The biggest challenge when it comes to finding food that I've enjoyed can mostly be blamed on my time at Whole Foods Market in California. As an administrative assistant, way back when, Way back when, I took care of all the vendor samples that came in. And while it is fantastic to see that brands like Sukhi's Gourmet Indian Food and Laura's Wholesome Junk Food are doing so well, there are some things I fell in love with but could never find again.
My second search was not quite as successful. I think the brand may have been Don Pomodoro...it was definitely Don-something. The product was semi-sundried tomatoes in oil. The semi part is very important here - these tasted like no other dried tomatoes I'd ever had. A slight sweetness and just a bit juicy. My mom and I drooled over these, and finished off a jar together, many years ago. I did find something close at ItalFoods, pomodorracio semi sundried tomato strips in oil. Dean and Deluca has a similar product, though I'm not willing to spend $19 on a jar (not surprising for D and D, of course), and theirs are a specific variety of tomatoes I've never heard of. Who knows, they could be better, but then I'd be addicted to something I really can't afford, so it's best not to look twice.
So what about you? Do you have any long-lost food loves that you fear may not be around anymore? Or any that you know were discontinued? If you haven't already checked, there is a site called Hometown Favorites that has a long list of disco'ed items on it. In fact, my favorite marinara sauce (by Progresso) is on that list. It's a good thing I know how to make my own now, lest my heart be permanently broken.