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. angela

    July 18, 2007 at 4:12 pm

    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.

  2. Lady S

    July 18, 2007 at 6:18 pm

    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.

  3. Mediocre Housewife

    July 18, 2007 at 7:36 pm

    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…

  4. Alice

    July 19, 2007 at 8:46 am

    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?)

  5. Rachel

    July 19, 2007 at 4:14 pm

    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.

  6. Tina

    July 19, 2007 at 6:03 pm

    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.

  7. Abigail

    July 19, 2007 at 10:36 pm

    I miss Vienetta. Cheesy commercials and all.

  8. holli

    July 20, 2007 at 5:26 am

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

  9. Susan

    July 20, 2007 at 8:31 pm

    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.

  10. sarah g

    July 25, 2007 at 8:16 am

    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.

  11. Lauren

    July 25, 2007 at 11:40 am

    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!

  12. Dawn

    July 30, 2007 at 8:26 am

    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

  13. BabsieD

    July 30, 2007 at 8:38 pm

    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.

  14. Paisley

    July 31, 2007 at 9:25 am

    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!

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