Everyone has foods that they loved when they were a kid that are no longer around. We're sure that there are plenty of baby boomers who look back with fondness on various canned and processed foods that at the time were considered new and exciting, and the 1970s seemed to be a golden age of super-sugary breakfast cereals that came and went. But no snack foods seem to have woven their way into the collective nostalgic subconscious like the dearly departed junk food of the 1990s.
Click Here to see The Complete List of ‘90s Foods We Really Miss The early '90s equivalent of the Doritos Locos Taco-flavored Dorito, Rice Krispies Treats Cereal took a beloved product, Rice Krispies, turned it into a completely different food item, Rice Krispies Treats, then turned that item back into a cereal. Brilliant. First introduced in 1993, it’s since become somewhat of a supermarket rarity. It’s actually next to impossible to find these in supermarkets these days, but believe it or not they haven’t been completely discontinued:Amazon still has some available! Photo Credit: Nick Starpoli
In 1992, Planters rolled out a line of peanut-shaped snacks called P.B. Crisps. With a peanut-flavored, corn-based shell on the outside and creamy peanut butter on the inside, there wasn’t much not to like about these. They didn’t hang around for too long, but we remember them fondly. Photo Credit: jadetora.blogspot.com
Click Here to see The Complete List of ‘90s Foods We Really Miss Introduced in 1999, these slightly larger M&M's had a crispy wafer center and were darn tasty. They were discontinued in the United States in 2009, but are reportedly still available in Europe, Australia, and Southeast Asia. The Crispy M&M's page on the Australian M&Ms website is also really bizarre. Photo Credit: © Flickr /Selbe B
These things were awesome. Shortbread cookie on the outside, fudgy chocolate on the inside. We don’t even know how these were made, but they turned out delicious. While their popularity hit its peak in the late 1980s, these were still going strong among kids in the '90s, and were quite possibly the greatest type of cookie to dunk into milk (seriously, how did they get the chocolate in there?). They met a quiet end, and even though Walmart claims to sell them, you won’t find them anywhere anymore. Photo Credit: Walmart
Click Here to see The Complete List of ‘90s Foods We Really Miss Even though it was introduced in 2000, Heinz E-Z Squirt Ketchup had a very 1990s feel to it, and was quite possibly the last gasp of a decade that was all about crazy-colored foods (anyone else remember multi-colored popcorn?). Available until 2006, E-Z Squirt threw out the idea that ketchup should be red, and introduced it in colors including Blastin' Green, Funky Purple, Stellar Blue, and whatever "Mystery Color" was. Sales were dismal, proving that even kids want their ketchup to be red. Photo Credit: brandtwist.com
Perhaps it's because those who came of age during the decade are getting to the point in their 20's and 30's where nostalgia for an era when their biggest concern was getting the book report in on time sets in, but it seems like '90s nostalgia is coming to a head, prompting even the New Kids on the Block and the Backstreet Boys to go back on tour together. Looking at a box of French Toast Crunch shouldn't necessarily inspire pangs of longing nostalgia, but for some reason, for a lot of people, it does.
So we decided to dig into the vault of vanished food products and pull out a few that really struck a chord with us.
It seems like the '90s were full of products that came and went. Some, like the famously cross-promoted Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtle foods and drinks, like the classic Ecto-Cooler, will most likely never return because the Ninja Turtles don't exactly have the same cultural cachet that they used to. Others, like Heinz's multicolored "EZ-Squirt" ketchup, simply didn't sell and were a little weird to begin with. But these foods all have one thing in common: we really miss them.
-- Dan Myers, The Daily Meal
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