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Sat Nov 17, 2012, 11:48 AM

 

Brands and products you miss, that went out of business or changed

The Hostess company going bankrupt reminded me of some other products I was sad to see go. The first was a really sour tasting lemonade. I forget the brand name, but it had an Austrailian type theme to it. The slogan even referred to how sour it was as a mark of distinction. I was probably the only one who really liked it because whenever I would buy it off the shelf, the shelf would be full. I remember it was only around for a brief time until it disappeared, like maybe a year or so. I loved that lemonade, it was super sour and really had a kick to it.

The second product didn't disappear, but changed their formula. I am speaking of Carnation chocolate breakfast bars. I absolutely loved these things, they tasted awesome and were good for you too, a rare combination. Then one day I noticed the flavor was completely different, and was just yuck. I looked at the box and then saw it said new formula on it. I was pissed, needless to say. I was so mad that I called the 1-800 number listed on the package to complain. The lady took my complaint and said thank you, we will note that. Of course nothing changed and they kept their horrible tasting new formula and I stopped buying the breakfast bars.

Anyone experience a similar situation?

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Response to quinnox (Original post)

Sat Nov 17, 2012, 11:50 AM

1. remember banana twinkies in the 70's? they were good nt

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Response to msongs (Reply #1)

Sat Nov 17, 2012, 11:54 AM

3. The original Twinkies were banana filled

Then they switched to vanilla during WWII and never switched back. I remember the banana ones from the 70s. I liked them much better than the vanilla ones.

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Response to proud2BlibKansan (Reply #3)

Sat Nov 17, 2012, 12:31 PM

32. +1

that always intrigued me about twinkies, that and the name was allegedly rooted from a billboard for "Twinkle Toe Shoes." They had a limited edition of banana filled a few years back and i regret never tasting it.

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Response to quinnox (Original post)

Sat Nov 17, 2012, 11:53 AM

2. Space Food Sticks

Put me under a blanket-shrouded table with a glass of Tang and some space food sticks, and I would be in orbit....

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Response to htuttle (Reply #2)

Sat Nov 17, 2012, 01:22 PM

47. You can still get them online.

http://www.funkyfoodshop.com/space-food-sticks-c-23.html

Along with astronaut ice cream. I remember eating that as a kid in the 80's.

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Response to htuttle (Reply #2)

Sat Nov 17, 2012, 06:24 PM

243. I remember those!

My grandfather bought them and Tang. LOL

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Response to htuttle (Reply #2)

Sat Nov 17, 2012, 09:13 PM

357. Ha!

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Response to htuttle (Reply #2)

Tue Nov 20, 2012, 09:52 PM

540. Seriously -

that is so 1965-1966? Si? Been there, done that...wow

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Response to quinnox (Original post)

Sat Nov 17, 2012, 11:55 AM

4. Jartran, for when U Haul was too expensive

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Response to Fumesucker (Reply #4)

Sat Nov 17, 2012, 04:04 PM

164. Hehe....

I actually remember those trucks. Somehow your photo brought back memories of Coble Ice Cream you could buy by the bucket at the Piggly Wiggly, those were the days.

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Response to slackmaster (Reply #5)

Sat Nov 17, 2012, 09:54 PM

379. They banned Slip-n-Slide? NOOOOO!!!

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Response to slackmaster (Reply #5)

Sat Nov 17, 2012, 11:04 PM

406. I LOVED water rockets. So dangerous and awesome!

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Response to slackmaster (Reply #5)

Sun Nov 18, 2012, 10:07 AM

463. I have a set of Jarts. They are about to make their annual

sojourn to wherever Thanksgiving is this year.

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Response to quinnox (Original post)

Sat Nov 17, 2012, 12:00 PM

6. Liquorice flavored Vicks Formula 44-D Cough Syrup

Only cough syrup I ever liked the taste of.

Don

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Response to NNN0LHI (Reply #6)

Sat Nov 17, 2012, 02:05 PM

84. I miss the formula with REAL cough suppressant. It now has to be prescribed.

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Response to northoftheborder (Reply #84)

Sat Nov 17, 2012, 09:57 PM

381. You mean, codeine?

Narcotic, derived from opium.

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Response to defacto7 (Reply #381)

Sun Nov 18, 2012, 02:46 AM

430. For the uncontrolable dry seal cough which self perpetuates

it is the only way to go. It allows the airways to heal in about 24 hours vs 3 or more weeks.

We would get a bottle for someone and it would last the family a year because nobody needed it after one day.

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Response to kickysnana (Reply #430)

Sun Nov 18, 2012, 01:00 PM

477. That and Terpin Hydrate. That stuff worked whether it was the kind with

codeine or DM. The FDA made a rule about a decade or so ago that all medicines had to show not only that they were effevtive, but HOW they were effective. Terpin Hydrate was such a low profit item that those who manufactured it decided that rather than do the testing necessary to prove efficacy, they stopped manufacturing it altogether and the FDA banned it. Damn.

Terpin hydrate is an expectorant, commonly used to loosen mucus in the setting of acute or chronic bronchitis, and related conditions. It is derived from sources such as oil of turpentine, oregano, thyme and eucalyptus. Though it was quite popular in the USA since the late nineteenth century, it was banned by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) in the 1990s due to lack of proof of efficacy.
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Terpin_hydrate

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Response to NNN0LHI (Reply #6)

Sat Nov 17, 2012, 08:02 PM

313. Black Liquorice?

If so, and you still like that taste you might like to try the black liquorice Altoids if you haven't already.

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Response to NNN0LHI (Reply #6)

Sat Nov 17, 2012, 09:48 PM

375. That stuff was THE BOMB

what was nice was that it felt that it coated your throat all the way down to your lungs and really DID help the cough.

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Response to Horse with no Name (Reply #375)

Sun Nov 18, 2012, 01:12 AM

424. Smith Brothers cough drops

and Ludens.-I Think they came in licorice also.

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Response to No Vested Interest (Reply #424)

Sun Nov 18, 2012, 03:30 AM

433. They still have those at Walgreens.

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Response to quinnox (Original post)

Sat Nov 17, 2012, 12:02 PM

7. Vanilla wafers became Nilla Wafers. Can't make good..

banana pudding without VANILLA Wafers.

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Response to Kahuna (Reply #7)

Sat Nov 17, 2012, 01:57 PM

71. Try Chessmen cookies

I layer a glass baking pan with chessmen cookies and add bananas. Make my pudding, let it cool or use instant. Add a package of cream cheese and a pint of whipped cream. Pour onto chessmen and bananas, then add another layer of chessmen cookies. Oh is it ever good!

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Response to notadmblnd (Reply #71)

Sat Nov 17, 2012, 07:05 PM

266. Sounds delish!

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Response to notadmblnd (Reply #71)

Sat Nov 17, 2012, 11:11 PM

410. Is this whipping cream? Or whipped cream made from a pint of whipping cream? n/t

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Response to Tess49 (Reply #410)

Sun Nov 18, 2012, 12:06 PM

472. you can use either. I use coolwhip or store brand. the small container

it just depends on how homemade you want to get about it. I like it because it tastes great! Richer and creamer than traditional banana pudding, plus the chessmen cookies make the perfect serving size and its easy to portion out.

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Response to notadmblnd (Reply #472)

Sun Nov 18, 2012, 08:27 PM

517. Thanks. I think I'll try this. Sounds great. n/t

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Response to notadmblnd (Reply #71)

Sun Nov 18, 2012, 10:08 AM

464. Yes--I've had this, with the Chessmen....It's great. Also, Trader Joe's makes a vanilla

wafer that would make a good sub.

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Response to quinnox (Original post)

Sat Nov 17, 2012, 12:04 PM

8. Are "Quisp" or "Quake" cereals still around? n/t

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Response to Pryderi (Reply #8)

Sat Nov 17, 2012, 12:07 PM

12. Yes I've seen Quisp recently

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Response to Pryderi (Reply #8)

Sat Nov 17, 2012, 01:27 PM

48. Yes

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Response to quinnox (Original post)

Sat Nov 17, 2012, 12:04 PM

9. Opium perfume

when YSL was sold the new megacompany cheaped it up and it's never been the same.


If that sounds all hoity, sorry. Perfume is a relatively inexpensive indulgence.

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Response to elehhhhna (Reply #9)

Sat Nov 17, 2012, 12:08 PM

13. I totally forgot about that perfume!

And had no idea it ever changed. The things you learn here...

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Response to elehhhhna (Reply #9)

Sat Nov 17, 2012, 01:35 PM

55. Yes!!! And same with Chanel's Cristalle, not the same as it used to be! I loved that stuff when I

was younger. I totally understand! I didn't realize Opium had changed tho! These days I go with duplicates mostly, perfume oils - way cheaper and I get to play around with lots of scents.

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Response to elehhhhna (Reply #9)

Sat Nov 17, 2012, 02:00 PM

75. I'll add to that Fashion Fair No. 1 Cologne. It was cheap but I always got lots

of compliments. It was discontinued about 10 years ago. Ever so often I can find a bottle on ebay.

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Response to elehhhhna (Reply #9)

Sat Nov 17, 2012, 02:09 PM

90. Love's Musky Jasmine

They didn't mess it up, they just stopped selling it.

I happen to be allergic to most fragrances, but Musky Jasmine never bothered me, and I loved that scent. I wore it for years, and received many compliments about it.

sigh

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Response to LiberalEsto (Reply #90)

Sat Nov 17, 2012, 04:07 PM

167. I used to love their Fresh Lemon scent, also.

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Response to Arkansas Granny (Reply #167)

Sun Nov 18, 2012, 05:59 AM

441. +1. one of my two favorite perfumes because it really smelled lemony and it lasted.

 

i've never found one as good. even essential oil lemon doesn't seem to last.

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Response to elehhhhna (Reply #9)

Sat Nov 17, 2012, 03:58 PM

162. I think I may even have some of the old Opium!

goes back to the 1980s. I'll dig it out.

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Response to elehhhhna (Reply #9)

Sat Nov 17, 2012, 05:54 PM

225. And Casmir. Delicious. I hoarded it after they stopped making it.

Over time the scent of my bottles has changed a little, I think, but it's still pretty nice.

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Response to elehhhhna (Reply #9)

Sat Nov 17, 2012, 06:41 PM

257. Valentino had a lovely perfume too...

then all of the sudden, you couldn't buy it in the US; Only in Europe! Also, Bill Blass had a trio: Red, Black and Nude. Nude was the best and I loved Black also.

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Response to elehhhhna (Reply #9)

Sat Nov 17, 2012, 07:17 PM

277. Estee Lauder's Youth Dew

Same thing, never the same.

Really miss Prescriptives vapor powder too.

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Response to elehhhhna (Reply #9)

Sun Nov 18, 2012, 12:19 AM

415. Avon, of all companies, used to have a scent called "Elusive"

No more.

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Response to quinnox (Original post)

Sat Nov 17, 2012, 12:05 PM

10. I can't find Nutty Bars from Little Debbie at the store.

It was a major vice of mine, but I weaned off it. Now I want one...I can't find it anywhere.

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Response to vaberella (Reply #10)

Sat Nov 17, 2012, 02:19 PM

101. They are still around.

They call me every time I walk past the Little Debbie's rack at the grocery store. It's all I can do to ignore them, especially since I still have untold numbers of Nutty Bars of years gone by incorporated into my hips and thighs. They love me as much as I love them.

Lance also makes a version, although not quite as good, but definitely acceptable.

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Response to vaberella (Reply #10)

Sat Nov 17, 2012, 02:38 PM

119. They're pretty common around here

There also imitations available at Aldi, Walmart and other stores.

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Response to vaberella (Reply #10)

Sat Nov 17, 2012, 03:20 PM

140. they have gotten way more expensive

and they also changed the formula. The number one ingredient used to be "enriched flour" now it is "dextrose".

Sunny Delight also used to be 100% juice, and now is only 5% juice.

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Response to hfojvt (Reply #140)

Sat Nov 17, 2012, 07:25 PM

283. Sunny delight had more than 5% juice? That had to be before the early 90's.

They relaunched it in the UK with 70%, but that didn't sell so they reduced it again.

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Response to Tunkamerica (Reply #283)

Sun Nov 18, 2012, 09:07 AM

454. My kids loved Sunny Delight when they were little

Always tasted like battery acid to me.
Tropicana Twister (do they still make that at all?) used to carry an Orange Peach drink that tasted exactly like a Fuzzy Navel without the booze. Long gone of course.

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Response to Freddie (Reply #454)

Sun Nov 18, 2012, 02:50 PM

481. P&G owned/made Sunny Delight for a long time,

though I believe they were not the original producers. At one time Procter & Gamble believed drink products would be very profitable, but later decided not so much. However, when P&G owned Sunny Delight, that was when you saw broad distribution, because they were/are able to get a great amount of shelf space in stores.

P&G sold Sunny Delight to a smaller company, and since has sold virtually all its food brands to other companies - Crisco, Jif - to Smuckers, also sold Duncan Hines cake mixes. Not sure if Pringles have been sold yet, but, if not, they will be.

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Response to No Vested Interest (Reply #481)

Sun Nov 18, 2012, 08:23 PM

515. Pringles was sold to Kellogg

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Response to jmowreader (Reply #515)

Sun Nov 18, 2012, 09:21 PM

521. Pringles sold

Ah, that rings a bell, now.
Thanks.

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Response to vaberella (Reply #10)

Sat Nov 17, 2012, 04:19 PM

169. Plentiful down here at the Dollar Store.

Perhaps if you have a Dollar Store in your area???

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Response to quinnox (Original post)

Sat Nov 17, 2012, 12:06 PM

11. Every time I really like a product

"They" take it off the market or change it.
Oscar Mayer Smokie Links--no longer made! Sugar Free Kool Aid! (I know these things aren't good for you, but still.) Now I can't find my favorite flavor of Crest toothpaste.
Won't miss Hostess products as I live in Tastykake land.

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Response to Freddie (Reply #11)

Sat Nov 17, 2012, 04:38 PM

179. For Sugar Free Kool Aid

Try the version where you are supposed to add sugar. That's available pretty much everywhere as far as I've seen.

Just add your favorite sugar substitute instead.

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Response to Freddie (Reply #11)

Sun Nov 18, 2012, 04:51 PM

489. Same here

Be it food (e.g., Sara Lee Brownies), makeup, or a clothing line-- it never fails.

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Response to quinnox (Original post)

Sat Nov 17, 2012, 12:09 PM

14. anyone remember Bond bread?

As a kid in NJ we had our bread delivered. We loved seeing the delivery guy bring out his cake and cookie tray. Bond died in the early. 70s.

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Response to quinnox (Original post)

Sat Nov 17, 2012, 12:10 PM

15. KFC ribs, Carl's jr California Roast beef and McDonald's steak sandwich.

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Response to quinnox (Original post)

Sat Nov 17, 2012, 12:11 PM

16. Breyers ice cream

used to brag about how very little children could read their list of ingedients, because it was simple and familiar: milk, cream, sugar, strawberries. Their ice cream was awesome.

Then they were bought by Unilever. They now sell a disgusting, gum-filled chemical soup under the same name.

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Response to woo me with science (Reply #16)

Sat Nov 17, 2012, 12:14 PM

18. hubby and I miss Rosarita enchilada TV dinners

i think rosarita was bought by beatrice? anyway, reading the ingredients on the dinner, it was very basic.

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Response to newspeak (Reply #18)

Sat Nov 17, 2012, 03:01 PM

134. I think I lived on those in my 20s!

They weren't bad. A few of those & some ice cube trays was pretty much the only thing in my freezer.

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Response to newspeak (Reply #18)

Sat Nov 17, 2012, 06:39 PM

253. I always like those too, the cheese enchiladas. nt

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Response to woo me with science (Reply #16)

Sat Nov 17, 2012, 12:15 PM

19. damn, I loved Breyer's!

 

I didn't know about that, that does suck. i kind of stopped eating ice cream some years back, but I still recall Breyer's was damn good and those fresh ingredients listing.

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Response to woo me with science (Reply #16)

Sat Nov 17, 2012, 12:16 PM

22. And they closed the factory in West Philly

And put hundreds out of work.
And after Unilever bought them it was one of the first ice cream brands to get the new shrunken box.
I refuse to buy it no matter how good the sale price is. Store brand ice cream is just fine, or Turkey Hill if on sale.

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Response to woo me with science (Reply #16)

Sat Nov 17, 2012, 02:02 PM

79. I think I've seen a tub recently

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Response to woo me with science (Reply #16)

Sat Nov 17, 2012, 02:07 PM

85. I remember

When Breyers was so good. I didn't know they were bought out. I thought it was just my imagination that it had gotten so bad.

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Response to woo me with science (Reply #16)

Sat Nov 17, 2012, 02:29 PM

114. Ben and Jerry's too.

The ice cream is still good, but not quite as good before they sold out to Unilever. The brownies in their Fudge Brownie ice cream are not as gooey and chewy as they used to be. And, the chocolate flakes in various flavors seem kind of waxy now.

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Response to GoCubsGo (Reply #114)

Sat Nov 17, 2012, 02:47 PM

123. Just a note, Ben and Jerry's was hostilely taken over by Unilever.

My basic and possibly incorrect understanding is that when Ben and Jerry's decided to go publicly traded, Unilever bought a high enough percentage of stock to vote themselves owners of the company. The actual Ben and Jerry tried to fight it, but were unsuccessful, as I understand it.

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Response to antigone382 (Reply #123)

Sat Nov 17, 2012, 02:58 PM

132. I hadn't heard that.

What a shame that they can get away with that kind of shit.

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Response to GoCubsGo (Reply #132)

Sun Nov 18, 2012, 09:58 AM

460. Sounds like Ben and Jerry ...

got greedy (going public) and paid the price.

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Response to antigone382 (Reply #123)

Sat Nov 17, 2012, 04:21 PM

170. We are being turned into farm animals for profit by the one percent.

They are acquiring control of our food supply and are gradually degrading the quality to increase profits.

It is the equivalent of being moved slowly to bags of Purina "People Chow."

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Response to woo me with science (Reply #170)

Sat Nov 17, 2012, 05:18 PM

202. That is the absolute truth, and it soooo pisses me off.

They're making everyone sick as hell, too. All those (usually Chinese) chemicals are so toxic to the blood stream and arteries, kidneys, etc. Hell. They've now realized the artificial butter fllavor on popcorn causes alzheimers. Now they tell us!

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Response to loudsue (Reply #202)

Sat Nov 17, 2012, 06:25 PM

244. +100000000

This corporate takeover of our country is not just unpleasant; it is deadly.

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Response to loudsue (Reply #202)

Sun Nov 18, 2012, 12:02 PM

471. Naaah, it's not the butter- it's the Woody Allen movies!

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Response to woo me with science (Reply #170)

Sat Nov 17, 2012, 05:27 PM

204. Makes me think of Soylent Green.

It's people!!!!

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Response to Squinch (Reply #204)

Sat Nov 17, 2012, 11:01 PM

403. OMG!

SOYLENT GREEN IS PEOPLE?

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Response to Squinch (Reply #204)

Sat Nov 17, 2012, 11:04 PM

405. YOU'RE RIGHT!

I CHECKED THE INGREDIENTS PANEL: people, high fructose corn syrup

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Response to veganlush (Reply #405)

Sun Nov 18, 2012, 08:19 AM

447. I'm OK with the people, but the high fructose corn syrup makes me break out...

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Response to antigone382 (Reply #123)

Sun Nov 18, 2012, 06:26 AM

444. according to this, that story is myth.

 

This article aims to dispel the idée fixe that corporate law compelled
Ben & Jerry’s directors to accept Unilever’s rich offer, overwhelming
Cohen and Greenfield’s dogged efforts to maintain the
company’s social mission and independence...

For a while the company thrived, but in the early to mid-1990s,
Ben & Jerry’s once-stellar financial performance began to lag...In 1994, the company’s annual report disclosed that sales
growth slowed and it had suffered its first financial loss. By 1999 the
stock had dropped nearly 50 percent from its peak, because of the
company’s weaker financial performance. Some investors argued that
the company’s social mission was a luxury it could no longer afford.

Ben & Jerry’s anemic stock performance attracted interest from
prospective buyers who thought they could manage the company
more profitably. Dreyer’s Grand Ice Cream tried to buy the company
in 1998, but Ben & Jerry’s board refused.

Other buyers were rumored
to be interested when in early 2000, Cohen and a group of investors
(including Body Shop founder Anita Roddick) offered to take
the company private at $38 a share—about double the stock price
of a few months earlier.11
Dreyer’s made another bid, which in turn
prompted Unilever to offer $43.60 a share. Although Unilever spoke
about nurturing the social mission, many observers were skeptical.

Despite reported reluctance, Ben & Jerry’s board announced on
April 11, 2000, that it had approved Unilever’s offer. (Melodramatically,
some refer to this day as “4/11.”) The transaction, valued at $326 million,
was finalized with overwhelming shareholder support. Cohen’s
and Greenfield’s shares were worth close to $40 million and $10 million
respectively....

It is widely believed that corporate law forced Ben & Jerry’s directors
to accept Unilever’s rich offer and sell the company. This perception
reflects the erroneous view that corporate directors must always act
to maximize shareholder value...By the time Unilever approached Ben & Jerry’s in early 2000, the
company was well defended. Its founders, lawyers, and lobbyists
had taken many steps to prevent a hostile takeover....


http://www.ssireview.org/articles/entry/the_truth_about_ben_and_jerrys

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Response to HiPointDem (Reply #444)

Sun Nov 18, 2012, 12:12 PM

473. The link didn't work for that article but I found this one:

http://lawreview.vermontlaw.edu/files/2012/02/20-Page-Katz-BJ-Book-1-Vol.-35.pdf

It might be the same article, as it seems to make many of the same points that your article did (I didn't check carefully to see if the exact quotes were the same).

It is an interesting illumination of the complexity and relative flexibility of corporate law. It seems to me that the board of Ben and Jerry's was under the impression that they were at risk of more personal liability than they actually were. The question is, why did they think that? Were there smooth-talking lawyers convincing them that rejecting Unilever's offer would make them vulnerable to lawsuits? The idea crosses my mind, although of course it is completely speculative, and I don't claim to have any evidence that this was the case.

Even if so that doesn't absolve their own lawyers for not informing them of the reality. However even the article listed makes it clear that, while a thorough review of the situation post mortem makes it seem highly unlikely that the BOD would have faced liability for refusing to sell, there was some gray area due to a key Vermont law being relatively untested by the courts. The question was, was Ben & Jerry's willing to be that test case? In the moment I can see where it would seem much more risky than it may have actually been.

In any case it is interesting information and I'm glad you brought this analysis to the thread and to my own attention.

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Response to antigone382 (Reply #473)

Sun Nov 18, 2012, 04:32 PM

486. the article i linked doesn't talk about lawyers convincing b&j. it doesn't

 

take a position on why b&j sold, it just says they didn't sell because of hostile takeover or legal necessity in terms of getting the best return for shareholders.

it notes that b&j as board members and largest shareholders had the means to block a sale they didn't want, so selling was their choice & we can only speculate on the reasons. they offer some possibilities, primarily that b&j's growth had slowed & they had had their first unprofitable year, which presented some problems going forward, possible liability worries etc.

good time to sell, imo.

i tried to link directly to the document but here's a better link.

http://www.ssireview.org/articles/entry/the_truth_about_ben_and_jerrys

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Response to HiPointDem (Reply #486)

Sun Nov 18, 2012, 08:26 PM

516. The one I linked to made similar points, but it viewed the sale as owing more to fear...

...particularly fear of personal liability. But the sluggish sales, or the possiblity that Ben and Jerry themselves wanted to focus more on running their charitable foundations, are also factors the article mentions as possibilities. I skimmed it, as it was a forty page document written by a scholar of corporate law, so I could have missed important pieces.

I will try to read the article you mentioned some time when I have a few minutes to rub together. It's an interesting topic and I think it's a good idea to wrap one's mind around the complexity of corporate law, owing to its major societal implications.

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Response to GoCubsGo (Reply #114)

Sat Nov 17, 2012, 04:46 PM

185. I miss their "Dastardly Mash"

And I stopped by the local food store every day for about six weeks hoping to find "Schweddy Balls," but to no avail. That didn't really surprise me, since this is a pretty religious part of the country -- but I was still hoping they'd slip up and put a few on the shelves. Durn it.

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Response to Buns_of_Fire (Reply #185)

Sat Nov 17, 2012, 04:57 PM

194. Miss 'From Russia with Buzz'.

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Response to Buns_of_Fire (Reply #185)

Sat Nov 17, 2012, 05:30 PM

205. I was really wanting to try "Scwheddy Balls", too.

Damn religious nuts.

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Response to GoCubsGo (Reply #205)

Sat Nov 17, 2012, 06:02 PM

229. It was kind of okay, but flawed.

The pretzel balls were good but there was some other kind too and I didn't love them. Worth it for the chuckle, though.

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Response to GoCubsGo (Reply #114)

Sat Nov 17, 2012, 07:26 PM

284. I think I shall begin making my own ice cream...

safer and will taste much better.

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Response to GoCubsGo (Reply #114)

Sun Nov 18, 2012, 05:11 PM

497. They recently changed the "Cookie" in Mint Cookie...

EPIC fail, it is not nearly as good as it once was. I think it used to be real Oreos? But now it's some other brand.

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Response to woo me with science (Reply #16)

Sat Nov 17, 2012, 04:21 PM

171. Breyer's Vanilla is still pretty pure. They at least use plain sugar in it.

tho only Haagan Daz is free from guar gum and etc.

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Response to dixiegrrrrl (Reply #171)

Sat Nov 17, 2012, 04:26 PM

173. It has gum in it. The original never did.

It is a striking degradation in quality to my taste.

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Response to woo me with science (Reply #173)

Sat Nov 17, 2012, 10:40 PM

392. +1,000,000. The original was the perfect combination of icy and creamy.


Ice cream should not be "chewy" - why can't Breyers come out with a second line using the old recipe - call it "Breyer's classic"?? I'd be happy even if they just made it for certain times of the year.

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Response to reformist2 (Reply #392)

Sat Nov 17, 2012, 10:47 PM

397. See, that's the problem, though.

I fully expect them to do that, and to charge twice as much for it. That is the pattern Unilever and other large food corporations have been following for their products: They degrade the quality of the original product. Then they introduce a "superior" alternative (actually the same quality that the original used to be...) that they charge twice as much for.

Take yogurt for an example. Regular yogurt used to be thick and creamy, with real fruit and a dairy taste. They deliberately changed the formula of the regular yogurt to make it soupy and full of artificial flavors and chemicals. Then they introduced "Greek" yogurt, which has the same good quality of the original normal yogurt, at twice the cost.

They've done this with soups, cookies, crackers, chocolate, you name it.

It's a business trick to get people to either pay twice as much for the same quality, or settle for a degraded, cheaper-to-manufacture product.

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Response to woo me with science (Reply #16)

Sat Nov 17, 2012, 04:35 PM

176. So that's why it doesn't taste "right".

I thought it was my taste buds changing.

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Response to woo me with science (Reply #16)

Sat Nov 17, 2012, 06:32 PM

248. That must be what happened to Pond's Cream and Cocoa Butter hand lotion

I loved that stuff. It smelled wonderful, was cheap, and really worked. Then it disappeared. I see that Pond's is now owned by Unilever...

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Response to yardwork (Reply #248)

Sun Nov 18, 2012, 01:17 PM

478. You might want to try

Cold pressed coconut oil. And you can cook with it too.

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Response to easttexaslefty (Reply #478)

Sun Nov 18, 2012, 02:44 PM

480. I do! I also found an online source for vegetable based moisturizers.

Even better than Pond's: http://www.clearandsmoothskin.com/store/

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Response to yardwork (Reply #248)

Sun Nov 18, 2012, 05:12 PM

499. Palmers Coco Butter lotion is pretty good! n/t

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Response to woo me with science (Reply #16)

Sat Nov 17, 2012, 07:10 PM

271. Try Trader Joe's. It tastes like ice cream used to & it's even a real half gallon

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Response to woo me with science (Reply #16)

Sun Nov 18, 2012, 06:01 AM

442. noooooooo. that was my favorite ice cream because it wasn't as sweet as most

 

others. when did it change?

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Response to woo me with science (Reply #16)

Sun Nov 18, 2012, 04:52 PM

490. I was wondering what happened

I put it in my cart, assuming it was all natural, and while checking out, I noticed the fine print said something like "frozen dairy substance." I ate it anyway, but I'm disappointed about their bait and switch.

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Response to quinnox (Original post)

Sat Nov 17, 2012, 12:14 PM

17. Most yogurts

used to have thickness, real fruit, and a real dairy taste. Now you have to pay almost double for that, or make it yourself. The regular yogurts are watery and full of artificial flavors and sugars.

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Response to woo me with science (Reply #17)

Sat Nov 17, 2012, 02:15 PM

93. Try Greek Yogurts

The real ones with the cannot pronounce names. They are the consistency of real sour cream, and VERY filing. You can get some unusual types also, like Honey, Fig, Pomegranate, besides the typical ones.

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Response to HockeyMom (Reply #93)

Sat Nov 17, 2012, 05:47 PM

218. I've found Oikos (from Dannon) to be pretty good.

I can't pronounce it, either -- I just remember it as "Oink-O's" which was also my favorite pork-flavored breakfast cereal until it was discontinued for lack of interest.

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Response to HockeyMom (Reply #93)

Sat Nov 17, 2012, 07:41 PM

296. Yes, but they cost more.

Last edited Sat Nov 17, 2012, 10:56 PM - Edit history (1)

The trend seems to be toward degrading the "normal" versions of products and then offering higher-priced, new versions that are the same quality as the affordable versions used to be.

http://www.democraticunderground.com/?com=view_post&forum=1002&pid=1841982

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Response to HockeyMom (Reply #93)

Sat Nov 17, 2012, 09:16 PM

361. i like the texture of greek yogurt

but the taste...there's something about the taste of greek yogurt, (any brand, i've tried several), that reminds me of vomit. i just can't get past that!

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Response to shanti (Reply #361)

Sun Nov 18, 2012, 03:40 AM

434. Fage is the best.

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Response to HockeyMom (Reply #93)

Sun Nov 18, 2012, 06:03 AM

443. the best yogurt i've ever had was in greece, but none of the "greek" yogurts i've

 

had in the us match it.

it was almost like eating cream.

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Response to quinnox (Original post)

Sat Nov 17, 2012, 12:15 PM

20. Screaming Yellow Zonkers

 

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Response to HarveyDarkey (Reply #20)

Sat Nov 17, 2012, 12:18 PM

25. I loved those!

 

Iforgot about them, yup, that was awesome stuff!

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Response to quinnox (Reply #25)

Sat Nov 17, 2012, 02:21 PM

106. Fiddle Faddle and Poppy Cock are almost the same.

They just have nuts.

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Response to HarveyDarkey (Reply #20)

Sat Nov 17, 2012, 01:54 PM

68. walgreens where I work sells those

and the little debbie nutty bars (or some kind of nutty bar anyway)

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Response to HarveyDarkey (Reply #20)

Sat Nov 17, 2012, 03:23 PM

141. Walgreens has them. tastes the same too!

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Response to HarveyDarkey (Reply #20)

Sun Nov 18, 2012, 03:25 AM

431. My Favorite!!!!

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Response to quinnox (Original post)

Sat Nov 17, 2012, 12:15 PM

21. Someone here posted that Hellmann's mayonnaise has changed its recipe.

More watery now, with less egg.

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Response to woo me with science (Reply #21)

Sat Nov 17, 2012, 12:28 PM

30. Is that the problem?

I grew up with Hellmann's and my own children refused to eat anything else. About 2 years ago I bought a jar and it tasted really strange. I know they had come out with an Olive Oil formula and my jar of regular Hellmann's tasted as though some of that had found it's way into the regular version of the product. Switched to Duke's.

Mayonnaise is nothing more than oil and eggs, spices if you want to liven it up....how can they be using fewer eggs?

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Response to Sekhmets Daughter (Reply #30)

Sat Nov 17, 2012, 12:48 PM

36. Eggs have moved down on the list of ingredients,

Last edited Sat Nov 17, 2012, 01:55 PM - Edit history (1)

and water has moved up.

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Response to woo me with science (Reply #36)

Sat Nov 17, 2012, 07:27 PM

285. Sheesh...

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Response to Sekhmets Daughter (Reply #30)

Sun Nov 18, 2012, 10:33 PM

529. Here I thought I was imagining it.

I think I hadn't bought any for about seven years (mostly living outside the US), and got some this year to make cole slaw with, just like a used to, but it tasted a little off. Hmmpf.

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Response to woo me with science (Reply #21)

Sat Nov 17, 2012, 11:00 PM

401. we make our own mayo now, easy, fast and sooo very tasty

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Response to quinnox (Original post)

Sat Nov 17, 2012, 12:17 PM

23. We get crap with the same old label

 

Thirty years ago, Kentucky Fried Chicken, Wendy's Burgers, and Taco Bell Tacos were to die for. Very tasty.


Fast food, in general, is horrible relative to how it was long ago. It has the same marketing, branding, and labeling as it did before, but the product itself has undergone a horrible transformation.

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Response to mick063 (Reply #23)

Sat Nov 17, 2012, 12:19 PM

26. Quarter Pounder is still pretty close to what I remember from thirty years ago

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Response to mick063 (Reply #23)

Sat Nov 17, 2012, 01:30 PM

50. Some of it is the cooking technique

Burger King you used to get a flame broiled burger right off the grill. Now they pre-cook the patties and keep them warm in a steam tray, and nuke the sandwich to melt the cheese. Not the same.

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Response to mick063 (Reply #23)

Sat Nov 17, 2012, 01:48 PM

64. not a fast food guy...

but your so right about taco bell...... couple of years ago i got hungry for tacos... alas i think taco bell has adopted tvp and admixtures... didn't go back...

as for Mc Donald's have not eaten one since the 70's and could care less

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Response to mick063 (Reply #23)

Sat Nov 17, 2012, 06:35 PM

250. Yep, and it's not just fast food.

Sometimes I really wish we had time travel so we could put old and new versions side by side. Bread is tasteless with fillers, soups are bland for the sme reason, ice cream is full of gums. Even tomatoes don't taste like they used to.

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Response to quinnox (Original post)

Sat Nov 17, 2012, 12:18 PM

24. Oreos

have slime in the middle now.

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Response to woo me with science (Reply #24)

Sat Nov 17, 2012, 06:27 PM

245. I miss Hydrox, always liked them better Oreos was a cheap knockoff. That white slime that is in

Oreos actually has paint in it to make it more white.

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Response to Raine (Reply #245)

Sat Nov 17, 2012, 06:32 PM

247. Ewwww.

Never knew that.

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Response to Raine (Reply #245)

Sat Nov 17, 2012, 08:23 PM

333. Try Newman-O's. They're goood...

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Response to Raine (Reply #245)

Sat Nov 17, 2012, 08:47 PM

343. Hydrox

Were the best. We never bought Oreos. Wow I really miss those cookies.

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Response to Raine (Reply #245)

Sat Nov 17, 2012, 11:04 PM

407. I thought the white stuff was Crisco and powdered sugar.

Also is that cheap icing on white sheet cakes that are so awful.

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Response to Raine (Reply #245)

Sun Nov 18, 2012, 05:11 PM

498. It's a familiar story: A small, fledgling company comes up with a great new product--so great that a

 

bigger, more powerful company copies the idea. The larger firm flexes its superior distribution and promotional muscles, the smaller outfit watches helplessly as its business slips away, and that's that--another case of the strong running roughshod over the weak.

You may not realize it, but it was this type of incident that gave rise to the modern chocolate sandwich cookie market. The common perception is that Oreos are the genuine article and Hydrox the generic knockoff, but the truth of the matter is precisely the opposite: Hydrox debuted in 1908, the signature product of the nascent Sunshine Biscuits, and ruled the category until 1912, when National Biscuit (later Nabisco) launched the remarkably similar Oreos.

Given Nabisco's superiority over Sunshine in everything from distribution channels to advertising budgets, it was no contest--Hydrox never had a chance. Over the years, Oreos' popularity and market hegemony became so overwhelming that the product transcended the consumer realm and came to be viewed as a cultural icon, an American original--even though there was nothing original about it.

http://money.cnn.com/magazines/fortune/fortune_archive/1999/03/15/256478/index.htm

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Response to Raine (Reply #245)

Sun Nov 18, 2012, 09:36 PM

524. i preferred hydrox too. eom

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Response to woo me with science (Reply #24)

Sat Nov 17, 2012, 07:46 PM

300. Try Joe-Joe's from Trader Joe's, I swear they are the old Oreos. n/t

 

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Response to Egalitarian Thug (Reply #300)

Sat Nov 17, 2012, 09:10 PM

352. And it's Candy Cane Joe-Joe's time of year.

I know where I'm going tomorrow. There used to be fights over them in Philly. The last box would sell out before Thanksgiving.

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Response to woo me with science (Reply #24)

Sat Nov 17, 2012, 07:57 PM

312. Yes! Oreos is one that went downhill

We used to love Oreos. Now won't touch them. They are disgusting.

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Response to quinnox (Original post)

Sat Nov 17, 2012, 12:21 PM

27. An actual half gallon of ice cream

They get any smaller and it will be single portions.

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Response to DJ13 (Reply #27)

Sat Nov 17, 2012, 03:18 PM

138. Tragedy.....

everything is shrinking....

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Response to DJ13 (Reply #27)

Sat Nov 17, 2012, 05:31 PM

206. A pound of coffee! Now it's 9 or 11 ounces.

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Response to quinnox (Original post)

Sat Nov 17, 2012, 12:25 PM

28. I used to buy Banquet Frozen Sausage Links once in a while.

Looked at a bag on sale the other day, checked the ingredients.
Instead of just ground pork and flavorings or whatever - ground pork, mechanically separated turkey meat, soy meal.
I will never know if they taste the same, I won't buy them.
(Yes I know they were probably always not good for me!)

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Response to quinnox (Original post)

Sat Nov 17, 2012, 12:28 PM

29. Don't laugh...

but top of my list would be HI-C "Ecto-Cooler" released originally for the Ghostbusters movies, lasted until the early 2000s. Oh and Mallomars. They used to be only seasonal, because the chocolate would melt in warmer months. Now they must have changed the formula because they are available all year round...and taste a little off, at least to me anyway. Ugh, and don't even get me started on Hershey bars. I can remember when they came in silver foil and wrapped with a brownish black wrapper. Now they come in an entire plastic wrapper and taste like wax!

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Response to Libertas1776 (Reply #29)

Sat Nov 17, 2012, 01:42 PM

61. Those Hershey's kisses are inedible now, too.

When I do eat candy, I get Dove. Also, you can order some good candy from the Vermont Country Store catalog. You have to read the descriptions, but most of what they sell is the real deal. They use sugar, too, not that HFC syrup junk.

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Response to murielm99 (Reply #61)

Sat Nov 17, 2012, 02:15 PM

92. I grew up in early 60s

And got a Hershey Bar as a treat when I did something well. They were so good! But now they would taste more like punishment. What happened? I'm still a chocoholic, but have gotten snobby about it. Toberlone or Godiva--maybe Lindt is all that will do.

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Response to Awknid (Reply #92)

Sun Nov 18, 2012, 09:38 AM

458. American chocolate in general

Blech. I get German (Milka or Ritter) generally.

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Response to Libertas1776 (Reply #29)

Sat Nov 17, 2012, 02:24 PM

109. Don't laugh at me, either...

I loved Pac-Man cereal, which tasted like Kix with marshmallows.




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Response to Libertas1776 (Reply #29)

Sat Nov 17, 2012, 04:48 PM

188. My Mom used to make homemade toffee with toasted almonds. While it was still hot...

she would completely cover the top with Hershey bars that would melt and form a solid top when cooled. Out of this world!

My brother and I tried to recreate the recipe but the chocolate top was nasty. Hershey! How could you!

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Response to Libertas1776 (Reply #29)

Sat Nov 17, 2012, 06:37 PM

251. I remember how I mourned when all the candy bars switched to those plastic wrappers.

Ripping that brownish black paper wrapper was part of the pleasure of eating a Hershey's bar or a Snicker's bar. The plastic wrappers don't rip. They separate in a nasty oily way.

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Response to Libertas1776 (Reply #29)

Sat Nov 17, 2012, 11:01 PM

404. Hersheys replaced cocoa butter with vegetable oil,

for profit, of course.

http://today.msnbc.msn.com/id/26788143/ns/today-food/t/chocoholics-sour-new-hersheys-formula/

Chocoholics sour on new Hershey’s formula
By Laura T. Coffey
TODAY contributor
updated 9/19/2008 10:21:13 AM ET

What’s going on here? On Friday, TODAY consumer correspondent Janice Lieberman reported that Hershey’s has switched to less expensive ingredients in several of its products. In particular, cocoa butter — the ingredient famous for giving chocolate its creamy, melt-in-your-mouth texture — has been replaced with vegetable oil.

The removal of cocoa butter violates the U.S. Food and Drug Administration’s definition of milk chocolate, so subtle changes have appeared on the labels of the Hershey’s products with altered recipes. Products once labeled “milk chocolate” now say “chocolate candy,” “made with chocolate” or “chocolatey.”

Some say the label changes are too difficult to spot...

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Response to woo me with science (Reply #404)

Sat Nov 17, 2012, 11:48 PM

413. My English son in law says Hershey chocolate tastes "like sick."

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Response to vanlassie (Reply #413)

Sun Nov 18, 2012, 04:59 PM

491. Hershey chocolate bars taste waxy, have become tiny, and have soared in price. :(

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Response to quinnox (Original post)

Sat Nov 17, 2012, 12:28 PM

31. 7 Seas creamy Italian dressing

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Response to MichiganVote (Reply #31)

Sat Nov 17, 2012, 01:14 PM

43. try ordering french dressing at a restaurant now.

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Response to MichiganVote (Reply #31)

Sat Nov 17, 2012, 01:57 PM

70. Green Goddess salad dressing

It used to be the most popular type in the West, before the Ranch marketing drive. Fortunately, I have some old cookbooks with recipes - it's a mayonnaise-based dressing with a variety of herbs to give it its green color.

For that matter, every bottled Caesar dressing I've liked has been taken off the market. It's a conspiracy, I tell you.

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Response to Retrograde (Reply #70)

Sat Nov 17, 2012, 02:09 PM

89. Last summer I was fascinated by a bottle of GG in the supermarket. Never tried it before but it was

such a pretty green color!!

OMG it was sooooooo good. I haven't seen it anywhere since.

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Response to nc4bo (Reply #89)

Sat Nov 17, 2012, 05:02 PM

198. Try Vermont Country Store

Catalog or online.
Of course, you'll pay a premium for it.
Vermont Country Store has many items you can't find elsewhere. -candies, cosmetics, even Ship & Shore blouses.
I get a kick out of looking through the catalog - being reminded of items I haven't seen for many a year.

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Response to No Vested Interest (Reply #198)

Sat Nov 17, 2012, 07:05 PM

268. A little expensive for me but - Oh what fun to look around the website!! Fav: Tired Old Ass

Bath Soak - sounds wonderful! And, OMG "Gee Your Hair Smells Terrific"

Cool! Going to see if I can get on a catalog list! Thanks

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Response to nc4bo (Reply #268)

Sun Nov 18, 2012, 02:02 AM

427. The cool thing about VCS is that they are employee owned - along with

King Arthur flour and Gardener Supply.

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Response to nc4bo (Reply #89)

Sat Nov 17, 2012, 07:32 PM

289. Ask the manager of the supermarket to get if for you...it's still made

Kraft Seven Seas Green Goddess...Target carries it. But you can get recipes for it online and it's easy to make.

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Response to Sekhmets Daughter (Reply #289)

Sat Nov 17, 2012, 07:54 PM

310. You're the 2nd DUer I noticed said they made it.

Does it taste just as good? Honestly I know that homemade usually excels over store bought but that's some tasty dressing.

Just curious as to how your version compares..

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Response to nc4bo (Reply #310)

Sat Nov 17, 2012, 08:13 PM

320. Very well...

I should make it more often myself...but it's only me and without the preservatives in the commercial brand I have to make very small batches. This was a regular in my house when the children were growing up....

I usually just buy it...but you might want to experiment...there are several variations...

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Response to Retrograde (Reply #70)

Sat Nov 17, 2012, 03:42 PM

149. Seven Seas still makes green goddess dressing. Its my favorite.but I've made it from scratch also

parsley, anchovy paste, pepper, sour cream and I forget the rest.

even grew my own parsley

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Response to MichiganVote (Reply #31)

Sat Nov 17, 2012, 02:15 PM

94. Russian dressing

I can't remember when I last saw it in a store.

I found a recipe and made some Russian dressing from scratch a couple of nights ago to go with vegetarian Reuben sandwiches (Swiss and sauerkraut on grilled rye bread). It was amazing.

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Response to LiberalEsto (Reply #94)

Sat Nov 17, 2012, 04:01 PM

163. I think that Catalina Dressing makes a great substitute for Russian Dressing......

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Response to LiberalEsto (Reply #94)

Sat Nov 17, 2012, 06:44 PM

259. Wishbone still makes Russian dressing

Luckily I can still find it at a local store.

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Response to MichiganVote (Reply #31)

Sat Nov 17, 2012, 02:20 PM

102. Kraft Bacon & Tomato dressing

and Creamy Cucumber too. Now it seems most dressings are some variation of Ranch.

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Response to quinnox (Original post)

Sat Nov 17, 2012, 12:35 PM

33. Wagner's Herb Rice

Loved that stuff. Wagner's was bought by Harry & David, apparently so they could take competing products off the market.

Also, Almay skin care products. I have very sensitive skin - allergic to lanolin, among other things - and all their products were hypo-allergenic and relatively inexpensive (my other requirement). Whoever it was that bought that company, I'm guessing, had a more expensive skin care line they preferred to push on the public.

(Never had a Screaming Yellow Zonker, but I think it is the best product name in the history of the universe.)

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Response to quinnox (Original post)

Sat Nov 17, 2012, 12:39 PM

34. Just like the auto industry, these food industries failed to keep up with modern times

I ate some of this crap when I was a kid, in the 1950s and maybe up to 1967 or so. But honestly, America's eating habits have changed radically over the past 30 years or so. And not just because of the health consciousness and improved taste for fresh and chemical-free, nonprocessed foods that has developed in the US. But also because of the "changing demographics" of the country we have been talking about for the last week or two.

There's an entire new generation of immigrants who never encountered this food and have grown up on their various ethnic cuisines, in addition to modern American cooking of the healthier variety that has arisen over the past decades. I remember a Vietnamese girl I was tutoring to pass the state graduation exam (she'd failed it twice). I thought we'd made a significant enough amount of progress over the year that she might finally pass it. And then the teacher handed us a sample reading passage from the previous year to use as a practice test. It was a newspaper editorial about "Lo-Fat Twinkies." She didn't have a frigging clue what these were, and both she and I became immediately dejected about her prospects for passing, given the outdated, culture-specific bias of the sample.

Wake up prepared food industries, before you die out altogether, like the automobile industry nearly did before until, on its deathbed, it realized it had to produce more fuel-efficient, better designed cars.

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Response to frazzled (Reply #34)

Sat Nov 17, 2012, 01:49 PM

65. "And not just because of the health consciousness

and improved taste for fresh and chemical-free, nonprocessed foods that has developed in the US. "
You must have a radically different shopping environment than I have. In the supermarkets in my area, fresh meats have been replaced IN THE MEAT DEPARTMENT ITSELF by packaged mashed potatoes, packaged macaroni,and packaged mixtures of pre-cooked meat and potatoes or macaroni.

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Response to marybourg (Reply #65)

Sat Nov 17, 2012, 02:02 PM

77. Where do you live?

I'm not saying that American supermarkets are now filled with only healthy, fresh foods. There's still an incredible amount of crap.

But I see more and more people whose shopping carts are mostly devoid of it, and I see more and more attempts to stock the shelves with wider varieties of fresh produce. I shop at different markets. Some are garden variety mass chains (a Jewel two blocks from my house, where I mostly buy aluminum foil or staples like King Arthur flour or things of that order, though they do have organic fruits and vegetables; but I would never buy meat or fish there). Others are niche, like Whole Foods. The WF I shop at has a largely African American clientele, where people's carts are overflowing with swiss chard and fresh fish.

Maybe it's because I live in a big city, and one that has a lot of ethnicities and where foodie stuff is big. But I've noticed a big difference in people's food shopping choices since the days of the A&P in the 1950s.

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Response to frazzled (Reply #77)

Sat Nov 17, 2012, 03:47 PM

152. Suburbs of Phoenix, but no WF nearby. I think

my supermarkets are giving the customer what they want, especially since I see their shopping carts.

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Response to marybourg (Reply #152)

Sat Nov 17, 2012, 05:32 PM

207. That's why I hunt (and take) 2 deer each year.

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Response to frazzled (Reply #34)

Sun Nov 18, 2012, 04:45 PM

487. the same capital that owns the one owns the other; just market segmentation.

 

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Response to quinnox (Original post)

Sat Nov 17, 2012, 12:41 PM

35. hmmm

apparently twinkies will live on in canada

http://www.geekosystem.com/canadian-twinkies/

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Response to quinnox (Original post)

Sat Nov 17, 2012, 12:50 PM

37. Whitman's chocolate is vile now.

It used to be a good, inexpensive chocolate. Now it doesn't even taste like chocolate anymore. The last time we tasted it, the chemical taste was so strong that we fed it to the squirrels.

Russell Stover is also horrible, but I am not sure how much worse it is than it used to be.

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Response to woo me with science (Reply #37)

Sat Nov 17, 2012, 12:53 PM

40. oh absolutely,

and as far as russell stover goes (but also whitmans) they give you bubkis now. I remember russell stover used to be packed, the chocolates were in paper cups crammed next to each other. now they put them in plastic trays that take up more space and u get less. not to mention the chocolates themselves are smaller. they both taste terrible, but id have to say whitmans is the worst of the two.

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Response to Libertas1776 (Reply #40)

Sat Nov 17, 2012, 01:14 PM

42. Ha! File this response in the, "it tastes terrible, and such small portions" drawer. :)

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Response to woo me with science (Reply #37)

Sat Nov 17, 2012, 01:46 PM

63. Godiva chocolates used to be delish

We used to buy the nonperfect ones when we lived up North.

I had a piece of Godiva chocolate a few years ago and it didn't taste quite the same as it used to- could be my taste buds have gotten older.

Used to be really, really good stuff.

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Response to nc4bo (Reply #63)

Sat Nov 17, 2012, 02:22 PM

108. I agree

I remember when you had to get Godiva by mail order. Don't know if it really was so much better then, but it definately seems like it was!

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Response to nc4bo (Reply #63)

Sat Nov 17, 2012, 07:36 PM

291. It's still delicious, it you get it right from a Godiva store and it's still fresh...

My local store has cut down on the assortment of truffles... Good for the waistline, bad for the taste buds...

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Response to woo me with science (Reply #37)

Sat Nov 17, 2012, 07:08 PM

270. haha. this is true, I forgot this

See's chocolates are still good.

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Response to quinnox (Original post)

Sat Nov 17, 2012, 12:51 PM

38. 99-cent Whoppers

Use to buy 'em by the bag.

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Response to tabasco (Reply #38)

Sat Nov 17, 2012, 02:52 PM

129. Bonus Jack from Jack in the Box

And not the soggy, poor imitation they tried selling only as a combo meal a couple of years back.

They couldnt quite copy the original "Secret Sauce" in the last version, and it needed the square paper ring around the burger to keep it from falling apart in the wrapper.


Also the old Jack Steak sandwich, and the Jack Burrito.

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Response to DJ13 (Reply #129)

Sat Nov 17, 2012, 05:50 PM

221. The last burrito I had at Jack

in the box was soooo bad that I now call the place "Cat in the Box"9

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Response to skorpo (Reply #221)

Sat Nov 17, 2012, 08:56 PM

345. We always referred to Jack in the Box as "barf in the bag"

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Response to tabasco (Reply #38)

Sat Nov 17, 2012, 07:51 PM

303. I'm so old that I remember when it used to take two hands to handle a Whopper

 

and there was actual meat from cows in them.

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Response to quinnox (Original post)

Sat Nov 17, 2012, 12:51 PM

39. Here are a few...

Sno-Crop orange juice
Delsey toilet tissue
Beech Nut gum
Sunbeam Golden Fruit

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Response to PCIntern (Reply #39)

Sat Nov 17, 2012, 01:06 PM

41. The first big disappointment

I can remember from my childhood is that my mother wouldn't buy me a Teddy Sno-Crop polar bear puppet they offered. I don't think we used Sno-Crop orange juice, though.

(Many years later I named a white kitten Teddy in memory of that puppet. I really, really wanted that puppet!)

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Response to PCIntern (Reply #39)

Sat Nov 17, 2012, 01:52 PM

66. Beechnut gum I so loved that.

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Response to snagglepuss (Reply #66)

Sat Nov 17, 2012, 06:39 PM

255. Was that the Teaberry gum? I liked it cuz it had a nice, refreshing taste...

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Response to CTyankee (Reply #255)

Sat Nov 17, 2012, 07:21 PM

279. Remember the Teaberry Shuffle?

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Response to MgtPA (Reply #279)

Sat Nov 17, 2012, 07:23 PM

281. I LOVED the Clark's Teaberry Shuffle!

It was such a nice little commercial...

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Response to CTyankee (Reply #281)

Sat Nov 17, 2012, 08:06 PM

315. When I was in high school, girls would walk down the hall and break into the Teaberry Shuffle.

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Response to CTyankee (Reply #255)

Sat Nov 17, 2012, 07:38 PM

294. Oh my God! Clark's Teaberry - I remember that!

My grandpa used to chew it, and he'd give my brother and me one stick to split.

True, our mouths were relatively small, but he was a thrifty old guy!

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Response to CTyankee (Reply #255)

Sun Nov 18, 2012, 08:32 AM

449. Teaberry gum and all the other flavors (clove etc. ) are still available.

Look in discount stores, dollar stores.

In your area think Ocean State Job Lot.

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Response to slampoet (Reply #449)

Sun Nov 18, 2012, 10:04 AM

461. Thanks, one of those stores is nearby...

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Response to quinnox (Original post)

Sat Nov 17, 2012, 01:15 PM

44. Grapefruit tang

That stuff was super tart, would really cut through morning mouth.

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Response to BarbaRosa (Reply #44)

Sat Nov 17, 2012, 01:20 PM

45. I remember that! The orange stuff was horrible, but the grapefruit was pretty good.

My dad would throw a shot or two of rum into a glass of grapefruit Tang. Not bad!

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Response to MgtPA (Reply #45)

Sat Nov 17, 2012, 06:53 PM

262. Hey! Orange is awesome.

I think grapefruit is crap.

Always too bitter.

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Response to quinnox (Original post)

Sat Nov 17, 2012, 01:21 PM

46. Nabisco snacks from the old days

Tid-Bits cheese crackers
Doo-Dads snack mix (like Chex mix)
Bacon crackers
Mister Salty pretzels in the blue box, best pretzels ever made. Sigh.

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Response to Freddie (Reply #46)

Sat Nov 17, 2012, 02:02 PM

78. Oh, Mr. Salty! Ice cold bottle of Pepsi and Mr. Salty, best snack in the world.

I still laugh at an old joke by Richard Jeni (passed way, all too soon) -
Jeni said in this age of overly health conscious foods (or something like that) Mr. Salty proudly said "Fuck you! I'm Mr. Salty!"
I remember eating the pretzels and then dumping the loose salt in my hand and eating that too.

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Response to Freddie (Reply #46)

Sat Nov 17, 2012, 02:43 PM

121. Remember Tritzels as a fellow Philadelphian?

they were almost burnt--deeeeelicious!

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Response to quinnox (Original post)

Sat Nov 17, 2012, 01:29 PM

49. Singer sewing machines. I inherited my Mom's old Singer from the 1930's; in the 1990's I decided to

get a modern machine with more stitches and gizmos, so of course I got another Singer. What an unstable, imprecise piece of crap! Turns out that what I thought of as Singer was no more, and some outfit in Korea was cranking out junk and slapping the Singer name on it.

In six months, I'd dumped the Singer and bought a Husqvarna Viking. What a dream! It's not made in the USA, but neither was that Singer.

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Response to MgtPA (Reply #49)

Sat Nov 17, 2012, 02:00 PM

74. Hold on to that 30s Singer!

Especially if it's a Featherweight. My mother bought a new Singer Featherweight in the early 2000s, and it was the worst piece of junk I've ever used.

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Response to Retrograde (Reply #74)

Sat Nov 17, 2012, 02:07 PM

86. .

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Response to Retrograde (Reply #74)

Sat Nov 17, 2012, 02:11 PM

91. Oh, I would never get rid of my Mom's Singer...it would be like getting rid of Mom.

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Response to MgtPA (Reply #91)

Sat Nov 17, 2012, 02:26 PM

111. I grew up sewing on an old Singer

I still have two of them. Love them!

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Response to Awknid (Reply #111)

Sat Nov 17, 2012, 03:40 PM

148. Old Singers are great!!!! All steel & they last forever.

I learned on my mom's Featherweight, made in the 1930s. People who live in RVs love them b/c they are so small. I also have mom's Slant-O-Matic 401A, which was state of the art in 1956. It will do a zigzag without an attachment. Drop in front horizontal bobbin!!! both machines fit in a hole in a wooden topped folding card table.

Looks like so:


Some people are into crank and treadle machines, but I am not willing to go that far back.

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Response to Awknid (Reply #111)

Sat Nov 17, 2012, 04:32 PM

174. I learned to sew on a Singer too.

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Response to quinnox (Original post)

Sat Nov 17, 2012, 01:32 PM

51. The 3-pound can of coffee

is now barely over 2 pounds--if you're lucky!

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Response to quinnox (Original post)

Sat Nov 17, 2012, 01:33 PM

52. Wetson's ...NY, NJ, CT - A McDonald's rival in the early 70's....

best french fries ever served anywhere on earth.

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Response to RagAss (Reply #52)

Sat Nov 17, 2012, 03:03 PM

136. Carroll's also in CT and NY giving McD's a run inj the 70's. great fries too!

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Response to quinnox (Original post)

Sat Nov 17, 2012, 01:33 PM

53. Thomas's Date Nut Bread

It's demise was the beginning of the end of civilization as we know it...

I will always remember the thin sticky slices smeared with whipped cream cheese. It was a regular treat in my home growing up. I still long for it.

I have tried many times to recreate it...And it's just never the same.

God....I would love to have it again

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Response to The empressof all (Reply #53)

Sat Nov 17, 2012, 06:16 PM

239. that was the greatest

an integral part of my mom's Christmas breakfast after midnight mass

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Response to The empressof all (Reply #53)

Sun Nov 18, 2012, 10:12 AM

465. Oh...you made my mouth water. We ate that on Sunday mornings...nt

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Response to quinnox (Original post)

Sat Nov 17, 2012, 01:34 PM

54. I never liked Fruitopia but I recently realized that it is no longer made

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Response to Carnage251 (Reply #54)

Sat Nov 17, 2012, 07:41 PM

297. OMG! I used to drink Fruitopia all the time until...

I learned that some of the coloring was mud from bugs.

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Response to quinnox (Original post)

Sat Nov 17, 2012, 01:35 PM

56. One thing for sure--Twinkies don't make my list.

Had all Hostess products disappeared without fanfare, I doubt I would have ever noticed.

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Response to quinnox (Original post)

Sat Nov 17, 2012, 01:36 PM

57. Baskin/Robbins choc mandarin orange sherbet & Pacquin hand creme

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Response to flor-de-jasmim (Reply #57)

Sat Nov 17, 2012, 05:42 PM

215. +1 on the BR...

...as well as their Pink Grapefruit Ice.

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Response to quinnox (Original post)

Sat Nov 17, 2012, 01:36 PM

58. St. Ives shampoo and conditioner and especially their Hair Repair

The company was bought by Alberto Culver (makers of VO 5) some years ago and now Unilever. They stopped making those products and I loved them .

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Response to livetohike (Reply #58)

Sun Nov 18, 2012, 10:13 AM

466. Check out Vermont Country Store--they have lots of beauty

products that are hard to find.

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Response to quinnox (Original post)

Sat Nov 17, 2012, 01:40 PM

59. Liederkranz Cheese

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Response to hobbit709 (Reply #59)

Sat Nov 17, 2012, 06:01 PM

228. They lost the bacteria

Seriously, I read that they can't make Liederkranz anymore because the particular bacteria culture that made the cheese unique was lost.

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Response to quinnox (Original post)

Sat Nov 17, 2012, 01:41 PM

60. Probably the only one that remembers Spatini spaghetti sauce mix..

Used to come in a box with three packets in it.

We used to make the best sauce with it and then it just disappeared...

Found out that some big corporation bought the company.

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Response to nc4bo (Reply #60)

Sat Nov 17, 2012, 01:53 PM

67. Yes! Mom made Spatini sauce

Mix with plain tomato paste and water. Yum! Guess its so much easier just to open a jar of Ragu.
I also miss Buitoni (dried) pasta, another takeover victim.

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Response to Freddie (Reply #67)

Sat Nov 17, 2012, 02:15 PM

95. Yea - lost to the plastic and glass jars.

I ran a Google search and found restaurant sizes (15 oz.) of Spatini over @Amazon and noticed a few comments that said either the ingredients changed or it doesn't taste the same as they remembered.

Of course there are those who bought it and liked it, not sure if any of them actually used it back in the day to know the difference.

But yea - it really was good stuff!!

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Response to Freddie (Reply #67)

Sun Nov 18, 2012, 02:12 AM

428. On Top Secret Recipes they have the Spatini recipe for the packets.

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Response to nc4bo (Reply #60)

Sat Nov 17, 2012, 03:30 PM

144. Vermont Country Store has it

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Response to nc4bo (Reply #60)

Sat Nov 17, 2012, 04:37 PM

178. Remember the jingle?

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Response to MgtPA (Reply #178)

Sat Nov 17, 2012, 05:38 PM

214. As soon as I read the name, I started singing it!

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Response to MgtPA (Reply #178)

Sat Nov 17, 2012, 07:11 PM

272. Oh dang - I'd forgotten about that! Thanks for the memories! nm

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Response to nc4bo (Reply #60)

Sun Nov 18, 2012, 08:47 AM

452. Vermont Country Store (mail order catalog) still sells it and a lot of other "lost" stuff.

Yup

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Response to quinnox (Original post)

Sat Nov 17, 2012, 01:45 PM

62. Aquarius Body Splash, late 70s.

I think from Revlon.

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Response to quinnox (Original post)

Sat Nov 17, 2012, 01:55 PM

69. Neutrogena had a great skin sloughing thing

Round blue pads on a battery op handheld. Dead skin rolled off. Stopped making it about 3 years ago. I called to complain, nice lady said they were getting tons of similar complaints so...nothing. Bleep corporations.

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Response to quinnox (Original post)

Sat Nov 17, 2012, 01:58 PM

72. phooey on hostess.

they made the crumb cakes LOW FAT! and damn Kellogg's for not making dutch apple pop tarts.

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Response to quinnox (Original post)

Sat Nov 17, 2012, 01:59 PM

73. Team flakes

Would love to taste a bowl of those again.

Though it's entirely possible my fond memories of them were at least equally due to the fact my grandma tended to serve them with... half & half poured over them....

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Response to quinnox (Original post)

Sat Nov 17, 2012, 02:01 PM

76. Green Goddess and roquefort salad dressing,

where the hell did you go?

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Response to sufrommich (Reply #76)

Sat Nov 17, 2012, 03:45 PM

151. i buy green goddess dressing all the time here in s. texas. made by seven seas

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Response to quinnox (Original post)

Sat Nov 17, 2012, 02:04 PM

80. A1 Steak Sauce. I know I'm not crazy, I remember anchovy paste being an ingredient

and the sauce had a nice depth of flavor.

My mom remembers it but when asking anyone else if they remember A1 SS with anchovy paste, they don't.



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Response to nc4bo (Reply #80)

Sat Nov 17, 2012, 02:21 PM

107. Yes, I agree it has changed in taste, not as good.

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Response to quinnox (Original post)

Sat Nov 17, 2012, 02:04 PM

81. 1. Old London products

The original Cheez Doodles and Cheez Waffies

2. Burry's Bakers ("They're mixed and they're baked by Burry's, so they're burry, burry good")
Fudge Town cookies

Lickety-Splits
Peanut Butter Gauchos
Coconut Chocolate Chip Cookies
Scooter Pies
http://www.roadfood.com/Forums/Does-anyone-remember-Burry39s-Cookies-m74728.aspx

3. White Rock soda


4. Fizzies


5. Louis Sherry Ice Cream (Esp. chocolate chip)

6. The ORIGINAL Clairol Herbal Essence Shampoo

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Response to no_hypocrisy (Reply #81)

Sat Nov 17, 2012, 02:21 PM

105. God I miss that shampoo!

Old London, too.

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Response to XanaDUer (Reply #105)

Sat Nov 17, 2012, 05:09 PM

199. Oh yeah, that was good stuff.

Another one I miss:

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Response to WorseBeforeBetter (Reply #199)

Sat Nov 17, 2012, 05:36 PM

210. There was a honey-wheat organic one

I remember, too, from the late 70s

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Response to no_hypocrisy (Reply #81)

Sat Nov 17, 2012, 02:29 PM

113. Burry's Scooter Pies!

A lunchbox staple. Once tried what looked like the same thing--yuck! Coated with some sweet waxy stuff that looked like chocolate.

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Response to no_hypocrisy (Reply #81)

Sat Nov 17, 2012, 06:33 PM

249. that picture for white rock soda

i remember as a child, a corner store had that painted on the side of the building. of course, as a child, my imagination would run wild about fairies, pixies.

it seems unilever has bought some of the favorites and has maybe fudged the ingredients to make a few extra bucks for WS. who cares about quality and what the consumers want. do you think they figure that if they buy up everything, after a time, they'll convince us to eat shite and make us believe it's cake?

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Response to no_hypocrisy (Reply #81)

Sat Nov 17, 2012, 09:00 PM

346. Fizzles were great.

Especially in my preteens when I realized you could just stick them in your mouth and start foaming at the mouth. What fun!

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Response to no_hypocrisy (Reply #81)

Sat Nov 17, 2012, 09:27 PM

366. yes, fizzies!

i used to like to eat them, not make a drink out of them. i think i've seen something similar, but they are artificially sweetened and nasty.

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Response to quinnox (Original post)

Sat Nov 17, 2012, 02:05 PM

82. I was going to say Zantigo's

...a Taco Bell rival when I lived in Ohio in the 80's. But I just googled them and apparently they still exist in Minnesota!

http://zantigo.com/location.php

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Response to quinnox (Original post)

Sat Nov 17, 2012, 02:05 PM

83. funny face drinks.

 

rootin' tootin' rasberry, goofy grape, loudmouth lime, choo-choo cherry...

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Response to BlueMan Votes (Reply #83)

Sat Nov 17, 2012, 02:18 PM

99. ...lefty lemon, wacky watermelon!

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Response to BlueMan Votes (Reply #83)

Sat Nov 17, 2012, 02:35 PM

118. Discontinued when they banned Cyclamate sweetener.

Were they the "fizzy" ones? Mom was too cheap and would only get us Kool-Aid, the add-sugar kind.

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Response to BlueMan Votes (Reply #83)

Sat Nov 17, 2012, 08:20 PM

331. NEVER would have remembered them! Jolly Olly Orange!

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Response to BlueMan Votes (Reply #83)

Sat Nov 17, 2012, 09:09 PM

351. We used to have the drinking glasses from a promo...

Choo-choo cherry and jolly olly orange were "mine".

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Response to BlueMan Votes (Reply #83)

Sun Nov 18, 2012, 10:18 AM

468. Originally Chinese Cherry. Nt

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Response to devilgrrl (Reply #87)

Sat Nov 17, 2012, 07:43 PM

299. Any potential link to Lavoris?

That was cinnamon too, IIRC.

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Response to quinnox (Original post)

Sat Nov 17, 2012, 02:09 PM

88. Pringles Hot & Spicy

I can't find it anywhere here.

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Response to sakabatou (Reply #88)

Sat Nov 17, 2012, 02:47 PM

125. ANY decent flavor Pringles!

What happened to Cajun style? Now, the only flavors that are left are absolutely hideous!

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Response to LTR (Reply #125)

Sat Nov 17, 2012, 03:49 PM

155. I know

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Response to sakabatou (Reply #155)

Sat Nov 17, 2012, 08:54 PM

344. Dill pickle flavor? Salt and vinegar?

And now pumpkin spice?

Yuck!

Bring back Cajun and hot and spicy! Sorry, but buffalo wing is a poor substitute.

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Response to LTR (Reply #344)

Sun Nov 18, 2012, 05:42 AM

440. My mom loves salt and vinegar

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Response to quinnox (Original post)

Sat Nov 17, 2012, 02:17 PM

96. Powerhouse candy bars.

Tasted alot like Snickers - only much better. And BIGGER. And only 5 cents. (1955)

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Response to Chipper Chat (Reply #96)

Sat Nov 17, 2012, 02:19 PM

100. Sugar Crisp. It was my only vice in the 70s.

Was replaced in the 80s by 'Golden Crisp.' Not the same taste.

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Response to Chipper Chat (Reply #100)

Sat Nov 17, 2012, 02:20 PM

104. Oxydol powdered soap.

My grandma used it religiously - said it was better than Tide and Cheer.

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Response to Chipper Chat (Reply #104)

Sat Nov 17, 2012, 02:25 PM

110. It's still around.

Do you have a Dollar Tree nearby? My grandma used to use it, too. My dad thinks it may be the same thing as OxiClean.

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Response to GoCubsGo (Reply #110)

Sat Nov 17, 2012, 07:11 PM

273. I'll check out the $Tree.

I have a hard time finding ANY powder detergent anymore - just small boxes of Tide Ultra.

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Response to quinnox (Original post)

Sat Nov 17, 2012, 02:17 PM

97. I miss the made in America Walmart

Flame away if you want but back in the day they brought decent 2nd or even primary jobs out to the country along with decent basics mostly made in America along with local farm products.

I miss that

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Response to SmileyRose (Reply #97)

Sat Nov 17, 2012, 09:14 PM

359. !!

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Response to SmileyRose (Reply #97)

Sat Nov 17, 2012, 10:42 PM

394. I'm old enough to remember the ads that bragged everything there was "made in the USA".


They sure pulled a 180 on that one, didn't they?

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Response to reformist2 (Reply #394)

Sun Nov 18, 2012, 11:08 PM

532. I remember the ads that said that.

I also remember that they were lies.

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Response to quinnox (Original post)

Sat Nov 17, 2012, 02:18 PM

98. B&G Piccalilli Relish

So, so good. A bit complex compared to sweet relish. They don't make it anymore.

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Response to quinnox (Original post)

Sat Nov 17, 2012, 02:20 PM

103. La Choy Brown Gravy Sauce

This was always my secret ingredient for rich, brown, flavorful gravy. I would always add a teaspoon of that to my gravy made with the meat juices, and it would be dark brown, and de-licious. Suddenly, it could not be found anywhere. There is nothing else that substitutes for it that I've found. I kept my last bottle for a long time with it's remnants of sauce and the ingredients were molasses, and other meat flavorings. I've tried adding a bit of molasses to gravy, but not the same.

Sad for gravy lovers. The mixes are terrible IMHO.

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Response to northoftheborder (Reply #103)

Sat Nov 17, 2012, 04:10 PM

168. Kitchen Bouquet works as a gravy browning sauce - maybe you should check it out.

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Response to TheDebbieDee (Reply #168)

Sat Nov 17, 2012, 04:47 PM

186. OK - may try that, however do they still make that? I don't remember seeing it, but then I

haven't actively looked for it. I used to have it in my pantry, but can't remember exactly what I used it for. Thanks.

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Response to northoftheborder (Reply #186)

Sat Nov 17, 2012, 05:42 PM

216. Maybe it's not available in your part of the country..........I'm in Kansas City.

I find it with all the other cooking sauces in the grocery store. I've never tasted the Kitchen Bouquet by utself so I have no idea what it tastes like. I've only ever used it to brown gravy, soups, stews and anything that needs to look browner.

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Response to northoftheborder (Reply #103)

Sat Nov 17, 2012, 04:50 PM

190. Me too. n/t

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Response to quinnox (Original post)

Sat Nov 17, 2012, 02:29 PM

112. The incredible blue mask

I think it was made by Max Factor. There was a brush on the lid of the bottle and I brushed it on. About 30 min later I peeled it off. My skin felt smooth and fresh.

Can't find anything like it now.

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Response to badhair77 (Reply #112)

Sat Nov 17, 2012, 02:56 PM

130. Yes I remember that. It was good.

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Response to badhair77 (Reply #112)

Sat Nov 17, 2012, 08:19 PM

329. I just found a recipe for a homemaid mask that mimics it, I think

I didn't bookmark it but it was a combo of milk and gelatin. You could find it by googling diy face masks. I was looking for something else and saw this.

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Response to quinnox (Original post)

Sat Nov 17, 2012, 02:31 PM

115. the original Coca-Cola ... and airplane glue ...

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Response to zbdent (Reply #115)

Sat Nov 17, 2012, 02:59 PM

133. Coca-cola made in Mexico uses cane sugar instead of corn syrup, and I think it tastes most like...

....the original Coke. You can find it hidden away in odd places in grocery stores and corner gas stops sometimes have them. Also, Pepsi made with real sugar.

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Response to northoftheborder (Reply #133)

Sat Nov 17, 2012, 03:37 PM

146. at Passover you can buy Coke with sugar

Marked kosher for passover. Corn & other grains not kp.

I miss bosco chocolate syrup, real egg creams, fruit float dessert, Dannon prune whip yogurt (sounds weird, but it,was good). Goodman's egg noodles, seltzer in blue glass siphon bottles ....I am dating myself.

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Response to Danmel (Reply #146)

Sat Nov 17, 2012, 03:54 PM

159. There are some really good stuff during Passover

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Response to Danmel (Reply #146)

Sat Nov 17, 2012, 04:43 PM

183. We made our Egg Creams with U-Bet Chocolate Syrup. The best!

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Response to Walk away (Reply #183)

Sat Nov 17, 2012, 05:17 PM

201. U-Bet is still easy to find in NY

Vanilla is good too!

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Response to Danmel (Reply #201)

Sat Nov 17, 2012, 08:13 PM

322. That's true but my butt has made U-Bet extinct around here!

It might as well be a Twinkie

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Response to Walk away (Reply #183)

Sat Nov 17, 2012, 07:42 PM

298. They still make U-bet...

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Response to northoftheborder (Reply #133)

Sat Nov 17, 2012, 03:39 PM

147. The truly original Coca-Cola...

...contained both Cocaine (coca leaf extract) and Kola nut extract (hence its name), today it contains neither.

It was originally sold as a patent medicine.

Coca-cola had in 1885 what would, today, be considered to be a large amount of cocaine; it was added to the syrup as coca leaf extract sold to drug stores where it was dispensed along with soda water. They didn't call it 'the drink that refreshes' for nothing. Over the years starting around 1891, the Coca-cola company slowly decreased the amount of cocaine in its syrup, mostly due to public outcry over the dangers of 'cocainism'. Coca-cola retained some trace of cocaine up until 1929!

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Response to Science Geek (Reply #147)

Sat Nov 17, 2012, 03:55 PM

161. SOMEBODY

gets it ...

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Response to northoftheborder (Reply #133)

Sat Nov 17, 2012, 07:54 PM

309. Costco sells it, but it is not the same at all. n/t

 

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Response to northoftheborder (Reply #133)

Sun Nov 18, 2012, 10:06 AM

462. Check the "world foods" area of your supermarket

I know our Kroger carries it there

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Response to quinnox (Original post)

Sat Nov 17, 2012, 02:31 PM

116. The Body Shop's Seaweed and Peony shampoo and conditioner.

It was good stuff, and smelled nice. Most of these hair care products REEK these days. I was really disappointed when they sold out to Loreal. Many of my other favorite products went away, too, only to be replaced by stinky stuff.

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Response to quinnox (Original post)

Sat Nov 17, 2012, 02:34 PM

117. Marathon Bars

Braided chocolate and caramel. The package had a ruler on back to prove it was as long as advertised. The TV commercials had a Bad Guy named Quick Carl who did EVERYTHING fast, but the one thing that always foiled him was a Marathon Bar.

If I remember correctly, Marion Morrison's son was in the commercials too.

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Response to cherokeeprogressive (Reply #117)

Sat Nov 17, 2012, 03:32 PM

145. +1

I STILL crave those

They make a wannabe called a Curly Wurly. I've tried it - meh.

http://www.oldtimecandy.com/curly-wurly.htm

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Response to cherokeeprogressive (Reply #117)

Sat Nov 17, 2012, 05:35 PM

209. +1

They were great.

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Response to cherokeeprogressive (Reply #117)

Sat Nov 17, 2012, 05:47 PM

217. the best candy bar EVER n/t

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Response to livefromsac (Reply #120)

Sat Nov 17, 2012, 02:47 PM

126. Welcome to DU!

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Response to livefromsac (Reply #120)

Sat Nov 17, 2012, 02:57 PM

131. Yunno, there's a 'sarcasm' smilie available for posts like this

unless it wasn't intended sarcastically or ironically after all, in which case, your brief-ass existence on this board will soon be forgotten.

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Response to quinnox (Original post)

Sat Nov 17, 2012, 02:44 PM

122. Oldsmobile

They made great cars for decades, but the quality and design went to shit in the 70's. The last one worth owning was built in 1973.

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Response to Throd (Reply #122)

Sat Nov 17, 2012, 09:41 PM

370. Nonsense. I had a '98 Aurora. Awesome car. n/t

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Response to quinnox (Original post)

Sat Nov 17, 2012, 02:47 PM

124. Trix cereal before it went back to the puff shapes.

Also Hostess Tiger Tails, Sony Walkmen, typewriters, Gameboy Pockets, and Six Flags Marine World (before all the rides were built).

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Response to quinnox (Original post)

Sat Nov 17, 2012, 02:50 PM

127. Citrus Cooler Gatorade

It had Michael Jordan on the bottle. Best flavor they had.

And the original Pepsi One fom about a decade ago, not the new version that tastes like piss.

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Response to quinnox (Original post)

Sat Nov 17, 2012, 02:50 PM

128. Clove flavored Lifesavers

I LOVED that candy!

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Response to onestepforward (Reply #128)

Sat Nov 17, 2012, 10:06 PM

383. Clove cigarettes

Which, rumor had it, made your lungs bleed.

Those, I believe, were banned nationwide a few years ago.

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Response to LTR (Reply #383)

Sat Nov 17, 2012, 11:27 PM

412. I've smoked a few of those too,

but they were too strong, so I didn't inhale

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Response to LTR (Reply #383)

Mon Nov 19, 2012, 12:42 AM

534. clove cigarettes are still around... I smelled one the other day.

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Response to quinnox (Original post)

Sat Nov 17, 2012, 03:02 PM

135. The Marathon Bar a caramel and chocolate bar from years gone by...


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Response to TeamPooka (Reply #135)

Sat Nov 17, 2012, 03:48 PM

153. The cowboy with the white hat...

...is Patrick Wayne, the son of John Wayne.

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Response to Science Geek (Reply #153)

Sat Nov 17, 2012, 03:52 PM

156. yes he is.

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Response to quinnox (Original post)

Sat Nov 17, 2012, 03:08 PM

137. Tangerine Lifesavers.

 

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Response to forestpath (Reply #137)

Sat Nov 17, 2012, 04:40 PM

181. Yes!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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Response to forestpath (Reply #137)

Sat Nov 17, 2012, 06:00 PM

227. yum!!!!

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Response to quinnox (Original post)

Sat Nov 17, 2012, 03:20 PM

139. George Washington Golden Seasoning Mix

It was vegetarian but gave soups an awesome rich flavor. Can't find it anywhere.

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Response to catbyte (Reply #139)

Sat Nov 17, 2012, 04:06 PM

166. i think the kosher butcher near me has it

I am going therd tomorrow. I can get it for you & send it to you if you want.

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Response to Danmel (Reply #166)

Sat Nov 17, 2012, 07:53 PM

305. are you serious? that would be awesome.

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Response to catbyte (Reply #305)

Sat Nov 17, 2012, 09:42 PM

371. I will check tomorrow

let me know how many boxes you want. They weigh about an ounce each. If they have them, I'd be happy to send a few to you.

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Response to Danmel (Reply #371)

Sun Nov 18, 2012, 04:33 AM

437. Thank you so much for checking! could you check the price? this is wonderful

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Response to catbyte (Reply #139)

Sat Nov 17, 2012, 08:24 PM

334. Vermont Co. Store has it

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Response to quinnox (Original post)

Sat Nov 17, 2012, 03:28 PM

142. Fizz-Nik

instant ice cream float

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Response to BarbaRosa (Reply #142)

Sat Nov 17, 2012, 04:46 PM

184. I loved those things. Couldn't remember what they were called. Thanks for the memory.

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Response to no_hypocrisy (Reply #246)

Sat Nov 17, 2012, 07:54 PM

306. Thank you!

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Response to quinnox (Original post)

Sat Nov 17, 2012, 03:28 PM

143. Sunshine Biscuit's HYDROX cookies and LEMON COOLERS

Hydrox were the original (and best) sandwich cookies; Oreos just suck. Early July's come the closest, but nothing else is a Hydrox. Lemon Coolers were made by Sunshine, too; they were awesome.

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Response to REP (Reply #143)

Sat Nov 17, 2012, 04:57 PM

195. Sunshine also made Yum-Yums

A kind of cookie with coconut, chocolate and chopped nuts that I haven't seen since 1970 or so.

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Response to REP (Reply #143)

Sat Nov 17, 2012, 06:02 PM

230. lemon coolers are my favorites. they changed the lemon sugar then disappeared :0(

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Response to DonRedwood (Reply #230)

Sat Nov 17, 2012, 07:05 PM

267. Keebler bought Hydrox and Lemon Coolers and discontinued them but Cheez-its live on

I'm from KC, home of Sunshine - grew up playing at Loose Park (memorial to one of the founders of Sunshine, Jacob Loose).

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Response to REP (Reply #267)

Sun Nov 18, 2012, 05:05 PM

492. but keeblers itself was bought by kellogg, then by flower foods. each

 

time they turn over the ownership they cheapen the product & cut brands.

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Response to quinnox (Original post)

Sat Nov 17, 2012, 03:44 PM

150. Caswell-Massey • Cucumber and Elder Flower

line of products. The smell was delicious and it's been discontinued. Bummer

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Response to quinnox (Original post)

Sat Nov 17, 2012, 03:48 PM

154. Pro-Keds and Spaldeens and Honeymooner TShirt however...

 

you can dig them up online or ebay though I suspect mens Pro-Keds are converses with different labels

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Response to graham4anything (Reply #154)

Sat Nov 17, 2012, 05:52 PM

223. PF Flyers! Make you run faster and jump higher!

Which is why I am now so slow. It has nothing to do with age, it's the shoes!

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Response to Squinch (Reply #223)

Sat Nov 17, 2012, 06:39 PM

254. Yup!

 

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Response to quinnox (Original post)

Sat Nov 17, 2012, 03:53 PM

157. Del Monte butterscotch pudding in the cans.


Man was it good! Nothing out there today is even worth buying. It's crap!

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Response to quinnox (Original post)

Sat Nov 17, 2012, 03:54 PM

158. The Bell Beefer sandwich from taco bell

Uses to love that. And the enchirito.
Luckily the enchirito has been brought back.

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Response to quinnox (Original post)

Sat Nov 17, 2012, 03:55 PM

160. Log Cabin Fudge, Bonomo Turkish Taffy

Nibs.

MalloCups

When I was growing up, we sold that stuff at recess (catholic school) 1 cent for the fudge pieces and they were individual pieces you broke off a larger square, 5 cents for the bar candies.

Damn, those Strawberry flavored bonomo bars could wreck your fillings in a quick minute.

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Response to onethatcares (Reply #160)

Sat Nov 17, 2012, 04:49 PM

189. We can still get Bonomo Turkish Taffy here. I can't risk my bridgework.

Last edited Sat Nov 17, 2012, 09:17 PM - Edit history (1)

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Response to onethatcares (Reply #160)

Sat Nov 17, 2012, 05:22 PM

203. Mallo Cups are still made

Boyer Candy near Reading PA. I think Vermont Co. Store has them. Mmmmm...

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Response to Freddie (Reply #203)

Sat Nov 17, 2012, 06:07 PM

233. But they are not the same Mallo cups you

could buy in the '60s. Back in the day the were probably at least an inch and a half high, and the filling was incredibly creamy. God, I loved them! I've bought them recently, and they are about half an inch thick, the filling is not quite hard, but getting there. And they've cheaped out on the bits of coconut in the top layer of chocolate.

If I only had a time machine . . . .

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Response to quinnox (Original post)

Sat Nov 17, 2012, 04:05 PM

165. Clairol Herbal Essence shampoo, meaning the original scent from the 70's.

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Response to Arkansas Granny (Reply #165)

Sun Nov 18, 2012, 08:32 AM

450. Also, the 1970s scent of Wella Balsam shampoo,

the version advertised by the Farrah Fawcett commercial

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Response to quinnox (Original post)

Sat Nov 17, 2012, 04:23 PM

172. tang

when I was a kid, i'd take a teaspoon and put it on vanilla icecream. wonderful combo.

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Response to quinnox (Original post)

Sat Nov 17, 2012, 04:34 PM

175. Does anyone even make golden ginger ale anymore?

I live in WA but grew up in New England. I used to love golden ginger ale... Chelmsford, Polar, there was a Canadian brand (Essex maybe?) but I haven't seen any for years. My husband (from here) has no idea what I'm talking about, so it was probably a local thing.

Anyone know if it's still out there?

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Response to yewberry (Reply #175)

Sat Nov 17, 2012, 06:11 PM

235. no, but Vernor's Ginger ale out if SF

is (was) really good, it;s too expensive out here

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Response to mitchtv (Reply #235)

Sat Nov 17, 2012, 07:02 PM

263. I have some in the pantry

Vernor's and Menudo are my favorite morning-after-a-hard-night. cure.

There is a woman here who sells Menudo out of her garage on Saturdays and Sundays. You know it's good when it has hooves in it.

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