Foods I Miss From My Childhood

The other day I had a hankering for pudding, but not just any pudding – I wanted Laura Secord butterscotch pudding. I did a quick google search to find out what direction to set out to procure the snack for which I craved, only to discover IT NO LONGER EXISTS!!!

I thought back to the last time I actually bought pudding cups and I was at a loss. Did I stop buying pudding because they stopped making it or did I just stop eating pudding at some point? Growing up, these cups were a staple in our home for lunch boxes and after-school snacking. We used to buy them at Costco by the case.

I know I could have just gone to any grocery store and picked up a Snack Pack (I assume these are still around) but Laura Secord pudding had a particular texture. It was – I don’t know how to describe it? Silkier? Is that an accurate pudding descriptor? Anyway, nothing short of the real thing was going to fill this void for me so I just moved on, but it did get me thinking about some foods I would revisit if I had a time machine.

For a brief time while I was a McDonalds sold pizza in our area and it was legit. At that time my University residence was literally next door to a participating location. It was not only awesome pizza but also super cheap. The crust was just the right thickness, and it was crispy in all the right places. The sauce was sweet with a kick of spice and was topped with the perfect amount of gooey, stringy cheese. It was perfection.

Apparently, they stopped offering it because of the 11 minutes it took to get it out to the customer, which I find hilarious because, at the train wreck of a McDonald’s that I frequent these days, I’m sure I’ve waited more than 11 minutes for a black coffee and a hash brown (the staff is really nice though).

According to this relatively recent article, there are three stores in the United States that still make the pizza. None of these locations would be very convenient for a road trip though, nor are they near anywhere we would visit though. I’m sure it wouldn’t be nearly as good as I remember anyway.

While I’m thinking about McDonald’s, I also miss their deep fried (not baked) apple pies and the McDLT – which was the burger that was served with the meat and bottom bun packaged separately from the lettuce, tomato, cheese, pickles, sauces and top bun, to keep “the hot side hot and the cool side cool.” The packaging was styrofoam and was phased out around the same time they switched to cardboard wrappers. I guess losing the McDLT was a small price to pay to keep what was left of the ozone layer.

These were the best chips ever. EVER!

In case you missed these, O’Grady’s were extra thick rippled potato chips liberally coated with a incomparably delicious cheese dust that would cake in the deep ridges. I think these disappeared sometime in the late 90s. I know I bought them into my 20s, as I recall they paired well with the economical Sawmill Creek Red I used to swill back then (apparently that still exists – 36 bucks for a 4 litre box!)

Someone told me that the Ruffles Au Gratin was a decent substitute. I recently tried them and after sampling an entire full-sized bag just to be sure, I can tell you, these are not the same thing. Not even close.

What foods do you miss?

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  1. This post made me laugh! I barely remember McDonalds pizza, but you know what I miss from McDonalds? The McSalad Shakers!

    I find that more than me missing foods that don’t exist anymore, I miss that food that I loved as a kid tastes bad now. Like those frozen TV dinners, quarter waters, etc.

  2. Oh my gosh, I’ve never heard of any of these! McDonalds made pizza once?? That’s insane! I’d be curious enough to try it 🙂 Do they still make dunkaroos? That’s what I grew up on, lol.

  3. So true – I actually tried a frozen TV dinner for the sake of nostalgia and it was awful!

  4. The pizza was around for such a short time, maybe a year or two? It was so good! I loved Dunkaroos too but I don’t think I’ve seen them lately.

  5. Humm, when I think about food I miss, the only thing which comes to mind was this chicken dish at a local chinese restaurant. It was marinated in a sauce that made it look pink through out and was deep fried in a tin foil packet. It was called “Chicken in the Tinfoil”. The restaurant is still there, but it hasn’t been on the menu in decades.

    I have no recollection of pizza a mcdonalds, but then, why would I? I have never in my life eaten pizza from a chain restaurant!
    Chic on the Cheap

  6. I miss Jello pudding pops and also chipwiches ( the ice cream sandwiches) )

  7. Yes, Laura Secord pudding WAS some of the best snack pudding ever. I also liked another brand (whose name I no longer remember at all!) – especially the butter pecan flavour. The pudding in the snack cups today taste like plastic, unless it’s Kozy Shack, which is still pretty decent. I miss Jello’s Cheesecake cups – they used to have cherry and blueberry, and were terrific for an after lunch dessert. I wish they still had the bubbly Jello, and also Whip ‘N Chill–which while on its own wasn’t that great–made a terrific cake filling.
    But the thing I could buy again was a freeze dried iced tea mix called “Canterbury’s.” I bought it back in the 80s (when I was in high school), and it was THE BEST darn iced tea mix ever!

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