R.I.P. Diet, R.I.P. Snacks

R.I.P. Diet, R.I.P. Snacks

February 06, 2017 | Blog

Have you given up yet on your New Year’s resolution of eating healthy and dieting? 

We have.  But, before the quitting, those food fantasies had us reminiscing about the comforting junk food of yesteryear.  Here is a list of glutinous goodies nearly impossible to find in the local grocery store. 

Now the list:

  • Planter’s Cheez Balls: R.I.P 2006. Much loved, much missed.  There are imitations available today, but the current uproar on the web is Planter’s specific.
  • Dunk-a-Roos: 1990-2012. A staple in the school cafeteria of my childhood.  Easy to imitate at home with a vat of icing and some graham cookies, bears, or whatever sub cookie base available in your pantry. .  Still missed though.  Interesting fact, General Mills ran a campaign called “Smugglaroos” which urged Americans and Canadians to smuggle this snack in to the states from Canada.
  • Keebler Magic Middles: This snack’s history is true to its name…a real magical mystery.  I couldn’t find exact dates or a company explanation on their creation and death, but according to lore, these snacks started in the 1980’s and ended sometime in the 1990’s.  There was an Einstein elf in the commercials; it didn’t help longevity. 
  • Butterfinger BB’s: 1992-2006.  Basically a regular Butterfinger chopped up in tiny pieces.  Thanks to promotion from the show “The Simpsons” this candy had a longer shelf life than expected. 
  • Surge: 1997-2003.  I remember this soda being called into question at P.T.A. meetings across the country, but I had no idea that it was made as a competitor to Mountain Dew.  Even better, the original name for Surge was MDK, as in Mountain Dew Killer.
  • Black Cherry Vanilla Coke and Cherry Vanilla Dr. Pepper: 2006-2007.  This one is a real vanishing act folks.  They only came out for a year, even though they were popular in my hometown and elsewhere.  Rumor has it that they are still available in certain states.
  • Squeeze-it Drinks: mid-1980’s-2001.  Fruit flavored drinks in a fun, waxy tasting bottle.
  • Reese’s Bits: Not sure when they started, but they stopped in 2008.  Miss you cookies and crème bits.
  • Gatorgum: Late 1970’s/ early 1980’s- 1989.  Popular, but the original contract purchased from Gatorade, expired and the independent owner decided not to renew.  I imagine Gatorgum and Allied Sports are chilling on some island for misfit products. 
  • EZ Squirt aka colored Heinz Ketchup: 2000-2006.  Ketchup that came in funky colors like purple,     pink, orange, teal, or blue.  I didn’t understand the appeal as a child and I still don’t. What the what?!

  • Honorable Mention to Clearly Canadian because it isn’t really junk food and guess what guys? It’s coming back.  Thanks to a crowd sourcing community campaign started on the internet, along with a stellar Facebook group, Clearly Canadian is coming back*.   Started 1987-2013*.   

What do you think of our list?  What snacks or drinks do you want back on the shelves?  Let us know on our Facebook page @ https://www.facebook.com/CrosleyRadio/

Now, excuse me, I am starving…


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