The beginning of our century feels like a whole eternity away. And it kinda is, since the year 2020 has bent the time-space continuum and we’re now trapped in its never-ending limbo.
Time would pass a whole lot quicker, though, if someone would teleport some of the quirky goodness from the 2000s. From 3D Doritos to Creme Savers and Altoids Sours, these have been gone for a while now and the chances are, nobody really noticed.
It’s not that we cannot live without lime Skittles all of a sudden, but hey, it would be so much better. ‘Cause if there’s something we learn in childhood, it’s a whole bunch of the most bizarre snacks of questionable nutritional value, filled with tongue-coloring edible contents all wrapped in sturdy plastic packaging. And nobody ever dared to say it's unhealthy.
The creme that saved all of us from nondelicious candy couldn't be saved itself. It went away within the last few years.
Skittles changed their green lime flavor to apple in 2013. Up is down! Right is wrong! Nothing makes sense anymore.
Extra Thin Ice Sheets
Back in 2003, Extra's Thin Ice Sheets took the breath-freshening world by storm. So much so, that some newspapers actually claimed that their creation would effectually end chewing gum.
It doesn’t come as a surprise that most millennials are notorious snackers. According to Mintel, they snack at least four times a day and sometimes, even more. I can’t refute the statement—I snacked three times already and it’s not even lunch.
But there’s something different about millennials in the way they consume one-bite goodies compared with other generations. It turns out, when snacking, the millennial generation is far more likely to focus on responsibility of self, society, and planet.
Your tongue hasn't been able to get absolutely destroyed since 2010.
Cinnamon Tic Tacs
If you can believe it, both Cinnamon AND Spearmint Tic Tacs have been gone since 2014.
These chewy lil' balls of deliciousness haven't been around since 2008.
According to Jeff Fromm, an expert on millennials and generation Z, “When millennials snack, they are making purchase decisions based on these tenets and how brands satisfy them. Or, in some cases, don’t satisfy them.”Jeff also suggests that millennials tend to snack in the same way they live, by “binge living.”
“Millennials live on the extremes in every aspect of their lives; they will work out every day of the week only to reward themselves by hunkering down on the couch to watch 10 straight hours of Game of Thrones on a Saturday.”
Mintel's research backs up the statement since it found that healthy, energizing, and light snacks are consumed earlier in the day, whereas evening and nighttime snacks progress into indulgences. It also suggests that the millennial generation is much more into flavor adventures, always searching for new, bold, and unique products to try.
The goopiest candy gooped no more within the last few years.
Haribo Sugar-Free Gummy Bears
What could be more appealing than a candy that packs in a ton of flavor while also being marketed as healthy for you? Haribo believed they found the winning combination in their sugar-free gummy bears, having replaced the sugar in the product with the artificial sweetener maltitol. It wasn't long before the public found the downside to this product—the sweetener acted as a laxative and it gave everyone who consumed the candy extreme gastrointestinal distress. Haribo quickly doubled back on its product, and despite competitors still selling gummy candies with this sweetener, Haribo has since pulled the product.
The most delicious granola bar ever to granol has disappeared from shelves within the last few years.
Nesquik Cereal was quikly removed from shelves in the US in 2012. You can still get it in some other countries.
Philadelphia Cheesecake Bars
Look at that thing. It's gorgeous. It also was discontinued over a decade ago.
Campino Strawberry And Cream Sweets
These red and white boiled sweets, formed of strawberry and yoghurt stripes of candy, could be found in supermarkets for over 40 years before they were suddenly axed in the mid 2000s.
Mars Delight may have only been on the shelves for four years, but in that time the chocolate bar developed a large and devoted following. This slender version of the classic Mars bar, also featuring a wafer layer, was nowhere to be found by the end of 2008. Nine years after their discontinuation, petitions are still being signed online demanding that the bar be brought back.
Jell-O Pudding Pops
While they debuted in the 1970s, Jell-O Pudding Pops hit peak popularity in the 1980s. A box of pudding pops came in flavors like chocolate, vanilla, and swirled. If you're really craving a pudding pop, and a Fudgesicle doesn't come close enough for you, there are pudding pop molds so you can make your own.
The transparent, caffeine-free soda U.S. had a short run in the early 1990s. It was a novelty, but it didn't taste quite like Pepsi. Saturday Night Live parodied the product in a crystal-clear gravy skit, Thrillist recounts. Because it is something that instills some serious nostalgia, Crystal Pepsi has made some limited-time comebacks in recent years.
Flintstone Push-Up Pops
You can still get these...just without the Flintstones on your sherbet pops. Dang shame.
Bart Simpson's favorite candy and (in my humble opinion) the perfect Butterfinger experience hasn't been around since 2006.
Slice as we knew it has been gone since 2009. Now it's a seltzer.
Ancient relics (OK, a promotional photo on a Tumblr page) reveal that McDonald's once served Onion Nuggets in the 1970s. The nuggets look like a golden fried onion ring, but, you guessed it, in the shape of a chicken nugget.
Sweet, soft Cakesters were no more as of seven years ago.
They've been Yo-gone from shelves since the early 2010s.
The juiciest juice to ever juice has been juiced out since 2001.
Life Savers Holes
Life Savers Holes were introduced in the '90s, and were basically Life Savers, but in a non-ring form. Life Savers Holes were plagued with problems. After being on the market for the second half of 1990, they were recalled for being choking hazards in January 1991. They re-appeared four months later with new packaging, but were eventually taken off shelves forever.
Heinz Ez Squirt
Heinz EZ Squirt was colorful ketchup in a squeeze bottle. Released in tandem with "Shrek" in 2000 with a green shade (Blastin' Green) —took the condiment market by storm, selling 25 million bottles in three years. While it was initially successful, Heinz ended up pulling the ketchup from shelves in 2006 after faltering sales, making it impossible to create ketchup-based works of art.
Keebler Magic Middles
One of Keebler's biggest hits of the 21st century came in the form of their Magic Middles—shortbread cookies filled with fudge or peanut butter filling that everyone couldn't get enough of. The cookies quietly disappeared from shelves with very little explanation from the Keebler offices, much to millennials' chagrin.
Do you remember these snacks? Shaped like wheels and infused with pizza flavor, they were truly in a league of their own from 1968 to 1975, when they sadly left store shelves.
What's better than a chip? How about a chip MADE OF CHOCOLATE. Too bad they've been gone since 2006.
This sweet, delicious blue nectar of the Gods was ripped from our hearts and souls in 2004.
Nestlé Magic Balls
Hollow milk chocolate with toy figurines inside, Nestlé Magic Balls were like the Happy Meals of the candy world. But, in 1997, they were discontinued over concerns that hiding toys inside chocolate could pose a choking hazard. The candy made a comeback as the Nestlé Wonder Ball, this time with candy filling the chocolate sphere. Those, too, were eventually discontinued.
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