Last week, I had someone stumble upon The Nest via the following search term:
drinks mr green
And instantly a Flashback Friday idea was born!
I am a huge fan of soda, even to the point of being intrigued over the generic term that is used in different parts of the country. I live in one of the few places in the Midwest where we use the term “soda” rather than “pop”. I live in one of the few areas anywhere where Pepsi is king, and Coke takes a backseat to even Dr. Pepper. And I certainly enjoy reflecting about different soda brands that are no longer with us.
As for Mr. Green, I’d lay good odds that few if any of you had ever heard of it. It was introduced around 2001 by SoBe (which is owned by Pepsico, thus why it was likely popular here in St. Louis at one time), and it was religiously downed by most of the maintenance crew at work back in its day. It looked absolutely disgusting, and was actually green colored. I think it was supposed to be a combined soda/energy drink, but this dreadful concoction didn’t last very long on the market. Within a year, I had never seen it again…
While we’re on the subject of strange sodas from the new millennium, here’s one that also didn’t have a long shelf life, “dnL”. From the makers of 7 Up (It’s their logo upside down, see it?), this offering was everything 7 Up wasn’t. In particular, it was caffeinated. I don’t think I ever saw a can or bottle of this in real life, but it’s most memorable attribute was the hilarious ad campaign that introduced it, with the high strung leprechaun!
This one was far but the best, but sadly, for a campaign that ran just 10 years ago, it’s the only one I could find on YouTube:
OK, now let’s really flash back! Remember what Marty McFly tried to order at the diner in 1955?
The early days of the diet drinks! Who knew that Back To The Future skit would generate the same puzzled reactions in 1995 as it would have in 1955. Coca Cola’s Tab had been around since the 1960’s, but was all but gone from the market by the end of the 1980’s thanks to the introduction of Diet Coke, as well as that little controversy over whether saccharin causes cancer or not. Pepsi Free was also practically a relic by the time MC Hammer brought in the 1990’s, or at least its name was. My pathetic research has determined that Pepsi Free was simply renamed Caffeine Free Pepsi, which itself has all but disappeared from the store shelves since the introduction of Pepsi One, and most recently Pepsi Max (Sorry, but I will not and never will try a sugar free soda, I don’t care if I balloon to 300 pounds and go into diabetic comas every few hours).
If there’s one thing Pepsi can’t do right in my mind, it’s make a good lemon-lime soda. Now thanks to 7 Up going out of their gourd and changing to all natural flavors (ick!), Sprite is the undisputed king of this market. But like Coke tried to copy Mountain Dew with Mello Yello, Pepsi tried to do the same with Sprite and introduced Slice. Slice managed to hold it’s own throughout the mid to late 1980’s, and actually got me aboard as a drinker when the Pepsi button’s red light was on. But alas, Slice eventually fell off the face of the earth, and was subsequently replaced by the inferior Sierra Mist, which I tried once and never again. Of course, Slice wasn’t the original Pepsi lemon-lime soda….
I’m just barely old enough to remember Teem, which was introduced back in the 1960’s, but succumbed to Slice in the US back in the early 80’s. If Teem’s Wiki article is correct, you can still buy Teem in places like Brazil, Honduras, Uruguay, South Africa, and Pakistan!
What soft drinks do you remember from back in the day?