Whether you’re hitting sustainable food during the pandemic or you just want to have something on hand for the days when you don’t feel like cooking, canned food is a pantry staple. Some canned options, such as tuna or beans, can be included in healthy recipes. Others, like canned soup, are often loaded with sodium and preservatives.
And while it’s hard to imagine a grocery store without the canned food aisle, not everything that comes in a can has stood the test of time. Here are some of the most outrageous discontinued canned food that ever existed.
And for more, don’t miss this one 15 Discontinued McDonald’s Menu Items You Wish Wed Still Existed.
Pudding in a can
Before Snack Packs came in plastic cups, lunchbox pudding cups were served in cans in the 1970s.
Pumpkin Spice Spam
This was a limited edition flavor that came out in 2019. And while Pumpkin Spice Spam sounds pretty gruesome, apparently it sold out in a few hours! Perhaps the people of Hormel were ahead of their time. Checking out the most popular pumpkin spices now on the shelves.
To be clear, you’ll still see Progresso’s canned soups in stores — there just won’t be as many options as there were before the pandemic. In July, Bloomberg reported that Progresso has cut 40 types of soup from its offer. And while the full list of discontinued flavors isn’t available, it may include one of your favorites.
smurfs Chef Boyardee
Chef Boyardee is still on the shelves, but the smurfs version is a thing of the past.
Campbell’s Pepper Pot Soup
Campbell’s discontinued this soup years ago, but you can still find many Philadelphia pepper pot soup recipes on food blogs. We love this pepper pot soup recipe from The Spruce Eats.
Franco-American macaroni and cheese
Canned mac and cheese may not sound appetizing to you. But in some circles there is serious nostalgia for this canned delicacy. If you are looking for the best boxed mac and cheese, we tried a few and this was our shocking favorite.
Trader Joe’s Vegetable Chili
We’re right that Trader Joe’s has discontinued some of its chili offerings, including fans’ favorite vegetarian chili. Fortunately, you can still get vegan chili cans at Amy’s Organic.
Released at the same time as Bugles in the 1960s, these snack crackers came in both tins and boxes (and yes, they were spelled daisies and not daisies). In the form of flowers and train conductor’s whistles, they have not stood the test of time, although Bugles are still around today.
Dinty Moore Meatball Stew
You can still find Dinty Moore beef stew, but it would be hard to find the meatball version of this canned Hormel classic. Watch this one for another dose of nostalgia 25 classic snacks from the 80s.