When I was little, my favorite thing in the world were Gems. They were a kind of hard shell candy with chocolate inside. A pre-curser to M&Ms, they're probably what gave way to my M&M obsession in the first place.
I only ever had access to Gems in India, so I was excited when my family went there on vacation. Wanting to have my favorite candy again, that was what I looked for the first time we went grocery shopping. To my dismay, I found out Gems were no longer being made.
While this incident with Gems took lace a couple of decades ago, this is a modern age thing as well. Just a few years ago, Hersey's bought Cadbury and the classic Cadbury chocolate my friends and I grew up with became a thing of the past.
There are lots of food from our childhood that were either discontinued or rebranded with a new recipe. These foods were an integral part of our childhood, and many of us would like to see out old favorites make a comeback.
Curious about what these old favorites actually were, Redditor knumbersix asked:
"If you could have any rare, no longer available food from your childhood, what would it be?"
Taco Bell Favorites
"Taco Bell shredded chicken soft taco supreme. Only meat option I liked was shredded chicken. They’ve hurt so many of us."
"Grilled stuft steak burrito from taco bell the year they came out. They were so f*cking good when they were a new item."
"Taco bell cinnamon crispas."
Better When It's Frozen
"Pudding pops. Chocolate specifically."
"Jello pudding pops."
Flavor In The Limelight
"At some point in the early 2000's lime flavored candies were replaced with green apple. Lifesavers, skittles, runts, all ditched the lime flavor. I loved the lime flavored runts. F*ckin green apple...."
"Original Cadbury cream eggs."
"They've gone from chicken to quail somewhere between then and now."
"Original fun fruits. Not “fruit snacks”, but the little bump-shaped Fun Fruits. So good."
Newer Is Not Always Better
"The original Spaghetti-Os. Back when they were made by Franco American (now they're Campbell's), I remember them tasting rich and savory. Now, they're just swimming in a sugar sauce that kind of resembles tomato sauce. They're disgustingly sweet. Bring back the old recipe!"
"Original recipe Twinkie. They were never quite the same after they were discontinued for that brief period."
"Original lunchables with the 2 meats 2 cheeses and little spicy mustard packet. Those were fire AF. The meat and cheese were on point. Now the sh*t taste like hot dog water, and imitation cheese slices. Back in the day if you had a lunchable at school, you could trade that for anything anybody else had, plus boot most times. Now don't nobody give AF if you eaten that processed bologna and vegetable oil nasty box. OG lunchables had a turn down service chocolate mint and that's all you needed."
"Kid cuisine(or however you spell it)"
"My favorite was always the chicken nuggets and chocolate pudding one. I would dip the chicken nuggets in the pudding. Don’t judge me it was delicious."
The Sweetness Of Sours
"Altoids sour mints"
"Not technically food, but I miss those. Still have some of the old tins I use to store random things in."
"Even after all this time, it still makes my mouth water just thinking about them haha"
The Days Of Yogurt
"I think they were called Yogis. Yougurt like candy things. Oh they were unbelievably good."
"yogos! they're also my answer"
"Where has all the yogurt gone? Nowadays it's all 0% "diet" nonsense, and they've all got lumpy "fruit" in them. No chocolate, no coffee, hardly even vanilla sometimes - and it's all gelatin instead of actual dairy"
Color Makes A Difference
"Light brown M&M’s"
"I remember my middle school took this very serious. Also the voting of the new color. We had class presentations for our arguments."
The Flavor Be Gone
"There was a brand of whipped cream called Reddi whip, and they had those cans that were like aerosol cans that sprayed the whipped cream. They still have those today, but they no longer have the chocolate kind. I want another can of the chocolate Reddi whip"
Better As Bars
"Not really from my childhood but still a long time ago. The Snickers adventure bar, omg the taste of coconut andhint of cinnamon made it something special."
"That M&m bar with the yellow packaging"
Good School Lunches
"At my first elementary school, they served these flatbread pizzas that I always loved. For some reason, they stopped serving them and I have never been able to find one. So I would choose them"
A Scooby Snack
"Those Scooby Doo fruit snacks"
"Those scobby doo gummies they were so good."
Those Days Are Gone
"When I lived in Montana there was a fast food place called 'Arctic Circle", I LOVED the burgers and the fry sauce. I just loved going there with my mom and sometimes Grandpa. We moved to AZ and when we went back to Montana it was closed, I still miss that Fry sauce though."
Chocolate Of Yore
"Cadbury Astros. Used to get them in the late 90s, and all I remwmber is that I really enjoyed them."
Missing Those Mints
"Citrus Altoids. Tangerine in particular."
"Green apple sour Altoids. Them sh*Ts were DELICIOUS"
"Those Altoid sour candies that sent you to mars and back I’d you placed them precisely on your sour taste buds. My mouth is watering"
We All Scream
"Rainbow Icecream from Bryers."
"blue moon ice cream. perhaps it is still out there."
Never To Be Chewed Again
"Sour chewing gum. I can't find it anywhere anymore"
"There's only 1 thing I liked that isn't available anymore as far as I'm aware: Sour Patch Kids Watermelon Gum."
"Hubba bubba Chocolate bubble gum"
A Prize And A Treat
"Wonderballs. Those huge chocolate balls with prizes on the inside. Unfortunately they discontinued it."
Books Never Tasted So Good
"Pizza Hut personal pan pizza. And for anyone that says that they still make them: They aren't the same ones or the same recipe as the ones from the 90s. Pizza Hut back then used higher quality ingredients and was the absolute best chain pizza you could get! I always did the best in my class every year in elementary school with Book-It. Yes, I did love books, but a free personal pan pizza was always a huge incentive too! I still get cravings for those and there's nothing I can do!"
"Book-it had my chubby a*s securing pan pizzas left and right. Books never tasted so good. My parents loved it too, gave em an excuse to go to the Hut."
"Edit: The Button and gold stickers had me pretty jazzed too."
I remember the Book-It challenge and those pizzas too! I never needed any encouragement to read, but it was nice to get rewarded with my favorite food just for engaging in my favorite activity.
Those pizzas are just another food from my childhood I'll always miss.
We may never get out favorite childhood foods back, but at least we can revel in the good memories they hold!
Not all cooking is meditative and beautiful, no matter what Chef's Table may suggest. It's often rushed, made in the not-yet-dissipated cloud of workday stress and commuting traffic anger.
But many people do have at least one meal—often only that one—in their arsenal that provides an oasis to it all.
It's a dish they always come back to, as much to enjoy the process of putting it together as enjoying its taste at the end. Or it could be the trusty choice on account of its function: a reliable, delicious plate that manages to impress every time.
And even better than knowing those recipes are somewhere out there is having access to a whole slew of them.
Elizathefirst asked, "What do you love to cook?"
"I love making things with dough. Pasta, noodles, baozi, breads and pizza... I find it greatly soothing watching yeast do it's hard work and imagining magical sparks as enzymes get going and gluten develops; as well as a great treat at the end."
"My family disagrees with me that the dough is part of the reward, but I know."
Checks All the Boxes
"The perfect steakhouse meal: New York strip steaks, grilled to medium-rare, with pan-seared mushrooms and a side of garlic mashed potatoes."
"And if I really like you, or if the group is a little larger, needing to spread the side dishes a bit more, add oven-roasted asparagus and oven-roasted Brussels sprouts."
Key Ingredient: “Wooden Hammer Thing”
"There's this thing my girlfriend taught me how to cook. A Texas BBQ escalope is what she calls it and it's delicious. It's a chicken breast sliced open, tenderized with this wooden hammer thing and laid out flat."
"You Get 2 bowls, one with egg yoke and the other with breadcrumbs, cover the chicken breast in the yoke and then roll it in the breadcrumb bowl so that the breadcrumbs stick to it and then stick it in the oven for a bit, just long enough to get it cooked to the point that the breadcrumbs are going to stay on the chicken properly."
"Then you take it out, pop it in the frying pan until one side is fully cooked. Then you take it out and use a knife to spread BBQ sauce over the cooked side and sprinkle some cheese on it. Pop it back in the frying pan until the other side is cooked. The cheese melts in the process."
"It's bloody delicious."
A Divine Mac
"There's a Slovak dish called Halušky, which is kind of like eating Mac n Cheese, if Mac n Cheese was made by the God of Flavortown. It's pretty simple to make, only requires potatoes, flour (traditionally an egg, but not required), onion, bacon, and cheese." -- bjornnsky
"I'm like 99% sure Guy Fieri has made mac n cheese." -- stormzerino
A Historic Taste
"There is this crazy dish that I cook maybe once every five years. It's an insanely complicated recipe from the 1700s that starts with boning an entire chicken without cutting it into pieces - you cut it open along the spine and then bone out from there while keeping the whole chicken intact. You stuff it with layers of forcemeat, truffles, and nuts, sew it shut, and cook it."
"Sometimes I just really want to cook something ridiculous, and this dish always scratches that itch. It's an all-day, lose-yourself-in-your-cooking task."
Dinner for Breakfast
"Shrimp fried rice, specifically for breakfast. I make extra rice and extra stir fried veggies just so I'll have leftovers to make fried rice with. There's a grocery near me that carries bags of frozen 'salad' shrimp. Rice, veg, shrimp, egg, soy, toasted sesame: breakfast!" -- Flahdagal
"You're telling me a shrimp fried this rice? Yeah okay." -- therealAndrewLingo
"Large scallops and angel hair pasta, its soo flipping easy to make, and scallops are fantastic for me right now since I just had a gallbladder removal surgery and need to be on a low fat diet. I highly recommend trying your hand at scallops and pairing it with any pasta or veggies!" -- zombiamante
"Scallops - the ocean's most perfect food. Preferably seared on hot cast iron." -- acjgoblu
Sensing a Theme Here
"I make a mean nontraditional Irish stew with beef, carrots, potatoes, celery, onions, and a bottle of Heineken. (Tried Guinness once but it was too bitter)."
"It takes a while to make but it is always so worth it and my family really seem to like it so it makes me happy that I can give them good food they genuinely enjoy."
"Bonus: I also love making my coffee/chocolate Bailey's Irish Cream cake."
Meat, Best as a Sphere
"Meatballs. Any and all kinds. Jerk pork meatballs with red pepper gravy, Asian meatballs, lamb meatballs with tzatziki sauce, next is a thanksgiving meatball with cranberry." -- FoodTruckFiletMignon
"Same, I have no recipe and make them a bit different each time, sometime moore cheesy, or more onion, chili, hint of curry, almost anything will work in a meatball. No matter how many I make they are gone same day." -- OldMork
For Winning at Parties
"Not exactly cooking, but I do like to make marshmallows. They're relatively easy, taste great(marshmallows are my favorite candy and homemade ones are way better than the ones you buy), and they're pretty impressive, because people don't really know how they're made. It's also super easy to mess around with flavors."
"Basically, you make a sugar syrup and then whip it a lot with some gelatin. There are tons of recipes online, if you want to make them." -- Llama-en-llama
"I made marshmallows for the first time a couple of weeks ago. I was so impressed with myself and I shamelessly told everybody about it." -- themamajo
Simple, but Beloved
"Chocolate Chip Cookies. Nothing can beat just making Chocolate Chip Cookies." -- 121mc555
"Eating them beats it." -- ZLUCremisi
"I've been driving myself crazy trying to recreate the Famous Amos recipe. Every single 'copycat' I try ends up too pale (even using 100% dark brown sugar) and not deep in flavour enough."
"Also, with the lockdown, I can't share the delicious failures with friends and coworkers." -- _antelopenoises
"Pasta. So many things you can do with it. Toss is with some sauce, toss it with some pesto, toss it at your kids, the opportunities are endless." -- Herogamer555
"The worst part is waiting forever to get the water to boil if you are making a big amount." -- Cowboy_Spongebob
" 'Dad, I'm hungry.' smack." -- poopellar
A Good Friend to Have Around...
"I love baking cakes." -- [deleted]
"Same, I just don't do decorating. I'm not wasting time on something like that." -- MosquitoRevenge
"Oooo! We could be friends! I like to decorate and hate wasting the time baking the cake." -- YouKnowHowIBe
An Impressive Choice
"There are a lot of things I like to cook but candy is one I really enjoy. I make Almond Roca, and a peanut butter cup to die for." -- StalwartExplorer
"I want to be friends with you. Two of my most favorite candies! Is the process hard? I've always wanted to try my hand at candy making. I'm not a good baker bc I hate to follow directions, I wonder if candy making would be better for me." -- counterspell
Keep It Movin'
"I love to cook soups in the fall and winter. Creamy tomato bail parmesan, vegetable, Asiago bisque, and if you count it as a soup, chili."
"In the summer and early/mid fall, I really live to work the grill. Chicken, steak, corn, vegetable and meat kabobs, and sometimes I will smoke a brisket."
"Year round I enjoy making homemade pizza. I hope to have a wood fired oven one day."
"Borscht soup (sour soup)."
"It's a very healthy dish and the only thing my husband taught me to cook that actually stuck with me."
"..I cook it when I'm missing him."
Some Pleasant Monotony
"Stuffed grape leaves! My Egyptian mother in law taught me how to make them, and I'm so grateful. Filling them and rolling them up is so relaxing, and they're so delicious." -- sentient-cookie
"If you like doing that, may I recommend making gołąbki too? It's a similar process but a different culture's but still really relaxing and tasty." -- deekochana
A Spin on the OG Pancake
"Buckwheat salty pancakes. It's a traditional dish from Brittany, France. You mix an egg, 300g buckwheat flour and water. Make large and thin pancakes. Fry the pancakes in butter, put cheese, an egg and some ham on it while is frying and close it."
"It's bloody delicious. You can put anything you want in it, cheese+egg+ham is just the classic combination."
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There is nothing more alienating than saying “No" to splitting some avocado toast.
Instagram and Pinterest have ramped up the strength and frequency of food obsessions. There are certain condiments, specific veggies prepared a certain way, and jars of viscous liquids of all sorts that go great on sandwiches.
They all grow so popular and talked about that having something from a food truck can make someone feel a strange, undeserving pride. It's as if one of the nutrients listed should be cultural capital.
Some, however, are left on the sidelines. They simply cannot rouse the taste buds to like the “in" thing. So they access pride through an equal and opposite energy: they trash the food into oblivion on a Reddit forum
deadlydude2448 asked, "What is something a lot of people enjoy that you hate the taste of?"
“Another Round of Ginger Ales, Please”
"I don't care for booze. I live in the UK so this means no social life." -- GoatGoatGadget
"One of my good friends in college didn't drink. Often times I would rinse out my beer bottle and fill it with water for him to carry around at parties. He would even participate in chugging events and nobody ever noticed."
"I do't think people generally would have cared, but he hated answering the 'why don't you drink?' questions that he would inevitably get." -- Xeibra
Steer Clear of Bistros
"Truffles/truffle oil. I can't stand it and people think it's so fancy and great. It's gross." -- hicanipetyourpupper
"God. I agree that a lot, if not all, people that use truffle oil have no idea what they are doing. Especially if they are just gonna straight up add truffle oil onto something and not even try to balance it out. Less is more, for sure." -- Abundantly-Addicted
"Yes thank you! Would burger joints PLEASE stop ruining their perfectly good fries and mac and cheese. I'm beggggiiinnnnggg." -- MsAlyssa
Flakes of Horror
"Coconut. Nature makes it just to frighten me out of eating candy." -- shleppenwolf
"I have personal hate against whoever made coconut water in cans." -- RedDemonCorsair
"Can confirm, one time I was on vacation on a Caribbean island, and we were chillin' on the beach. We spot these dudes coming towards us brandishing machetes and we were all like 'OH SH*T.'"
"But then they all pulled coconuts out and chopped em open with the machetes and gave some to us. Best coconut ever, especially considering I wasn't murdered." -- The3MiteeyLambo
Screw the Microbiome
"Kombucha. Get that fermented cow's p*ss away from me." -- idkjustsomedude
"I liked it okay until I saw where it comes from. I can't stop picturing that disgusting blob they call a 'Mother' and it makes me gag." -- SlapCracklePlop
"It looks like something you'd pull out of an infected sinus cavity." -- Flamboyatron
WHAT IS RANCH DRESSING MADE OF
"Ranch. I can't even stand the smell of that putrid excuse of a sauce!" -- OmniTheProdigy
"The thing with Ranch for me is, I don't think I know what Ranch is. I swear, every where I go to the thing taste different. When I try to go to a store and get some for myself there're like 20 different version of Ranch for each brand."
"And these things range from being utterly disgusting to heavenly tasty." -- Hippobu2
Eggs are cool. Oil is Cool. But Mayo is NOT
"Mayonnaise, absolutely disgusting." -- BentNotBroken12
"It's the devil's semen! Anything with the texture of mayo is a turn off for me." -- xendaddy
"It is vile." -- i_said_no_mayonnaise
Something’s in the Water
"Cucumber. I can taste that sh*t a mile away."
All forms. Sprays, water, lotion doesn't matter, if cucumber in any shape or form is involved, I'm f*cking out." -- TheGodmama
"Yes! Finally someone who shares my hatred."
"I actually bought of bottle of Sprite a few months ago, took a swig and it was cucumber flavour!? The bottle looked exactly the same. It was absolutely rancid." -- surelywolfbeak
"Agree. Apparently their smell is what could also scare cats away. I often thought I am indeed a cat." -- 9december3Giphy
"Milk tastes like phlegm and smells like a barn floor. On this I can not be moved." -- claire_goolihey
"I grew up drinking it. Then left to college, never really had it anymore, then when I came home on break I had a glass or something and thought I was going to die." -- chuullls
No Pineapple, Got It
"Pineapple. Pineapple. Pineapple. Pineapple. Pineapple. Pineapple. Pineapple. Pineapple. Pineapple. Pineapple. It's way too tart, sweet, and sour all at once. Keep it away from me and my pizza." -- TheRebelWarden
A Very Hot Take
"Avocados. They are absolutely horrible. I tolerate guacamole but avocados can f*ck off." -- Hopewolf115
"Avocados are disgusting. Just musty off tasting." -- splintercinder
"Avocados. All slimy and disgusting and tastes like fricking soap." -- asarcasticgirl
Multiple Hypotheses, All Terrible
"Redbull. It smells like urinal cakes." -- just-keep-walkin
"I like red bull. I think I've just discovered a tasty new snack!" -- HoggishPad
"It also smells like Drano. I had a bad clogging situation in my bathroom and it smelled like red bull for like a week after resolving it." -- CLTalbot
Plant-Based and Grotesque
"Cilantro. It tastes like chewing on the seventh circle of hell. It destroys everything it accompanies." -- Buhhfly
"There's a gene that makes cilantro taste like soap to some people." -- ellumenohpee
"I've never tasted a stink bug but the flavor of cilantro really reminds me of the smell those things expel when agitated." -- nicoleyotova
A Scathing Review
"Carp. Tastes more like crap to me." -- ChilliPuller
"Carp is to fish what Velveeta is to cheese." -- kalidava
"Same!! I think fish in general are gross." -- poptarts4me
Going With Your Gut
"Pumpkin flavored anything. A few years in a row, when pumpkin spice season came id be all excited and get pumpkin flavored things."
"And then remember that I HATE pumpkin. I think I've finally come to accept that I hate it. Even pumpkin pie. I much prefer sweet potato pie."
Some Concise, yet Aggressive Views
"Horseradish. It is the edible embodiment of pungent sweaty armpits." -- thebiggsad
"Celery. It ruins every single dish. It's impossible to change my mind." -- zoishiez
"Mushrooms. These disgusting squishy f*ckers." -- poppy_poppin
Pluckin' Up Trash
"Before you ask, yes I have had the very best beets prepared by the finest chefs at Michelin rated restaurants and they still taste like god-damn DIRT."
"I get tempted by the gorgeous colors, the addition of goat cheese (my favorite) that maybe this time they will taste different, but no. It is a curse."
A Dedicated Few
"White chocolate idk why." -- justanredditacount
"I do too! You're the only person ever to agree with me. You might as well just pour some sugar on some butter and eat that. Super gross." -- kalidava
Rage Against the "All the Rage"
"Sweet potatoes. I hate them. They're literally one of the only things I won't eat." -- MericaMericaMerica
"Yes especially when they're made into 'fries.' I swear people only order them in restaurants because it's marketed as an 'upgrade' and they feel like being fancy, but I'll take the fried russet potatoes every day over those abominations." -- Aero_Jet
"Bell Peppers! If I have just a small piece I can taste it for hours afterwards. And it is put in so many things." -- Jaerynn
"They are poison. Poison everything they touch. In summer husband makes stuffed ones on the grill so I don't have to suffer. The smell of them cooking literally has made me ill to my stomach since I was a child." -- deviantelf