Discontinued Foods Bracket Eick March 21, 2013 Discontinued Foods Bracket 29 Comments It’s time for our 5th annual So Good food bracket! The place where YOU control the vote and YOU control the outcome. Accept no imitators! As Gunaxin wrote about food bracketology last year, “Arguably the folks at So Good invented this on the internet, and do it best.” Since 2009, we’ve brought you Meat Madness, Fast Food Bracket, Snack Madness & Candy Madness. This year we’re going in a pretty different direction: discontinued food products. These are products you may have fond (or horrifying) memories of, but for one reason or another (likely weak sales) they were discontinued. We want to know, which of these products deserve a second chance on grocery store shelves? Which of these now dead products really is the BEST? (Click to enlarge) So let the debate begin! What awesome products did the selection committee snub that you’d like to see be brought back? Which products are you rooting for to win? Who will be the strongest contenders? Who do you predict will win each first round match-up? Each region? How many of these foods have you had yourself? Follow us on Twitter or Facebook for all the latest announcements when voting on new match-ups begins. Also, tweet about the bracket, the match-ups and who you vote for! Use #DiscontinuedFoods How it works: Starting Friday, March 22nd, we’ll post four match-ups each weekday, at approximately 9am, 11am, 1pm & 3pm. Voting on each first round match-up will be open for approximately 48 hours. The 2nd round will kick off on Monday, April 1st. Format: This year we are reverting back to a 32-contender tournament after 3 years with a 64 team field. I put together a spreadsheet of well over a hundred discontinued or now near impossible to find products and we could have easily done 64, but the goal was to pick the best of the best – products people actually MISS. I.e. no one is clamoring for the return of New Coke…are they? Also new this year for the first time? No seeding. After all, these products are all dead or near-dead, and seeding them would have felt like picking the turd that smelled the least bad. How Products Were Chosen: Most of these products simply vanished from the shelves. Others were killed off after being tweaked and re-branded (i.e. Mr. Pibb was replaced by Pibb Xtra, Four Loko was reformulated). In a few cases (Jolt, Clearly Canadian, Dunkaroos, Rice Krispies Treats & Full Throttle) these products kind of exist in that they are still listed on manufacturer’s websites, you can find them on Amazon, eBay or in one specific regional store. But any nationwide availability and visibility they once had is completely destroyed, hence their inclusion. In some cases, a discontinued product is still sold in countries outside the U.S. or has a chance to be manufactured here again (i.e. Twinkies). Overall, we picked only products we thought people missed and would actually WANT again. This doesn’t include any toy/tv show/movie related cereal which there seemed to be so many of, from Nintendo to Bill & Ted’s Excellent cereal. And as fond as your memories may be of the Arch Deluxe or Lays WOW chips, no one is clamoring for their return – in the case of the latter, particularly those who are anti-anal leakage. In contrast to those duds, many of these products have petitions with thousands of signatures asking for their return. The following two tabs change content below.BioLatest Posts Eick Latest posts by Eick (see all) Live in DC? Do More Tomorrow! - June 5, 2013 Surge Wins Discontinued Foods Bracket! - April 12, 2013 Discontinued Foods Bracket FINAL VOTE: Surge vs. Planter’s Cheez Balls - April 10, 2013 29 Responses Travis March 21st, 2013 Just so you know… Four Loko is still a product available nationally… it’s ORIGINAL formula no longer exists though, if that’s what you are getting at Reply W March 21st, 2013 MR. Pibb and Zima are also still available Reply Gig March 21st, 2013 No Fruity Yummy Mummy? Or Boo-Berry for that matter… Reply Eick March 21st, 2013 Travis – for sure, Four Loko as it once was has died, which is why it was selling for like $50 a can on ebay when they were changing the formula. W – Zima’s domestic production ended in 2008, if it’s still available in the U.S. it must be old bottles people stored. In 2001, Pibb Xtra, which is a slightly different formula (rumored to have more cinnamon flavor) replaced Mr. Pibb in virtually the entire country. Gig – Fruitty Yummy Mummy is for sure dead, just didn’t make the cut. Boo-Berry is kind of a McRib situation – they still manufacture it for a nationwide release, its just seasonal around Halloween. Reply boomgoesthedynamite March 21st, 2013 Calling it now dunkaroos will be champ. Reply jilliann March 21st, 2013 i wish there were pics for all the products. i suppose you may post those for each vote? anyway i really miss dr. slice. mmm best soda ever! Reply Ray March 22nd, 2013 Surge Reply liz March 22nd, 2013 I need my surge back….and fruitopia! But, if I had to pick one, surge!!!!! Reply Kyle Swanson March 22nd, 2013 There’s alot on here that’s still for sale.. Mr pibb.. Mtn dew pitch black .. Four loko… But surge should win Reply chris March 22nd, 2013 they still make jolt cola!!! prove me wrong Reply skarz March 22nd, 2013 surge soda needs to win this. the surge movement says so!!! Reply Sarah March 22nd, 2013 Um Dr pibb does still exist Reply Zuri March 22nd, 2013 Since when was Full Throttle discontinued? I had a can yesterday, you can buy it at any Walmart around here. Anyway, Surge wins the trophy hands down. But the other finalists for me would be French Toast Crunch, Butterfinger BB’s, and Ecto Cooler. Reply Matt March 22nd, 2013 Join the SURGE Movement! We’ve reached great heights and are climbing fast: http://www.facebook.com/surgemovement Reply Nick March 22nd, 2013 @W Where do they have Mr. Pibb? All I ever see is Pibb Extra. Reply JoeJack March 22nd, 2013 How could you not include the greatest candy bar of all time PB MAX!?!? Which was only discontinued despite great sales because the head of M&M/Mars didn’t like peanut butter. Reply Eick March 22nd, 2013 Hey all – as noted in the “How products were chosen” section, a number of these products (Jolt, Dunkaroos, Full Throttle etc) are still being manufactured, but have essentially disappeared from being readily available on shelves across the country and are now only available in a select few areas or through online ordering. Reply nate March 22nd, 2013 SURGE i would love to have one right now Reply sheila March 22nd, 2013 You can still buy waffle crisp at remke in ky. Reply Jordan March 22nd, 2013 Sure for sure!! As a youth minister, i have problems keeping up with the kids. Energy drinks won’t do, and neither will that weak Mt. Dew!! I NEEED SURGE!!! Reply CLIFF JACKSON March 25th, 2013 SURGE!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Reply Ian March 25th, 2013 How do I vote? I wanna vote for Orbitz! Reply Eick March 25th, 2013 Hey Ian – we have voting on 4 new match-ups each day, just check back throughout each day to vote. Reply Joseph Dickson March 25th, 2013 Hurd surge soda was a part of this so I want to vote for surge soda. BRING IT BACK!!! Reply Sean March 26th, 2013 Weren’t there supposed to be match-ups today? I don’t see any. Reply Dave Lundgren January 3rd, 2014 OK, I got here way after the fact, but still would like to put in a word for the best breath mints ever: Breath Savers Strong Mints, Peppermint with Menthol. They’ve been replaced by mints with some chemical called neutrazin. No comparison! Reply Leave a Reply Cancel Reply Your email address will not be published. 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