Food of the Seventies, Tuna Twist

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It was a dry mixture that you add to a can of tuna.
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Jessie - September 22, 2007 - Report this comment
I still remember the theme song..."Tuna twist makes tuna taste, fresh as a garden". I remember my mom being so disappointed when it was discontinued. It basically was a seasoning mix (several flavors available) you added to your tuna.
kay68 - September 25, 2007 - Report this comment
This was the ONLY way I would touch tuna
EgyptLyn - March 01, 2008 - Report this comment
The ONLY way we made tuna sandwiches. Where can we find it?? Why did they discontinue it??? It seems like every time I find something I like, they either "new & improve" it, or discontinue it altogether!! Halo Shampoo, Tuna Twist, Whip n Chill, Crystal creme candies, etc. Can't leave anything alone!!! Well, I'm all done. Thanks for letting me get it off my chest! At least I know I'm not alone! Thanks!
Stephanie - March 18, 2008 - Report this comment
Likewise, I am glad to not be alone in my loving memory of Tuna Twist! It's frustrating while reminising about the past hardly anyone remembers it. I wish it would come back.
Nancy - May 10, 2008 - Report this comment
I remember another part of the theme song. "I'm Sir Celery. I'm Miss Parsley. We're the Onion Twins. Oh, Tuna Twist, Tuna Twist, fresh from the garden."
billy D - May 22, 2008 - Report this comment
I loved it...dehydrated celery onion parsley in a packet with other flavors. Best tuna ever..I havent liked tuna as much since. Anyone remember Lemon Pudding was a mix a dry cake on top with lemon pudding underneath..yum!
Jeff - May 27, 2008 - Report this comment
There are some great new tuna products on the market now. They put them in foil bags, and have flavors like teriyaki, lemon dill, etc. Very expensive though. I stock up on them when there is a 2-for-1 sale. And you don't have to mix any powder into the tuna.
Stephanie - June 20, 2008 - Report this comment
My sister use to make this for us when we were little and we all loved it, then they recalled it or discontinued it. Remember the Food Stix I think they said it was the snack that the astronauts ate.
Jez - July 24, 2008 - Report this comment
No one I know remembers this stuff and they think I am nuts. At last, proof the stuff existed! Is it true they took it off the market because it was causing blindness?
Tarah - July 31, 2008 - Report this comment
I loved Tuna Twist and have been looking for it for years. I tell my kids about Tuna Twist and they think I have lost my mind, because they have never seen or heard of it. What happened to it? Also what happened to Squeek shampoo and conditioner, it was the best. It had a great smell and made your hair look great.
Kirby - July 31, 2008 - Report this comment
I could not remember the name of the product -- just the onion twins. We used to use it as a joke. "Onion twins powers activate!" Of course, taking the Wonder twins line from the Super Friends then adding your own smell and oder as your power.
charlie - August 15, 2008 - Report this comment
I have never used tuna twist. But my wife tells me about every time we make tuna. She says she loved it. Eat alot of it and she is not blind or sick.
Nancy - September 25, 2008 - Report this comment
I have been missing this since the sixties...I guess I'm a loser but I loved that stuff. Best tuna ever...
Laurie - October 18, 2008 - Report this comment
They need to bring it back on the market!! I miss Tuna Twist SO much!!!! PLEEEEEEZE bring it back!!!!
Deb - October 22, 2008 - Report this comment
I loved this too! I hate mayonaise, so by adding the veggies (you had to first rehydrate them with a bit of water) made it possible to have tuna with just a smidgin of mayo...I also remember the snack astronauts ate. I think Pillsbury made them and they were called Space Sticks. The peanut butter were my fav with a somewhat imitation but delicious taste! I wonder if they would still taste good as an adult.
Mike - November 06, 2008 - Report this comment
The issue with Tuna Twist was that the parsley, onion etc were dehydrated and since there is not a lot of moisture in the tuna some were consumed before they were "rehydrated" and caused some gastric distress... some pretty severe.
Karen - December 24, 2008 - Report this comment
I miss Tuna Twist also so I came up with this version 1 can of chuck light tuna in water (for flavor) 1 can of Albacore in water (texture) dried celery flakes, dried onion flakes, dried parsley (Less onion flakes - they are the strongest) 1-2 Tablespoons of TVP (Texture Vegetable Protein) - that is what stretches the the tuna to make more sandwiches. I drain the tuna and use some of the liquid from the chuck light to rehydrate the dried vegetables and TVP the liquid gives the TVP that tuna flavor. (This just takes a few minutes) Mix together with tuna and mayo and eat. My son is a part-time vegetarian and that is how I came across the TVP, this recipe is pretty close to the Tuna Twist I remember but then again that was many years ago. If anyone tries it and can make some improvements let me know.
Leanda - January 10, 2009 - Report this comment
OK Folks, I admit to have been addicted to the twist. Nothing else would or could make me eat tuna. I would love this to come back on the market but I did find that by adding onion and garlic powders, celery salt, dill weed, sweet pickle relish, salt and pepper plus the magic ingredient a tablespoon of SUGAR... yes, sugar comes in for a close second. Go ahead try it
Bonnie - January 26, 2009 - Report this comment
Yeah, I loved that stuff. But it made me so sick. Gastric distress for sure. Soon after, Tuna Twist was off the market.
andyhre - January 27, 2009 - Report this comment
I'm Sir Celery. I'm Miss Parsley. We're the Onion Twins. Tuna Twist makes Tuna Taste Fresh as a garden by nabisco!
Cris - March 14, 2009 - Report this comment
I too loved this stuff, and still look for ways to immitate the flavor (celery powder, a little parsley, or mixing with fat free ranch dressing). My mom would ALWAYS mix in Tuna Twist, but now she claims she never heard of the stuff. I'm the only person I know who still remembers it!
Cheri - April 18, 2009 - Report this comment
I just went through a very old box of recipes and found a package insert from Tuna Twist Sandwich & Salad Mix...makes tuna taste fresh as a garden! I remember I liked this stuff but forgot all about it til I found this insert with several recipes using 3 flavors of Tuna Twist - Italian, Cheddar Cheese, Onion.
Sheila - May 11, 2009 - Report this comment
I miss it and I absolutely loooooved the commercial. Everytime I saw it I sang that song for an hour. My Grandmother would LHBO!!!
Lisa Bravo - May 26, 2009 - Report this comment
WOW--Ive been searching for a Tuna Twist box for YEARS... people tell me Im crazy, btu I can sing the jingle, too. They discontinues it because one of the ingredients turned out to be carcenogenic. IT was discontinued very soon after it was released. If ANYONE has a picture or commercial I'd LOVE to see it.
Katee - June 05, 2009 - Report this comment
that gastric distress stuff is bs. I LIVED on this tuna twist when I was little. It was my favorite food. When I was in the hospital once, when I was 6 or so, I would eat nothing else! I was a tiny lil thing and never had stomache problems. How about they rehydrate the onion and celery before pos, or package it in foil bags with the tuna, so it rehydrates itself, you add the mayo??(btw for the person who mentioned the prepackaged flavored tunas available now, not the same...not the same at all.) Maybe if we all wrote in to Nabisco...
Andrew in Phoenix - June 16, 2009 - Report this comment
I had Tuna Twist when I was 13 and suffered diarrhea as a result. Shortly afterwards, my uncle in Los Angeles (who I was staying with at the time) brought me an article from the L.A. Times linking Tuna Twist to gastrointestinal illness. Nabisco was right to pull it from the market.
Todd North - July 21, 2009 - Report this comment
The song was stuck in my head for thirty years. I finally Googled it today and wham, lots of other bored people on the net...
WiddoMouse - July 22, 2009 - Report this comment
I loved Tuna Twist. The concept was simple...dehydrate celery, parsley, onions and other seasonings, add to tuna and mayo and enjoy. I never had a problem with GI upset from the product. I wonder what the offending ingredient was. I've tried making a homemade version from dried herbs, etc. but it was never as good as the real thing. I wish they would bring it back. It was a great way to get kids used to eating tunafish.
Brett in Ft Worth - August 15, 2009 - Report this comment
Too funny. Read an article on about food of the 70s and thought to google Tuna Twist. I was definitely a huge fan of it, too. Wish they would bring it back! I might eat canned Tuna again!
Marly - September 09, 2009 - Report this comment
I loved this stuff. I remember they even had a cheese flavor. Absolutely delicious. Someone needs to circulate a petition to bring it back, sans digestive irritant. BTW, I never got sick and I ate truckloads of it.
Cindy - September 22, 2009 - Report this comment
I am so excited to see this website. I've been trying to remember the name of this tuna mix for so long. I can still taste it - i will sign a petition to bring it back if someone starts one!
wonderwoman - September 29, 2009 - Report this comment
I miss tuna twist so much me and my hubby talk about it wen I make tun wish it would come back.Loved the commerical too can get that jingle out of my head lol.
Crystal Ann - October 21, 2009 - Report this comment
It may not be as fun as the old gang at Tuna Twist; "I'm Sir Celery. I'm Miss Parsley. We're the Onion Twins. Oh, Tuna Twist, Tuna Twist, fresh from the garden," but I'm going to try StarKist Tuna Creations. They say it's good mixed into salmon, as well. I've missed Tuna Twist since my youth and hope StarKist's Tuna Creations is just as good. They claim the ingredients of it's "flavor fresh pouch turns regular tuna into a flavor explosion."
Brenda, Texas - February 05, 2010 - Report this comment
So if Kraft is the maker of this, do they read these articles? Could someone there have an epiphany and say "Duh, we should bring that back". One can only hope there is a shred of intelligence that would recognize the need.
Pandora - February 08, 2010 - Report this comment
I loved this stuff! Was singing the little song today as I made tuna sandwiches for my son. Prompted me to look it up. Alas, no YouTube vids of the commercials.
Mari - February 20, 2010 - Report this comment
We owned an ethnic grocery store growing up. Tuna Twist was not an item our customers demanded. But my sisters and I convinced my mom to buy it so we could have it at a wholesale price and all the time. Fun reminiscing but still miss the flavor
Sharon Farley - February 27, 2010 - Report this comment
I have found a really close substitute for the old tuna twist!!!! 1 can tuna in water drained. All the rest to taste. dried parsley dried minced onion 1/2 half the dried vegetables from Knorr Veg soup mix Mayo mix all then add some of the Knorr powder to taste. chill . It is truly as yummy as the old twist packet. I eat it everyday now and never miss the old 70's product. Happy eating!!!!
Sharon Farley - February 28, 2010 - Report this comment
I forgot to add celery salt to my recipe above.5DA
Michelle McClain - March 03, 2010 - Report this comment
I can't believe I found this site. I've wondered for many years what happeded to tuna twist. I lived in the north when I used it and then moved to the south thinking it wasn't available in the south. Now I know! Wish it would come back. I'm surprised a risk free version hasn't been duplicated by now. It appears Tuna Twist is missed by many. Please come back...
LadyGreenEyes - May 07, 2010 - Report this comment
I LOVED this stuff! That gastric distress is nut, because you were supposed to HYDRATE it before mixing with the tuna, and even dried would not hurt anyone. Love the suggestions for a similar mix offered here! Wow....even my sister doesn't remember the stuff, and we all ate it a lot! They need to re-release this product!
markus017 - June 10, 2010 - Report this comment
OMG I loved Tuna Twist...Im so glad other people know what I am talking about..We never were sick from it. we ate it all the time. I have been making my own tuna concoctions ever since its been off the market, I chop up fresh onion, celery bread crumbs crumble up 2 slices of burnt toast various seasonings, Mrs Dash garlic & herb, pepper. I cant wait to try the recepies from above...I also miss Buc Wheats cereal.
Doug - June 28, 2010 - Report this comment
If I recall correctly, Tuna Twist appeared in the late 70's disappeared for a few years and was back again about 1981 then vanished again a year or two later. I loved it, it was the only way I'd eat a tuna sandwich and I don't remember any stories of illness from it.
oommma - September 02, 2010 - Report this comment
I too loved Tuna Twist. It was literally the first thing I could make by myself in the kitchen, even though it would take me an hour to open a can of tuna with our old hand held can opener. After it was discontinued and I grew up I realized that it wasn't that hard to make great tuna...just sing the jingle while adding ingredients. HELLO...a little Sir Parsley, a little Ms. Celery, the onion twins and their friends salt, pepper and a teeny weeny bit of garlic.
lonekoyote - September 02, 2010 - Report this comment
I am so glad to finally see that SOMEONE ELSE rememebers and loves tuna twist. until now everytime i mentioned the name people would look at me like I was nuts. I wish they would bring it back!! :)
Shemp - September 08, 2010 - Report this comment
"tuna Twist , Tuna Twist, fresh from the chemical factory"
Longhorn - November 23, 2010 - Report this comment
I just wish there was .wav file or mp3 to "prove" to my partner that this product really existed! I've searched YouTube, too... I can't even look at a can of tuna w/o thinking of Tuna Twist!
cesar/edith Bklyn,N.Y. - December 02, 2010 - Report this comment
I remember when I was about 8 or 9 eating tuna twist with my family and we all loved it,I had to ask my mother what the name was 'cause I could'nt remember it,And she said it was Tuna Twist,Great Product,I wish they would bring it back.
Gigiya - May 07, 2011 - Report this comment
Wow! I thought I was the only one to remember Tuna Twist. My mother would but this because it was one of the few foods I would eat. I never had any g.i. problems after eating it. I was just dicussing Tuna Twist with a friend last night. Of course she didn't remember the product. Nabisco needs to make this again!
Gayle H. - June 25, 2011 - Report this comment
Glad to see so many people remember and also liked Tuna Twist. My family loved it too. Why doesn't someone duplicate it?
Donna W. - August 06, 2011 - Report this comment
At our H.E.B. store in south Texas they have a very similar product under their store brand, come in a small packette , 3 differnt flavors and you mix with tuna, not exactly the same but really close.
Renee - November 10, 2011 - Report this comment
I LOVED this stuff!!!! I have also had the tuna flavor from HEB Donna W. is talking about and it just pales in comparison.
Karin - December 29, 2011 - Report this comment
I LOVED this stuff.My mom used to make it.I still till this day,I eat tuna,every day but would LOVE to have that back!Now all I use is straight Hellmanns mayo,nothing else.
Kelly C. - February 24, 2012 - Report this comment
sydney - May 20, 2012 - Report this comment
I never would eat tuna until I had it in the early 80's it was awesome always used it to make sandwiches helped me lose a lot of weight wish they would bring it back
Paige - June 14, 2012 - Report this comment
Loved thia stuff. So easty and the only way I ate tuna. I don't eat it now bacause it doesn't taste right withnout Tuna Twist. Only one other friend remebers this and we both laugh because every one else thinks we've lost our minds when we mention this. BTW I never got sick off this but then again back in those days I could eat anything.
Annette - June 26, 2012 - Report this comment
I was just talking about this yesterday! I LOVED this stuff!!!!! It was out when I was small enough that the fridge handle was at eye level, so maybe 5 or 6? I remember seeing the tv commercial, and having the packets at our house, but don't remember the jingle. wish it was on youtube! ( :
Bernice - July 06, 2012 - Report this comment
YES! Thanks for the suggested recipe for Tuna Twist (Sharon) - I am going to try it right away. I totally miss this stuff - such a yummy memory from my childhood!!!
john moreno - September 11, 2012 - Report this comment
Loved the stuff and its catchy tune.
hippi chick - September 26, 2012 - Report this comment
i miss this tuna twist i wish they would bring it back i want my children to try it and i remember the jingle too but the only thing i could remember was we are the onion twins
Dawn - January 08, 2013 - Report this comment
Oh My I thought I was the only one missing tuna twist I guess not lol they need to bring it back it was an awesome product.
Marcy - April 22, 2013 - Report this comment
My mom used to make when we were kids,we all loved it,would be nice if they started to make it again!!
Pam - April 23, 2013 - Report this comment
Why do they always stop making stuff that is so good?
Ruben aka Fresh - April 25, 2013 - Report this comment
come back TUNA TWIST come back my wife doesn't know what she is missing!
Katnapper - August 17, 2013 - Report this comment
Omg... Tuna Twist was my favorite! My brother and I wouldn't eat tuna unless Mom added Tuna Twist. I liked the Italian the best... with the cheese flavor coming in second. I've tried for years and years (to this day) to re-create at home. Never the same. Soooo wish they would make this again!! I've even told my son about it from time to time when I make tuna salad, and he probably thinks I'm crazy.
fooman - November 21, 2013 - Report this comment
"Back in the day" my mom would make Tuna Twist for me, my brother, and sister and we never got sick. This stuff was delicious! :)
mimi - February 17, 2014 - Report this comment
I never knew so many people missed Tuna Twist! My mom made this for us growing up too in late 70's to early 80's this was the only way we ate tuna. I dont remember hearing about people getting sick but if they did it had to be from something else. People today have IBS and other problems and Tuna Twist is not available so there cant be a connection. The instructions said to let it set so the dry mix could rehydrate. I remember once we had it mixed we put it in the refrigerator and had to wait like 10 min or so we ate this stuff all the time never had any problems. I have missed it ever since. Please bring Tuna Twist back!!!
Glenn Rios - February 18, 2014 - Report this comment
Dan Smith - April 21, 2014 - Report this comment
The Onion Twist was my families favorite. I am also surprised to know many people remember this and miss it. Maybe they will bring it back??? I hope it won't be "New & Improved"!
Tina Lewis - May 22, 2014 - Report this comment
I was a little kid when Tuna Twist came out. I never liked the taste of Tuna by itself, but when Mom made the Tuna Twist, I was one of the first to tear into it.I loved it and wish they would put it back out on the Market.
ken evanger - August 07, 2014 - Report this comment
loved it,great with canned salmon too.
Kimberly McGarity - September 20, 2014 - Report this comment
I Loved Tuna Twist, I'd give a leg, foot or finger to have it again, I never ate Tuna without it! Please bring it back! Do anyone knows What company was it by? I want to write thenm a letter & start a petition for them to bring it back.
Leslie - October 27, 2014 - Report this comment
I so remember Tuna Twist. I had 3 sisters so my mom had to make food stretch. I heard it caused cancer or something like that. I'd still eat if. Anybody remember Egg Noodle Dinner? It was packed like Kraft Mac and Cheese. We could make a meal of just that.
Jamie Vaccaro - January 23, 2015 - Report this comment
I was a little kid and still remember Tuna Twist. I have never forgotten the song, Tuna Twist makes tuna taste, fresh as the garden! Sometimes, I think I can still taste it. My mother tries to make it now, but even she says it's not the same :(
Steve - February 23, 2015 - Report this comment
I was eating a tuna sandwich that my wife had made. It had celery and onions in it. First time I had celery in my tuna salad was using Tuna Twist. Haven't liked it without celery since, but it's just not the same. I was so disappointed when they took this off the market. My son was two at the time and he liked it. He's forty now. Oh! For the good ole days!
Darrell Borland - March 31, 2015 - Report this comment
I too have fond memories of Tuna Twist, and basically surviving, (very happily), on a diet of Tuna Fish through my college years. A complete surprise to have my favorite staple food pulled from the shelves, as Tuna is nowhere close to as good without it!!! I even wrote Pillsbury requesting the recipe, so I could make it for myself. I'll probably be in Heavan before I enjoy it again?
Sheila - April 06, 2015 - Report this comment
i also remember tuna twist, and recalled as a kid, my mom made me tuna twist and i loved it! i was disappointed when it was no longer available. one day i was thinking about it, wanting to make my tuna different, and today i think i managed to pull off a tuna salad recipe similar to what i remember the tuna twist taking like... i used 4 cans of tuna (in water, drained), chopped green onion (3-4 stalks), chopped red onion (about 1/2 cup), one stalk of celery (sliced & diced), 1 tsp garlic salt, 1/2 tsp garlic powder, 1/3 of a RED bell pepper (diced), 5 boiled eggs (i remove my yolks as a personal preference), a couple tablespoons of sweet relish and a couple spoons of mayo as needed to mix. however, i am only guessitmating on how much garlic powder and salt i used, it was about that much really. good luck, let me know if you try it, we all could come up with our own recipe for it. :)
Penni - June 28, 2015 - Report this comment
I remember this stuff & miss it like crazy! I don't ever recall doing the rehydrating step, though, but I never became ill from eating it that way.
Deana - June 29, 2015 - Report this comment
I was just a kid in the 70's but this stuff made a lasting impression on me. I've thought about it over the years (35-40yrs) wishing I could buy it, make it. I loved it -- I remember being disappointed when my mom told me it was discontinued. I'm kind of excited to find a link with information online about it. haha BRING BACK TUNA TWIST!!!
tiara - July 08, 2015 - Report this comment
BRING BACK TUNA TWIST! My tuna sandwichs has be dull since the discontinuation of tuna twist. .
Sonia Brown - August 03, 2015 - Report this comment
Please bring back tuna twist,I would love for my kids and grandchildren to experience how Great tuna can taste.I loved it love at first bite
DaTunaBoat - August 23, 2015 - Report this comment
Man oh man I sure would like TUNA TWIST to make a comeback! Here's hoping my BF will give me some this weekend! I just ♡ me some TUNA TWIST!
brenda ahsan - March 26, 2016 - Report this comment
The ONLY way we made tuna sandwiches. Where can we find it?? Why did they discontinue it??? It seems like every time I find something I like, they either "new & improve" it, or discontinue it altogether!! i was heart broken when they stopped selling is the ONLY way i like tuna made them tastes soooo good..please please bring it back !!!
Karen - May 19, 2016 - Report this comment
OMG!!! I can't believe I finally found info on Tuna Twist. I recall having this as a young child (under 10) and when I asked my mother about it she didn't recall such a product. I'm 49 now and over the years have asked several people if they've heard of it and no one had. Now I know I wasn't Good to read all the comments about Tuna Twist.
Denise A. - July 11, 2016 - Report this comment
Oh my, I am so happy to see that others share my joy and love for that magical wonder mix for tuna! I never remembered the Tuna Twist name but I do remember eating this every summer when traveling with my aunt Please someone start a petition or something to bring it back. Tuna will never be the same without it.
Kim - September 10, 2016 - Report this comment
Nabisco, Please consider bringing Tuna Twist back.
Karma tuna - December 05, 2016 - Report this comment
Oh, but you can enjoy tuna twist again! Lipton vegetable soup mix works great with a large can of tuna! Made me dance like sir celery:-) yummy!
UUMOM - December 14, 2016 - Report this comment
I loved Tuna Twist, too. Now, how many of you had the stuffed animals that went with the marketing theme? I did!
Midzo - January 08, 2017 - Report this comment
We got a free sample in the mail in about 1976. We were fine, but many of my neighbors became ill after eating it. We kids sang the theme song, but as: "I'm arthritis I'm bursitis We are the bunion twins."
Chris - July 05, 2017 - Report this comment
God I just loved this stuff! Made me crave tuna and still crave Tuna Twist all these years later. I too rarely buy canned Tunabecauxe Tuna Twist isn't sold anymore. Why they can't come out with this stuff again is beyond me. I definetly buy Tuna again which is pretty much the only thing I'll eat out of a can, but it's few and far between without Tuna Twist
Donna - December 10, 2017 - Report this comment
I loved Tuna Twist! I remember my mom's close friend made me a tuna sandwich made with Tuna Twist & I was hooked. I've wished for years that Nabisco would put it back on the market. I would eat it everyday.
JJ - January 10, 2018 - Report this comment
"Please, Nabisco...bring this back!!!!"...let's all bombard them with requests!!
Shabazz K Morton - January 17, 2018 - Report this comment
Tuna twist was the best. Nabisco should bring it back. I ate this all the time and never had any issues but I guess some people were sensitive to the vegetable protein.

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