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.
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.
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.
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
@Snapple get your shit together. Bring these back.
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
@LoveMyPhilly Heyy you know what I like besides your cream cheese? your cheesecake snack bars ❤️🙌🏾
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?!
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."
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