40 beloved snacks you’ll never be able to eat again

Fans are begging for the return of Carnation Breakfast Bars.

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Fans are begging for the return of Carnation Breakfast Bars.
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  • Many snacks, sodas, and candies that were once hugely popular have been discontinued.
  • Many of the products, like Altoids Sours, were discontinued because sales were poor or the product was unpopular.
  • Some products, like Lemon Ice Gatorade and Keebler Magic Middles, have fan-made Facebook pages or petitions demanding they be brought back.
  • Some of these petitions and Facebook pages actually work. Planters Cheez Balls were discontinued in 2006, but after hearing fans’ pleas for over a decade, Planters announced that the beloved snack would be making a return on July 1.

These food and drink items used to grace the pantry shelves of many American households. But their glory days have passed, and now they have been discontinued.

An old Reddit thread explored the items that people are most nostalgic for, so we decided to do our own research on some of Americans’ most beloved lost brands.

Some soda varieties just didn’t click with consumers. There are also many lost fast-food and snack items. Sometimes, fans of these discontinued snacks and sodas, like Lemon Ice Gatorade or Keebler Magic Middles, take action, starting online petitions or Facebook pages demanding their favorite snacks be brought back.

While it may seem silly, sometimes the Facebook pages and pleas for ’90s junk food actually work. Earlier this year, Planters announced that its beloved Cheez Balls would be making a return on July 1, 12 years after they were discontinued. They will be available at select stores and online.

Here are some other snacks fans are hoping will make a comeback:

Ashley Lutz contributed reporting to an earlier version of this story.


Altoids’ Tangerine Sours were discontinued in 2010 because demand was low and sales were falling.

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Amazon.com

Source: Bustle


Butterfinger BB’s were mini peanut butter and chocolate candy balls. They were discontinued in 2006.

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YouTube

Source: The Daily Meal


Black Pepper Jack Doritos were released about a decade ago and discontinued around 2008.

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Amazon.com

Source: MSN


Keebler Magic Middles were beloved in the 1980s. They were a vanilla shortbread with a chocolate middle.

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YouTube

Source: The Daily Meal


Tic Tac discontinued its Cinnamon and Spearmint flavors a few years ago.

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eBay

Source: Facebook/Tic Tac


The Snapple Element Drinks were popular in the early 2000s but were discontinued. Since then, several online petitions have begged for their return.

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Facebook/Snapple Elements

Source: Bustle


Cherry Vanilla Coke, plus a diet version, were launched in 2006 but discontinued just a year later. Other brands like Pepsi and Dr. Pepper still make the flavor.

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Wikimedia Commons

Source: Complex


Fiery Habanero Doritos were discontinued in 2009.

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Target.com

Source: MSN


Jello Pudding Pops were a popsicle advertised by Bill Cosby. They disappeared in the early ’90s, but you can still buy a kit to make them yourself.

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YouTube

Source: Today


Lemon Ice Gatorade hasn’t been around for a decade, but it does have its own Facebook page. It was brought back to 7-Eleven stores for a limited time in 2015.

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Shopyourway.com

Source: Twitter/Gatorade


Apple Newtons were an offshoot of the popular Fig Newton brand. Other discontinued flavors include grape and cherry.

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Wikimedia Commons

Source: Buzzfeed


Carnation breakfast bars were a staple in the 1980s. They also have a Facebook page pleading for their return.

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Facebook

Source: Livestrong


Snapple’s Mint Iced Tea was taken off the shelves back in 2007.

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Flickr/upsidedownsphere

Source: Adweek


The Bigfoot was a Pizza Hut pie from the early 1990s. It was very large and came in a rectangular shape.

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YouTube

Source: Complex


Taco Bell spicy chicken burritos had a hot jalapeño sauce. They were discontinued and replaced with a chicken burrito.

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YouTube

Source: Cheat Sheet


Regular Coke with Lime was discontinued in 2005. A diet variety still exists.

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Wikimedia Commons

Source: Time


Munch ‘Ems were snack crackers produced by Keebler in flavors like sour cream and onion and ranch. They were discontinued in the early 2000s.

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YouTube

Source: Simple Most


Cookies ‘N Cream Twix bars were available in the early 1990s. They were discontinued along with the chocolate fudge variety.

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YouTube

Source: The Daily Meal


McDonald’s had chicken fajitas in the 1990s, but they were soon pulled from the menu.

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YouTube

Source: Buzzfeed


Heinz E-Z Squirt was a variety of colored ketchup marketed toward kids. It came in purple, green and red and was available from 2000 to 2006.

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YouTube

Source: Simple Most


Hershey’s Bar None candy bars haven’t been sold in the US since 1993.

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YouTube

Source: The Daily Meal


Crystal Pepsi was a clear, caffeine-free soft drink that was discontinued in 1993.

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Wikimedia Commons

Source: Buzzfeed


Aquafina Alive was a fruit-flavored, vitamin-enhanced beverage that was created to compete with Vitamin Water. It was re-launched in 2008 but is no longer available. It’s unclear when it was discontinued.

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Kmart

Source: Seventeen


Uncle Ben’s rice bowls were supposed to offer convenience in cooking, but they were discontinued in 2008.

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YouTube

Source: Ad Age


Dunkaroos were sold by General Mills in the 1990s and were discontinued in 2012.

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Amazon.com

Source: Bustle


Flavor-Blasted Jalapeño Cheese Goldfish were a spicy alternative to cheddar, but they’re no longer available. It’s unclear when they were discontinued.

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YouTube

Pop-Tarts Crunch was a cereal based on the famous pastries, but it was discontinued in the late 1990s.

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YouTube

Source: Bustle


Reese’s Bites were peanut-butter-and-chocolate bites that were discontinued with the entire Hershey Bites line in 2008.

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Amazon

Source: Spoon University


Burger King’s Cheezy-Flavored “Shake ‘Em Up Fries” were a short-lived item. The customer was given a cheese powder to sprinkle over the fries.

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Facebook

Source: Buzzfeed


Wonka’s Oompas were a chocolate-and-peanut-butter candy produced in the ’70s and ’80s. Now the name is used for a fruit candy.

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Wikimedia Commons

Source: Today


McDonald’s introduced the Hula Burger in the ’60s to appeal to Catholics who couldn’t eat meat on Fridays. It featured a grilled pineapple slice and cheese on a bun.

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YouTube

Source: The Daily Meal


Nabisco Giggles cookies were introduced in the 1980s, and they were only sold for about a decade. Giggles were shortbread cookies filled with fudge and vanilla cream, like an Oreo.

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YouTube

Source: 24/7 Wall St.


The Nintendo Cereal System was only on the market from 1988 to 1989. It came with two kinds of cereal in each box: one for Super Mario Brothers and one for Legend of Zelda.

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YouTube

Source: 24/7 Wall St.


Hershey’s Swoops, which were Pringle-shaped slices of chocolate, came in flavors like Reese’s and Almond Joy. They were introduced in 2003 and were discontinued in 2006.

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YouTube

Source: 24/7 Wall St.


Oatmeal Swirlers were plain oatmeal packets that came with fruit-flavored jelly you could swirl on top. They were introduced in 1989 but have since been discontinued.

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YouTube

Source: INSIDER


Hostess Choco Bliss snack cakes were stacked with two devil’s food cakes, a creamy chocolate filling, and a layer of chocolate to top it all off. They were popular in the 1980s until they disappeared off shelves.

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YouTube

Source: INSIDER


Gatorgum was marketed as “thirst-quenching gum.” The gum came in two flavors: lemon-lime and orange. But it didn’t catch on and was discontinued in 1989.

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YouTube

Source: Complex


Chef Boyardee made Smurf pasta in the 1980s. It’s unclear when it was actually discontinued.

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YouTube

Source: Livestrong


Squeezits were juices that came in a bottle that you had to squeeze instead of a traditional bottle. Flavors included Berry B. Wild, Silly Billy Strawberry, Rockin’ Red Puncher, Mean Green Puncher, Smarty Arty Orange, and Troppi Tropical Punch. They were discontinued in 2001.

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YouTube

Source: Bustle


Kellogg’s Danish Rings were introduced in 1976. They were flaky and had a fruit filling similar to Pop Tarts, but they didn’t catch on and were discontinued by 1980.

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YouTube

Source: INSIDER