Summer is Officially Here and We Miss These Discontinued Ice Cream Treats
That familiar, catchy tune starts to play and you beg your mom or dad for some change. You run as fast as you can, hoping to catch the ice cream truck and get your favorite treat, days after school has ended and summer fun has finally begun. Everyone has their favorites from the ice cream truck and sadly, many of those nostalgic classics have now been discontinued. Good Humor recently confirmed that the Toasted Almond bar is gone for good and fans on social media were quite upset!
Good Humor Toasted Almond Bars
While most people are familiar with the Strawberry Shortcake and Chocolate Éclair bars, the Toasted Almond bar has been a favorite for many. It began in the ’60s when Unilever purchased Good Humor and they offered over 85 flavors or combinations of flavored treats. In 1992, the three classic bars were relaunched and many ’90s kids may remember picking one of the three from their local ice cream man. Good Humor has since confirmed that the Toasted Almond bars were discontinued in 2022 but some grocery stores may still carry the remaining inventory.
Jell-O Pudding Pops
These were basically frozen pudding on a stick and generally came in chocolate, vanilla, or chocolate vanilla swirl flavors. A certain Cosby Show star (find out where the cast is now!) made the treat famous in ads and these were often sold by ice cream trucks. Simple yet very delicious. Popular in the ’80s, they were discontinued by the late ’90s. The good news is that if you still have a craving for them, they are pretty easy to make yourself at home.
Mickey’s Parade Ice Pops
There’s nothing quite like the combination of Disney and ice cream nostalgia. A bit different than the legendary Mickey Premium Bars, these were bright and colorful popsicles that were shaped like the Fab Five: Mickey Mouse, Minnie Mouse, Goofy, Donald Duck, and Daisy. These were sold out of ice cream trucks and often at Disney parks but got discontinued in the 2000s.
Popsicle Micro Pops
Dippin’ Dots remain a cult classic treat and these were kind of the off-brand version of tiny dots turned into a popsicle. A ’90s treat that was perfect for the Fourth of July since it was red, white, and blue with the flavors being strawberry, blue raspberry, and lemon.
Pink Panther and Looney Tunes Ice Pops
You have probably seen Spongebob Squarepants Ice Pops (they recently got rid of the bubblegum eyes and changed them to chocolate eyes… they’re quite terrifying.), but do you remember Ice Pops with the likeness of Pink Pantner or Looney Tunes characters? They never looked quite right and seemed to have gone away by the late ’90s.
These were my favorite even though they always seemed to make a mess. They were popsicles with flavors such as Yabba Dabba Doo Orange and Bedrock Berry that you had to painstakingly push up to enjoy. I remember when they were a little too frozen, I had to push the stick on the table and inevitably it would break or shoot up in my face when it melted enough. Ah, memories.
Bonus: Choco Tacos
The Internet caused quite a stir when Klondike said that Choco Tacos, essentially ice cream shaped like a taco, would be discontinued. People were so upset that the company now promises to bring them back.
Is there anything else you’d add to this list? What is your favorite nostalgic ice cream treat that no longer exists?