What were the kool aid competetors

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2011/07/13 22:51:46 (permalink)

What were the kool aid competetors

I remember many years ago there were other companies who put out a product like Kool aid but can only come up with one called Funny face but I know there were others so does anyone remember them.
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    Re:What were the kool aid competetors 2011/07/13 23:07:07 (permalink)
    Flavor Aid is nearly identical to Kool Aid.  It's been around forever, and is still being made today.  In fact, it was Flavor Aid that was used during the Jonestown mass suicide- even though that was the genesis of the term, "drinking the Kool Aid". 
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    Re:What were the kool aid competetors 2011/07/13 23:57:35 (permalink)
    Wyler's used to have the small packages and then later, only lemon. Drink Aid was another. Fix-a-drink was a liquid, concentrated version in bottles. Then there were private-label brands carried by several of the chains. Then there were "Fizzies" in tablet form. I even remember one that was packed in a straw also for a one cup serving.  The party was over with Cyclamates being banned. Many of the little packages were available in pre-sweetened. Following the ban, it seemed as if only Kool Aid was still viable and their packaging went to the large bags with about a cup of sugar for the pre-sweetened. Soft drinks became much cheaper about the same time with the no-name 12 (or were they 16oz?) oz non-returnable glass bottles with the screw cap selling for 12-15 for a dollar and many of the major brands moving to 2Q foam covered,glass bottles that became the 2L plastic bottles of today also selling at much lower prices then they used to before. Sugar also skyrocketed during the same period in the early to mid 70's making Kool Aid less attractive when you figured in the cost of sugar and all of the local bottlers producing off brand sodas selling for over a dozen under a dollar.
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    Re:What were the kool aid competetors 2011/07/14 00:36:30 (permalink)
    Also Tang, Country Time & Crystal Light.
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    Re:What were the kool aid competetors 2011/07/14 13:04:53 (permalink)
    I love tang, to this day.
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    Re:What were the kool aid competetors 2011/07/14 14:38:35 (permalink)
    Funny Face had names too. Like, Lucky Lemon, Rooten-Tooten-Rasberry, Goofy Grape.
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    Re:What were the kool aid competetors 2011/07/14 14:50:49 (permalink)
    Choo Choo Cherry was the one I remembered best.
     
    Something else to add here. There was a fad in elementary and Jr. high schools during the mid 60's where the kids would carry around the little packets of the cylcamates, pre-sweetened packets and dip a wet finger and suck on it. You'd see many of the girls walking around with bright red or purple index fingers.
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    Re:What were the kool aid competetors 2011/07/14 15:17:26 (permalink)
    Dawn-I remember that!! And then after that, a company came out with Lik-a Maid, a kool aid like powder with a stick in it to use instead of a finger.Bought tons of it as a young girl!
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    Re:What were the kool aid competetors 2011/07/14 15:46:09 (permalink)
    Goofy Grape wasn't Kool-Aid? I never knew that! When I was a kid, my "official" drinking cup was shaped like Goofy Grape. My sister had the orange one...can't remember the name, though.
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    Re:What were the kool aid competetors 2011/07/14 17:23:04 (permalink)
    I was looking at a set of Funny face cups at a antique mall a few years ago but they wanted too much for them.
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    Re:What were the kool aid competetors 2011/07/14 22:40:49 (permalink)
    <<Then there were "Fizzies" in tablet form>
    Yep, I remember fizzies. In fact about 10-12 years ago I saw an article that they were still being made, so I ordered a few packs. My kids (about 10 and 14 at the time) got a kick out of them, for about 3 minutes, then went back to their video games. I think there's still a pack or two of them left over here somewhere.
     
    Looks like they are still around:
     http://www.fizzies.com/
     
     
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    Re:What were the kool aid competetors 2011/07/15 00:27:16 (permalink)
    Tang as I remember it was marketed as an OJ replacement breakfast drink "Just like the astronauts". A glass of tang and a Carnation Instant Breakfast was the "space age" breakfast of the 60's. Too bad we never got the jetpack they promised us and flew to school.
     
    Did anyone do the cinnamon toothpick fad with the cassia oil soaked, flat toothpicks. That was another popular fad down here during the early 60's.
     
     I never knew about that Lik-A-Maid Ann, maybe it wasn't sold down here or we somehow missed out on it. Was it a cyclamate product too?
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    Re:What were the kool aid competetors 2011/07/15 00:44:23 (permalink)
    Here is the Lik-M-Aid story (courtesy of Wikipedia):
    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Fun_Dip
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    Re:What were the kool aid competetors 2011/07/15 00:47:20 (permalink)
    When I was in the first or second grade, I wrote a letter to whoever makes Tang, because I was certain that there was no way the astronauts were drinking Tang in space. How did they get the water to stay in the pitcher? I was adamant that there was no way they could do it.
     
    A couple of weeks later I got a package in the mail from the company. In it was a very nice letter and a brochure explaining how the vacuum packs work, and coupons, and some other stuff. I remember being impressed how they would answer a handwritten letter so obviously printed by a child of 7 or 8.
     
    Wow...hadn't thought of that in YEARS! I'm still fairly impressed by them.
     
    Lik-Em-Aid was a candy product. You ate the powder by dipping the candy stick into it, but it was not meant to be mixed with water and drank.
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    Re:What were the kool aid competetors 2011/07/15 03:29:57 (permalink)
    Yes, again, Dawn!! The cinnamon toothpicks were very popular for a short time here in Milwaukee. Drove my Mom nuts...
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    Re:What were the kool aid competetors 2011/07/15 04:34:04 (permalink)
    Drove my mom nuts too. The kids used to make them up and sell them in 5 or 10 wrapped in foil. You could tell some of the users as there often was a red irritation around the mouth, especially on the sides. This was one fad that the school that I went to cracked down on and I think it was on the issue of students selling something unauthorized.
     
     Gee we're on a roll here. I don't remember the order around that time, not including toys like that sponge with two huge rubber bands at the end that kids took each side of and whipped it back and forth. Not a boy thing and diverted from playing box ball or jump rope.
     
     Lets see... the original cinnamon jolly racher Fire Stix when it was a big, long, flat bar.  I think the giant Sweet Tarts were next that sort of tasted like a pixie stick in a huge 2"- 2 1/2" or maybe even larger pill shapped candy.
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    Re:What were the kool aid competetors 2011/07/15 15:35:46 (permalink)
    I am still a Jolly Rancher fan, but the small pieces just dont taste the same as the long, flat bars. At least in my memory.
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    Re:What were the kool aid competetors 2011/07/16 00:01:10 (permalink)
    Pigiron Flavor Aid is nearly identical to Kool Aid.  It's been around forever, and is still being made today.  In fact, it was Flavor Aid that was used during the Jonestown mass suicide- even though that was the genesis of the term, "drinking the Kool Aid". 

    Ever since the massacre, I've contended that they may be able to brainwash me into drinking cyanide, but they'd NEVER be able to brainwash me into drinking grape Kool-Aid.
     
    In New York City, there used to be a wonderful store called "Job-Lot" (it was bought up by someone who turned it into a chain of junk stores, but before it specialized in close-outs, and had things like electric sitars, motorcycles, I even bought a set of graphite golf woods there). About a month after Jonestown, a bunch of grape Kool-Aid appeared on its shelves; everybody knew why.
     
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