In the course of my highly professional Google-powered research, I discovered that many, many people on the internet have expressed sorrow over the loss of Jello Pudding Pops (which occurred sometime in the late 90s if my information serves me). But no one has really organized a campaign to bring it back. UNTIL NOW.
And then I found this little article where someone wrote to Kraft (owner of the Jello brand) and got a response that basically said they’d consider bringing the Pudding Pop back if enough consumers expressed interest.
That’s where we come in. I have done all this fantabulous research today (and very little “actual” work) to get the following information together for you, the Pudding Pop fans, so that we can start letting Kraft know that we want them back. Here’s how you can help:
1. Visit Kraft’s contact form and write a little blurb. For subject choose “product availability.” And then you fill in the form and mail it along. Here’s the cheesy little blurb I wrote – feel free to take and use/modify it if you don’t want to write your own:
“I’m writing you today to request that your product team consider the renewal of Jello Pudding Pops. As a child they were one of my favorite frozen desserts and I was saddened to learn that their production had been halted a few years ago. I know several other people who share my sentiments, and I’m hoping that if you hear from enough of us you’ll look into producing them again. As a part of the 20-something generation I know that yearning for things that bring back memories of the 80s is a popular trend these days, and I’m certain that Jello Pudding Pops would sell very well were they to be reproduced. Thanks for your time!”
2. Call Kraft Headquarters and talk to the Consumer Resource Manager, Ms. Kim McMiller. The toll-free general information line is 800.323.0768, or you could call 847.646.2000 which will reach the office where she works. I am trying to locate a direct email address for Ms. McMiller and if I find one I will add it to this page. You can also-
3. Send a letter or fax to Ms. McMiller. You can even use my cheesy blurb from above! Contact info:
Kraft Foods, Inc.
Consumer Resource & Information Center
1 Kraft Court
Glenview, IL 60025
ATTN: Ms. Kim McMiller
The fax number is 847.646.5241.
4. Tell your friends to help us bring back Jello Pudding Pops! I only have about 5 readers so if we just rely on this post it’s not going to do a whole lot of good. But tell your friends, and send them here!
Seriously, though, they aren’t going to just randomly bring back such a wonderful food without sufficient consumer demand. Speak up! It’s the American Way! Or something.
Updated 05.07.04: They’re back! As of earlier this year, Pudding Pops can be found in your grocery freezer again. I’d like to think that we had something to do with it, but even if we didn’t, they’re back!
They are manufactured by Popsicle, and if you want to find a store near you that sells them, you can go here. Choose “Popsicle” as the brand, and then find Pudding Pops on the product list (under J for JELL-O), and enter your zip code and the search radius. Even so, they can be hard to find sometimes. Anyway. Boom! Enjoy the pops!