There were few things better than coming home from a long day at school, grabbing a thing of Dunkaroos and plopping down in front of the TV to watch an episode of Chip and Dale Rescue Rangers. Snacks of the ’80s and ’90s were even more delicious than current snacks, because most of them were absolutely terrible for us. In fact, they were so terrible that the best ones completely disappeared from existence without even telling any of us why.
Here’s a list of some of the most delicious discontinued snacks of our childhood:
1. Jell-O Pudding Pops
I have no idea why anyone would ever think that discontinuing Pudding Pops was a good idea. These popsicles were basically frozen snack packs (FROZEN SNACK PACKS!) in popsicle shapes and came in a variety of enjoyable flavors. They were arguably the best popsicles to ever exist. I’ve tried recreating them, but have failed time and time again.
2. Oreo O’s
Oreos for breakfast? Yes, please! These were discontinued in the beginning of the 2000s. Probably around the time parents started paying attention to what their kids were eating. This cereal didn’t last very long, but the legend will live on (when we tell our kids that we were allowed to eat Oreos for breakfast).
3. Munch ‘ems
My mom would say “One more!” and I’d reach in the box and accidentally grab 20 more. It was too hard to only grab one, mainly because they were so addicting and flavorful, but also because I wasn’t good at listening to my mom.
4. Planters Cheez Balls
Not to be confused with Cheese Balls. It’s impossible to forget these neon orange balls of cheesy heaven, because they permanently stained our fingers, our dreams and everything we touched.
5. Crystal Pepsi
Someone over at Pepsi forgot to add the food coloring one day and then just went with it. Probably. It was just like drinking water, except it tasted like Pepsi and was Pepsi.
Dunkable snacks were all the rage. It saddens me to think about my future children growing up in a world without DunkAroos.
7. Squeez It
These got us through countless sports activities. Somehow. The different flavors had adorably catchy names like Grumpy Grape, Silly Billy Strawberry and Chucklin‘ Cherry, all of which were delicious and not nutritious. The bottles weren’t edible, but we chewed on them anyway. I miss them.
Okay, maybe this one should stay on the extinct species list. Surge was introduced to compete with Mountain Dew. It did not win. I’m not entirely sure how a liquid turns neon green, but I’m pretty sure the world is a safer place without it.
9. Lifesaver Holes
When whole Lifesavers are just too much candy to handle, eat a Lifesaver Hole. Except not anymore.
10. Shark Bites
Shark bites were fun fruits that existed among a sea of other fruit snacks. But they were better, because in a competition, sharks will always win.