The Best ’70s-’80s Foods That Were Sadly Discontinued

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Some of the most memorable and distinctive foods we’ve ever savored hail from the ’70s and ’80s, marking it as a golden era of culinary creativity. Sadly, many of these snacks have disappeared over the years, leaving fans with fond memories and a craving that no modern snack seems to satisfy.

Jell-O Pudding Pops

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Bill Cosby’s enthusiastic pitches made these frozen delights iconic in the ’80s. Their novel texture, a perfect fusion of creamy pudding and ice-cold pops, left a lasting impression. Sadly, their absence has caused people to long for the taste and nostalgia of the commercials, which turned them into household names.

Bar None

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Hershey’s Bar None captivated taste buds with its exceptional mix of chocolate, peanuts, and a crispy wafer. Its evolution, including a caramel addition, couldn’t save it from being phased out in the ’90s. The eventual exit of the beloved treat from the market has puzzled and disappointed many.

PB Max

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PB Max was irresistible, featuring peanut butter, oats, and a chocolate-covered cookie base. Its mysterious withdrawal in the ’90s, rumored to be due to the company founders’ dislike of peanut butter, has us speculating and wishing for its comeback.

O’Boises Potato Chips

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With a distinctive thickness and airiness, O’Boises chips broke the mold of traditional potato crisps. Long after their departure from shelves, people still reminisce about the satisfying crunch that became the stuff of legend. It’s a reminder that even the most innovative food can sometimes fade into obscurity.



Squeezit, the colorful, squeezable fruit drinks with themed characters on each bottle, added an element of fun to every sip. Their vanishing acts from store shelves in the early 2000s have left a void in the beverage aisle and our hearts as we recall the joy of twisting open a new flavor.

McDonald’s Fried Apple Pie


These pies were fried initially and had a crispy shell filled with warm, spiced apple filling. Switched to a baked version for health reasons, the quintessential fried pies are deeply missed for their comforting crunch and indulgent palate. The baked iteration, though famous, failed to capture the original’s essence.

Reggie! Bar

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Named after baseball legend Reggie Jackson, this sugary stick hit a home run with its caramel, peanuts, and chocolate coating. Although production ceased in the late 1980s, its legacy lives on among baseball and candy fans.

Hubba Bubba Soda

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This bubblegum-flavored drink brought the fun of Hubba Bubba gum to a refreshing drink. Despite its brief appearance in the ’80s, it created a memorable impact for its bold attempt at translating the essence of gum into a beverage, a daring innovation in the soda market.

Quisp Cereal

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Quisp delighted children with its sweet, corn-based cereal and quirky alien mascot. Its sporadic reappearances fuel nostalgia and keep hope alive for some. Its journey from pantry staple to collector’s item illustrates the enduring affection for brands that can evoke childhood memories with just one spoonful.

Ninja Turtles Pies

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Leveraging the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles craze, these green, vanilla-flavored custard pies captured the imaginations and palate of an entire generation. Their disappearance has individuals yearning for the adventurous spirit and unique taste that made eating these pies feel like a momentary membership in the Turtles’ ranks.

Hi-C Ecto Cooler

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Inspired by the Ghostbusters franchise, Hi-C Ecto Cooler colored our world (and tongues) with its vibrant hue and tangy citrus taste. Its reappearances have sparked celebrations among those eager to relive the glory days of ghost hunting and sugary sips.

Mickey’s Parade Ice Pops

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Mickey’s Parade Ice Pops, immortalized in ice with their iconic Disney characters, enchanted the freezer aisle and seized imaginations. This delightful frozen treat merged the wonder of Disney stories with the joy of a cool refreshment, leaving a nostalgic craving in its absence.

Wacky Wafers

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These oversized, fruit-flavored discs were a staple of ’70s and ’80s candy culture, offering sweetness with every bite. The name and vibrant colors of Wacky Wafers are sorely missed, as they represented a simpler time when the confection was all about bold tastes and bright smiles.

Buc Wheats Cereal

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Buc Wheats brought a touch of honeyed charm to the breakfast table, combining the wholesomeness of wheat with a hint of sweetness. Its departure marked the end of an era for notable cereals that dared to mix healthy with tasty.

Marathon Bar

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The Marathon Bar, with its braided caramel wrapped in chocolate, promised a chew that lasted for eternity, testing both patience and taste. However, it sprinted out of production in the ’80s, and the memory of its peculiar shape and appeal lingers, symbolizing the enduring impact of well-crafted treats.

Written by Johann H