30 Discontinued Snacks That You Forgot You Were Missing

Recently, my best friend and I took a trip down memory lane. We went shopping together as it was the 13th anniversary of her daughter. We walked through the abandoned 90s businesses and were reminded of simpler times when phones came with their own luggage. As we played, lightning bugs were caught and snacks such as Fruit Roll-Ups or Ring Pops were eaten.

When we think back to those childhood memories, shopping was full of nostalgia and laughter as many of our favourite toys are still available. We were talking about childhood memories and favourite snacks, as well as our favourite candy, before I knew it. I was struck by the fact that many of my childhood snacks and drinks are still in production. Which have been discontinued and will never be available again?

Here’s a list with 30 of my favourite but most forgotten childhood treats. These treats span the ’80s through the ’00s, and will make you feel as nostalgic as us.

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1

Watermelon Laffy Taffy, with seeds

 

The sticky, watermelon-flavoured Laffy Taffy featured a crunchy surprise: candy watermelon seed! These large Laffy Taffys were a childhood favourite. I would always grab them when I was able to choose a treat from the station. These sweet-treats were discontinued sometime in the late ’90s and early ’00s due to their crunchy seeds.

Wonka still makes watermelon-flavoured taffy but they don’t have the same seeds as they used to. They were so beloved that petitions are still being created to bring them back. However, these petitions have not been successful over the years.

2

Flintstones Push-Up pops

 

These Push-Up Pops were huge in the ’90s. Even though Push-Ups were produced by Nestle, everybody knew that Flinstone’s Push-Up Pops were the best. Although the Push-Ups taste didn’t change, this rebranding did not change the public’s opinion that these Push Up Pops were exceptional.

This Flinstone Push Up Pops magnet is a great option if you’re still a huge fan.

Flavours
  • Yabba Dabba Doo- Orange

  • Bedrock Berry

  • Lime Rock Lime

3

Squeezit

 

These fruit drinks were a great choice for kids’ pool parties and lunch boxes from the ’80s through the ’00s. The soft, plastic juice bottle was squeezable. This allowed you to drink the juice straight from the bottle, rather than using a straw. The product was discontinued in 2001. It was briefly reintroduced in 2011 but it is still discontinued.

Main flavours

These are the most popular flavours. However, there were other fruit juice flavours like the ones shown. Even a mystery flavour was available.

  • Grumpy Grape (my personal favourite)

  • Smart Arty Orange

  • Chucklin’ Cherry

  • Berry B. Wild

  • Rockin’ Red Puncher

  • Mean Green Puncher

  • Silly Billy Strawberry

  • Troppi Tropical Punch

4

Creme Savers

 

These bags were always found around my home. These were always in my mother’s purse, ready to be used whenever I had a sweet tooth. Creme Savers were discontinued in 2011 after being made in the late 1990s.

You can still buy this fruity candy, Campino Yoghourt Fruit Candies. Although they aren’t manufactured by Nabisco, the flavour is identical.

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Campino Yoghourt & Fruit Hard Candies

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Main flavours

These are the core flavours. However, there were many other flavours available, including sugar-free versions.

  • Strawberries & Creme (the best-loved)

  • Orange & Creme

  • Butter Toffee & Creme

  • Raspberry & Creme

  • My personal favourite is Chocolate & Caramel

 Video: Creme Savers 1998 Commercial – Creme de la Creme Chant

 

5

Surge

 

Surge soda, a citrus-flavoured soda, was first introduced in the US in late ’90s. Surge soda was a soda that anyone could drink, and it still enjoys a cult following today.

Coca-Cola’s soda was at the centre of many controversies due to its supposed health effects. It was eventually discontinued in the early 00s. However, it can still be purchased on Amazon and eBay if it is worth the extra cost for a small quantity.

6

Trix Yoghourt

 

Trix yoghurt was the perfect thing in the ’00s for making yoghurt more enjoyable to eat. They came in two flavours, and some were bright and exciting. Although it was discontinued in 2013, there is a petition that would bring multi-colored yoghurt back.

However, you can still buy Trix Yoghourt at certain stores.

Main flavours
  • Strawberry Banana Bash

  • Cotton Candy

  • Triple Cherry

  • Raspberry Rainbow

  • Strawberry Punch

  • Very Berry

  • Berry Bolt

7

Altoids Sours

 

Altoids Sours were introduced in the early 2000s by Altoids. Although they didn’t do much to freshen their breath , they were delicious and addicting. I’m not the only one who said that I had several instances when my tongue was tingling and numb from eating an entire tin of them.

They can be sweetened and tangy if you can get past their initial bitterness. They were discontinued in 2010, despite their popularity. You can find them on Amazon and other stores that sell discontinued candy if you’re willing to look.

Flavours
  • Mango is my personal favourite

  • Apple

  • Raspberry

  • Tangerine (The most sought-after)

  • Lime

8

Milkfuls

 

These milky candies, which were similar to caramels, had a milky filling inside the hard shell. They were very popular. Milkfuls were the candy that you enjoyed. You were not supposed to eat them, but you should let the hard candy shell melt until you reach the milky centre. This tasted very much like cream and marshmallows.

They are still sold in other countries, even though they were discontinued in the USA. These candies were made by a German company. They are still available on Amazon and in Germany as Vollmilch Brocken. Although some aren’t sure if these candies are identical to the classic Milkfuls candies, they are made by Storck.

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9

Oreo Cakesters

 

These were fan favourites because they had all the cookies and cream goodness that comes with Oreos with a more cake-like texture. The Oreo cream filling and two sweet Oreo cookie cookies made this a tasty snack that was released in 2007. The product was discontinued in 2012, leaving many consumers confused.

This commercial is a great example of how amazing they are!

Main flavours
  • Regular Cakesters

  • Double Stuff Cakesters

  • Golden Cakesters

  • Chocolate Creme

  • Mini Cakesters

Video: Oreo Cakesters Commercial (2009, US).

 

10

Pizzarias

 

These pizza-flavoured chips were launched by Keebler in 1991. They have a huge following, much like Surge. The chips were coated in a delicious pizza flavouring, which, although there have been other pizza-flavoured chips, can’t be matched.

Pizzarias was discontinued in the late 1990s. However, many people who loved the chips were disappointed. You can even find Pizzarias T-shirts.

11

Swoops

 

Swoops, a Hershey’s product, was introduced in the early 2000s. They quickly became a popular snack choice for both kids and adults. These chocolate chips were stolen from me by my father at least a few times. These chips were easily worth the fight. They didn’t contain a chip, and were made solely of chocolate. Each package contained six sets of six chips.

They were misleading and were discontinued in 2006. People were often confused by the packaging and marketing, believing that there would be salty chips inside the chocolate.

Main flavours

These were the main flavours. However, there were limited-edition special-edition flavours like Strawberries & Creme.

  • Reese Swoops (The best)

  • Hershey’s Milk Chocolate

  • Almond Joy

  • White Chocolate Reese

  • York Peppermint Patty

12

Fruitopia

 

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This is not something I do every day. My junior high vending machine was frequently out of stock. It even came in larger juice containers so that the whole family could enjoy it. Coca-Cola introduced Fruitopia in the early 1990s, but it didn’t make it to the US in the ’00s.

Fruitopia is possible to buy in other countries but you won’t find it in the US. Instead, fruity Minute Maid beverages might be the closest.

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Minute Maid Punch

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Main flavours
  • Strawberry Passion Awareness

  • Kiwiberry Ruckus

  • Fruit Integration

  • Blueberry Watermelon Wisdom

  • Beachside Blast Fruit

  • Tangerine Wavelength

  • Orange Undercurrent

  • Raspberry Psychic Lemonade

13

Oreo O’s

 

Oreo O’s were the best cereal in the late ’90s/early ’00s. That’s it. I can still hear my brother drinking milk and clicking his spoon against the bowl. He ate large amounts of this cereal. These crunchy Oreo-flavoured O’s, made by Kraft, were delicious. Oreos + Cereal + milk = cookies and cream cereal. It sounds delicious, right?

They were discontinued in 2007 after the recipe was changed. They are available for purchase in the nearest grocery store. This isn’t a drill. You can avoid the store by buying Oreo O’s online!

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Post Oreo O’s breakfast cereal

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Do you remember this commercial from 1998?

Video: Oreo O’s commercial 1999

 

14

SqueezePops

 

In the 1980s, 1990s and early 2000s, it was a popular way to get food and drink. These were no exception. These were no exception. I still remember the cherry Hubba Bubba SqueezePop’s unique flavour and how sticky they made my hands after I ate them. They were discontinued in 2000 and have not been reintroduced. However, petitions are being filed to bring them back.

Flavours
  • Watermelon

  • Cherry

  • Blue Raspberry

15

Sparkle Cherry Laffy Taffy

 

Sparkle Cherry Laffy Taffys are a wonderful treat that will be missed. These large, sprinkle-filled taffys were extra stretchy and had a surprising crunch due to the sprinkles. In the ’90s, I used mine to make a fairy wand while wearing my jelly shoes.

Did you know that Sparkle Cherry Laffy Taffys can still be purchased on Amazon?

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Wonka Laffy Taffy Sparkle Cherry

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16

Munch ’ems

 

These crackers had a unique crunch that was unlike chips. They were marketed by Keebler as a chip-and-cracker hybrid. Although Munch ’ems were delicious and crunchy snacks that were extremely popular in the late 1990s, sales didn’t correlate with that popularity.

They were eventually discontinued in the early 2000s.

Main flavours
  • Cheddar Munch ’ems

  • Ranch Munch ’ems (My personal favourite)

  • Sour Cream and Onion Munch ’ems

  • Chill Cheese Keebler Munch ’ems

  • Nacho Munch ’ems

  • Mesquite BBQ Munch ’ems

  • Salsa Munch Ems

  • Southwest Chilli Munch Ems

  • Southwest Salsa Munch ’ems

  • Reduced-Fat Sour Cream and Onion Munch ’ems

  • Reduced Sodium Munch ’ems

This is a blast from the past.

Video: Keebler Munch Ems Commercial

 

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These candy-flavoured Granola bars made breakfast more fun in the 1980s. These were a perfect snack for your lunchbox or purse. They are a mix of candy and granola. These were my favourite snacks to take on the bus to school. Mars discontinued Kudos Granola Bars in the late 2010s.

Flavours
  • M&M

  • Chocolate Chip

  • Snickers

  • Peanut butter

18

Tiny Size Chests

 

These cute, colourful chiclets made it easy to enjoy a few pieces of fruity gum. They came in every colour of the rainbow and had a crispy outer coating. There’s nothing better than love!

They were first introduced in 1900 in peppermint flavour. Although the gum has changed over time and the companies have changed, it remains tiny and amazing. The original brand discontinued the small-sized gum in 2016. Although the gum was discontinued in 2016, you can still buy large bags of Chiclets to reminisce about simpler times.

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Chiclets

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Guacamole Doritos

 

These guacamole-flavoured chips were a tiny, but significant, success between 2003 and 2006. To everyone’s disappointment, they were discontinued. Guacamole flavouring + Chips = flavour explosion.

You can currently buy them on Amazon. However, the reviews are very cautious so I didn’t include them here. They are not, unfortunately.

20

Pop Tarts Stix

 

Pop-Tarts Snak-Stix were a popular snack that was loved by kids in the early 2000s. I don’t know what their appeal was. These Pop-Tarts were the Kit-Kat of Pop-Tarts. They could be broken into sticks and used as snacks in the back of the class when the maths teacher was not looking.

They only lasted for about a year on the market, as they were Pop-Tarts in stick-form. However, they enjoyed their 15 minutes of fame.

Flavours
  • Cookie and Creme

  • Frosted Berry

  • Frosted Double Chocolate

  • Frosted Caramel Chocolate

 

21

Philadelphia Snack Bars

 

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These snack bars were very popular in the 2000s. These snack bars were like mini cheesecakes, but they could also be used for breakfast. These snack bars were pure, delicious magic in a small package. There is an active petition for their return, just like many other snacks.

Main flavours

These main flavours do not include the Snack Bites or specialty flavours such as Turtle or Marble Brownie.

  • Classic

  • Strawberry (The most loved)

  • Chocolate Chip (My personal favourite)

  • White Chocolate Raspberry

This classic ’00s commercial will bring back some nostalgia.

Video: 2000 – Philadelphia Snack Bars

 

22

Pepsi Twist

 

Pepsi Twist. Pepsi Twist is the bright, sweet, citrusy cola spray that I smelled when I opened the first can of Pepsi. Pepsi Twist was originally imported to the USA in the early 2000s. It found its way into every vending machine. This, along with a bag of Gardettos, was the perfect combination.

Pepsi Twist was discontinued temporarily in the early 2000s. It was reintroduced only a few years later. You can still get Pepsi Twine today. It’s still as delicious as ever.

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“Pepsi Twist” Lemon Flavoured Soda

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23

DunkAroos

 

DunkAroos was a huge success in the late ’80s and early ’90s. Anyone who has tried DunkAroo Dip knows how delicious it is. These were the first things I saw in the grocery shop. Dunkaroos were originally made in the form of Sydney, the Kangaroo. They came with vanilla or chocolate frosting. Sprinkles weren’t available at the time. As the product became more popular, they were able to make other shapes and offer different frosting flavours.

Between 2012 and 2016, DunkAroos was temporarily discontinued in the US. Despite the fact that the product has been modified and improved, DunkAroos was temporarily discontinued in the US between 2012-2016. You can purchase DunkAroos online and at many local grocery stores.

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Dunkaroos

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Main Flavours

  • Vanilla

  • Chocolate

  • Rainbow (The most loved)

  • Cinnamon

  • Chocolate chip

  • Peanut butter

24

Bubble Beeper

 

They were part chewing gum and part accessory. My bubble beeper gum was in my pocket and I thought it was cool to ride my bike. The technology behind bubble beeper gum was unfortunately short-lived in the 1990s. Every stick of Bubble Beeper gum had a different message in its plastic case. It was easy to dissolve, but it was soft, sweet and fruity.

25

Sprinkle Spangles

 

This delicious cereal from General Mills was hugely popular in the ’90s and ’00s. They were colourful, sweet, sprinkle-filled, star-shaped, and full of sprinkles. Sprinkles in cereal? How can that be wrong? Personally, I loved them. They were just right for a large bowl of cereal late at night, when you want to enjoy the cereal crunch.

Even though they were discontinued in late ’90s you can still buy memorabilia online. You can even find Sprinkle Spangles T-shirts online if you are a true fan.

26

SnackWell’s

 

These tasty cakes were a favourite of mine to add to my lunchbox. These rich, little snacks cakes are perfect for anyone who loves chocolate, cake, and cookies. They were a mix of cookie and cake with tons of chocolate and fat-free. Later, SnackWell’s were sold by Nabisco to Nature Foods.

It is rumoured that the recipes for many SnackWell snacks were altered during this time. This was a big complaint from many customers. The biggest change in the recipe was the substitution of corn syrup for sugar. However, I’m just glad they’re still available!

The snacks are easier to find in Canada, but they can still be purchased in the USA. You can still purchase SnackWell’s Devil’s Food cookie cake from Amazon and other online retailers.

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SnackWell’s Devil’s Food Cookie Cakes

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Waffle Crisp

 

Waffle Crisp was a favourite of mine growing up. Its sweet syrupy flavour gave milk milk a sweetness that is unique to it. I believe Waffle Crisp’s maple syrup flavour is the reason it has lasted so well. It was first introduced in 1996 and found its way into every cupboard. However, the recipe was changed to “Waffle Crunch” in 2013. The brand changed in 1996, and the product was discontinued in 2018.

Post has relaunched its product in bulk bags, which is great news for us all. It will be available starting in 2021. Grab some now! You want it!

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Post Waffle Crisp Cereal 34oz

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Hubba Bubba

 

Hubba Bubba Brand was launched in the late 1980s and quickly became a favourite among kids of all ages. You may not know that Hubba Bubba was discontinued in the 1980s before it made its way to the 1990s. It was a huge part of my childhood and I am glad it made a comeback in the early 2000s.

It may have been a while since you last had Hubba Bubba Bubble Tape . Let your senses guide you back to Hubba Bubba.

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Hubba Bubba Gummi Tape

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Ice Breakers Liquid Ice

 

You really missed out if you have never tried one of these and felt like an ice-breathing Dragon. The jelly-like outer shell contained a powerful, minty liquid. These tiny, strong mints were addictive to me. These mints are strong, but not as strong as Breath Strips.

These were introduced in the late ’00s, but they were soon discontinued.

Main flavours

These main flavours exclude Centre Ice flavours like Raspberry Lemonade and Raspberry Peppermint.

  • Cool Mint (The most loved)

  • Cinnamon

  • Spearmint

  • Alpine Smash

30

Pillsbury Waffle Sticks

 

Pillsbury Waffle Sticks are the perfect breakfast to enjoy on the bus, or while doing homework. They took the hassle out of waffles. No knife. No knife. Easy to dip syrup. There’s nothing better than that! They were unfortunately discontinued in 2007 along with other Pillsbury products made for children or geared towards children. Many people lost their jobs as a result of this discontinuation, which was highly controversial at the time.

Did you see the cute Pillsbury Wafflesticks commercial

Video: Pillsbury Waffle Sticks Hospital (2003) Commercial

 

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