Many food items and cute little treats have been withdrawn, even though they didn't follow customer expectations or even because they won't offer reasonable selling costs.
As a child in the early 1990s, I was enthralled with caramel drops and other little treats (pocket-friendly, of course). It wasn't only because of the tasty flavouring, primarily because of the goodies that came with it. The foodstuffs that you are unable to find in Indian markets
Let's take a look at a handful of them, one by one, shall we?
Icy Pepsi Sticks
Enjoying the icy-flavoured Pepsi on their way back from school was probably the best thing that had happened to the 90s kids! Every child within us still treasures the sweet old memories of playing in our backyard or park and licking the sweet-flavoured icy water of Pepsi sticks. The same used to be one of our very own personal brands of confectionery, and it'd be a big hit at most of our localities. Having one in our hand, while within our friend circle, we would all express pride because 'we outnumbered them!'
Phantom Sweet Cigarettes
While still a child, these sugar sticks used to seem frightening to us. But later on, they were regarded as something appealing by our peers, specifically. They are used to demonstrate uncharacteristic or unusual coolness when held in a different hand, the preferred and unspoken hand posture or pose (while taking a false drag!)
Albeit the name implies, this melted chocolate was a treat! And not to forget, the added butter increased the number of calories. Relishing one Cadbury Choki was never enough to make anyone happy, and we always craved for more.
These were small biscuits in a box of Dip Trix, and all you could do is by dipping these teeny-weeny bakes in the cream offered in the side slot, and keep licking your fingers.
Unlike the original drink (the existing one), this 'experimental' drink could never strike a chord amongst us Indians. And it quickly got discontinued within a few months after it was launched in the market.
These small chocolate bites turned out to be less profitable than expected in India, so they were withdrawn from the market. But these little bites over-loaded with chocolate was one of the few things I remember loving when I was a kid. And I wonder why they still don't sell these today.
I am sure many of us still crave those old-fashioned Wafers from Cadbury. These small mouthfuls of nourishments tickled our senses with a milk chocolate flavour, which lingered on our tongue to ensure that our palette is content with them.
This box contained some tasty crisps and had a colourful hippo-shaped pattern on it. These were sweet snacks, which arrived in many different flavours. They made an excellent quick snack for anyone who's 'a bit' hungry, hippos have! Later, the popular food names became synonymous with expanding for hippos, and thus, was discontinued! Sad!
Coca Cola not there? No issues at all, as Rol-a-Cola is here to solve them! These small round-shaped candy discs are an amalgamation of Pepsi, Coke, and a bit of Thumbs-up. Though it was extremely close to the real thing, in flavour, despite the people campaigning for it to bring it back, Parle has taken the [this] off the market.
Cadbury-Schweppes launched the Canada Dry sodas in the Indian market with a lot of fanfare. This was well-received because it was tied to Cadbury, who was seen as a highly reputable and moral company. Despite that, unfortunately, the brand's popularity quickly wore off. This, along with Coca-Cola taking over the beverage business of the Cadbury Schweppes and similar names such as Limca and GoldSpot, put an end to this brand. The current ad starring the snow and the tiger makes the brand too nostalgic that we previously felt when we were younger.
Cream filled wafer biscuits and twirls
Yesteryears, these liquid chocolate loaded choco-cups (three or four balls in a box) used to come in different flavours. Right from filled with nougat to mousse or filled with buttercream – these mini 'chocolatey bombs' used to be much more like Ferrero Rocher in appearance.