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15 Retired Food and Drink Flavors

We can't say for sure whether these discontinued treats were too good or too bad for this world, but we can guarantee that they made eating and drinking a lot more interesting. Here's to you, long gone flavors. We hardly knew ye. 

1. SCHWEDDY BALLS // BEN & JERRY’S

Perhaps better known for its name and origin as a Saturday Night Live skit than its actual flavor, Schweddy Balls consisted of vanilla ice cream with a “hint” of rum paired with fudge-covered rum and malt balls. The holiday favorite made its way to shelves as a limited season batch in 2011 and now rests peacefully among the others in the Ben & Jerry’s “Flavor Graveyard.”

2. MAPLE MACCHIATO // STARBUCKS

Starbucks stores in the U.S. lost the Maple Macchiato sometime in 2012, and now it lives where it belongs: in Canada. The drink contains what the company called regionally appropriate “Layers of rich espresso, steamed milk and vanilla topped with real #Quebec maple syrup drizzle from the Beauce-Appalache region.”

3. HABANERO GINGER // KETTLE CHIPS

The Kettle website suggests trying the Spicy Thai flavor of their chips to fill the void left by Habanero Ginger, but that particular mix of spicy goodness can never really be replaced.

4. ORANGE CREAM // POP TARTS

Pop Tarts aren’t really known for venturing too far from their classic flavors, but the brand has taken a few leaps over the years to varying degrees of success. The limited edition Orange Cream flavor debuted alongside Chocolate Banana Split, and was discontinued in 2009.

5. FUN // JONES SODA

What does Fun taste like? Now we’ll never know. 

6. 1ST DEGREE BURN BLAZIN’ JALAPENO // DORITOS

Fans have said goodbye to so many amazing Doritos, but since the chip really thrives on being EXTREME and JACKED, it seems only right to call out one of their more hyperbolic taste sensations. In case first degree burns aren't extreme enough for you, it should be noted that “2nd Degree Burn Fiery Buffalo” and “3rd Degree Burn Scorchin' Habanero” flavors also made it onto store shelves. 

7. COUNTRY KWENCHER // BOONE’S FARM

Pour one out for this apple-flavored Boone’s Farm flavor. Despite being a favorite of Grammy winner Trace Adkins, the variety appears to have entered into restful retirement somewhere around 2009.

8. SALTED CARAMEL BBQ // BUFFALO WILD WINGS

Among the retired flavors at the restaurant chain is this honey BBQ sauce with a “drizzle of caramel and a dash of salt.” Sweet and salty lovers are still hurting over this one.

9. LEMON ICE // GATORADE

Lemon Ice is sort of the McRib of the sports hydration world. If you do a little digging online you’ll see that the flavor has a rabid fan base that actively reports on news and findings surrounding the semi-retired, but occasionally available thirst quencher.   

10. CHEESEBURGER CRACKER // COMBOS

The folks over at Combos run a pretty tight ship, listing only eight flavors on their products page. But there are a handful of discontinued flavors, including Mustard Pretzel, Peanut Butter Pretzel, Peanut Butter Cracker, Bacon, Egg and Cheese Cracker, and Cheeseburger Cracker. The company has teased fans in the past, bringing back the Cheeseburger Cracker variety for a stint in 2008 and again for a brief period in 2010, but don't expect to pick up a bag of the crunchy snack anytime soon.

11. PITCH BLACK // MOUNTAIN DEW

Coca-Cola and Pepsi get a lot of attention for their discontinued flavors, but Mountain Dew has racked up quite a few as well. The dark purple, grape-flavored Dew was originally released in 2004 for Halloween and then re-released in 2011. In years since it’s been released elsewhere around the world, and has a legion of followers who monitor its movements. “Pitch Black 2”—a sour grape variety—was released in 2005 and disappeared as quickly as it arrived.

12. SOURS // ALTOIDS

Altoids Sours arrived 2004 in five distinctly non-minty flavors: raspberry, lime, apple, tangerine, and mango. The candies, packaged in a round tin, were discontinued in February 2010 due to low demand, but can still be found on eBay and occasionally Amazon, if your long-dormant cravings just became active again.

13. WHYTE 2K CHOCOLATE OVERLOAD // BASKIN ROBBINS

The turn of the millennium was a crazy moment in history, and since there’s really no better way to cope with uncertainty and the unending march of time than ice cream, Baskin Robbins created an ode to Y2K with “Whyte 2K Chocolate Overload”—a swirl of chocolate and white chocolate mousse ice creams with white and dark chocolate chips and chunks. They, too, have a catalog of retired flavors if you need a place to mourn the loss.

14. ELEMENTS // SNAPPLE

“Earth,” “Rain,” “Sun,” and “Fire” were the original elements in this short-lived Snapple line from the early 2000s. People are still asking for their return, but it seems these fundamental forces remain elusive.

15. FIZZL’D FRUITS // SKITTLES

Along with “Blenders” and “Riddles,” the Fizzle Fruits variety of Skittles with fizzing powder coating failed to capture the hearts of candy lovers and were discontinued in 2012. For further reading: the complete list of Skittles flavors is actually pretty astounding.

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From the characters in Fight Club to Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde, popular culture is filled with "split" personalities. These dramatic figures might be entertaining, but they're rarely (if ever) scientifically accurate, SciShow Psych's Hank Green explains in the channel's latest video. Most representations contribute to a collective misunderstanding of dissociative identity disorder, or DID, which was once known as multiple personality disorder.

Experts often disagree about DID's diagnostic criteria, what causes it, and in some cases, whether it exists at all. Many, however, agree that people with DID don't have multiple figures living inside their heads, all clamoring to take over their body at a moment's notice. Those with DID do have fragmented personalities, which can cause lapses of memory, psychological distress, and impaired daily function, among other side effects.

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25 Dapper Outfit Choices for Fashionable Pets
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Lavishing your furry friends with adorable attire is a benefit of pet ownership that they don't mention on the adoption forms. Whether you prefer practical clothing like sweaters and jackets or statement pieces like bow ties and tutus, these dapper duds are perfect for a howl-iday or "gotcha day" gift, or simply for saying, "Who's the cutest little pupper in pajamas? You are!"

1. CASHMERE DOG SWEATER; FROM $165

dog in sweater
Canine Styles

This classic cable-knit cashmere sweater is a sophisticated look for Fido or Finn. Get it from Canine Styles, a luxury dog emporium in New York City that has plenty of posh and preppy outfits.

Find It: Canine Styles

2. TOGGLE DOG COAT; $85

dog in coat
Canine Styles

This toggle coat (available in orange, navy, and tan) is as fashionable as it is warm. Made of Melton wool, it has Velcro closures to make getting dressed easy. It's great for long walks in the country.

Find It: Canine Styles

3. DOG TUXEDO; FROM $90

Dog in tuxedo
Etsy

This satin tuxedo is perfect for the canine members of your wedding party, though it will brighten up any other occasion as well. The custom, handmade outfit comes complete with a snappy bow tie.

Find It: Etsy

4. DOG BELLE DRESS; FROM $45

Dog Belle Dress
Etsy

The queen of your castle can feel like a Disney princess in her very own version of Belle's iconic yellow dress from Beauty and the Beast. This ball gown is made from yellow crepe satin with chiffon overlay on the bodice and features hand-painted gold detailing on the skirt. Enchanted rose not included.

Find It: Etsy

5. POODLE SKIRT OUTFIT FOR DOGS; $26

Rubies Pink Fifties Girl Pet Costume
Amazon

What if you could buy a 1950s poodle skirt for your poodle? This retro dress is comprised of a pink poodle skirt, striped bodice, and sequined belt, and comes with a bow headband.

Find It: Amazon

6. RIBBED CROCHET BUNNY SWEATER; $25

bunny in a sweater
Etsy

Your snuggle-bunny will look like a little fancy-pants in this ribbed crochet sweater. Choose from seven colors, including this dashing deep red.

Find It: Etsy

7. BESPOKE MONOGRAM DOG SWEATER; FROM $155

Dog in sweater
Ruby Rufus

Bespoke clothing isn't just for humans: British luxury dog clothing brand Ruby Rufus will make your pooch a custom monogram sweater made with 100 percent Italian cashmere. You can even order it in your dog's favorite color.

Find It: Ruby Rufus

8. HOT PINK DOG TUTU; $17

Dog in hot pink tutu
Etsy

Tutus look absolutely adorable on tiny humans and animals alike. If your pooch wants to get in touch with its inner ballerina, then grab this hot pink number from Etsy. Rave reviews are a sure thing.

Find It: Etsy

9. PINK DOG POLO SHIRT; $35

Dog Pink Polo Shirt
Canine Styles

This pink polo shirt is perfect for your preppy fur baby. It features not one but a veritable multitude of crocodiles. They'll be the most dapper dog at the country club.

Find It: Canine Styles

10. DOG BARN COAT WITH BROWN CORDUROY COLLAR; $85

Dog in barn coat
Canine Styles

When it's time for a walk, your dog will look effortlessly chic in this fancy barn coat. It comes in navy, cranberry, orange, hot pink, and loden and features convenient pockets for anyone with opposable thumbs.

Find It: Canine Styles

11. WHITE PET NECK RUFF; $26

Pet Neck Ruff
Etsy

Your canine or kitty will look like their painting belongs in London's National Portrait Gallery with this Elizabethan neck ruff.

Find It: Etsy

12. CHICKEN SWEATER; $25

chicken wearing sweater
Etsy

Chickens can get cold when they're strutting around outside. A sweater (well, more like sweater vest) for your bird can also help prevent feather picking during molting season. Or, it can simply keep them warm while they stare pensively across a snowy landscape.

Find It: Etsy

13. PET CIRCLE SCARF; $15

dog in scarf
Etsy

An infinity scarf is a perfect burst of color on a dreary early morning walk. The proprietor of Mitten Made on Etsy originally designed this wool snood for her miniature Dachshund to help keep her warm during the long, cold winters in Michigan.

Find It: Etsy

14. FAB DOG TRAVEL RAINCOAT; FROM $18

Fab Dog Travel Raincoat
Chewy

This timeless yellow rain slicker will look great on any puppy when it's raining cats and dogs. It's made of 100 percent waterproof nylon shell that keeps fur dry. Bonus: It's perfect for an It Halloween costume.

Find It: Chewy

15. LACE CAT OR DOG COLLAR; FROM $10

cat in lace collar
Etsy

This handmade, white lace collar is a must-have for fancy felines. It's also embellished with a large rhinestone.

Find It: Etsy

16. FITWARM PENGUIN PAJAMAS FOR DOGS; FROM $10

Fitwarm Cute Penguin Xmas Dog Pajamas
Amazon

Keep your pupper warm on cold winter nights with these penguin PJs. They're great for doggie sleepovers or lazy weekends on the couch watching Netflix.

Find It: Amazon

17. PLAID CASHMERE DOG COAT; FROM $225

dog in plaid coat
Canine Styles

Your dog will look like a proper gentleman in this smart plaid peacoat. This fine garment is made of cashmere with a faux fur lining and leather buttons, and is a perfect shield against chill and fog.

Find It: Canine Styles

18. SATIN PET BOW TIE; FROM $8

Satin Bow Tie for Dog
Etsy

This satin doggie bow tie is perfect for any occasion. It comes in several colors and features a Velcro fastener that makes it easy to attach to a collar. Plus, 10 percent of every sale goes to charity: specifically to SPCA (Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals) and Feeding Pets of the Homeless.

Find It: Etsy

19. RED DOG DRESS; FROM $34

dog in dress
Etsy

Your good boy or girl will look red carpet-ready in this elegant gown. The voluminous tulle skirt is to die for, and each bow is embellished with beads. Custom orders are also available.

Find It: Etsy

20. DOG TIE; FROM $13

Dog tie
Etsy

Your pooch will be ready to stun at any black tie event. This tie is designed like a collar, making it easy to dress your four-legged friend. This Etsy store gives back: 10 perfect of all sales are donated to an animal protection association.

Find It: Etsy

21. NAUTICAL DOG DRESS WITH MATCHING LEASH; $20

Dog sailor dress
BaxterBoo

Perfect for a day on the town or setting sail in a schooner, this is the sailor outfit you never knew your best furry friend needed. This vintage throwback also comes with a matching leash.

Find It: BaxterBoo

22. TARTAN FLANNEL PET BOW TIE; $5.50

tartan pet bow tie
Etsy

Your dog or cat will turn heads in this flannel tartan bow tie. It has a convenient elastic loop that slides over your pup's collar.

Find It: Etsy

23. PUCCI DOG SHIRT; $23

dog in Pucci dog shirt
Etsy

Only the fanciest dogs wear, err, Pucci. Grab this punny "designer" t-shirt for your pup. This high-quality cotton statement piece is perfect for small breeds.

Find It: Etsy

24. PINK POLKA DOT AND LACE DOG HARNESS DRESS; $20

Pink Polka Dot and Lace Designer Dog Harness Dress
BaxterBoo

This feminine pink polka dot dress is simply adorable. It features a convenient built-in harness and comes with a matching leash.

Find It: BaxterBoo

25. PET SWEATER VEST; $6

pet sweater vest
Amazon

Your dog or cat will look like an erudite Oxford professor in this sweater vest. Note that the button on the pocket is shaped like a bone.

Find It: Amazon

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