Top 10 Bizarre Cancelled Food Products

It’s just a fact of life that, eventually, every food product the world is absolutely crazy about will be discontinued. Some food manufacturers are still held hostage by some fans, even decades later. We all shake our heads and wonder if our otherwise refined palates were affected by this insaneness. We are left wondering how we were deceived into believing that these foodie fads were both delicious and nutritious. These are ten foods that have been discontinued that look questionable.

10 Weiner Wrap

Weiner Wrap was invented to allow hot dogs and buns to be baked together in one step. Pillsbury’s six flat sheets made of dough can was easily wrapped around each hotdog. The six flat sheets of dough were placed on a baking sheet. Twenty minutes later, you had a hot, juicy hotdog in a warm bun. Weiner Wraps came in three flavors: plain, cheese and onion.

These were a hit in every kitchen across America because they were easy to make by teenagers. A whole generation of people in their fifties recalls the day when their parents stopped cooking for two years and allowed their children to eat Weiner Wraps every evening after they went out drinking or joined the bowling league.

If one of your peers in the cafeteria had a cold Weiner Wrap in their lunch box, you’d be sure they were either very lucky or completely neglected. Weiner Wrap was like so many processed foods in the seventies. The aerobics movement encouraged a trend towards healthier eating.

9 WOW

From 1998 to 2002 Frito Lay sold and produced WOW Potato Chips, and WOW Doritos. These junk food items were made with the Olestra, which is a fat substitute that has no calories and lowers or eliminates the total fat content of the food item.

WOW products were extremely successful in the first year, with an initial sales haul totaling $400 million. However, it didn’t take long for WOW consumers to be turned off by the horrendous side effects reported as “abdominal cramping, diarrhea, and anal leakage.”

It is easy to imagine that these side effects did not help the brand’s reputation. “Thank you, Jane, your party was marvelous! Bob and I woke up with severe diarrhea and had to throw away our underwear. Otherwise, your snacks were the bomb!”

8 Pizza Spins

Pizza Spins were a General Mills junk-food item that was invented in 1968 but was discontinued in 1975. In the 1960s, consumers surveyed their preferences for pizza and the race began to create the perfect crispy pizza-flavored snack food.

General Mills printed this phrase on the back of each box of Pizza Spins: “All the true delicious pizza flavor in a munchy, crunchy, mouth-sized snack.” What they didn’t include but probably should have, was a precaution stating that Pizza Spins had all the flavor of an acid indigestion burp fueled by sawdust and your great aunt Matilda’s seven-day-old spaghetti sauce.

After consuming a few of these imitation pizza wheels, not even a healthy boy of ten years old could escape the burning sensation in his stomach.

7 Freshen Up Gum

Freshen Up Gum, marketed as “The Gum That Goes Squirt” was first offered for sale to the public in 1975 and discontinued in 2019. It was available as a bubblegum, spearmint, peppermint and cinnamon flavor. The inexplicable selling point of this chewing gum product was that when you bit into the gum, it burst forth with a creamy gel that allegedly “squirted your breath with refreshment.”

If your first experience with Freshen Up Gum was being offered a piece that had been carried around in someone’s pocket or sitting on the center console of a hot car, you were treated to the most unpleasant surprise of a hot, unusually flavored semi-liquid goo exploding in your mouth. For twenty seconds, your brain had to decide whether to swallow, gag, choke, swallow, assimilate, or assimilate this hot liquid into the chewing gum.

6 Jell-O 123

Jell-O 123 was a dessert of convenience that touted itself as a “dessert with two toppings.” In television commercials, Jell-O 123 was portrayed as being a source of fascination to watch as it developed in the individual serving dishes it was poured into after being prepared.

The fruit-flavored powdered was then blended with hot water in a blender. The mixture initially appeared cloudy and separated into three layers. The first layer was gelatinous. While the second layer was more like a creamy custard, the third layer was closer to a mix of damp sponges or foam.

Each custard cup was barely filled by four small portions from one box. It’s quite possible that ingesting a larger amount of this strange chemical mix orchestrated in a laboratory would cause imminent regurgitation. Jello- 123’s colorful hues bore a striking resemblance to the contents of a child’s stomach after a day at the fair eating too much cotton candy.

5 Oscar Meyer Sandwich Spread

Oscar Meyer Sandwich Spread was available in a tube in the hot dogs section of the grocery shop. It was made from chicken, pork, and beef leftovers that were mashed up into a paste with pickle relish and seasonings.

If you weren’t a fan of sliced baloney sandwiches with all the fixins’, or it was just too much work to put one altogether, then Oscar Meyer Sandwich Spread was a culinary dream come true.

Step 1, cut the plastic tube. Step two: Spread baloney paste on bread. Voila! Voila! You had a deliciously aromatic sandwich that was ready to go in just 30 seconds. It was difficult enough for many people to cook a hot dog or separate pieces of baloney. Oscar Meyer Sandwich Spread fans were disappointed to hear that this product was discontinued several years ago.

4 Easy Squirt Kitchups

Heinz’ Easy Squirt Ketchup, introduced in 2000, was a line of brightly colored ketchup designed and marketed for children. The first color ‘Blastin’ Green’ rolled out as a promotional gimmick timed for the release of the movie “Shrek.” By the end of the slow and steady rollout of Funky Purple, Passion Pink, Awesome Orange, Stellar Blue, and Totally Teal colored ketchup, over 25 million bottles had been purchased.

Easy Squirt Ketchup’s fall from grace occurred when it was discovered the process by which red tomato ketchup magically turned a bright, unnatural hue. The red tomato color was removed and chemical colors were added to the mixture. This altered the flavor and required the addition of other tangy components.

Legally, the product cannot be called traditional tomatoketchup. Every parent was already sickened by their children’s use of the brightly colored product to coat everything they ate. Even those who obstinately denied that tomato ketchup could be legally called tomato ketchup, the fact that it was no longer legal to call itself tomato sauce was the final straw.

3 Space Food Sticks

Space Food Sticks were first introduced to the public by Pillsbury at the heights of NASA’s interest in 1970. People were fascinated by the science behind survival in space and there was no shortage of toys, clothing and books aimed at children.

Space Food Sticks were a great item that everyone could buy and were marketed to the whole family. Since there was nothing more concrete than mere speculation at what an astronaut’s food should look, feel and taste like, the public was perfectly positioned targets for this enterprising marketing campaign. The TV commercials sounded official and looked as if NASA’s director were telling us all to eat astronaut food.

These men were healthy and brave, after all.

Children and adults believed that the foil-wrapped, chocolate- and caramel-flavored foil wrapped rods were delicious for years. Space Food Sticks were a superior way to recharge your batteries and were embraced by the public.

The collective delusion was finally lifted and Space Food Sticks were blasted off to the great failed food products graveyard in space in the early 1980s.

2 Figurines

Figurines were a crunchy wafer-like bar, the marketing of which preyed upon women’s diet insecurities. Figurines were first introduced in 1974. They came in a variety flavors and were high in sugar and fat. The psychological rub was that “Figurines are full of added vitamins.”

These 300-calorie pouch bars, which have 300 calories per serving, were not intended to be a meal substitute. Along with the heavy consumption of cigarettes, Tab diet soda, and caffeine pills — a popular mix in the 1970s — teenage girls followed in their mother’s shoes by starving themselves of real food while consuming products like Figurines in order to achieve an impossible standard of beauty.

The Figurines diet bar craze was ultimately just another diet food fad in an arsenal of weight loss tools that the average American woman had in steady supply. As the consumers of Figurines aged out, so did the wafer’s popularity, and they were discontinued in the early 80s.

1 Sugar-Free Gummy Bear

How can you tell the difference between a sugar-free and a gummy bear? You can’t. You will not feel the effects of Maltitol until a few minutes to an hour after you have consumed a few Haribo sugar-free Gummy Bears. This is a sugar alcohol that is used in many confections as a substitute for sugar.

Maltitol can be used as a powerful laxative for almost anyone who is not aware. Who would have guessed that the pleasurable act to eat a whole package of cute little Gummy Bears could lead you to the porcelain god with explosive diarrhea?

Haribo shrewdly decided to remove the vindictive little bears quickly from their candy range. Other companies have not taken the initiative.

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