questionswhat is/was your favorite soda/pop/coke that you…

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I like diet root beer, and I am not terribly picky about brand, the less salt the better. I don't have a lost soda love. Living on the border we have access to Mexican made Coke, Pepsi and other soda, made with cane sugar and quite addictive. But when we were in Japan, there were a wild variety of beverages in vending machines everywhere. I think the one I liked best was made by Kirin. It was heavily carbonated and lightly sweetened, with an authentic lemon flavor. I would sure like to see that available here. For a real blast from the past, my friend still has a bottle of Crystal Pepsi. He called a couple of years ago as a joke and asked if it was still safe to drink, and the customer service rep he spoke to hadn't ever heard of Crystal Pepsi. It's been discontinued for more than 20 years.

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I was a big fan of the ol Pepsi Twist. I try to replicate it as some convenience stores now have the flavorings (vanilla, lemon, cherry) that you can add to pop. Not the same.

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@studerc: Pepsi Light was originally lemon flavored back in the 70's/early 80's . It was grand.

But my fav that used to be the number 2 sold drink that Coke stupidly discontinued was Tab ! I was a Tab freak as were all my friends. Diet Coke , which they used as a replacement is NOT the same. Not even close. Never was. I want Tab !!

@moondrake: I also like Mexican soda. I need the glass bottle. It definitely makes a difference as does the real sugar. Their Coke IS better.
We have a little Mexican grocer in town and they have all sorts of fun flavors of soda in a bottle. On occasion , for a treat, I will go and pick up a bottle of each flavor. : ) Tamarind anyone ?

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I remember pepsi clear, has it been that long? We have regular access to jarritos as well, but i don't get them very often.
Another that i miss; WinnDixie used to have a private label organic soda in a six pack for like $2 sometimes 2 for $3. I miss that. All of the flavors were clear so if you didn't see the can you wouldn't know what you were drinking. They were very good imo.

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@ceagee: Yep, I loved Tab too. But do you know that it is still being sold by Coke? In fact, last year was it's 50th anniversary: http://www.coca-colacompany.com/stories/tab-turns-50-and-those-who-love-the-fizzy-diet-cola-celebrate

It is pretty hard to find. I saw it some time ago at a Walmart. And who knows, this might be a different formula than what we drank "in the good ol' days".

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@barnabee: loved the saccharin after taste. I can't stand splenda and aspartame causes all sorts of problems.

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Josta.

I got hooked on that stuff in high school. When they were discontinuing it, some of my friends and I would drive across a major city to stock up on it when one of us found a place that had some.

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Grape Nehi. I loved it, though I didn't get many sodas.

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@ceagee and @barnabee: I'll join the TAB lovers! I'd also like to get a hold of a real Fresca.

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Dublin Dr Pepper with Imperial pure cane sugar. RIP. Darn you Dr Pepper Snapple Group!!!

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I've always loved Mr. Pibb. It's hard to find where I live, though a few places carry it as Pibb Extra. To me Mr. Pibb was like Dr. Pepper but with way more bite to it.

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@hot72chev: I'll have a Fresca too please ! In a glass bottle of course !
And I also forgot about Fanta. Not the US kind. In Germany it's orange pineapple flavored.

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There is a gourmet cooking site I order from every rare now and then: http://www.culinarydistrict.com .
They have a beverage section that has some different selections
Brands include : Q Drinks - the Gingerale is like no other. It's more gingery and less sweet !

Fentiman's Sodas from UK. { I have not tried them yet}

Joia Natural Sodas w/ such enticing flavors as Ginger Apricot Allspice and Lime Hibiscus Clove to name a couple.

Listed under "other" includes a fav of mine : Drink Sarsaparilla Jackson Hole

They used to carry Jones' soda , which is all sorts of yummy. I can a few flavors one place locally. Not sure how rare. They have great labels -- pictures customers send in.

Now I'm going to have to find something to order just to get some soda ! :D It's been awhile since I've ordered, so I kinda forgot.

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@ceagee: Jones Soda is amazing. So many unusual, but tasty flavors.

I thought that I was alone in my longing for Crystal Pepsi. By now I'm not even sure if it was really that good, or if like many things from the 90s I just want to badly to remember it as a good thing that I overlook flaws. I just remember that it had a taste all its own, and I miss it.

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another vote for SURGE

another one i loved was dnL (7up upside down)
"The product's name came from the fact that the "dnL" logo is the "7 Up" logo rotated 180°. As such, the product itself was, in many ways, the polar opposite of 7 Up: while 7 Up is caffeine-free, colorless, and comes in a green bottle, dnL contained caffeine, was colored vaguely similar to the green of 7 Up's bottle, and came in a clear bottle. And while 7 Up has a fairly standard lemon-lime flavor, dnL was lime-lemon flavor."

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/DnL

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Green River and Strawberry Nehi.

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Sundance Sparklers

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New York Seltzer

Two things I drank all the time as a kid. Always thought I was doing something very adult drinking Sundance Sparklers. Remember, this was during the wine cooler craze.

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I liked Pepsi Clear too. One pop I grew to like (it was definitely an acquired taste) was Appy. It's an apple-flavored pop. I only had it while on a mission trip to Mexico, but I was under the impression it was an American drink. I looked it up just now and discovered it appears to actually be/have been a Mexican brand.

http://www.canmuseum.com/Detail.aspx?CanID=9414

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I enjoyed the initial Crystal Pepsi release.. When they changed the recipe to a more fruity taste, it ruined it for me.

I still have my Crystal Pepsi refrigerator magnet in one of my moving boxes.

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jolt cola, all the sugar twice the caffiene

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Pomac. It was the color of beer and tested like a sparkling apple cider. Loved it as a kid... Probably because of it cool color. LOL

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Dr. Pepper Berries & Cream!

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@ceagee: Are you familiar with the story behind Fanta? It was invented in a Coca Cola plant in Nazi Germany after they stopped being able to import the Coke ingredients. The Plant manager was killed in a car accident and Max Keith was appointed to run the plant. He wanted to keep it open because having jobs protected his employees from being drafted. Unable to get Coke ingredients, they created a recipe made of the apple fiber left over from the cider making process and the whey left over from making cheese, and named it "Fanta" from fantasie. Keith kept the plant in operation using a number of imaginative strategies and could easily have claimed the plant and become rich. Instead he handed over the plant and all of the profits to Coke after the war. It's a great story that I can't believe hasn't been made into a movie.

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RC Draft Cola
Blenheim's Extra Hot Ginger Ale
Crystal Pepsi (original issue)
Doc Brown's Cel-Ray
Briar's Birch Beer

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Also, if you find yourself in Los Angeles, Galco's Old World Grocery on York Blvd is a soda specialty shop: http://galcos.com

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I can never seem to find Mountain Dew LiveWire in California. If I'm lucky I'll see a few bottles in the summer in gas stations, but never anywhere or anytime else.

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Mr. Pibb and Pibb Xtra. It is only available at a movie theater snack counter in my hometown. I can't find it anywhere else.....
[http://www.usasoda.com/images/ccpibb17.JPG]

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When i was in high school we went to colorado. There was a soda called "OK Soda" and after some modern googling, i see why it was short lived. My friends however, thought it was great, gave them a sugar/caffeine buzz (don't know if those contents were higher than normal back then.) There was even a 1-800-I Feel OK hotline so you could share stories about drinking the soda.

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When I was a child I liked peach Nehi, and I haven't seen that in many years. I think it was probably so sweet it would make my teeth hurt now, but back then I generally got one when my grandpa would take me to the little neighborhood store where he lived. I'd try it again just for the nostalgia.

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I definitely miss Surge. Good stuff.

And there are times when I wonder if it's worth a drive back to Michigan so I can import a bunch of Faygo, mostly Moon Mist and Rock N Rye. I did find Moon Mist in a gas station outside of Jackson, MS a few years ago, in plastic 20oz bottles. I'm pretty sure the cashier wondered a little at how giddy I was to find it. But I haven't seen Rock N Rye in ages.

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Surge definitely. I love Blenheim red-cap Ginger Ale ( The extra hot flavor ). The last I knew, you could order it online. They just are riddled with production issues and availability is sporadic.

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@gt0163c: Faygo Rock N Rye currently out of stock , but you can order it online at: http://www.culinarydistrict.com/24857.html
Check back and maybe they will get it in. $2 a bottle !

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I'll throw my hat into the SURGE ring..
(Jolt, Coke w/ Lime and Josta (With Guarana) are another few I used to drink)..

I actually found a list of these old, interesting sodas (some of them anyways..) "15 sodas you wish they still made"
http://likes.com/misc/sodas-you-wish-they-still-made

Does anybody remember Orbitz w/ the little balls suspended in it?

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Is there anything people won't try to get a stupid amount of money for on eBay?
[ETA: Sorry, a RARE can of Surge.]

($50 can of Surge.. with $5.60 shipping.)
http://www.ebay.com/itm/Rare-unopened-surge-soda-can-sealed-/191174675451?pt=LH_DefaultDomain_0&hash=item2c82e60bfbc

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Pepsi Blue. Berry flavored cola. It was great but only lasted about 2 years. Tasted sort of like a cross between blue raspberry and cotton candy.

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SURGE! Hands down. I used to chug a two-liter of that stuff.

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@ceagee: I still purchase Tab every once in a while, found in Shoprite in NJ.

edit: now I'm in the mood for one, so I guess I'm going shopping...

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Orange Crush or Cherry crush, yum....

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I like canfield's 50/50 Soda.

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JOLT Cola, Welches Grape Soda, and Minute Made Orange Soda.

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Buffalo Rock Ginger Ale - it is not really hard for me to find since I live in Birmingham AL where the local Pepsi bottler IS Buffalo Rock, but I have talked to people who live other places and still remember it after many years. It is very gingery & yummy.

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I'm probably alone in this response since I think this product only lasted a couple weeks, but Caramel Cream Pepsi Jazz.

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Surge is my childhood. The End.

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Slice, which advertised 10% juice in each can, was so good. In addition to Lemon/ Lime, I remember Apple and Pineapple. I know I'm forgetting some other varieties. It's hard to believe Sierra Mist is essentially a descendant of Slice, without the juice. Come on Pepsi, bring it back to your Throwback line! Don't make me beg. :o)