We remember abandoned food products as a whole a lot here at The takeaway. RIP, chocolate tacos. We hope to see you again one day, Beef Taco Bell. The Scout cookie graveyard is full of delicious treats from days gone by. And WhyOh why McDonald’s Spicy Mustard keep escaping us?
To our great joy, we discovered a whole Twitter account dedicated to these ephemeral snacks, rightly titled @Snack_Memories. Once we found it, we were hooked; we have scroll to find all kinds of limited time offers long lost in the back of our minds. There’s something oddly telling about bright packaging and unique flavors you haven’t thought about in decades. It instantly transports you to a different time in your life in a way few other things can.
Everyone remembers the short-lived McDonald’s Beef Wennington? @Snack_Memories does. Sold between 1998-1999, iIt was a Chicago Bull tributes center Bill Wennington, who played for the team throughout their six-game championship series in the ‘90s. The Beef Wennington included a hamburger patty, American cheese, onions, barbecue sauce and Canadian bacon, a nod to Wennington’s Montreal roots.
I grew up in and around Chicago, and to say everything about the Bulls was huge is an understatement. I was 17 then and Holy shit, did this tweet open a floodgate of memories. Naturally my mind floated to the McJordan special, a quarter pound with barbecue sauce, onions and bacon.
Twitter account is full of great anecdotes from the history of fast food, telling, for example, when Burger King got its start bone-in ribs in 2010 as a limited-time product. I definitely ate them, and they were surprisingly good for being a fast food offering. Do any of you remember swallowing them?
Perhaps even more fascinating is the fact that many of the things featured on the @Snack_Memories Twitter feed are things that Either I never lived in person or I never would have remembered if not for that nostalgic boost. I would have been a little young when Little Caesars chocolate ravioli were around, but they sound good: a sort of ravioli-shaped truffle, with a white chocolate exterior and milk chocolate cream center. How did I miss these?
And of course a lot products on the date of the flow before I was born, like At Betty Crocker’s Mug-O-Lunch. These were essentially instant noodle dishes, but rather than today’s popular ramen, the varieties included macaroni and cheese, beef noodles and sauce, and spaghetti and tomato sauce. Betty Crocker was ahead of her time.
If you have some time today to scroll through the Twitter feed @Snack_Memorieswhich started in April, highly recommend. You’ll probably end up spending a lot more time browsing it than you anticipated. (do much Google searches along the way). Bready to get slapped by giant waves of nostalgia, incurable outbursts of curiosity and a strong want to taste historical novelties that may never return to the shelves. You have been warned.