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Jan 2, 2013 02:31 PM

What ever happened to...(tastes from the past)

Fred's Mushroom Sauce. My mother used it a lot and it was delicious, much better than the nasty-tasting canned mushroom gravies of today.

TastyKakes made with real butter and with a shelf-live of maybe a day rather than eons. So much better tasting! I'd gladly pay three times more + shipping to get them these days.

Will Twinkies soon be a "taste of the past" to future generations? (OK by me.)

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  1. When I was a child we used to have a confection we called "marmelade." It was a loaf (the size of a tea cake) of layered jellies covered with chocolate sprinkles. (The jelly was similar to that in chocolate covered jelly rings -- but it was fresher and had a nicer texture.) I've never been able to find it.

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    1. re: alc

      I remember marmelade! Ours didn't have the sprinkles on top, though - it was just the loaf of jelly. We could only buy it at this one stationery store in Queens (NY), and only at certain times of the year. The owners put it on a tray next to all the different types of Barton's chocolates. The store changed ownership in the late 70s, and they no longer had the marmelade after that.

    2. La Choy/Chun King mini egg rolls. Supposedly, Michelina's took over these little jewels, but damned if I can find them.

      Patio cheese enchilada dinners. No beans, no rice, just six enchies in a tray. A real rib-sticking meal.

      Kraft Savory Chicken Noodle dinner. Kind of nasty, but I liked it from time to time.

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      1. re: Perilagu Khan

        Rosarita frozen beef tacos, you got 6 in a tray, just a corn tortilla folded around some beef type filling, you just fried them in a little oil in a pan and stuffed them after with whatever else you want. Not the best taco by any means but I liked them ok. I liked the little ones too.

        1. re: Perilagu Khan

          Argh! Those egg rolls. I would make the whole box as a snack.

          1. re: Perilagu Khan

            You just named two of my all time favorites (although my Patio favorite was the tacos - six large to the package, much like the Rosaritas described below).

            I dipped those mini eggrolls in a mixture of soy sauce and melted butter.

            I think I'm going to cry a little now....

            1. re: Pwmfan

              IIRC, the hot mustard that came with them packed one helluva bigger wallop than the insipid stuff doled out in modern Chinese takeouts. Loved that stuff.

            2. re: Perilagu Khan

              I get those at Winco out here in Oregon all the time.
              Cub Foods in the middle of the country.


              1. re: bbqboy

                I envy you. We've got Michelina's galore, but alas, no egg rolls.

            3. Sweetened shredded coconut. A mainstay in many cake and cookie recipes, right? Not available in any of the grocery stores where I shop in Seattle. Bakers, which used to make it, doesn't even have it anymore. Anyone know why?

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                1. re: PAO

                  Every supermarket in Bloomington, IN, has this stuff. What's with Seattle?

                  1. re: PAO

                    Not only does Baker's still make sweetened shredded coconut, every supermarket around here carries it (along with other brands). In fact, I've even seen it sometimes in the frozen food section.

                    I'd ask around locally, but if not, you can get it online. Do a search.

                    1. re: PAO

                      As we pointed out months ago after doing a day-long search for you, it's in every Safeway in the Northwest as well as the Costco Business Center in Lynnwood. There is no actual difference between "shredded" and "flaked," which IIRC was your principal objection. It is a matter of semantics only.

                    2. We used to have when I was a kid, as a guilty pleasure, tiny little frozen tacos (we called them dog food tacos)- the brand, I think was Rosarita. They have a tiny bit of ground mystery meat in a little corn tortilla, folded and they told you to deep fry them. I always put them in the oven instead.
                      I know that Trader Joe's has the equivalent, bless their hearts, but they don't taste quite the same. I can go with them, though. Does anybody remember these?
                      I'm kind of ashamed, living in the desert southwest, to be jonesing for those dog meat tacos, but they were tasty to us, maybe we were stoned, who knows?

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                      1. re: EWSflash

                        I totally understand. When I was young I loved canned Chun King or was it La Choy chow mein with added crispy noodles. I tasted it recently and think it's been totally changed and tastes yuck. Though I live in the SF Bay Area, I want that old comforting totally-not-Chinese Chinese food. So your taco cravings are understandable.

                        1. re: EWSflash

                          I do! Like you, I baked them. Have tried several brands since then, including TJ's, Jose Ole's and Market Pantry but you are right - none of them have the same flavor.

                        2. Fish sticks...those bad boys were so good back in the 70's.

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                          1. re: Beach Chick

                            I continued to enjoy them into the early 90s while in college. Fish stick delicousness after a night of partying is still a strong memory.

                            1. re: Beach Chick

                              Fish sticks are still around. Gorton's, Mrs. Paul's, etc. I buy them once in awhile to accompany boxed mac & cheese. It's a blast-from-the-past comfort food dish for me.

                              1. re: Bacardi1

                                Trader Joes sells some fish sticks that are pretty good and evoke warm nostalgic feelings in me.

                                1. re: tcamp

                                  I've been meaning to try those TJ's fish sticks..
                                  Maybe I'll make some homemade tartar to gussy those sticks up!

                                  Thanks Bacardi on the Gortons and Mrs. Paul..good to know they are still decent...with a box of mac n' cheese..oh yeah.