It's kind of scary being in a business where your product name can gradually (or quickly) become a problem. Classic example, of course, is AYDS weight loss candies. But there were also products with the name "Hooker" or "Manson" (usually after the manufacturer's now unfortunate surname). Dick's Sporting Goods is still around, however. And "Trim" manicure implements.
I sure do remember it. It was a staple of my childhood.
I lived on cigarettes and Diet Apple Slice in college. God, what I wouldn't give for another sip of that sweet nectar.
I hear you, r14. My freshman year of college I survived on Diet Apple Slice. Heavenly.
I think Orange Slice is still around but all the other flavors died out years ago. As I recall, orange wasn't even the original flavor. It was lemon-lime and was marketed as a competitor of Sprite. I think Sierra Mist is PepsiCo's version of Sprite now.
You can't get Shasta in my area, but they have 30 flavors. Dammit, why aren't they nationwide?
Worse: Why doesn't Amazon.com carry them so I can have some delivered?
The lemon-lime Slice was foul. It tasted semi-fermented or something. It was just wrong.
I don't remember it at all. I must be the only one on this board under 100
"I don't remember it at all. I must be the only one on this board under 100."
WTF are you talking about, Slice wasn't an ancient soda! It was very short lived, it's not as if it was out in the 1950s or 1960s!
In fact, IIRC, it came out in the 1980s!
Slice is a line of fruit-flavored soft drinks manufactured by PepsiCo and introduced in 1984, with the lemon-lime flavor replacing Teem.
Varieties of Slice have included apple, fruit punch, grape, passionfruit, peach glaze, Mandarin orange, pineapple, strawberry, Cherry Cola, "Red", Cherry-Lime, and Dr Slice. Until 1994, the drink contained 10% fruit juice.
In the summer of 2000, lemon-lime Slice was replaced in most markets by Sierra Mist, which became a national brand in 2003. The rest of the Slice line was replaced in most markets by Tropicana Twister Soda in the summer of 2005, although the Dr. Slice variety can still be found in some fountains.
In early 2006, Pepsi resurrected the Slice name for a new line of diet soda called Slice ONE. Marketed exclusively at Wal-Mart stores, Slice ONE was available in orange, grape and berry flavors, all sweetened with Splenda.
As of 2009, Slice (orange, diet orange, grape, strawberry and peach flavors) was available solely from Wal-Mart Stores. In India, Slice is a mango flavored soft drink under the PepsiCo brand and can be bought in any general grocery store and other eatries, catering shops, promoted by a Bollywood actress, Katrina Kaif.
"In fact, IIRC, it came out in the 1980s!"
It's cute that you still think of the eighties as not very long ago.
I used to drink Body on Tap shampoo for that little taste of beer.
Didn't care much for fruit sodas like grape or strawberry but loved Squirt(talk about suggestive name) and thought Orange Crush was best of orange soda.
[quote] Dick's Sporting Goods is still around, however. And "Trim" manicure implements.
Dykes Lumber is very successful in the NY tri-state area and East coast.
1984 may be a "long time ago", but as the post above in R20 shows, it actually stayed around a long time, and in some places is still around.
[quote]although the Dr. Slice variety can still be found in some fountains
Now there's a SERIOUSLY unfortunate name. Gynecologist or surgeon?
Dr Slice sounds like a bad horror movie.
LOL Dr. Slice was their variation on Dr. Pepper (which is a horrible tasting soday, BTW).
And who's the young'un upthread who doesn't remember something from the mid-late '80s?
Squirt, another ruined brand. I bought a bottle of Squirt last summer and was disappointed because it tasted exactly like nasty Mountain Dew.
R29 Isn't Squirt a grapefruit soda? I don't recall Mountain Dew tasting like grapefruit.
What about Faygo?( might be a regional thing)Do they still make that stuff? I remember frequently drinking Redpop as child
R28, Dr Pepper is the best soda there is. Anyone who says it's "horrible tasting" has no idea what they're talking about, and no taste.
Whoever mentioned Orange Crush was correct -- it was the best orange soda and tasted great! My late parents claimed the original Orange Crush came in a brown bottle containing bits of orange pulp.
The original grapefruit soda was Fresca, which tasted awful to me. It's made by Coca-Cola company and was one of the first "diet" sodas.
To each his own, but i'll never understand the appeal of Mountain Dew or Dr. Pepper in any version -- both YUCK!
My mother, who was old as dirt, always claimed that Dr. Pepper was the very unsuccessful result to copy Coca-Cola and was mostly enjoyed by southern rednecks. Don't kill the messenger...
Calm down, R32. My taste buds are different than yours, and my taste buds tell me that Dr. Pepper is gross. It's kind of like liquid black licorice. Blech!
R34, your taster is way off.
I loathe and hate black licorice (or anise, or fennel)
Dr Pepper is delicious. It's cherry/vanilla/almond if its anything. Delicious!
[quote]Dr Pepper is delicious. It's cherry/vanilla/almond if its anything. Delicious!
If you want a good almond/cherry/vanilla soda, you should try Suburban Almond Smash. Now THAT'S a good soda.
Yes r30, it's supposed to be grapefruit and lemon flavored but it tasted like half flat sugar piss Mountain Dew.
That sounds delicious, R36... but not only have I never seen or heard of it (must be regional), but I'm not sure I should trust the taste of anyone who thinks Dr Pepper is "yucky"
"It's cute that you still think of the eighties as not very long ago."
That's right douchebag, the 80s was not all that long ago, not in terms of any products longevity. I work in advertising, when any product spans more than 15-20 years and is still around, that means the product is very successful.
SLICE might still be available in some areas, though not across the US, to me, that doesn't seem like a very successful product which caught on.
Shut up R21, the ageism on DL is downright disgusting, just remember that when someone calls you a "big fag"! Prejudice is prejudice, whether it's about our sexuality, race, age or nationality.
So many gays are hypocrites!
Suburban soda is good. It may be a regional thing, but they had two different ginger ales (golden and pale), orange, grape and almond smash.
And Dr. Pepper is vile.
[quote]the ageism on DL is downright disgusting, just remember that when someone calls you a "big fag"! Prejudice is prejudice, whether it's about our sexuality, race, age or nationality. So many gays are hypocrites!
Truer words have never been spoken.
I can't even imagine how people can think Dr Pepper is vile.
It was cherry coke before Cherry Coke(tm)!
It's literally the only soda I will still drink, because it's the only one that tastes really good.
R42, your taste is shit. Dr. Pepper not only doesn't resemble the vastly superior-tasting Cherry Coke, but it is just wretchingly bad. There have been times when I've ordered a Coke and got Dr. P instead, and I just lost it every time. Nas-TEE.
I don't get the comparison between Dr. Pepper and Cherry Coke.
I always judge the off brands on their quality of grape and orange soda. It has to have the right amount of flavor and carbonation.
If you drink Dr Pepper while expecting coke, of course it tastes nasty.
But the same is true in reverse... if you drink Coke while expecting Dr Pepper, it'll taste nasty.
Don't you have the slightest clue about how taste works?
[quote]Don't you have the slightest clue about how taste works?
I do, in fact, which is why I think Dr. Pepper is completely undrinkable.
I once ordered coke, but got root beer. Now, I love root beer... but that first taste was a shock. I spit it out thinking the Code was rancid! It took me a few seconds to realize what the issue was. At which point I just continued drinking the Root Beer happily.
Though it's only an occasional treat because I avoid aspartame, Diet Squirt is the best diet soda. It makes a great low-carb cocktail with tequila or gin. I wish they'd use a better quality sweetener.
R33, it doesn't have bits of orange pulp, but you can still get Orange Crush made with sugar imported from Mexico. I rarely drink carbonated beverages, but this is what I reach for when I do.
Dr. Pepper is the only soda worth drinking.
Dr. Pepper is nasty. Always has been, always will be.
R51, you're wrong.
And I agree with R50, sorta. I mean, I like some other sodas, but I've cut them out of my diet (empty calories). If I ever do slip and drink on, it'll be Dr Pepper, just because it's vastly superior to the other options generally available (Coke, Pepsi, Sprite, Root Beer, Orange Soda, Mt Dew, etc)
And if you've never had it with pure cane sugar, you're really missing out.
I will never understand the appeal of Tab.
Apple Slice was pretty good though.
[quote]Worse: Why doesn't Amazon.com carry them so I can have some delivered?
Only a real fatso would order soda by mail
R55, if you want to try something that isn't available in your area, how else would you do so but by ordering it by mail?
Did you even THINK before you posted that reply?
"Back in the day"?? It's still around; I have the 7-upish type in the soda machine where I live; have also seen the orange...of course, I'm in a tiny northern NY town...
Damn, R49! If I had credit cards anymore, I'd want to hook up with you if you could order me some????
Love me Orange Crush
From Polar Beverages in Worcester MA
"Orange Polar Dry" or "Diet Orange Dry"
BEST of ALL - can't get it everywhere
Dr Pepper was the first real soft drink (not counting traditional ones like root beer, ginger ale, etc).
It came in 1885 a year before Coca-Cola.
Mr Pibb is the knock off.
The only real good soft drinks are Coke Zero and Canfields Diet Chocolate Soda...
The rest suck the meat
End of thread
R21, bitch please. TAB is still around and that's from the 1960's. It sells itself. Coca Cola doesn't do any marketing what so ever for TAB. They still sell it (mostly in 6 packs and 12 packs) because people still buy it.
Ask a coca cola delivery man about Tab. People know what day the Tab is delivered to their local store and buy it all up. You will never see someone with one 12 pack of TAB. It will always be 4 or 5 twelve packs of TAB. Most people don't know that it's still available because the stores only carry a few 12 packs and it's always sold out. It's usually the empty space on the shelf
Darn, Suburban Almond Smash isn't available on Amazon either. And, no R55, I'm not fat either.
[quote]Dykes Lumber is very successful in the NY tri-state area and East coast.
Back in the 60s my uncle had a gift shop in Dykesville, WI He named it "The Dyke". No lie.
[quote]The original grapefruit soda was Fresca
Squirt came out in 1938. Fresca in 1966.
Diet Chocolate Fudge.
Loved apple Slice. Wish they made more apple-flavored beverages.
Grape soda is the best thing for a hangover. I don't know why.
[quote]The only real good soft drinks are Coke Zero and Canfields Diet Chocolate Soda...
I'm sorry, but there's no such thing as a good diet soft drink. They ALL taste terrible.
Dr. Pepper is cola with a shot of prune juice. Why do you think they call it [italic] Doctor [/italic] Pepper?
[quote]Dr Pepper, just because it's vastly superior to the other options generally available (Coke, Pepsi, Sprite, Root Beer, Orange Soda, Mt Dew, etc)
You should replace "superior" with "more disgusting"
[quote]Dr. Pepper is cola with a shot of prune juice
No wonder it's so nasty.
[quote]Dr. Pepper is cola with a shot of prune juice.
Uh, no. There is no prune juice or flavoring in Dr Pepper. That nonsense was debunked a long time ago.
[quote]From Polar Beverages in Worcester MA
They've got a range of holiday flavored seltzers - egg nog, butter rum, and something else. We bought the butter rum and egg nog last week while visiting R.I. to see what they would taste like. I expected it to be horrible but the butter rum was delicious - like drinking a cocktail but in a 0 calorie seltzer water. I was tempted to put some in my suitcase and bring them back to Atlanta since Polar isn't sold down here.
Root beer (mostly wintergreen flavored soda) is widely disliked outside of North America.
The orange and strawberry were my favorites.
The local Ci-Cis pizza place has apple Fanta.
I like Diet Dr Pepper, but I tried the Cherry Vanilla version once and spit it out. Tasted like medicine. My current favorite drink is orange juice mixed with Diet Sprite/Sprite Zero/7-Up.
Anyone remember No Cal soda? They did a bizarre mix, IIRC, cola with mint and other weird cola flavors around the Holidays.
I'm trying to remember another bizarre concoction, it was like a liquid version of Kool Aid, in thta it had to be mixed with water.
This was basically a liquid flavoring mix which came in different colored small cans, with the main art on the can being a polar bear in an icy landscape.
My mom thought it was called Sno-Crop, but I Googled, that brand was an already mixed juice in larger cans, this was a syrupy mix which required water.
I quit drinking soda for a couple years and when I had a diet Coke, I couldn't believe how salty it was. I can't drink it anymore.
When water with lemon bores me, I drink Crystal Light flavored water. It's good but it turns my teeth pink.
Does anyone remember Dr Pepper's "10, 2 and 4" slogan? Or the commercials that suggested that you heat it and serve it as a morning beverage? I like Dr Pepper, but WARM Dr P? I don't think so. And it would be flat, too.
Dr. Pepper may not actually contain prune juice, but it makes me have to shit like nothing else.
No, R81, it doesn't. That's not possible.
Nobody's mentioned "Rondo." My mom thought I was drinking a beer the first time she saw me with one.
I pity the fool who doesn't like Dr Pepper.
I once tried this "Cherry Lime" soda that I saw in Utah. It was put out by Snapple. It was freakin' AWESOME. I saw it the once, and never again.
[quote]I pity the fool who doesn't like Dr Pepper.
You just like him cause Scott Baio would dance and sing off key with one in his hand.
Apple Slice has a strong cult following. It always comes up in threads about favorite pops (yes, I'm from the Midwest). Wish I had tried it.
I don't like regular Dr. Pepper, but the diet version is my favorite diet pop. Diet Canada Dry is also good, and it is VERY dry and gingery.
Coke is a perfect creation. I would drink it every day if it weren't so bad for me.
You fatsos need to just drink water.
Cumberland Farms has a fantastic soda called Sucka Punch for $1/20 oz. bottle. Tangy and addictive. Best flavor I've had in years.
You bitches don't know what you're missing if you're drinking sodas made with HFCS instead of sugar.
HFCS should be outlawed.
I've never heard of "Slice" being innuendo-ish. I seriously doubt the name was a problem.
I had to really think about that. Is Slice now slang for vagina? I associate it with pizza, cake, pies and fruit, or as an alternate verb for "cut". Never heard it used any other way. Then again I never got the whole "gash" thing, either. Maybe I just don't hate women enough to reduce them to violent imagery equated with their genitalia. Guess I should work on that.
[quote]Root beer (mostly wintergreen flavored soda) is widely disliked outside of North America.
Wintergreen? The flavor of root beer comes from sassafras. That's why it's called "root" beer.
I never heard of "Birch Beer" until I visited teh North East. Weird stuff.
R93 CRAGmont. It was Safeway's house brand. They now use "Refreshe."
R85 When did Scott Baio dance with Dr P?
You will apparently know because they don't make Diet Apple Slice anymore, but seriously, half beer and half diet apple Slice was amazing.
We only had about three flavors of Slice in my area - certainly never the apple flavor. Ours is Faygo territory (yes, it's still made). Faygo's raspberry cream was the absolute best.
Lemon-lime Slice was great and it's criminal that Slice is dead while shit like Shasta, Squirt and Mello Yello still exist.
Grape and Orange Slice were also delicious.
Fuck you Pepsi Co. for your Sierra Mist wannabe Sprite bullshit.
My dad was in the grocery biz in the Midwest and was always bringing home manufacturers' samples of new products for us to try. Around the summer of 1980 he brought home a crate of an apple flavored soda called Applicious which I remember drinking all summer from our basement fridge. I can still picture the pale green can but have never seen any mention of the brand on the Internet ever. Apple Slice was probably close to it in taste, kind of like a carbonated nonalcoholic cider.
It was David Naughton, not Scott Baio [R85]. He used his fame from the Dr. Pepper commercials to land the lead in American Werewolf in London.
FLOVED the apple. Why did all the good things get taken off the market so quickly like Bird's Eye Cool and Creamy puddings in a tub yet their shitty Cool Whip has been around forever.
I miss the Shasta Black Cherry soda.
Doesn't matter too much, I don't drink sodas any more.