Pinoy Food Items from Your Childhood You’ll Never Get to Eat Again
If we were all to look back on our childhood, one of the things that would stand out are the food items we used to eat. For each of us, out favorite childhood item could vary. Some of us were all about the popsicles while others couldn’t get enough of their favorite soft drinks or candies.
Majority of the food items we used to enjoy as kids are no longer in production or being sold, but that doesn’t really take away their impact on our childhood. If you read on, maybe you’ll find your own childhood favorite on the list below of top Pinoy food items that used to be popular but are now extinct.
Pinoy Food Items We Used to Love but Will Never Get to Eat Again
1. Royal Sparkling Soda
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In the 1940s, San Miguel Brewery came out with Royal Sparkling Soda, their first venture in the non-alcoholic, carbonated beverage market. At the time, they advertised it as “perfectly carbonated pure mineralized water,” and people would drink it straight from the green glass bottles it came in that was shaped just like bowling pins.
2. Tivoli Ice Cream Bar
Manufactured by Consolidated Foods Corporation, Tivoli was recognized as the “ice cream of the masses” because of its widely loved flavors and its affordable price. For many Pinoy kids back in the day, it was the staple of their childhood afternoon merienda. Sadly the product suffered from problems with suppliers and had to raise its prices. This and the competition with international rival brands were the reasons the product lost its hold on the local ice cream market.
3. McRice Burger
In 2006, McDonalds Philippines introduced the McRice Burger to the local market. The unique hamburger variant operated on an “East meets West” concept, combining the idea of a hamburger and the conventional Asian rice meal. It was available in two flavors: Beef Supreme and Chicken Supreme. While a lot became fans of this product, it sadly didn’t become popular enough among the masses, who still held on to their traditional rice meals.
4. Nestle’s Non-Stop Ice Cream
Non-Stop was a favorite among many Pinoy kids and teenagers in the ‘90s, and up to this day, even though it’s no longer in production, people still remember it as one of the most unique purely Filipino-made ice cream products ever made. Indeed, its packaging was distinct from other ice cream products at the time; the three-layered ice cream came in a cup and was topped with a combination of crushed nuts, chocolate syrup, and marshmallows.
5. Storck Menthol Candy
Storck was popular not so much as a favorite childhood candy but as something the grown-ups would make us eat if we suffered from motion sickness or needed an instant breath freshener. An investigation by the US Drug Administration about the high lead content in its wrappers led to the demise of the product, although its makers strongly denied the claims. Another company took over production, and the once-beloved Storck candy was renamed Starr.
6. Magnolia Chocolait Bottles
While this product is still strongly in circulation in its tetra pack version, its original form came in mini glass bottles that resembled traditional milk glass bottles. Pinoy kids back then would put it in the fridge for a time so they could enjoy the full, ice-cold creamy goodness of the blend of natural cow’s milk and high-grade chocolate. It was truly something else.