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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.

                            2. Homemade box cake icing NOT out of a small can.

                              1. Clove LifeSavers---excellent cough suppressant. My mom always kept a roll of them in her purse for coughy little me. I remember when you could get a whole roll of Wild Cherry too.

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                                1. re: pinehurst

                                  My grandfather always had a roll of assorted fruit lifesavers in his pocket!

                                  1. re: cheesecake17

                                    Classic! I always hoped for the cherry or the lime to "come up" for me. Life Saver roulette :-)

                                    1. re: pinehurst

                                      Those were my favorites! I hated orange, and grandpa would always do me a favor and eat those! Good times :)

                                2. Underwood canned liverwurst spread. I just googled and found it is still made but whenever I think to look, I can't find it in stores even if they carry other Underwood canned meat products. You'd think in today's pork-happy environment, this product would be more popular.

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                                    1. re: rccola

                                      What do you think "Sign up to be notified when this item becomes available" means? Sold out because it is so popular? Out of stock because no one buys this sh*t anymore?

                                      You can order cases of 6 from the manufacturer but I'm not sure I need that much pork liver in my life. In my memory, it is very very yummy.

                                      1. re: tcamp

                                        Depends on what it's worth to you. 6 isn't really that many as they probably last more than a year. Surely there's another person missing that taste who would share. Or a cat you could treat.

                                        I'd pay $20 bucks for old-fashioned made-with-butter Butterscotch Krimpets, TastyPie (apple for me, cherry for my husband) Chocolate Junior and Coconut Junior. Each. Plus shipping. Just for that walk down memory lane.

                                        1. re: rccola

                                          In light of the fact that I'm still thinking about this 15 hours later, I just placed an order. Expensive habit, this chowhounding.

                                          1. re: tcamp

                                            Enjoy every sinfully expensive mouthful. Maybe on toast points with gherkins. How much more is it than pate?

                                            Hell, I just looked it up: at $15 plus shipping for 6 cans, that's cheap lunch x1 for 2 people in Berkeley.

                                            Serve it like pate at parties!

                                  1. I miss the big jars of pickled pigs feet "tidbits". My mom & I used to LOVE those for snacking.

                                    Nowadays the only ones some supermarkets carry are tiny jars under the Hormel brand. Two or three forkfuls & the jar is empty.

                                    1. I remember Murray's Pizza Burgers, oozy cheese between the hamburger patties. I'd be afraid to eat them now, but boy, they sure were good then.

                                      1. Hostess will be purchased by Walmart. Book it!

                                        1. Mama Rosie's meat ravioli. Can't find them on their website, so they must have discontinued them. Now it's just cheese and I miss he meat ones.

                                          1. Rainforest Crunch bars. Even an imitation (or recipe) would suffice.

                                            Ecto cooler- used to drink that while playing Friday the 13th on the NES. Sure.

                                            1. Milani's Buccaneer Sauce

                                              Salerno Mint Creme cookies

                                              Mun-Chee cheese

                                              Laughing Cow squares

                                              Golden Grain Macaroni and Cheese

                                              We used to put Buccaneer Sauce on our cooked spinach or broccoli. It was a white bottled dressing. I've made the copycat recipe that I found on line, but it wasn't quite the same.

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                                              1. re: jmcarthur8

                                                I miss those cookies too. Locally (MSP) there used to be a similar (dare I say even better?) product made by Rippin' Good which has also disappeared.

                                                1. re: jmcarthur8

                                                  I believe Rippin' Good (Bremner Food Group) acquired Salerno Mint Cremes and they still sell them now. I swear they were once called Alyce's Mint Cremes, too, but I can't find any evidence for that.

                                                  Unfortunately, they seem to have disappeared from all stores outside of Wisconsin. Luckily, I drive through there every few months, and I've been able to find Rippin' Good Mint Cremes at both Woodmans and County Market in a few places in the state. Just got some last weekend! Delicious.

                                                  1. re: lizwings

                                                    I did find them at Kowalskis in Woodbury but they had only one box and none the next time I went. However, there's a Country Market in Hudson so I'll check it out. Thanks!

                                                2. Barbeque Chex Mix. Not the kind they have now, the kind from the late 80's that was kind of orangey, and had short little pretzel sticks and peanut halves. I loved it. My grammy and I ate it endlessly. The Chex Mix flavors now just suck in comparison.
                                                  I can't even find a picture of this stuff online, I'm hoping someone else remembers it, too.

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                                                  1. re: alliegator

                                                    BBQ Fritos

                                                    O'Grady's thick cut potato chips

                                                  2. Planters Cheeseballs. Sigh.

                                                    President's Choice Temptations Cookies. -I have to bribe friends traveling to Canada to bring some back for me since Jewel stores stopped carrying them in the US years ago.

                                                    Mother's Taffy sandwich cookies. I think they're still sold in other states, but not here!

                                                    1. Franco American--or was it Chef-Boy-Ar-Dee Canned Macaroni and Cheese. It was so disgustingly great! The macaroni was mushy and long. Long! and the cheese sauce was sharp and gooey. O.M.G. I long for that stuff. If I ever, ever spot it somewhere, I swear I will purchase a case!

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                                                      1. re: jarona

                                                        I used to love Franco American Spaghetti-Os with franks. I think Campbell's bought 'em out and scuttled that product.

                                                        1. re: Perilagu Khan

                                                          If only they would bring back that Mac & Cheese..so much better than the Kraft boxed stuff:)

                                                      2. The canned kind of corned beef, sliced in packages from Oscar Mayer (among others), and also sold sliced from deli counters. One of the commonest lunch meats of my youth, and now all I can find is tiny cans for ridiculous money.