grocery items I can no longer find

Discussion in 'The Watercooler' started by dreamer, Mar 7, 2008.

  1. dreamer

    dreamer New Member

    There are a few items I Used to buy but no longer can find at my grocery. Does this make anyone else as upset as it sometimes makes me? Some of the things---

    Creamy garlic salad dressing

    Sweet morsel (smoked butt)

    Good and Fruity (like Good and Plenty- choo choo charlie)

    Screaming Yellow Zonkers

    Quisp cereal

    (I did actually find Quisp and Screaming Yellow Zonkers recently)

    Hamburger Helper Meatloaf

    Campbells Homestyle Beef Noodle soup

    Campbells Garden Pea soup

    Cheddar cheese with bacon in it

    Bacon crackers
    (similar to Chicken Biscuit Crackers)

    Bar None candy bars

    Waffle Creme cookies (a sugar wafer cookie that was much taller than standard sugar wafer cookies- maybe made by Nabisco?)
  2. Hound dog

    Hound dog Nana's are Beautiful


    Yes. It irritates me no end.

    Quisp cereal??? OMG I haven't seen that since I was a kid!!! I LOVE Quisp cereal!!!

    Our wallie world has the waffle wafer cookies, so does aldi's. Neither I don't think are by Nabsco, but both are very good. Grandkids and my kids are nuts about them.

    I can't find alphabet noodles. You know, for alphabet soup. Meullers used to make them. None of the stores here carries it. So I have to go an hour outta my way to the Amish store for them. But the kids love it in my veggy soup.

    Those chocolate oranges, too, come to think of it. My kids love to get those during the holidays. Haven't been able to for about 3 yrs now.

    Oh, and cherry lifesavers.
  3. dreamer

    dreamer New Member

    I found Quisp at a store called "Woodmans" around Christmastime, I bought some for a gift for my brother, LOL. I still have 2 boxes left. ( bought several boxes as we love it, too)

    Is wallie world same as walmart? we got a brand new superwalmart here, but they do not have anything that resembles waffle cremes, and we also got an aldi in Jan, and I have not seen anything like that there, either. I did get some biscos.they are also sugar wafers, but much more compressed and small compared to average sugar wafers. LOL- really, I am NOT a sugar wafer nut, LOL- but....I just one day had a taste for them.

    Hmmm, I just saw alphabet noodles somewhere......I shop on our military base in commissary someetimes, and at our Jewel most of the time, and our WalMart -----with wanderings off to other grocery stores if I leave our area, mostly to get things not carried in my own normal stores. LOL

    I did get some chocolate Oranges- Terrys brand- at Christmas time, at Walgreens.....and saw some yesterday at Woodmans.......and I also saw cherry lifesavers at my Walgreens this week AND at Woodmans. I did NOT see any fruit stripe gum, tho, BUT I DID see Razzles and Chicklets. LOL
  4. dreamer

    dreamer New Member

    OH oh oh, when I was little my mom loved these mini ice cream cones that had a dab of colored marshmallow in them to look like ice cream---mom LOVED them. (I hated them) - I thought my kids might like them, but I have not found any. LOL.

    I was looking at swiffers etc yesterday and it occured to me about 20 years ago there were these wipes in rectangular boxes for cleaning glass, bathrooms, and ones with furniture polish (like wax?) --but they disappeared---I think they were just ahead of their time. LOL.

    At THanksgiving time, I found little wax "pop bottles" - those wax things filled with a tiny bit of liquid? LOL.

    AND I found some coca cola made in Mexico that uses cane sugar instead of high fructose corn syrup. UG it was SO expensive, though! $1.49 for a half liter in a glass bottle. LOL. And I also got a bottle of green river. (altho IMO the bottled is nowhere near as good as way back when I used to hand mix it where I used to work)

    Oh and.....the deoderant I decided I liked better than any other ever- Crystal CLean? It was a solid clear.

    and these pens I loved- Bic, with 4 different colors in one barrel.medium point. I actually did find 4 at some store just before Christmas and bought them all and they found their way into my Christmas stocking, LOL. I will be so sad when they are "done"

    and "footies" with the ball at the heel? LOL way back when when us waitresses still wore those uniffform dresses and white nurses shoes----and nylons? I used to wear those footies over my nylons so my feet did not slide around inside my shoes so much, LOL- and those little pom poms kept them from sliding down into my shoes. LOL. By the time I finished nurseing school, we no longer wore dresses, we wore scrubs and gym shoes and bobby sox. LOL. But I got hit with nostalgia and was looking for footties with pom poms at the back for my kids. LOL
  5. Hound dog

    Hound dog Nana's are Beautiful

    I've seen those ice cream cones somewhere, but I can't think of where is at the moment....

    Yeah, sorry. Wallie world is walmart. lol

    I wish we'd get an Aldi here, darn it. I have to drive 40 mins to the nearest one. And with gas being so high it doesn't pay to go. Oh, make sure to try their brownies!!! Best brownies you'll ever eat. And cheap too. lol

    lmao I cracked up when I saw the waxed pop bottles. I used to get those for the kids easter baskets when they were little. I haven't looked for them lately. I used to love them as a kid.

    Candy buttons I found. Necco Wafers too. Our walmart has both.

    OMG I haven't seen fruit stripe gum in ages and ages. Good thing too as I have a major weakness for it. lol
  6. dreamer

    dreamer New Member

    My town had so little until tis year, but I used to go to another town to ALdi and walmart.....but truth is I do not really buy enough at aldi to make a special trip there, even with it in my own town, now. Walmart, tho? Yikes, thats badnews to me, I LOVE to go there. or nite. This is our first superwlmart in the whole area- for many many miles around....and yeesh everyone teases me and oldest becuz we will "dash over" for one or 2 things, and they begin to think maybe they will hafta send a search party after us!!!!! I dunno why we do not get tired of being in tthere, I am NOT a "shopping" person. But I get in there and we lose all track of time!

    Yes, I saw (and bought) candy buttons recently, my kids were not impressed, altho when me and bro were little we liked them. ANd same with Neccos. I even saw ones that were ALL chocolate and no other flavor.
    Do you remember those small square chewy things, banana flavored? I think they were called "bikes" but spelled beichs or something? I liked those. Banana Laffy Taffy is similar, tho. :) Have not seen them in forever. Dh liked peanut butter chewy thingies, (I never did) and have not seen those either.

    I also saw Bun candy bars yesterday......but I am not fond of those, either.

    someone also used to make a chocolate cake, --- Dressels? something like that- and it had chocolate whip cream frosting- in freezer section.

    LOL, so reading this it SOUNDS like I eat all this stuff. LOL. I don't. I am NOT a candy person.....but sometimes I think oh my kids might like that- for a special treat or a gift or something?
  7. flutterbee

    flutterbee Guest

    They recently remodeled our Kroger and it's *huge*. They carry everything. Except Multi-Grain Cheerios. They carry the fruit cheerios, the yogurt cheerios, the regular, frosted, honey-nut, apple cinnamon and every other kind you can think of, but not Multi-Grain.

    My mom has to get them for me at her store in Columbus. It's soooo annoying.
  8. dreamer

    dreamer New Member

    Bundt cake mixes- specifically chocolate cake with coconut in middle? I saw a Bundt PAN.YIKES< was it EXPENSIVE!

    Lipton sweet tea (no lemon) in cans?

    thes bar cookie things, they were called Jumbles maybe? IIRC they were chocolate with ?coconut? oatmeal? peanut butter? similar to a brownie?

    Cherry cake frosting in a can?

    L'Eggs pantyhose in an egg?
    (I liked THAT size egg for filling for easter, LOL)

    Do they still make Tang, wasn't that an astronaut thing? LOL
    And Bosco chocolate syrup? My bro liked Bosco (I liked Hersheys)
  9. Hound dog

    Hound dog Nana's are Beautiful


    That's odd. But I do know that most krogers are good about if you make a request to the store manager, and enough people make the same request, they'll stock it for you.

    That's how ours started stocking vegetarian foods and health foods.

    I've tried with the alphbet noodles, but evidently no one else uses them. lol

    Is Bit o' Honey the candy bar you're thinking of dreamer? Tastes like peanut butter. My Mom was nuts over them. Never let us have one. lol

    We have the Lipton tea in a can. I don't care much for it though.

    And Tang too. They even have a generic for it both at walmart and aldi.

    I'm about to have a royal fit because none of our stores stock Jiffy Icing anymore. Cheap as heck and tasted like homemade.:furious: I can find any other Jiffy product except that one. Which really doesn't make much sense because they were always selling out of it.
  10. dreamer

    dreamer New Member

    Oh, I like bit o honey, eat one then eat a tootsie roll, then a bit o honey, LOL, alternatebetween them (hey, it helped me smoke less while driving on long trips, LOL---that and um...Tootsie pop DROPS! cannot find those, either darn it, LOL) No, the thing dh likes are PB kisses or something.little blobs of chewy peanut butter stuff wrapped in wax paper.....bought by the bagful?

    My dh hates to take a drink along in a car cup or thermos, and he loves sweet I found lipton sweet tea in cans a couple times, and then- no more. I requested our Jewel to get some, they said they would, and when I went to get it? Seems they sold it to someone else! MANY times, BUT they have not stocked it.and neither does anyone else around here, anymore, either. We can get it in glass bottles and plastic bottles, tho. Individually.

    YES! Jiffy! we eat very little cake, and Jify is pefrfect size.and I also wanted the Jiffy frosting.....could not get the cakes or frosting here, either....but I got some yesterday at that other store. LOL.

    THere are several things our main grocery does not carry.......but now we do have walmart and aldi.....that helps some...and the military base carries a lot of different things.....and then when me and son go to his docs etc, we hop skip and jump thru lots of other stores en route. LOL. - same with fast food, my area does not have a lot....but on the way to eye doc, WOW! there is almost everything, altho we are still looking for a Sonic. and a chik filet. LOL. 2 towns I swear must have EVERYTHING on our route----Algonquin and Orland Park.
  11. meowbunny

    meowbunny New Member

    Another one who couldn't find the chocolate orange balls at Christmas and those were a tradition for the stocking.

    The one thing I really miss are kartoffeln (potato) balls. Used to be in the foreign food aisles. They were shredded, dried potatoes in small, net bags that turned into wonderful potato balls. I've tried making them but they've never turned out quite right. I NEED my kartoffeln balls!

    Hmm, maybe we should start a shopping exchange? What your store has that mine doesn't, pick it up and send it along. lol
  12. Fran

    Fran Former Site Owner

    There is a website that you can buy the traditional candy of our youth. I don't have it but I'm sure if you do a google search you will find it. A lot of the Targets, Wal Marts and our bigger grocery stores are stocking some of the older candies like Swedish Fish, tootsie pops.(it's a wonder we have any teeth) The wax bottles with a squirt of sugar water were highly coveted when I was a kid but I'm sure my kids would have thought we were crazy.
    Do you remember candy lipsticks? The necklaces with candy something or another on them?
  13. busywend

    busywend Moderator Staff Member

    Fran, I have a Factory Card Outlet near me that carries all the old candy - how about Pop Rocks - GFG had a blast with that one!

    My most memorable item that was discontinued at the Sam's Club near me is: Turkey Mignons. So delicious and so easy! I have recently found them at Aldis!
  14. AprilH

    AprilH Guest

    What I miss with every fiber of my being is 'Vernors' Ginger Ale...I cannot find it anywhere here in NC, but I used to drink it every day growing up in Detroit. Must be a 'Northern' thing. I also miss those candy cigarettes and Bit O' Honeys too!
  15. Penta

    Penta New Member

    Vermont Country Store still stocks many old fashioned items that are no longer in grocery stores...expensive, but available. Google it and look.
  16. Marcie Mac

    Marcie Mac Just Plain Ole Tired

    If you go to you can find some of the candy you were mentioning and they have a grocery section as well.

  17. Hound dog

    Hound dog Nana's are Beautiful

    We have candy cigarettes. Travis buys them buy the case. The boy is hooked on them. lol But they sell for 15 cents each. Darrin also has recently discovered them.

    We have candy necklaces too. I haven't seen candy lipstck yet. Aubrey would get a kick out of that.
  18. ML

    ML Guest

    I have seen a lot of nostalgic food items at the store at the restaurant Cracker Barrel.
  19. DDD

    DDD Moderator Staff Member

    April we have Vernors Ginger Ale around here. I can't stand the GFG loves it. If it's in
    Florida maybe it is in Ga. or SC too. Worth a day trip if you love it. I'd send you some if it was in cans
    but shipping bottles doesn't see like a good idea. LOL DDD
  20. dreamer

    dreamer New Member

    My gas station has candy lipsticks, still, LOL. and candy cigs. My walgreens has canay necklaces and my grocery has pop rocks, so does my Kmart.
    A friend of mine from Mich loves Vernors Ginger ALe? I think my store now carries it sometimes. (my kids prefer schweppes?) A funny note about ginger ale in general? I seldom drink alcohol- but a couple months ago I wanted a simple ole whiskey and ginger ale in some place dh and I went. It had been decades since I had it. I tried to order it. the place did not have ginge r ale. Then we went to a vfw for fish fry, and they did not have ginger ale. then we were at a moose lodge, and they did not have ginger ale, either. Seems the ONLY place I can get ginger ale is the grocery store. same with 50-50.

    I am thinking the candy cigs are prolly pretty politically incorrect these days.
    Swedish fish are available everywhere here.
    I have been to the hometown favorites website.

    I did try to google to find the sweet morsels and the creamy garlic salad dressing. Kraft discontinued makeing the creamy garlic and replaced it with garlic ranch. I could find nothing about the sweet morsels at all. I tried a roses smoked butt, but it was nowhere near as good. I did find a couple boxes of hamburger helper meatloaf at some tiny mom-pop store a few years ago, but I think that has now also been discontinued, as has the 2 campbells soups. (homestyle beef noddle and garden pea)

    a few years ago KtKat made a candy bar with orange flavor, I liked it. But they stopped. Then they came out with ones that looked orange, those were nowhere near the same at all. I did not like the orange colored kit kats.
  21. Sara PA

    Sara PA New Member

    Tuffys. I can't find them anywhere in my county here in PA but I did find them in a Rite-Aid in Santa Monica, CA, and bought all they had on the shelf. I guess it'd be cheaper to order a case on-line than run to California every time I needed one.
  22. KTMom91

    KTMom91 Active Member

    I've seen Screaming Yellow Zonkers and some of the candies at Dollar Tree. I'd love to find Kaboom cereal. The last time I saw some was when I was visiting a friend in Tulsa in 1984. I'd also like Chef-Boy-ar-dee Pizza Mix. It had the crust mix and the sauce and some Parmesan in the box, and you added whatever else on the top. Much better than Boboli crusts! And Dreyer's Green Tea ice cream...
  23. Hound dog

    Hound dog Nana's are Beautiful

    Walmart here sells Chef-Boy-ar-dee Pizza Mix, actually so does Krogers. Not at all hard to find. PC uses it alot.

    Sara, I just gotta ask.....What on earth is a Tuffy?
  24. witzend

    witzend Well-Known Member

    I find that if I go to the manufacturer's web sites, I can search the particular product, then often they will have a "where to buy" button. This will show who has been ordering it in your area. Then, make a phone call to that establishment just to be sure.
  25. dreamer

    dreamer New Member

    Yeah we can get Chef boy r dee pizza mix, here, too, I just bought one 2 weeks ago, LOL.
    Where sara posted about tuffys? you can click on the word Tuffy and it shows you what they are. LOL- they are a nylon dish scrubby made by SOS. LOL.

    Well, I know for sure campbells DID discontinue the 2 soups, and Oscar Meyer did discontinue the sweet morsels, and kraft did discontinue creamy garlic salad dressing.....and I am pretty sure hamburrger helper d'c'ed the meatloaf mix.they did replace it with one a little different, but then d/c'ed that one, too. I am finding, tho, that most companies d/c'ed creamy garlic salad dressing. that was mostly what actualy began me on this quest, LOL.

    I found Kaboom cereal last a couple years ago. It was after 2000 becuz my son had WIC until 2000 and Kaboom was one of the WIC approved cereals. LOL. But I only saw it one time and it was in some obscure small grocery somewhere.
  26. Big Bad Kitty

    Big Bad Kitty lolcat

    I thought I was the only one who missed the creamy garlic salad dressing! That stuff was the best. Occasionally I can find some in the refrigerated section, but it is very expensive.

    Another Campbells soup that I can't find anywhere is Chicken Dijon. It was condensed, and would probably have tasted nasty as a soup, but was delicious on chicken.

    One candy I have searched for (for years) is Choco-Lite. Anyone remember that?
  27. dreamer

    dreamer New Member

    can you describe choco lite? It sounds familiar.
  28. Big Bad Kitty

    Big Bad Kitty lolcat

    ok, there were 2 different chocolates.

    One was "lite". It was actually dark chocolate, if I remember, and it was whipped, so it had these bubbles in it. When you bit into it, it was almost like biting into a nestle crunch, in that it was a little crispy, but there was nothing crunchy in there, you were feeling the bubbles "pop". That's what made it "lite".

    This was covered with smooth milk chocolate. Now, I don't remember getting these as a full size candy bar, although they might have been, but I distinctly remember getting them in "fun size" at halloween.

    The wrapper was the color of chocolate milk, and the writing was yellow. You unwrapped it, and it was about an inch long, and flat, like a hershey's mini (unlike a snickers). And I swear it had 2 etchings on it that looked like orange or lemon slices, facing eachother.

    This memory is vivid. I've searched all kinds of nostalgia candy places and have never found it.
  29. GoingNorth

    GoingNorth Active Member

    Search on the internet under "Aero Bars" this will provide you with a list of companies that sell via mail order the Canadian version of Chocolite Bars.

    They are actually better, IMHO
  30. Big Bad Kitty

    Big Bad Kitty lolcat

    I have tried the Aero bars. I don't care for them as much.

    I did just do a search and signed a petition to bring back the Choco-Lite!

    Yippee! I'm not crazy!
  31. susiestar

    susiestar Roll With It

  32. hearts and roses

    hearts and roses Mind Reader

    Nabisco used to make these amazingly delicious cookies when I was a kid and my mom would buy me a box - just for me!

    They were kind of like a soft Nilla Wafer sandwich with marshmallow between them - and there was this sticky stuff, almost like honey in there on the inside of the cookies.

    They were packaged in two long boxes about 6" long X 2" SQ. Inside they were wrapped in waxed paper. The boxes were packed together and sold as one package (but with the two long boxes in there).

    I miss those.

    ps: These are not Mallomars and didn't have any chocolate whatsoever.
  33. susiestar

    susiestar Roll With It

    I used to love the Oetker WhipIt, but I could only find it at one of the stalls at Finley market in downtown Cinci.

    I later found I could get the same result by adding 1 tsp of cornstarch to every 2 cups of whipping cream. It stabilizes it and it will keep much longer as a cake topping or in any dessert.

  34. SRL

    SRL Active Member

    amazon has a lot of hard to find and foreign brands. Don't know if these are what you're looking for but they sound like what we called potato dumplings growing up: dumpling
  35. muttmeister

    muttmeister Well-Known Member

    I used to love Post oat flakes cereal. I even had a cookie recipe that called for it. I can't find it at all any more. I did buy some Nabisco bran oat flakes but they don't taste at all like the old ones did; they're like eating flaked cardboard.
  36. Sara PA

    Sara PA New Member

    Jell-O brand chocolate tapioca pudding. It could quite possibly have been my favorite food in the whole wide world....right up until they discontinued it.
  37. susiestar

    susiestar Roll With It

    Hmmmmm we never had chocolate tapioca. And I learned to make tapioca from scratch in the microwave and didn't buy a mix again. Maybe I will have to find a recipe for chocolate tapioca.

  38. Sara PA

    Sara PA New Member

    Now that we've talked about it, maybe I'll give the homemade kind a try again. I never found a recipe that matched the Jell-O stuff, but I do have a type of chocolate now that I haven't tried. Got the chocolate, I already have the tapioca soaking to make tomorrow morning....Hmmm....I'm glad we had this little talk..
  39. DammitJanet

    DammitJanet Moderator Staff Member

    It never fails if I really like something then they discontinue it!

    I fell in love with two ice creams. One from Pet that was a strawberry marble with little chocolate cups in them that were filled with strawberry sauce. The other was Banana Bonanza from Bryers. I really loved that stuff. It is a banana ice cream with chocolate marble and chocolate pieces in it.

    I have fallen in love with a certain candy now so I expect it will go soon They are chocolate covered raspberry sticks. Yummy!

    Do you all remember those candy fruit slices? They looked just like a slice of fruit in orange, lemon and a few other flavors...I loved them at one

    I did find those alphabet pasta shapes this past week at our food lion and at walmart. They are in the ethnic food section packaged under the Goya label.
  40. mrscatinthehat

    mrscatinthehat Seussical

    I feel so much better knowing I am not the only one that has food disappear.

    I love orange crush. It is the only orange soda I like. Our Fairway used to carry it but stopped. It was the only store that did on a full time basis. Walmart sometimes gets the little bottles but for some reason those alway seem to taste flat.

    I also like cream of rice hot cereal and our stores have stopped carrying that too. And my tuna melt tuna helper. I dont' know why but that is the one I like.

    The thing I remember from childhood is planters used to make cheese curls, cheese balls, potato sticks (these were the size of cheese curls not the skinny ones). Haven't seen them in years. I liked the brand. They were more expensive but oh did they taste good when mom got them.

  41. Sara PA

    Sara PA New Member

    I just saw those fruit slices at the grocery last night. They were in a tray --like a meat tray -- and covered with plastic wrap. I bought the item in front of them but I don't remember what it was... Oh! I bought Manischewitz macaroons. They were in the Passover section.

    Planter's discontinued the cheese balls. A quick look on their web site suggests they're only doing nuts these days. There is one of those online petitions to bring them back but there's no date on it and, of course, those petitions don't accomplish anything.

    Ronzoni makes alphabets. I think the ones I have are store brand but I bought them years ago. Alphabets cooked in Campbell's chicken broth was my son's stand-by meal when he was sick little boy.
  42. SRL

    SRL Active Member

  43. dreamer

    dreamer New Member

    we have many brands of fruit slices here.....and yes, the Manschwwietz (sp) ones are in abundance at the moment, yup- by the macaroons and grape juice etc.
    My dh loves fruit slices.

    Orange Crush, we buy a 12 pack a month of. (cans) I see glass bottle 6 packs as well. I have also on rare occasions seen Nehi

    we have alphabet pasta, Goya and a couple other brands, Depends if I am at our local major chain, military commissary, or some other store on my travels....but no shortage of that here. I never saw jell-o chocolate tapioca, but I do not eat tapioca, so I would not notice.
    One of the stores I was in recently had so many different Tuna Helpers, I was amazed. 6 kinds maybe?
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