In a blast from the past Twitter thread, people were sharing weird products they’d wish companies would bring back and it’s a real trip down memory lane.
Hubba Bubba, green and purple ketchup (how gross was that?), iDogs, silly bandz (they were cool cause it was spelled with a ‘z’), are all classics. Some of the products people shared aren’t actually weird, but they’re definitely nostalgia-inducing. How many of these products do you miss?
McDonalds Happy Meal Video Games
In case you can’t tell from the golden arches in the background, or if you simply don’t remember them, these little hunks of plastic were toys that came in Happy Meals!
Far from the figurines and books we know today, these LCD handheld games were released in 2003 and came in six different games that you could play on teeny tiny screens. The games were released to promote the GameCube games Sonic X and Sonic Adventure DX: Director’s Cut. A wider range of upgraded games was released in 2004 as well.
Fashion in the 80s set the bar… High? Low? I guess that all depends on your opinion of giant belts, big hair, leg warmers, and jelly shoes.
What was the point of jellies anyways? They weren’t waterproof (clearly), if you got sunburned you’d be left with a very strange pattern, they provided absolutely no barrier if you were to step on anything remotely sharp and you were practically guaranteed to get blisters from them.
2000s-Era Disney Shows
Another thing everyone on Twitter agreed about is that they wanted the Disney Channel of their childhood to make a return. We’re talking primetime Disney: Hannah Montana, That’s So Raven, Lizzie McGuire, The Suite Life of Zack and Cody, Disney’s Recess, all the shows you rushed home from school to watch in the 2000s.
Lucky for everyone, Disney’s new streaming service is reportedly going to have all the Disney shows you grew up with, so soon you’ll be able to binge-watch all of Kim Possible.
These Yoplait Trix multi-colored yogurts received a unanimous ‘please bring these back’ on Twitter. No one debated it.
There was so much support on Twitter that Yoplait actually responded to one user saying “While we have no immediate plans to bring this yogurt back we will definitely let the team know how much you want to see this back on shelves. Fingers are crossed for you.” Maybe Twitter’s prayers about Trix yogurt will be answered soon?
This was a controversial one, and by ‘controversial’ we mean that nobody agreed with this Twitter user who said he wanted to bring back dial-up internet.
Why would anyone miss not being able to use the internet if someone was on the phone, or the extremely loud noise dial-up made? After Eddie shared this one he was met with a unanimous “absolutely not” from the Twitter community, including one user who described dial-up as “pure, pure torture.”
After MySpace’s launch in 2003, it was the most visited site in the U.S., bigger than Google or Yahoo for multiple years, and some Twitter users want it to ‘come back.’
The thing is, it didn’t actually go anywhere. MySpace still exists and still boasts some of the features it was famous for, but it’s shifted to be more exclusively focused on music and entertainment. It’s estimated to still have about 15 million users, so don’t count them out yet!
The pop culture website Complex chimed in on Twitter with the suggestion to bring back Heinz’ EZ Squirt colored ketchup and it set off a spiral.
This was another one that really divided the Twitterverse, with some agreeing while others said the colors were too off-putting and they couldn’t actually eat it. One user shared a photo of the Nickelodeon Slime Sauce green ketchup while another shared Parkay’s Fun Squeeze blue and pink butter in a bottle. The general consensus seems to be to tone it down with the colored condiments.
The ultimate schoolyard weapon, Beyblades were the toy to have in the early 2000s. Eventually banned in schools across North America due to the weaponization of the popular toy, beyblades were those plastic spinning toys with launchers and ripcords that everyone had at recess.
You could buy those ‘stadiums’ to make a battle-dome for you and your friends, and you would end up with some sweet cuts on your fingers if you tried to interfere with the fight. Beyblades were serious business.
Ah yes, Blockbuster. Before there was Netflix, Hulu, HBO, Crave or anything else, we had Blockbuster Video, and Twitter wants it to make a comeback.
Fun fact: there is one last Blockbuster still standing in Bend, Oregon that’s fully operational. You can get yourself a monthly Blockbuster membership for $30 a month and rent all the DVDs (sorry, they swapped out all the VHS tapes) you want. The Blockbuster in Bend is the last in the world, and it doesn’t seem like it’ll be going away any time soon!
Tamagotchis were all the rage in North America in the early 2000s. These little digital creatures were a must-have school yard toy.
You could raise a little animal from birth, watch them grow through adolescence, and even marry them to your friends’ creatures once they were adults. Just make sure you remember to feed them or you’d learn a quick lesson about the circle of life when you come back to find your Tamagotchi was no longer alive.
Why oh why did they ever stop making Dunkaroos? According to General Mills, the last pack of Dunkaroos was sold in America in 2012, but that wasn’t the end of them. General Mills at one point launched a website called ‘Smugglaroos‘ where Canadians could “smuggle” Dunkaroos across the border to the United States.
The product has since been discontinued in Canada though, so sadly, Smugglaroos is no longer an option. Some companies like Walmart have started to sell their own versions of the popular snack, but there’s also a rumor you might be able to find some on Amazon, so don’t lose hope yet.
There was a serious push from people on Twitter who would really like Altoids to bring back their Altoids sour candies. There are Twitter and Reddit threads dedicated entirely to the return of sour Altoids, with online petitions floating around Facebook too. Unopened tins of the popular zippy candy sell for as much as $100 on eBay.
The product was unexpectedly discontinued in 2010 due to low national demand, according to the manufacturer, but there certainly seems to be a demand for them now. People want what they can’t have right?
Yes, people actually do want to bring landlines back. Not to replace smartphones, don’t you fret, but just in addition to them.
Some people seem to want children nowadays to have to suffer through not being able to have a private conversation with their friend because the telephone cord only reaches a few feet away from the kitchen, while others think a happy medium is everyone having a landline but it could be a cordless phone. What do you think? Are landlines even necessary anymore?
Free Online Games
“Remember when you could go to these sites and play a ton of different games? You didn’t need to download an app or anything,” shared one Twitter user.
Remember all of those computer games from Miniclip, Disney, or Addictinggames that you would spend hours playing, hogging the family desktop computer from everyone else so you could play Bueno Rufus or Zack and Cody’s Pizza Party Pickup? Some of the sites and games are still out there, but it’s not quite the same if you play Teen Titans on your MacBook alone in your apartment.
What kid didn’t want to jump all the way to the moon with moon shoes? Considered to be like mini-trampolines for your feet, moon shoes (supposedly) helped kids feel the effects of anti-gravity, but that was only if you managed to bounce without breaking an ankle.
Moon shoes weren’t exactly the most effective creation out there, but they were good for hours of entertainment – or at least until the rubber straps broke off.
We only recently lost Club Penguin and already people are ready for it to make a comeback. Launched in 2005, we had 12 years with Club Penguin before the virtual world was discontinued.
If you still can’t get over the loss, there are some alternate Club Penguin worlds that have been created since the OG was taken away. There’s now Club Penguin Island as well as Club Penguin Rewritten. It’s not quite the same but it’s an option if you’re desperate.
The ViewMaster first came out in the 1930s, but the one you’re probably most familiar with came out a little later on. There were all sorts of reels that you could buy to go in there too. Disney, nature themes, you could even buy kits to make your own highlight reel of your own pictures.
The original ViewMasters are a bit of a collector’s item now, with some selling on eBay for upwards of $100.
Maria tweeted out a picture of the late 2000s accessory silly bandz as an item she’d like to see make a comeback, and based on the retweets and likes, she’s not the only one.
The first silly bandz hit shelves in 2008 so it was a more recent fad, but it was still over a decade ago. The bandz came in all sorts of shapes and colors, but when worn around your wrist they would just look like a normal bracelet. You knew someone was cool if they had an armful of silly bandz, even though they just looked like elastics.
No, we don’t want to bring back The Journey by Fatboy Slim. What people do want to bring back though, is iPod Nanos.
Nanos were the most fun iPod. They weren’t as chunky as the iPod Classic, they were better than the iPod Shuffle because you could actually pick the song you wanted without clicking ‘next’ endlessly, you could (theoretically) watch movies and music videos on the teeny-tiny screens, the possibilities were endless. Plus, they came in lots of fun colors! You couldn’t go wrong with an iPod Nano.
Does anyone actually need this much gum? Realistically, Hubba Bubba did lose its flavor pretty quickly, so buying in bulk was the smarter, more economical decision.
This was a product that was absolutely not meant to be shared either. As the jug says, this is a ‘shake n’ chug’ product, no sharing required. If your friends wanted some powdered gum they would have to buy their own. You can find the Bubble Jugs on some bulk candy websites, but it’s going to cost you a pretty penny so make sure you really want this much gum.