Why, Jell-O Pudding Pops? Why?

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.)


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.

  1. Amy Beth

    July 17, 2007 at 10:42 am

    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.

  2. nabbalicious

    July 17, 2007 at 10:49 am

    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.

  3. cocodrie

    July 17, 2007 at 12:11 pm

    Mmmmmmm, cheese balls.

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

  4. Angella

    July 17, 2007 at 11:46 am

    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?


  5. Whiskeymarie

    July 17, 2007 at 12:15 pm

    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


    Are we sure about Honeycomb?

  6. Becky

    July 17, 2007 at 12:36 pm

    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?

  7. Becky

    July 17, 2007 at 12:39 pm

    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!

  8. Carolyn

    July 17, 2007 at 1:09 pm

    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!

  9. Kami

    July 17, 2007 at 1:11 pm

    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


  10. Jennifer

    July 17, 2007 at 1:17 pm

    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?

  11. Meridith

    July 17, 2007 at 1:47 pm

    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…

  12. Married Jen

    July 17, 2007 at 2:28 pm

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

  13. margalit

    July 17, 2007 at 2:28 pm

    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.

  14. Pam

    July 17, 2007 at 3:17 pm

    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!

  15. Rhea

    July 17, 2007 at 3:48 pm

    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.