Discontinued Products We All Want Back
Companies discontinue products all the time. Sometimes, it's because they weren't selling enough. Other times, it's because they've become outdated. And a lot of the time, it's just because they've just decided to pursue something newer and "better."
But just because the corporate bigwigs think a product is no longer valuable doesn’t mean everyone agrees. Consumers have repeatedly asked for the 30 items on this list to come back. What would you like to see back on the supermarket shelf?
Nintendo Game Boy
First introduced in 1989, the Nintendo Game Boy was an immediate hit. Children and adults alike both loved the video game console you could hold in your hand. Features included an adjustable contrast dial, five control buttons, adjustable volume, and usually an included game cartridge, like Tetris or Super Mario World.
The Body Shop Perfume Oil
There were a few fashion essentials a 90s girl couldn't live without. Scrunchies, combat boots, slip dresses, chokers and overalls (with one strap left undone) all come to mind. And of course, no 90s ensemble was complete without some strawberry body oil.
Muscle cars are uniquely American: fast, powerful and cool. The popular and affordable Chevy Nova was among the best of the best of these vehicles. Produced between 1968 and 1979, it offered an economical but still fun alternative to more expensive models.
Skip-It was a children's toy introduced in the 1980s. It affixed to the ankle via a plastic hoop and spun around in a 360-degree rotation while the user continuously skipped over the tether. Sound complicated? That's because it was! Many a little kid fell on his or her face while playing with Skip-It.
McDonald's Fried Apple Pie
If you're 30 or older, you probably remember McDonald's fried apple pies. These pastries were flaky, crispy and just the right amount of sweet — in short, amazing. Then in 1992, the chain did the unthinkable: They discontinued everyone's favorite dessert! Or at least, they stopped frying it.
Jell-O-1-2-3 was around for an astonishing 27 years. First launched in 1969, the fun dessert was essentially a Jell-O sundae in a box: When cooled, it turned into a layer of gelatin with two different toppings: one sort of like custard, the other a slightly foamy substance.
Eggos have seen about a million different iterations, like chocolate chip cookie dough, Froot Loops, cinnamon toast and banana bread, just to name a few. But the one discontinued variety that still gets mentioned again and again more than 10 years later is Eggo Waf-Fulls.
Pizzarias Pizza Chips
Back in the day, Pizzaria Pizza Chips offered a viable alternative to Doritos. Bite-sized, pizza-flavored and perfectly crispy, they were near perfection. Still, Keebler inexplicably pulled them off supermarket shelves after just a few short years. Fans were livid.
Nabisco Swiss Cheese Crackers
Fact: Everyone loves crackers and cheese. It is like the perfect snack: A little bit crunchy, a little bit creamy. A whole lot delicious. But you know what's even better? Crackers and cheese all in one! And for a while, that existed.
There was a time when electronic pets were all the rage: Tamagotchis, Digimon and Giga Pets all held a brief moment of fame. But the real star of the virtual pet world was Poo-Chis. Unlike the others, Poo-Chi wasn't a two-bit graphic on a tiny screen. Poo-Chi was a real robot dog.
Sometimes you gotta brush your teeth on the go: That's just a fact. And nothing is more embarrassing or awkward than whipping out your actual toothbrush and toothpaste in public. No one wants to see you spit into the restroom sink!
There are some cars that become a classic as soon as they're introduced. The Ford Thunderbird was one of those vehicles. First launched in 1955, the Thunderbird — a sporty two-seat convertible — was instantly iconic. Stars like Frank Sinatra and Marilyn Monroe snatched them up.
If you were a child of the 90s, you probably remember Planter's P.B. Crisps quite fondly. Peanut-shaped cookies filled with peanut butter, they were an immediate hit. Words can't hit the mark here, as it's impossible to describe how incredibly perfect they actually were.
Squeezit was a fruit-flavored beverage produced by General Mills from the mid-1980s until 2001. Notice how we said fruit-flavored: That's because it contained no actual juice, and all of the varieties actually tasted pretty terrible. It's astounding that people still want them back.
Frank N' Stuff Wieners
What's even better than a hot dog topped with chili? A hot dog stuffed with chili! And from 1986 through the mid-1990s, Hormel offered just that. Their popular Frank n' Stuff weiners came stuff with either chili or cheese, and people loved them.
Hostess Choco Bliss
Hostess' Choco Bliss has been described as the ultimate chocolate snack and a chocolate lovers dream. Why? Because it contained layers of moist chocolate cake, gooey chocolate cream and rich chocolate icing. Sheer choco-heaven.
Launched in 1992, Butterfinger BBs quickly became a pop culture sensation, in large part due to advertising on The Simpsons. Essentially, they were a smaller version of the popular Butterfinger candy bar — with its crisp, orange-colored, peanut butter filling — shrunk down into marble size.
Do you remember getting your first cell phone? If you're a millennial, you know that the first mobile phones weren't remotely cool. They were big, awkward and didn't do much other than make an actual call. That's why when BlackBerries were introduced in 1999, they became an instant hit.
Magic Burst Pop-Tarts
If anything can be said about Pop-Tarts, it's that there are constantly a lot of fun new flavors. Some of our favorites have included S'Mores, Hot Fudge Sundae and Lava Berry Explosion. But the real crème de la crème was Magic Burst Pop-Tarts.
If you were a child in the 80s and you didn't have a Pound Puppy, you were probably devastated. They were the toy to own. Marketed as lovable and huggable, the stuffed dogs came in a variety of colors and patterns — but each one had the same sad hound dog eyes.
McDonald's Onion Nuggets
Let's face it: Everything is better in nugget form. Chicken. Fish. Corn. Onions. Yes, onions. You may wonder why anyone would want to eat the tear-inducing vegetable in any form, but you'd be surprised at exactly how delicious an onion nugget can be!
Taco Bell's Bell Beefer
Did you know that Taco Bell has been around since 1962? Back in the mid-20th century, their menu looked a lot different. One of the best products they offered was a regular old sandwich — just meat, cheese and toppings between two buns.
Urban Decay Naked Palette
When you find a makeup that you love, you want it to last forever — and nothing is worse than walking into the drug store only to find that your favorite lipstick or mascara has been discontinued. That's what happened to millions of Urban Decay fans when their favorite eyeshadow palette disappeared in 2018.
Before smartphones and iPods, gaining access to your favorite music was tough. Options were limited: Buy the CDs and skip through until you find the ONE song you want to listen to, or save individual songs to your computer and make your own custom compact discs.
Hershey's Kisses are another one of those candies that have seen a million different iterations: milk chocolate, dark chocolate, almond, hazelnut, mint truffle, cherry cordial. The most creative variety that Hershey's has come up with, however, is Hershey's Kissables.
VW Type 2
Often called the "VW Bus" or the "Hippie Van", the VW Type 2 is a true classic. No other van in the world has that same v-shaped front, and fans are rabid. To this day, there are people all over the world who spend entire weekends getting together and checking out each other's buses.
As far as cars go, Lotuses have achieved true pop-culture fame. They've appeared in two James Bond Movies, Pretty Woman, Basic Instinct and many other films. There's a reason movie makers and everyone else love them so much: They're easy to drive, handle well and are drop-dead gorgeous.
First developed in the 1960s, Clackers could easily be voted "toy most likely to give you a black eye." The entire design was two acrylic balls attached to opposite ends of a string. The object was to smack them together as hard as possible, making them fly in every which direction.
Carnation Breakfast Bar
If you think breakfast bars or cereal bars are a relatively new creation, think again. Carnation was rocking the breakfast bar game all the way back in '75. Marketed as "the instant breakfast you can get your teeth into," Carnation Breakfast Bars were a game-changer for busy moms everywhere.
Before Legos, creative-minded kids turned to erector sets to satisfy their building itch. Created all the way back in 1913, the original erector sets were actually a little bit dangerous. Metal beams, nuts and bolts had the tendency to form jagged edges and cut the children who played with them.