Just like most items, snacks have trends. Some remain relevant for decades, while other snacks’ shelf lives are more short-lived. In the case of some snacks, once discontinued, it’s unlikely they make a comeback. However, with enough of a fan following, some companies will resurrect discontinued treats. Here’s a list of five snacks that have been discontinued, and five snacks that have made a comeback.
Carnation Breakfast Bars
While the discontinuation of the 80’s breakfast bars prompted a “Bring Back Original Carnation Breakfast Bars” Facebook page founded in 2010, the company appears to be focusing its energy on Carnation Breakfast Essentials Nutrition Bars rather than reviving the 80’s favorite.
Released in the mid-90’s, Doritos 3D were puffy doritos that came in a variety of flavors such as jalapeno cheddar, nacho cheese, and zesty ranch. This snack, fondly described as “doritos -meets-bugles” was discontinued in the early 2000’s. Despite the fact the “Doritos 3D” Facebook group has about 12,000 followers declaring their passion for Doritos 3D, in a 2014 tweet, Doritos stated that the snack would not be making a comeback.
Originally introduced in the 90’s, Snapple Elements featured flavors like Earth, Rain, Fire, and Sun. However, when sales slipped, the drinks were discontinued. Despite fans’ fondness for the drinks, it doesn’t seem Snapple Elements will be returning to the shelves.
Keebler Magic Middles
Released in the 90’s, Keebler’s Magic Middles featured shortbread cookies with chocolate filling. Over two-thousand users have liked a Facebook page dedicated to the return of the cookies, and while Amazon shows a peanut butter version of the Magic Middles, they are not available for purchase.
Up until it was discontinued in 1989, Gatorgum claimed it offered a chewable option for clenching thirst. Though Gatorgum appears to still have a following on the internet, Gatorade doesn’t seem to have intentions of bringing back its gum.
While there are many customer-favorite products that never made a comeback, some discontinued products have been successfully brought back to the shelves.
First introduced in 1996, the citrus-flavored drink amassed a loyal following. Though it was discontinued in 2003, passionate fan efforts prompted Coca-Cola to bring back the drink in 2014. While its resurrection began as a limited time offer, the company began stocking the drink in convenient stores.
General Mills’ French Toast Crunch
A breakfast favorite in the 90’s, French Toast Crunch was discontinued in 2006. Due to the cereal’s fans’ devout Facebook campaign, the company brought back the cereal in 2014.
Originally intended as a limited edition brand, Crispy M&M’s were discontinued six years after their debut in 1999. Customer demand brought back the M&M’s in 2015.
The clear Pepsi favorite was discontinued after its promotion in the early 90’s. In 2015, the beverage was brought back for what was supposed to be a limited time, but the drink’s nutritional information and locations for where to buy the drink are still available on Pepsico’s official site.
Planter’s Cheez Balls and Cheez Curls
Another 90’s favorite, Cheez Balls and Cheez Curls were discontinued only to be brought back due to fan’s requests. According to Planter’s website, while the Cheez Balls and Cheez Curls will be back this year starting in July, they are only available for a limited time.