Every morning of Bossy’s childhood began with a pot of hot chocolate. Or, every morning that Bossy’s milk fanatic family remembered to buy milk, which was surprisingly difficult considering that if the family fell from their high rise windows they would land in a food market, but you get Bossy’s point: she consumed an ocean of hot chocolate.
Made rich and smooth, hot chocolate was the perfect foil for the slices of dripping buttered white toast that accompanied it. And this is the brand of hot chocolate mix that made it possible:
Fast forward a few decades. Every morning of Bossy’s adult life, Bossy prepares a pot of hot chocolate for her daughter. And if Bossy’s daughter were here she’d be all, “Not every morning!” But you get Bossy’s point: she has prepared an ocean of hot chocolate:
Only: something is different and weird these days about the chocolate mixes. Bossy abandoned the powder brands because the chocolate granules never assimilate with the milk, and yes Bossy used the word assimilate when describing hot chocolate.
And so Bossy switched over to the chocolate syrup pictured above. But the chocolate syrup is not the chocolate syrup of Bossy’s youth, when her Grandma Charlotte would prepare a river of chocolate milk for Bossy as the two of them sat in her grandmother’s kitchen watching Merv Griffin on the portable black-and-white TV.
These days, it takes a steady stream of chocolate syrup poured into the waiting milk, and the milk is still bland and white. But pour more chocolate syrup and suddenly the milk turns black and tastes like an ashtray; a powdery ashtray. Don’t ask Bossy how she knows.
Other things that are different now compared to Bossy’s youth: chocolate pop tarts. The chocolate filling is too runny and weird, and the frosted chocolate topping is too plastic-like.
Which is what today’s Ten-Word Challenge is all about. In exactly ten words, can you tell Bossy about a product that isn’t the way you remember it in your youth?
And be sure to check back later today for the biggest product failings on the web.
Avitable saysOctober 14, 2008 at 9:29 am
Optimus Prime, the Transformer, went from die-cast metal to plastic.
Bobbie saysOctober 14, 2008 at 9:33 am
Oreos – the filling just doesn’t taste the same to me.
Kristin saysOctober 14, 2008 at 9:36 am
Once a delicious treat, now stale chemical cardboard.
david saysOctober 14, 2008 at 9:42 am
Melamine – in my day we ate our poison, now headlines!
janet saysOctober 14, 2008 at 9:43 am
Bossy now has “keep reading”. I miss the old days.
Jamie saysOctober 14, 2008 at 9:47 am
In Optimistic Twist, Jamie Announces Blue Box Mac Still Identical
Junebug saysOctober 14, 2008 at 9:56 am
I will agree with Kristin: Cracker Jacks are changed!
Asthmagirl saysOctober 14, 2008 at 9:57 am
Alpha-bets cereal used to be a favorite. They put it out on the shelves again a couple years ago… then they “improved” it and made it horrible. Now it’s gone again.
Bossy's Friend Amy saysOctober 14, 2008 at 10:00 am
Coors extra gold beer – hasn’t been the same since 1980.
Julianne saysOctober 14, 2008 at 10:01 am
Twinkies. Wasn’t there more filling inside when we were kids?
~annie saysOctober 14, 2008 at 10:05 am
NOTHING tastes like it did when I was a kid.
Vic saysOctober 14, 2008 at 10:08 am
Smiths Crisps. Taken over by Walkers and put in foil wrappers to their detriment.
OK, that’s ten words if you take out two letter words which just don’t count!
Peggy saysOctober 14, 2008 at 10:10 am
Must disagree with Jamie, blue box mac not cheesy enough.
TLB saysOctober 14, 2008 at 10:15 am
McDonald’s french fries. Not the same without the beef tallow.
Kate saysOctober 14, 2008 at 10:21 am
Boil-in-bag salisbury steaks were huge, now like a silver dollar.
julie saysOctober 14, 2008 at 10:28 am
Store-bought cookies were such a treat. Now just taste dry.
ritabby saysOctober 14, 2008 at 10:28 am
Jello chocolate pudding mix. Same old skin, but less chocolatey.
Philly saysOctober 14, 2008 at 10:33 am
Mallo Cups. Saving up the points inside to redeem a prize.
JennC saysOctober 14, 2008 at 10:36 am
Kool-Aid is just too sweet, but I blame my tastebuds.
aj saysOctober 14, 2008 at 10:43 am
Yodels in individual foil wrappers tasted much better. No question.
Buf saysOctober 14, 2008 at 10:50 am
Girl Scout thin mints, still good but not as good
Tiffany saysOctober 14, 2008 at 10:58 am
McDonald’s nuggets. Now all white meat. Funky bits tasted better
Shelley saysOctober 14, 2008 at 11:02 am
McNuggets and fries pleased girl who hates burgers. No longer. 🙁
Jen saysOctober 14, 2008 at 11:09 am
Strawberry Fruit Roll-Ups USED to have seeds. Now ALL artificial.
Caroline saysOctober 14, 2008 at 11:10 am
S’mores! They’re GROSS now. Didn’t they used to be yummy???
Liz in Virginia saysOctober 14, 2008 at 11:11 am
Coca-Cola in glass bottles, pulled from those cool Coke machines.
MamaMo saysOctober 14, 2008 at 11:13 am
Gummy Bears – fruity as kid, now like chewing dried glue.
Camille saysOctober 14, 2008 at 11:20 am
My youth was not long ago enough for much change.
Heather saysOctober 14, 2008 at 11:21 am
PB&J not the same without watching Underdog and Magilla Gorilla
karen L saysOctober 14, 2008 at 11:25 am
Dr Pepper – no more cane sugar – high fructose corn syrup – bleh
Jacquie saysOctober 14, 2008 at 11:29 am
Is it me that has changed, or the hostess cupcakes?
Lisa saysOctober 14, 2008 at 11:34 am
choc pudding..whaaaaaaa. they upgraded and downgraded all in one fell swoop. Its just not the same.
Larissa Gaston saysOctober 14, 2008 at 11:36 am
Big League Chew. Used to be fun, now it’s gross.
Karen in DE saysOctober 14, 2008 at 11:39 am
Bonomo Taffy and Pine Bros. “cough” drops – BRING EM BAAAACCCCCKKKKKKKKK!
Sewmouse saysOctober 14, 2008 at 11:40 am
Yogurt used to be in cup-size cups and was SOUR!
In other (more than 10 words news:)
Twinkies didn’t taste like banananananas and had more filling and didn’t ALWAYS lose their tops to the cellophane wrapper.
Jami saysOctober 14, 2008 at 11:43 am
EVERYTHING used to be bigger, better and good for you.
David saysOctober 14, 2008 at 11:45 am
Sorry, I just can’t get past the concept of chocolate milk for breakfast.
Tuli saysOctober 14, 2008 at 11:45 am
When Coke switched to artificial sweetners, they lost me forever.
(But I don’t drink anything fizzy anymore unless there’s alcohol in it.)
Eliza saysOctober 14, 2008 at 11:48 am
KFC was delicious Kentucky Fried Chicken. Now just too greasy.
The Domestic Goddess saysOctober 14, 2008 at 11:49 am
Used to love Cap’n Crunch. Wouldn’t feed to dogs now.
Jacki saysOctober 14, 2008 at 11:51 am
I used to love Tang, but now I think it is disgusting.
Kim saysOctober 14, 2008 at 11:53 am
Kitchen Fresh Chicken (KFC) isn’t the same as Kentucky Fried Chicken
andrea saysOctober 14, 2008 at 11:53 am
Strawberry Quik tasted so strawberrily delicious – now just ew.
Stacey Bal saysOctober 14, 2008 at 11:55 am
Stella Dora Cookies. No jelly filled and barely any frosted!
Lillie saysOctober 14, 2008 at 11:57 am
Why must I click “keep reading post”? Stop the hate!
Mr Farty saysOctober 14, 2008 at 12:01 pm
That New fangled Testament ain’t nothin’ like the Old one.
(Coke was already taken)
4dbirds saysOctober 14, 2008 at 12:05 pm
Fruit used to be divine, now it’s grown for transit.
Liz saysOctober 14, 2008 at 12:08 pm
Count Chocula: deliciously sugary, now high-fructose and cardboard boring.
jp saysOctober 14, 2008 at 12:09 pm
Ring Dings were HUGE in Tin Foil, now just tiny.
SURCIE saysOctober 14, 2008 at 12:10 pm
Honeycomb lost its big big bite and big big taste.
One more thing that’s changed for the worse: Kid’s birthday parties. In the olden days, we were served cake and ice cream. My kid gets a shard of an oversized subpar chocolate chip cookie. I just ranted about this on my blog.
Kay saysOctober 14, 2008 at 12:10 pm
Double Stuffed Oreos. Double is now single!
Doodlerah saysOctober 14, 2008 at 12:13 pm
Viena Sausages were so yum but now the smell makes me vomit!
TanyaK saysOctober 14, 2008 at 12:22 pm
Tab is non-cancerous, but the flavor now is dreck!
Allison saysOctober 14, 2008 at 12:36 pm
Foil made Ding Dongs taste better, plastic wrapper sucks.
Kristin saysOctober 14, 2008 at 12:36 pm
Jell-o Pudding Pops – now without Cosby sweaters AND also unlocatable!
Pizzamaster saysOctober 14, 2008 at 12:40 pm
Candy cigarettes, now they are socially unacceptable for no reason.
Lance saysOctober 14, 2008 at 12:45 pm
Rock music. Now get off my yard you kids!
foolery saysOctober 14, 2008 at 12:52 pm
Milk now from a store. Used to draw from tank.
Grandma J saysOctober 14, 2008 at 1:06 pm
What? Bossy’s grandma didn’t serve up Ovaltine and Maypo cereal?
jaxcheryl saysOctober 14, 2008 at 1:14 pm
Milk with the cream on top in glass bottles and paper top. Yes, I’m old. My mom saved the cream to put on the 30-minute oatmeal she made for me every morning before school, bless her heart. All produce from grocery stores; everything tastes the same. yuck.
anne marie in philly saysOctober 14, 2008 at 1:20 pm
coca cola – no corn syrup, real sugar, real TASTE! (sob)
Anna saysOctober 14, 2008 at 1:24 pm
High fructose corn syrup ruins everything. Real cocoa – what’s that?
Gee saysOctober 14, 2008 at 1:31 pm
Used to love Wendy’s frosties, now just sweet chemical taste.
liza saysOctober 14, 2008 at 1:36 pm
Ritz crackers, they used to be so buttery and flaky.
[Incidentally I can’t eat them anymore anyway as I’m gluten free but I KNOW they are yucky now–I’ve had them in the last few years.]
Lisa saysOctober 14, 2008 at 1:44 pm
Trix used to be in the shapes of the fruity flavors……
darla78ny saysOctober 14, 2008 at 1:47 pm
GIRL SCOUT COOKIES
SMALLER , LESS IN QUANTITY AND MORE COSTLY
scottsdalegirl saysOctober 14, 2008 at 1:49 pm
McDonald’s French Fries (thanks government for deciding I did not need transfat and thanks VEGANS for deciding those fries can’t be injected with beef juice)
Oreos – transfat again
Jess saysOctober 14, 2008 at 1:54 pm
Ice cream sandwiches. They taste fake now.
hulagirlatheart saysOctober 14, 2008 at 2:02 pm
Tontino’s frozen pizza…not the same without Kukla, Fran and Ollie.
EverydayRoz saysOctober 14, 2008 at 2:03 pm
Loved Arby’s when sandwiches came from side of beef roasted in-store!
Andrea's Sweet Life saysOctober 14, 2008 at 2:23 pm
Candy used to be delicious, now it makes belly ache.
Stephanie saysOctober 14, 2008 at 2:30 pm
Okay, I’m not really participating… I’m just here to say Holy Hell, I love chocolate milk!
Big Hair Envy saysOctober 14, 2008 at 2:44 pm
Bonne Belle Lip Smackers. Used to come in huge tubes.
Laura saysOctober 14, 2008 at 2:45 pm
Jenn @ Juggling Life saysOctober 14, 2008 at 2:53 pm
Two things to say:
For some reason the makeover has made Bossy disappear from my GoogleReader–I’ll have to look into that.
Not “Continue Reading?!” I’m sure I remember Bossy being against this feature. Say it ain’t so Bossy!
Chesapeake Bay Woman saysOctober 14, 2008 at 3:11 pm
1) High fructose corn syrup ruined everything that once contained sugar.
2) Gluten and high fructose corn syrup will kill us all.
3) I firmly believe lots of wine makes everything taste better.
4) Fight flavorless foods and killer ingredients by drinking more wine.
5) I’ll stop now, but I am adamant about the wine.
Susan saysOctober 14, 2008 at 3:13 pm
Kix cereal used to be delicious and sort of heavy in my cereal bowl. now it’s a bunch of sugar coated, air filled puff balls. i still eat them anyway.
jan8mr.lootiato saysOctober 14, 2008 at 3:14 pm
Wait! Kukla, Fran and Ollie.
I used to have a crush on Ollie, the 1 toothed dragon.
What a man, what a sweetheart.
And remember Madamogglepuss?
dgm saysOctober 14, 2008 at 3:26 pm
All the favorite candies of my youth now taste uninteresting.
APeetsMom saysOctober 14, 2008 at 3:28 pm
The fluffy goodness of 3 Musketeers polluted by MINT – WTF?!
barbara saysOctober 14, 2008 at 3:38 pm
Non-local produce was once exotic, but now it is tasteless.
Cara saysOctober 14, 2008 at 3:54 pm
Hershey now uses Veggie Oil, no more Cocoa butter. Nasty.
Jen W. saysOctober 14, 2008 at 4:16 pm
Tastykakes. I miss the waxed paper. Still pretty good though!
Penne saysOctober 14, 2008 at 4:24 pm
A roll of Smarties, once tangy and sweet…
Tracy Lynn saysOctober 14, 2008 at 4:49 pm
A) Hostess Twinkies and B) Miracle Whip. The latter because I think those bastards at Kraft changed the formula.
HeyJoe saysOctober 14, 2008 at 4:56 pm
All the toys are cheap and break much faster nowadays..
Julie saysOctober 14, 2008 at 4:58 pm
I swear Twinkies used to be bigger than my arm.
Barb saysOctober 14, 2008 at 5:00 pm
Alphabits cereal and Trix cereal. They’ve changed both formulas somehow.
jill saysOctober 14, 2008 at 5:01 pm
Strawberry Shortcake. The wholesome children’s character, not the delicious dessert.
Amy in StL saysOctober 14, 2008 at 5:06 pm
Hmm, I don’t know. I’m a glass half full kind of gal, so I can’t think of anything.
Dayle saysOctober 14, 2008 at 5:39 pm
Smarties (but I’m from Canada, so the Canadian Smarties – candy covered chocolate – like M&M’s – only SUGARIER) – They used to be a wonderful candy crunch followed by milky chocolate – now they’re a chemically tasting crunch followed by waxy chocolate – Sighhhhhh…..
Reeb saysOctober 14, 2008 at 6:11 pm
Umm, what’s the assignment? I’ve got a sugar high just reading these.
(Not even trying for 10 words.)
Carole saysOctober 14, 2008 at 6:13 pm
Comments on iambossy even FUNNIER after three glasses of wine!
Reeb saysOctober 14, 2008 at 6:15 pm
Mom’s scary green jello with canned grapes. Ew. Good riddance.
I’ts not exactly a “product” (I had to reread the instructions) but this is something from my past that my sister and I still shudder over.
GreatAunt saysOctober 14, 2008 at 6:44 pm
Reader’s Digest: once a fun read, now just bores me.
Christine saysOctober 14, 2008 at 6:53 pm
Everything. High fructose corn syrup has ruined the good stuff.
living vicariously saysOctober 14, 2008 at 7:00 pm
Jeno’s pizza rolls – have they really always been so greasy?
Rooth saysOctober 14, 2008 at 7:11 pm
Velvetta Cheese used to be unimaginably yummy… now It makes me shudder.
Dragonwing saysOctober 14, 2008 at 7:14 pm
Can’t find Concord Grape Poptarts anymore – I loved them, waaaahhhhh!!!!
operagal saysOctober 14, 2008 at 7:18 pm
Lipton Blackberry tea no longer strong but acidic and tart
Dharmamama saysOctober 14, 2008 at 7:28 pm
High fructose corn syrup has ruined all sugary snack goodness.
Dharmamama saysOctober 14, 2008 at 7:29 pm
Bossy’s site doesn’t remember me any more; have to type. 🙁
Dharmamama saysOctober 14, 2008 at 7:30 pm
Artificial sweeteners in almost everything with no warnings; cancer, anyone?
Alexandra saysOctober 14, 2008 at 7:36 pm
“Pepperidge Farms remembers”, my ass. They all taste terrible now.
Corinne saysOctober 14, 2008 at 7:47 pm
Nothing is sacred. Had to change the recipe for my daughter – now it’s a stove top deal: real cocoa powder cooked with water, twice the sugar and a pinch of salt to make a syrup, then stirred into warming milk (careful not to burn) and drops of real vanilla. Mmmm….pot of hot chocolate…(ooop! Over 10. I’m new.)
mary saysOctober 14, 2008 at 7:47 pm
One box of Tide becomes a tidal wave of choices.
Grandy saysOctober 14, 2008 at 8:08 pm
It’s Its – Those ice cream sandwhiches were much bigger and better when I was a kid.
Heidi saysOctober 14, 2008 at 8:18 pm
McDonald’s apple pies used to be FRIED. Cherry’s better, anyway.
kate saysOctober 14, 2008 at 8:30 pm
barbies used to be awesome. now they are just anorexic.
Lilika saysOctober 14, 2008 at 8:43 pm
Winn’s 5&10 Halloween candy, Big soft Sweet-tarts, Gone forever sadly.
amy a. saysOctober 14, 2008 at 9:09 pm
It’s not a food, but Love’s Baby Soft is NOT the same scent it used to be. Now it’s all alcohol-y and cheap smelling. It used to be soft and pretty. I swear it!
amy a. saysOctober 14, 2008 at 9:10 pm
Shoot. forgot about the 10 word thing. Sorry,
Pamela saysOctober 14, 2008 at 9:13 pm
No Bossy in reader. Why is Bossy a no show?
Pamela saysOctober 14, 2008 at 9:14 pm
I would love to send Bossy homemade hot chocolate mix.
rockle saysOctober 14, 2008 at 10:00 pm
Screaming Yellow Zonkers. If you can even find those sumbitches.
micky saysOctober 14, 2008 at 10:23 pm
Space Food Sticks – chocolaty, chewy goodness. Now, gummy, chemical glop.
Sara saysOctober 14, 2008 at 11:00 pm
Diet Dr. Pepper with saccharine satisfied now with Splenda revolting!
Beth saysOctober 14, 2008 at 11:09 pm
Dairy Queen anything: once fudgy rich, now watery and chalky.
Kelly H saysOctober 14, 2008 at 11:24 pm
Nestle Chocolate minibars. Now a chocolate snob. HATE all others.
Carolyn S. saysOctober 14, 2008 at 11:42 pm
Long ropes of black licorice/my favorite childhood candy-gone.
Stephanie saysOctober 14, 2008 at 11:51 pm
Everything has HFCS now instead of regular sugar…Yuck-O.
Alpaca Farmgirl saysOctober 15, 2008 at 12:18 am
Jumping Jacks. Once a fun activity. Now – No thank you.
Cage Free Family saysOctober 15, 2008 at 1:21 am
Org. cocoa powder mixed with honey into syrup – add to milk on stove 😉
Leaf, probably... saysOctober 15, 2008 at 1:44 am
Mum’s chocolate sauce on pears, chewy in a good way!
Vanessa saysOctober 15, 2008 at 2:53 am
Suicide fountain drinks. Orange + Cola + Sprite + Rootbeer + Strawberry + Mr. Pibb = yuck!
Hula Hank saysOctober 15, 2008 at 4:02 am
Bossy rocks keep reading post….
Stacy the Peanut Queen saysOctober 15, 2008 at 8:24 am
Screwballs from the ice cream truck aren’t as tart anymore.
g saysOctober 15, 2008 at 10:38 am
Quaker Oats – changed the box. Once pulled string to open.
Debbie saysOctober 15, 2008 at 12:26 pm
Fluffer-nutter sandwiches. PB and gooey marshmallow fluff spread on white bread.
jan sharrow saysOctober 15, 2008 at 1:49 pm
Are Honeycomb cereal and Kix cereal individual pieces smaller now?
I use to love spagettios, now they taste like vomit.
Someone mentioned Twinkies, I agree, something isn’t quite the same.
Okay, today is Wednesday, I’m a day late for 10 word Tuesday, but it was fun.
Auds at Barking Mad saysOctober 15, 2008 at 1:53 pm
I can’t manage the ten word thing, besides today is Wednesday so technically I’m exempt. Yes?
About the hot chocolate mix…if you have a British Food store nearby (it has to be a true import store, so yeah, it’s gonna be pricey, but I’m married to a Brit, so some things we DO NOT skimp on) get Cadbury’s “drinking chocolate” mix. You mix it with hot milk and it’s WONDERFUL! Once you’ve had it, I promise you, you will never ever go back to anything you can get at your local stop-n-shoppe ever again!
David saysOctober 15, 2008 at 4:53 pm
Big Gramma burgers cooked in iron skillet …now lean beef. Meh!
Darla saysOctober 15, 2008 at 5:31 pm
Whopper from BK–what happened to the whopper size?
Clair saysOctober 16, 2008 at 2:12 am
Everlasting Gobstoppers and Candy Cigarettes. Can’t find them to test.
Meg saysOctober 16, 2008 at 7:26 am
Candy cigarettes: Get ’em at mall candy store now, Claire!
(BTW, I thought I was the only one who dipped buttered white toast into hot chocolate. Glad to know that back in the day, young Bossy and I were doing the same thing! There was no better bedtime snack than toast and hot chocolate.)
eb saysOctober 16, 2008 at 10:49 am
Parmesean goldfish lost some of their parm.
Nancy V saysOctober 16, 2008 at 1:14 pm
Wagon Wheels! lunchbox memories..
Half the size they once were..
Brookie Brooke saysOctober 16, 2008 at 5:51 pm
Wheat germ on ice cream. Loved it, now I don’t.
Michelle M. saysOctober 16, 2008 at 8:56 pm
Dip in a chip and vegetable thins, not the same.
And Mother’s Circus Animal Cookies discontinued. Boo.
Mina saysOctober 17, 2008 at 2:01 pm
Tangy Taffy was once great; now I can’t find it!
Debbie saysOctober 18, 2008 at 7:25 am
Little Debbie Swiss Cake Rolls. Now made with cheaper ingredients. 😛
Jodi saysOctober 18, 2008 at 10:08 pm
I agree: Kraft MacandCheese is the same, McDonald’s fries WRONG!
TN saysOctober 18, 2008 at 10:28 pm
Wheat Germ in my cereal. GERMS! Eww! Today? Still gross!
Dawn saysOctober 19, 2008 at 12:32 pm
Sweettarts were once huge and tangy; now small and sour.
Gette saysOctober 20, 2008 at 8:42 am
Now I must immediately make hot chocolate and toast.
Shmoo saysMarch 10, 2009 at 8:16 pm
ho-ho’s. They used to be wrapped in tin foil, which I would collect and had a gargantuan HUMUNGOUS ball of ho-ho tin foil until I joined the Air Force and my mother tossed it out (bitch)… now they’re in some faux tin hermetically sealed shit and taste like… the wrapper