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Ten American Foods Not Found Anymore

Updated on November 2, 2014
Eating some snack foods are considered extremely unhealthy. Since becoming a more health conscious country many of these have lost their appeal.
Eating some snack foods are considered extremely unhealthy. Since becoming a more health conscious country many of these have lost their appeal. | Source

There are approximately 10 different foods formerly on countless American’s list of iconic staples which have disappeared forever. Numerous people guess these were historically something from our pioneering days, but this would be a wrong conclusion. None are older than the twentieth century and simply cannot be found again.

Hostess was a snack food giant and once the sovereign ruler of the snack world. It has lost the superior spot. As shopper’s changed grocery store lists, so did shopping habits. The outcome made certain things irrelevant and unneeded.

Exercise and fitness became the norm and left little room to eat anything with higher emptier calories which lots of these contain. Americans focused attention on healthier lifestyles and foodstuffs. What you find in the snack classification of diets has changed. This describes a majority of items from this listing.

Living healthier with different diets meant a decline in the production of these items. This accounts for the biggest reason ten American foods are no longer found anywhere anymore. These are those unforgettable products.

Heinz Purple Ketchup

Ketchup is ketchup and typically a red color. Heinz decided to branch out from the norm and created a purple version of the fundamental condiment.

A squirt bottle housed the psychedelic purple option they created and made for a little fun with French fries and hotdogs. It did not last as they foresaw and left as fast as it came.

Chrystal Pepsi

Pepsi and Coke have always been competitive. This meant new ideas to outdo the Pepsi rival. Chrystal Pepsi was one of these conceptions. Advertised as a caffeine free soda pop available in Canada, Australia and the United States in 1992, it did not quite” pop off “as expected.

Chrystal Pepsi existed for about one year and has been impossible to find for more than a decade on any store shelf.

Hi-C Ecto Cooler

Someone in the production department of the company invented a juice box with a picture of a green Ghost Buster ghost on the front and named it Ecto Cooler. It went the way of all things lost and is no longer a buying option. No one is really sure what group of buyers it was marketed for and no one missed it that much after it was gone.

Hostess cupcake

In November 2012, Hostess cupcakes went away like using horses as a means of transportation. Although other companies produce something quite similar, there is nothing like the original. Due to an outcry from fans of the chocolate goody they came back to buy in July of 2013.

Private equity firms saw the benefit of bending to the will of fans and collaborated to buy the rights to the snack cakes for a cool $410 million.

CP3O Cereal

Kellogg took a leap and manufactured a breakfast cereal called CP3O. When Star Wars became a rage the makers imagined a sprint to buy all things related to it. This included the CP3O dash. They were mistaken.

They looked like the everlasting Cheerios, but shaped similar to a figure eight. Much more colorful than their Cheerio brother the end result was a double zero with cereal lovers.

Keebler Tato Skins

Advertising chips made from potatoes was not a novel idea. In truth, everyone knows that. Store employees did not know whether to put these in the chip isle or with the cookies inside the store. They fizzled out shortly after being introduced.

Hostess Ho-hos

These delicious cylinder shaped goodies were designed with chocolate on the outside and cream filled on the inside. They were imagined and put on shelves in the 1920s and outlasted millions of foodstuffs over the years.

Little Debbie has Swiss Rolls and Drakes has their Yodels, but Ho-hos were definitely the first of its kind.

Wonder Bread

As a child countless baby boomers remember seeing the Wonder Bread trucks everywhere. Now they are defunct. However, as of late September 2013 they rose again.

The Flower Foods Corporation purchased five different bread brands from Hostess and will return them to the market. Along with Wonder Bread, expect to see Home Pride and Butternut to name a few. A deal worth $355 million is definitely “a lot of bread”.


Twinkies were a dazzling yellow exquisite snack cake full of creamed filling. This lovely and striking cake would never make it to any food pyramid. In fact, the jokes around the desert included the fact they could outlast a nuclear war.

The outcry from admirers brought them back to grocers in the summer of 2013.

Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtle Cereal

During the 1990s the popularity of the turtles was attached to everything. It was believed anything attached to the name Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles would race to the bank full of money. This was certainly not true for the presweetened cereal.

It was doomed from the start. Created as pizza shaped marshmallows, the crunchy sweet breakfast addition did not dash to the bank as expected.

In conclusion

Most health conscious individuals consider losing anything produced by any snack food giant results in a health benefit. In truth, all Americans have been affected by the outcome of losing these items in one way or another. This means positively and negatively. The positive effect is eating fewer foods considered unhealthy more considered healthy foods.

Unfortunately, the negative effect is related to the supply and demand of economics. One thing happens when an item is not wanted. When demand drops there is lower production meaning less manpower needed to manufacture something. The outcome is jobs lost in any economy. A workforce of nearly 19,000 people was laid off when the Hostess Company folded with these foods.

Scores of individuals are confident American tradition is loss along with these great icons. Fond childhood memories are destroyed and great snacks are even more difficult to find. With all of this in mind was it really worth bowing to the demand of many and outweigh the wants of a few? The “many “are the healthy and the “few” are those that could care less how many calories each one holds. Hostess seemed to think so along with numerous Americans refusing to purchase these particular products anymore.

Fortunately there are some companies recognizing or hearing the voice of the few enthusiasts which still love these items. Concepts and innovations related to merchandise have certainly changed over the years, but some things have not. Tons of people still love and enjoy lots of these American products not found anywhere anymore. These companies are finding ways to get them to groupies again regardless of everything related to why they are no longer with us.

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      smcopywrite 4 years ago from all over the web

      it will be interesting to discover what foods will be out of our reach another 10 years from now. thanks for your thoughts.

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      Pamela Oglesby 4 years ago from United States

      These are not the foods I typically eat either. I really remember the wonder bread commercials when I was young also, so I did eat it. I enjoyed your hub.

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      breakfastpop 4 years ago

      Actually, I can't say I miss any of them! Interesting article..