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Dec 24, 2010 09:31 AM

well known brands that just arent as good as in the past

Breyers ice cream. except for 2/3 flavors, has become ordinary. Entenmanns Cakes another. can you think of others??

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  1. Campbell's soup. Since caving to the Waffen Salt Troopers the stuff's just not the same and I no longer buy it.

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    1. re: Perilagu Khan

      I was also thinking Campbell's soups.

      1. re: Perilagu Khan

        A-men (for the most part..I can work around the salt in some recipes so they are not entirely on the Banned Substances List). A-1 used to be a lot thicker (45 years ago) and while it is not something I'd use on a good---or even half-way decent--- steak it has its uses, even in its present inferior form.

        'twas ever thus, though. While mindful of the renaissance of brewing, I am thinking of Murray Kempton's great line "For a man with a taste for both beer and politics, it is difficult to say which has gone flatter in my lifetime."

        1. re: hazelhurst

          A-1 was much better when it was made exclusively in Vauxhall, London. When they started making it here, the product lost much of its original character.

            1. re: Steve Green

              Apparently, they quit making it in London before I was born. A-1 was acquired by Kraft Foods in 1999. I'd guess that roughly corresponds with a cheapening of the product.

        2. re: Perilagu Khan

          I still do buy it but with reluctance.

          I'm told White Lily flour since moving it's plant is no longer what it used to be.
          Finding it is hard enough but the old mill version supposedly was far superior.

          Lorne Doone cookies.
          Girl Scout cookies.
          Ritz crackers.
          Trader Joe anything. Whereas they used to be fantastically different than anything out there that was =, now they're just like all else. My opinion anyway, born and raised in California I've been to several over the years and still can't understand the fascination with their store and what you get there. Used to be yep, now, nope.
          Bosco's not the same.
          Ovaltine was way better as a little girl who craved it.
          Coke and Pepsi Vernors ginger ale.
          Oscar Mayer bologna and hot dogs, all beef.
          Fillet of Fish at McDogs. Now they use a bottom feeder from far off land as their fish of choice.
          Big Mac's.
          Bob's Big Boys, were actually BIG back then.
          Where's the original American sliced cheese that tasted and had the texture/feel of real cheese?

          Ok, now I'm depressed...................

          1. re: iL Divo

            I'll add Nilla Wafers to your list. Good grief, they're these little dry thin bits that barely resemble the originals. Ugh.

            1. re: breadchick

              That makes me feel better to hear you say that. They were such a treat for me as a child, and I had one recently and it was like sweetened sawdust.

            2. re: iL Divo

              Totally with you on the Girl Scout cookies. And most of the others, too, but that stands out the most in my mind.

          2. hebrew national hot dogs and salami have gone downhill since they moved production to Indiana.

            1. And when those of us who remember "what was" are gone, no one will know "what was"!

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              1. re: mrbigshotno.1

                There will be new whats that will become what wasses. It's the way of the world.

                1. just about everything, except electronics...

                  1. Bumble Bee's regular tuna went downhill years ago so we switched to the Bumble Bee Prime Filet. Now that has done downhill as well.

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                    1. re: EM23

                      We switched to Costco's Kirkland tuna. Looks and tastes better than whatever name brand Costco carries.

                      1. re: Bob W

                        Does Kirkland have tuna packed in olive oil? I generally prefer that to tuna packed in water.

                      2. re: EM23

                        It used to be better because sometimes you got that tasty dolphin meat in there.