If you’re a fan of the General Mills International Orange Cappuccino coffee mix which was renamed to the Maxwell House Orange Café coffee mix a few years ago, well I hope you stocked up when you were preparing for the zombie apocalypse. It appears that the coffee mix my mother so loves and was so devastated to lose three years ago and then so thrilled to discover in new packaging a few months later is finally going the way of Almost Home Cookies, Jell-O 3-2-1 and other beloved prepackaged food products of yore. As my mother recently reported, she cannot find it in Indianapolis!
I think it is gone for good this time. A week ago it was not to be found at the [closest] Target. This week I checked the other Target and even Kroger that charges a dollar more per can with no luck. – Mom. October 5, 2012
Yes, my mother loves this coffee so much she was willing to pay a dollar more for it. That is a big deal for a woman who has a billfold just for her coupons.
Another reader named Diane loves this coffee so much that she was able to leave a comment on my old PastaQueen entry about it even though the comment forms were removed from PastaQueen over a year ago. I still do not know how she was able to do that, as she claims to be a 58-year-old woman with no hacking skillz. If only Diane could channel her ability to make the impossible possible and make a few crates of this coffee mix materialize in my mom’s cupboard, then the world would be a better place.
ETA: The commenting mystery has been solved thanks to Erin, who let me know she could comment on her mobile device. The mobile template still had the comment form active.
It appears to be available at Wal-Mart.com and amazon.com. Proceed to stockpiling!!
Sue b says
Try Big Lots. Frequently discountinued food things show up there.
PS I’m really enjoying your daily posts.
I drink at least one can per week for past 15 years, please bring it back to Target stores.
Your Mom and I could be friends as we are both addicted to this stuff. I never leave home without it and anyone who knows ME knows my familiar can of OC. Laura, at Kraft Foods assured me today there is no notice of discontinuing the product but methinks she tells fibs. Both Target and Walmart confirmed they are not carrying it anymore. I ordered 67 cans from Walmart.com this morning…..all they claimed to have… and Albertsons has a few on the shelves. I am a minimalist at heart, but will hoard this stuff. I feel like I took the Orange Cafe Comeback for granted when what I really should have done was emptied my savings on enough cans to last me 20 years while I could still get them. I’ve squandered the opportunity. Now I just need enough cans to hold me til I find a suitable replacement!! Send your Mom to California and I will share my stash.
Terri Kay says
@Diane – I just have to pass on a tip that I just discovered! Don’t judge me–it sounds crazy but I’ve got a replacement mix for International Foods Orange Cafe!! I use regular coffee that my husband makes and add powdered nondairy creamer and a scant tablespoon of…wait for it…orange flavored sugar free Metamucil! I personally add a little stevia to further sweeten it, or sometimes I use my chocolate-flavored stevia drops so I get an orange-chocolate flavored coffee. Yes, I’m over 50 and went through my stages of “a can a week of cafe au lait.” I even saved the cans (back when they were metal) because I thought they could surely be used for SOMETHING. Sorting beads for grandkids, storing nuts and bolts for hubby, whatever. But ended up pitching a couple dozen when we moved!
I hate when this happens. I like these Pepperidge Farm cracker crisps. But the PLAIN variety (which is the only one I like) are now only available at Walmart and I fear will soon be gone forever. Hard to stockpile something that will perish in a few months. At least the coffee should stay good for a very long time. Also frustrated with the lack of Del Monte pickled beets around here. The space on the cupboard at all the stores I buy them is BARE. Weird. It’s not like they’re discontinued, cause the space and labelling is still there. I checked on-line to see if there had been a recall and found nothing. Hope your mom can find some of her coffee!
Glad to be of help regarding the comment mystery!
Sorry that I cannot assist in the Orange Cappuccino disappearance. 😉
Somebody sent my mom a 12-pack of Orange Cafe today, which makes me look bad because it wasn’t me. She called me up thinking I’d done it! It wasn’t any of you, right? You don’t even have her address.
Liz Remus says
Hey! I just noticed at Target thy are selling this again!!!! I got super excited for your mom! Hopefully it’s available at her Target too!
Alas, yes, I loved this cappuccino, for a while, I paid $4.50/ea online
for it + shipping, well worth it; why must everything good disappear?
I’ve now resorted to Taster’s Choice and adding orange extract
to simulate the taste; close, but no cigar…
I called Kraft Foods and she said it had not been discontinued, but was seasonal. However, the grocery stores are telling me it has been discontinued. Now, what?
@Sue – I know my mom sometimes has luck by trying different stores in the area. You can usually find someone selling some on Amazon, though I don’t know how affordable the price is. If you find some, stock up!
When I was a little girl I always wanted this coffee. I thought it sounded like the most fabulous and expensive coffee in the world. When I was old enough to go grocery shopping I finally got to buy it. I thought I had won the world. It’s such a silly memory. I need to look at the commercials again.
This was my grandma’s beverage of choice and she would sneak and give me a cup at five-10 years old, with annisette biscotti, while my mom was still asleep, since I wasn’t allowed to have caffeine. Grandma’s are definitely the best. I was sad that I no longer saw it in the international foods can, but now it’s in maxwell house in walmart, and tastes exactly the same. I’m in Florida btw
Pat Burt says
I am in a panic because I can’t find it. I look everywhere I go just in case. Someone please tell Maxwell House to crank it out again.
teri niemeyer says
@Pat Burt – It’s Back! Check out Walmart! I bought four last night and this morning it is as good as I remember so I will be going back to get more tonight!
Uncle Roger says
Gone again, summer of 2021 here in S. Cali. Seasonal must mean every few years. Cafe Vienna is a fairly good replacement, maybe we’ll try the orange Metamucil hack with that.