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product loyalties you switched/abandoned?

Based on the related thread on products you are loyal to, what product loyalties have you given up and why? Did they change the formula, the product is no longer available, you had a bad experience, you found something else you liked better?

I used to be a hardcore skippy fan, but found that for me jif does taste more like fresh peanuts, and I like that taste better. I am still happy to eat skippy, but all things being relatively equal I mostly buy jif now.

this is the loyalties thread <http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/618963.

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  1. Skippy/Jif --> Laura Scudder's natural peanut butter (chunky)
    Haagen Daz vanilla ice cream --> Breyer's vanilla bean ice cream

    These changes happened during university, when many of us would pitch in to make a meal (each of us bringing/contributing something). The kids from abroad helped open my eyes the most to different (often simpler) flavours. I'm sure there are other products that don't quickly come to mind. I found the two mentioned above to taste better than what I was used to...and not surprisingly, the new favourites contain fewer, but better, ingredients.

    1. Three Crabs fish sauce was abandoned for either Squid or Golden Boy. They are just flat out better.

      1. I forgot. My brand loyalty to LAy's potato chips is shared with my loyalty to my switch to Spectrum Canola Mayonnaise. It changed my life. While always an excessive mayo slatherer, I eat bread just so that I can eat the Spectrum stuff. I can't even remember the brand I used to like! the one with the blue label.

        1. Grew up with Peter Pan PB, but after I got out on my own, and trying a couple brands, found I loved Jif. Oh, and mom got chunky - I get creamy!

          My mom was loyal to ANY Kraft product. Mayo, Miracle Whip, BBQ sauce, cheese, salad dressings, etc. Maybe it was because in the 60s there weren't as many options, but even when there were she would refuse to try any other brand. I pretty much abandoned my Kraft loyalties as and adult for 2 exceptions - the Deluxe American Cheese (she bought the ind. wrapped slices - ICK to me) and the French onion dip. If I'm not making my own dip that is my go to dip.

          My daughter loves La Choy soy sauce, and I don't. When she left the house I switched to Kikkomann, which I like better. I am still open to trying other brands though, and the more I learn the more likely I will find an even better one.

          With all the new products that bombard the store, I can't help but try new things all the time. Sometimes it is a waste of money, but just as many times I end up switching to the new brand.

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          1. re: danhole

            Kikkomann is heads and shoulders above La Choy. This is not even debatable. There are better soy sauces than Kikkomann but it is a very good product.

            1. re: KTinNYC

              I agree with you! She came over and had some soup that she always adds soy sauce to. When she saw the brand she asked "why did you buy this?" I told here I bought it because it is far better!

          2. Schneider's Oktoberfest sausages. These used to be a favourite, a real German-stryle bratwurst, delicious when grilled with potato salad and sauerkraut.

            One day I noticed tha the package had changed, and, upon reading the ingredients, Idiscovered that they now contained ground chicken. Yech! Chicken has no place in a sausage of ths type. I don't care if chicken is more healthful, or cheaper (probably the real reason), but I want my Oktoberfest back!