Much like fashion trends, hairstyles, and essentially any kind of product, the popularity of snack foods comes and goes. It’s downright disheartening to find out that snacks we savored during childhood are no longer in existence. Even though a snack may have appeared to be popular, companies often choose to discontinue a product if it’s not as profitable as other snacks produced under the company name, or just isn’t profitable in general. Hungry for nostalgia? The team at 24/7 Wall St. did some digging and found the most beloved snack items that have been discontinued.
Some snacks were such a hit that when production halted, an uproar of dissatisfaction ensued. For example, General Mill’s popular French Toast Cereal was quick to acquire a cult-like following after it was discontinued. Fans of the decadent breakfast food turned cereal have been tweeting at General Mills, requesting the product be brought back. For those who may have forgotten, French Toast Cereal was discontinued in 2006. After cereal devotees pleaded for its return, General Mills re-launched French Toast Cereal in 2015.
Other snacks like Cinna-Crunch Pebbles and Nestlé Magic Ball were discontinued but rebooted in similar form several years later. Cinna-Crunch Pebbles was revived as Cinnamon Pebbles, and Nestlé Magic Ball returned as Wonder Ball.
While most of these snacks are gone forever, a few can still be found at specific online retailers, namely Amazon and eBay. For example, Triple Power Push Pop, while not available in U.S. stores, can be purchased on Amazon and for quite a pretty penny. One seller charges as much as $518 for a case of 12.
To identify the 40 most popular discontinued snacks, 24/7 Wall St. collected the names of as many as possible snacks that were sold and discontinued at some point in the United States. We used various internet sources, including food company websites, blogs, and online forums. A snack was defined as a food typically consumed between meals. Side orders and drinks were not considered. To make the list, snack items needed to have at least 9,000 Wikipedia page views between May 6, 2016 and May 6, 2018. Pageviews of the snack makers were used as a proxy for the popularity of snacks that did not have Wikipedia pages. While ranking the popularity of discontinued snacks was not possible with the data available, all of these snacks are relatively popular. Prevalence of Facebook pages and petitions on Change.org made specifically for the revival of the snack food helped us further verify the popularity of these products. A few of the snacks on this list were once discontinued but were brought back by popular demand.
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