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What discontinued products do you miss?

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I grew up in a veggie household, and one of my favorite things was a canned sandwich spread type thing called Nuteena made by either Loma Linda or Morningstar Farms. I loved it sliced, on bread with mustard. it's long gone, but I still miss it. One of those companies (at least I think it was one of those) used to also make these breakfast bars that were sort of cake line, with a glaze over the top. They were wrapped in a foil like wrapper, two bars to a package and came in either chocolate, vanilla or strawberry. Does anyone remember those? They were so good.

I also miss a Pepperidge Farm cookie- chocolate sandwich cookie with walnuts in the cookie and a cream filling. I haven't seen them in years... those were my favorites.

What products do you miss?


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  1. I think they were called "Yes, Yes!" cookies: coconut and caramel. Sort of like the current Girl Scout Cookies called Samoas, but much, much better.

    And my father simply adored--and thus we kids loved it, too :-) --a kind of grapefruit soda called "Wink."

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    1. re: Beckyleach

      Yah, I remember Wink fondly. I think there's still a mass-market grapefruit soda available (regular, not the diet one)... Anyone know it?

      1. re: eclecticsynergy

        Squirt is a mass-market grapefruit soda that is available in both diet and regualar.

        1. re: John E.

          Squirt is a super sweet lemon-lime soda, I think. You might mean Fresca? That's a grapefruit soda. I used to really like it.

          1. re: onceadaylily

            I'm pretty sure Squirt is more grapefruit than lemon-lime. 7Up and Sprite are lemon-lime and they don't taste like Squirt. Electic was asking about non-diet grapefruit soda. I think all Fresca is diet.

            1. re: John E.

              There are a couple of Mexican grapefruit sodas, available in the ethnic/hispanic sections of many markets. Jarritos is one. There's another that is less sweet I like better, but I can't remember the name of it. Both are made with sugar, rather than HFCS. Fresca is diet. Squirt is also grapefruit and comes in both diet and regular.

              1. re: John E.

                Sorry, and you are right. I always thought it was lemon-lime (the label just says 'citrus'), but the boyfriend keeps a few cans on hand, and I just went and read the side of one of the cans. It is indeed grapefruit, hidden under a boatload of sugar.

                1. re: John E.

                  Squirt is grapefruit flavored. I like it better than Fresca.

                  1. re: jeanmarieok

                    Fresca was amazing before they changed and ruined it...not even close to the original formula

                    1. re: chowdom

                      Pellegrino makes a grapefruit soda called Pompelmo. Basically just grapefruit and seltzer, but at least it doesn't have that nasty Fresca Aspartame aftertaste.


                      1. re: monkeyrotica

                        Their sodas are all good! My two favorites are the grapefruit and the blood orange. Six-packs of cans are regularly offered on sale at Whole Foods and Fairway and they're really inexpensive. They have nice carbonation, too--lots of fizzy little (think Pellegrino) bubbles. :)

                        1. re: MacGuffin

                          I like them because they're not sickly sweet, which is why I've pretty much given up on sodas. Had a bad incident at a fountain machine where I tried to get lemonade and got Sprite instead. It tasted like carbonated Karo Syrup.

                          1. re: monkeyrotica

                            I agree. I've cut down my soda consumption a LOT recently (my fear is that my pancreas will bring me up on a charge of attempted murder) but when I do drink it, I look for brands that use sugar (and that aren't bottled by the Dr Pepper Snapple Group). Sierra Mist is similar to Sprite and 7 Up but is sweetened with sugar and uses natural flavors. It's my go-to for our weekly post-colloquium parties at school.

                        2. re: monkeyrotica

                          San Pellegrino sodas are my favorite! Crisp, clean, and refreshing. Lemon is first for me, followed by orange. Blood orange is too sweet for me, and i can't have grapefruit, as it can cause kidney stones for me.

                          1. re: al b. darned

                            the Blood Orange reminds me too much of Hawai'ian Punch...

                        3. re: chowdom

                          Fresca was amazing before they changed and ruined it...not even close to the original formula

                          The only thing "amazing" about Fresca is how a soda that awful could still be on the market. Sorry, but it was nasty in the 1960's when ifirst came out and it still had cyclamate in it, and it is still nasty today.

                          The only thing worse than Fresca is Tab.

                          1. re: al b. darned

                            LOL I liked them both when I was a kid. Perhaps I had extremely immature taste buds but I really thought cyclamate-sweetened soda tasted okay.

                            1. re: MacGuffin

                              To me, it wasn't the cyclamate, but the soda itself. Both Fresca and Tab were, and are, extremely nasty tasting!

                              We seldom had soda growing up in the 60s, but Mom would occasionally buy a six pack of one of the other. I suspect she chose these because she liked them and was more likely to get one, because all of us kids hated it!

                          2. re: chowdom

                            I started drinking fresca again,and said the same thing after the first sip,this isn't right,i said it must be diet lol,fresca was always diet......had my first fresca back in 1965-66,many years ago!

                        4. re: onceadaylily

                          oh no, Squirt is definitely grapefruit flavored.
                          I love the stuff, and can still on occasion find it.
                          plus Fresca's diet

                          1. re: iL Divo

                            Honestly, I used to love it, but now it tastes akin to Mountain Dew. But I'm finding that with quite a few things as I drag my heels through my thirties. The boyfriend still likes to have some on hand, but I only ever use a splash of it in a gin mixer to supplement the lemon-lime sparkling water I use. I've begun to wonder if my palate is becoming as sensitive to sugar as it has become to salt, or if it's just the HFCS thing.

                            And maybe I just preferred to view Fresca as a regular, light, refreshing type of soda. You know, like Tab. ;)

                            1. re: onceadaylily

                              "I've begun to wonder if my palate is becoming as sensitive to sugar as it has become to salt, or if it's just the HFCS thing."

                              I got sick of sweet drinks ages ago - I might have three or four sodas a year now, if that. I don't think it has anything to do with HFCS - nor do I claim to be one of those who can taste any difference. Whether the drink is made with HFCS or any other form of sugar, I don't care, there's just too damn much of the stuff. I'll stick with sparkling water, thanks, ideally with a splash of cranberry or lime.

                              1. re: BobB

                                "Taste Matters"


                                It's not only our eyesight that changes as we age. >:D

                                1. re: BobB

                                  You know, I get nervous when I think about how a 2-liter of cola cost less than 2-liters of water??!!!!

                                  1. re: DRiffeyAusTx

                                    I know. That's scary, isn't it. The commoditization of water is one of the more frightening developments of recent years.
                                    And bottled water is on e of the biggest scams ever perpetrated on consumers.
                                    P.T. Barnum (or whomever _actually_ said the famous quote about suckers) was absolutely right.

                                2. re: onceadaylily

                                  Fresca was reformulated and is now awful, it was once terrific.

                                  1. re: chowdom

                                    It's different but I still enjoy it though prefer the flavored versions.

                                    1. re: chowdom

                                      I don't know which era you guys are referring to but I gave up on diet sodas (when I was a kid) when the government made bottlers switch from cyclamate to whatever (probably saccharin). Adding a little bit back didn't solve the problem of horrible taste but in all fairness, I have to allow for the possibility that a lot of things I found delicious up to the time I was a young teen might taste vile to me now. I drank a lot of Fresca and Tab, though, just because it was in the house.

                                  2. re: iL Divo

                                    all this talk of fresca is making me think I am going to have to watch Caddy shack soon...

                                    " Are you my friend Mr. Scholarship winner? Hmmmm, hmmm hmm.. how bout' a fresca" ~ Ted Knight...

                                  3. re: onceadaylily

                                    One of my favorite lines from Caddyshack, "anybody want a Fresca?"

                                      1. re: onceadaylily

                                        Nope, Squirt's grapefruit. : ) Great in grapefruit cake...or over ice...

                                        1. re: mamachef

                                          I hear it's okay when splashed over a gin mixer. That's the word on the street, anyway.

                                          1. re: onceadaylily

                                            That was a big-time ladies' drink in my childhood. Must get some grapefruit soda, the bitterness is good with gin.

                                        2. re: onceadaylily

                                          Squirt was Grapefruit, Fresca was too, but Fresca was diet
                                          bubble up was also Lemon Lime, used to be frosty after litle league
                                          If you got first two bottles.

                                          1. re: onceadaylily

                                            You might have been thinking of Sprite instead of Squirt...(I've done the same thing.)

                                        3. re: eclecticsynergy

                                          Try www.sodapopstop.com This is Galgos Market that carries all old sodas, and beers. Hundreds of kinds, new and old. Call them or check them out on line.

                                          1. re: eclecticsynergy

                                            If you want some fantastic grapefruit soda, get you some TING! It is a Jamaican grapefruit soda and the only soda that actually quenches thirst. It is fantastic, I say! Not usually found in the soda aisle. Look in the "foreign foods" section, which always strikes me as an anachronism in DC, where everyone is from another country.

                                            1. re: Just Visiting

                                              If we get to look to foreign lands I vote for KAZ from Spain. Delicious lemon flavor on its own and also the only beverage to make gin palatable to me. Gin and KAZ try it next time your in Spain.... so very good :-)

                                              1. re: Just Visiting

                                                Love Ting - got addicted to it in Jamaica. Its good with Vodka too!!!

                                                1. re: Just Visiting

                                                  Kroger now carries Ting. I am not sure in which department, but I saw the week before they closed in my city several weeks ago. I used to look forward to my trips to Jamaica partly because Ting is an awesome soft drink.

                                                  1. re: Just Visiting

                                                    I will have to look for that! I bet it doesn't have HFCS in it. Bonus!

                                                    1. re: MrsJTW

                                                      It doesn't. I LOVE Ting although I feel disloyal to Squirt admitting it.

                                                      1. re: MacGuffin

                                                        Thank you! I found some Ting on Amazon. I saved it in my shopping list for when I have the extra dough. =)

                                                2. re: Beckyleach

                                                  From Wikipedia: "In the United States, Wink is still available from some bottlers in Pennsylvania, South Carolina, North Carolina and Virginia."

                                                  1. re: Beckyleach

                                                    I see nobody but you and I recall "yes yes" cookies. We all loved them - four sisters. I'd completely forgotten about them. Found this just now at the Pocono Record website:

                                                    "A few months ago, a dear friend gave me the enclosed letter from your newspaper section, "Write to Know," which was given to her by her sister-in-law. I couldn't believe my eyes as I read this letter. All three of us worked where "Yes Yes" cookies were made in Clifton, N.J.

                                                    "The name of the company was Federal Sweets and Biscuit Co., on Clifton Boulevard, Clifton, N.J. I started working there in June 1961, right after I graduated high school. Federal Sweets closed its doors many, many years ago and sold most of its recipes to a company in Massachusetts. The Yes Yes cookies were one of many cookies that were made at Federal Sweets. Others included Vita Sticks, Hawaiian Lei, Pecan Pies, Dutch Boy and Girl, Peanut Butter Patties, Chocolate Mints, Sugar Cookies, Coconut Macaroons, Jelly Jumbles and more."

                                                    1. re: Beckyleach

                                                      They still have that Samoas cookie

                                                        1. re: Beckyleach

                                                          I really miss Canfield's 50/50 pop from Chicago that was grapefruit flavored. Someone suggested Fresca, but it just isn't the same. The only thing I ever had that was close to it was Citra made by Coca Cola which was also discontinued. I had Citra in late '90's/early 00's in Central Illinois. I think the area may have been a test market. Funny I liked 50/50 so much because I hate grapefruit & grapefruit juice.

                                                          I also remember finding mint Snapple tea in NW Indiana & often found the raspberry tea easily up there, too. Had a friend on the east coast that had told me to look for it. Never saw the mint anywhere else & been years since I saw a raspberry tea that wasn't diet. I also can't stand most iced tea, but did like these.

                                                          Oh! And I used to get Clearly Canadian & another flavored sparkling water brand I can't remember in the 90's.

                                                          I haven't had any soda at all in a few years now...

                                                          1. re: Beckyleach

                                                            reply to really old post here - but it is fun to re-read - the Wink beverage - I do recall that we had it in Canada too. The closest (I have a thing for citrusy flavors) is Pelegrino soda pop in the grapefruit flavor!

                                                            1. re: Georgia Strait

                                                              I like that one and the blood orange.

                                                              1. re: MacGuffin

                                                                I made the mistake (big time) of buying the "brown" label Pellegrino when I was hoarding what was on sale (it is 1 dollar per can up here in Vancouver area) - and thought I was doing a cool thing by giving it out at Hallowe'en to some of the neighbor kids (we don't get more than a 12 little costumed guests) - anyway - I cracked one open myself the next day - and realized to my HORROR that it was this funky weird vermouth herbal flavor! UGH - and I can take some vermouth flavor in my life but this - for kids! I immediately went around to the neighbors and redistributed something more palatable to any age - like spooky blood ORANGE ; )

                                                                they can DIScontinue that brown herb flavor any day in my opinion.

                                                                ... learned me not to NOT actually read labels, that did ; )

                                                                1. re: Georgia Strait

                                                                  I've never seen that flavor--I might actually like it. :)

                                                                  I just realized you must've meant "chinotto." I DO like it but agree that it's not a kid-friendly flavor.

                                                              1. re: FoodChic

                                                                Chipos potato "chips". Or maybe "potato" "chips". But they sure were good.

                                                              2. re: Perilagu Khan

                                                                O'Grady's Au Gratin!!!! LOVED
                                                                Also, Russel Stover rosebud mints, sigh! A velvety smooth little pastel mint with a crunchy
                                                                sugar crust & a buttercream rosebud on top. I would eat 12 at a time.

                                                                1. re: mushroomsandwich

                                                                  There was, for many years, a Russell Stover store on 42nd St. just east of Sixth Ave. They sold candy by the piece and I used to buy your mints, the crunchy coconut cups, and the buttercreams enrobed in milk and dark chocolate. I SO miss that store. :`(

                                                                  1. re: MacGuffin

                                                                    I remember Russell Stover and the Barton's candy stores that were sprinkled around the city. I always requested the same item a coffee ice cream sandwich not all of the stores stocked them. I was too small to see over the counter or into the freezer if there was one, I just remember someone magically producing this treat for me....the absolute best!!!
                                                                    Honorable mention to the single serving cups of breyers half chocolate, half vanilla available at Madison Square Garden, back when it still tasted like ice cream 1963 ish

                                                              3. Delfa rolls. My mom would buy them by the case for my birthday.

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                                                                1. re: cleobeach

                                                                  When I was a kid I would love to eat a whole Jeno's or Geno's pizza snack tray. You bought them in the frozen foods section. They came on an aluminum tray with little pizzas of three different flavors. They had six of each I think: Sausage, pepperoni and cheese.....I don't know what I would think about the taste now but I remember them as tasting the best!

                                                                  1. re: playfulotter

                                                                    I loved those mini-pizzas! I remember eating them while watching cartoons when I was little. They were probably the mini-size equivalent of Totino's Party Pizzas, but I also remember them being the best pizza ever. But then I also thought Swanson's pot pies were a treat then too, so I imagine the experience wouldn't be quite the same now.

                                                                    Found a pic:


                                                                    1. re: gmm

                                                                      Wow! just seeking a photo of the pizza snack tray again made my mouth water ...Yum! Thanks for find it.

                                                                      1. re: gmm

                                                                        Great pic....I don't remeber these......I do remember when Totinos had a Nacho Pizza, it had a cornmeal crust with nacho/cheddar cheese and green chilis, it was the best...we would buy them by the case....

                                                                        1. re: Wendywoo523

                                                                          It's enough to bring a tear to a strong man's eye, when one remembers the Totino's glory days of yesteryear. Remember the Mexican variety? If you folded it in half before eating, it was just like a chalupa from Taco Bell except somehow even cheaper. And their strangely compelling crumbled mystery sausage has given way to the soggy rabbit pellets of today. I won't pretend I don't still eat em, but the honeymoon is over.

                                                                        2. re: gmm


                                                                          In this day of 10 and 20 dollar pizza's, it's amazing how tasty a Totino's Pizza really is!
                                                                          I have noticed that I use to have to break off a small edge to get them to fit in my toaster oven and now they have plenty of room to spare. Still taste great for the price.

                                                                        3. re: playfulotter

                                                                          I forgot about those!!
                                                                          I used to LOVE them. Yup - I miss them too..
                                                                          But - what I would kill for to have back - are the Toast-r pizzas! does anyone remember those??
                                                                          man oh man - they were the BEST.
                                                                          and nothing can ever compare..
                                                                          That cracker-y tasting shell, wth that cheesy, tomato-y filling....
                                                                          I can almost taste them now....

                                                                            1. re: goodhealthgourmet

                                                                              lol Thanks!
                                                                              I don't ever remember burning my mouth as so many people seem to have!!

                                                                              God, I miss them!

                                                                            2. re: NellyNel

                                                                              I think Buitoni made them Yes, I loved those too. And Arnold's orange cookies.

                                                                            3. re: playfulotter

                                                                              Yes, and the weird little frozen eggroll things, too.

                                                                              1. re: guilty

                                                                                Oh man, I just don't know. You know how sometimes memory is better then reality? I fear I may be disappointment.......

                                                                                1. re: guilty

                                                                                  Has anyone tried these? They look promising....

                                                                                2. re: cleobeach

                                                                                  OMG!! How could I have forgotten about delfa rolls?! They were my absolute favorite. What happened to them??

                                                                                3. Alpine White bars. I still haven't found a white chocolate bar more satisfying.

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                                                                                  1. Ben and Jerry's used to make the best ice cream sandwich. They stopped making it because the workers were getting carpal tunnel from making them by hand.

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                                                                                    1. re: JohnnyRoaster

                                                                                      Ben & Jerry's is almost as bad as Trader Joe's when it comes to discontinuing favorites. the vastness of their "flavor graveyard" is depressing.

                                                                                      1. re: goodhealthgourmet

                                                                                        It really is depressing! They "resurrected" a few -- only to go back to the graveyard a few months later!! (RIP Rainforest Crunch and Bovinity Divinity!)

                                                                                          1. re: goodhealthgourmet

                                                                                            I worked at the B&J factory back when the ice cream sandwiches were being made and sold. "Brownie Bars" and "Peace Pops". It was assembly line work, switching stations every 30 minutes. It was the hardest job I ever had! I was only 21 y/o at the time fresh from UC Davis so it felt like an adventure. They played great rock music at a really high volume so you could dance the whole time you worked. The shift was 3 pm until midnight. Crazy times! We used to sneak bites of the brownies when the bosses weren't looking--which was most of the time!

                                                                                            1. re: kellylee

                                                                                              Great story! Was it true they stopped making them because of carpal tunnel?

                                                                                              1. re: JohnnyRoaster

                                                                                                Not to my knowledge. I heard that the products were prone to freezer burn and too hard for retailers to care for. B&J's quality standards weren't able to be met reliably. Too bad!
                                                                                                What's really sad is I suffer from carpal tunnel but I never associated the two! Of course, my time at the B&J factory in Springfield, VT was a long time ago.

                                                                                              2. re: kellylee

                                                                                                That explains why some cartons of ice cream always seemed to have only one or two of the pieces of brownie that were advertised on the label . . .

                                                                                                1. re: guilty

                                                                                                  LOL! i think kellylee was only responsible for the sandwiches, so don't blame her :)

                                                                                                  in our house it was because my sister would dig out all the good stuff before anyone else got to it.

                                                                                                  1. re: goodhealthgourmet

                                                                                                    As far as the add-ins for the pints, they used to x-ray (or scan?) a few pints from every batch to make sure that the pint had the correct ratio of goodies to ice cream. The zapped pints then went into a freezer in the employee lunch room. Every worker was allowed to take home 1 pint a day from the freezer.

                                                                                                    As I recall, it was harder to nosh on the treats in the actual ice cream unless a box of heath bars was "dropped" by the fork lift driver and burst open. These also made their way to the lunch room.

                                                                                                    It has been fun remembering back on this experience!

                                                                                                1. re: cleobeach

                                                                                                  several years ago Haagen Dazs had one of their contests to come up with a new flavor, and Food Network did special about it. one of the 3 finalists made Cannoli ice cream, and i kept thinking it would be really smart to offer the flavor and win over all the pissed off B&J customers who missed Holy Cannoli :)

                                                                                                  1. re: goodhealthgourmet

                                                                                                    The wild Maine blueberry was one of my favs as well. Maybe they should revive a couple of flavors from the graveyard every Halloween.

                                                                                                    1. re: JohnnyRoaster

                                                                                                      there's actually a place on their website where you can enter a request to bring back a discontinued flavor...


                                                                                                      1. re: goodhealthgourmet

                                                                                                        In the UK they've discontinued every flavour that I liked (New York Superfudge Chunk, The Full Vermonty and Vanilla Toffee Crunch). I've stopped eating Ben & Jerry's in protest (and because I don't like any of the current flavours, most of them have marshmallow in which is far too sweet). Never mind. I've got HD Pralines & Cream to keep me happy.

                                                                                                        1. re: goodhealthgourmet

                                                                                                          And if you visit their factory in Vermont, they have a lovely graveyard of the discontinued flavors...

                                                                                                      2. re: goodhealthgourmet

                                                                                                        I've seen Cannoli B&J at the market recently, GHG.

                                                                                                  2. re: Sra. Swanky

                                                                                                    I would cut down a rainforest for some rainforest crunch... soooo good!

                                                                                                  3. re: goodhealthgourmet

                                                                                                    Edy's has a few "limited edition" flavors I really would love to see come back. Pink-lemonade sorbet is one taste I will remember forever!

                                                                                                    1. re: goodhealthgourmet

                                                                                                      oh man, "dilbert's totally nuts" was the best!!!

                                                                                                      1. re: tastycakes

                                                                                                        never heard of that one - i had to look it up! based on the description it probably would have been to sweet for me...though now that i think about it, i'd probably find any B&J ice cream to be too sweet now.

                                                                                                      2. re: goodhealthgourmet

                                                                                                        And speaking of Trader Joe's..... I'm trying to learn how to live without their recently discontinued plain nonfat frozen yogurt. It was amazing. I sure hope they bring it back.

                                                                                                        1. re: janetxb

                                                                                                          To hop on the Trader Joe train, my DH was very sad when they stopped carrying the frozen seeded rolls from Germany. It was the closest thing to having broechen in the States.

                                                                                                        2. re: goodhealthgourmet

                                                                                                          I seriously loved B&J's "Purple Passionfruit Sorbet". God,that stuff was good! My friend had an addiction to their pink lemonade sorbet, but I was never able to find it where I live.

                                                                                                        3. re: JohnnyRoaster

                                                                                                          I still keep an eye out for Wavy Gravy. I found it once in one of their ice cream shops here once, for just a short amount of time. You can tell the employees hated to hand-pack those half-gallon containers. They always cringed when I walked in, because I would get two.

                                                                                                          1. re: onceadaylily

                                                                                                            +1 on Wavy Gravy. Soooo good! I did the same thing when they revived it in the scoops shops.

                                                                                                          2. re: JohnnyRoaster

                                                                                                            Coconut Almond Fudge Chip was far and away my all-time favorite Ben and Jerry's flavor. After it was discontinued in the pints, it was carried in the Scoop Shops for just a little while. I didn't care that a scoop was almost the cost of a whole pint. It was great. I think B&J's flavor have really gone downhill over the past few years, with the more premium ingredients getting axed (nuts, most notably). Now, it's the same cheap add-ins recycled in "different" ways. Meh.

                                                                                                            1. re: fracklefoodie

                                                                                                              MY god that sounds dreamy. Did you know Breyer's had Almond Joy ice cream back in 02? it was the best thing ever and of course they took it away and only kept other flavors like Reeses and Milky Way I think which I don't get at all.

                                                                                                              Don't laugh but I've yet in this lifetime to taste any B&J ice cream. Is that odd or what? It's just I never see any flavors like coconut almond joy but ridiculous over the top flavors for infants like triple monkey caramel cake batter is what I see every time I peak in the freezer section so it's not my fault.

                                                                                                          3. I wonder if they still make those Chung King mini egg rolls? My store has stopped carrying them and it hurts my parts.

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                                                                                                            1. re: Perilagu Khan

                                                                                                              Hah, when I first read your post, I saw, "and it hurts my PANTS", and I thought to myself, wow, Perilagu REALLY loved those little fellas.....
                                                                                                              Yep, they still make 'em - you might have to look around but they make'em.

                                                                                                              1. re: Perilagu Khan

                                                                                                                Oh yes, I can eat a hundred of those things. Now where's Costco when you need them?

                                                                                                                1. re: zoey67

                                                                                                                  According to this website, they're produced under the Michelina's brand now.


                                                                                                                  Of course, they're can't be found anywhere near where I am. (I was so close to leaving for the grocery store--and I've been there once today!)

                                                                                                              2. Pizza Puffs. Cheeto-style rectangular moon-shaped puffs, suppose to taste like a freeze-dried pizza. I loved them and ate them by the bagfuls in the 70s. Got nostaltic about year ago, went on-line to see if they are still around but can't seem to find any reference to this item.

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                                                                                                                1. re: rinkatink888

                                                                                                                  Yeah! I remember those...Teenager in Denver, loved them-Clover club, maybe? And Aspen Soda, an apple soda that was really yummy. And Chocodiles. Nomnomnom

                                                                                                                  1. re: rinkatink888

                                                                                                                    My best friend and I loved those in high school. The bad thing about this thread is it reminds you of things you forgot you loved, and of course now you crave them and you're out of luck.

                                                                                                                    Found this page - but the pic doesn't look familiar. I think the brand we got was different.

                                                                                                                    1. re: rinkatink888

                                                                                                                      If you can find Herr's products in your area, they make a Deep Dish Pizza Cheese Curl that tastes a lot like Pizza Puffs. We don't have Herr's products in my area, and I almost ordered some online, but by a total fluke, Winco has been carrying Herr's products and I spotted some today and picked up three bags. :)

                                                                                                                      1. re: gmm

                                                                                                                        Herr's makes potato chips in some of the doggonest flavors imaginable too...hot dog with mustard...steak...Heinz ketchup...and maybe my favorite...sweet corn! Corn flavored potato chips. What next, potato flavored corn chips?? For a while, Kmart was carrying their products, but not any more; right now the only stores in my area (northern Wisconsin) that handle Herr's are (of all things) a big-box lumber and hardware chain called Menard's.

                                                                                                                    2. Concentrate cereal and Reds tamales

                                                                                                                      1. Koogle flavored peanut butter. It's not that I miss it so much as I think of it on occasion fondly as I remember the good parts of my 70's childhood. My favorite flavor was the cinnamon and I enjoyed it most straight out of the jar.

                                                                                                                        1. My husband misses the marathon bars but will settle for twirly whirly. he also misses the carnation instant breakfast bars. i miss smurfberry crunch....i have no idea why but am extremely nostalgic for it.

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                                                                                                                          1. re: pickychicky1979

                                                                                                                            As I stated above, check out www.sodapopstop.com They carry the marathon bars. they have old candy as well as soda.

                                                                                                                            1. re: pickychicky1979

                                                                                                                              I miss the Crunchy peanut (or was it peanut butter) Carnation Instant breakfast bars too, not so much the chocolate chip ones though. Mostly for fond remembrance than actually wanting to eat one every morning like I used to.

                                                                                                                              1. re: pickychicky1979

                                                                                                                                Marathon Bars were great,also loved the caravelle bar,and the reggie bar,great 1970's candies..

                                                                                                                                1. re: cantbeatgoodfood

                                                                                                                                  I liked Reggie Bars. They hold a special place in my awareness because they were the first candy bar that I noticed had a "chocolately" coating. Prior to that, I thought ALL coatings were real chocolate.

                                                                                                                                1. re: Bob W

                                                                                                                                  Along those lines - Whip 'n Chill. I don't miss it in the sense of, if it was still around I'd still be buying it - when I'm in the mood for that sort of thing now I make a Bavarian Cream. which is a grownup version of the same sort of thing - but it was one of my teenage food faves.

                                                                                                                                  1. re: BobB

                                                                                                                                    Oh, I used to use that on Jello-Cake, and I haven't found a substitute!

                                                                                                                                    1. re: BobB

                                                                                                                                      Like BobB, I don't realy want any, but I remember those products from time to time with pleasure.

                                                                                                                                    2. re: Bob W

                                                                                                                                      me too. I recently found a version of the stuff at a cheapie store so bought it and tried it, just to see if I'd get the desired 3 layers........ nope!

                                                                                                                                      1. re: iL Divo

                                                                                                                                        Did you go one layer at a time or plunge your spoon to the bottom to get all three layers in each bite? I was a very neat one-layer-at-a-time guy.

                                                                                                                                    3. Stella d'Oro Como Delights.

                                                                                                                                      1. Planter's cheese curlz in the blue can.

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                                                                                                                                              1. re: linguafood

                                                                                                                                                Cheetos Crunchy took care of that for me...but there was never an acceptable substitute for the balls :)

                                                                                                                                                  1. re: goodhealthgourmet

                                                                                                                                                    I too loved the Cheez Balls. A million times better than Cheetos.

                                                                                                                                                  2. re: linguafood

                                                                                                                                                    I miss these too. Perfect texture and flavor.

                                                                                                                                                    1. re: linguafood

                                                                                                                                                      Loved the potato stix in the planters the blue ? can,also they sold in plastic wrapped bags...

                                                                                                                                                    2. Apple Newtons....how could they get rid of Apple but still hold onto Strawberry?!! I used to nuke them in the microwave for 10 secs - like a little apple pie fix!

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                                                                                                                                                      1. re: Sra. Swanky

                                                                                                                                                        mmm...apple newtons were WAY better than STRAWBERRY! ugh!

                                                                                                                                                      2. Sara Lee brownies and all butter chocolate cake and Duff Gordon Nina sherry.

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                                                                                                                                                        1. re: tim irvine

                                                                                                                                                          my husband might actually divorce me if Sara Lee brought back her frozen orange cake with white colored frosting. I can only now present my version..............which is the best cake I make, so that's not too bad..........but hers, was the best to him

                                                                                                                                                          1. re: iL Divo

                                                                                                                                                            Oh, yes, that orange cake was delicious! We've "recreated" it, but it's still not the same! BTW, you can special order it if you've got a lot of people to serve or you just want to hoard it in the freezer. ; )


                                                                                                                                                            Gratuitous picture from Australian foodservice website:


                                                                                                                                                            1. re: sknittymama

                                                                                                                                                              I loved Sara Lee's banana cake. The one that they are now selling has to be a different recipe....not nearly as good. Also, vanilla popsicles.

                                                                                                                                                        2. I want Friendly's Maple Walnut Ice Cream!

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                                                                                                                                                          1. re: therealdoctorlew

                                                                                                                                                            You can still get it! (Although the online menu says it varies by location - good luck!)

                                                                                                                                                          2. in the realm of ice cream...Frusen Glädjé. that stuff ROCKED.

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                                                                                                                                                            1. re: goodhealthgourmet

                                                                                                                                                              Oh yes!!! Was it available nationwide, or just in SoCal?

                                                                                                                                                              1. re: jjw

                                                                                                                                                                nationwide - i used to eat it growing up in Jersey. it was discontinued long before i came out West

                                                                                                                                                              2. re: goodhealthgourmet

                                                                                                                                                                Frusen-Gladje's Pralines and Cream flavor was one of my favorite ice creams of all time.

                                                                                                                                                                The "discontinued" food I miss the most is Callard and Bowser's butterscotch. Altoids became so popular, the company decided to concentrate on nothing but Altoids.

                                                                                                                                                                1. re: Jay F

                                                                                                                                                                  my favorites were mint chip, chocolate chocolate chip, and coffee.

                                                                                                                                                                  sigh. FG really was the best ice cream EVER.

                                                                                                                                                                  1. re: Jay F

                                                                                                                                                                    our favorite ice cream of all time "was" [AAARGH :(] Crystal triple vanilla fantasy.
                                                                                                                                                                    Got it in Northern California at Raley's or Jumbo's or MarVal..........sooooooooooooooo good

                                                                                                                                                                    1. re: Jay F

                                                                                                                                                                      Callard and Bowser butterscotch is DEAD???

                                                                                                                                                                      Oh. WAIL!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

                                                                                                                                                                      1. re: Beckyleach

                                                                                                                                                                        It's been awhile now. I keep hoping I'll find them again, but so far, no good. And nothing else tastes like them.

                                                                                                                                                                        But you can get those ****ed Altoids everywhere, in a zillion flavors.

                                                                                                                                                                        1. re: Beckyleach

                                                                                                                                                                          I really miss Callard and Bowser's black licorice toffee. But I found a recipe for it on allrecipes.com. I made it *without* the black food coloring, and if I closed my eyes, I thought it was the real thing.

                                                                                                                                                                        2. re: Jay F

                                                                                                                                                                          I miss Callard & Bowser's too. Have had to make do with Werther's as a substitute.

                                                                                                                                                                          1. re: eclecticsynergy

                                                                                                                                                                            Forgot about Callard & Bowsers -- those should have been on my list. The butterscotch and licorice were my favorites. Werther's butterscotch is a poor substitute. And Regal Crown Sours, as noted downthread.

                                                                                                                                                                            I just realized everything on my list(s) is sweet. So to balance things out: Pizza Spins, the pinwheel cracker things with pizza spice from the 60s-70s. And those Old London wafer-sandwich snacks with that super-intense bright orange "cheese" filling.

                                                                                                                                                                        3. re: goodhealthgourmet

                                                                                                                                                                          Yes, Yes, YES! Cassis flavor ice and something with choclate and almonds!

                                                                                                                                                                          1. re: goodhealthgourmet

                                                                                                                                                                            In the early '80's there was a Fruse Gladje stand at Bradley International Airport in CT.

                                                                                                                                                                          2. Does anybody remember a product called 'Great Shakes'? It was a vanilla, chocolate and maybe strawberry flavored powder to mix with milk. It came out kind of thick. I only have vague memories of this from when I was very young, but remember them fondly.

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                                                                                                                                                                              1. re: goodhealthgourmet

                                                                                                                                                                                The TV commercial was a little before my time, but it's the same product.

                                                                                                                                                                              2. re: John E.

                                                                                                                                                                                LOVED Great Shakes. I've never been able to drink plain milk.

                                                                                                                                                                              3. Little cherry turnovers in the refrigerated dough section. You unwrapped the dough roll and carefully tore out the triangles and rolled them up with the cherry pie filling. After they were baked you squeezed the vanilla icing onto them. They weren't real puffy or flakey but boy did they make a great late night snack for my cousins and me on weekends.

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                                                                                                                                                                                1. re: givemecarbs

                                                                                                                                                                                  Pillsbury has something that may be like this in the refrigerated dough section. I remember seeing apple turnovers but I am not certain if I saw cherry though.

                                                                                                                                                                                  1. re: givemecarbs

                                                                                                                                                                                    hum.....how could I get the cherry pie filling inside my profiteroles? Hum...................then do a vanilla glaze on top...........hum............

                                                                                                                                                                                    1. re: givemecarbs

                                                                                                                                                                                      Just bought the apple ones at Super WalMart $2.36. No cherry though. Have not seen it in any grocery store for an ocean of time.

                                                                                                                                                                                    2. Not very houndie, and I realize it's probably something that can be easily duplicated and/or improved upon, but I do have fond memories of Stouffer's Lobster Newburg.

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                                                                                                                                                                                      1. re: Bryan Pepperseed

                                                                                                                                                                                        What a fun post. While this has been mentioned in another post, what I miss, especially from the 1970's and being a little kid, was "Taco Flavored Doritoes." The plain, "Taco" flavored ones if anyone remembers. My used to make a 1970's old recipe of "Taco Salad" with those chips in it.

                                                                                                                                                                                        You can't get those chips anymore. I do not know when it was discontinued, 80's?

                                                                                                                                                                                        1. re: natewrites

                                                                                                                                                                                          Fritos makes something you might like. I can't remember exactly what it's called, but it has "Taco" in the name.

                                                                                                                                                                                          1. re: natewrites

                                                                                                                                                                                            Doritos is making taco-flavored doritos again. They really do taste like tacos.

                                                                                                                                                                                            1. re: Jackie007

                                                                                                                                                                                              Lime n Chile tostitos. They were so much stronger flavored than today's weak "hint of lime" version.

                                                                                                                                                                                            2. re: natewrites

                                                                                                                                                                                              These were my familys favorite treat when I was a kid.

                                                                                                                                                                                              Once when I was really young, I decided to take the chips out, suck off the taco flavor, and put each chip back in the bag.
                                                                                                                                                                                              Boy, was my aunt Marie pissed when she dug into a bunch of wet, soggy, tasteless Dorito's!

                                                                                                                                                                                              1. re: Bryan Pepperseed

                                                                                                                                                                                                I never had the Stouffer's Lobster Newburg but I wish I had. I loved the Chicken Divan which was white chicken meat over broccoli spears in a creamy white cheese sauce. I haven't seen that one in a long time!

                                                                                                                                                                                                1. re: playfulotter

                                                                                                                                                                                                  I was also a fan of the chicken divan, but my all-time favorite Stouffer's item that's discontinued is the creamed chicken. It was chunks of chicken in a creamy, chicken-flavored sauce and came in a boil-in-bag. I'd throw some spaghetti in with it while it was cooking and 10-12 minutes later, WA-LA! Dinner was ready. I loved this meal back in my college days.

                                                                                                                                                                                                  1. re: agoodbite

                                                                                                                                                                                                    My most lamented no longer available Stouffer product is Noodles Romanoff. Man, I loved that stuff, especially when it was baked in the oven so that the cheese got a little crusty on top.

                                                                                                                                                                                                    1. re: HuntingtonWoodsKid

                                                                                                                                                                                                      I don't think Stouffer's makes their corn souffle anymore, and I loved that stuff.

                                                                                                                                                                                                        1. re: mamachef

                                                                                                                                                                                                          They do still make it, but it seems to be one of their less well-distributed varieties. Whenever I find it, I buy a couple.

                                                                                                                                                                                                          1. re: mamachef

                                                                                                                                                                                                            I also don't think they make their spinach souffle. I used to make a great easy quiche with that and swiss and some browned onions.

                                                                                                                                                                                                              1. re: goodhealthgourmet

                                                                                                                                                                                                                thanks so much - I think my store must have stopped carrying it - and I just assumed...... I know.....

                                                                                                                                                                                                                1. re: smilingal

                                                                                                                                                                                                                  no worries ;) ask the store manager if they can still order it for you. if they carry other products in the line, the distributor probably still has this one available too.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                  1. re: goodhealthgourmet

                                                                                                                                                                                                                    I can eat one of those spinach souffles for dinner by itself. A little lemon pepper and wah lah, I am happy.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                    1. re: Sue in Mt P

                                                                                                                                                                                                                      I used to make a great spinach quiche with it - adding lots of swiss, some browned onions, not sure much else - put it in a deep dish store bought crust - and that was truly a Voi-la!

                                                                                                                                                                                                    2. A type of cookie - in a yellow package called Devils Food Cakes. It was a rectangular cake with a hard chocolate shell. Snack Wells makes a similar product but not as good.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                      1. re: Betharu

                                                                                                                                                                                                        What ever happened to Dolly Madison products? It's getting near Halloween, and I can remember The Peanuts' Halloween episode would always come on TV followed by commercials for Dolly Madison.

                                                                                                                                                                                                        You can still see Dolly Madison cupcakes now and then , but you NEVER see the commericals anymore. I wonder why.

                                                                                                                                                                                                        1. re: natewrites

                                                                                                                                                                                                          "You can still see Dolly Madison cupcakes now and then , but you NEVER see the commericals anymore. I wonder why."
                                                                                                                                                                                                          they're owned by Interstate Bakeries, which also owns Hostess & Drakes, so they're probably just not a marketing priority. i totally remember those packages of the chocolate glazed "Donut Gems" in the vending machines at school!

                                                                                                                                                                                                        2. Jello pudding pops. I loved the chocolate vanilla swirl.

                                                                                                                                                                                                          Also, the only microwave popcorn I've ever loved, Orville Redenbacher's garlic and herb popcorn. It smelled really funky as it was popping, but had such a pleasing savory bite to it. It's been a good fifteen years since I've found it, but I still keep my eyes open for it.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                          1. re: onceadaylily

                                                                                                                                                                                                            Popsicle is making Pudding Pops again, though not in the same shape.

                                                                                                                                                                                                            I actually liked the non-pudding Jell-O pops better -- something about that thin ice crust over the sherbet interior. Sadly, those haven't been resurrected.

                                                                                                                                                                                                            1. re: dtremit

                                                                                                                                                                                                              Now it's starting to feel like Christmas. I knew that package of freezer-burned English muffins was just a place-holder for something better! Thanks for the heads up.

                                                                                                                                                                                                              1. re: dtremit

                                                                                                                                                                                                                Oh this is awesome news. I craved those when I was pregnant. Must see if I can find them...

                                                                                                                                                                                                                1. re: dtremit

                                                                                                                                                                                                                  Oh my, how I loved those jell-o pops! The fruit ones, not the pudding ones. When I saw Jell-O pudding pops in the freezer section again, I gleefully watched out for the fruit jell-o pops, but alas, they never appeared.

                                                                                                                                                                                                              2. Do they still make Mystic Mints cookies? Like mint infused Oreos covered in chocolate. My groc. doesn't sell them anymore. Yum! But, be warned, one too many and nausea!

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                1. re: kellylee

                                                                                                                                                                                                                  +1 for Mystic Mints...we gorged ourselves on those when I was younger.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                2. Pepperidge Farm crusty rolls. The stuff they make now isn't the same. These came partially pre-baked (you had to finish in the oven). They came in 2 sizes - sandwich size, a mini loaf about 6" long, and dinner roll size. They came packaged in a box, not a plastic bag. I don't think they were in the freezer section. I googled this a few weeks back and came up with something that looked about right but seemed to be only available commercially (wholesale, not retail) but I can't find those links now. It's not the same as the "Hearty" line, that came out around 2005 or 2006. These were dusted with cornmeal and they were not baked enough to look brown. These were used to make "French Bread pizza" in the pizzeria I worked in in the 70's, and by a local Italian place for their bread-in-a-basket and as the vehicle for their (WONDERFUL) eggplant subs. They tasted great!

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                  1. re: ZenSojourner

                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Found it! I don't know that these are the same but they sound like they might be. Apparently available wholesale only, by the case.



                                                                                                                                                                                                                  2. Jello Pudding Pops for sure!

                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Sara Lee banana cake with that supersweet icing...

                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Royal Butterscotch Pudding, the real one, not that instant dreck. Was the best, and they only discontinued it a year or so ago.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Stewarts Box Of Chocolates ice cream, had a wonderful almond undertone.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                    And for nostalgia's sake, anybody remember Screaming Yellow Zonkers? Kind of a buttertoffee take on Cracker Jack in a wacky 70s package...

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                    1. re: eclecticsynergy

                                                                                                                                                                                                                      "anybody remember Screaming Yellow Zonkers?"
                                                                                                                                                                                                                      yes! it was sweet glazed popcorn...like Fiddle Faddle without the peanuts.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                      1. re: goodhealthgourmet

                                                                                                                                                                                                                        Conagra bought Screaming Yellow Zonkers and discontinued them. I thought the black boxes were clever with all the sayings printed on them. Conagra also makes Fiddle Faddle.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                          1. re: iL Divo

                                                                                                                                                                                                                            Remember??? Screaming Yellow Zonkers were NEW when I was a teenager.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                            Hmmph. ;-)

                                                                                                                                                                                                                      2. re: eclecticsynergy

                                                                                                                                                                                                                        +1 for Sara Lee Banana cake! I think they still make it in an individually wrapped single serving.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                        1. I miss Cott Mint Ginger Ale. It was green and sweet and tasted oh so good. Tom Tucker is still in stores but does not taste as good to me without the coloring. And if I colored it myself, it wouldn"t be the same

                                                                                                                                                                                                                          1. Hydrox and

                                                                                                                                                                                                                            Hydrox and Grapette. Not necessarily at the same time.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                            1. Swanson's TV dinners in partitioned aluminum trays.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                              Especially the Salisbury Steak ones with an apple pie for dessert.


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                                                                                                                                                                                                                              1. re: ipsedixit

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                ipse, you just sent me on such a trip down memory lane! the peas were good but the carrots never got soft, and the mashed potatoes had to be eaten right away while they were still hot, otherwise they got hard & crusty (i burned the roof of my mouth on them EVERY time). the apple pie was my favorite part - the top crust was always too dry, so i would pick it off and dig into the gooey, sweet filling and that soft, gummy bottom crust :)

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                1. re: goodhealthgourmet

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  Yeah, ever since they switched to those microwaveable plastic black trays, it's never been the same.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  I think I loved everything about the Swanson's TV dinners, esp. the Salisbury Steak ones. I'd eat the carrots and peas first (as I considered it a palate cleanser and a way to stimulate the senses), then I would also spoon some of the gravy in the steak tray for the mashed potatoes, and eat those together in one synergistic spoonful of food nirvana after another. Then, I'd break about the apple pie and mix the filling with the crust into one big mess that looked almost like baby food mixed with croutons, and downed it all with one big smile on my little face.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  I'm getting hungry just reminiscing. And I just had lunch (with lemon ice cream ... more on that later).

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  1. re: ipsedixit

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    ever have the boneless fried chicken dinner? the corn was always chewy, but i loved to peel off the breading, chop it into pieces and mix it into the mashed potatoes. the one thing that always bugged me was the way a piece of corn would inevitably get lodged in the chocolate cake/brownie. ruined the whole thing for me.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    1. re: goodhealthgourmet

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      the one thing that always bugged me was the way a piece of corn would inevitably get lodged in the chocolate cake/brownie. ruined the whole thing for me.



                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      1. re: ipsedixit

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        My definition of a typical frozen dinner is peas, mashed potatoes with peas, sliced turkey in gravy with peas, and a small chocolate brownie. With peas!

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    2. re: ipsedixit

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      Regarding ipsedixit's approach to the Swanson's Salisbury staek dinner: Precisely how I approached that meal, I believe.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  2. re: ipsedixit

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    A couple of years ago (was it the 50th anniversay of TV dinners?) Swanon's sold some in the aluminum trays for nostolgia reasons. I still think most of the frozen dinners turn out better when reheated in the oven instead of the microwave. (Not that we have them too often, too much salt).

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    1. re: ipsedixit

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      My mom used to give us these when my dad worked late. It was such a treat because we actually got to eat them and watch TV....a big no-no in our house. I loved the potatoes and the pie, everything else was usually left in my tray.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      1. re: ipsedixit

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        Oh gosh yes- even the little burnt edges were great.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        1. re: ipsedixit

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          Oh brilliant!
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          My favorite was the stuffing under the turkey - and the cranberry cobbler!

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          and always some cobbler would end up in the stuffing - and some stuffing in with the cobbler...mmmm all good

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          this was a reply to the Swanson dinner pics by Ipsedixit

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        2. Regal crown hard candies...came in a roll, the cherry and the lemon were sooo good, nice and sour.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          1. re: prunefeet

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            Speaking of hard candy, what happened to Juicefuls? I would have thought that would be a candy that someone would keep making.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            1. re: John E.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              I used to go crazy for those - especially the Peach!!

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            2. re: prunefeet

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              Loved the cherry Regal Crown. There was another hard candy, from France, that came in these tins. I liked their raspberry and strawberry flavors. They were much more expensive than American candy. Can't think of the name, other than "Les Framboises" ou "Les Fraises."

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              1. re: Jay F

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                La Vie de La Vosgienne Les Framboises are still available pretty much everywhere I go here in California. I remember first trying them as a kid back in the 70's, on a trip to Disney World. If you have a candy shop or Whole Foods near you, try there. If not, you can order them by the ten tin box from Amazon at http://www.amazon.com/Vie-Vosgienne-F... for $15, though it would be all one flavor. There's the raspberry, strawberry, orange, cherry and lemon flavors to choose from. I'm with you though, raspberry was always my favorite. In fact, I think I have a fresh tin here somewhere... think it's time for something sweet!

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                1. re: DarkRose

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  Dark Rose, I am just noticing this three years later. Thanks so much.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              2. re: prunefeet

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                Grape was my favorite! After a couple of those, I'd be in a permanent pucker!

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              3. I miss pretty girls on beer bottles :D

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                1. re: Chemicalkinetics

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  "The prettiest girl I ever saw
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  was sipping Hoffman's through a straw."

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  Radio commercial for Hoffman's soda, a New Jersey treat in the 1960s.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  1. re: Jay F

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    :) She is a very classy lady. Drinking beer with a straw.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                2. I loved those Pepperidge Farm chocolate cookies. I believe they were simply called Brownie. In those days, I could/would eat one after another. .

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  1. re: Babyducks

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Pepperidge Farm still makes a "Dark Chocolate Brownie" cookie - it's a soft-baked chocolate cookie with chocolate chunks.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    1. re: goodhealthgourmet

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      I liked it when cookies were crisp (with a few good exceptions, like 'Hermits.' )

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  2. When I was a kid, LOVED Space Food Sticks. And echoing an upthread memory, my mom would sometimes make lemon Whip and Chill as a treat.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    1. re: nofunlatte

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      I think those sticks were made by Carnation. They also made Breakfast Bars. Yum!

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      1. re: nofunlatte

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        Oh yes....a space food stick washed down with Tang. Hated the Tang though.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        1. re: poptart

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          Space food sticks were just ok, but I LOVED Grapefruit Tang. I have searched and unable to find it- anyone know if it's available?

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        2. re: nofunlatte

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          OMG! Space Food Sticks brings back a hilarious memory from the past! I have 2 younger brothers. When I was about 14, they would have been 6 & 7 yrs old. They "discovered" what they thought was a secret stash of Space Food Sticks hidden in the bathroom. Unfortunately for them, the secret stash actually turned out to be a box of TAMPONS!! ROFLMAO!!!!!

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          1. re: wrldsworstcook

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            I think all little boys used to discover those. My friend and I found them and used them as bazookas for our G.I. Joes. I seem to recall his mother having a good laugh while we were bewildered.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          2. re: nofunlatte

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            Yes, I have great memories of space food sticks, especially the peanut butter flavor!

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            1. re: nofunlatte

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              Pillsbury Food sticks- YUM- just got a flashback of those in the movie "Super 8".

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              Also, Figurines in the chocolate mint flavor and Hershey's Bar None candy Bars

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            2. Rachel's Double Chocolate Brownies.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              Used to be able to get them at 7-11. Small, very dense brownie, tightly cell-o-wrapped on a piece of stiff white carboard, just the size of the brownie so it presented itself as a small clear package.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              1. Howard Johnson's ice cream...I think my favorite flavor was butter crunch. Clam strips weren't bad either!!

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                1. re: mom22tots

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  my husband always always always ordered the fried clams.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  his favorite.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  for me, it was their ice cream too

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  1. re: iL Divo

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Sunshine Lemon Coolers. And Nabisco Cookie Parade. And some kind of chocolate sticks- I just can't remember what they were called. But they were so good, kind of chewy, like a cross between a brownie and a tootsie roll.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    My grandpa also always ate Horlicks malt tablets. I used to steal handfuls of them and hide :) I recently found out that they are available in England. I just might have to order some!

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    1. re: Miri1

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      YES--Sunshine Lemon Coolers! I could polish off the whole box as a teenager.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      1. re: cgj

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        Loved Lemon Coolers! If I had a box here and now, I'd do it again:) I remember sucking off the powered sugar from them before biting into the cookie part.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        I also liked those flat date/fig cookies that were three or four long planks in a skinny package. I can't remember the name, but they were good. You'd have to break them apart, or be "forced" to eat the whole plank in a single session. I had some in Australia last year, but for some reason we don't have them in the US.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        1. re: stopurmakingmehungry

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          Saw a recipe online for a copycat version of the Lemon Cooler cookies. I might have to try them! :)

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      2. re: iL Divo

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        Yes, we stopped at Howards on road trips, and I always had clam strips ...got a shake for the road. Loved them!

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    2. Morton mini sugar and spice donuts. They were frozen and you heated them in the oven.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      1. re: wekick

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        Yes! Mortons donuts were always a treat!

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      2. As Halloween approaches, I remember fondly one of my favorite Halloween treats, Fizzers. They are still made in England, but I don't see them in the stores anymore.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        1. C.W. Post granola. I don't even know if I would like it now, but I have such fond memories of eating it as a kid. That and jell-o pops (not the pudding kind).

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          1. re: mollyomormon

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            i *loved* CW Post - the one without raisins. after they discontinued it, the best substitute i could find was the clusters in Honey Bunches of Oats. lo and behold, Post now makes "Just Bunches!" of course i can't eat it anymore because of the gluten, but i'll bet it's a darn close approximation if you want to try it.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            1. re: goodhealthgourmet

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              Hahahaha! That is exactly what I switched to when they discontinued CW Post! I haven't yet tried Just Bunches, but you're probably right!

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          2. Pull-apart dinner rolls. They came in a "loaf" shape like bread. There were 2 loafs to a package and each loaf had about 8 tear off slices. Very light and fluffy. Can't remember if they were made by Franz or Wonder bread. But served hot, they were so delicious. Always had them at holiday's.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            1. Choco-lite chocolate bars!! They were my favourite and now I can only find Aero bars. Still good but not as many air bubbles.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              I'm sad they are not making all those Callard and Bowser flavours. We loved the toffees and the licorice toffee and didn't they make lemon drops, too?

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              Regal Crown sours, as someone posted above, were awesome! I loved the cherry and kind of remember they made a root beer one too but now I'm not sure. Not sure who did make them. REEDS, it was Reeds and they had cinnamon and maybe butter scotch as well. Oh, I think I lived on Reeds root beer rolls...so delicious!

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              1. re: MinkeyMonkey


                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                Hershey's now makes their version of a chocolate bar with air bubbles. I haven't had it so I can't tell you how close it is, but it might be worth checking out!!

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                1. re: kubasd23

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  It's actually quite good. They make aerated Kisses too.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              2. Romanoff Potatoes - the only "instant" potatoes I ever bought. I can't remember who made them, but they came in a box - maybe Betty Crocker or Uncle Ben's? They were so good!! We loved them, and they were so easy. I've tried from scratch recipes but haven't found any as good as those were.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                1. re: Lotti

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  I used to love the Betty Crocker Noodles Romanoff. When I was newly married I would mix it with a can of tuna . I've also tried the from scratch and definately not as good.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  1. re: Babyducks

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Noodles Romanoff is still the best boxed noodle around....I miss it like crazy...what don't they bring it back??

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    1. re: christy1122

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      Favorite here too ... Nothing quite comes close.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      1. re: christy1122

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        adored that stuff, it's been gone 4vr

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    1. re: silvergirl

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      I had forgotten about PDQ (I had to look it up). I think we mostly had Nesles Quick when I was a kid. My mom wouldn't even buy chocolate milk since we had the powder stuff. Everyone knows it's not the same thing. (A very poor substitute was Hershey's syrup, it just didn't taste as good as the other chocolate drink mixes).

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      1. re: John E.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        Oh, I think I preferred the chocolate milk made with Hershy's syrup, but I only like dark chocolate to this day. I wonder if you prefer milk chocolate? I'm in research mode here!

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        1. re: vjgower

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          Actually, I do like dark chocolate. For some reason I didn't like Hershey's syrup in milk as much as Nestle's Quick. I suppose I was just a stubborn kid who thought it wasn't special enough because we always had a can of it in the refrigerator. My brother use to put it on his Malto Meal and Ralston hot cereal.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    2. I just thought of a couple others that I miss.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      - KFC Chicken Littles

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      - Rocky Road cereal (from Post)

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      - Willy Wonka Oompas candy.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        1. re: ipsedixit

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          OMG!!! LOOOVED KFC Chicken Littles! I still think about them....thin, not-too-crisp chicken patty (thinner than a chicken nugget), soft little bun and just a "dot" of mayo...Mmmmm...wish they'd come back.....

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        2. Hostess Pudding Pies! Tasty-Klair pies can't come close. :(

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          1. Wakefield Snow Crab - It came in small (6 oz.) packages. I used to squeeze all the packing liquid out of it and put it in Macaroni Salad. Rich's acquired them some time back, and dropped the Wakefield frozen crab line.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            As to the PF cookie...it was a Brownie Sandwich cookie...and it was Marvelous. I miss it, too.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            1. re: mcsheridan

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              I used to LOVE Bon Bons... the chocolate covered ice cream balls made by Carnation, I think. They used to come in a tub. Similar to the Dibs they make now but they were bigger. Oh, those were so good. And VanDeKamps cream cheese frosted carrot cupcakes. My dad used to buy those for us as a treat. Mmmmm!

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              1. re: Miri1

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                Oh, Toffuti-O's! Frozen ice-cream-like stuff made from soy. Round chocolate covered rings. I loved those things! And chocolate Tofutti! Not any other kind. I think they still make the regular Tofutti but nobody carries it anymore. Well SOMEBODY must, but none of the grocery stores I go to have had any for like 15 years.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                1. re: Miri1

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  Trader Joes is selling bon bons.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  1. re: ritab

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Not quite the same, though. I miss the old ones in the round carton. Now there are just Dibs and they're so SMALL! :(

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              2. Waleeco Coconut Bars -- similar to Mounds, a little denser maybe. Nice dark chocolate coating.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                Here's the company that made and then killed these wonderful bars. Just tossed them aside like a worn-out broom.


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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                1. re: Bob W

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  How cruel! Don't they know that once they have us hooked they must support the habit for LIFE?

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  I do recognize those candies though. I never see them in stores anymore. Of course I don't Xmas shop so maybe that's when they come out. I remember always having them around Xmas time when I was a kid.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  1. re: ZenSojourner

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    We always had tons of ribbon candy too. Always loved busting it up. I find it interesting that only this one company makes it any more.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    1. re: Bob W

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      Some smaller local places near us (in NH) still make ribbon candy at Christmas, but Waleecos, those I really miss.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  2. re: Bob W

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    And they decided to stick with the ribbon candy? I am convinced my grandmother bought this solely for the purpose of having something pretty in the glass jars that lined the top of her harpsicord. The only time I ever asked for a piece, she seemed very perturbed, and it took her a good minute to pry off a chunk.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    1. re: onceadaylily

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      Hahahaha, that is hilarious! My grandparents kept jars of ribbon candy, too. They had them lined up on the organ and the twenty-thousand-foot-long stereo/record player/tv. We would wait till they were asleep so we could gorge ourselves with candies but they were all stuck together! We finally convinced her to stop getting the ribbon kind and move on the the individually wrapped kind. Much easier to sneak!

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      And, now that I'm reminded of granny's candy collections, I miss the Humbugs in a can. I think they still make them but they don't taste the same to me. Could be due to the fact that granny's humbugs were bought in Canada and they hadn't been there in years...

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      1. re: MinkeyMonkey

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        I had to google Humbugs, but the minute I saw the image, I laughed. I remember those. How deprived we were, compared to this current generation, that those were a vast improvement in the candy jar.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        My other grandmother always had butterscotch candies and Velma mints. But I wasn't allowed to touch the walls in her house, so it was a toss-up as to who I liked better.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        1. re: onceadaylily

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          "My other grandmother always had butterscotch candies and Velma mints. '
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          do you mean Velamints? i loved the shape and the way they dissolved so evenly!

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          1. re: goodhealthgourmet

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            Lemon drops. I loved lemon drops. I can hardly find them these days. Not lemon heads, but the lemon hard candys with the gritty sugar coating on the outside that made them rough as sandpaper when you first popped them in your mouth.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              1. re: goodhealthgourmet

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                Yeah, that's them! I can find them every once in awhile at Dollar General, but I hardly ever go to Dollar General so I don't get them often.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              2. re: ZenSojourner

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                Target carries them under their "Market Pantry" brand. They call them "Lemon Rounds". My kids love them.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              3. re: goodhealthgourmet

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                Yes, thanks, Velamints. They were square, sweet for a mint, and very silky on the tongue. I think they still make them, at least as of a few years ago.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            1. re: MinkeyMonkey

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              I don't remember my grandmother having any ribbon candy, but she had this little wooden box with a hinged lid that hung on a post at the bottom of the basement stairs and it had candy in it, usually those little suckers with the loop handles. I wonder what ever happened to that little box? (I bet one of my cousins took it. My dad and brother had to change the locks on her house on the day of the funeral so that my oldest uncle and his kids didn't ransack the place).

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              1. re: John E.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                I remember those, Saf-T-Pops. I remembered looking for them for Halloween one year. Couldn't find them anywhere, though it appears they are still made by Spangler. Anyone seen them in stores recently?

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                1. re: gmm

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  I know someone who manages one of the plants. I can ask him. Some of their stuff is only seasonal.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  1. re: gmm

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Those Saf-T-Pops (and Reed suckers) were my favorite lollipops as a kid! They still are--or would be--if I could find them!

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    The Saf-T-Pops are available, here in California, at Smart and Final. The green suckers are now sour apple instead of lime.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  2. re: John E.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    John E: Now, here we have the beginning of a good story. What kind of box are you talking about, and why was it hanging on the basement rail? And I do not understand the candy you are describing with the loop handles. However, it is all interesting, as is the problem with the cousin and uncle. I hope you use all this to start a book.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    1. re: vjgower

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      He's talking about Saf-T-Pops. These were suckers with a loop handle, instead of a stick. I don't remember any children wounding themselves on the straight sticks, but whatever.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      It's funny, after this thread, I asked my MIL to find out which regions and stores still sell them, and everyone misunderstood what I wanted, and I was sent a bag of the suckers, instead of the distribution information.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      1. re: vjgower

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        My grandparents' stairs to the basement were open on one side and there was a post at the foot of the stairs. My grandfather built the house and the post was one of two in the basement holding the floor up.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        The box was just a little wooden box with a hinged lid that held treats, usually the little suckers. I'm sure my grandmother made sure it held some candy when she knew we were coming. We lived 200 miles away. My cousins lived 2 miles away. She also always seemed to have bottles of Orange Crush in her root/fruit cellar. My grandparents never owned a car. My grandmother would push a wheelbarrow the three blocks to and from the grocery store and later she used a Radio Flyer child's wagon.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        1. re: vjgower

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          I understood John E's suckers with the looped handles to be Saf-T-Pops

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          (If a kid runs with the pop in his mouth, he wouldn't have the back of the throat impaled by a long straight stick).

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          And agreed on the book.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          1. re: gaffk

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            Must be a regional item. We don't have any of of the grocery stores mentioned on the Saf-T-Pop website on the west coast. We do have Office Depot and Staples, though. Don't really need the pops now that Halloween has passed, but I'll have to check the next time I need office supplies.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    2. re: onceadaylily

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      You all are killing me with the ribbon candy memories!

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      My grandmother always had ribbon candy at Christmas. Every year I would have a piece and it never tasted as good as I hoped, a bitter taste (I think it was all the food coloring) and disappointment.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      1. re: cleobeach

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        I liked the ribbon candy, but most of it was polluted by some form of mint flavoring (Sorry mint lovers!

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        So the hard candies (by the same company) were my favorites because I could pick through those for the fruit flavored ones.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        1. re: ZenSojourner

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          My grandmother was an amazing and tireless cook and it is very likely she made her own ribbon candy. I definately remember her making other Christmas candy. The ribbon candy at her house didn't have a flavor, just an odd taste of bitter and sugar.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          1. re: cleobeach

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            Was it brown? Horehound maybe? My mother loved that. Just got the Vermont Country Store Christmas catalogue, ribbon candy and hard candies aplenty on offer in it.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            1. re: buttertart

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              Oh yeah, horehound is a definite possibility. They had some strange ideas of what constituted candy long long ago.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              Not so strange actually, given the general unavailability of many ingredients we take for granted today. But still. Horehound is one I've always had trouble understanding!

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              1. re: ZenSojourner

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                Me too. Quite unpleasant, although not as much of a travesty as wintergreen, the absolute worst excuse for a candy flavor.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                1. re: buttertart

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  The only excuse I can think of for wintergreen is that at least it's of the "minty" variety of flavourings. Peppermint, spearmint, etc etc etc. I don't care for any of them. I did the peppermint-stick-jammed-into-the-orange thing when I was a kid, but that was only because I wasn't allowed to have the orange without the peppermint stick (mother - control freak - you get the picture).

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  Licorice is another one that leaves me shaking my head. Anise, which I always thought was the same as licorice, but apparently licorice is a different plant. There's also sassafras but I've never tried that one. Maybe it's ok.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  1. re: ZenSojourner

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    I'm fine with all the other mints and licorice/anise (I've never met anyone indifferent to black licorice, it's either love or hate). Sassafras flavoring is in root beer (as is wintergreen, but I rather like an occasional root beer) (but niot those root beer hard candies, speaking of hard candies) but the plant has a component that was found to be harmful to the liver - the flavoring doesn't have it of course.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  2. re: buttertart

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    My mother loves horehound hard candies to this day. There are few flavors I've run across so abhorrent to my personal palette as horehound. Blurgh.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  3. re: ZenSojourner

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    My mother used to tell me that when she, her sister and her brother were children and one of them got some money for candy (who knows where, it was the Depression) her brother would always buy horehound candy because he knew they didn't like it. ( I bet he didn't like it much either but apparently it was more important that they dislike it. He's 85 now and his younger sister are both deceased. I don't think kids ever change).

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    1. re: ZenSojourner

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      People who liked horehound probably drank Moxie too.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      1. re: Bob W

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        Not in our neck of the woods. I never even heard of it until just a couple years ago thanks to cable TV.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      2. re: ZenSojourner

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        Walgreen carries them as cough drops. that's what they were,like sen-sen, meant to help coghs.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      3. re: buttertart

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        I see ribbon candy at Tuesday Morning (don't know if they are in other places besides Michigan). It's the very thin kind, not that thick stuff you find in most places.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      4. re: cleobeach

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        Not brown, it was mostly white with red and green stripes. My mom thinks it may have been wintergreen flavored.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        The stuff that woman could make was amazing. She was a Martha Stewart long before her time. Holidays were a big deal to her and she went all out. I also remember her making those pink, green and white creamy mint flavored things that came out of little molds. She also made a lot of those clear rock candy pops in Christmas shapes.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                2. Christies Toy Box cookies. small hard with pastel glazing and a stencil of a toy on them!

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  1. Mr. Salty pretzels! What happened to them?

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Here's one story:


                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    I sort of doubt it though. The brand was owned by Nabisco. I doubt the bigwigs from Nabisco are getting together at church.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    1. - Carnation frozen malteds
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      - Post Oak Flakes, heck any oak flakes that aren't adulterated by other ingredients or excessive sweetener

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        1. re: DiveFan

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          i just dug up this photo of the ingredient label from Post Oat Flakes:

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          there are some high-quality cereals on the market that might offer a close approximation or at least an acceptable substitute. try Nature's Path Multigrain Oat Bran Flakes, they'd probably be the closest one. they make several others that are also really good...but they won't taste quite like oat flakes.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          1. re: DiveFan

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            i thought I dreamed Carnation frozen malteds!!!
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            I barley remember them - but yes - I loved them!!

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          2. Chewels gum, Orange Bubblicious Gum, and Shake Ups.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            I associate Chocolate Shake Ups with the standard "sleepover supermarket run" to Heartland before a big night of Lawrence Welk with my grandparents.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            1. LOL Space Food Sticks! I forgot about those! How funny...I can almost taste them!
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              Does anyone remember those Pop Tart like frosted toaster pastries that were oval shaped? They were made with a tube shaped pastry with the filing in the middle that was twirled into an oval shape. Waaay better than poptarts!

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              1. re: JanieK

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                You can buy the space food sticks again. Use google.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              2. godiva dark belgian chocolate ice cream. sob

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                there were these lollipops when i was a kid that had 2 swirly cylinders of yuminess, one on each end of the stick. damn i loved those when i was 8.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                1. Godiva Ice Cream. Specifically the chocolate raspberry swirl. Oh what I would give for a pint of that.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  1. Thanks to this board..........I have been missing Lipton diet raspberry iced tea MIX for a few years now - but this board gave me the idea to search on google - and I just ordered it from Lipton - needing to pay $12.00 in shipping OUCH - but I will be happy when I get it! I realized, while typing, that I didn't even look further to see if I could get it elsewhere for less - oh well - next time - happy to know I'm getting it!

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    1. Cookies by the brand "Sunshine" that still makes Cheez-Its, but doesn't have its fabulous butter cookies anymore. They were a regular preschool snack

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      1. So many items that I loved are gone :( The three that stick out the most in my mind are:

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        1. Planters Cheese Balls. I like Cheetos, but they aren't the same, not even close. Those balls were so buttery and addictive.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        2. Ben & Jerry's Rain Forest Crunch ice cream. That stuff was like crack to me in my late teens and early 20's. Up until then i was pretty much a chocolate-based ice cream only kind of girl. Rain Forest Crunch was and remains the only non-chocolate containing ice cream that I have ever truly LOVED. When it left me, it broke my heart. I've never quite gotten over it.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        3. I don't remember the brand, but I *think* it was Marzetti, one of their shelf-stable dressings, not refrigerated. Parmesan Peppercorn dressing. it wasn't Caesar, it wasn't a Parmesan pepper Ranch or a creamy Italian.... It was thick and rich and had slivers of parm in a creamy, cheesy dressing studded with bits of cracked peppercorns. It was the best dressing in the world, and I'll be damned if I can find it anymore. I've even looked through their website, and all I see are a Parmesan ranch and an aged Asiago Peppercorn, which while I'm sure is tasty, isn't the same. *sigh* I content myself with Caesar, but I would give anything for another bottle of the Parmesan peppercorn.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        1. re: DarkRose

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          Oh my gawd! I wish Planter's would bring those Cheese Balls back!!! They were the best. In the cardboard can. Yum!

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          1. Progresso's "Pepper Salad". This was like a Pepperonata, but had an absolutely perfect balance of olive oil/vinegar. My mom used to make a fabulous dish of roasted chicken leg quarters with a jar of this salad roasted in with the chicken drippings. It was wonderful, & even making my own Pepperonata I'm finding it hard to duplicate.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            I've also recently noticed that Progresso's cartons of Chicken Broth are no longer on the store shelves, & I found their brand to be extremely flavorful. Still have 3 cartons in the pantry. Guess they've discontinued that as well. Good grief. Is it that everyone is more interested in the processed stuff - i.e. canned soup???

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            1. re: Breezychow

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              Progresso also made the only sauce from a jar that I ever really liked. It was just a plain marinara.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              I also remember a pasta from a ribbed can that was just shells and sauce - I think it had a man in gondola on it- no paper label, it was imprinted right on the can?? We wouldn't touch Chef Boyardee, but that stuff was good. I can't remeber who made it. I haven't seen it in 25 years.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                Well, just saw online ads for Progresso's Chicken Broth, so guess it's just my local markets that have decided not to carry it anymore.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                When a supermarket has "Clearance" marked on a product, one just naturally tends to think it's not available anymore.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                Guess I'll have to look further afar, because it's definitely my favorite cartoned. chicken broth.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                1. re: Breezychow

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  agreed...swansons tastes too salty/celery to me now...

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  I miss the Progresso Pepper Salad, too - I used to use it in my stromboli, and it was amazing.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                3. They'd probably give me sugar shock today, but oh how I loved Nestle Triple-Decker bars!

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  1. re: brandywiner

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    An older friend of mine just told me she misses something called Tutti Frutti gum.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    I used to love Zebra Striped gum and was thrilled when i found it at Cost Plus! Of course, my tastes have changed since I was little and once I tried it I never bought it again. :)

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Also one of the local CA dairies, Knudesen, used to make a cottage cheese that had chives mixed into it. My mother used to love that! And my dad laments the demise of Dryers/Edys Lemon Custard ice cream.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    1. re: Miri1

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      I liked Fruit Striped gum as a kid, but did you notice how fast it lost it's flavor? Although you found Fruit Stripe Gum at Cost Plus, it should be widely available. It is made in the U.S. and is now owned by a candy company headquartered in a Minnesota town with a population of just over 400. (My SIL grew up there with a high school class of 22).

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  2. Nabisco fruit bars -- those thin bars with raisins that you broke into about three pieces. Just discontinued in the past few years. Loved them and I'm sure my kids would have too.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    1. re: Bob W

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      I remember those! Haven't tasted them in decades, but used to love them when I was a kid. Especially when they got a little stale and extra-chewy.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      1. re: BobB

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        The sultana biscuits? Raisins inside a quite bland and not too sweet soft crackery thing, thin? You can get them in Asian stores (an HK or maybe Singapore product).

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        1. re: buttertart

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          Maybe. These came in a long rectangular package. There were maybe four layers of the bars in the package, and each layer was one long flat (about 1/8 inch thick) cookie scored so that you could easily break it into three pieces, each about 3 or 3-1/2 inches square.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          1. re: BobB

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            Weren't they called Golden Fruit? I can still taste them!

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              Just did a google search and came up with another thread here on Chowhound: http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/511955

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              Apparently they were originally made by Nabisco, then later Sunshine under the name Golden Fruit, and disappeared as a result of Keebler buying Sunshine and killing off the product line.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              1. re: BobB

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                That product really should be available today....simple and delicious. Of course it they were made today the ingredient list would probably be endless and full of chemicals & hfcs!

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                1. re: buttertart

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  There is: Crawford's Garibaldi Biscuits, available in the US from Vermont Country Store, among other sources. But most of those in the thread I linked to who tried them say they're not as good as the US ones were.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    So get busy and devise a recipe!

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    1. re: buttertart

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      Nah - I have a feeling it's one of those things that can only really be done right by some big industrial baking machine.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      Then again - I wonder if Keebler would be willing to sell me the one they're not using anymore? ;-)

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  I found a product not too long ago at (don't laugh) Aldi that's pretty similar - it's their Fit & Active Fruit Crisps, available in Wildberry and Apple varieties. To compare to my fast-fading memory of Golden Fruit, I would say the Aldi are not as chewy in texture. Package says they're from Holland.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Golden Fruit was amazing. I was in Australia earlier this year, and Arnott's had a similar biscuit called "full o fruit". I brought back several packages of them along with their "nice" biscuits, but they have all been devoured by now. I guess I'll have to go back and get some more to share with the nostalic chowers.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                3. re: buttertart

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  yes! We always had these on car trips along with something I miss very much - lemon biscuits! They too had a crackery outside filled with lemon cream.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                4. re: BobB

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  Great discussion!

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  +1 for stale and extra-chewy.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                5. re: Bob W

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  They had an off brand of these biscuits at Aldi's in Missouri that were really good. I haven't ever seen these before buying them randomly one day. Now I crave them often!

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                6. Not discontinued as far as I know but unavailable at least in NYC and environs - Brio, an Italian soda (pop) that was perfect with pizza, sort of like Coke with red vermouth flavoring, slightly bitter. Had it in SW Ontario growing up. Was made think of this by Moxie references.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  1. re: buttertart

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Buttertart, this sounds like Chinotto. Lots of Italian Deli's sell it. Usually by San Pellegrino

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    It has a really lovely bitter-orange-herby taste - almost exactly like Campari.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    I've never heard of Brio - so I really don't know if it's similar.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Oh - I just googled and it IS the same!!

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    "Chinotto is fairly common in Italian immigrant communities worldwide. There are local versions of the drink in some communities:

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    The Brio brand of Canada. "

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    I think you live in Jersey, and I know that you can get it in hoboken and in the Heights.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    I LOVE it, and get cravings for it all the time!

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    1. re: NellyNel

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      Thank you very much! I'll definitely try it. A taste of my past, always nice to recapture one of those.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        Oh, I'm so glad you saw my post!
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        You're welcome.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        I am craving some as I type!
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        Its the kind of flavor you either love or hate..No one is indifferent to it..