Top 10 Discontinued Soda Drinks We All Miss

Top 10 Discontinued Soda Drinks We All Miss


Sodas are a cultural staple of the summer.
While there are many varieties and flavors on the market, sadly, some of them don’t last
and are discontinued. While we mourn for the loss of these sodas, let’s relive the best
ones as we look at 10 Discontinued Sodas We Miss. Patio This discontinued soda was one of Pepsi’s
first forays outside of the standard cola, making its appearance in the early 60s. Its
name was reminiscent of sinking into a chair on the shade on a warm summer’s day; it was
the perfect drink to take with you into the summer season. Specifically a diet soda, Patio
was marketed as an alternative soda for diabetics. A year after its conception, Patio released
three new flavors: orange, grape, and root beer. Advertising for it was relatively scarce
and stuck primarily to local regions, making its way into some grocery stores and “mom
and pop” shops. An interesting aspect of Patio’s legacy is how it contributed to the “diet”
culture. It was part of Pepsi’s “diet” brand, yet never explicitly used the word diet in
its slogans. One of the company’s earliest slogans implied that “The girls girl-watchers
watch, drink Diet Pepsi”, painting a picture to, particularly female consumers that, not
only would this drink keep them more slim and desirable, but that this particular fizzy
soda was accessible to all health-conscious consumers. Despite its relative success and
impact on the new diet soda world, Patio’s name was switched to Diet Pepsi and advertised
alongside the main brand. Most of Patio’s flavors were phased out by the early to mid-1970s
and the drink has not been seen since. Pepsi Blue Another Pepsi item on our list of discontinued
sodas. This bright blue soda was launched by Pepsi in mid-2002. Over a nine-month period,
over one hundred flavors were tested until they settled on the final “berry” flavor.
According to drinkers, it was blueberry or raspberry, with a similar taste to cotton
candy. The drink’s signature blue color was brought to the table after Mountain Dew released
its Code Red drink in 2001. The blue color for Pepsi Blue came from the coloring agent
Blue 1, which was controversial and was actually banned in many countries at the time. The
drink was heavily promoted by Pepsi, including an advertisement by Britney Spears, as well
as advertising through movies such as The Italian Job and Garfield: The Movie. The drink
also inspired Jolt Cola to create a similar cotton candy style and flavor beverage called
Jolt Blue CX2. Despite the high volume and celebrity endorsement, Pepsi Blue was seen
as a commercial flop. It was eventually discontinued in North America. However, it remained in
the Philippines and was re-released in the UK recently. OK Soda As the 1990s counterculture made traction,
Coca-Cola saw an opportunity to capitalize. Ok Soda was the result. This was part of the
hipster movement of its time. The artwork on the can was courtesy of underground comics
artists Daniel Clowes and Charles Burns. The advertising mainly consists of a stereotypical
radio announcer telling, in a somewhat bored and condescending tone, random stories and
ending said stories with the promise that “everything is going to be ok”. The quotes
inserted on the rim of the can are in the same vein: “Please wake up every morning knowing
that things are going to be OK” and “What’s the point of OK? Well, what’s the point of
anything?” Seeing any parallels with Millennial nihilism yet? This soda might have been before
its time. This product also had “prize cans” that were inserted into select vending machines.
These prizes included some form of Ok merchandise and two extra quarters to buy another can.
The prize can had a slightly different design: more cylindrical in shape, significantly lighter
due to the lack of liquid content and had a light blue banner. Unfortunately, when sales
fell shorter than expected, Coca-Cola put this product to bed. Apparently, cans with
Clowes and Burns’ artwork can be found on eBay as collector’s items. The asking price
for this product starts off at about a few hundred US dollars! Vault Another soda that was following the energy
drink route was released to a limited test-market. It saw its release on a national scale in
February 2006. A citrus-flavored beverage, it contained many of the same ingredients
as Surge and had a similar “extreme sports” ad campaign. It featured men performing formidable
feats while drinking Vault; such as a man building a robotic scarecrow with laser eyes
that rids his farm of unwanted guests. Another commercial had a man using an explosive and
a chainsaw to convert his and a neighbor’s backyards into football fields. The slogan
“Vault. Get to it!” followed the same “edgy” and “hardcore” message that Surge used. A
sister product, Vault Red Blitz was released in early 2007 as competition to Pepsi’s Code
Red. An attempt at another product, Vault Zero, resulted in a reformulation after a
lawsuit suggested that certain ingredients in the drink, when combined, would create
the carcinogen, benzene. The product was discontinued in 2011 so that the company could focus on
the new and improved Mello Yello, a similar highly caffeinated drink. Coca Cola was responsible
for this release as well and was marketed as yet another energy drink. Orbitz This fruit drink, as opposed to the other
drinks on this list, is not carbonated. It was created by the Clearly Food & Beverage
Company of Canada. Made with small edible balls and having a similar design to a lava
lamp, Orbitz was marketed as a texturally enhanced alternative beverage. In a similar
fashion to bubble tea, the small balls floating in the beverage were made of gellan gum, allowing
them to float in the liquid due to similar compounds to those found in spider webs. In
an attempt to make the drink more pleasing, they attempted a space-themed campaign with
the headline “Prepare to embark on a tour into the bowels of the Orbiterium”. The word
“bowels” may not have been the best choice. The fact that it was a flat beverage and not
a carbonated one also made labeling the drink difficult. A year after its creation and release,
due to poor reception, the drink was pulled from markets. Within the last six years, the
drink came back into the public domain. Clearly Canadian stated that they were considering,
for nostalgia’s sake, producing a limited line of products with the possibility of annual
releases, if the response was positive. Collectors of the drink have paid upwards of $30 and
$100 for single, unopened bottles and whole cases, respectively. Surge This is another one of Coca Cola’s citrus-flavored
drinks that came into being in the 1990s as direct competition to Mountain Dew. It was
originally launched as Urge in Norway and, due to intense popularity, was released in
the United States, with an extra letter, to boot! The drink became associated with an
extreme sports lifestyle, similar to Mountain Dew. In order to pull in consumers away from
Pepsi’s products, catchphrases associated with a more hardcore and edgy lifestyle were
used. Examples of this were “Feed the Rush”, “Life’s a Scream” and, as a description of
the drink itself “A Fully Loaded Citrus Soda”. The drink had a successful run until 2003
when, due to a drop in sales, the drink was pulled from most markets. A little over a
decade later, due to clamoring by the consumers, Coca-Cola re-released the drink via Amazon
Prime. It was then re-released in convenience stores in the Eastern United States and some
Mountain states. The drink enjoyed an international re-release in a slushy form in Burger King
restaurants. Fans of the drink can follow the journey of Surge’s comeback by following
@SURGE and @BurgerKing on Twitter. Coca-Cola Blak Coca Cola Blak was the soda company’s foray
into the coffee industry. It was first introduced in France. Subsequently, the drink was released
in other Eastern European countries, such as the Czech Republic, Slovakia, and Lithuania.
A simultaneous launch happened in the United States. The French and Canadian versions were
sweetened with sugar, while the US version was sweetened with high fructose corn syrup,
aspartame, and acesulfame potassium. According to testers of the French version, there was
more of a coffee taste and less of a sugar taste. Unfortunately, the following year,
it was announced that the drink would be discontinued within the US. However, pulling inspiration
from the drink, the largest Coke dispenser in Latin America released coffee dispensers
in Mexico under the same name. Recently, Coca-Cola announced that it would be releasing a line
of coffee-related products across 25 different markets. The new drink, which contains less
sugar than a Coke, is arriving amidst a movement of change in consumer behavior when it comes
to the consumption of sugary drinks. Jolt This cola drink was originally created by
the Jolt Company Inc. in the 1980s. This drink ‘s selling point was its high caffeine content
and was used as a way to promote being awake. Its target audience was students and young
adults, emphasizing its similarity to energy drinks. Its slogan “All the sugar and twice
the caffeine” corroborated this, as well as its distinct battery shaped bottles. Two years
later, a low-calorie version was brought to the table called Jolt 25. The latter had many
flavors such as Cherry Bomb, Citrus Climax, Orange Blast, and Red Eye. A line of caffeinated
gum and mints was released under the company, Gumrunners. The slogan “Chew More, Do More”
also followed the theme of energy and stimulation. A few years later and the Jolt Company filed
for bankruptcy, following a dispute with its supplier about the pricing. In 2017, it was
confirmed that Jolt Cola would return to Dollar General stores. However, it’s not the same
as the original and we miss that ‘in your face’ approach to soda drinks. 7 Up Gold This soda was a matchmaking venture between
7 Up and Dr Pepper. The recipe was initially Dr Pepper’s but, after the two companies merged,
7 Up took on the challenge of creating it. With hints of ginger, apple, and cinnamon,
as well as its darker hue, 7 Up Gold was released to the masses in the late 80s. It faced major
hurdles in the marketing department from the get-go. At the time, 7 Up was pushing the
slogan “Never Had It, Never Will”, referring to caffeine in its drinks. Take a wild guess
what was in 7 Up Gold? But this was only the tip of the iceberg as far as hurdles this
creation faced. According to the 7-Up Bottling Company president Roger Easley, “The product
was misunderstood by the consumer.” He then explained how consumers of 7-Up were thrown
off by the darker color of the soda, as well as the aforementioned caffeine. This incident
opens up a discussion about the level of difficulty when it comes to creating a new product in
the soda industry. Coca Cola, spent around $40 million a year to advertise DietCoke.
This product was a success, but most others are not so lucky. Crystal Pepsi This 1990s soda was known for its transparent
colorless look. This was related to a marketing fad of the time called the “Clear Craze”,
which likened clarity with purity. Wanting to jump on the coattails of this fad, Crystal
Pepsi was marketed as a caffeine-free “clear” alternative to their other sodas. Crystal
Pepsi was first sold in Europe before being tested in the US. Crystal Pepsi saw its demise
at the hands of Coca-Cola’s Tab Clear soda. What was interesting about the latter product
is that it was a “kamikaze” product, an unpopular and misleading product with the sole goal
of taking itself and Crystal Pepsi off the market. Coca-Cola’s chief marketing officer,
Sergio Zyman, stated that they marketed Tab as a “sugar-free” diet drink, as well as medicinal.
The result was Pepsi pulling their clear drink off the market in late 1993, with select retailers
receiving the last few batches in early 1994. Crystal Pepsi has since seen a call for a
revival recently following an online campaign. Competitive eating personality, Kevin Strahle,
made a viral video drinking a vintage bottle of Crystal Pepsi. This lead to a Change.org
petition with 27, 000 signatures, tens of thousands of tagged comments across various
social media platforms and 15 billboards set up across the Los Angeles area. Crystal Pepsi
was officially re-released in the US in August 2018 and for a limited time in Canada.  There
are some drinks that always remain on a consumer’s mind and if they are lucky they sometimes
see them back on the shelves again for a limited time. Stay right here and tap on another one of
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  2. I was anxiously awaiting to see if Crystal Pepsi was on that list, LOL. That takes me back to my junior high days.

  3. Pepsi Blue was straight up gummi bears soda and I loved it. I probably wouldn't want to drink it much anymore, though, because it was really sweet.

  4. You forgot to talk about sprite remix i really miss that soda drunk so much because it was one of my favorite underrated drunks of all time i wish that made a comeback

  5. If soda companies want to bring something back, bring back glass bottles!!! 8 packs of long neck bottles or the fat 20oz glass bottles!!!

  6. The best pop of all time was Sunkist Sparkling Lemonade. I miss it to this very day and it was soooooooo good.

    And what ever happened to Slice? I remember they had four flavors,including the first apple flavored soda I'd ever seen.

    I guess Sierra Mist is the same thing as the lemon lime Slice.

  7. I got a Pepsi Blue at an Asian convenience store not long ago. It was expensive ($4) but worth it. I got to try Crystal Pepsi when they brought it back and it was quite refreshing. That being said, I wish that Pepsi Ginger was still available here in Canada!

  8. I just miss the mid 1960 formulas of Coca-Cola and Dr. Pepper. Much more distinct flavor and the carbonation had a much crisper and robust finish.

  9. Pepsi Blue was the shhhhiiieeeetttt 😻
    Edit: Surge is everywhere in Florida , not just BK dispensers, you can grab a can for .99

  10. I miss 2 pop/soda flavors. Pepsi Blue. The pop I drank in high school. Had a good sweet taste.
    Pepsi Next. A half diet pop. A mix of regular sugar and artificial sweeteners. The taste was good for this kind of pop while cutting p calories down,
    No Coke Life or Pepsi True aren’t the same as Pepsi Next.

  11. This video and most of these comments seem like they're from a different universe. Only soda I still miss is Hubba Bubba soda.

  12. Last year almost my local Asian store was selling Pepsi blue and I live in Canada
    One Soda I miss is Chubby soda and I wish I tried the Hi-C ecto cooler

  13. My number one would be New Coke but the interesting one I miss is Raspberry 7-Up, which was a summer-only drink in Canada (and presumably elsewhere) in 1992 and 1993 (sold alongside Orange 7-Up). I don't think it's been brought back since. There was also a fruit punch 7-Up in the early 2000s, I wanna say 2002, that didn't last too long.

    Another one I miss, Loblaw's President's Choice Blackcurrant soda, which was briefly a thing that existed around 2009. I guess it didn't last long because blackcurrant is more of a European flavour.

    I also wish Coca-Cola would sell Cherry Coke Zero and Vanilla Coke Zero year round in Canada but I've learned to stock up on it in March, when it's briefly in stores.

  14. Shasta strawberry peach was the bomb ice cold. You could mix it with md 2020 and damn, that was a party on the cheap. I know because I did it back in the day.

  15. It wasn't very popular, but there was a green 7up in the early 00's. The logo was upside down I think it was called
    7 upside down. Stuff was good

  16. where can i get Clearly Canadian? i remember drinking that as a kid. it was the best carbonated drink i'd ever had in my life. now that stuff is impossible to find anywhere in the southern states. it's a conspiracy it think.

  17. My favorite discontinued soda is Aspen. It was apple flavored and only around in the mid-late 1970’s. I can hear their TV commercial theme song in my head as I type this!

  18. I miss Red Rock Cola. I use to take a couple of 6 packs with me when I went camping with my buddies as kids. We would chill them in the creek while we would swim and fish. Then cook up some hot dogs and pop one open for a refreshing taste while getting warm by the fire. Great times and a great soda. Wish it would make a comeback too.

  19. Surge and vault were awesome. Orbitz was just plain thick and gross, nothing even comparable to bubble tea. … Though never understood why bubble tea was popular anyway…

  20. The clear cola drink was a regular staple of the Philadelphia brand Frank's Soda. Speaking of Franks, I really miss their soda. Always sold in glass bottles, it had the best orange and black cherry soda. Also, you missed Pepsi's foray into coffee/cola drinks when it released Pepsi Kona going so far as to have Tom Jones in it's commercial. Also, Vanilla Coke, which I loved, was short lived.

  21. I miss Pepsi blue…first bottle I ever had I stole and got caught a few days later(corner store camera)..parents made me go to the store and work for a weekend for free, the owner just appreciated me coming forth and admitting I stole…he just let me sit in the back room and play Mario bro’s 3 on Nintendo lol,..best theft I’ve ever done

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