In a world in which we have shelf space for Berry Burst Oreos, it's a mystery to me why any decent-tasting cookie is discontinued. I guess it's a fact of life that some of the most delicious baked goods go the way of all flesh while far crappier ones enjoy an interminable existence. Sigh. Here are five discontinued cookies I miss dearly:
5. Apple Newtons. Nabisco kept the other fruit-flavored Newtons (raspberry, strawberry). Why single out the admirable apple variety for demolition? And please don't pretend that apple cinnamon spice Newton is the same thing. I used to love warming these up in the microwave and eating them with vanilla ice cream.
4. Chips Ahoy Fudge Bites. Although Fudge Bites were clearly labeled "Limited Edition," I nevertheless hoped Chips Ahoy would consider making them a permanent member of their cookie family. Their simple design (a chocolate chip cookie kissed with a dollop of soft fudge) had broad appeal, and their taste was sufficiently decadent to make you feel as if you were eating a (almost) gourmet confection.
3. Magic Middles. Keebler certainly has a history (see my No. 1 pick) of tantalizing the public with amazing cookies, then removing them from their product line for no apparent reason. Case in point: Magic Middles, circular sugar cookies stuffed with dark chocolate filling. Do I even need to tell you they were delicious? I'm definitely not the only one who thought so.
2. Big Stuf Oreos. I know I've grumbled about the disappearance of giant Oreos before, and not to beat a dead horse, or rather, cookie, this product deserves a comeback. If Oreo can triple the sandwich cream, they can triple the cookie circumference again.
1. Chocolate Peanut Butter-Filled E.L. Fudge. I don't know what the Keebler Elves are smoking, but peanut butter is in. They were one of the early adopters of peanut butter cream in the cookie sector and then totally blew their competitive edge by discontinuing the only peanut butter-filled chocolate sandwich cookie available (at that time).