You've got the priority backwards on the Mainstream "Big Red"
The generic and supermarket versions are take-offs on the immensely popular Southern Soda "Big Red
". It tastes like Bubble-Gum Soda to me, not a favorite now, but for awhile some years back it was my favorite drink-of-choice!!
My secretary a the college here in SoIndiana used to come to work every day with a Big-Gulp of Fountain Big Red
from the local convenience store!!
When I first returned to SoCal back in 1986 I used the 'Soda Wars' as a study lesson in my Economics classes. I would purchase some Big Red
at the local supermarket..2 liters were all they stocked.. and offer samples of the soda to students who had never ventured beyond Coke
. I had photos of Big Red
Vending Machines and video of Big Red
commercials that introduced the soda to classes as a regional competitor in the market share battle. Later (in the early 90's we started to find the Big Red
individual bottles (16-20 oz) in the "discount tubs and coolers" of the ARCO AM/PM's
and other convenience store chains. It tends to compete with the Dad's
Root Beers and Sunkist
orange...and of course the FAYGO
I agree the Vanilla Version (in all soda brands that I have tried) just doesn't make a good drink. I don't care for Vanilla Coke
Thanks for stirring up some memories for me!
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