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Discontinued Foods We’re Begging Them To Bring Back To Supermarket Shelves

There's nothing better than discovering a food that you can't get enough of - especially when you're a kid. But for most of us, many quintessential foods from our childhoods no longer exist. I have vivid memories of eating Mingles in the early noughties - a minty chocolate snack - that was popular in the UK at the time. I remember having a box of them at my very first sleepover. The Mingles were scattered everywhere when we got a bit too enthusiastic watching Kangaroo Jack on VHS!

I feel old just thinking about all the discontinued foods I wish were still around. Another treat that I loved sneaking home in my backpack were Rowntree's Bursting Bugs. As the name suggests, these were bug-shaped candies filled with a gooey center. When you're still in middle school, things like that are cool. Here at Food Envy, we've decided to take you on a trip down memory lane by reminding you of all the discontinued foods we wish we could gorge ourselves on one last time...

What Discontinued Foods Would You Bring Back?

There's a reason some foods aren't around. It's natural selection. Adults and kids alike having ever-changing palettes that unfortunately force certain foods out of the market. That being said, some of the foods that have been discontinued were, as far as I can remember, incredibly popular! These are the foods we wish were still on our shelves...

This was one of my favorite snacks right up until it was discontinued. Who wouldn't want to eat Reese's peanut butter in a bite-sized fashion? They were delicious! And they were the perfect size for an on the go snack as well. But sadly this food is no more...

1. Reese's Bites

Reese's Bites were an indulgent treat for any chocolate lover until they were tragically discontinued in 2008. Their disappearance is a bit of a mystery as these were an incredibly popular snack. If only Reese's would listen and bring them back - they'd make millions of dollars!

This is a food that you'll definitely remember if were an eighties or nineties baby. These drinks were all the rage amongst school children for a very long time, but were sadly discontinued in 2001. It's a delicious food that the youth of today will never get to enjoy...

2. Squeezeits

This teeth rotting concoction was the nemesis of dentists everywhere until 2001. These colorful drinks first hit the shelves in the eighties and were incredibly popular with kids thanks to their bright appearance and interesting packaging that featured a fun character on the bottle you had to squeeze to drink!

Whenever I was lucky enough to get this food as a kid, I was over the moon. It wasn't just candy, but musical candy. When you're a little human, there's nothing better than getting a sweet treat that you can simultaneously have fun with!

3. Melody Pops

Melody Pops were a stable of any fun-loving kid's diet for years. They must have driven adults insane, but we were certainly having fun with them as kids! I remember being disappointed when I'd eaten so much of the lollipop that it stopped working as a whistle...

We all know what it's like to wake up bleary-eyed or arrive home after a long day at the office. There's one thing that we need to perk us up when we're feeling tired and one of the biggest soda companies in the world decided to incorporate it into this food...

4. Coke BLāK

Coke BLāK combines the delicious taste of Coca-Cola and coffee. This drink was released in 2006 - much to the delight of coffee and Coca-Cola lovers everywhere - but it had a very short life and was only around for a mere two years. If only Coca-Cola caffeine kicks were still possible...

When you're older, some of your most vivid childhood memories are of the time you spent in parks - playing in rivers and getting covered in mud. But some of the best memories I have in parks are of when it was a particularly sunny day, and my mom gave me a few dollars for an ice cream...

5. WWE Ice Cream Bar

WWE Ice Cream Bars weren't your average popsicle. They had pictures of wrestlers on them and tasted great too. My wrestling-obsessed nephew said, "It would be great to see our favorite current wrestlers on the ice cream bars. I'd love one with John Cena. Take my money now."

Now, this food really is a blast from the past. I remember drinking this particular juice as I hopped around my parents' backyard on my pogo stick. It was the juice kids all over the country hoped their mom would include as part of their lunches from its launch in 1963 until it was discontinued in 2006...

6. Original Sunny Delight

The Original Sunny Delight was incredibly popular in the US and in the UK. A PR expert said of the drink, "It was a phenomenon. Kids begged their parents for Sunny D without even knowing what it was. Parents bought it without question under the misguided notion that their children were excited about healthy juice." It was this misguided notion, however, that led to the drink's decline when a girl in the UK turned yellow after consuming far too much of a food that was essentially 5% orange juice and 95% corn syrup...

The food's precursor is still one of the most popular drinks in the world today. But it had a different incarnation in the nineties that was so popular people still haven't been able to let go. One thing's for sure, it certainly looks a lot healthier than what it was...

7. Crystal Pepsi

Crystal Pepsi was exactly what it looked like - a supposedly healthier version of Pepsi. Well, it was meant to be anyway. It was caffeine free, had fewer calories than your average Pepsi, and natural flavors. However, it was still a soft drink. It was popular for a brief time in the early nineties and still has its fans today!

There are some food brands that are known for releasing special limited edition flavors. Ben and Jerry's is one of them. But this particularly limited edition flavor stole the hearts of tens of thousands of people way back in the eighties...

8. Ben & Jerry’s Tennessee Mud Ice Cream

Tennessee Mud Ice Cream was a huge hit between 1988 and 1989. Being a nineties baby myself, I wasn't around to try this food, but any ice cream with Jack Daniels in it is a winner in my book. It's even got a poem in its honor on the Ben and Jerry's website.

"The bottle is empty,
The cup, and the glass.
Mud with Jack Daniels
Was not meant to last."

This is an incarnation of a snack that people just can't get enough of. So it made an appearance in a larger (and arguably tastier) form, needless to say, people went wild for it. But many good foods it seems to come to an untimely end and that's exactly what happened to this product...

9. 3D Doritos

3D Doritos were first introduced in the mid-nineties but were removed from our shelves in the noughties. Basically, they were one of the people's favorite snacks, but larger. However, fear not 3D Doritos fans, these delicious snacks are rumored to be making a comeback and are pictured above in a recent incarnation - 3DS Doritos.

This is another food which was incredibly popular with kids and it came in a variety of flavors too - including watermelon, lime, and peach. It was a tasty treat that made its way into many a lunchbox in the mid-eighties until it was sadly discontinued...

10. Bonkers!

Bonkers! were one of my favorite candies as a kid. They just tasted a lot better than normal fruit chews because they were so big. That meant I could enjoy their juiciness for longer. Their size was an advantage too if my mom was looking at how much candy I was eating. I'd get more sugar from two of these than a packet of another candy!

I can remember eating countless Oreos whilst watching Spongebob Squarepants on TV as a kid. If only I'd known that this particular food existed, I'd have stocked up before it was discontinued in 2005. My friend said it was all she ate from middle school to high school...

11. Oreo O's

We all love Oreos. So what could be better than Oreo O's cereal? Oreos go perfectly with milk so I can see why people wish this food was still around. However, if you're willing to travel far enough, you're in luck because it was reintroduced to the market in 2016 in South Korea!

There are some chocolate brands that are loved throughout the world, and this is one of them. Chocolate candy is usually accompanied by a smooth taste, but this brand decided to make their candy crispy with great success until it was discontinued in the US in 2005...

12. Crispy M&Ms

Crispy M&Ms were a hit from 1999 to 2005. I absolutely loved this sweet treat as it contained just the right amount of chocolate for me. However, it's looking very likely that these tasty treats will soon be making a comeback, so keep your eyes peeled!

When you're a kid, there are few things as appealing as this food. Our parents and teachers don't want us eating it. It's the equivalent of cigarettes for kids, and it's passed around the playground in an illicit "I shouldn't be doing this" fashion. That's why this food was so popular...

13. Bubble Jug

Bubble Jugs were jugs of bubble gum that kids in the nineties absolutely loved. So much so that various online petitions have recently been created in an attempt to bring this candy back into existence, but, sadly, it's not looking very likely...

When it's a hot summer's day, there's nothing quite like a bowl of this particular food. But this version combined two flavors into a delicious dessert that was popular for over twenty years. It was one of my favorite treats as a kid, and I'd definitely buy it again if it miraculously came back into production...

14. JELL-O 1-2-3

JELL-O 1-2-3 was an amazing mix that made our mom's look like culinary geniuses, but it was sadly discontinued in the late nineties. Kids of today don't know what they're missing out on. There's a lot of parents out there who wish it was still around...

This is a food that I personally wasn't a fan of, but my childhood best friend had it pretty much every single day as her playground snack. She wasn't the only one either. This was a very popular snack in the early nineties...

15. P.B. Crisps

P.B. Crisps were a very popular snack, however, they were only around between 1992 and 1995. To add insult to injury, when people wanted to find out why this tasty treat was discontinued, Planters simply wrote, "They were too delicious." Their disappearance made no sense...

Savory foods are everywhere, but for a lot of Americans this particular food really stood out from the crowd until - for no logical reason - it was discontinued. There are some flavors that just compliment each other and jalapeño and cheese fall into that category...

16. Goldfish Jalapeño Cheese

A friend of mine has remained particularly heartbroken about the removal of Goldfish's jalapeño cheese bites from the market that she said, "They were amazing and so delicious." If only companies realized how much their products meant to us and didn't discontinue them!

There have been a lot of varieties of this food over the years, but few were as popular as this variation which was discontinued in the UK and the UK in 2007 after a lifespan of just five years. It also has an online petition in the hope of bringing it back...

17. Vanilla Coca-Cola

Vanilla Coca-Cola was a delicious variation of the drink, however, not enough people were enthusiastic about it, and this meant that it fell victim to natural food selection almost ten years ago. But it hasn't been forgotten. There are people all over the world who'd like to taste it again...

This is another food that kids couldn't get enough of. Like many foods on this list, it was also a mortal enemy of dentists around the world, but it was incredibly tasty. However, this staple of childhoods from the 80s is no longer around...

18. Garbage Can-dy

Garbage Can-dy had a good life. That's all I can say. The last time I remember eating this tasty treat was in the early noughties, shortly before it was discontinued. It was a tasty treat that came in fun packaging. I'm sure a lot of people would like to see it again and go on a trip down memory lane...

Whilst this food product is still in existence, there was a particularly popular incarnation of it in the early nineties that's no longer around. Just like a lot of other candies on this list, it too has a petition from sad food lovers, who want to see it on their shelves again...

19. Butterfinger BB's

Butterfinger BB's were a tasty chocolatey snack that many people miss. "These things were my favorite growing up," a woman in Alabama wrote on the petition to bring them back. "I'm tired of living in a world without them and I don't want my future kids to miss out on the deliciousness that was Butterfinger BB's!

This food was a gimmick which upset a lot of people but won the hearts of others. Personally, I was never a fan, but I can see the appeal of this food, especially for kids who want to get creative at dinner time!

20. Heinz Squirt

Heinz Squirt was a colored variation of tomato sauce. Instead of having red ketchup, you could have it a variety of colors ranging from green to purple. It was introduced in 2000, but, much to the disappointment of creative eaters, was discontinued in 2006.

This is a take on a food that's been popular for hundreds of years. It's commonly eaten at breakfast. But whoever thought of turning into a cereal in 1995 was a genius. Sadly, I never got a chance to try it, but if it was still around, I'd definitely have a bowl...

21. French Toast Crunch

What was so great about French Toast Crunch was that it meant people could enjoy the delicious taste of French Toast when they didn't have the time to make it. However, rumor has it that this product will be making a welcome return to shelves in the US...

This particular fast food is still missed, despite the fact that it was discontinued in the mid-nineties. It was a popular item on one of the biggest fast food restaurant's menus for over twenty years, but a decrease in sales in the late eighties led to its ultimate demise...

22. The Taco Bell Beefer

It's the Taco Bell Beefer! Now, this is something that I'd love to try. Apparently it Taco Bell's version of the Sloppy Joe and it certainly looks like one! Fans desperate for its return have now resorted to recreating this legendary burger, but we can live in the hope that the restaurant eventually decides to bring it back...

This food, whilst not technically discontinued, is getting included on this list because it breaks hearts on a yearly basis. What's more is that it's a food that can't be stockpiled to eat because it's a burger that needs to be freshly cooked...

23. The McRib

The McRib is loved by Americans up and down the country. One woman took to the McDonald's Facebook page to express her heartache about the fact that it's not a regular item on their menu writing, "Let's have a moment of silence for the McRib. The one item that is an enigma moving around the country for limited times only."

Fast food giant McDonald's has had a lot of items on its menu over the years. This was a popular and surprisingly healthy option in the nineties that was sadly discontinued when people's tastes changed, but there's some who wish that they were still around...

24. McSalad Shakers

McSalad Shakers were a fun way to eat a salad. You could go to McDonald's and eat something that was vaguely healthy. However, most people don't go to McDonald's wanting a salad which is probably why they aren't around anymore, but those who do have spent years wishing that McSalad Shakers would return...

There might be people out there who miss Crystal Pepsi, but there's even more who miss this incarnation of the popular drink. So much so that out-of-date cans of it are bought by foodie collectors on eBay. But what people really want is the drink itself...

25. Pepsi Blue

Pepsi Blue was around from 2002 to 2004. It tasted like blueberries, apparently, so I'm sad I never got a chance to try it when it was around. However, there's a good reason why it's no longer around. It was colored with an agent.

It's been 12 years since we've been able to enjoy a can of these with the Monday night game, but it's clear customers want them back...

26. Planters Cheez Balls

Consumers have set up several Facebook pages and petitions urging the company to bring back the infamous Cheez Balls. Discontinued in 2006, the crunchy and light, stick-to-your-fingers cheese flavored balls are deeply missed. Sadly, our efforts seem futile, as Planters appears to have focused their product line on their peanut and nut-based snacks.

Just how good was these breakfast treat! Just like the commercial, my brother and I would play tic-tac-toe with the fruit swirls...

27. Oatmeal Swirlers

When General Mills combined then healthy breakfast of oatmeal with the sweet and fun element of squeezy jelly, and schoolkids were hooked. "Swirls just wanna have fun" made every breakfast an enjoyable game. Also, the combination of flavors was insanely delicious!

This drink was the reason I was so hyperactive as a child...

28. Fruitopia

Coca-Cola ceased making this delicious sugary treat back in 2003, but if you're determined enough, customers can still order crates of the sweet stuff from Australia, Germany, and Canada.

It has been decades since we've been able to enjoy these tasty treats at breakfast... lunch... and dinner...

29. Carnation Breakfast Bars

The average American is still devastated at the disappearance of these bars. Their iconic flavors included Peanut Butter & Granola, Peanut Butter Crunch and Chocolate Crunch and every mouthful was a reminder that life was sweet. Please, Nestle, listen to your fans!

Do you want to know the definitive chocolate snack? This will forever be the greatest!

30. Hostess Choco-Bliss Cake

Two devil’s food cakes, a sweet and creamy chocolate filling and a final layer of chocolate completed the Hostess Choco-Bliss. Biting into each of those layers was like biting into layer-upon-layer of eternal happiness. If you really miss this amazing product, check out the Choco-Bliss commercial on YouTube to see the most 1980s thing EVER.

And you thought they couldn't improve on the already amazing Chicken McNuggets...

31. McDonald's Chicken McNuggets Shanghai

Chicken McNuggets are great, but throw in a host of Asian-inspired sauces, chopsticks, and a McFortune cookie, and you've got a perfect meal! Bring it back, and then I'll be truly loving it!

Twinkies are great, but Hostess knew how to make them even better...

32. Chocodiles

Imagine a Twinkie covered in chocolate - and you've got one of the most morish snacks ever devised. Oh, and the name of the mascot is Chauncey Crocodile, in case you were wondering...

Video gaming took off in the 1980s, and Nintendo knew exactly capitalize on this and in order to make even more money...

33. Nintendo Breakfast Cereals

It was a breakfast cereal made by Nintendo and had pictures of Mario and Link on the box. What more do I have to say?

Okay, Jay Leno's endorsement for this chip may have been cheesy, but this product cemented Doritos as the king of the corn chip...

34. Doritos Jumpin’ Jack Cheese Flavor

Jumpin’ Jack Cheese Doritos were a huge hit with Doritos lovers and snack aficionados. Sadly, however, the Monterey jack-flavored chips were discontinued for unknown reasons. But never say never, maybe Jay Leno can help revive them...

This is what happens when you mix Gatorade and chewing gum!

35. Gatorgum

Amazingly, this product - a chewing gum - claimed to actually quench thirst. Perhaps even more incredible is that it worked! The only thing that can't be quenched now is my cravings for this Little League favorite...