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Bring on the Nostalgia: 5 Retro Foods You May Have Forgotten

The past few weeks I’ve been frantically searching the freezer section of all my local grocery stores for Special K Strawberry Waffles. I haven’t been able to find them anywhere I go, so the other day I decided to Google them and see what was going on! As I started typing into the search field, Google auto suggested “Special K Waffles discontinued.” This was exactly the news I did NOT want to hear.

I feel like the best foods are always discontinued and I would like to take this opportunity to remember them! Besides Special K Strawberry Waffles, here are some more of my favorite snacks that met an untimely end:

How do you do YOUR Dunk-a-Roos?

How do you do YOUR Dunk-a-Roos?

Dunk-a-Roos

These delicious little kangaroo cookies were very popular when I was a kid, and to find them nowadays is like finding hidden treasure. They came in a little snack pack container with kangaroo shaped cookies in one section and frosting in the other. The commercials showed all the different ways kids dunked their Dunk-a-Roos (my personal favorite – the wind up dunk, into rainbow sprinkle frosting). If you remember Dunk-a-Roos, then you’ll probably remember this commercial. Supposedly they can still be found in certain stores, and you can buy them from places like Amazon or eBay, however I would be too nervous I would be eating Dunk-a-Roos from the 90s!

Koala Yummies definitely lived up to their name.

Koala Yummies definitely lived up to their name.

Koala Yummies

Since they were the perfect bite-sized cookie snack, Koala Yummies were a must have for any long road trip I took as a kid. Each chocolate-filled cookie had koalas doing various sports and activities on each side, also providing some entertainment value for children who liked to play with their food. The American version of Koala Yummies can no longer be found in stores, however you can find the Japanese version in some ethnic food stores.

Nesquik cereal was like Cocoa Puffs - only better!

Nesquik cereal was like Cocoa Puffs - only better!

Nesquik Cereal

Everyone has heard of the Nesquik chocolate milk mix, but not many people have heard of, or remember, the short-lived Nesquik breakfast cereal. This was one of my favorite cereals growing up. You could compare it to Cocoa Puffs – but it was better. It was advertised as “the cereal that turns milk into chocolate milk.” Granted, Cocoa Puffs and any other chocolate flavored cereal do the same thing, but Nesquik cereal was made by Nesquik so you know the milk-turned-chocolate milk was delicious.

Who doesn't love s'mores or chocolate chips in their oatmeal?

Who doesn't love s'mores or chocolate chips in their oatmeal?

Quaker Oatmeal Cookie Variety Pack

Quaker used to make a S’mores instant oatmeal, and it was the best flavor ever. There was a cookie oatmeal variety pack that it came in with other flavors like Cookies ‘n Cream, Chocolate Chip, and one more (that of which I can’t remember so if anyone knows it- help!). Searching online, I could barely even come across record that it existed, but I swear it did!

There are MANY products that have been discontinued and are now hard to find, but these are just a few of my forgotten food favorites. If only these companies would have warned me they were taking these items off the shelves and I could have stocked up for life! (Luckily for Quality Logo Products customers, we mark our items on closeout when they are discontinued so you can stock up on your favorite promo items!)

If you enjoyed this post, then you should also check out part two, part three, and part four in our nostalgia series. You’ll probably also enjoy our recent “Retro Marketing and Nostalgia” posts: part one is about retro video games and part two is about retro movies, music, and ads.

And don’t worry, we’ll have some more nostalgia-themed blog posts for you very soon! In the meantime, try to reminisce. What’s your favorite discontinued food or snack? Do you remember any of the products I mentioned?



Lauren Kroes

Outgoing and always bubbly, Lauren's interests are as varied as her extensive wardrobe. She enjoys shopping, Starbucks, shopping, watching her favorite TV shows, going out with friends, reading, and shopping. Her love of Kraft Mac & Cheese knows no bounds, and the same goes for her love of vacationing. Lauren is often making up her own words to use in daily conversations at QLP, but her main responsibility is vendor relations (or as she will say, vendor relating).

Comments

  1. Myrtle

    Koala Yummies… yummy!

  2. JPorretto

    Dunk-A-Roos
    Oh how I miss you
    So good to munch
    During my 3rd Grade Lunch

    • Jill Tooley

      Haha, awesome!

      • Amanda Sneed

        I saw the Dunk A Roos at Walmart last week!!! =)

        I totally forgot about those Koalas! Those were our faves as kids!

        I miss these foods too…. Great post Lauren!

  3. Cybernetic SAM

    OH-EM-GEEZ!!!! I miss Cheetos X’s and O’s, I have always had a tortured relationship with Dunkaroos because my mom would never buy them for me and my friends would never share. Instead I got generic fruit snacks that stuck to your teeth and hurt…. no wonder I am so bitter.

  4. Laura Porretto

    Childhood memories…I remember the days when there would be an Ecto-Cooler in My Little Pony lunch box :) Sometimes it’s fun to buy a box of Cinnamon Toast Crunch because it reminds me of breakfast as a kid and my dad would call my cereal Sugar Bombs.

    I am still mad about the Jewel by me deciding to remove some basic items from their shelves. Like the Emeril’s Buffalo Sauce I use for my Buffalo Chicken Dip. I have not been able to find it anywhere now but on Amazon where I have to by a 12-pack case. I don’t need that many!

    I also hate how chain restaurants like TGI Friday’s and Chili’s redo their menus. You get excited to go there for your favorite and then come to find out it’s gone :(

    • Jill Tooley

      Oh my gosh, I had a MLP lunch box too! It had a sweet matching Thermos and everything! :)

  5. Chase

    OMG Dunk-A-Roos I had some a few years ago! I really want them now! Can soneone help me out?

  6. Vernon

    WHAT NO TEDDY GRAHAMS!!!!!

    • LK

      I think you can still get Teddy Grahams?! I could have sworn I’ve seen them in grocery stores recently…

  7. Ness

    I don’t really drink pop anymore, but if Crystal Pepsi came back — I’d be all over that!

    I know I saw some auctions on ebay for it a few years ago….hhmmm…

  8. Alex

    Dunk-a-roo’s were the best. Especially if you washed it down with a Mondo’s fruit drink, which I think are also not around anymore…?

    • LK

      I think I’ve seen Mondos at the Dollar Stores sometimes!

  9. Jill Tooley

    Lauren, you really jogged my memory today! Boy, do I ever remember Koala Yummies and Dunkaroos…we didn’t get to eat them often but they were a big treat when we did get them. And kudos to you for finding that Dunkaroos commercial! I bet I watched that a hundred times when I was growing up. Do you remember those little sour straws that came in packs? I loved those!

    Does anyone remember the Mustard Pretzel flavor of Combos? It was the BEST and for some reason it got discontinued back in the 90s. I used to drink Orbitz soda (with the little floating balls in it – no joke!), Crystal Pepsi (clear Pepsi), and Clearly Canadian flavored water all the time, too. Ahhhh, memories of road trips and vacations just came flooding back… :)

    • Joseph Giorgi

      I barely remember the Mustard Pretzel Combos, but I do remember that they were delicious!

  10. Bret Bonnet

    This post makes me both HUNGRY and DEPRESSED at the same time.

    Holy crap – Dunk-A-Roos!

    Unreal… how did you come up with this stuff or remember these snack’s names?

    … Lauren K.; I never knew you had an “inner fat kid” in you! :)

    Wow… Guessing by this blog I think we should start a petition to bring back Dunk-A-Roos.

    Do you all remember Fruit by the Foot? I don’t know if you can still get this anymore, but I used to love that stuff growing up.

    Great post!

    • Jill Tooley

      YES!!! I loved Fruit by the Foot! I wish they still sold that because I would totally buy some and bring it into the office!

  11. Joseph Giorgi

    I remember Koala Yummies—I could never eat very many of them (they were too sweet and chocolaty for me), but they were very tasty.

    Personally, I wish that they would bring back my COOLER Ranch Doritos!!! I miss those so much! (Regular “Cool” Ranch just doesn’t cut it; I can never have enough ranch flavoring)!

  12. Kyle

    Ahhh you just made me have flashbacks of lunch in elementary school! All of those snacks were sooo good and I wish they were still around. I hate when some of my products are discontinued. This post goes to show you never know what you have until it’s gone.

  13. Barb Miller

    Must you make me show my age? One of my favorite “retro” foods (I know that HAS to mean different things for different generations) is a dry pudding mix called “Whip ‘n Chill”. It came in vanilla, strawberry and chocolate and had the texture of mousse. It was the big treat at our house as a dessert. Jello has come out with some “moussey” kinds of puddings lately, but none have the exquisite taste of the original.

  14. Yowhatup!

    I love all this stuff!

    Nice blog!

  15. Derrick

    i love it!

  16. corey mcmasters

    Yes i remember everyone of those including ecto cooler and mondo which still can be purchased at family dollar for a dollar a six pack. do you remember pop tart cereal,ninja turtle hostess pies, or mario soda mmm that was good stuff or how about cookies and cream twix bars my mind is a steel trap

  17. corey mcmasters

    clearly canadian was and is and always will be my fav drink mmm how i miss it. and orbitz how gross like drinking snot. do you remeber umm i think they were called slurps maybe it was exactly like squeez-its but it was like jello it was odd or adams family cereal it tasted like butter scotch.. retro cereal hmm nintendo power cereal. their was a turtle cereal i was fond of cinamini buns were good he had like a freak accident with a sticky bun something like that and honey nut cluster those were good and the real smores cereal apple cinnamon rice crispys sorry i got excited

    • LK

      There were definitely some good cereals out there that are no longer made!!

  18. corey mcmasters

    slurps they were like squeeze-its but jello. adams family cereal it was butterscotch.ninja turtle cereal. little trash cans with sweet tart like trash inside. gatorade bubble gum.fruit striped gum.string thing.apple cinnamon rice crispys.nintendo power cereal.pop tart minis.cinimini buns cereal. hidden treasures cereal. johnny apple seed was a fifteen cent candy like lemon head and their was also cherry clan clan. im sorry i suffer from autism ill stop because i can go on and on for days

  19. corey mcmasters

    ghost busters cereal i can still taste it today mmm i remember the happy meal toys they were the best ok thanks for letting me get that out

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