Discontinued Favorites

Ok, ok, I know “living in the past” isn’t good. But I must rant for a moment. There are so many things I wish hadn’t “gone away” and I’m not just talking about my youth here. It seems like whenever I find a great new product it ends up discontinued. I always find myself wishing I had stocked up on certain things while they were still around but of course you never know when the manufacturer is going to yank it with no notice. Take for example one variety of Litehouse salad dressing: Tangy Citrus Ginger. I loved this dressing not only because it was tangy and citrus-y but because it was a flavorful, healthy salad dressing with a mere 35 calories! I used to make an awesome spinach salad with this and now there is nothing on the market to use instead that comes even remotely close. Then I find that Litehouse came out with a replacement for their discontinued dressing called Tangy Orange Citrus which sounds nearly identical. Well, my local stores don’t carry it for some odd reason. I even contacted the headquarters of my favorite store and have been told it’s not one the products they carry or intend to carry, even though it available and they carry other varieties of Litehouse Dressing. Since we’re talking about food items I must confess that I still long for the Chicken Taco from Jack in the Box. I wrote to Jack a few times mentioning that not only was it delicious, but surprisingly low in calories. It was so yummy in its crunchy shell with marinated chicken that I could even overlook the creepiness of using a cheese “slice” instead of grated cheese. Even the commercial introducing it was entertaining though sadly I cannot find it online or I’d have it here for you. The hubby even wrote Jack when I was pregnant and craving my Chicken Taco. Apparently I frequently griped about it mentioned it a few times. No luck though. My “products lost” list continues with my favorite tinted moisturizer by Lancôme now replaced with something more expensive and not as good. The thing I miss most though was from my childhood; it hasn’t been made in…well…let’s just say many years; a candy by Willy Wonka called Oompas.

original oompas

The delicious little flattened round disks about the size of a quarter were filled with peanut butter and chocolate and encased in a candy shell. Yeah, I know what you are all thinking; “Um, you mean just like Reese’s Pieces?” No, they were much yummier—I don’t know what it was, but it was more than just the size—I think it had more of a equal chocolate to peanut butter ratio and the peanut butter was creamier. *sigh* Yeah, it’s sad but as my husband tells me every time we drive by a Jack in the Box and I moan about my chicken taco I’m just going to have to get over it.


Janice and Jessica said...

I'm right there with you girl on this one. Avon just discontinued my facial scrub after I have been using it for over 20 years. It was one of their Clearskin products and now I'm 45 and my face is breaking out like I'm 13 again. Grrrr!!!!

Janice in Virginia

Sra said...

I have a similar problem. Anytime there's something I really really like, it either gets discontinued or difficult to find.

For your salad dressing, try looking on Amazon. You can actually find quite a few grocery items there, and they are often cheaper than at your local market.

As for the Oompas, I'm pretty sure Reese's Pieces don't have chocolate in them, just peanut butter and a shell. That's probably the difference.

Julie@My5monkeys said...

that happens with me too.Its seems all my fave stuff goes bye bye too. I loved cashmere perfume and its gone.

Anonymous said...

Ooh, I craved the Pannido from Jack in the Box through my WHOLE 2nd pregnancy, and not a one in site. I may have eaten my way through several restaurant menus looking for a substitute!