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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.

                      http://www.sanpellegrinofruitbeverage...

                      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"

                                http://www.afic.org/Taste%20Matters.htm

                                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.

                                                            2. re: Beckyleach

                                                              The cookies were Yum Yum, not Yes Yes. They were my favorite. Luckily, finally lots of companies making Samoa clones.

                                                                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

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                                                                  1. 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:

                                                                        http://www.flickr.com/photos/7842152@...

                                                                        1. re: gmm

                                                                          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

                                                                              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

                                                                              OMG!!
                                                                              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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