31 Snacks & Drinks That Were Discontinued Despite People Really Loving Them (And Why They’re No Longer Around)

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Ya know what's sad? The fact that the vast majority of millennials' favorite childhood snacks are GONE FOREVER. Disappeared into the void. Never to be heard from again.

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Recently, u/Louismaxwell23 asked redditors to share the "discontinued food or beverage item they wish with all their heart would return," and folks, the answers have me feeling more nostalgia than I ever realized was possible. From fast-food faves to the grocery store goodies that you never failed to sneak into your mom's cart, here are some of the best responses — plus exactly why each was discontinued in the first place.

1.Taco Bell's Mexican Pizza

2.Dunkaroos

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u/VogueSquirrel

WHAT HAPPENED: Let's be totally clear: At the time of writing this post, you can get your hands on a package of Dunkaroos, since they were technically re-released in 2020. BUT...and this is a hefty but...they won't be the Dunkaroos you remember from the '90s. The icing itself — the only reason one would tear into a pack of Dunkaroos in the first place — is made with less sugar, and the "new-and-improved" cookies have been described as "thin and crumbly." So, if you're a nostalgic '90s kid, maybe restrain your urge to grab a pack of these babies the next time you're checking out at a 7-Eleven...unless you're looking to be disappointed.

3.Jolt Cola

Jolt Cola can

u/The_Postal_Cervix

WHAT HAPPENED: Launched in the 1980s as the first-ever energy drink, Jolt Cola — with "all the sugar and twice the caffeine" — ceased production in 2010. Then, it came back in 2017 with exclusive distribution at Dollar General stores. Then...it was discontinued altogether. Some say that the battery can rebrand did the fan-favorite energy drink in, while others claim it was just ahead of its time. Regardless, you'd be lucky to get your hands on a can of this stuff these days.

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4.Creme Savers

Creme Savers hard candies in a pink retail bag

u/Trenzaloreghost77

WHAT HAPPENED: These '90s hard candies slapped in a way that's still pretty impossible to quantify. That said, after delighting Creme Savers fans (aka everyone) for many years, they were quietly discontinued in the early 2010s. BUT — as of this year, anyone who mourned the painful loss of these sweet 'n' creamy candies can grab a bag at Big Lots...and Big Lots only.

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5.Oreo Cakesters

—u/RaulTheSaltyWHAT HAPPENED: The whoopie pie-Oreo hybrid snack cakes we know and love debuted in 2007, until they were pulled off the shelves in the early 2010s for no real reason that folks can discern. However, I'm incredibly pleased to announce that starting in 2022, Oreo Cakesters will be making a comeback — alongside Nutter Butter Cakesters, too. (REJOICE!)

u/RaulTheSalty

WHAT HAPPENED: The whoopie pie-Oreo hybrid snack cakes we know and love debuted in 2007, until they were pulled off the shelves in the early 2010s for no real reason that folks can discern. However, I'm incredibly pleased to announce that starting in 2022, Oreo Cakesters will be making a comeback — alongside Nutter Butter Cakesters, too. (REJOICE!)

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6.Yogos

7.Rold Gold Honey Mustard Pretzels

Rold Gold Honey Mustard Pretzels

u/BigL90

WHAT HAPPENED: For reasons that literally no one can figure out, Frito-Lay quietly pulled these off the shelves forever, and replaced them with a less-good cheddar variety. The internet may be full of copycat recipes to get as close as possible to the sticky-sweet 'n' tangy flavor of the original, but until Frito-Lay decides to bring these back for good (PLEASE), fans swear by the Dot's Pretzels version of this cult favorite.

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8.Lime Green Skittles

Skittles arranged in a rainbow pattern

u/Barefoot-shadow

WHAT HAPPENED: Remember when green Skittles were lime-flavored? Yeah, me too, and UGH, I miss them. Supposedly, green apple out-performed lime in a 2013 poll, and that was the end of the lime green Skittle. Until now! It was announced in September that Skittles packages with the original lime flavor would be rolled out over the course of several months, which means you'll get to enjoy that lime-y green Skittle without ever having to suffer through a bag of All Lime again.

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9.Ice Breakers Liquid Ice

Ice Breakers Liquid Ice in Retail Package

WHAT HAPPENED: Legend has it these ultra-powerful mints were discontinued when they acquired a reputation for being "bitter" — as a direct result of the artificial sweetener used. IMO, no other mint will ever compare. Seriously, these would give you fresh breath for days — and if nothing else, I'll always cherish watching Jessica Simpson realize that they're both "liquid and ice" in that viral TV ad.

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10. Shark Bites

u/youguy_fl

WHAT HAPPENED: If you set the white, opaque shark gummies aside every time you tore into a pack of these fruit snacks, you know exactly what's up. Betty Crocker continued to sell these for a while, but once they vowed to no longer include artificial flavors or colors in any of their products (aka bye-bye white sharks), people lost interest, and they were discontinued.

11.McDonald's Snack Wraps

Heidi Klum pretending to bite into three McDonald's Snack Wraps

—u/FarmerJohnCleese

WHAT HAPPENED: In 2016, McDonald's removed Snack Wraps from their national menu altogether. We'll never know exactly why, though one redditor claims a possible reason for their discontinuation was the time it took to make each wrap, which reduced overall profits as a result. This past year, Snack Wrap diehards felt all the excitement when a TikToker — claiming to be a McDonald's employee — announced that they were coming back imminently, but McDonald's has since stated that "there are no plans to bring Snack Wraps back to nationwide menus in the US or Canada."

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12.Trix Yogurt

Plastic container of Trix Raspberry Rainbow Yogurt

WHAT HAPPENED: Trix Yogurt vanished from grocery store shelves somewhat unceremoniously, but now, THEY'RE BACK! The flavors may be a little less...punchy than what we're used to (instead of Raspberry Rainbow, we now get straight-up Berry), but I have a feeling the nostalgia will be absolutely overflowing nonetheless.

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13.Snapple Elements

14.Pre-2019 Butterfingers

15.Cotton Candy Bubble Yum

Screenshot of Bubble Yum commercial with pack of gum and text: "the only gum with yum"

u/DystopianRoach

WHAT HAPPENED: While Bubble Yum isn't entirely gone for good, for the real ones who know that Cotton Candy was hands down the best flavor, I'm afraid you're entirely out of luck. Because we can never have nice things, apparently General Mills only manufactures two flavors of Bubble Yum these days: Original, and Jolly Rancher Blue Raspberry (?!?!). Neither of which are Cotton Candy.

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16.Jell-O Pudding Pops

Screenshot of Jell-O Pudding Pop being made from an 80s commercial

u/daylaten-1short

WHAT HAPPENED: Jell-O Pudding Pops might just be the most quintessential example of new-and-improved, not necessarily equaling better. These icy, creamy treats were all the rage in the '80s, and increased in popularity as we entered the '90s...but they eventually ceased to turn a profit. General Foods licensed the Jell-O brand to Popsicle, who made their own version of the original Pudding Pop, but they just weren't the same as the original. Ultimately, Pudding Pops were pulled out of the freezer section forever, though KraftHeinz does have a DIY recipe listed on their website. (Will it be as good as actual Pudding Pops? NO.)

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17. Pizzarias Pizza Chips

u/grungeisforever

WHAT HAPPENED: We may never know exactly what happened to these zesty, crunchy chips — which is especially mysterious considering the fact that Keebler once described them as “the most successful savory snack debut in their history." I can tell you, however, that their 2000 discontinuation occurred pretty darn close to Kellogg's acquisition of Keebler, so...corporate drama? 👀

18.Philadelphia Cheesecake Snack Bars

Screenshot of Snack Bar commercial, with an angel reaching into the fridge for Snack Bars

u/MindLikeAMindfield

WHAT HAPPENED: There are nearly 40,000 signatures on an impassioned Change.org petition, and we STILL DON'T HAVE OUR BELOVED CHEESECAKE BARS BACK 😭. This, my friends, is a sure sign of the apocalypse. While the internet is absolutely overflowing with copycat recipes, none of them will ever bring back the totally revolutionary original, and that's simply a crime.

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19.Surge

Can of Surge Soda

u/broom-temperature

WHAT HAPPENED: Coca-Cola's answer to the Mountain Dew craze of the late '90s (darn you, Pepsi) was this soda/energy drink hybrid with an undeniable following. Remember, folks: The late '90s were a time before modern energy drinks, so a soda that incorporates massive amounts of maltodextrin for energy?! Sign me up! Unfortunately, things only got weirder from there. Surge was officially discontinued in 2003, until the Surge Movement Facebook group (and its 300,000-plus fans) successfully convinced Coca-Cola to bring the beloved soda back in the late 2010s. For a while, it seemed like Surge was available via Amazon and at select Burger King locations. Now, however, we seem to be in a Surge limbo of sorts — while the official website relays to potential customers that "Surge will be leaving shelves soon," the Facebook page assured fans in April 2021 that "Surge [wasn't] going away, despite the rumors." Since I'm wholly unsure of who to believe here: If you've enjoyed a Surge recently, LMK in the comments. 👇

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20.McDonald's Fried Apple Pie

McDonald's fried apple pie in a paper sleeve

u/-Dee-Dee-

WHAT HAPPENED: When the "healthy eating" movement swept through American fast-food establishments in the '90s, McDonald's handheld apple pies changed from ultra-crispy, deep-fried treats to baked, usually soggy afterthoughts. You can, however, still find deep-fried versions of this fan-favorite dessert... You'll just have to step outside of the continental United States. Countries like the UK, Mexico, Brazil, and Greece still carry the deep-fried version, as well as McDonald's locations in Hawaii. So, like, if you somehow couldn't find a great reason to visit Hawaii before, getting your hands on one of these nostalgic classics might just be worth booking that flight.

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21.Rice Krispies Treats Cereal

Box of Rice Krispies Treats Cereal

u/hicanipetyourpupper

WHAT HAPPENED: Rice Krispies? Fine. Rice Krispies Treats? Better. Rice Krispies Treats CEREAL?! Untouched. Like many of these nostalgic faves, Rice Krispies Treats Cereal was phased out, made a comeback with a slightly modified (read: less good) formula, and was then discontinued for good. In fact, Kellogg's confirmed this via Twitter in 2020, so, it's not looking great for the RKT Cereal stans. That said, some redditors swear that they're still able to find boxes of this stuff in their local Walmarts, so if you're desperate for a Rice Krispies Treat kick, it might be worth some investigating.

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22.Squeezits

Squeezit in a pack

WHAT HAPPENED: In a world of squeezable, syrupy-sweet "fruit" drinks that came in kid-approved plastic bottles, Squeezits ruled them all. So yeah, I'm saying that Kool-Aid Bursts couldn't hold a candle to these nostalgic drinks. While Squeezits were all the rage for a long while, they were totally discontinued in 2001 when sales started slipping. As for why sales weren't so hot? It's hard to say exactly why, but it likely coincided with the general downfall of kid-oriented foods packed with loads of artificial colors and flavors...and yes, these things were literally neon, so...

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23.Ritz Bits S'mores

Retail packaging of Ritz Bits s'mores

WHAT HAPPENED: In an honestly shocking plot twist, Ritz Bits Cheddar and Peanut Butter are still on grocery store shelves to this day, but the S'mores version — the GOAT — is nowhere to be found. The brand went on the record via Twitter in 2016 to state that "Ritz Bits S'mores have been discontinued," and I've been waiting for these little bites of perfection to come back ever since.

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24.Fruitopia

25.Flintstones Push-Ups

26.Vault

Man placing Vault soda on a counter in Vault TV ad

u/SexyR63VinylScratch

WHAT HAPPENED: The super-caffeinated, lemon-lime soda was Coca-Cola's answer to — you guessed it — Mountain Dew. And, IMO, it reigned supreme. So it's surprising that the popular soda was discontinued rather abruptly in 2011. Obviously, Vault-lovers have mourned its loss ever since, but there are several theories as to why exactly it was pulled off shelves. It's likely that Vault's demise came after Coca-Cola funneled more of its resources into Mello Yello, which had inherently more brand-recognition associated with it...but some redditors think Vault folded after Coca-Cola "bought controlling interest in an established energy drink called Monster," which, you know, is obviously still alive and well.

Side note: If anyone wants to send me this $170 unopened can of Vault soda, I'll love you forever.

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27. Butterfinger BB's

u/makoexplosion

WHAT HAPPENED: While I don't really love a regular Butterfinger bar (and as we've already learned in this post, I likely won't be swayed by the new formula), Butterfinger BB's were — to put it simply — iconic. Whether it was that viral Simpsons ad campaign or merely the fact that they were superior to the bars in EVERY WAY, these had a chokehold on pretty much every millennial...until they were discontinued in 2006, after 14 years in production. We'll never know exactly why, but some folks hypothesize it had something to do with the fact that they were, well, pretty messy to eat. But licking the melted chocolate off your grubby lil' fingers was the best part of eating these, amirite?!

28.SoBe Green Tea

Old Glass bottle of SoBe Green Tea

u/Slight-Ad-1744

WHAT HAPPENED: SoBe Green Tea was the best green tea, and I won't be swayed from that opinion at this time. Snapple had nothing on this stuff — especially when it was in that glass bottle that made it taste undeniably delicious (that's how that works, right?). SoBe drinks still exist, though in less-delicious plastic bottles, but for some wild reason, Green Tea and 22 other flavors were discontinued for good.

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29. 3D Doritos

u/sci-study

WHAT HAPPENED: When a fan reached out to Frito-Lay via the company's Facebook page in 2013 inquiring about the apparent absence of 3D Doritos, they responded with a "while most of our snacks have a passionate fan following, not all of them make the favorites list." Which is funny, because I've never met a millennial that WASN'T obsessed with these puffy, crunchy, cheesy snacks. Technically these are back now, branded as Doritos 3D Crunch. But true 3D Doritos fans have noted that the "flavors are horrible," the chips themselves are "basically Bugles," and they're generally "trash."

30.Kudos

Three varieties of Kudos bar retail boxes from an 80s TV ad

u/BjornLocke

WHAT HAPPENED: The Kudos bars of the '80s were available in three flavors: chocolate chip, peanut butter, and fudge. But what I really remember are the flavors of the 2011 rebrand, which incorporated Mars candies like Dove chocolate, M&M's, and Snickers. I ate a Kudos bar for breakfast more times than I'd care to admit, so perhaps the downfall of Kudos came about when people realized that maaaaaaaaybe a literal candy bar (with granola!) wasn't the complete breakfast it was branded as.

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31.Altoids Sours

Any nostalgic discontinued foods that we missed? Let us know in the comments 👇 and let's all manifest an Altoids Sours return in 2022, yeah?