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Here's a Short Catalog of Foods Discontinued in 2016

December 21, 2016

Man. Will someone end 2016 already? I’ve been muttering these words to myself every day since January, and, thankfully, I won’t have much longer to say them. The year’s almost over, after all. But what a year it’s been! Taking my idols left and right, celebs who gave me my first big break and taught me it was okay to be weird. Terrible.

I’m afraid that food has not been immune to the great death rattle of 2016, either. It's a year that's seen many culinary casualties—so crank up some Sarah McLachlan tunes and take a trip through all these products we lost in 2016. Keep in mind that many products are discontinued without formal announcements; so long has their death march been that they just saunter off into oblivion with no one caring.

The McWrap

Wraps from McDonald's? Nope. Not happening.

Kellogg's Crunchy Nut Golden Honey Nut Flakes

"Where is My Husband's Crunchy Nut Flakes Cereal?" asked Barb to Kellogg's 10 months ago. Barb, it's gone. I'm sorry. Ugh.

Firestone Walker's Double Jack, Opal and Wookey Jack Beers

"Dwindled from distribution." Folded. You're telling me that two jacks couldn't even save these? Despicable.

Product 19

See you later, my sweet cereal.

$300 Keurig KOLD Soda Machines

"Hasta la vista," as they say.

Hi-C Ecto Cooler

Well, this once-defunct juicebox drink was briefly revived for two seconds to commemorate July's Ghostbusters reboot. And now, in a matter of days, it's going to be discontinued all over again. Incredible how history repeats itself.

Morningstar Farms Breakfast Starters Classic Scramble

Never had a chance.

The Chick-fil-A Spicy Chicken Biscuit

Not so "spicy" anymore, eh?

Chick-fil-A Coleslaw

A kale salad? Broccolini? Please—bring back the slaw! Wow, 2016 just keeps getting worse.

FiberPlus Antioxidants Calcium Chocolate Chip Bar

Awful news.

Pringles Chile Y Limon

It’s a shame, really.

Cadbury’s Time Out Bar

Who didn’t love some of these Cadbury bad boys straight from Heathrow Airport? Well now they’re gone, so bye.

Special K Cranberry Walnut Protein Meal Bars

My favorites! Cranberry and walnut, packed with protein, bars that would make a meal. What comes next?

Special K Moments Snack Bites

Sorry to see you go.

Campbell’s V8 Protein Shakes & Bars

Where will I get my protein now?

Zest and Habitant mustard pickles from Canada

Loved these cuties. Tiny things, prickly, floating inside a jar like wondrous creatures.

Campbell’s Fresh Brewed Keurig Cup Soups

Single-serve soup from a Keurig? If I'd heard of it before, I'd have asked you to sign me up, and pronto! I guess it's too late now, though. Didn't make it in time.

Hormel Spam Snacks

Spam snacks, spam snacks. Dried bits of spam, spiced with teriyaki or bacon. Now decaying in a dumpster. The worst.

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Mayukh Sen is a James Beard Award-winning food and culture writer in New York. His writing has appeared in the New York Times, the New Yorker, Bon Appetit, and elsewhere. He won a 2018 James Beard Award in Journalism for his profile of Princess Pamela published on Food52.


Doug R. December 22, 2016
More important to me than the Chick-Fil-A spicy breakfast biscuit is the Chick-Fil-A spicy breakfast burrito. That was my favorite.
Kaite December 22, 2016
Gosh! From the photo attached to the Facebook post I thought for sure you were going to tell me Fruity Pebbles were gone! I was going to run out and stockpile. Now I can rest easy....
Perry L. December 22, 2016
Uno's coleslaw.
Rachel W. December 21, 2016
Cosi's Pumpkin Chipotle soup. Lucious and almost no calories. I have tried and failed to reproduce it at home.
nancy E. December 21, 2016
Why do you care about these awful products?