While I squished up a piece of deep and delicious cake today (because that’s how I like to eat it, lol) I started thinking about how things were so much easier as a kid. Now I know I’ve already done a top tens like this, but I do believe that I said there were of course more and I would return to it another day. Well another day has officially arrived and I am going to remember 10 more of my past faves from childhood(ish). So a bit of change, this is going to be my top tens drinks from the past, which works out because I’ll be able to live in the past some more later on when I continue this topic, lol.
10. Clearly Canadian Sparkling Drinks
On my many trips to my friend Leah’s place, I often stopped at Forwell’s convenience while on my way. When I wasn’t buying mixed candy I was probably buying these drinks, I loved the glass bottles probably more than the actual flavour in all honesty plus the metal caps and folding down every single little tab on it after cracking it, but they had quite a few flavours to choose from. I can’t really tell you what my fave was anymore except that it was probably a berry something or other. Then they went and changed the bottles, and they didn’t taste the same anymore or at least my brain said it didn’t.
9. Orbitz Drinks
I was debating on including this with the above since they come from the same company, except I enjoyed them at a different time period than the CC drinks. These had these nasty little balls of stuff floating in them, but they were so damn neat looking that how could you not like them. If you didn’t try to savour the little balls of stuff you were probably okay, but if they actually got stuck in your mouth and you bit down into them they were pretty slimy like phlegm (ick). But yet I still bought them, and I still drank them, and if they ever came back I’d probably buy them again, lol. Apparently they are quite the novelty affair these days, likely for their lava lamp likeness.
8. Snapple Elements
When these out I was working fro Little Short Stop and we received a shit ton of these bloody things, I was not impressed but then I tasted them, actually I tasted the Fire one and I LOVED it, Fire and Rain Yummy! I wasn’t crazy about the Earth one since I don’t like much of grape flavoured crap, and I personally found the Sun one to taste like Sunny D which I loathe but the other two were great. Then they started coming out with some other kinds but the originals were the best of the bunch in my opinion.
7. Snapple Super Sour Lemonade
This was ridiculously hard to find, and even harder for me to find a picture to post of it, which ultimately I couldn’t find and had to settle for regular lemonade pic., but I digress. I loved sour stuff, always have loved sour stuff. I am the girl who will sit and eat lemons and I love grapefruit so of course I decided to try this out when I first saw it. It made my mouth water, it was as promised super sour and super awesome, unfortunately also super rare. There isn’t anything out there that is truly sour anymore, sigh maybe I’ll make my own lemonade one day when I’m feeling extra bored.
6. Vanilla Coke & Sprite Ice
I may have been 1 of ten people in the world that actually liked Sprite Ice, I’ve heard people describe it as tasting like chewing gum and Sprite, Eric just recalled it as tasting like mouthwash which I think is a little extreme honey!! Nevertheless I loved it and was sad to see it leave the shelves. I also really liked Vanilla Coke, I actually think this may be still available in some other countries but I could be wrong, I know that Cherry Coke is still available in Britain, and our store that import from Britain can bring it in, but so far I have not seen it here in awhile. I actually believe that they brought these two out together (well Vanilla Coke as a relaunch from earlier failed years), but I’ve always been a Coke girl not Pepsi so I of course gave it a try when I saw it. I was not expecting to love it so much, and then they took it away. Evil bastards, I like it, have it for awhile then they take it back, the nerve!! Here’s hoping that they try again maybe with one of them, so long as they stay away from trying to bring back Pepsi Blue, lol
5. 7/11 Slurpees
Yes I do know that these are still available these days, but 1.) I no longer live anywhere near a 7/11 & 2.) I just don’t care too much for slushies at all anymore. So anyway, again since Leah lived right by the 7/11 that is often where I stopped as well, of course when we got a little older we began putting liquor into the slurpees, but that’s beside the point. I always enjoyed the Coke one even though it was always flat tasting. I also loved the Slurpee spoon straw, not entirely sure why since it’s not like I sat there picking up tiny spoonfuls of Slurpee, lol but that spoon was always special. When I got a little older I found the Slurpees for adults, you know the ones that look (only look though) all healthy or are coffee flavoured just not as exciting as the multi-coloured bold ones, so I usually stuck to that and loved seeing the weird new things come out with it.
4. Root Beer Floats
Eating at A&W as a child I always ordered a root beer float, and for anyone that has only had the modern day root beer floats, you are sorely mistaken if you think that piece of garbage is a true root beer float. Root beer floats should come in a big mug, with a big straw and a scoop of real vanilla ice cream, not a little pod of weird ice cream like stuff. I don’t really know what that garbage they try to pass off as ice cream actually is, but I’d stay far far away from it, lol it’s scary. Every once in a while I’ll make these at home, sometimes as just an ice cream float not necessarily root beer, but there will always be a soft spot for an old fashioned root beer float in my sugar filled heart.
My mom used to buy these for our train trips home, always. They also still have them now and I buy them occasionally but they never have that same feel to them. They also don’t seem to be as thick as they once were, but that could just be me. Every time I see these I will always think of long train rides coming from or going toward home and family.
2. Dad’s Root Beer
When I was in grade 8 I was in a drama club called Konfusion, and we met at the Kitchener library to practice in their auditorium because it was free. Outside of the auditorium there was a small cafe, and they sold these and the cream soda one as well, but at each of the tables there was the standard sugar containers which included the best raw sugar I to this day have ever tasted, well being kids we used to add this sugar to the root beer which made it foam up really quickly and then we had to gulp down the bubbles quickly and then burp out all that gas, lol. I still feel bad for the cafe workers to this day, and am seriously surprised they never asked us to wait elsewhere until our turn to take the aud, lol. They certainly had more patience than I could ever muster.
1. Dave’s Island Stinger
From my more recent past. Only available in Ontario I believe was a brand of beer called Dave’s, brewed by Molson Breweries. I’ve never been much of a beer girl but this particular one was bought by a friend of mine Jen, and she joined me after a major break up toting this Island Stinger beer. It was fruity but still beery, but oh so delish. It is no longer available unfortunately no one else seemed to enjoy these quite as much as I did, but that night in particular we did enjoy them, and I forgot my sadness for awhile thanks to Dave & Jen, lol. This was another one I absolutely could not find a picture of, but I found one by the same company called Mexi something Stinger
Is there anything that you enjoyed, still enjoy or would like to bring back if you could that was on this list?
How about any that you hated and are glad or would be glad if they got rid of it forever?
I quite like these top ten categories, and they take my brain off other things so stay tuned for some more coming your way. Eric and I are doing one together about the top ten worst candy we’ve ever had, I figured since he does combinations with Amy, it’s only fair he does one with his wife, lol. I also have another one planned for my top ten favourite alcoholic drinks, as well as another top ten of my childhood favourite things to complete that topic since this was originally supposed to be that but I got started on drinks and just couldn’t stop 😀