If I mention a product on my blog, it’s because I really like it and most of the time, it’s because I love the product or item.

Unfortunately, many of my favorite products have recently pulled a disappearing act.  All I need to do is blog about something, profess my love for it, and then poof.  It goes out of stock, becomes sold out, temporarily unavailable, or permanently discontinued.

These White Chocolate Chips

Trader Joe's White chocolate chips

They’re seasonal in San Diego, although I have been told by readers that some Southern Trader Joe’s stores carry them year-round.

Now that I know the seasonal situation, I buy a dozen bags or so in December because by December 31, and many times sooner, they are gone for the year and they’re my favorite white chocolate to bake with and the price is also a steal.

Trader Joe's White chocolate chips in cart

Hot Pepper Jelly is gone, too.  I’ve been told it’s seasonal.

And I’ve been told they’re just having a hard time keeping it in stock.

Either way, they’ve been out since before 2012 at my store and in surrounding stores, because I’ve checked.  Hot pepper jelly and cream cheese makes a great dip.

Jar of Hot and Sweet Pepper Jelly

My next plan was to make a hot pepper jelly and cream cheese stuffed puff pastry appetizer like the Avocado, Cream Cheese, & Salsa-Stuffed Puff Pastry, but that plan is on hold until I find another type of hot pepper jelly.

Avocado, Cream Cheese, & Salsa-Stuffed Puff Pastry

Cookie Butter Spread

Speculoos cookie butter containers

I blogged about the national travesty the nationwide shortage.

I’ve been told thisfor a few months now that this is on its way back, but so far, it’s still M.I.A.

I’ve also seen that there’s a new Dark Chocolate Bar with Cookie Butter Spread inside of it, but that’s not really what I want.  I want jars of Speculoos Cookie Butter spread back.

I have high hopes to make more Cookie Butter Spread Ginger Molasses Cookies (No Bake, Vegan, with GF option).  I better locate some Biscoff, stat.

Cookie Butter Spread Ginger Molasses Cookies

Whoopie Pie Pans are sold out now at my local BB & B San Diego Mission Valley store.  I bought the last two pans, but other stores may have inventory and you can order online.

Unfortunately, sometimes stores like BB & B or Target will have seasonal merchandise in the fall and early winter for the holiday baking season and for gifts, and then when those things sell out, they’re gone for good and not restocked.

Whoopie Pie Pan

I need to make another batch of Deep Dish Chocolate Chip Cookies with PB Cups & PB M&M’s in the whoopie pans.

Deep Dish Chocolate Chip Cookies with PB Cups & PB M&M’s

You can make the cookies without a whoopie pie pan and on cookie sheets; they just won’t be deep dish.

Or try a muffin pan.

Deep Dish Chocolate Chip Cookies with PB Cups & PB M&M’s

There were about 20 cans of Cafe Bustelo Coffee for sale at the grocery store when I bough it about 10 days ago, but after blogging about it and professing my love for it, it’s disappeared and is sold out from my local grocery store.

Can of Cafe Bustelo Coffee

I need to check other stores in the area for it, but in the meantime, I found this Cafe La Llave on the store shelf next to the open space where the Cafe Bustelo is normally kept.

Can of Cafe La Llave Coffee

It’s really dark and even bolder in flavor than the Cafe Bustelo, with a bit less “bite”, and it was on sale for $5.99 for the 12 ounce can.

Open Can of Cafe La Llave Coffee

I’ve been brewing it up in my new coffee maker the last two days.

In that sense, the disappearing act of Cafe Bustelo had a silver lining because this was a nice find.

Open Can of Cafe La Llave Coffee


Have there been any items that have pulled a disappearing act from your stores?

This happens to me frequently as I mentioned at the bottom of this post.

I also mentioned here that items like my favorite Balance Bar to seasonal Victoria’s Secret body sprays to hair, makeup, and beauty products that are no longer being made.  Fall in love with something and watch it vanish.

Have you found anything as a replacement to replace what disappeared?  Is it as good?  Even better perhaps?

Sometimes disappearing acts force me to seek out new products that are even better (or just as good).  Gotta look for that silver lining.

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