Thursday, November 21, 2013

From the Cereal Aisle: Carnation Breakfast Bars

Product: Carnation Breakfast Bar
Company: Carnation/Nestle
Years: 1975-1993 (?)

I had no idea people were so gaga over the Carnation Breakfast bar.
And not just regular old gaga, but like, "lets start multiple online petitions to bring them back" gaga.
People are trying to recreate the recipe and make their own.....
This discontinued product even has it's own Facebook page!  Settle down, people!

Carnation Breakfast Bars box
Image by Grickly
 Yes, people have been pining for these delicious treats since Nestle decided to pull them from the shelves. I'm not sure exactly when they were discontinued, or WHY they were discontinued, but some of the last Newspaper advertisements I could find for them were right around 1992/93, so I'm marking that as the extinction date.

I actually do remember eating these when I was little, especially on camping trips or car rides to the cottage......or as an after school snack. It was a semi-nutritious meal replacement. Sort of the grandfather to the thousands of "Energy/Meal" bars on the market today. But the genius thing about the Carnation bars is that they covered the things in chocolate. Fact and point, kids will eat anything covered in chocolate. It sort of blurs the lines between adult food and kids food. It's covered in chocolate? Sure, I'll try it.

They came in various flavors over the years - The original flavors were Chocolate Crumb, Chocolate Chip, Granola with Peanut butter, Granola with Raisins, and Granola with Cinnamon. Over teh years, other flavors were added, such as Chocolate Coconut Crunch, Caramel Nut Crunch, and Chocolate Malted Milk Crunch (this is the one I remember most, as I wasn't really a fan of Malted milk, but for some reason my mom always bought it).

And more important then feeding the masses of hungry 70's/80's kids, it was the official snack on the Space Shuttle Columbia. That's right.....MF'n astronauts ate them in space. Amazing.

Unfortunately, like the US space program, it's been discontinued. Hopefully, if there is any intelligent life out there, we will one day see these return to store shelves everywhere. Now if I can just find a petition to sign........

like here, or here, or here.........


  1. Loved these when I was a kid. Heck I could go for one right now! Maybe I'll sign that petition.

    1. Bryan I'm right behind you these bars when I was a kid

  2. I loooved these...bring them back!

  3. I remember liking these as a young child in the early 1970s. The chocolate peanut butter version was my favorite. Incidentally, I recall buying these as late as 1995 or 1996. I remember clearly, because that was around the time I had moved out and I would buy these at the grocery store all the time since I was buying my own groceries for the first time. Then, not long after that, they stopped making them.

  4. And oddly, they were filling. Unlike many breakfast bar/snack/hors d'oeuvre/appetizer thingies they have today.

  5. I have called the company and written them asking to start making them again. I used to eat a box a week. I remember when they stopped making them..... I have been waiting for their return since.

  6. I worked at Johnson Cookie in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, where these were made. In June men from Carnation came in, disassembled a cookie line on the second floor west, and put in the breakfast bar line. I got layed off for 4th of July. I had 29 days working, it took 30 to join the union. I got called back in August, (for another 29 days, this seemed to be a Johnson policy, less union workers). The bars were in full production, sort of. Peanut butter broke down every 10 minutes and had to be cleaned out. This put them behind schedual because even though it took up a lot of room,
    they only had one production line. Don't ask what the young production guys put in the malted milk balls.

  7. OMG they were better than candybars!!!!

  8. Hated them. Chocolate covered sawsie dusties.

  9. These were the best ever, if I had known they were going to discontinue making them I would have stocked up on them. Nothing compares to them.

  10. I wish they would bring them back. They were the best ! I still crave them all these years later. I even wrote the company, hoping they might bring them back.