Gator Gum and 7 Other Discontinued Snacks That I Wish Were Still Around

Categories: Snackshot, Sweets

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Remember Gatorgum? No, it's not a gum disease caused by the disgustingly sweet nature of Tim Tebow that has been crippling the entire female population ever since the QB's time back at the University of Florida (although that's not a bad name for the Tebow hysteria, is it?).

It's the Gatorade brand of chewing gum developed in the '70s that was available up until the early 2000s. It came in flavors like lemon-lime and orange and...oh, wait, that was it. Regardless, Gatorgum had an odd appeal, and I kinda miss it. Gets me all nostalgic and shit.

And now that I think about it, there are plenty of other old-school snacks that I miss.

Here's the list of defunct snack foods that I wish were still around:

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Tell me this "smiley" face isn't terrifying.

7. Giggles Cookies
Looking back, these cookies were creepy as shit, but they were freaking delicious. Somehow, despite the fact that he probably went food shopping once a year, my grandfather (or Poppa, as we called him) always had Giggles at his house. If you knew Poppa, you'd find his fondness for Giggles fitting, given that his m.o. on his frequent visits to New Jersey was sitting in our garage...in the dark...by himself...and scaring the shit out of my friends when the floodlight flashed on. (I guess that's what made Poppa giggle.)

Regardless, at Poppa's house, heading over to the cookie jar and grabbing a couple of cookies with possibly the world's scariest smiley faces cut into the tops became a ritual. With both chocolate and vanilla cream filling, these cookies were the predecessors to snacks like today's Double Stuf Oreos.

6. O'Boisies Potato Chips

"Oboisies are o'boisterous!" Somehow, this slogan flew in the '80s, and to my knowledge, no one was fired because of it. Amazing, isn't it?

These "oboisterous" Keebler-brand thick-cut potato chips were filled with plenty of dips and bubbles. And they were my absolute fave; I tried to sneak them into the shopping cart on probably every grocery store trip with my mom, but my request was usually denied. Available in Original and Sour Cream & Onion, the chips being incredibly crispy, incredibly salty and incredibly greasy. Most likely they were incredibly bad for you, too.

5. Cheez-It Party Mix

Sure, there's a Cheez-It mix now, but it's not the same. I'm talking about before they lamely renamed the box Cheez-It "Snack" Mix. Before they got rid of the playing-card-suit-shaped, cheese-flavored crackers (shuffles) and replaced them with wheat squares. With tangy Cheez-Its, salty pretzels, cheese-flavored rice balls and sesame bread sticks, the mix was perfect as is. Why ruin the party, Cheez-It? Why?

4. Shark Bites

These gummy "fruit" snacks came with mystery-flavored, creamy-textured white sharks whose actual flavor I could never fully identify. And they remain among my favorite fruit snacks to this day. Luckily, the shark-shaped fruit snacks can still be bought on Amazon (but for a price).

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14 comments
Jayy
Jayy

they still sell shark bites at my local store

Nicholas L. Hall
Nicholas L. Hall

You will not be excused for the omission of Jello Pudding and Gelatin Pops.

MadMac
MadMac

Crunch Gators. That was top quality cholesterol there.

Dbug_13
Dbug_13

Wal-Mart in my area still carries Dunkaroos. As does Dollar General.

Shane
Shane

I miss Dunkaroos on an almost daily basis

KAC
KAC

Nice list. My favorite snack that doesn't exist anymore is Cornquistos. Those were super yummy!

Corey
Corey

Check amazon, you can still get those.. :)

Duce630
Duce630

I don't know if they are still around but I believe they were around as recently as 2008.

just saying
just saying

OMG please tell me you're lying--those can't be discontinued! My world would come crashing down!

Corey
Corey

 Peach has disappeared too. I blame Hershey for their corporate stupidity...

Corey
Corey

Hawaiian kettle potato chips.. 

Anonymous
Anonymous

How about Butterfinger Ice Cream Nuggets? They came in large 1/2 gallon containers and were similar to Nestle Dibs, but much larger and much more Butterfingery...delicious!

Maggie
Maggie

Butterfinger BBs! I hate to admit it but I think about them and wish they still existed about once a week.

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