This is a sort of nostalgia post prompted by the announcement (which I posted on at the time) that White Lily Flour would no longer be made in the South.
Brand name food and beverage products are, what, about 150 years old? I know that Cadbury’s Cocoa started in the early part of the 19th century and H. J. Heinz started making its first big product, their chili sauce, just after the American Civil War. Jell-O was patented a little before the Civil War but it wasn’t marketed under that name until some time thereafter.
Lots of these old brand name products are no longer made. Some, like Coca Cola and Heinz’s Chili Sauce, continue to be made but their formulas have changed so that they’re really a different product. Coca Cola replaced sugar cane with sucrose years ago and today’s Coca Cola just tastes different than the stuff I grew up with. Until not too long ago Heinz continue to make their chili sauce using tomatoes, onions, etc. just as they did years ago. Now its made using processed tomatoes, dehydrated onions, etc.
Some products have actually risen from the grave after not being available for years. The IBC Root Beer and Schweppes Bitter Lemon are two products in that category.
Are there any old products that you miss? Examples I can think of are Pommac, an apple soda (Swedish?), that was distributed here briefly in the 1960′s and the old Busch Bavarian beer as it used to be brewed and sold in returnable bottles. That was only available in St. Louis and the only Anheuser-Busch product I’ve every really liked. I also remember with fondness the grapefruit-flavored Tang. I liked Postum, too.
My wife adds to the list Delaware Punch, chocolate-flavored Lifesavers, and Carnation Snowballs (an ice cream dessert covered with coconut).
Are there any products that are no longer made that you long for or think of fondly?
BTW, the original Jell-O flavors were strawberry, raspberry, orange and lemon. Shortly thereafter chocolate (not pudding—gelatin), cherry, and peach were added. I’m not old enough to remember chocolate-flavored Jell-O.