Recreate Your Favorite Discontinued Snacks With These Nostalgic Recipes

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The Sweet Taste of Nostalgia

Sometimes it's downright dangerous to become attached to a particular snack. After all, you never know when its tenure will come to an end; we've seen some extremely disappointing discontinuations over the years. There's even a handful of discontinued snacks that we're still craving. 

But if your favorite candy bar or frozen dessert has disappeared from the shelves forever, there's still hope. If the brands who let us down won't bring our favorite snacks back, we'll make them ourselves with these recipes.

Kudos bars

1. Kudos Bars

Mars' Kudos bars were like a granola bar, candy bar, and Rice Krispies Treat all rolled into one wrapper. Sadly, they were discontinued in 2017, but we haven't quit craving them. Lucky for us, they're super easy to recreate at home. 

Recipe: The Squeaky Mixer 

Keebler Fudge Magic Middles

2. Keebler Fudge Magic Middles

Keebler has given us some classics over the years, and during the '80s, these fudge-filled shortbread cookies were one of the most beloved. This recipe promises to recreate that surprising chocolatey center that we love so much. 

Recipe: Handle the Heat

pb max
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3. PB Max

It's going to take some time to recreate this early '90s candy, but if you've got enough ambition and a hankering for a chocolate-drenched, cookie-based, peanut butter treat, this recipe won't fail you.

Recipe: Cooking with Karli

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Peanut Butter Boppers
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4. Peanut Butter Boppers

Peanut Butter Boppers featured logs of peanut butter that were coated in chocolate and finished off with crispy, crunchy toppings like cookie and graham cracker crumbs. While the snack didn't make it out of the '80s alive, its straightforward composition is a breeze to emulate with Nature Valley's recipe.

Recipe: Nature Valley

Related: Foods We Miss From the '70s and '80s

Philadelphia Strawberry Cheesecake Snack Bars

5. Philadelphia Strawberry Cheesecake Bars

We still don't understand why Philadelphia chose to stick to cream cheese and axe the snack bars, and we definitely haven't forgiven them either. Thankfully, this copycat recipe exists to get us as close to the real thing (and probably even better) as possible.

Recipe: The Squeaky Mixer

Related: Fast Foods and Treats We Lost in 2022

Jell-O Pudding Pops, Chocolate & Vanilla

6. Jell-O Pudding Pops

Jell-O Pudding Pops have to be one of the most well-loved ice cream bars of all-time. While it still stings that they're nowhere to be found in the frozen foods section anymore, it's a just-fine consolation prize that it only takes three ingredients and some popsicle sticks to recreate them.


Related: 9 Discontinued Frozen Foods That Still Feel Like a Punch to the Gut


7. Choco Tacos

We've been given a lot of gut punches over the last year between inflated grocery and gas prices and continuous COVID, but we have to admit: Klondike took the wind out of our sails when they discontinued the Choco Taco in 2022. This recipe will have to get us by until Klondike pulls their heads out of their rears. 

Recipe: A Cozy Kitchen

Butterfinger BB's
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8. Butterfinger BB's

We were pretty giddy when we discovered that there's a copycat recipe out there for Butterfinger BB's. And we were downright shocked to find that all that's needed to make them is candy corn, peanut butter, and melted chocolate. 

Recipe: Glazed & Confused

Hi-C Ecto Cooler

9. Hi-C Ecto Cooler

When "Ghostbusters" premiered in 1989, Hi-C brought out the Ecto Cooler, which was branded with the Slimer character from the movie. The bright green, citrus-flavored drink was iconic, and this recipe tastes just like the late '80s if you ask us.

Recipe: The Cottage Market


10. Yogos

The Yogos of the 2000s were a chewy, fruit-flavored candy coated in a yogurt shell. This recipe, on the other hand, uses dried fruit in the center for a healthier spin. 

Recipe: Your Home Made Healthy