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20 Beloved Snacks Vanishing From Grocery Shelves This Year

Companies are quietly discontinuing dozens of snack foods this year in order to streamline operations.
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Food shortages have ranged from serious to harmlessly annoying this year. For example, the pandemic caused shortages of meat and flour in the spring, which understandably scared many Americans, and prompted a wave of pandemic hoarding (and here's how likely it is to happen again.)

But there have also been shortages of our favorite beverages and snacks, not necessarily things we can't live without, but rather the things we don't want to live without. Because of an astronomic increase in demand for popular items like Coke, Campbell's soup, and Lay's chips, food companies scrambled to meet the new demand and avoid shortages. They ramped up production of their best-selling items, which inevitably meant that their more niche products fell by the wayside.

The following snacks have been difficult to find in grocery stores this year, so we searched the internet for some answers. We found that some are on a temporary hiatus while others have been quietly discontinued for good. For more, check out 10 Beverages Vanishing From Grocery Shelves This Year.

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1

Doritos Salsa Verde

doritos salsa verde

In early March, Frito-Lay decided to reduce the number of their products by about 21%, which means that some much-loved flavors of their iconic Doritos and Lay's chips were discontinued or put on pause. The company responded to a fan Tweet in May confirming the Salsa Verde flavor was among those experiencing a temporary pause in production. Although the company said they would resume production soon, this flavor is still difficult to find in stores.

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2

Fritos Scoops Spicy Jalapeño

fritos scoops

A Tweet from Frito-Lay in May confirmed the company has temporarily paused production of the Jalapeño Fritos. However, the company said they will resume production as soon as possible.

3

Lay's Lightly Salted

lays lightly salted

Looks like you'll have to temporarily say goodbye to the "healthier" version of Lay's chips which are lighter on the sodium. The company confirmed they have temporarily paused production of this flavor as well.

4

Tostitos Black Bean & Garlic

tostitos black bean garlic

If you liked having all your basic Tex-Mex flavors in one chip, we hate to break it to you, but the Black Bean & Garlic Tostitos have been discontinued this year. The company confirmed the news on Twitter a few days ago.

5

Lay's Classic Mix

lays classic multi pack

Remember this nifty variety pack of all your favorite classic Frito-Lay snacks? Sadly, the company has retired the product this year, and has no plans to bring it back in the near future.

6

Tostitos Baked Scoops

tostitos baked scoops chip bag

The baked scoops have become a go-to for those looking for a lighter tortilla chip that's still optimal for salsa scoopability—because they're baked, not fried, they contain less fat. Unfortunately, they're another product Frito-Lay paused production on while they focus building up stock for more popular items. No word yet on when it's coming back.

7

Goldfish Crackers

pepperidge farm baked goldfish cheddar bag

Now, before you freak out, let's make it clear that Goldfish crackers aren't going anywhere. However, Campbell confirmed they were taken by surprise with the sudden surge in demand for this popular product during the pandemic, and have had some trouble keeping it in stock earlier this year. Since then, they've increased production and introduced some new items like Veggie Goldfish. Hopefully this means the days of Goldfish shortage are firmly behind us.

8

Geneva Cookies

pepperidge farm geneva cookie bag

Pepperidge Farm confirmed on Twitter they are pausing production on their Geneva cookies in order to maximize their overall output. But the good news is these babies will be making a comeback!

9

Cheetos Mac'n'Cheese

cheetos mac n cheese bold cheesy flavor box

PepsiCo introduced this best-of-both-worlds combo in July and since then the Cheetos-flavored mac'n'cheese has been "flying off the shelves," according to PepsiCo CFO Hugh Johnston. "We literally can't make enough. So every box we make, we're selling almost immediately," he said in the beginning of October. With the demand so high, don't be surprised if you find your local grocery store wiped clean of these.

10

Cheez-It Grooves

cheez it grooves zesty cheddar ranch box

While there has been no official confirmation from Kellogg's that these have been discontinued or temporarily shelved, consumers are reporting they're having trouble finding them. One Twitter user wrote, "When people ask me how I'm doing, I tell them I wrote a letter to Kellogg's asking why Cheez-It Grooves were discontinued in the midst of a pandemic. (They apparently were not, but production has greatly diminished)."

11

Eggo Spider-Man Mixed Berry Marvel Waffles

kelloggs eggo spiderman mixed berry marvel box

Unfortunately, Kellogg's confirmed they are discontinuing their Eggo Spider-Man Waffles, the fun spider web–shaped waffles they released in partnership with Sony Pictures. While these were likely planned as a limited-time offer, fans are still disappointed, especially the young ones. But if fun breakfast is what you're after, Kellogg's Mickey Homestyle Waffles are still available.

12

Crunchy Nut Cereal

kelloggs crunchy nut golden honey nut flakes cereal box

Apparently, this cereal simply didn't have enough fans and is therefor being discontinued, as confirmed by Kellogg's on Twitter.

13

Rice Crispies Treats Cereal

kelloggs rice krispies treats cereal box

It seems that several Kellogg's cereals have found themselves on the chopping block this year. The company confirmed on Twitter the Rice Krispies Treats cereal has gotten the axe, while a disappointed fan replied, "Out of all the flavors you have why would you get rid of the best one?," and we kind of see her point.

14

Lean Pockets

lean pockets philly steak cheese box

Nestle has quietly discontinued their line of Lean Pockets this year. The frozen flaky-dough sandwiches provided a healthier alternative to the iconic Hot Pockets. And while the latter have been in high demand during the pandemic, it seems that their Lean cousins didn't bring enough sales to justify their existence.

15

Pringles Ketchup

Courtesy of Pringles

Despite some excitement about Pringles Ketchup coming to the U.S. market in 2017, Pringles just confirmed they have discontinued this flavor due to low demand.

16

Pringles Kickin' Chicken Taco

pringles kickin chicken taco flavor container

Another not-so-popular Pringles flavor being discontinued this year is Kickin' Chicken Taco. The company confirmed the move on Twitter, offering an alternative: stacking their Rotisserie Chicken, Cheddar Cheese, and Fire Roasted Jalapeño chips to achieve the same flavor.

17

Pringles Multigrain Sour Cream & Onion

pringles multigrain sour cream onion container

While Sour Cream & Onion Pringles are alive and well, their multi-grain counterpart was discontinued this year due to low demand.

18

Yoplait Mix-Ins

yoplait mix-ins salted caramel pretzel yogurt container

If you've been frantically searching the dairy aisle for your favorite Yoplait crunchy yogurts, we hate to be the bearers of bad news, but the whole line has been discontinued this year. The company confirmed the news on Twitter but offered no further explanation. We suspect they may have been outshined by Yoplait's Oui line of yogurts, which launched the same year and received more buzz out of the gate.

19

Fiber One Protein Cereal

general mills fiber one protein sweetened granola cereal box

General Mills confirmed the Fiber One Protein granola-style cereal has been discontinued this year in a short Tweet.

20

Chips Deluxe Soft'nChewy Cookies

keebler chips deluxe cookies soft n chewy container

Several Twitter users have reported having a hard time finding Keebler's soft chocolate chip cookies in stores recently. However, the company chimed in to clarify that they are still very much being produced.

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Mura Dominko
Mura Dominko is a senior editor at Eat This, Not That!. Read more
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