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Have they stopped making Hickory Farms Beef Stick?

My sister and I were at Walmart a few weeks ago, and picked up what I thought was a Hickory Farms Beef Stick. But as soon as I tasted it, I knew it wasn't the same thing. I then saw that the label said "Summer Sausage". I then proceeded to the Hickory Farms website, and, again, all I see is Summer Sausage. Please don't tell me they've discontinued the Beef Stick for this poor substitute- ?!

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  1. I've just answered my own question. I called the 800 number on the Hickory Farms website, and, unfortunately, they've changed the recipe for it and they've changed the name.
    What a damn shame.

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    1. re: aurora50

      It's usually a bunch of suits in a boardroom that make these stupid decisions, happens everywhere.

    2. To me the Beef Stick was Hickory Farms. I cannot believe they stopped making it!!

      1. I have discovered this fact also. As far as I am concerned the HF Beef Stick was indeed HF and their best product. I am really disappointed and will not purchase any of their other products until they bring the real beef stick back (like the real Coke). Everyone who loved the beef stick should let it be known!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Maybe we can put some pressure on Hickory Farms and convince them back to sanity.

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        1. re: rgjr

          I agree. Let's start a movement, people!!!!!!!!!!
          : p

          1. re: aurora50

            +1 And if they stop making sweet hot mustard, we should shut them down.

        2. I also found this out after I purchased 3 of their beef summer sausages. I would think if they were gonna change the recipe on such a well known item that they would make sure consumers knew that information so they could make the decision whether they wanted to continue with their purchase. Another case of buyer beware I suppose.

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          1. re: JACKIENMARK

            the beef stick was always a favorite in my stocking growing up.

              1. re: jesoda

                He he. When I was little we would be shipped off to camp and be sent care packages by my mother. She was very strict about the post office requirement that perishable food not be sent via the mail, and she basically considered chocolate and all forms of sweets, including baked goods such as brownies and cookies, as "perishable". So we would get a box full of Hickory Farm's sausages, cheese, beef jerky, and maybe some hard candies.

                This was intensely frustrating because one of the big deals about care packages is that you would swap with your campmates, e.g. M&Ms for mom's brownies, whatever, and our "currency" was pretty much worthless.

            1. thanks for the info - I usually get one for DH for his christmas stocking!

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              1. re: jujuthomas

                You're welcome (she said with a sorrowful frown).