Why, Jell-O Pudding Pops? Why?

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As I sat down yesterday afternoon, ready to crank out a post, I made the mistake of finding this piece from yesterday’s New York Times. Bye bye, Monday afternoon. Those comments sucked me in and didn’t let me go until late in the evening – evident from my healthy dinner of smokehouse almonds and a Sierra Nevada Pale Ale.

It’s just that, Oh My God, where did all of my favorites go? Jell-O Pudding Pops – no longer. (What up, Mr. Cosby?!) The original Carnation Instant Breakfast Bars. The Motorola StarTac phone. Those little triangular side-vent windows in cars, allowing the perfect amount of breeze to circulate without messing up the hair! Gone! Like the Wind!

If you take the time to read through the thousands of comments, you’ll notice that the Honda CRX is greatly missed. I had no idea it was such a reliable, yet zippy, little car. I do know my high school Honda Prelude (with the cute flip-up headlights) was one of my favorites. Ahh, the good old days.

However, things took a turn for the worse. My sweet nostalgia turned into festering anger. What do you mean no more Tato Skins?! I LOVED those chips! Taco Bell-flavored Doritos? And Alphabits cereal?! HOW AM I GOING TO TEACH WITO THE ALPHABET?!

*googling Alphabits cereal*

Oh, I see. The commenters must have been mistaken. Feeling better.

Then, I saw another comment that shook me to the very core. Planters Cheez Balls. Oh, that can’t be…could it? No more Planters Cheez Balls?! In the round tin? No other puffed cheese product compares!

*googling Planters Cheez Balls*

It’s true. It’s true. You can’t even find them on eBay. (Not that I tried. Um, or anything.)

OHMYGODICAN’TLIVEWITHOUTTHECHEEZBALLGOODNESSICAN’TBREATHENOREALLYPANICKY PANICKYHELPSOSHELPSOS.

It’s a very sad day in the Whoorl household. Now, if we could have a moment of silence for my beloved Planters Cheez Balls.



COMMENTS (61)

Comments

  1. We have Tato Skins in the vending machine here at work. Maybe Microsoft bought them all up for the employees?

    WHAT? WHAT KIND?

  2. back to point out that it’s your fault if I get nothing done at work today.

    Ha! You’ve been sucked into the Black Hole.

  3. Oh, I can taste a Pudding Pop now… the swirly vanilla and chocolate one.

    My first car was a 1985 Honda CRX!! I loved that thing. My parents wanted me to have a two-seater, so I could only drive one other person around. Fools! I managed to stuff in three people on a regular basis.

    Swirls were the best.

  4. Natalie 42 says:

    Waitasecond….panic setting in….here it comes and OH MY GOD!!!! No more Planters Cheese Balls?! Look…this can’t be! I mean they no longer make the Cheeto Cheese Balls (/tear) and I relied on Planters to be there for me forever more. Now this gut punch? Great. The other thing on the list that makes me shed many tears are the Carnation Instant Breakfast Bars. Those were the shi-IT. I knew they were gone though, long ago and I cried many a night. And by “cried many a night” I mean threw out lots of “Fuck!…no way!!”s in the middle of the grocery store.

    What’s become of us. WHHYYYYYYHYYY

  5. I actually blogged about the day last fall when I found the Pudding Pop at the grocery store and the joy left in my heart over that discovery. *sigh*
    It’s not off the market again is it?! Go here: http://www.popsicle.com/products/individual/index.cfm?upc=02023

    But, where can you buyyyyyyyyyy them?! (In my most whiny tone.)

  6. Jell-o pudding pops rock! The swirl one is the best. I had them about a year ago in SC ( We are lagging a little behind)have not seen them since~

    Swirls!

  7. No more Cheez Balls?? But I NEVER GOT TO SAY GOODBYE! :(

  8. I miss the Jell-O pudding pops, the popsicle brand ones are good, but really not quite the same. I will say that they got me through a very hot July, during which I was nine months pregnant, so they work in a pinch.

    Glad I never had a Planters cheese ball. I am quite certain I would have loved them and in turn would be really upset right now.

    Well, they were quite perfect. *sniff sniff*

  9. undercover celebrity says:

    Oh those comments are addicting! I think I started reading them an hour ago — couldn’t pull myself away.

    I, too, was stunned by the underground love of the CRX. Who knew?!

    I am totally on the simpler cell phone brigade. I love technology, but I would so very readily trade in the poor-excuse-for-a camera, mp3 player, and inspiring color display for a phone with seemingly unending battery life.

    Oh, and while we’re at it — forget Taco Bell Doritos — remember Monterey Jack? Ahhh, so delicious!

    I don’t remember Monterey Jack! I bet those were gooooood. I noticed some Salsa Verde Doritos comments – were those tasty?

  10. I would stab a complete stranger on the street for a Jell-O Pudding Pop right about now. And man! My grandpa used to have those Planters Cheez Balls all the time. So sad. Because my grandpa is not around anymore either. What up, Planters?

    Now, that’s devotion.

  11. Are Jello pudding pops SERIOUSLY not available anymore? That is a BLOW. I had no idea! And now I want one.

    I know, and they would be perfect for your preggers condition in this heat.

  12. I’m not kidding when I tell you that since I read this post and left my earlier comment, I have been thinking nonstop of Jello pudding pops. Rest assured that I will be combing the freezer aisle tonight, searching for a (probably completely unacceptable) substitute.

    Devastating.

  13. ok but if you really loved those things wouldn’t you have known they were extinct? ;) i know it’s not the same but the trader joe’s cheese puffs are pretty damn good. be brave!

    Point taken. Ahem.

  14. Those Carnation breakfast bars were so deliciously nasty. They tasted like chalk but I didn’t care. They were perfect.

    Adobe PageMaker
    The original Air Jordans
    Thrifty’s ice cream (15 cents/scoop)
    Honeycombs cereal
    Johnny Carson
    Investigative reporting
    Toyota Celica
    Video games at 7-11
    Video One with Richard Blade after school on channel 9
    Beer cans with a pull tab

    I could go on but I’m feeling really old and deprived right now. [whimper]

    OH SWEET JEBUS, video games at 7-11!! I loved playing video games at 7-11! There was one across the street from my house- I’d save up all my change, buy some Nerds and play the video games. Pole Position!

    On another note, did you ever play River Raid on the Atari? My dad got the highest score ever. Like we took a picture of him standing next to the TV. My dad, River Raid Champion.

    OR, did you ever play MS-DOS games? Just entering code at the prompt? There was some game involving gemstones and hobbits….

    Clearly, you’ve got my synapses firing on all cylinders.

  15. Natalie 42 says:

    Oh I forgot to mention my love of the Tato Skins. Good God those were addictive. An ode to the Tato Skin:

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ziPERhXCn68

    Also, does anyone remember those snacks called Conquistos? They’re basically Combos but like WAY better and came way before the sad little Combos. They were so full of that cheesy …stuff that you could suck the cheese out of them (can you say zexy?!). Man, they were just…gone one day. OH! And Bonkers! *pours out some fruit juice for mah Bonkers*

    And PS – I have now wasted a great deal of my afternoon thinking of old snicky snacks. I think I’m officially over this job.

    Conquistos rocked! GODDAMN!

  16. Yeah, we have Tato Skins here (In Metro Minneapolis) as well.

    I miss Marathon candy bars and the Pontiac Fiero.

    There were many mentions of the Marathon bar in the comments.

  17. Wait, wait. No more pudding pops? Never mind that I haven’t eaten one in years, but come on! They’re a classic! Like Eskimo Pies!

    I’m scared to look at the rest of the list.

    Don’t. Major time suckage.

  18. cocodrie says:

    Mmmmmmm, cheese balls.

    But not as good as week-old gnawed breadsticks in the comfort of your own bed.

  19. I choked on my Diet Coke when I read no Alphabits! Thanksfully, you righted my world by setting the record straight. Phew! But no pudding pops? Has the world gone MAD?

    MAD.

  20. We have pudding pops here in MN too. Just saw them yesterday. Ditto Tato skins. Clearly we live in grocery nirvana.
    Also, we sold my brother-in-law’s rusty CRX or him a while back and it seriously sold in like, 14 seconds. How odd.

    What I miss:
    *Matilda Bay wine coolers (remember, they weren’t carbonated and they were sold in 3-liter boxes?)
    *My 1987 Chevy Nova- best car ever.
    *Oscar de la Renta “Ruffles” perfume
    *Honeycomb- are we sure this one is gone? Really?
    *Those lip balms that came in the tiny tin with the sliding top. “Village?” was that the brand…?
    *Brugger’s Jalapeño bagels

    Sigh.

    Are we sure about Honeycomb?

  21. I will not follow that link.
    I will not follow that link.
    I will not follow that link.

    (until later)

    In the meaning, I swear that my local grocery store has had Jell-O Pudding Pops in stock lately. The first time I bought them again, I had quite a nostalgic chat with the check out girl who had not yet seen the new addition to the freezer case. Anyway. We’re heading out to California next week, I wonder if they’d make the six hour drive from Phoenix?

  22. One more thing…

    Does no one else miss the Jell-O Pops? There was something about the texture of those things…I loved them!

    The Pudding Pops are good, but mmmmmmmm frozen Jell-O popsicles!

    You mean the Jell-O gelatin pops? Those were so good. And creamy!

  23. Jello pudding pops do still exist!!–I found them a couple of months ago in the grocery store. Not the same shape, but pretty much the same taste!

  24. I am shocked that the CRX was so loved. I always felt it looked like a someone chopped off the backend. But they were cute…

    I’ve never had a Pudding Pop and now I feel like I’ve been left out

    *sniff*

  25. Jennifer says:

    There’s a website called http://www.mybrands.com and they carry hard to find items…I loved the Nescafe Ice Java and couldn’t find it anywhere, they had it and I ordered a case of it!!

    I didn’t find Jello pudding pops on there but they had some Tayto crisps…same thing?

  26. Yep…Phoenix must be grocery shopper’s nirvana… We have pudding pops, Honeycomb (I have a box in my pantry as I type), and Alphabits, though Alphabits are getting harder and harder to find. I taught kindergarten for years and sometimes would have to visit 4 or 5 stores to find them…but how else do you teach the alphabet (just kidding, seriously).

    I miss PowerAde Light, a sugar free version that was on the market for a few months. It was so good…

  27. Taco Bell “Light” soft tacos… they had lean ground beef, low fat cheese, low fat sc and low fat tortillas. Loved them.

  28. I posted about this article too. I’m in deep mourning for the loss of Sunshine Biscuits. They made great cookies. Hydrox, which were SO much tastier than Oreos. Vienna Fingers that were better than the dry ones Keebler elves make. And my favorite? The Golden Raisin Biscuit, which we called the Squashed Bug cookies. I loved those. Grew up on them. Gave them to my kids and they loved them too. And then those evil elves gobbled up my beloved Sunshine Biscuits in 1996 and the world went dark.

    I hate those frigging elves.

  29. i loved planters cheez balls, i remember the last can i had, they were from cvs and it was about maybe 8 or more years ago but they were great, the can always kept them so fresh and they would just melt in your mouth and they were oh so cheesy, now i really want some!

  30. Ahhh the cheese balls in the blue canister – my husband and I were just talking about those the other day! When I was little we used to feed those cheese balls to the squirrels at the Audubon Park in New Orleans. They would come up and take it out of your hand.

  31. Oh, I ADORED those little cheese balls!

    And!

    I have some good news for you! (Well, not for the Whoorl who’s running marathons and whatnot, but for the Whoorl who loves cheese balls, and goes to Costco. That Whoorl.) Feast your eyes on this little baby:

    http://utzsnacks1.stores.yahoo.net/barofcheesba.html

    Not quite the same, but still fantastic for all of your powdered cheese-covered snack needs, AND they carry it at Costco. And it’s in a BARREL. I may have devoured half of said barrel in one sitting, and then, frightened at myself, abandoned it in my building’s parking garage, hoping that someone would give it a loving home.

    It was gone within 2 hours.

    I just don’t know, Metalia. Do they melt in your mouth with the same salty artificial goodness?! I’m scared of the let-down. Hold me.

  32. That list is insane! I was just reminiscing of “Push-ups” the other day, but I’m pretty sure they still exist. I definitely enjoyed Jello Pudding Pops as a child. And along the lines of Sizzle’s comment, Whole Foods’ Cheese Puffs are really tasty without the artificiality.

    *in the whiniest tone ever* But, I LIIIIIKED the artificiality.

  33. Courtney says:

    I am so glad I am not the only one that was rocked to the core by the inavailability of pudding pops (ok, maybe that is exaggerating, but not by much). Just in case you all are as obsessive as I am, I found a link that can tell you where to find these (and other delicious treats) at a store near you
    http://www.icecreamusa.com/products/product.cfm?u=77567-02023&b=4

    So sad that it took a dessert novelites post to pull me out of lurkdom. Shows where my true passion lies, I suppose.

    Hey, dessert novelties are NO JOKE. I’m glad we can commiserate together.

  34. Before you could buy the pudding pops couldn’t you make them? I remember fondly my Mom pulling homemade pudding pops out of the freezer for use to enjoy. You could certainly try it!

    As for Alphabits and Honeycomb, we still have htem in full force up here in Canuck land, a box or two could surely be shipped if you really wanted some.

  35. Not as devastating as Cheez balls, I know, but Yankee Candle Company stopped making the blueberry muffin candle. It’s on eBay for $42 but apparently our budget doesn’t have a blueberry muffin candle column. Stupid bastard budget.

  36. Somewhere, I read that the kids of the 80′s are the most brand-nostalgic generation. I miss:

    -New York Seltzer sodas
    -How big (and tasty!) big sticks used to be…and it isn’t because I’ve gotten bigger – I was just talking about this with my friend.

    -TG&Y’s – It had a fabric counter, a jewlery counter, shoes, some clothes, etc – an inexpensive department store. I used to go there with my mom and you could browse through the clothes patterns and than buy them and the fabric to make them, etc.

    -SLIPS! Oh, I am SO WITH everyone who commented about ‘plain old black/white slips” especially considering how ridiculously SHEER every single dress and skirt sold now is. And, on pain of sounding like an old fogie: I hate how girls seem to have skipped the whole concept of ‘leaving something to the imagination’.

    -Kids getting to be kids, not mini-adults. I see very few little girls’ shoes that don’t have a heel or platform. Thank goodness I don’t have kids!

    -Tomatoes with actual flavor.

  37. okay, i guess i’m the only one who ate jello pops but found them a little thick…. even though, i did have an obsession with the banana ones.

    yes, i said thick.

    and i didn’t take the time to read the comments because, i absolutely know, without a m———–g doubt, my 76, four door, brown, buick skylark was not on the list of “zippy cars i missed in the 80′s.”

    even though it was the party mobile from hell.

    wait! what was the subject of this post?

    and dude, they still have TACO flavored potato chips.

    not that i know anything on this subject….

    and never, EVER, get the jumbo-sized cheese puffs from SAM’S

  38. oopsy…

    you’ll be disappointed by the texture.

  39. Honeycomb still exists, they just went and changed the taste of them. Supposedly “better tasting”. They lie. They are all healthy and horribly tasting. Just like Ritz. I want the old Ritz that was made with LARD, not vegetable oil.

    I really want some Pepperidge Farm Croissant Pizzas. I miss Apple flavored Cream of Wheat. There is a TGI Fridays version of Tato Skins out there.

    A childhood favorite that I miss is the Rocket Lollipops that were rainbow colored. I’m sure they don’t exist anymore because you could lick them into a sharp pin point that probably poked a few kids’ eyes out.

  40. We have Tato Skins in our work vending machine, too! I don’t think there are any in there now, but when there are I’ll buy some and try to figure out by whom they’re distributed. Probably some punk-ass vending machine company that’s recycling stale snacks from the 80s. But still: Tato Skins!!

  41. I didn’t look past the first page of that link’s comments because I will get yelled at if I am at my desk much longer (“go sell something!”), but I need the Cliffs Notes: did anyone mention Honey Nut Clusters cereal on there? Because that shit is the best cereal EVAH (remember the commercials with the parachuting squirrels?!) and the last few months I have been totally unable to find it in three different grocery chains. *wringing hands*

    Also, I have not had a Jell-O pudding pop in about 20 years and suddenly the need is overwhelming. Thanks A LOT!

  42. I gave in. I’m scrolling through the list now, and this one cracked me up:

    Trojan used to make these condoms that were 18 inches long. They were the only ones that fit. Please bring them back.

    — Posted by Brendan

  43. Pudding Pops aren’t gone; I just bought some a couple days ago! They’ve always been around here in Oregon. It’s probably why all you Californians keep moving up here.

  44. Woman with Kids says:

    I actually, at one time, sent an email to the company, demanding to know where to find my cheese balls. Gone *poof*

    On the bright side, some grocery stores still sell pudding pops, but not under the JELL-O. Taste just as good.

  45. Are jello pudding pops the same as jello gellatin pops? Because I have been complaining about the discontinuation of jello gellatin pops for almost ten years now. And when, I ask you, WHEN are they gonna bring them back?!

    Just when I thought I was over this, I read this post and realized I have unresolved issues with Bill (as in Cosby).

    Something is missing in my life, and it tastes fruity and gellatin-y and comes on a stick.

    P.S. love the blog; I’m new here.

  46. My husband and I about fell over when we found pudding pops at the grocery store a while ago, so no worries! They still exist.

    And something I’ve seen people do at the office and have been meaning to try is to freeze little fat free pudding cups. I haven’t actually seen anyone eat such a thing, so I’m not sure what the proper etiquette is. But surely it’s awesome.

  47. I loved this post! I am afraid to go read the article, there are 1400 comments right now.

    I was just bemoaning the loss of the little triangle windows! I also loved Pudding Pops as a kid. I am going to have to go look for the Popsicle ones. Speaking of Jello. There is a single serving Jello that is Oreo flavored. Or at least it used to be. Now it tastes like crap. Same calories, same fat, gross flavor.

    Whiskeymarie mentioned Bruegger’s Jalapeño bagels. I miss their original crumbly cream cheese. The very creamy version they have now doesn’t taste the same, but it also doesn’t have the same texture.

    I could go on (I am a child of the 80s), but I won’t. I need time to read the 1400 comments.

  48. Mediocre Housewife says:

    How about Shake-a-Pudding? Does anyone remember those? Milk and powder in a little cup, shake it and do a little dance – two minutes later, pudding! Delicious, wonderous, pudding. Man I miss that stuff…

  49. my roommate recently bought himself a honda crx as a christmas present, and i accidentally wasn’t impressed enough by the purchase. how was i supposed to know that weird little hatchback thingy was apparently supercrazyawesome? because IT IS, SERIOUSLY, NO SERIOUSLY, YOU DON’T EVEN KNOW. (me: …..oh. ok?)

  50. I would like to lobby for the return of Kool-Aid’s Rainbow Punch flavor. I don’t know what the hell it was supposed to actually be, but if you are what you eat (drink?), then I am roughly 39% Rainbow Punch.

    Also, big thanks to Maya for mentioning TG&Y. I think my brain exploded all over the computer with the effort of digging up memories of that most awesome store.

  51. I found Jello Pudding Pops at the store after I read this. Thank God! I am most sad about Cheez Balls. I could eat the whole container in one sitting.

  52. I miss Vienetta. Cheesy commercials and all.

  53. Waaaaa! Why is there always some CEO somewhere who wrecks all the fun? My fave? The CRX-I could use a car like that…

  54. Wal-Mart here in TN carries Jello Pudding Pops. I don’t remember who originally made them, but there are by Popsicle. I think there are still some in the freezer.

  55. Hi. I dont comment often (if i have at all), so I’ll start with; hello, have fun, feel better and your baby is quite cute : )

    Okay. Now as for the important part; the cheez balls. I know that as of May, you could still find them in New York. My friend got married and he loves them, and his family, from Long Island, brought him some. So, maybe you can find someone there or a store, from which you can ascertain some precious cheesy-ness?

    Have a good trip.

  56. I love the website you link in this post, but how can I keep reading the comments? All I’m getting is the first 30 or so, with nothing at the bottom allowing me to “Go to the Next Page.” It’s so hilarious, i want to keep reading!

    P.s., I love your blog, and Newly Wifed, and Bearca, and Poka Bean. You ladies crack me up every day!

  57. OMG…I have been craving Jello-Pudding Pops for so long now and finally last week I found them in Wal Mart. My face just lit up whn I saw thet box sitting there I was so exited. They are good but not like they used to be. I loved the banana ones..please someone bring back banana!!!I noticed someone mentioned nreds candy before..holy crap I forgot about those. You really brought me back.Thanks

  58. I’m really, truly contemplating heading to the grocery rightthisveryminute to by Jello and freeze it on up. I haven’t felt this motivated since…well, ever.

    And I think that I was perhaps the only person in the universe who lived for Snapple Cranberry Iced Tea. Dear lord there are 8 kazillion flavors out there, most crappy, made by 90 different tea companies, and no one has tried to revisit the cranberry. It’s a travesty.

    Okay, still here. Maybe I’ll head over tomorrow.

  59. The 100 Calorie packs of crunchy cheetos are little balls, exactly like cheese balls only smaller and cuter.

    :)

    If they get rid of those I may have to slice my wrists. Good thing my Grandma’s not around to see this one!

  60. Okay, a completely outdated comment, but just in case anyone in a menses-enduced rage googles “I NEED JELLO PUDDING POPS NOWNOWNOW”…

    1.) You can, in fact, freeze Jello pudding to make pudding pops. Whole milk is recommended for true 1980′s Jello pudding pop-caliber flavor.
    2.) If you use ice cube trays they can be somewhat guilt-free pudding pops (unless, for example, you eat four of them in one sitting.).
    3.) If you can’t find popsicle sticks at the grocery store, it is not recommended that you use wooden skewers, as while they are longer and thicker than toothpicks, they are basically little razor-tipped javelins that can make trying to get to your pudding pop a somewhat miserable challenge (though the ensuing booby traps you can keep you from eating four in one sitting, see #2 above).

  61. I hate the fact that they are no longer making Jello pudding pops or cheez balls. I want some cheez balls. I read that there are no cheetos ones either and I used to like those too. Come to think of it, I was looking for them about a year ago. Dang! As for the Pudding Pops. I found some but they are the shape of a regular popsicle and are not the same taste that I remember. Also, I used to like to scrape off the little ice slivers on the side. I see Roseanne doing this in an episode where they find some old marijuana and is in the bathroom eating the old school looking ones. Man I miss the 80′s.

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