Discontinued Foods

Foods that no longer exist... let us remember them

Re-SURGE-ance!

Well I’ll be damned. Looks like Coca Cola is bringing back Surge… sort of. Discontinued since 2001, Surge was brought back for sale only on Amazon (and promptly sold out - for now). Coca Cola said they brought it back because of customer demand and that the future of the beverage depends on the level of excitement coming from the public. For now it is an Amazon exclusive, but Coca Cola also said they might sell it in other stores. If you’re a fan of Surge, they suggest you should let them know on their Facebook.

This is good news for those of us holding out hope that our favorite discontinued food or beverage might get a second life if we just make enough noise about it. Let’s bring back Orbitz! Clearly Canadian has said they are willing to revisit the beverage in limited batches if they can generate enough interest. They’ve urged fans in the US to ask their local retailers to carry Clearly Canadian products.

And so you know, at just about any grocery store in America, you can ask a manager to give you a product request form so you can ask them to carry things they don’t have. If they know someone will buy it, they will carry it. They are happy to take your money.

Anyone remember these?

Anyone remember these?

Mr. T Cereal!

Mr. T Cereal!

Franco-American Macaroni and Cheese

Franco-American Macaroni and Cheese

Don’t freak out - this isn’t technically discontinued. I’m including it for the nostalgia alone and to show the name changes over the years.
Smacks is Kellogg’s way of getting sugar into your bloodstream. It’s puffed wheat coated in sugar. Post has a version (which I’ll discuss) of this as well. Consumer Reports did a study of 27 breakfast cereals in 2008 and determined that this one had the highest sugar content (50% by weight). A bowl of this shit had the same amount of sugar as a glazed donut.
This cereal has been around for 50 years, and it isn’t going anywhere anytime soon - so don’t worry. You can still get Honey Smacks or Smacks today (depending on where you live). You can’t get Sugar Smacks anymore though. If you live in Italy, Mexico or Australia, you’re out of luck almost entirely. 
To be honest, this cereal tastes kinda bland to me for being so packed with sugar. The mascot was always the most interesting thing about it. I’m surprised they sold any of it with a scary-ass clown. They’ve also used bears, dogs, mutant kangaroo/mules, seals and cartoon brothers to peddle the stuff to kids, but most people will always remember Dig Em Frog. 
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=K8AE0y4WpWY

Don’t freak out - this isn’t technically discontinued. I’m including it for the nostalgia alone and to show the name changes over the years.

Smacks is Kellogg’s way of getting sugar into your bloodstream. It’s puffed wheat coated in sugar. Post has a version (which I’ll discuss) of this as well. Consumer Reports did a study of 27 breakfast cereals in 2008 and determined that this one had the highest sugar content (50% by weight). A bowl of this shit had the same amount of sugar as a glazed donut.

This cereal has been around for 50 years, and it isn’t going anywhere anytime soon - so don’t worry. You can still get Honey Smacks or Smacks today (depending on where you live). You can’t get Sugar Smacks anymore though. If you live in Italy, Mexico or Australia, you’re out of luck almost entirely. 

To be honest, this cereal tastes kinda bland to me for being so packed with sugar. The mascot was always the most interesting thing about it. I’m surprised they sold any of it with a scary-ass clown. They’ve also used bears, dogs, mutant kangaroo/mules, seals and cartoon brothers to peddle the stuff to kids, but most people will always remember Dig Em Frog. 

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=K8AE0y4WpWY

Shark Bites were a fruit snack amidst a sea of other fruit snacks peddled by cartoon bears, ninja turtles, dinosaurs, etc… They seem healthy because of the word “fruit” and at the same time the flagrant marketing to children expresses the urgency to get this fruit nutrition into their tiny growing active bodies.
The truth is, they are all sugar-laden gummy candy disguised as a healthy-ish snack. This was one of the most popular of the fruity snack types and if you mention these to certain people they lose their mind and go back to their own childhood. You may send them into a reminisce coma if you aren’t careful. Here’s a commercial: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MjTFLp-ZCGg
And here’s a more detailed version of the box art: 

Shark Bites were a fruit snack amidst a sea of other fruit snacks peddled by cartoon bears, ninja turtles, dinosaurs, etc… They seem healthy because of the word “fruit” and at the same time the flagrant marketing to children expresses the urgency to get this fruit nutrition into their tiny growing active bodies.

The truth is, they are all sugar-laden gummy candy disguised as a healthy-ish snack. This was one of the most popular of the fruity snack types and if you mention these to certain people they lose their mind and go back to their own childhood. You may send them into a reminisce coma if you aren’t careful. Here’s a commercial: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MjTFLp-ZCGg

And here’s a more detailed version of the box art: 

Swiss Cheese Crackers… Nabisco produces some fine products and this one was apparently too awesome to continue existing - making all the other products feeling inadequate. These delicious morsels were loved by many. They had just the right amount of cheese, crunch, and texture. Many people lament the loss of this holey food. If you’re one of these hopeless souls, I’ve read you can still get them in Canada under a different brand name: “Christie Brands.” Same goes for the Bacon Crackers (which I will discuss).

Swiss Cheese Crackers… Nabisco produces some fine products and this one was apparently too awesome to continue existing - making all the other products feeling inadequate. These delicious morsels were loved by many. They had just the right amount of cheese, crunch, and texture. Many people lament the loss of this holey food. If you’re one of these hopeless souls, I’ve read you can still get them in Canada under a different brand name: “Christie Brands.” Same goes for the Bacon Crackers (which I will discuss).