One of my absolute favorites was Nabisco Chocolate Chip Snaps. These came in a red and white box with a cookie on the front that had lines drawn on it to make it look like a cat. They were about the size of a fifty cent piece and delicious! There was also an All Chocolate version of them, but I preferred the Chocolate Chip ones. Most of the time, with enough perseverance, you can find anything online to order. Unfortunately, not this time. While I did find many folks waxing nostalgic about these cookies....there were none to to be had anyplace. They had been discontinued a long time ago. Amazing that I still have an unopened box. Wonder if they are still edible?
I'd been searching for a replacement for quite a long time. No such luck. Closest I came in flavor was Annie's Bunny Grahams in Chocolate Chip flavor. Close...but really not the same. Besides, biting the heads off of cute little bunnies (even if they are cookies!) isn't exactly fun.... That's not to say they aren't excellent...indeed they are great cookies! But, alas, still not the same. Many things we remember from the past are simply no longer available. It isn't just food items. Clothing (though I really don't miss some of the older styles!) restaurant chains, supermarkets, local businesses. All of these, and more have come and gone over the years. Some of them definitely WON'T be missed....but some will. I've seen fan pages of lost and obscure products and shops pop up all over the internet. Many of them remind us of an earlier time in our lives. The lens of distance often makes these memories far rosier than they were at the time. I'm OK with that. The past was great....even when it wasn't so good.
Perhaps, like clothing styles, they will come back around. I hope so. Sometimes the past IS better. Maybe it's just change we dislike? I truly enjoy trying new things. I really do. But a look back is OK too.
Be Seeing You...Down The Road,
Rich "The Wanderman"