There are snacks, and then, there are really popular snacks folks have enjoyed during their childhood. It’s so disappointing when these often colorful, crunchy and calorie-laden goodies become discontinued.
The discontinuation often happens without much fanfare, and quietly, the product disappears from favorite store shelves.
A recent news item at MSN.com took a look at some of the nation’s fondest snacks, and the team at 24/7 Wall St. did the expansive research digging into various websites, blogs and online forums of food websites. The team uncovered which snacks no longer made the cut for selling and faded away.
More often than not, the snacks were taken off the shelves because they were not turning a profit or simply not popular enough for the company to keep producing them.
The investigation termed a snack as food eaten in between meals. Drinks and side orders were not considered snacks. In addition, these discontinued crunchies had to each have a Wikipedia page view between May 6, 2016, and May 6, 2018, of 9,000 to qualify.
Here are the top 5 yummy snacks no longer available:
- Triple Power Push Pops launched in 1986 and became extinct by the 2000s. The cool cylindrical container of lollipops allowed the consumer to push up their favorite flavor one at a time, or push them all up for a triple explosion of taste.
- Butterfinger BBs debuted in 1982 and stopped selling in 2006. The bite-sized balls of crunchy deliciousness were a perfect size to pop into the mouth at the movies, but Butterfinger Bites were introduced down the road and became more popular.
- Mr. T Cereal came into vogue by the Quaker Oats Company in the 1980s, and then, it disappeared from store shelves by 1984. The breakfast snack had a brief run, and the TV icon, Mr. T., was far more popular.
- Crispy M & M’s appeared in 1999 and discontinued in 2005 by Mars. The crunchy little chocolates were only supposed to be a limited edition candy, but fans were screaming when the M & M’s got pulled. Mars reintroduced them in 2015.
- Cinna-Crunch Pebbles were sold in 1998 to 2001. Fans claim the rice cereal reportedly tastes like mouthwatering churros. The cereal was reintroduced in 2017 by Post.