Discontinued Foods

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

While we’re on the subject of soda… there are probably thousands of discontinued soda brands. So many have come and gone since the late 1800s. Teem is one I remember. Pepsi released it as an answer to 7up (which it now owns in most of the world) or Coke’s version, Sprite. The lemon-lime market has always been a heated space.

Teem was around from the 60s to the mid-80s when Pepsi released Slice. Teem and Slice were different enough that they kept both on the shelves for awhile in the US - some places you could still get Teem into the early 90s. Eventually, they discontinued it here in the States. There are a handful of Countries where you can still get Teem - it’s unclear if it’s the same as it used to be. There are actually 3 flavors of it, and it’s a relatively popular mixer for cocktails.

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: