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Saw the very popular thread regarding discontinued products. Somehow I missed it previously. there are over 800 responses.

Thought that it might be interesting to revamp the "discussion" on this topic.

Hope that isn't a problem or issue.

Okay--immediately coming to mind--whatever happened to Hungry Man Pizza's. they wree square--not really that good. Hate to admit that I really loved those pizzas when I was in my twenties--worked all day and came home and popped one in the oven while I undressed and cleaned up a bit and sat down to graze for the evening with that pizza and salad and whatever.

the other product that I really liked was by Red L Hot. Little squares of puff-type pasty. Heated them up in the oven--there were about 4 differnt flavors. Made nice little hor d'oeurves--hey,, I was in my early 20's and that to me was a nice hor d'oeurves.

Also, I find it very hard to find jarrred sweet pickled onions. Giant doesn't carry them in my area. I can sometimes find them at Mars. Same with sweet pickled cauliflower.

Just thought I'd revamp the original thread in the event any one is interested for a fresh start. FoiGras

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  1. Never knew Hungry Man pizza pies existed, but I always liked their turkey dinners.

    Products I miss?

    Post Toastem toaster pastries. Preferred them to Pop Tarts.

    La Choy and Chung King mini egg rolls with the hot mustard packs. Awful but delish.

    Snap E Tom. I think this may still exist in a few isolated pockets of the world, but the last time I had it (several years ago) it was a shadow of its former self. The stuff used to be burning hot but was totally wimped down the last time I tried it.

    O'Grady's Thick Crinkle-Cut Potato Chips. The stuff of legend. Too good for this world.

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    1. re: Perilagu Khan

      Yes, Hungry Man pizzas did exist in the late 1970's. I don't recall when they were no longer available as I "graduated" to "real" pizzas as I became older and somewhat more selective in food choices and cuisines. But, if that product was available at this time, you can bet I would buy it. A taste down Cuisine Memory Lane.

      My hubby likes the Hungry Man turkey dinners. Actually, the stuffing is quite moist and flavorful. Not as good as what my Aunt makes, but passable.

      I completely forgot about the La choy mini egg rolls and don't really recall the Post Toastum's.

      Were the O'Grady's chips available in this area--Maryland/D.C.? FoiGras

      1. re: FoiGras

        Not sure on the O'Grady's, FG. I know they were in west Texas back in the 80s, and I somehow think they were produced in a western state. Utah, perhaps?

      2. re: Perilagu Khan

        When I was a little girl, my dad often had to work holidays, and the La Choy mini egg rolls were my mom's (and mine) New Year's Eve "Chinese American" splurge. Miss them (and my ma!)

        I also miss Flak-o pie crust mix, which used to be available in the Northeast, at least. Far superior to Jiffy.

        1. re: pinehurst

          Strange that they disappeared. As best as I could tell, they were very popular. I guess I had a distorted view.

      3. I would suggest that as the OP you report this thread to the mods, asking them to rename this one with the old thread's title, followed by Part 2, and add "(begun 4/17/2012)" to the title. Then report the old thread to request they add "[old]" after ITS title.
        Post a link to the new thread at the bottom of the old one. Otherwise both threads will keep going ad nauseam. This ad hoc system arrived at by Chowhounds works well with other perennial topics, without the old ones being locked.

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        1. re: greygarious

          Yes-thank you for your suggestion. Where were you when I needed you? Just joking. But you did make a sound suggestion. I always appreciate advice, learning, etc. Your recommendation definitely has merit and made a lot of sense. Thank you-FoiGras

        2. In the VERY LEAST, can you please spell the posting title correctly? It's going to make me nuts to see that for years. ;)

          (I'm looking at you too: 'What are you favour 3 cuisines?' and 'Funniest Thing you SEEN at a Restaurant'!")

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          1. re: thegforceny

            Yipes--sorry about the title. I was hurrying while typing and didn't proof read. I should know better. FoiGras

            1. re: FoiGras

              We've corrected the spelling in the thread title.

              1. re: The Chowhound Team

                Thanks! Hey, how 'bout: 'What are you favour 3 cuisines?' and 'Funniest Thing you SEEN at a Restaurant'!"

                1. re: The Chowhound Team

                  Truly appreciate the correction. Boy was I embarrassed, but it wouldn't be the first time. Thanks again! FoiGras

            2. I miss Keebler brand wheat Snack Sticks. They were a cracker that was just sturdy enough to dip into cheese spreads and not as loaded with sodium. I'm still boycotting Keebler products to show my unhappiness. Think they've missed me?

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              1. re: chocchic

                I don't ever recall Keebler's brand of wheat snack sticks. But, I recently bought braided honey wheat snack sticks--Snyder's brand. They are really very good and per serving contain about 10% sodium. That doesn't appear to be overloaded with sodium, but I could be wrong.

                Have you written/e-mailed Keebler regarding the Snack Sticks? Perhaps the stores where you shop have discontinued carrying the product. Just a suggestion. (Yeah, I'm sure that Keebler misses you-lol).

                Hope you get to try the Snyder's sticks. I'm very pleased with them and they are definitely sturdy enough to handle cheese spreads. FoiGras

                1. re: chocchic

                  I just researched via Google (of course)--the Keebler honey wheat snack sticks--apparently Wal Mart carries them. Also, Amazon.com had some for offer. I just don't know if they have actually been discontinued, or if the stores where you shop just don't carry the product. Hope this helps a bit. FoiGras

                  1. re: FoiGras

                    chocchic--guess what---Keebler is now Kellogg's. And your favorite product was just discontinued in December 2011! Get to Wal Mart--they may still have some on their shelves. FoiGras

                    1. re: FoiGras

                      Wow - thanks for all of your efforts. I actually talked with the Keebler rep - caught him stocking the shelves in the supermarket and he said they had been discontinued. I called corporate offices to let them know of my disappointment and their only suggestion was to try Dollar General or something like that because they would buy all of the discontinued merchandise. I noticed them on the internet too but didn't bother ordering because I figured it was probably an old listing. I know Walmart is powerful but can't think that Keebler or Kellogg's would make them just for Walmart. As I am typing this I'm thinking I should watch for Kellogg's product line. Maybe they discontinued them because they were going to switch over labeling or something. Good info FoiGras! Thanks

                      1. re: chocchic

                        There was another flavor of the snack sticks, Butter Herb I think, that disappeared even before the Honey Wheat. I found my last box of these at a Big Lots, and you know when something shows up there, it's the end of the line.

                        As long as we're being mad at Kellogg's/Keebler: I'd also like them to bring back Hydrox, even if just for a month or so like they did a couple years ago. The ones I stockpiled then are not aging well in storage.

                        1. re: gooddog

                          Are Hydrox like Oreo's?

                          1. re: chocchic

                            In appearance only. They were far superior in taste!

                            1. re: randyjl

                              +1
                              Hydrox were superior in every way...taste, texture, etc.
                              They were the original. Oreos are merely bad imitations.

                            2. re: chocchic

                              Hydrox and Oreo's are similar but Hydrox predate Oreo's by 4 years. Hydrox cookies came out in 1908 and Oreo's in 1912.

                  2. I miss the old Honeycomb cereal. Each piece was the circumference of a silver dollar, hard as a diamond, and sharper than a Ginsu knife. The inside of my mouth would be torn to shreds after wolfing down a bowl. Gawd how I miss it!

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                    1. re: Perilagu Khan

                      Still available in Canada :)

                      1. re: CanadaGirl

                        I think something calling itself Honeycomb is still sold in the US, too, but it's pabalum compared to the mighty, two-fisted, brawling Honeycomb of yore.

                        1. re: Perilagu Khan

                          Then I don't want to see the old one! I find the current version uncomfortable to eat :)

                          1. re: CanadaGirl

                            The old Honeycomb was definitely unsuited to the contemporary world. Would have been more appropriate to 612 rather than 2012. ;)

                            1. re: Perilagu Khan

                              i can still hear the "jingle" for Honeycomb Kid -- kind of a western movie song.
                              http://www.videosurf.com/video/vintag...

                              And yes, the Cdn ones we had growing up (a rare treat) were as sharp as ginsu knives. That's a funny comment.

                              1. re: Georgia Strait

                                If I were to become a professional rassler, I'd call myself the Honeycomb Kid. Foes would tremble at my approach.

                                1. re: Georgia Strait

                                  I remember the 70's version instead. "Honeycombs sweet,yeah,yeah,yeah. Its not small, no,no,no." Memories.

                                  1. re: suzigirl

                                    Here ya' go, Suzi:

                                    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vBSnX-...

                                    1. re: Perilagu Khan

                                      I went straight to the honeycomb hideout "way back machine". Aww... thanks.

                                    2. re: suzigirl

                                      Ah, now THAT takes me back! My mom wouldn't buy sweet cereals, so I loved it when I had a sleepover at my friend Elizabeth's house; her family was all, ah hem, a bit large, and they had aLL the good stuff for a Saturday morning. Cap'n Crunch, Raisin Bran, and HONEYCOMBS!

                                      I couldn't talk in the car on the way home 'cause my mouth was all shredded from Honeycomb, and coated with sugar from Cap'n crunch. Aaaah, the bliss....

                        2. Does Bumble Bee no longer produce solid white albacore packed in oil? I haven't seen it in months. Everthing but.

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                          1. re: Veggo

                            They still sell it, and along with the water packed they sell, it's one of the worst canned tuna products on the market...more flakes (and liquid) than soild the solid filet that it once was. Been that way for a few years now.

                          2. What ever happened to the Betty Crocker boxes of powdered frosting mix? I know the canned stuff is much more convenient, but I did like those frostings. FoiGras

                            1. I have one that gets discontinued every year as it's seasonal. During the Christmas season Honey Maid makes gingerbread-flavor graham crackers. Once you taste them with a glass of milk, you are forever finished with ordinary graham crackers which, by comparison, taste like something you scraped up off the floor. So every December I have to hoard a year's supply of Gingerbread Graham Crackers. I wish Honey Maid would make them permanent.

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                              1. re: Querencia

                                Wow--never heard of this product or saw it in the stores. Have you purchased the product locally--i.e., in the Baltimore/D.C. area?

                                Another seasonal item--mostly in the Fall-is Mrs. Minnick's sour beef "sauce." I can't seem to find it recently or locally and wonder if it has been discontinued. It was an easy way to make sour beef and using ginger snap cookies with the cubes of pan seared beef cubes and then adding the water soaked ginger snap cookies and the Mrs. Minnick's. Slow cook and actually wait until the next day (after refrigeration) to serve with dumplings--or even egg noodles. FoiGras

                                1. re: FoiGras

                                  Do Tell about this 'sour beef' FG; is this a regional dish? I have heard of a saurbraten type dish with gingersnaps in the sauce.... is that it?

                                  1. re: gingershelley

                                    I don't know if sour beef and dumplings is truly regional. Since my grandparents were of German background, the sour beef was an "americanized" verision of saurbraten which my paternal grandmother made each Fall and the family gathered for the feast.

                                    A few local restaurants serve sour beef and dumplings--Patrick's in Cockeysville, Kibby's in Baltimore (near Arbutus). The Sunset Restaurant in Glen Burnie. Blob's Park in the Jessup area serves "sauerbraten." FoiGras

                                    1. re: FoiGras

                                      Thanks for clarifying Foie...

                              2. Canned Tamales.

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                                1. re: Antilope

                                  I was just thinking about those the other day. I so so so miss those paper wrapped goodies.

                                  1. re: suzigirl

                                    Maybe the paper was to absorb the grease. That's what made them so good! ;-) To get a quick fix, instead of making real tamales (too time consuming) I have some homemade polenta/grits with some Hormel beanless chili.

                                    1. re: Antilope

                                      Oh yum. I will try that. I Googled them and Hormel still makes them but I haven't seen them in years. I always assumed the paper was to keep them from sticking together. Greasy goodness.

                                      1. re: suzigirl

                                        The paper was to keep them separate and to keep their shape. I was joking about them soaking up grease.

                                        Here's how I make the mock tamales
                                        http://www.recipesecrets.net/forums/y...

                                        1. re: Antilope

                                          See how you can't get the inflection over the internet. So funny. Thanks for the link.

                                        2. re: suzigirl

                                          I am about to respond to you on two threads. Here and tuna noodle salad thread. Here because I went to my SuperWalmart and was thinking of you( and me). They carry Hormel tamales in my area. I hope you can also find them. But if not, at my store I asked and they said they would special order them if you made a request. Don't be mad but I got a couple cans. Haven't broken into them yet so i can't say if they are like my memories. I'll keep you aprised when I do.

                                          1. re: suzigirl

                                            Thanks! I will have to check my local Walmart's. The canned one's are better than the chili / polenta copycat.

                                            1. re: Antilope

                                              You got my back, I want to have yours.

                                      2. re: suzigirl

                                        Actually, the paper was a substitute for the traditional corn husk wrapping. I always suspected that real corn husks would be tenderized and rehydrated by the canning process but stil not be delicious. Licking the paper was always a secret pleasure. Probably why I never shared them with friends or family. I mean, there are some things you just don't do in front of children!

                                        1. re: Caroline1

                                          Yep. Not if you don't wanna get thowed in the slammer.

                                      3. re: Antilope

                                        Hormel canned tamales are an ingredient in a casserole that I have eaten and lived to tell about.

                                        1. re: Samalicious

                                          Hehehe.

                                      4. I finally found a no-calorie lemon drink that does not taste like chemicals:

                                        Tropicana Light Lemonade, in a 64 oz carton, placed on the cold shelves near the juices.

                                        But supply is very spotty in local supermarkets. Is this product being discontinued? I spoke with several supermarket managers and get a different replies from each one.

                                        http://www.foodservicedirect.com/prod...

                                        I am still devastated about Whole Foods' decision to discontinue their non-organic 365 Brand Raisin Bran and replace it with a far-less-delicious and far more expensive Organic Raisin Bran.
                                        ("Most of our customers want Organic breakfast cereal")

                                        1. "Red L Hot. Little squares of puff-type pasty. Heated them up in the oven--there were about 4 differnt flavors. Made nice little hor d'oeurves--hey,, I was in my early 20's and that to me was a nice hor d'oeurves."

                                          haven't thought about those in years and years. LOVED them!

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                                          1. re: wonderwoman

                                            The Red L Hot puff pastry squares were something I already mentioned and totally agree with you that they were nice hor d'oeurves. They were really delicious. I researched the product and discovered that the company that manufactured them has, from appearances, filed for bankruptcy. Too sad. FoiGras

                                            1. re: FoiGras

                                              i know you mentioned them; hence the quotation marks.

                                              1. re: wonderwoman

                                                Oh yes,--you did use the qutation marks. Hope I didn't offend you in anyway. Since you seem to be about the same age group as I am--in our early 20's when those Red L Hot puff pastries were available--then you perhaps may recall the square Hungry Man Pizza. The pizza afficionados would probably cringe at a frozen, square pizza (it probably had artificial cheese). but, being much younger, that pizza was convenient and tasty and easy to cut in the square pan it came in. I also used to love the small, square Sara Lee cheesecakes. I could almost eat an entire one in a sitting. Can't do that anymore. Now the cheesecakes by Sara Lee are large round ones--actually they are fairly good. FoiGras

                                                1. re: FoiGras

                                                  don't remember the pizza.

                                                  absolutely remember those small sara lee cheesecakes. but what i've been thinking about the past couple of weeks is the sara lee golden fudge cake -- yellow cake, chocolate fudge frosting, not all the way thawed out. yup, been craving that!

                                                  1. re: wonderwoman

                                                    wonderwoman--we are on the same page.. What about the Pepperidge Farm (once again--SQUARE) cake-frozen yellow/golden cake with the chocolate frosting? Have you tried it and , if so, does it measure up to the Sara Lee version? IN this day and age I am enjoying Edwards' frozen desserts. Hate to admit that I have a freezer full of frozen commercial goodies to tie myself and hubby over between ventures out to local bakeries with expensive, albeit, delicious treats. Gotta watch our budget lately--alas. FoiGras

                                                    1. re: FoiGras

                                                      from what i recall (and it's been a while), the PF frosting was not nearly as fudgey as the SL. also, the PF was a layer cake, suitable for serving to guests. the was a single layer in an aluminum pan, perfect for the occasional single-sitting indulgence.

                                          2. My two favorite Cambell's soups from childhood were Scotch Broth and Pepper Pot. The first one was like Beef & Barley, but with mutton instead of cow. The second was, well, basically a simpler version of Philadelphia Pepper Pot, with dice-sized chunks of tender tripe, which I fell in love with at first bite (I was not that normal a kid). Several years ago my neighborhood grocer told me he could get both of these things on special order, but he'd have to give up shelf space to carry it, and if it didn't sell well he'd not do it again. He managed to get one row of cans of each. Well, the Scotch Broth was now devoid of mutton, and while the Pepper Pot did have some tripe, there wasn't much and the pieces were about 3/16" square. I think both are now made in Canada …

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                                            1. re: Will Owen

                                              They've been made in Canada for a number of years now. The USA plants stopped making these two varieties years ago.
                                              They were two of my favorites as well.

                                            2. Rosarita tacos, frozen, six in a tray, you thawed them out and fried them in about 1/4 " of shortening, stuffed them with whatever else you wanted.
                                              I know it's not a food but Agree shampoo, back in the day if I would dance with a gal that had used it, I would find it very hard to control myself. I used it too.

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                                              1. re: mrbigshotno.1

                                                Man, that reminds me of Patio's frozen cheese enchiladas. They used to come six to a tray (no beans or rice on the side), and were absolutely delish. I sure do miss 'em!

                                                1. re: mrbigshotno.1

                                                  MR.bigshotno1! Nothin' here on the taco's, but that AGREE shampoo! I used that in high school, when my auburn hair was long and kind of curly, in the nicest, Boticelli's Venus kind of way (I of course didn't know how great it was then, only looking back at pictures 20 years later!)

                                                  And that awesome red hair smelled like agree.....

                                                  And the boys - well they agreed!

                                                  Forgot all about that - thanks for the flashback:)

                                                  1. re: gingershelley

                                                    I envy your teenybopper boyfriends.

                                                    1. re: Perilagu Khan

                                                      I envy my teenebopper self too. Youth is wasted on the young:)

                                                2. FiberOne's version of pop tarts - they were very tasty.

                                                  A seasonal one - Nestle's Mint and Dark Chocolate chips. So fantastic in my chocolate cupcakes. I neglected to stock up soon enough this year and now have to wait until Thanksgiving for them to come back. where WAS my head??? ;)

                                                  1. Got another one for you: Morton's frozen mac'n'cheese. THE best, and when I was buying them by the bunch they'd run about 30¢ each for the single-serving aluminum-foil bowl.

                                                    1. Love this thread. Here's the things I miss....

                                                      Sprite tropical remix. I was lukewarm to the Aruba jam and berry flavors
                                                      Surge
                                                      Ale-8
                                                      Mt dew pitch black they brought it back in '11 but it was not bubbly enough.
                                                      Lunchables deluxe combo. Loved the dill sauce
                                                      Freshen-up gum
                                                      Chicken tonite sweet and sour sauce
                                                      Lifesavers popcicles
                                                      Oscar Mayer sandwich spread(loved that bologna fake ham salad stuff)
                                                      Hormel tamales (I know they still make it but its not around here)
                                                      Sweetheart slurpee from 7-11( it was a valentines day treat)
                                                      Matilda bay coolers
                                                      Sun country coolers in the 2 liter for 99¢(fond memories from the 80's)

                                                      Things I won't miss....

                                                      Pepsi blue
                                                      Crystal Pepsi
                                                      McDonald's super size. Who needs all that food?
                                                      E-z squirt Heinz any color. Purple ketchup is unnatural
                                                      Jiffy peanutbutter slice like American cheese

                                                      I posted on the other discontinued thread but frankly these threads are fun!

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                                                      1. re: suzigirl

                                                        I desperately miss the Kemps brand light ice cream chocolate Andes After Dinner Mint. It was heavenly. Two of our local supermarkets - Pick & Save and Woodmans used to carry it. Both have dropped it. I don't know if it even still available but sure would love some. At the time P&S dropped it I contacted the Kemps and they were still manufacturing it.

                                                        1. re: suzigirl

                                                          7-11 had a Hawaiian Punch Slurpee in the summer of 1999...wish they would bring that back!

                                                          1. re: littleflower

                                                            I'd go nuts for that!

                                                        2. Lipton green pea cup o' soup. Just remembered that one.

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                                                          1. re: suzigirl

                                                            Lipton green pea cup o' soup.
                                                            ______________________
                                                            Lol, referred to in our house as Cup-A-Poop.

                                                            1. re: Samalicious

                                                              Oh my, that's funny. I'd still eat it with reckless abandon. If you had my mothers cooking you would understand.

                                                          2. I miss Slice sodas, specifically the orange and lemon-lime.

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                                                            1. re: John E.

                                                              I used to like Slice. I didn't realize they weren't on the shelves anymore.

                                                            2. Dipsy Doodles! I just saw that WalMart carries them, but I have never seen them.

                                                              1. Stouffer's noodles romanoff - classic side dish of meals with my dad(a bachelor). Also some weird Mac & cheese that was made like a cup of soup with boiling water. Chunky(the soup brand) chili. Ahh childhood. I actually loved the canned tamales as a kid then had them much later and was pretty disgusted by them - not sure if they or I changed or both :).

                                                                1. Funny you should ask! It's a loss that for whatever esoteric reason has been bugging the hell out of me again lately. Does anyone else still remember Oroweat's Wheatberry bread? It was a densely textured, toothsome, and moistly delicious brown bread. The loaf itself was compact. The last time I bought it -- with no thought of it EVER becoming just a memory -- must be creeping toward a decade ago, if not more? As I recall, it was becoming ridiculously expensive for a single compact loaf of dense brown bread. But without it, it is impossible for me to make a decent braunschweiger sandwich: Wheatberry bread, Hellmann's mayonnaise, thickly sliced brraunschweiger, a thick slice of vine ripened beefsteak tomato and butter lettuce. For me it was one of those timeless inseparables that ranked right up there with peanut butter and jelly, bacon and eggs, cheese and crackers. My god, I miss braunshweiger on Wheatberry! <sigh> I am hopelessly deprived!

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                                                                  1. re: Caroline1

                                                                    Caroline! That Wheatberry bread was Crack to me in the late 90's- early 00's! Small, dense grainy bread with good flavor but not tasting cardboard-y like a lot of other health bread. And o MY was it getting up in price near the end - like, $4.99 a loaf when most bread was 2.29 for a decent whole grain.

                                                                    Orowheat is from here in SEA, and I miss it too!

                                                                    I put braunshweiger now on my own WW/Rye blend Bin5 bread. Easy peasy to make at home....

                                                                    1. re: gingershelley

                                                                      Tell me more! Who sells the flour? Recipe? I'm picking up two pounds of braunschweiger. Party time! Wanna come? '-)

                                                                      1. re: Caroline1

                                                                        If you go to here; you can see the discussion on whole grain bread (in 5).

                                                                        I tho, because I like the open texture and crust on the master recipe, simply follow that and sub in 2 cups of medium rye flour for 2 cups of AP. I also use 2 cups of KA (high gluten) flour, so I add an extra 1/3-1/2 C of water. Makes a great rye-flavored artisan loaf. BEST for braunshweiger, or my own chicken liver mousse with apples and brandy, if I got around to making that.
                                                                        I get my rye flour in bulk from PFI....

                                                                    2. re: Caroline1

                                                                      Wait a minute. I buy Oroweat Wheatberry all the time. They still have it everywhere I shop. Are you talking about an old or different version?

                                                                      1. re: L.Nightshade

                                                                        I suspect you're buying Oroweat HONEY Wheatberry. Not the same animal. Pity, because if it was I'm be a happy camper! The Honey Wheatberry is much lighter in texture and just not even close to the original Wheatberry. But thanks for trying to offer hope! '-)

                                                                        1. re: Caroline1

                                                                          I do believe you are right! I thought the texture had changed over the years, I guess it's just a different bread entirely.

                                                                      2. re: Caroline1

                                                                        I loved that wheatberry bread so much. It was the perfect accompiment to my beef stew. I have never found anything close to it.

                                                                      3. Spatini. How am I to make my grandmother's sauce without it? Sure...I've bought the knockoff version from Top Secret Recipes, but it just isn't the same.

                                                                        Two favorites from Ben & Jerry's...Devil's Food Chocolate Sorbet (light & dark chocolate swirled, very creamy and whoa chocolatey) and Southern Pecan Pie. Actually, I might be glad that one's gone. I couldn't walk by it in the grocery, nor in my freezer.

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                                                                        1. re: Christina D

                                                                          I miss pralines and cream ice cream, haven't seen it in years.

                                                                          1. re: Christina D

                                                                            I used to use Spatini years ago until I discovered the joy of making sauce from scratch...BUT you _can_ still get SPATINI (which is evidently still being made by McCormack) here :

                                                                            http://www.spiceplace.com/spatini-spa...

                                                                            1. re: The Professor

                                                                              Oh, I make my own sauce from scratch (my grandmother's recipe), but Gram used Spatini to jazz it up a bit. I thought of her every time I used it. That's probably what I miss the most.

                                                                              Thanks for the link! I'll definitely be stocking up.

                                                                              1. re: The Professor

                                                                                I needed to stop back in and thank you. I ordered several bags and gave some to my mother over the weekend. You would have thought I handed her a diamond necklace! Her eyes lit up and she was so excited.

                                                                                Thank you, Professor. You made my weekend.

                                                                                1. re: Christina D

                                                                                  :-) Thanks...I'm glad we could make mom happy!

                                                                                  1. re: The Professor

                                                                                    This is why I love CH. It makes you go "aww" because things we thought were gone may be found again

                                                                            2. Mid to Late 1980's:
                                                                              Peanut Butter Rice Krispies Treats Bars that were available in the stores
                                                                              Pepsi Free (Caffeine Free Pepsi)
                                                                              Light n' Lively Fudge Ripple Ice Milk (ice milk was essentially low fat ice cream)
                                                                              Entemann's Chocolate Glazed Pop'Ems
                                                                              Dunkin Donuts Chocolate Honey Dipped Sticks

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                                                                              1. re: littleflower

                                                                                I just saw entenmanns chocolate glazed pop ems the other day. Don't lose hope

                                                                                1. re: suzigirl

                                                                                  Thanks, good to know that they still sell them somewhere...what part of the country do you live that you have located these? I live along the East Coast/Mid-Atlantic. Also...what grocery store did you see them in? Would be curious to know if they do sell them somewhere locally here and I just haven't stumbled upon them!

                                                                                  1. re: littleflower

                                                                                    It was Winn Dixie. I'm sure. And I am also on the east coast. South west Florida. As soon as I saw them I though about you and this thread. I hope you find them. There is nothing like being reaquainted with an old love. I found Hormel tamales the other day. I still haven't opened them to see if they are what I remember, but just finding the can made me giddy.

                                                                                2. re: littleflower

                                                                                  I'm on the west coast but they have caffeine free pepsi. It's gold 12 pk box or gold 2 litter bottles, I don't think they sell them by 20 ounce bottles.

                                                                                3. From the 80's;

                                                                                  MaCintosh caramel bars, in Canada. about 4 x 3" bars of pure caramel toffee in a red box with a plaid stripe on them. We bought them at the duty free right after driving from WA into CA. You would 'whack!" the box on a hard surface to break the toffee sheet into pieces, and nurse the box all the way up to Whistler...... Never see them anymore. Sadness!

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                                                                                  1. re: gingershelley

                                                                                    I too miss the Mackintosh's Toffee Bar but the toffee is still available in individually wrapped pieces instead of in bar form. I prefer the bar but I haven't been to Canada in about 8 years anyway.

                                                                                    1. re: John E.

                                                                                      The individual pieces just don't taste the same :(

                                                                                      Those bars were awesome. Come back to Canada John - we have other goodies :)

                                                                                      1. re: CanadaGirl

                                                                                        My most recent trips into Canada have only been in the remote NW part of Ontario directly north on Minnesota on fishing trips. When I was a young child my family did drive a motorhome from Minnesota up the then mostly unpaved Alcan Highway through the Yukon Territory and to Anchorage, Alaska and then up north of Fairbanks.

                                                                                        1. re: CanadaGirl

                                                                                          I agree CanadaGirl, the fun was in the 'whacking' of the package, and then deciding whether to take a BIG piece, or a little one from the breakage...

                                                                                      2. re: gingershelley

                                                                                        Are Mackintosh Bars really gone? My mum used to bring me several bars when she would visit me in LA (she lived in Victoria). The truth is, it was really *her* favourite, but the real treat was seeing her act like a little kid, whacking the bar and going "tee hee hee" and gleefully handing me a little piece. I still have a bar in its original package on my mantle. My dear sweet mum is gone, 4 years now this June.

                                                                                        1. re: khh1138

                                                                                          My condolences. My mom will be gone four years next January.

                                                                                          1. re: khh1138

                                                                                            I know the pain of losing a beloved Mother. Mine has been gone for almost 7 years and I recall all of the wonderful foods she prepared for me--toast with Philadelphia cream cheese and strawberry preserves--Tang "orange juice" for an occassional breakfast. Cream of Wheat or Oatmeal made with milk, butter and sugar.

                                                                                            On Saturday evenings Mom, Dad and I would enjoy a very early dinner--about 4:30 p.m.--chef Boyaardee spaghetti in the bos (does it still exist?)--or hot dogs and beans. Saturday night was grazing night--steamed crabs, pretzels, chips, assorted salted nuts, dips (especially the shrimp dip made with Campbells cream of shrimp soup)--friends cam over- the adults played cards, drank some beer or perhaps a "fancy" mixed drink--shrimp salad (Mom made her own--which riveled Kibby;s)--lots of lunchmeats, cheeses, pickles. Oh--the frozen pizzas--can't recall the brands. A night full of grazing.

                                                                                            Is the Macintosh Bar similar to the "turkish taffy" bars I used to buy as a kid? They were fun to smack against the curb and sit and crunch away. Also, do hardballs still exist. they certainly were tooth breakers. FoiGras

                                                                                            1. re: FoiGras

                                                                                              I know this isn't enough, but the fact that you all speak so lovingly of your mothers keeps them here in your hearts. And that is the best way to honor their memories. They know.

                                                                                              1. re: suzigirl

                                                                                                Thanks sweet suzigirl--you are a gem. Yes so many wonderful food related memories with our Parents. FoiGras

                                                                                        2. Lemon ice cream, of any stripe. My personal fav, and I just don't see it in stores anymore.

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                                                                                          1. re: Perilagu Khan

                                                                                            Ooh yes...my favorite ice cream flavor is lemon custard and it is nearly impossible to find...some of the Baskin Robbins stores carry lemon custard but it is very hit or miss.

                                                                                            1. re: littleflower

                                                                                              Blue Bell (a Texas brand) used to make a very good lemon ice cream, but I haven't seen it in years.

                                                                                              1. re: Perilagu Khan

                                                                                                Just remembered that Trader Joe's sells a pretty decent Lemon Triple Ginger Snap Cookie Ice Cream that will suffice if I am craving lemon ice cream.

                                                                                                1. re: littleflower

                                                                                                  Good for you! Unfortunately, there's not a TJ's in my neckothewoods. Fortunately, however, the Khantessa makes a purdy mean lemon ice cream when she's got a mind to. Unfortunately, she doesn't have a mind to all that often. ;)

                                                                                                  1. re: Perilagu Khan

                                                                                                    You don't know how to plead and grovel?

                                                                                                    1. re: Caroline1

                                                                                                      She's a hard woman, that Khantessa.

                                                                                                  2. re: littleflower

                                                                                                    Is this a discontinued product? In any event, it doesn't matter as the product sounds so yummy that I am anxious to go to Trader Joe's (not one of my favorite stores as compared to Graul's, Wegman's, Eddie's or Harris Teeter--even my good old ordinary shopping at Giant) and try this "delicacy." Please inform and clarify--this sounds like something worth "investigating" as it is apparently not a discontinued item. thanks--FoiGras

                                                                                                    1. re: FoiGras

                                                                                                      FoiGras, they do still carry it and it is delicious. It is a lemon ice cream swirled with triple ginger cookies throughout...a favorite product among TJ's loyal followers.

                                                                                                      1. re: FoiGras

                                                                                                        With all the hype for this lemon/gingersnap cookie ice cream, I bought it a while back. While I love the triple-gingersnap cookies on their own, I thought the ice cream too sweet, and that it had too much crumbled cookie in it.

                                                                                                2. re: Perilagu Khan

                                                                                                  Do you have the grocery store chain The Fresh Market near you? I heard from a friend that they are now carrying the ice cream brand "Three Twins" with their most popular flavor...Lemon Cookie! It is a lemon ice cream with bits of lemon cookie mixed in...only $3.99/pt. on sale this month.

                                                                                                  1. re: littleflower

                                                                                                    littlef;pwer--you and your lemon!!! Another product that sounds so yummy. Don't know if there are any Fresh Market's in the area, can you provide that info as to any of their locations? But, I can always go on the "net" to locate.

                                                                                                    Oh, one more product that has disappeared from the store shelves--the canned spray cheese--year's ago the manufacturer had chive cheese. I loved that product. Now there is only the american cheese and cheddar cheese varieites. They also may have had Swiss cheese. Memory is failing. Actually am embarrassed to admit that I even like that food product--especially the chive and swiss versions. On a whim, will sometimes buy the current cheddar product. It's like Redi Whip--who can resist? FoiGras

                                                                                                    1. re: FoiGras

                                                                                                      Try this link...they are predominantly located in the South but are expanding fairly rapidly across the whole U.S.

                                                                                                      http://www.thefreshmarket.com/stores/...

                                                                                                      Also, Whole Foods apparently may carry the Three Twins Lemon Cookie ice cream as well. Hope this helps!

                                                                                                      1. re: littleflower

                                                                                                        Thanks littleflower--there is a Fresh Market in Towson, across from the Mall. Next time I'm in the area I plan to stop in the store to check it out. FoiGras

                                                                                                        1. re: littleflower

                                                                                                          Its all your fault, I had to buy the lemon cookie ice cream. But I also had to get a pint of caio Bella blood orang e sorbet. Looked to good to pass up

                                                                                                  2. Teaberry Gum. Greatest gum ever, dadgummit. You might still be able to procure it in specialty stores, but I dunno for sure.

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                                                                                                    1. re: Perilagu Khan

                                                                                                      I just got my Vermont Country Store catalog. They have Teaberry gum.

                                                                                                      1. re: randyjl

                                                                                                        Hmmm. I also got a VCS catalog very recently, but don't see Teaberry gum in it.

                                                                                                        1. re: Perilagu Khan

                                                                                                          It was on the back cover I think. I looked 5 min ago and it's on their website.

                                                                                                          1. re: randyjl

                                                                                                            Okay. And coincidentally, I just had lunch at a local BBQ joint that sells, of all things, Teaberry gum. Go figure.

                                                                                                    2. From the 50's and 60's:
                                                                                                      Ralph's Grocery (pre-Kroger) used to make "Molasses Bar" Cookies. Kind of like a spice cake/ginger flavor.

                                                                                                      VanDeKamp's Cinammon Rolls--the old school kind with raisins and lots of frosting...bought a VDK package a year ago and tossed them--they were dreadful.

                                                                                                      FlakyFlix cookies--sort of a KitKat bar with corn flakes on the outside. I think they were a Mother's brand item.

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                                                                                                      1. re: phxjcc

                                                                                                        The molasses bars just reminded me of hermit bars back in the 70's from Grand Union. I miss those.

                                                                                                      2. Oh Wow--I absolutely forgot this one!!! Back about 1971/72--the High's ice cream/"convenience" stores had hand scooped PEANUT BUTTER AND JELLY (I think the jelly was grape) ICE CREAM. OMG. It was divine. I was a teen and my boyfriend and I would get a pint or so on a Saturday night--go to my parents' home and eat that great ice cream while watching "All in the Family" on tv. One of my favorite icecreams ever--guess the memories of a very special time also enhance the enthusiasm of the ice cream treat. FoiGras

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                                                                                                        1. re: FoiGras

                                                                                                          I hope you saved some for da Meathead.

                                                                                                          PS--Seems I remember some weird peanut butter called Koogle. It had chocolate swirled in, or some such nonsense.

                                                                                                          1. re: Perilagu Khan

                                                                                                            Ugh, Koogle. Chocolate swirls in peanut butter. It sounded so good I begged my mom to buy some. She finally relented. It was awful . . .bad peanut butter and bad chocolate even for a child's palate. (Now that I think about it, maybe it was good and I couldn't appreciate it? . . . Nah!)

                                                                                                          2. re: FoiGras

                                                                                                            HIGH'S ICE CREAM!!! We had one in our city when I was very young...I was about 5 years old and THAT was where I first discovered my love for lemon custard ice cream! My mother would always get the black walnut or butter pecan from there which also were excellent. Oh wow...you really brought me back down memory lane!!

                                                                                                            1. re: littleflower

                                                                                                              littleflower--perhaps your love for TJ's lemon/ginger cookie ice cream stems from your childhood memories of High's lemon custard ice cream that you favored. A lot of foods that we enjoy as adults stem from our childhood food preferences. To this day I love tuna fish salad with hardboiled egg and mayo. My best friend's Mom made it that way. My Mom made the salad with chopped celery and sweet onion. My husband loves tuna salad with pickle relish and mayo--his childhood favorite. FoiGras

                                                                                                              1. re: FoiGras

                                                                                                                You're absolutely right...the High's Ice Cream memory and also my mother would add a squeeze of lemon juice to just about anything she could when she cooked...green beans, boiled potatoes, mashed (yep...those too!) potatoes with butter, etc. etc.

                                                                                                                One more thing that should help make your decision on TJ's lemon triple ginger snap ice cream...

                                                                                                                http://www.whatsgoodattraderjoes.com/...

                                                                                                                1. re: littleflower

                                                                                                                  Guess I'll have to make a trip to TJ's.

                                                                                                                  Your Mom had the right idea regarding lemon. I use it instead of salt on various vegetables. If you are ever at a Graul's Market--they carry a delicious lemon infused olive oil. (There is an olive oil called "Agrumato"--not sure of the spelling--which is lemon infused but more then two times the price of the version carried at Graul's).
                                                                                                                  I use the lemon infused olive oil with a bit of butter and grated cheese on pasta--adding capers and/or marinated artichoke hearts makes for a fantastic side dish--it can even be eaten chilled which is great on these hot days. FoiGras

                                                                                                          3. Once again--I forgot this "major" discontinued local product--SILBER'S COOKIES. Can anyone of you Chowhounds remember those luscious cookies? I absolutely thought they were great--BUT--I was very young at the time. Still, at this stage of my life I sometimes recall those cookies and would love to taste them again. Just to see if they were truly as yummy as I recall on my trip down "Memory Lane." There doesn't seem to be any current cookie bakers. Nothing compared to the Silber's or even the Muhler's (correct my spelling if necessary). Baltimore's local second to Silber's cookie supplier. (And don't remind me of Berger's--I miss their other iced cookies other then the traditional chocolate topped--strawberry//butter-rum and lemon--once again-correct me if I am wrong--memories fade and I need help now in my "old age."). FoiGras

                                                                                                            1. Haagen Dazs Mayan Chocolate ice cream was discontinued in the US about ten years ago, but continues to be offered in Canada:

                                                                                                              http://www.nestle.ca/Haagen_Dazs/en/P...

                                                                                                              Can't understand why we can't have it here, too!

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                                                                                                              1. re: nautico

                                                                                                                nautico--would it be advisable for you to contact the Haagen Dazs company and inquire as to why they have discontinued the availability of your ice cream flavor here in the states? Perhaps you could have a shipment sent to you--I know that seems to be ridiculous as the product could only be shipped in huge quantities.

                                                                                                                an example of why I make this suggestion--there is a vitamin supplement that I purchase at the local Rite Aid--green tea, guarana, gingko, etc. Suddenly the product was unavailable, so I made contact with the manufacturer/supplier and was able to order the product over the phone (could have also do it on-line)--I ordered about half a dozen packages--free shipping and the product was about $1.50 less per package. And....got the order within two days!!! I don't have to be concerned with running out of the supplement based on the local stores not always stocking the product. Just a thought that may or may not be helpful. good luck.. FoiGras

                                                                                                                1. re: FoiGras

                                                                                                                  Overnight shipping charges would be prohibitive. There's even a Facebook page on this subject

                                                                                                                  http://www.facebook.com/#!/groups/135...

                                                                                                                  but efforts to find out why H-D discontinued the flavor in the USA, but kept it in Canada, have come to naught.

                                                                                                                  1. re: nautico

                                                                                                                    My fondness for Buitoni Toaster Pizzas is well documented: Discs of molten lava that were addictive in the best/worst way.

                                                                                                                    Stouffer had a Lobster Newburgh that was frozen in a pouch. You heated it up in a sauce pan of boiling water for X minutes then removed, sliced the pouch and poured the contents over toast. It was outstanding.

                                                                                                                    I always liked ice cream on a stick. The Heath Bar version was killer.

                                                                                                                    1. re: steve h.

                                                                                                                      About once every 3 months I tell my husband the story of Stouffer's Lobster Newburg. He can recite it along with me now. God that was good. Every year, the price went up a dollar. And they put it way up on the top shelf of the freezer because people kept stealing it. And then one awful day it was gone forever.

                                                                                                                      1. re: khh1138

                                                                                                                        I loved that lobster newburg, and, speaking of Stouffer's, about 20 years ago Pepperidge Farm had a French bread pizza product that was clearly intended to compete with the Stouffer's variant that is still on the shelves. I thought it was better than the Stouffer's version (flaky!), but for some reason Pep Farm dropped it within a year or two of its introduction.

                                                                                                                2. re: nautico

                                                                                                                  oh. we need to start a petition campaign or something to get that on our side of the border!

                                                                                                                3. nabiso royal lunch crackers.

                                                                                                                  oh the humanity....

                                                                                                                  1. I'm sure for some people here they were an abomination, I still miss the Frank n Stuff hotdogs from my youth. They were hotdogs stuffed with Hormel Chili - No Beans.

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                                                                                                                    1. re: John E.

                                                                                                                      I remember the cheese-stuffed hotdogs--I don't remember whether they were also Frank n Stuff or whether they were called Frank n Cheese or something. I remember they were never as good as it seemed like they should be, but I was (and am) enough of a sucker for gimmicks to enjoy them.

                                                                                                                      1. re: guilty

                                                                                                                        You are right, the idea of a stuffed hotdog is always better than the result. The same hotdog was stuffed with either chili or cheese. There are numerous cheese filled hotdogs out there but we don't buy them. Still the idea is better than the end product.

                                                                                                                    2. Kraft used to sell packaged (7" x 4"?) meunster cheese with carroway seeds - the cheese was firm and thinly sliced - a perfect flavor combo. Wonder why they gave it up.
                                                                                                                      jns7

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                                                                                                                      1. re: jns7

                                                                                                                        jns7--Wow! I completely forgot about that carroway seeded cheese. I loved it. Wonder if Wegman's/Whole Foods or any local cheese vendor carries a version--maybe not sliced but in brick form. FoiGras

                                                                                                                        1. re: jns7

                                                                                                                          Since you peaked my interest, I looked for carraway cheese on the Net and found Heini's Cheese Chalet--an Amish market in Ohio. They carry wheels of the cheese and will ship. Before I would do that I would check out the local Amish Markets along with the stores I previously recommended. Graul's and Eddie's both have excellent cheese departments. Oh, and how about Harris Teeter. FoiGras

                                                                                                                          1. re: jns7

                                                                                                                            jns7--please don't think I'm obsessed, but I found out that Wegman's carries "Denmark's Finest Cheese" (brand name)--a Havarti, caraway cheese in a prepackaged block. FoiGras

                                                                                                                            1. re: FoiGras

                                                                                                                              Speaking of cheese, Roquefort, which has always been my fave, is now elusive in most supermarket cheese cases. Even rarer--perhaps non-existent--is bottled Roquefort salad dressing. Numerous variants of blue cheese dressing, yes. Roquefort, no. Roquefort dressings disappeared at about the same time that the price of that cheese exploded about a dozen years ago.

                                                                                                                              1. re: nautico

                                                                                                                                Long ago I started a thread on the disappearance of Roquefort dressing. Lord knows what happened to that thread, because I can't find it.

                                                                                                                                1. re: Perilagu Khan

                                                                                                                                  This may sound a bit crazy--I, too, love REAL ROQUEFORT dressing. Can't find any commercial ones of late. So, I buy (now don't laugh or at least not try)--a commercial creamy salad dressing, perhpas even creamy Caesar or even Bleu cheesse--then I buy real roquefort cheese crumbles and add a bit of mayo and the cheese crumbles. It is a bit of a stretch, but is actually quite good. It's fun to experiment. But, I will continue to serach out a good commercial roquefort dressing. FoiGras

                                                                                                                                  1. re: FoiGras

                                                                                                                                    Not crazy at all. I'd try that in a heartbeat.

                                                                                                                                2. re: nautico

                                                                                                                                  Isn't Roquefort just another name for bleu cheese dressing made with sheep's milk?

                                                                                                                                  1. re: John E.

                                                                                                                                    Roquefort is one of several blue veined cheeses, but is distinct from all the rest in that it must come from Roquefort, France and is, as you say, made from sheep's milk. It's often referred to as "the king of cheeses." I find its flavor superior to Danish Blue, Maytag Blue, Stilton, and Gorgonzola, the blue veined variants from the other principal blue cheese producing countries.

                                                                                                                                    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Roquefort

                                                                                                                                    1. re: nautico

                                                                                                                                      The King of Cheese was never Roquefort, that title rightfully belongs to parmesan reggiano. I doubt that most U.S. commercially produced Roquefort salad dressing used actual Roquefort cheese imported from Roquefort, France. That would be like assuming the powdered cheese in the green container used cheese from Parma, Reggio Emilia, Modena, or Bologna.

                                                                                                                                      1. re: John E.

                                                                                                                                        Roquefort may be unique in that no cheese or cheese ingredient can be labled 'Roquefort" unless it has, in fact, come from Roquefort, France, and that included the US-bottled Roquefort dressings of yore. As for its claim to the "king of cheese" title, that's always been in friendly dispute between the Italians and French! If you Google "king of cheese," you'll find a near-equal number of hits for both Roquefort and parmesan reggiano. Obviously there's no authoritative source that can crown one or the other.

                                                                                                                                        1. re: nautico

                                                                                                                                          Any salad dressing manufacturer in the U.S. can make a bleu cheese dressing and call it Roquefort if they wish to just as American cheese makers make 'parmesan' cheese. I don't think the French laws apply here.

                                                                                                                                          I have an 86 year old uncle who orders Roquefort dressing with his salad in restaurants. After seeing the blank stare on the young server's face I tell them bleu cheese.

                                                                                                                                          1. re: John E.

                                                                                                                                            I must continue to disagree with you.

                                                                                                                                            Legal protection of "geographical indication" stems from a number of laws and treaties, including straightforward trademark protection in some cases.

                                                                                                                                            The situation with Roquefort is summarized in this document from the WIPO (World Intellectual Property Organization):

                                                                                                                                            http://www.wipo.int/edocs/mdocs/geoin...

                                                                                                                                            The presentation includes a slide on what they call

                                                                                                                                            THE ROQUEFORT CASE
                                                                                                                                            Chronology:

                                                                                                                                            1863 First Société trademark certification.
                                                                                                                                            1925 Law regulating Roquefort PDO.
                                                                                                                                            1930 Creation of the Roquefort Confederation and the Red Sheep logo.
                                                                                                                                            1947 Trademark certification in the USA.
                                                                                                                                            1951 Stresa Convention.
                                                                                                                                            1996 Trademark certification in the EU.

                                                                                                                                            Note that the chronology includes 1947 trademark registration in the US, the primary source of legal protection in this country.

                                                                                                                                            I do agree that many in the USA regard "Roquefort" as just another generic equivalent of "blue cheese." I have received the same kinds of blank stares your aged uncle has experienced!

                                                                                                                                            1. re: nautico

                                                                                                                                              I'll keep my eyes open and see if I can find Roquefort dressing, French of otherwise.

                                                                                                                                              1. re: John E.

                                                                                                                                                You won't find commercially bottled Roquefort dressing. Even the cheese itself is relatively scarce. I bought a small (0.21 lb) wedge yesterday for $6.30 or $29.99/lb. This is why dressing bottlers no longer produce the variant. Since they are prohibited by US law from using blue cheese substitutes and calling the product "Roquefort," they would have to use the real mccoy and they apparently don't see an adequate market for what would have to be super-expensive salad dressing. I have queried the USDA further on this subject and will post their response when it comes in.

                                                                                                                                                1. re: nautico

                                                                                                                                                  Did Roquefort cheese use to be cheaper, or was the labeling of blue cheese dressing as Roquefort simply deceptive?

                                                                                                                                                  1. re: Perilagu Khan

                                                                                                                                                    Yes, Roquefort cheese was once much cheaper, no more costly, say, than Danish blue, and it was during those years that one could find it bottled and on restaurant menus.

                                                                                                                                                    1. re: Perilagu Khan

                                                                                                                                                      Just received the following in response to a query I made of igourmet.com, a large online purveyor of fine cheeses:

                                                                                                                                                      Hi Bob,

                                                                                                                                                      We actually didn't see much of a price rise in roquefort, as the tariff was so brief and Roquefort comes over by boat and a lot was already stocked here in the US.

                                                                                                                                                      Roquefort has always been expensive. One reason - Roquefort is a name-controlled cheese, and may very well be the most famous blue cheese in the world. That, coupled with the fact that it can only be produced in a tiny region of southern france's caves, makes for a classic issue of supply and demand.

                                                                                                                                                      A third reason is that it's from sheep's milk, which is always expensive, as you can only get 3-4 months milking time from sheep.

                                                                                                                                                      I haven't seen Roquefort dressing in years either. I'm not sure it fell off consumer demand because of it's price, maybe people started looking for an affordable version of the same made with a less expensive blue.

                                                                                                                                                      Regards,
                                                                                                                                                      Susan

                                                                                                                                                    2. re: nautico

                                                                                                                                                      How does Maytag Bleu Cheese compare with Roquefort?

                                                                                                                                                      1. re: John E.

                                                                                                                                                        Maytag blue is regarded as the only American premier blue veined cheese. It tastes much like Danish blue and nothing at all like Roquefort.

                                                                                                                                                        1. re: nautico

                                                                                                                                                          On my "to do" list is a three cheese pairing: Roquefort, Stilton, Gorgonzola. There's a little restaurant in Rome near where we stay in the Campo de' Fiori that specializes in cheese and wine. I'll make this happen next March and report back.

                                                                                                                                                  2. re: nautico

                                                                                                                                                    I suppose you can compare the roquefort cheese classification with "Champagne." Based on my understanding, sparkling wine cannot be designated as "Champagne," unless it actually comes from Champagne, France. Italian sparkling wine is usually referred to as "asti." But, I profess to not being well versed in sparkling wine designations or categorizations. FoiGras

                                                                                                                                                    1. re: FoiGras

                                                                                                                                                      The protection enjoyed by "Champagne" in the USA is not quite as stringent as that for "Roquefort." Here's the relevant section of the Wiki article on this subject:

                                                                                                                                                      The United States bans the use [of "Champagne"] from all new U.S.-produced wines. Only those that had approval to use the term on labels before 2006 may continue to use it and only when it is accompanied by the wine's actual origin (e.g., "California"). The majority of U.S.-produced sparkling wines do not use the term champagne on their labels and some states, such as Oregon, ban producers in their states from using the term.

                                                                                                                                                      http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Champagn...

                                                                                                                                                    2. re: nautico

                                                                                                                                                      Nautico, thanks for finding the backing info for us roquefort lovers.

                                                                                                                                                      I think that EU certification and WTO treaties would about coincide with the demise of commercial 'roquefort' dressings... they had to switch to calling it 'blue cheese' after that.

                                                                                                                                                      1. re: gingershelley

                                                                                                                                                        Roquefort salad dressing has never been labled as anything but that. Real Roquefort dressing was never labeled generically as "blue cheese." Other blue veined cheeses such as Danish blue, Maytag blue, gorgonzola, or Stilton have also alwyas been specifically labeled as to kind and origin. It's just that consumers have gotten into the habit of referring to all of them as "blue cheese," not bothering to make what they apparently think are negligible distinctions. I have also found that almost all of the people who don't believe Roquefort has a taste that differs markedly from all the rest finally admit to never having tasted the real mccoy! :)

                                                                                                                                    2. Green and Black's Milk Chocolate bar with peanuts and sea salt. WHY??!!

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                                                                                                                                      1. re: circustance

                                                                                                                                        but it's on their website as a new bar... with a $1 coupon. I haven't had this one, but now I really want it! ;)

                                                                                                                                        http://www.greenandblacks.com/us/our-...

                                                                                                                                      2. Stewart's Ginger Beer discontinued in summer of 2009. I have three left, and am going to start crying when I finish them. I had one last weekend, it still held up well. I've tried virtually all others and none have the same balance and heat.

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                                                                                                                                        1. re: nsenada

                                                                                                                                          I know that when you really love something, substitutes will not do. But since your beloved Stewart's is gone have you tried blenhiems? It is good stuff and it comes in mild medium and hot so you can decide what level of tounge torching you can take. Just a thought.

                                                                                                                                          1. re: suzigirl

                                                                                                                                            Will have to check it out - thanks! I've tried Fentiman's, Barritt's, Maine Root, Gosling's, and several others.

                                                                                                                                            1. re: nsenada

                                                                                                                                              There is nothing like ginger beer. You can have the supermarket brands if you like, but when you want the real McCoy ya gotta have beer. Ale from Canada dry and schwepps just isn't the same.

                                                                                                                                        2. Ken's Red Wine w/Olive Oil Viniagrette salad dressing - good on salads, as a marinade, even over warm leftover rotisserie chicken. They stopped carrying it in stores a few years ago.

                                                                                                                                          1. Lots of good ones here!

                                                                                                                                            Back in the 70's my Aunt June would make this lemonade type drink. It was called Lemon Blend and it was in a bottle similar to what bottled lemon juice comes in and it was concentrated and you mixed it with water and VOILA! a great lemon drink

                                                                                                                                            1. Aunt Jemima Buckwheat Pancake Mix was discontinued about a dozen years ago. When I queried the company back in Jan 2010, I got the follolwing response:

                                                                                                                                              We're sorry to disappoint you, but we're no longer making Aunt Jemima Buckwheat pancake & waffle mix. I understand how upsetting it can be to find out a product that you enjoyed since childhood is no longer available.

                                                                                                                                              There are many reasons why we may discontinue a product, but it's usually because it hasn't met sales expectations. Store chains sometimes stop carrying slower-selling items to make room for new flavors or other products. When too many stores discontinue a product, it becomes difficult to continue making and selling it.

                                                                                                                                              It may interest you to know that you can make buckwheat pancakes by using Aunt Jemima Original pancake mix and buckwheat flour. I’ve listed the recipe below for you:

                                                                                                                                              Ingredients:

                                                                                                                                              3/4 cup (175 ml) Aunt Jemima Original pancake mix
                                                                                                                                              1/3 cup (75 ml) buckwheat flour (purchase dark flour)
                                                                                                                                              1/2 tsp (2 ml) baking powder

                                                                                                                                              Directions:

                                                                                                                                              Stir dry ingredients together and add milk and egg as per package instructions.

                                                                                                                                              We hope you'll continue to select and enjoy other Aunt Jemima products, Robert.

                                                                                                                                              Jennifer
                                                                                                                                              Quaker Consumer Relations

                                                                                                                                              I have since discovered that by reversing the suggested ratio of buckwheat flour to AJ mix and using the AJ Whole Wheat Blend, I get a better approximation of the original AJ buckwheat mix.

                                                                                                                                              1. Jello 1-2-3
                                                                                                                                                Brown Edged Wafers - I think they were Nabisco
                                                                                                                                                Sara Lee frozen cupcakes (a six pack in a foil container, chocolate variety or lemon variety)
                                                                                                                                                Danish-go-Rounds
                                                                                                                                                Howard Johnson frozen mac & cheese, blueberry toasties and orange toasties
                                                                                                                                                Stop & Shop (local New England market) newfangled corn muffins and coffee cake bread
                                                                                                                                                Switzer red licorice (somebody like Hershey bought it, changed the recipe, tastes like Twizzler)

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                                                                                                                                                1. re: Jpan99

                                                                                                                                                  You can Google jell-o 123 recipes. It is super easy to make. Jell-o mix water and cool whip. Give it a whirl and let me know.

                                                                                                                                                  1. re: suzigirl

                                                                                                                                                    Thanks, I've seen those but the pics don't look like the original so I assume it isn't going to taste the same. Besides, my favorite layer was the middle and the fact that it was a little bit tart, can't imagine it would taste the same.

                                                                                                                                                    1. re: Jpan99

                                                                                                                                                      I have to say I've never had the jell-o 123 treat so i have no comparisons. Just trying to help. As I said to someone earlier in this thread, sometimes there is no substitute for the original. I miss chicken tonite sweet and sour sauce. And if someone said to me 'oh, just go get saucy Susan' I'd be like 'what?'. Not the same

                                                                                                                                                    2. re: suzigirl

                                                                                                                                                      Back about 1972--Jello had a recipe for their product that you placed in a blender and added ice (don't know if anything else was added)--What I loved, was after the blender process and it was poured into a parfait glass, it seperated into about 3 different "shades" of the flavor and the foam that formed on the top. I would really love to find that recipe. FoiGras

                                                                                                                                                      1. re: FoiGras

                                                                                                                                                        Maybe you can look for a variation of the 123 recipe that uses ice. Couldn't hurt. Jell-o is pretty cheap

                                                                                                                                                  2. Whatever happened to the Birds Eye frozen vegetables by country--i.e., Parisian, Italian, Japanese, Mexican, Chinese, etc..? I loved those little boxes of frozen vegetables with seasonings back in the 1970's. A cook pan, a little added water and voila! those "exotic country's vegetables." Of course, I was in my teen years and my palate was quite a bit different then not--BUT NOT MUCH. I still love scrambled eggs or fried eggs sandwiches with KETCHUP.

                                                                                                                                                    Vienna sausages--I was fascinated with them as a youngster, thinking they were mini hotdogs. (My Mom wouldn't buy them as she considered them to be junk food). She never bought Spam or those canned "meat" products.

                                                                                                                                                    Those Pepperidge Farm coconut cakes with strawberry fillings----I believe that the lemon version is still available. Haven't seen it recently.

                                                                                                                                                    There used to be a "log" of braunschwieger-type meat with a sweet pickle type relish blended into the log of "meat." The "meat" was spreadable and probably produced by Oscar Mayer.
                                                                                                                                                    foiGras

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                                                                                                                                                    1. re: FoiGras

                                                                                                                                                      I had forgotten all about those country-specific Birds Eye veggie kits with the little sauce pouches. They were indeed terrific!

                                                                                                                                                      1. re: nautico

                                                                                                                                                        nautico--thanks for also remembering those frozen vegetables. Weren't there little cubes of the "sauce/flavorings" that melted during the cooking process? I don't recall there being "pouches" of the seasonings. Perhaps that was a later product change. FoiGras

                                                                                                                                                        1. re: FoiGras

                                                                                                                                                          Yes, I believe you're right about their being cubes, not pouches. The closest thing to those cubes today is the assortment of Philadelphia Cooking Cremes made to be stirred into practically anything:

                                                                                                                                                          http://www.kraftbrands.com/philly/pro...

                                                                                                                                                      2. re: FoiGras

                                                                                                                                                        I knew there had to be another fan somewhere out there. I loved the Oscar Mayer sandwich spread. I mentioned it in my prior post. That stuff was good. I have even posted hoping someone had a mock recipe. I have made a mock up, but it pales to my memories. Oh, the humanity.

                                                                                                                                                        1. re: suzigirl

                                                                                                                                                          suzigirl--how in the world did I miss your April post regarding the OM sandwich spread? Gosh, my brain is going off somewhere. I saw inquiries when I "Googled" the product. You were probably one of the person's asking about the availabilty of the product. I got the impression that it is still being made by OM. Then again, some of the other areas I read reported that it had been discontinued. Can't figure it out. FoiGras

                                                                                                                                                          1. re: FoiGras

                                                                                                                                                            It is nowhere to be found in their line up of products on the website so i am guessing it is no longer made. We were pretty poor growing up and my mom worked in the meat department. When luchmeats and such were going out of date she got first dibs.as kids we didn't know it was soon to go out of date, just that we had a 'brandname' lunch. Oh goody! Such a huge treat as a child. I could kill a whole tube when no one was looking. :-)

                                                                                                                                                      3. Has Sue Bee Honey Spread been discontinued? Haven't been able to find it at Giant or Mars. FoiGras

                                                                                                                                                        1. This is a childhood sentimental favorite - Swanson's Salisbury Steak TV dinner. My parents would only let us have it as a treat when they went out and we were left with a babysitter. Four compartments - made compartment had the salisbury steak and gravy, then the smaller three compartments held mashed potatoes swimming in butter, buttered corn, and a rich chocolate brownie. The babysitter would put it in the oven for 50 minutes because that was before we even purchased a microwave! Although I am not a big fan of frozen TV dinners now, it is a shame that this isn't still on the market!

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                                                                                                                                                          1. re: littleflower

                                                                                                                                                            Swanson's still makes a similar dinner. The only difference is the brownie has been changed to some sort of cranberry dessert.

                                                                                                                                                            http://www.swansonmeals.ca/Dinners/sa...

                                                                                                                                                            1. re: littleflower

                                                                                                                                                              I always liked those, too.

                                                                                                                                                            2. Hershey Tin Roof Ice Cream. How I miss thee.

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                                                                                                                                                              1. re: noodlepoodle

                                                                                                                                                                And Belgian Dark from the long since defunct line of Godiva ice creams.

                                                                                                                                                                1. re: nautico

                                                                                                                                                                  Kroger Select Chocolate Ganache is as good, if not better, than the old Godiva. (In the black container)

                                                                                                                                                                  1. re: nautico

                                                                                                                                                                    Starbucks made (makes?) a good icecream. Hell, there icecream is far better than their coffee, IMO.

                                                                                                                                                                2. Everyone's familiar with the numerous variants of cranberry and other juice combos put out by Ocean Spray. I can think of only one of them that didn't stick around on the shelves after it was introduced, and I still think it was the best of the bunch: Cran-Currant. Anyone else recall it? Wonderful stuff it was--deep red and rich in flavor. Lasted only a few months about a dozen years ago, either because demand was low or the black currants became prohibitively scarce/expensive.

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                                                                                                                                                                  1. re: nautico

                                                                                                                                                                    Darn, I never knew about it. I love black currants. There's a new-ish version of a Lindt chocolate bar that is dark chocolate + black currants and almond slivers that is wonderful but hard to find, also, I think, because the demand is very low.

                                                                                                                                                                    1. re: khh1138

                                                                                                                                                                      You can come close to the taste by combining Ocean Spray 100% Cranberry juice with Ribena Blackcurrant Drink:

                                                                                                                                                                      http://www.ribena.com.au/Our-Products...

                                                                                                                                                                  2. Great Shakes...they were around in the 60s and my grandma always had them for my granddad. We were only rarely allowed to indulge.

                                                                                                                                                                    You added an envelope of the mix to milk in the shaker (they had a specific shaker), shook it up and it came out foamy somewhat like a milkshake

                                                                                                                                                                    I did get enough proofs of purchase to get a groovy 45 rpm record...songs from Simon and Garfunkel, the Dave Clark 5...

                                                                                                                                                                    http://www.beachpackagingdesign.com/w...

                                                                                                                                                                    Good times!