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?
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.
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!
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?
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?