crackers mixed in a few Oyster crackers and my family said it was the best stuffing ever! So there Nabisco!!

                                                                  1. re: detoxnurse

                                                                    My wife did pure Goyas... The stuffing rocked... Nabisco- shove it up your Oreos!!

                                                                    1. re: winetaster24snj

                                                                      I have found a perfect substitute. They are called Vermont Common crackers and they are sold by Vermont Country Store - online or through their catalog. They come in a 16 oz bag which translates to 8 cups of crushed crackers. I've been using them since Nabisco discontinued Uneeda and they work very well.