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10 foods that are extinct

Updated on February 8, 2013

Sooner or later it seems that all good things come to an end. Similar to what the KFC game day bucket girl said, these ten different foods "Go Boom". Some of these foods were very popular, and others seemed as though they were simply a passing fad in the world. I'm not referring here to food like Life Savers candy that use to come in rolls, and now today only comes individually packaged. Whatever happened to the concept of rolls of Life Saver candy anyway? One thing that holds true for each and everyone of these ten foods is that they are no longer around, and are all extinct today.

Sara Fletcher - The KFC game day bucket go boom girl
Sara Fletcher - The KFC game day bucket go boom girl

In no particular order here's a listing of these 10 foods that you won't find on grocery shelves anymore -

Heinz Purple Ketchup - This funky colored purple ketchup may have at one time occupied kids as they decorated their hamburgers and hot dogs, but the purple color never really caught on with the adults who were paying for it. So Purple ketchup soon disappeared.

C3PO Cereal - This cereal made it's big debut during the Star Wars craze. C3PO cereal was introduced by Kellogg’s, and they were similar in appearance to Cheerios except they were much more colorful and shaped like the number eight. The end result of the number eight or twin rings phased together was supposed to produce two crunches in every piece of C3PO cereal. This result may or may not have happened, especially considering the duration of time the C3PO cereal had been sitting in a bowl of milk. I'm really not all that surprised that this cereal has come and gone, but I really do wonder why there wasn't an R2D2 cereal out as well.


Hi-C Ecto Cooler - I remember this thick tasty drink. You almost needed a spoon to drink it. This is another product that came out during a movie craze, which came to it's inevitable end just as the movie Ghostbusters did. It may have had fruit juice in it, but it was really never a drink that quenched your thirst.

Chef Boyardee Meatball Stew - This always seemed to me like this was a whole lot of meal to put in one little steel can, and I guess other people felt the same way. I highly doubt that this meal poured out of the little steel can, and into the bowl looked as good as it does in this advertisement. However looks can often be deceiving, especially when it comes to food items, and I've never tasted anything bad that Chef Boyardee cooked up. However for whatever reason you won't find this any longer on your grocer's shelves.

Crystal Pepsi - Crystal Pepsi had a fizzy launch back in 1992, and ended up getting pulled from the market. By 1993 this soda pop completely disappeared from the market place.This poor carbonated beverage never stood a chance against the giant Coca-Cola's media campaign to squash and destroy it. Of coarse Coca-Cola's highly caffeinated beverage called Surge experienced the same fate in the late 1990s, and quickly feel from grace as well.

Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtle Cereal - It seems that a lot of cereals come and go a lot more often then most other foods. In the 1990s the Teenage mutant ninja turtles and their turtle power were at their height, so why not have a cereal named after them. After all Mr. T had his own brand of cereal. Teenage mutant ninja turtle cereals were crunchy, sweetened ninja nets with little ninja turtle marshmallows. Later on down the road pizza shaped marshmallows were introduced to the little ones, who really were the ones who picked out the cereal as the parents entered the cereal isle in the grocery store.

Wonder Bread - These soft loaves of delicious Wonder bread came in one of the most colorful bread bags that was ever designed. Sadly it'll probably be a very long time before you'll see these colorful colors once again!

Twinkies - Corporate greed played a big role in the downfall of our beloved Twinkies. The fat cats in the front offices decided that they needed a big raise along with bonuses at the cost of the worker. When the working man stood up to this big injustice, the fat cats closed the doors and kept all of the money to themselves. Twinkies might survive a nuclear attack, but they couldn't hold up against greedy men.

Ho Hos - This had to be one of the tastiest chocolate cream filled cakes ever made, and the pinwheel design sealed the deal. It was created in 1920 by Hostess, and with that word there's no need to say anymore.

Tato Skins - This is one of those snacks that came and left the scene before we all knew what was happening. It was kind of a cross between a potato chip, and a thicker dipping chip like a Frito. For what ever reason it just really never caught on with the consumer.

Most all of these foods will be missed.

If you can think of any other extinct foods, then please add them below along with your kind comments -

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      Aga 4 years ago

      Nice list! I don't know any of these foods, beside Twinkies, and I actually heard they're coming back! Great hub.

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      Eric Dierker 4 years ago from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A.

      I do not think I missed a one. Thank you. Can you still buy Rockey Mountain Oysters?

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      The title drew me in. Nice job on this one! I heard today that Twinkies might be back. They are looking at a buyout for the brand, so they might not be extinct for long. :)

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      Bonsie007 4 years ago

      My kids would drink the Hi C and loved it. So did their ferret Gladys! Very interesting hub!

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      Suhail Zubaid aka Clark Kent 4 years ago from Mississauga, ON

      I hope Twinkies and Wonder Bread are back. My family will surely miss them.

      An informative and an interesting hub to read.

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      Larry Wall 4 years ago

      I would only add "New Coke" which was in the late 80's. I never understood the reasoning for changing the formula for the popular Coca-Cola. For a short time, they offer New Coke, which was called Coke and Coca Cola Classic. The New Coke slowly disappeared--thankfully.

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      kidscrafts 4 years ago from Ottawa, Canada

      I don't know some of the articles on your list. May be I was not shopping in those aisles ;-) I heard of twinkies but never tasted them! Thank you very much for this hub! I found it quite interesting...seeing things I missed!

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      justgrace1776 4 years ago

      That ecto cooler was yum! Love your topics!

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      breakfastpop 4 years ago

      I am hoping that Twinkies get saved from extinction. Wonder bread was a big part of my childhood. Our school trip in elementary school was to the factory.

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      Tammy 4 years ago from USA

      I was never attracted to purple ketchup or flashy cereal. Twinkies and Hoho's were a rare treat. Other than the wonder bread, most of these items were extinct in my household. I do hope that they bring the snack cakes back. Great hub!

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      AlexK2009 4 years ago from Edinburgh, Scotland

      There are also recipes and non brand foods went extinct or almost extinct.

      Cottage loaves, Suet pudding, Spotted Dick ( not a disease), White Pudding, Brawn.......

      I don't recall any British Food Brands went extinct.

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      Kathi 4 years ago from Saugatuck Michigan

      I say good riddance to most of these except Twinky and the Ho-hos . . . since 1920 (wow). Why did I not know about their disapearance? Interesting . . . anyway, the greed of the fat cats ruined a good thing! Thanks for sharing! Kathi :O)

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      drbj and sherry 4 years ago from south Florida

      The only products that I miss, THS, that you mentioned are Twinkies and HoHos. Do hope that the company that purchases Hostess brings those goodies back. The market for them is alive and well ... and hungry!

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      Yves 4 years ago

      Who knew a list of ten extinct foods could be so fascinating, funny and sad all at once. Sigh...whatever happened to the good ole days...

      You've written a most entertaining hub. Voting up!

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      Marie Alana 4 years ago from Ohio

      Long live the twinkie. So that's why I couldn't find Wonder Bread this past week.

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      justmesuzanne 4 years ago from Texas

      Nah! I'm not gonna miss any of 'em! You forgot Space Food! They were kind of chocolate flavored sticks that were supposed to provide a powerhouse of nutrition. They were available for a brief time after the first moonwalk! Voted up and interesting! :D

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      Rachel L Alba 2 years ago from Every Day Cooking and Baking

      I miss the Twinkies and the HoHo's the most. lol Thanks for the reminder about the rest.

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      whomightub3 2 years ago

      Nope, the last four are already back on the shelves.

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