What is it about deciding you REALLY like a product that makes the manufacturer take it off the market? Does this happen to you, too?
Here are some things I really miss:
General Foods International Coffee - these instant flavored coffee drinks were available in a variety of flavors including (my favorite) chocolate raspberry, hazelnut creme and white chocolate caramel. They also had the more traditional french vanilla, irish creme and amaretto. Some were available in sugar-free as well. Not only that, but they came in cute rectangle metal canisters with snap-on plastic lids. So what happened? One day I went to the store and there weren't any. NONE. They just vanished off the face of the earth.
GardenBurger Meatballs - These veggie 'meatballs' had the greatest texture and flavor. I never served them and had anyone guess that they were not made of real ground meat. They were great with spaghetti, stroganoff and meatball sandwiches. They made awesome sweet and sour or barbequed appetizers, too. Just like the coffee... vanished.
Rolaids - How do you spell 'relief' now? This one was the result of some manufacturing faux pas (contamination) at a plant they had contracted with. So, get a different plant! Don't just throw up your hands and say 'oh well'. Fortunately, our supermarket has produced a knock-off that works just the same (other name brands, not so much).
Extra Strength Excedrin - We also found a replacement brand for this discontinued favorite pain releiver. When you have a headache you should NOT have to go experimenting for help!
Dimetap ExtendTabs - Thanks to the druggies I no longer get optimum relief for sinus pain. Pseudophedrine is now a perscription drug and does not get manufactured in this time-release formula. Pooh!
Vanilla Mint toothpaste - Oh how I loved the flavor of this! I guess not enough other people did, though. I have a problem with the strong minty flavors burning my tongue and this was just perfectly flavored.
Then there are the products that they up and change the formula to something they call 'improved' and I want my OLD, beloved back again! Shampoo, bathroom cleaner, nail polish remover, hairspray, dishwasher soap... yeah pretty much listed all chemicals!
I beg of you, Mr. marketer/developer/chemist... leave my Snapple, Tater Tots, Cheerios and Windex alone. If you have some wunderkind whiz kid who needs a project, require him to come up with something original and leave my stuff alone!
OK off my soap box (New and Improved Tide With Bleach Crystals and Fabric Softerner Beads, of course).