Because . . Things Change

Let It Be

A restaurant that removed your favorite item from the menu, a bad cover of a great song… Write a post about something that should’ve been left untouched, but wasn’t. Why was the original better?

Many of us remember New Coke.  Why Coca-Cola made that change still baffles many.  It wasn’t long before Coke Classic came back.  New Coke stuck around for a while, but not long.

I have over the course of my 53 years, run into this MANY times.  I probably won’t be able to recall them all here, but I’ll give it a shot.

Peppermint Tootsie Roll Pops

These were a thing in the late 80’s or early 90’s and came out around Christmas.  Everyone in my family loved them.  Then, one year, we got them, and they didn’t taste the same.  They weren’t as “creamy” or something.  It’s a hard thing to describe when you don’t have the original to compare to the new version.  We just knew they weren’t the same.

Soda made with high fructose corn syrup instead of sugar

So, supposedly you can’t tell the difference, but when we tried, what was it called, Retro Pepsi, we could so tell.

Oatmeal Swirls

This was a thing in the 80’s and early 90’s as well.  You had instant oatmeal in various fruit flavors, even tried chocolate, and it came with packets of a jelly like substance that you drizzled over the top of the oatmeal once it was ready for consumption.  One day, it just disappeared off the store shelf never to return.

Brach’s Cinnamon Discs

I’d buy these to put in the candy jar at work every so often, because even though more expensive, as there are other cinnamon discs of lesser taste and cheaper (still okay, not great).  I truly believed these were THE BEST, far superior to others.  Until a few months ago.  The taste is “flatter” for lack of better word, and the coloring is not as rich or deep or something.  I wrote an email to the company, and they actually responded that they had just moved the cinnamon disc making operation to a new factory and that the equipment there wasn’t “seasoned” enough yet, but that they had done taste tests, and no one could tell the difference.  Really?  I thought, “Didn’t you just read and respond to my email telling you otherwise?”  I will miss this confection.

Cinnamon Candy Canes

I LOVE these things.  I used to be able to find them every Christmas, even if I had to ask and go to a few different stores to find them.  Now, they seem to have disappeared altogether.  Where have all the cinnamon candy canes gone?

 Everything Shrinks

Remember when toilet paper always had 200 or 300 or 400 sheets per roll, and now, they don’t.   And let’s not stop there – M&M’s used to be in a 2 lb bag and now it’s 24 oz.  Or, anything really –  cereal, potato chips, cans or bags of coffee, a half gallon of ice cream, snack bars –  just to name a few. Then, they create a new “mega” or “jumbo” or “family” or “party size”.  Pay more, get less. Woo hoo!

And now let’s touch on some things that seem to be the same, maybe they actually are.

Johnson & Johnson’s Baby Shampoo – same fragrance, color and harshness.  No more tears, really?  Did you ever get this in your eyes?  But, still, seems the same as 30 years ago.

Baby Magic lotion – What baby doesn’t smell like heaven after a bath and an application of this ambrosial pink goo? Yes, you can buy the “unscented” version, though I’m not sure why you’d want to.

Dawn dish soap – It comes in ultra and many colors and scents, but the basic blue is still available and still works well as a degreaser.

Blue Bell Ice Cream – I have to take a moment here to mention my favorite ice cream (even if I still can’t get it without traveling to  – Indiana?) Still a full half gallon, and the home made vanilla tastes the same to me as it did 20 years ago.  I miss you, Blue Bell, when are you coming to Illinois?




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