Top 10 Discontinued Drinks From 1980s,1990s and Early 2000s

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Do you remember Surge soda? The bright green beverage that was similar to Mountain Dew? Do you miss it?If so, here’s a good news, yes, it’s on sale again, thanks to the Surge Movement. If not, sorry, it’s officially back.

But not every drink is as lucky as Surge, here are Top 10 drinks you’ll never again see on store shelves...for better or for worse.

10.OK Soda (1993-1994)

The Coca-Cola Company basically spent the ’90s desperately pandering to Generations X and Y. Whereas Surge appealed to all the gnarly extreme sports nuts spawned by Dan Cortese, OK Soda was an earlier beverage that humored disillusioned slacker hipsters. The odd fruit-flavored cola was introduced in 1993 in a variety of urban test markets, but the drink vanished after only seven months.

9.Pepsi Blue (2002-2004)

Pepsi Blue tasted as bad as it looked -- and if you think Mountain Dew is too sweet, be grateful you never experienced this abomination. It was introduced in 2002 and was discontinued in 2004 -- except in Indonesia, which has experienced a massive increase in diabetes and obesity in the past decade. Just saying.

8.Life Savers (1995)

During the mid-’90s, fruit-flavored beverages such as Fruitopia were all the rage, and Life Savers tried to hop on that bandwagon by introducing a line of non-carbonated drinks in 1995. The only difference is that Fruitopia and Snapple marketed themselves as healthy alternatives to soda, while Life Savers drinks were ostensibly liquid candy. Which they were, but still.

7.Coca-Cola Black Cherry Vanilla (2006-2007)

I’m not much of a soda drinker, but when I drink soda, I like cherry or vanilla cola. This was the best of both worlds. Damn it, now I need to buy two bottles of soda to mix together just to try to recreate this short-lived drink. Unfortunately, I’m not ambitious enough to do that. Oh well.

6.Snapple Tru Root Beer (1983-late ’80s)

Snapple Tru Root Beer was clear, lightly carbonated, and really tasty. It was less sweet than other root beers, but still sugary enough to give a kid a good buzz.  In 1983, Snapple launched a line of sodas while sales were not bad, the company would launch its iced tea line in 1987 and its fruit cocktail juice drinks in 1989. These drinks would begin to define the company’s borderline health-conscious image, and the sodas were eventually phased out.

5.Apple Slice (1986)

Apple Slice was actually PepsiCo’s replacement for Aspen, an apple-flavored soda sold between 1978 and 1982. It was a lighter, slightly less sweet alternative to 7up and Sprite. And unlike those sodas, it came in a variety of flavors. Apple Slice lasted for an even shorter time period, and has since not been replaced or reintroduced, despite the limited market return of the Slice brand in 2009.

4.Jolt Cola (1985-2009)

Before the United States became a nation of sleepwalking zombies in need of a beverage market completely saturated with energy drinks, Jolt Cola burst forth proudly proclaiming that it contained “all the sugar and twice the caffeine.” Though it became a pop culture phenomenon-- appearing in Jurassic Park and Gremlins 2 -- the company faced hard times in the 2000s. After its parent company filed bankruptcy in 2009, Jolt Cola essentially morphed into an energy drink with the creative moniker “Jolt Energy.”

3.Josta (1995-1999)

While Jolt was merely a highly caffeinated cola, Josta was the first legitimate energy drink marketed in the United States. Introduced in 1995, Josta included not only caffeine in its recipe, but also guarana. It became significantly popular but was nevertheless discontinued by PepsiCo after only four years.

2.Crystal Pepsi (1993-1994)

In 1993, PepsiCo, thinking that health-conscious consumers would equate “clarity” with “purity,” determined that a see-through caffeine-free cola drink would be the next big thing. It was not. Despite a massive advertising push that included the beverage’s first television commercial airing during the 1993 Super Bowl, the drink did not catch on and vanished within a year. The imitators it spawned -- Tab Clear and 7up Ice Cola -- lasted longer than Crystal Pepsi.

1.Orbitz (1997)

Orbitz was that space-age drink. Really, it was just a fruity, transparent soda filled with suspended edible balls. The experience was like drinking fizzy bubble tea from a tiny lava lamp. But the public-at-large seemed to disagree, and the soda was gone within a year. The website Orbitz.com, however, lives on as one of the world’s largest online travel agencies.

(source:verbicidemagazine.com)

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