Thursday, July 23, 2009

Wait, there was blue Pepsi?

Posted By on Thu, Jul 23, 2009 at 10:27 AM

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The drink aisle got confusing at some point -- the average man and woman were not ready for that many choices. And so unnatural selection took place, in which poorly selling or poorly conceived soft drinks went to dollar stores or wherever it is that they go when they are no longer being marketed.

Even though we're not quite out of the decade, Buzz Feed pays homage to the "7 Soda Brands That Didn't Survive the 2000s." Whether it's a sign of information overload or our downward spiral into a sugar-induced coma, it's a little disturbing how many of these soda varieties have already been forgotten.

A funky color seems to suggest that a soda's shelf life will have

a limited run. Witness the quick introduction and goodbye from Pepsi

Blue, Mountain Dew Code Red and Dr. Pepper Red Fusion. These all

seemed to suffer from the same problem as snow cones and ICEEs -- color

is not a flavor. In the nation's defense, it was a weird time, the

heyday of colored ketchup.

Colors

might have seemed preferable to a few flavors -- the lemony cleaner

flavor of Pepsi Twist or the difficult-to-reconcile coffee aftertaste

of Coca-Cola Blak. Sometimes a product will be rebooted. Surge disappeared in 2002 to the disappointment of a rabid group of online fans, but came back four years later as a reformulated citrus drink, Vault.

If you happen to miss one of these fallen titans of the soda world, you can try the online search engine, Soda Finder, or the online forum, Salute to Soda. If you can't track down a bottle of what you want, you might find something else to drink.

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