Some products stay the same for what seems like an eternity.
Pond’s Cold Cream, for example. Or Ivory, both Snow and soap. And then of course there’s Jello—but any regular reader of this blog knows about that. These things are classics, even though I don’t use them.
Remember when Coke changed its formula? Pandemonium. And no, I’m not talking about the removal of cocaine from the mix, which occurred in 1903; I’m talking about the 1985 change to New Coke that resulted in a backlash and the issuance of Coca-Cola Classic to try to still the brouhaha.
It’s not nice to mess with a great product, but that doesn’t stop them from doing it. Sometimes it’s sneaky—for example, I’m convinced that although the branding has stayed the same, almost all the candy and ice cream of my youth tasted different (and better) because corn syrup was not yet in the ascendance and sugar was the main sweetener.
I’ve found that there is some sort of rule of products: if I like one and use it, I’d better buy a gross, because it’s about to be discontinued. That goes most particularly for all makeup and skin care products, bras, and athletic shoes.
I’m currently engaged in a hunt for my favorite skin cream. This has led me to ebay, where there are actually bidding wars for the last remaining tiny vials of this stuff.
And whatever happened to those cookies of my youth, the ones my mother used to feed us because they were thought to be vaguely healthful, the raisins smashed into a layer of flattened crispy-but-plain sweetened cracker? That’s not a great description, I know, and it’s not exactly Proust’s madeleine. But they were pretty good, and nostalgia dictates that I find a supply and at least taste them again.
But I remember neither the name of the product nor the brand, although I have a vague memory of Nabisco being involved. Someone out there—can you help?
[NOTE: This is a description of a search for the very same cookie. The answer given, although promising, is most definitely not the cookie in question. The description of the cookie is much better than mine, however. I had forgotten the all-important perforations.]
[ADDENDUM: Update here.]