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What Food a Dollar Could Buy the Year You Were Born

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We may think of $1 as pocket change today, but it used to go a long way

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Spend enough time chatting with someone who’s been around for a while, and the conversation can quickly turn to how much less expensive everything used to be. Penny candy used to actually cost a penny, the five-and-dime actually used to sell items that cost 5 and 10 cents.

Even though it might make it seem as if everything was cheaper back in the day, don’t forget about a little thing called inflation. That said, it’s fascinating to see just how far $1 was once able to take you. Here’s what food a dollar could buy from 1937 until 2000.

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In order to learn just how far a dollar could take you at both the grocery store and at the restaurant back in the day, we consulted a couple great resources: the New York Public Library’s extensive database of menus from around the country and the Morris County Library’s meticulous record of staple food and drink prices.

1937: A roast spring chicken

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In 1937, you could buy a whole roast chicken at a New York restaurant called Yee Hop for a buck. Today, you can’t even buy the herbs to make your own roast chicken for that much, so make sure you know how to cook chicken (and other foods) the right way.

1938: Steamed clams

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In 1938, a dollar could buy you one of the most expensive items on the menu at Paul’s Ship Ahoy seafood restaurant in Los Angeles: steamed clams with drawn butter.

1939: 4 pounds of butter

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In 1939, you could buy 4 pounds of butter at the grocery store for just one buck.

1940: 4 cans of coffee

If you're making your own coffee drinks at home and crying at the cost of java, just think of how caffienated you could have been in 1940. That year, four 1-pound cans of Ehlers at-home coffee could be bought at the grocery store for just $1.

1941: 3 pounds of top sirloin

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If you were hosting a dinner party in 1941, you could pick up 3 pounds of top sirloin at the butcher shop for a buck.

1942: 4 jars of mayonnaise

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You could stock up on four 1-pint jars of mayonnaise for just a dollar in 1942. That would make massive amount of a great spread for the best burger recipes.

1943: Braised stuffed cabbage

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If you happened to find yourself at New York City’s Hotel New Yorker, which is right up there with the world's most spectacular hotels, with a dollar in your pocket in December 1943, you could enjoy a dinner of braised stuffed cabbage with rice and paprika sauce, bread and coffee or tea.

1944: 2 broiled pork chops

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You could drop into New York’s nautical-themed Mike’s Ship-A-Hoy restaurant and order two broiled pork chops for a dollar in 1945. If you had another dollar in your pocket, you could get an order of Beluga caviar, which is reserved for some of the most expensive eateries in America today.

1945: 5 jars of grape jelly

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If you needed to make a whole bunch of sandwiches in 1945, you could buy five jars of grape jelly for a buck. And we all know that a homemade PB&J is right up there with the best sandwiches in every state.

1946: 12 cans of Campbell’s tomato soup

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You could buy a whopping 12 cans of Campbell’s tomato soup for a buck in 1946. Luckily, canned food is among the groceries with a very long shelf life.

1947: 4 bottles of Heinz ketchup

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In 1947, the average price for a 14-ounce bottle of Heinz ketchup was 24 cents. Grab yourself some ground beef, buns and whatever toppings your heart desires, and you've got yourself the perfect recipe for a next-level burger.

1948: Broiled oysters on toast

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Back in 1948, you could visit Pittsburgh’s legendary (but long-gone) restaurant Klein’s and order a dish of broiled oysters on toast for a dollar. And that's just one of many retro snacks primed for a comeback.

1949: 4 packages of Velveeta

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1950: 8 pounds of grapes

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Grapes were about 12 cents a pound in 1950, so you could get 8 pounds of grapes for a dollar. That adds up to a lot of healthy snacking, and enough leftover for a Waldorf salad — one of many salads that aren't actually salads.

1951: Greek salad for 3 or 4

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If you visited Boston’s Athens-Olympia Cafe in 1951, you could start your meal with a Greek salad for the table for a dollar.

1952: Knackwurst with sauerkraut and whipped potatoes

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If you decided to vacation in Miami Beach in 1952 and visit the Sherry Normandie restaurant, you could order a garlicky knackwurst sausage for $1.10. Diners who spent a little more got all-you-can-eat rock lobster for two bucks.

1953: 2 pounds of American cheese

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Two pounds of grocery store-bought American cheese would have cost you a dollar in 1953. Now that's reason enough to eat more cheese.

1954: A club sandwich

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In 1954, a classic club sandwich would have only set you back a buck at the River View Inn in Delawanna, New Jersey.

1955: 4 jars of pickles

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For just one buck, you could purchase four 32-ounce jars of pickles at your local grocery store in 1955. If you have a pickle jar in your fridge, instead of throwing it out, you can repurpose it.

1956: 2 pounds of Keebler cookies

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In 1956, Keebler coconut cookies were selling for 49 cents per pound. To no one's surprise, Keebler makes one of the top store-bought cookies today.

1957: 4 boxes of Nestle cocoa

An 8-ounce box of Nestle cocoa sold for just 25 cents in 1957. Spending $1 would certainly warm you through days when you feel like you're living in one of the coldest cities in the world.

1958: 24 lemons

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1959: A hot corned beef or pastrami sandwich

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If you visited Castle Restaurant in North Scranton, Pennsylvania, in 1959, you could have enjoyed a pastrami or hot corned beef sandwich for a dollar. All you'd be missing is a side of cabbage and popular Irish foods.

1960: 2 packages of Cap’n John’s flounder fillet

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If you felt like heating up some frozen fish for dinner in 1960, you could get two 10-ounce packages of Cap’n John’s flounder fillet for just a buck. That's a better bargain that anything you might find at America's best seafood shacks.

1961: 2 pounds of bacon

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1962: 4 large bunches of broccoli

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If you were looking to stock up on broccoli in 1962, you could buy a large bunch for a quarter or get four for $1 and make chicken divan — a quick and easy childhood dinner you probably forgot existed.

1963: 3 cans of Planters peanuts

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In 1963, you could buy three 7-ounce cans of Planters peanuts for a buck. The brand spokeslegume, Mr. Peanut, is one of the most iconic food mascots of all time.

1964: 3 cans of Chicken of the Sea tuna

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1965: A ham sandwich

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If you stopped into Chicago’s Conrad Hilton hotel for lunch in 1965, you could fill up on a baked ham sandwich for $1.05. Today, you can try to recreate that at home with a few more dollars and some great ham recipes.

1966: Shrimp or oyster cocktail

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By 1966, it became tricky to find an entree for less than a buck at a sit-down restaurant, but in Savannah, Georgia, at Pirate’s House (which still exists and is one of America’s oldest restaurants), you could start your meal with a shrimp or oyster cocktail for $1.10.

1967: Celery stuffed with Roquefort

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Haussner’s, one of Baltimore’s most legendary restaurants, was in business from 1926 to 1999. If you paid it a visit in 1967 with just a dollar in your pocket, however, Roquefort cheese-stuffed celery would have been one of the only things on the menu you could have afforded.

1968: 3 bags of frozen french fries

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1969: Shrimp remoulade

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If you visited New Orleans’ famed Court of Two Sisters in 1969, you could have sampled the classic Creole dish shrimp remoulade for a dollar.

1970: A BLT

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At the historic Colonial Inn in Concord, Massachusetts, you could have bought a toasted bacon, lettuce and tomato sandwich for $1.10 in 1970.

1971: 5 boxes of Kraft dinner

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1972: 2 pounds of margarine

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1973: Chicken salad sandwich

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If you’d stopped in for lunch at Chicago’s Blackstone Hotel in 1973, you could have purchased a chicken salad sandwich for a dollar. Today, a little extra can get you one of the best chicken sandwiches in America.

1974: Hot cakes with butter and maple syrup

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After spending the night at the Lake McDonald Lodge in Montana’s Glacier National Park in 1974, you could treat yourself to a plate of hotcakes with butter and maple syrup for breakfast for a dollar. Then, you could go home and make your own taste even better by adding these unsuspecting ingredients.

1975: 1 pound of Chock full o’Nuts coffee

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A 1-pound can of Chock full o’Nuts coffee would have cost you a buck in 1975. Just add creamer.

1976: 5 cucumbers

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1977: 2 packages of spaghetti

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In 1977, two 1-pound boxes of Mueller’s spaghetti would have cost $1. The ability to cook it perfectly? Priceless.

1978: 5 pounds of onions

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Don’t cry: You could buy 5 pounds of onions for a dollar in 1978.

1979: 1 jar of Skippy peanut butter

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1980: 3 containers of La Yogurt

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You could buy three 6-ounce containers of the trendy food La Yogurt for a dollar in 1980.

1981: 3 pounds of bananas

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You could get a whopping 3 pounds of bananas for just $1 in 1981. Now, if you want to find them for cheap, you’ll have to go to Trader Joe’s.

1982: A package of Keebler crackers

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1983: 1 gallon of orange juice

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A gallon of from-concentrate orange juice from the now-defunct brand Sealtest cost a dollar in 1983. Orange juice is typically high in sugar, but did you know it could help lower your blood pressure?

1984: 1 dozen eggs

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The price of a dozen eggs was 89 cents in 1984. Here's the real question: Are brown or white eggs better for you? Here's your answer.

1985: 1 bag of potatoes

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In 1985, you could grab a 5-pound bag of potatoes for 99 cents. Just think of all the munchies you could make with that many spuds.

1986: A can of tuna

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In 1986, a can of StarKist white tuna would have set you back a dollar. You'd need a little more than that to make a comforting casserole.

1987: An egg roll

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By 1987, the most you could expect to get from a non-fast food restaurant for a buck was an egg roll, like the one offered at China Regency in New York City. The snack remains a staple at the best Chinese restaurants today.

1988: 3 cans of Van Camp’s pork and beans

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In 1988, three 1-pound cans of Van Camp’s pork and beans could be bought at the supermarket for a dollar.

1989: A box of Kellogg’s corn flakes

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1990: 2 containers of Yoplait

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1991: A bag of sugar

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Calling all bakers: A 5-pound bag of Domino sugar would have cost a dollar in 1991. Use these genius baking hacks to make it go all the way.

1992: 1 pound of Red Delicious apples

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1993: A bottle of Coca-Cola

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1994: 1 pound of hot dogs

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1995: 1 pound of Farmland bacon

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It took 35 years for the price of bacon to double; you could buy a pound of Farmland bacon for 99 cents in 1995.

1996: 6 cans of soda

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In 1996, six 12-ounce cans of Coca-Cola were being sold for 99 cents. Diet Coke was around then too, but you might want to take a look at these facts about diet soda before cracking a can.

1997: A package of fresh mushrooms

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1998: A cantaloupe

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1999: 10 ears of corn

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In 1999, you could buy 10 ears of yellow or white corn at the supermarket for just 99 cents. Throw that on the grill with chicken that isn't boring, and you've got yourself a meal.

2000: A jar of spaghetti sauce

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The Soda Everyone Was Obsessed With The Year You Were Born

Soda execs have attempted literally every flavor of the bubbly stuff &mdash coffee, bubble gum, grapefruit and more.

Don't forget to pin it for later!

Similar to A&W, Fitz's Root Beer rose to fame as a menu offering at Fitz's drive-in restaurant outside of St. Louis, MO. The soft drink was mass-produced for years but ceased production when the restaurant closed in 1970. They started things back up 15 years later, and it's still on the market today.

This lemon-lime soda pre-dates both Sprite and 7 Up. It launched in 1919, but became popular decades later thanks to the advertising slogan "kiss of lemon, kiss of lime." Ariana Grande even referenced it in a 2012 music video.

Diet-Way was first introduced to the public as the sugar-free alternative to Double-Cola. It was around for less than two years before it became known simply as "Diet Double-Cola."

Cotton Club was based out of Ohio and sold a variety of fruit-flavored soft drinks. Flavors included cherry-strawberry, grape, orange, and a fruit punch-soda called Tropical Delight. They also offered a line of cola, ginger ale, and root beer.

This one is still a popular pop of choice in the south, and it's been around in some form or another since 1937. However, it didn't become known as "Big Red" until 1969. Don't be fooled though: Despite the name and color, it's actually a cream soda.

Maybe you know this soft drink as Dr. Pibb &hellip or Mr. Pibb &hellip or Pibb Xtra. The pepper-y soda was renamed and reformulated more times than we can count, but its original purpose was to compete against Dr. Pepper. The original test markets were even in Waco, which &mdash in addition to being Chip and Joanna Gaines' home &mdash is home to Dr. Pepper.

The campaign behind this citrus-flavored soda was like the original "how do you crack your pistachios?!" shtick. That is to say, its slogan was "Rondo, The Thirst Crusher," and commercials featured people crushing their cans every which way.

Every kid has dropped Life Savers into soda at some point in their life, but only kids of the early '80s were able to try life Life Savers-flavored soda. Get that disgusting mint flavor out of your head: The drinks were meant to taste like the fruity variety.

Before Snapple became your favorite brand of bottled iced tea (and your favorite way to learn useless facts), the company had a line of sodas. This root beer set itself apart from others with a clear look, light carbonation, and less sweetness.

Slice was what you sipped on when you wanted to convince yourself the soda you were drinking was semi-healthy: It was 10 percent fruit juice.

This was the product of Coca-Cola's midlife crisis, when the company announced it was completely scrapping its old formula. It was sweeter, newer, and a giant mistake. Diehard fans missed the old formula, which Coca-Cola soon brought back as Coke Classic.

You've had soda-flavored gum, but what about gum-flavored soda? Yes, kids in the late '80s had the distinct pleasure of rotting their teeth the lazy way &mdash drinking a pop &mdashif chewing gum was too much work.

We could think of a hundred catchier names for this ginger ale soda, since "gold" didn't even accurately describe the reddish-caramel hue. Those who tried 7-Up Gold loved it, but the general public had trouble accepting the stuff since it went against classic 7-Up's two biggest features: that clear color and the lack of caffeine (Gold included it).

As we've learned, all good sodas are born out of rivalry, and Mountain Dew Sport is no different. It was introduced to compete with Gatorade as a Mountain Dew-flavored sports drink.

This was actually a bunch of flavors (see what they did there?) meant to capture the taste of summer. Packs came with a bottle each of Strawberry Burst, Tropical Chill, and Raging Raspberry. Does it feel like summer yet?

Though the brand was introduced a few years earlier, it really hit its stride at the turn of the decade. Throughout the '90s, the flavored sparkling water scored product placement in literally every big show on TV, including Sex and the City, Seinfeld, Friends, and Dawson's Creek.

The classy word "cooler" (as in "wine cooler") didn't always exist. So when you wanted a Zima &mdash a spiked soda with about 5 percent alcohol &mdash you would just ask for an "alcopop."

This clear pop was nothing more than a slightly sweeter, caffeine-free version of the Pepsi people knew and loved. Poor sales led to an early demise (it was on the market for less than two years), but America's nostalgia-backed plea earned it a rerelease in 2016.

Before Monster and Red Bull became the bane of every frat house's existence, there was Josta. The high-energy soft drink boasted not only caffeine but guarana, too &mdash a plant whose seeds contain about twice the concentration of caffeine found in coffee seeds.

You might recognize this better by its current name, Fanta Citrus. But originally, the grapefruit-flavored soft drink was called Citra. You can't get it in the U.S. any more, but rumor has it the soda moved to India shortly after it was discontinued here.

The folks who brought us Clearly Canadian decided to test out another product in 1997, which didn't quite land the way they hoped. Orbitz was one of those things that everyone had to try &mdash but then quickly realized how terrible it actually was. Its selling point was tiny edible balls that floated around inside the bottle, making it all seem very futuristic. Clearly Canadian decided to capitalize off of the current 90's nostalgia trend and re-introduced Orbitz to a new generation back in 2015.

'90s kids have the Pepsi-Coke rivalry to thank for this citrus-flavored soda. If the super-subtle neon burst logo wasn't enough of a clue, Coca Cola's Surge (which debuted a year earlier in Norway as Urge) was advertised as having a hardcore edge, just like Pepsi's Mountain Dew was at the time.

You could ask for a lemon wedge alongside your can of Pepsi or you could reach for a Pepsi Twist, which is just a regular Pepsi with &mdash you guessed it &mdash a twist of lemon (or a squeeze of lemon flavoring).

Mountain Dew blew everyone's minds when it came out with this bright red drink. In the U.S. it was cherry-flavored, but in New Zealand and Australia it had a berry taste.

Nowadays, you'd have to fly to Indonesia or the Philippines to sip this Pepsi spin-off, but in the early 2000's it was the berry-flavored soda of everyone's dreams &mdash even Britney Spears, who starred in a Christmas commercial for the soft drink.

Don't be fooled by the photo: This wasn't just 7-up cans turned upside down. It was the popular soda's complete opposite. Instead of a caffeine-free clear drink in a clear bottle, dnL was a citrus-y caffeinated green drink in a clear bottle. (You can roll your eyes now.)

Because Halloween candy isn't enough, Mountain Dew released this Halloween-inspired soda. To the disappointment of people everywhere, it wasn't actually pitch black but a dark purple, with a grape flavor.

Classic Coke already has small amounts of vanilla, but in the 1940s, soda fountain workers would often request an extra "shot" in their fountain soda. That's what inspired this canned version.

Oh, you thought Starbucks kicked off the holiday drink craze? No, no. Pepsi had it covered in the mid-2000s with this cinnamon-based soft drink. In subsequent years, you could find it on the shelves as Christmas Pepsi.


The Soda Everyone Was Obsessed With The Year You Were Born

Soda execs have attempted literally every flavor of the bubbly stuff &mdash coffee, bubble gum, grapefruit and more.

Don't forget to pin it for later!

Similar to A&W, Fitz's Root Beer rose to fame as a menu offering at Fitz's drive-in restaurant outside of St. Louis, MO. The soft drink was mass-produced for years but ceased production when the restaurant closed in 1970. They started things back up 15 years later, and it's still on the market today.

This lemon-lime soda pre-dates both Sprite and 7 Up. It launched in 1919, but became popular decades later thanks to the advertising slogan "kiss of lemon, kiss of lime." Ariana Grande even referenced it in a 2012 music video.

Diet-Way was first introduced to the public as the sugar-free alternative to Double-Cola. It was around for less than two years before it became known simply as "Diet Double-Cola."

Cotton Club was based out of Ohio and sold a variety of fruit-flavored soft drinks. Flavors included cherry-strawberry, grape, orange, and a fruit punch-soda called Tropical Delight. They also offered a line of cola, ginger ale, and root beer.

This one is still a popular pop of choice in the south, and it's been around in some form or another since 1937. However, it didn't become known as "Big Red" until 1969. Don't be fooled though: Despite the name and color, it's actually a cream soda.

Maybe you know this soft drink as Dr. Pibb &hellip or Mr. Pibb &hellip or Pibb Xtra. The pepper-y soda was renamed and reformulated more times than we can count, but its original purpose was to compete against Dr. Pepper. The original test markets were even in Waco, which &mdash in addition to being Chip and Joanna Gaines' home &mdash is home to Dr. Pepper.

The campaign behind this citrus-flavored soda was like the original "how do you crack your pistachios?!" shtick. That is to say, its slogan was "Rondo, The Thirst Crusher," and commercials featured people crushing their cans every which way.

Every kid has dropped Life Savers into soda at some point in their life, but only kids of the early '80s were able to try life Life Savers-flavored soda. Get that disgusting mint flavor out of your head: The drinks were meant to taste like the fruity variety.

Before Snapple became your favorite brand of bottled iced tea (and your favorite way to learn useless facts), the company had a line of sodas. This root beer set itself apart from others with a clear look, light carbonation, and less sweetness.

Slice was what you sipped on when you wanted to convince yourself the soda you were drinking was semi-healthy: It was 10 percent fruit juice.

This was the product of Coca-Cola's midlife crisis, when the company announced it was completely scrapping its old formula. It was sweeter, newer, and a giant mistake. Diehard fans missed the old formula, which Coca-Cola soon brought back as Coke Classic.

You've had soda-flavored gum, but what about gum-flavored soda? Yes, kids in the late '80s had the distinct pleasure of rotting their teeth the lazy way &mdash drinking a pop &mdashif chewing gum was too much work.

We could think of a hundred catchier names for this ginger ale soda, since "gold" didn't even accurately describe the reddish-caramel hue. Those who tried 7-Up Gold loved it, but the general public had trouble accepting the stuff since it went against classic 7-Up's two biggest features: that clear color and the lack of caffeine (Gold included it).

As we've learned, all good sodas are born out of rivalry, and Mountain Dew Sport is no different. It was introduced to compete with Gatorade as a Mountain Dew-flavored sports drink.

This was actually a bunch of flavors (see what they did there?) meant to capture the taste of summer. Packs came with a bottle each of Strawberry Burst, Tropical Chill, and Raging Raspberry. Does it feel like summer yet?

Though the brand was introduced a few years earlier, it really hit its stride at the turn of the decade. Throughout the '90s, the flavored sparkling water scored product placement in literally every big show on TV, including Sex and the City, Seinfeld, Friends, and Dawson's Creek.

The classy word "cooler" (as in "wine cooler") didn't always exist. So when you wanted a Zima &mdash a spiked soda with about 5 percent alcohol &mdash you would just ask for an "alcopop."

This clear pop was nothing more than a slightly sweeter, caffeine-free version of the Pepsi people knew and loved. Poor sales led to an early demise (it was on the market for less than two years), but America's nostalgia-backed plea earned it a rerelease in 2016.

Before Monster and Red Bull became the bane of every frat house's existence, there was Josta. The high-energy soft drink boasted not only caffeine but guarana, too &mdash a plant whose seeds contain about twice the concentration of caffeine found in coffee seeds.

You might recognize this better by its current name, Fanta Citrus. But originally, the grapefruit-flavored soft drink was called Citra. You can't get it in the U.S. any more, but rumor has it the soda moved to India shortly after it was discontinued here.

The folks who brought us Clearly Canadian decided to test out another product in 1997, which didn't quite land the way they hoped. Orbitz was one of those things that everyone had to try &mdash but then quickly realized how terrible it actually was. Its selling point was tiny edible balls that floated around inside the bottle, making it all seem very futuristic. Clearly Canadian decided to capitalize off of the current 90's nostalgia trend and re-introduced Orbitz to a new generation back in 2015.

'90s kids have the Pepsi-Coke rivalry to thank for this citrus-flavored soda. If the super-subtle neon burst logo wasn't enough of a clue, Coca Cola's Surge (which debuted a year earlier in Norway as Urge) was advertised as having a hardcore edge, just like Pepsi's Mountain Dew was at the time.

You could ask for a lemon wedge alongside your can of Pepsi or you could reach for a Pepsi Twist, which is just a regular Pepsi with &mdash you guessed it &mdash a twist of lemon (or a squeeze of lemon flavoring).

Mountain Dew blew everyone's minds when it came out with this bright red drink. In the U.S. it was cherry-flavored, but in New Zealand and Australia it had a berry taste.

Nowadays, you'd have to fly to Indonesia or the Philippines to sip this Pepsi spin-off, but in the early 2000's it was the berry-flavored soda of everyone's dreams &mdash even Britney Spears, who starred in a Christmas commercial for the soft drink.

Don't be fooled by the photo: This wasn't just 7-up cans turned upside down. It was the popular soda's complete opposite. Instead of a caffeine-free clear drink in a clear bottle, dnL was a citrus-y caffeinated green drink in a clear bottle. (You can roll your eyes now.)

Because Halloween candy isn't enough, Mountain Dew released this Halloween-inspired soda. To the disappointment of people everywhere, it wasn't actually pitch black but a dark purple, with a grape flavor.

Classic Coke already has small amounts of vanilla, but in the 1940s, soda fountain workers would often request an extra "shot" in their fountain soda. That's what inspired this canned version.

Oh, you thought Starbucks kicked off the holiday drink craze? No, no. Pepsi had it covered in the mid-2000s with this cinnamon-based soft drink. In subsequent years, you could find it on the shelves as Christmas Pepsi.


The Soda Everyone Was Obsessed With The Year You Were Born

Soda execs have attempted literally every flavor of the bubbly stuff &mdash coffee, bubble gum, grapefruit and more.

Don't forget to pin it for later!

Similar to A&W, Fitz's Root Beer rose to fame as a menu offering at Fitz's drive-in restaurant outside of St. Louis, MO. The soft drink was mass-produced for years but ceased production when the restaurant closed in 1970. They started things back up 15 years later, and it's still on the market today.

This lemon-lime soda pre-dates both Sprite and 7 Up. It launched in 1919, but became popular decades later thanks to the advertising slogan "kiss of lemon, kiss of lime." Ariana Grande even referenced it in a 2012 music video.

Diet-Way was first introduced to the public as the sugar-free alternative to Double-Cola. It was around for less than two years before it became known simply as "Diet Double-Cola."

Cotton Club was based out of Ohio and sold a variety of fruit-flavored soft drinks. Flavors included cherry-strawberry, grape, orange, and a fruit punch-soda called Tropical Delight. They also offered a line of cola, ginger ale, and root beer.

This one is still a popular pop of choice in the south, and it's been around in some form or another since 1937. However, it didn't become known as "Big Red" until 1969. Don't be fooled though: Despite the name and color, it's actually a cream soda.

Maybe you know this soft drink as Dr. Pibb &hellip or Mr. Pibb &hellip or Pibb Xtra. The pepper-y soda was renamed and reformulated more times than we can count, but its original purpose was to compete against Dr. Pepper. The original test markets were even in Waco, which &mdash in addition to being Chip and Joanna Gaines' home &mdash is home to Dr. Pepper.

The campaign behind this citrus-flavored soda was like the original "how do you crack your pistachios?!" shtick. That is to say, its slogan was "Rondo, The Thirst Crusher," and commercials featured people crushing their cans every which way.

Every kid has dropped Life Savers into soda at some point in their life, but only kids of the early '80s were able to try life Life Savers-flavored soda. Get that disgusting mint flavor out of your head: The drinks were meant to taste like the fruity variety.

Before Snapple became your favorite brand of bottled iced tea (and your favorite way to learn useless facts), the company had a line of sodas. This root beer set itself apart from others with a clear look, light carbonation, and less sweetness.

Slice was what you sipped on when you wanted to convince yourself the soda you were drinking was semi-healthy: It was 10 percent fruit juice.

This was the product of Coca-Cola's midlife crisis, when the company announced it was completely scrapping its old formula. It was sweeter, newer, and a giant mistake. Diehard fans missed the old formula, which Coca-Cola soon brought back as Coke Classic.

You've had soda-flavored gum, but what about gum-flavored soda? Yes, kids in the late '80s had the distinct pleasure of rotting their teeth the lazy way &mdash drinking a pop &mdashif chewing gum was too much work.

We could think of a hundred catchier names for this ginger ale soda, since "gold" didn't even accurately describe the reddish-caramel hue. Those who tried 7-Up Gold loved it, but the general public had trouble accepting the stuff since it went against classic 7-Up's two biggest features: that clear color and the lack of caffeine (Gold included it).

As we've learned, all good sodas are born out of rivalry, and Mountain Dew Sport is no different. It was introduced to compete with Gatorade as a Mountain Dew-flavored sports drink.

This was actually a bunch of flavors (see what they did there?) meant to capture the taste of summer. Packs came with a bottle each of Strawberry Burst, Tropical Chill, and Raging Raspberry. Does it feel like summer yet?

Though the brand was introduced a few years earlier, it really hit its stride at the turn of the decade. Throughout the '90s, the flavored sparkling water scored product placement in literally every big show on TV, including Sex and the City, Seinfeld, Friends, and Dawson's Creek.

The classy word "cooler" (as in "wine cooler") didn't always exist. So when you wanted a Zima &mdash a spiked soda with about 5 percent alcohol &mdash you would just ask for an "alcopop."

This clear pop was nothing more than a slightly sweeter, caffeine-free version of the Pepsi people knew and loved. Poor sales led to an early demise (it was on the market for less than two years), but America's nostalgia-backed plea earned it a rerelease in 2016.

Before Monster and Red Bull became the bane of every frat house's existence, there was Josta. The high-energy soft drink boasted not only caffeine but guarana, too &mdash a plant whose seeds contain about twice the concentration of caffeine found in coffee seeds.

You might recognize this better by its current name, Fanta Citrus. But originally, the grapefruit-flavored soft drink was called Citra. You can't get it in the U.S. any more, but rumor has it the soda moved to India shortly after it was discontinued here.

The folks who brought us Clearly Canadian decided to test out another product in 1997, which didn't quite land the way they hoped. Orbitz was one of those things that everyone had to try &mdash but then quickly realized how terrible it actually was. Its selling point was tiny edible balls that floated around inside the bottle, making it all seem very futuristic. Clearly Canadian decided to capitalize off of the current 90's nostalgia trend and re-introduced Orbitz to a new generation back in 2015.

'90s kids have the Pepsi-Coke rivalry to thank for this citrus-flavored soda. If the super-subtle neon burst logo wasn't enough of a clue, Coca Cola's Surge (which debuted a year earlier in Norway as Urge) was advertised as having a hardcore edge, just like Pepsi's Mountain Dew was at the time.

You could ask for a lemon wedge alongside your can of Pepsi or you could reach for a Pepsi Twist, which is just a regular Pepsi with &mdash you guessed it &mdash a twist of lemon (or a squeeze of lemon flavoring).

Mountain Dew blew everyone's minds when it came out with this bright red drink. In the U.S. it was cherry-flavored, but in New Zealand and Australia it had a berry taste.

Nowadays, you'd have to fly to Indonesia or the Philippines to sip this Pepsi spin-off, but in the early 2000's it was the berry-flavored soda of everyone's dreams &mdash even Britney Spears, who starred in a Christmas commercial for the soft drink.

Don't be fooled by the photo: This wasn't just 7-up cans turned upside down. It was the popular soda's complete opposite. Instead of a caffeine-free clear drink in a clear bottle, dnL was a citrus-y caffeinated green drink in a clear bottle. (You can roll your eyes now.)

Because Halloween candy isn't enough, Mountain Dew released this Halloween-inspired soda. To the disappointment of people everywhere, it wasn't actually pitch black but a dark purple, with a grape flavor.

Classic Coke already has small amounts of vanilla, but in the 1940s, soda fountain workers would often request an extra "shot" in their fountain soda. That's what inspired this canned version.

Oh, you thought Starbucks kicked off the holiday drink craze? No, no. Pepsi had it covered in the mid-2000s with this cinnamon-based soft drink. In subsequent years, you could find it on the shelves as Christmas Pepsi.


The Soda Everyone Was Obsessed With The Year You Were Born

Soda execs have attempted literally every flavor of the bubbly stuff &mdash coffee, bubble gum, grapefruit and more.

Don't forget to pin it for later!

Similar to A&W, Fitz's Root Beer rose to fame as a menu offering at Fitz's drive-in restaurant outside of St. Louis, MO. The soft drink was mass-produced for years but ceased production when the restaurant closed in 1970. They started things back up 15 years later, and it's still on the market today.

This lemon-lime soda pre-dates both Sprite and 7 Up. It launched in 1919, but became popular decades later thanks to the advertising slogan "kiss of lemon, kiss of lime." Ariana Grande even referenced it in a 2012 music video.

Diet-Way was first introduced to the public as the sugar-free alternative to Double-Cola. It was around for less than two years before it became known simply as "Diet Double-Cola."

Cotton Club was based out of Ohio and sold a variety of fruit-flavored soft drinks. Flavors included cherry-strawberry, grape, orange, and a fruit punch-soda called Tropical Delight. They also offered a line of cola, ginger ale, and root beer.

This one is still a popular pop of choice in the south, and it's been around in some form or another since 1937. However, it didn't become known as "Big Red" until 1969. Don't be fooled though: Despite the name and color, it's actually a cream soda.

Maybe you know this soft drink as Dr. Pibb &hellip or Mr. Pibb &hellip or Pibb Xtra. The pepper-y soda was renamed and reformulated more times than we can count, but its original purpose was to compete against Dr. Pepper. The original test markets were even in Waco, which &mdash in addition to being Chip and Joanna Gaines' home &mdash is home to Dr. Pepper.

The campaign behind this citrus-flavored soda was like the original "how do you crack your pistachios?!" shtick. That is to say, its slogan was "Rondo, The Thirst Crusher," and commercials featured people crushing their cans every which way.

Every kid has dropped Life Savers into soda at some point in their life, but only kids of the early '80s were able to try life Life Savers-flavored soda. Get that disgusting mint flavor out of your head: The drinks were meant to taste like the fruity variety.

Before Snapple became your favorite brand of bottled iced tea (and your favorite way to learn useless facts), the company had a line of sodas. This root beer set itself apart from others with a clear look, light carbonation, and less sweetness.

Slice was what you sipped on when you wanted to convince yourself the soda you were drinking was semi-healthy: It was 10 percent fruit juice.

This was the product of Coca-Cola's midlife crisis, when the company announced it was completely scrapping its old formula. It was sweeter, newer, and a giant mistake. Diehard fans missed the old formula, which Coca-Cola soon brought back as Coke Classic.

You've had soda-flavored gum, but what about gum-flavored soda? Yes, kids in the late '80s had the distinct pleasure of rotting their teeth the lazy way &mdash drinking a pop &mdashif chewing gum was too much work.

We could think of a hundred catchier names for this ginger ale soda, since "gold" didn't even accurately describe the reddish-caramel hue. Those who tried 7-Up Gold loved it, but the general public had trouble accepting the stuff since it went against classic 7-Up's two biggest features: that clear color and the lack of caffeine (Gold included it).

As we've learned, all good sodas are born out of rivalry, and Mountain Dew Sport is no different. It was introduced to compete with Gatorade as a Mountain Dew-flavored sports drink.

This was actually a bunch of flavors (see what they did there?) meant to capture the taste of summer. Packs came with a bottle each of Strawberry Burst, Tropical Chill, and Raging Raspberry. Does it feel like summer yet?

Though the brand was introduced a few years earlier, it really hit its stride at the turn of the decade. Throughout the '90s, the flavored sparkling water scored product placement in literally every big show on TV, including Sex and the City, Seinfeld, Friends, and Dawson's Creek.

The classy word "cooler" (as in "wine cooler") didn't always exist. So when you wanted a Zima &mdash a spiked soda with about 5 percent alcohol &mdash you would just ask for an "alcopop."

This clear pop was nothing more than a slightly sweeter, caffeine-free version of the Pepsi people knew and loved. Poor sales led to an early demise (it was on the market for less than two years), but America's nostalgia-backed plea earned it a rerelease in 2016.

Before Monster and Red Bull became the bane of every frat house's existence, there was Josta. The high-energy soft drink boasted not only caffeine but guarana, too &mdash a plant whose seeds contain about twice the concentration of caffeine found in coffee seeds.

You might recognize this better by its current name, Fanta Citrus. But originally, the grapefruit-flavored soft drink was called Citra. You can't get it in the U.S. any more, but rumor has it the soda moved to India shortly after it was discontinued here.

The folks who brought us Clearly Canadian decided to test out another product in 1997, which didn't quite land the way they hoped. Orbitz was one of those things that everyone had to try &mdash but then quickly realized how terrible it actually was. Its selling point was tiny edible balls that floated around inside the bottle, making it all seem very futuristic. Clearly Canadian decided to capitalize off of the current 90's nostalgia trend and re-introduced Orbitz to a new generation back in 2015.

'90s kids have the Pepsi-Coke rivalry to thank for this citrus-flavored soda. If the super-subtle neon burst logo wasn't enough of a clue, Coca Cola's Surge (which debuted a year earlier in Norway as Urge) was advertised as having a hardcore edge, just like Pepsi's Mountain Dew was at the time.

You could ask for a lemon wedge alongside your can of Pepsi or you could reach for a Pepsi Twist, which is just a regular Pepsi with &mdash you guessed it &mdash a twist of lemon (or a squeeze of lemon flavoring).

Mountain Dew blew everyone's minds when it came out with this bright red drink. In the U.S. it was cherry-flavored, but in New Zealand and Australia it had a berry taste.

Nowadays, you'd have to fly to Indonesia or the Philippines to sip this Pepsi spin-off, but in the early 2000's it was the berry-flavored soda of everyone's dreams &mdash even Britney Spears, who starred in a Christmas commercial for the soft drink.

Don't be fooled by the photo: This wasn't just 7-up cans turned upside down. It was the popular soda's complete opposite. Instead of a caffeine-free clear drink in a clear bottle, dnL was a citrus-y caffeinated green drink in a clear bottle. (You can roll your eyes now.)

Because Halloween candy isn't enough, Mountain Dew released this Halloween-inspired soda. To the disappointment of people everywhere, it wasn't actually pitch black but a dark purple, with a grape flavor.

Classic Coke already has small amounts of vanilla, but in the 1940s, soda fountain workers would often request an extra "shot" in their fountain soda. That's what inspired this canned version.

Oh, you thought Starbucks kicked off the holiday drink craze? No, no. Pepsi had it covered in the mid-2000s with this cinnamon-based soft drink. In subsequent years, you could find it on the shelves as Christmas Pepsi.


The Soda Everyone Was Obsessed With The Year You Were Born

Soda execs have attempted literally every flavor of the bubbly stuff &mdash coffee, bubble gum, grapefruit and more.

Don't forget to pin it for later!

Similar to A&W, Fitz's Root Beer rose to fame as a menu offering at Fitz's drive-in restaurant outside of St. Louis, MO. The soft drink was mass-produced for years but ceased production when the restaurant closed in 1970. They started things back up 15 years later, and it's still on the market today.

This lemon-lime soda pre-dates both Sprite and 7 Up. It launched in 1919, but became popular decades later thanks to the advertising slogan "kiss of lemon, kiss of lime." Ariana Grande even referenced it in a 2012 music video.

Diet-Way was first introduced to the public as the sugar-free alternative to Double-Cola. It was around for less than two years before it became known simply as "Diet Double-Cola."

Cotton Club was based out of Ohio and sold a variety of fruit-flavored soft drinks. Flavors included cherry-strawberry, grape, orange, and a fruit punch-soda called Tropical Delight. They also offered a line of cola, ginger ale, and root beer.

This one is still a popular pop of choice in the south, and it's been around in some form or another since 1937. However, it didn't become known as "Big Red" until 1969. Don't be fooled though: Despite the name and color, it's actually a cream soda.

Maybe you know this soft drink as Dr. Pibb &hellip or Mr. Pibb &hellip or Pibb Xtra. The pepper-y soda was renamed and reformulated more times than we can count, but its original purpose was to compete against Dr. Pepper. The original test markets were even in Waco, which &mdash in addition to being Chip and Joanna Gaines' home &mdash is home to Dr. Pepper.

The campaign behind this citrus-flavored soda was like the original "how do you crack your pistachios?!" shtick. That is to say, its slogan was "Rondo, The Thirst Crusher," and commercials featured people crushing their cans every which way.

Every kid has dropped Life Savers into soda at some point in their life, but only kids of the early '80s were able to try life Life Savers-flavored soda. Get that disgusting mint flavor out of your head: The drinks were meant to taste like the fruity variety.

Before Snapple became your favorite brand of bottled iced tea (and your favorite way to learn useless facts), the company had a line of sodas. This root beer set itself apart from others with a clear look, light carbonation, and less sweetness.

Slice was what you sipped on when you wanted to convince yourself the soda you were drinking was semi-healthy: It was 10 percent fruit juice.

This was the product of Coca-Cola's midlife crisis, when the company announced it was completely scrapping its old formula. It was sweeter, newer, and a giant mistake. Diehard fans missed the old formula, which Coca-Cola soon brought back as Coke Classic.

You've had soda-flavored gum, but what about gum-flavored soda? Yes, kids in the late '80s had the distinct pleasure of rotting their teeth the lazy way &mdash drinking a pop &mdashif chewing gum was too much work.

We could think of a hundred catchier names for this ginger ale soda, since "gold" didn't even accurately describe the reddish-caramel hue. Those who tried 7-Up Gold loved it, but the general public had trouble accepting the stuff since it went against classic 7-Up's two biggest features: that clear color and the lack of caffeine (Gold included it).

As we've learned, all good sodas are born out of rivalry, and Mountain Dew Sport is no different. It was introduced to compete with Gatorade as a Mountain Dew-flavored sports drink.

This was actually a bunch of flavors (see what they did there?) meant to capture the taste of summer. Packs came with a bottle each of Strawberry Burst, Tropical Chill, and Raging Raspberry. Does it feel like summer yet?

Though the brand was introduced a few years earlier, it really hit its stride at the turn of the decade. Throughout the '90s, the flavored sparkling water scored product placement in literally every big show on TV, including Sex and the City, Seinfeld, Friends, and Dawson's Creek.

The classy word "cooler" (as in "wine cooler") didn't always exist. So when you wanted a Zima &mdash a spiked soda with about 5 percent alcohol &mdash you would just ask for an "alcopop."

This clear pop was nothing more than a slightly sweeter, caffeine-free version of the Pepsi people knew and loved. Poor sales led to an early demise (it was on the market for less than two years), but America's nostalgia-backed plea earned it a rerelease in 2016.

Before Monster and Red Bull became the bane of every frat house's existence, there was Josta. The high-energy soft drink boasted not only caffeine but guarana, too &mdash a plant whose seeds contain about twice the concentration of caffeine found in coffee seeds.

You might recognize this better by its current name, Fanta Citrus. But originally, the grapefruit-flavored soft drink was called Citra. You can't get it in the U.S. any more, but rumor has it the soda moved to India shortly after it was discontinued here.

The folks who brought us Clearly Canadian decided to test out another product in 1997, which didn't quite land the way they hoped. Orbitz was one of those things that everyone had to try &mdash but then quickly realized how terrible it actually was. Its selling point was tiny edible balls that floated around inside the bottle, making it all seem very futuristic. Clearly Canadian decided to capitalize off of the current 90's nostalgia trend and re-introduced Orbitz to a new generation back in 2015.

'90s kids have the Pepsi-Coke rivalry to thank for this citrus-flavored soda. If the super-subtle neon burst logo wasn't enough of a clue, Coca Cola's Surge (which debuted a year earlier in Norway as Urge) was advertised as having a hardcore edge, just like Pepsi's Mountain Dew was at the time.

You could ask for a lemon wedge alongside your can of Pepsi or you could reach for a Pepsi Twist, which is just a regular Pepsi with &mdash you guessed it &mdash a twist of lemon (or a squeeze of lemon flavoring).

Mountain Dew blew everyone's minds when it came out with this bright red drink. In the U.S. it was cherry-flavored, but in New Zealand and Australia it had a berry taste.

Nowadays, you'd have to fly to Indonesia or the Philippines to sip this Pepsi spin-off, but in the early 2000's it was the berry-flavored soda of everyone's dreams &mdash even Britney Spears, who starred in a Christmas commercial for the soft drink.

Don't be fooled by the photo: This wasn't just 7-up cans turned upside down. It was the popular soda's complete opposite. Instead of a caffeine-free clear drink in a clear bottle, dnL was a citrus-y caffeinated green drink in a clear bottle. (You can roll your eyes now.)

Because Halloween candy isn't enough, Mountain Dew released this Halloween-inspired soda. To the disappointment of people everywhere, it wasn't actually pitch black but a dark purple, with a grape flavor.

Classic Coke already has small amounts of vanilla, but in the 1940s, soda fountain workers would often request an extra "shot" in their fountain soda. That's what inspired this canned version.

Oh, you thought Starbucks kicked off the holiday drink craze? No, no. Pepsi had it covered in the mid-2000s with this cinnamon-based soft drink. In subsequent years, you could find it on the shelves as Christmas Pepsi.


The Soda Everyone Was Obsessed With The Year You Were Born

Soda execs have attempted literally every flavor of the bubbly stuff &mdash coffee, bubble gum, grapefruit and more.

Don't forget to pin it for later!

Similar to A&W, Fitz's Root Beer rose to fame as a menu offering at Fitz's drive-in restaurant outside of St. Louis, MO. The soft drink was mass-produced for years but ceased production when the restaurant closed in 1970. They started things back up 15 years later, and it's still on the market today.

This lemon-lime soda pre-dates both Sprite and 7 Up. It launched in 1919, but became popular decades later thanks to the advertising slogan "kiss of lemon, kiss of lime." Ariana Grande even referenced it in a 2012 music video.

Diet-Way was first introduced to the public as the sugar-free alternative to Double-Cola. It was around for less than two years before it became known simply as "Diet Double-Cola."

Cotton Club was based out of Ohio and sold a variety of fruit-flavored soft drinks. Flavors included cherry-strawberry, grape, orange, and a fruit punch-soda called Tropical Delight. They also offered a line of cola, ginger ale, and root beer.

This one is still a popular pop of choice in the south, and it's been around in some form or another since 1937. However, it didn't become known as "Big Red" until 1969. Don't be fooled though: Despite the name and color, it's actually a cream soda.

Maybe you know this soft drink as Dr. Pibb &hellip or Mr. Pibb &hellip or Pibb Xtra. The pepper-y soda was renamed and reformulated more times than we can count, but its original purpose was to compete against Dr. Pepper. The original test markets were even in Waco, which &mdash in addition to being Chip and Joanna Gaines' home &mdash is home to Dr. Pepper.

The campaign behind this citrus-flavored soda was like the original "how do you crack your pistachios?!" shtick. That is to say, its slogan was "Rondo, The Thirst Crusher," and commercials featured people crushing their cans every which way.

Every kid has dropped Life Savers into soda at some point in their life, but only kids of the early '80s were able to try life Life Savers-flavored soda. Get that disgusting mint flavor out of your head: The drinks were meant to taste like the fruity variety.

Before Snapple became your favorite brand of bottled iced tea (and your favorite way to learn useless facts), the company had a line of sodas. This root beer set itself apart from others with a clear look, light carbonation, and less sweetness.

Slice was what you sipped on when you wanted to convince yourself the soda you were drinking was semi-healthy: It was 10 percent fruit juice.

This was the product of Coca-Cola's midlife crisis, when the company announced it was completely scrapping its old formula. It was sweeter, newer, and a giant mistake. Diehard fans missed the old formula, which Coca-Cola soon brought back as Coke Classic.

You've had soda-flavored gum, but what about gum-flavored soda? Yes, kids in the late '80s had the distinct pleasure of rotting their teeth the lazy way &mdash drinking a pop &mdashif chewing gum was too much work.

We could think of a hundred catchier names for this ginger ale soda, since "gold" didn't even accurately describe the reddish-caramel hue. Those who tried 7-Up Gold loved it, but the general public had trouble accepting the stuff since it went against classic 7-Up's two biggest features: that clear color and the lack of caffeine (Gold included it).

As we've learned, all good sodas are born out of rivalry, and Mountain Dew Sport is no different. It was introduced to compete with Gatorade as a Mountain Dew-flavored sports drink.

This was actually a bunch of flavors (see what they did there?) meant to capture the taste of summer. Packs came with a bottle each of Strawberry Burst, Tropical Chill, and Raging Raspberry. Does it feel like summer yet?

Though the brand was introduced a few years earlier, it really hit its stride at the turn of the decade. Throughout the '90s, the flavored sparkling water scored product placement in literally every big show on TV, including Sex and the City, Seinfeld, Friends, and Dawson's Creek.

The classy word "cooler" (as in "wine cooler") didn't always exist. So when you wanted a Zima &mdash a spiked soda with about 5 percent alcohol &mdash you would just ask for an "alcopop."

This clear pop was nothing more than a slightly sweeter, caffeine-free version of the Pepsi people knew and loved. Poor sales led to an early demise (it was on the market for less than two years), but America's nostalgia-backed plea earned it a rerelease in 2016.

Before Monster and Red Bull became the bane of every frat house's existence, there was Josta. The high-energy soft drink boasted not only caffeine but guarana, too &mdash a plant whose seeds contain about twice the concentration of caffeine found in coffee seeds.

You might recognize this better by its current name, Fanta Citrus. But originally, the grapefruit-flavored soft drink was called Citra. You can't get it in the U.S. any more, but rumor has it the soda moved to India shortly after it was discontinued here.

The folks who brought us Clearly Canadian decided to test out another product in 1997, which didn't quite land the way they hoped. Orbitz was one of those things that everyone had to try &mdash but then quickly realized how terrible it actually was. Its selling point was tiny edible balls that floated around inside the bottle, making it all seem very futuristic. Clearly Canadian decided to capitalize off of the current 90's nostalgia trend and re-introduced Orbitz to a new generation back in 2015.

'90s kids have the Pepsi-Coke rivalry to thank for this citrus-flavored soda. If the super-subtle neon burst logo wasn't enough of a clue, Coca Cola's Surge (which debuted a year earlier in Norway as Urge) was advertised as having a hardcore edge, just like Pepsi's Mountain Dew was at the time.

You could ask for a lemon wedge alongside your can of Pepsi or you could reach for a Pepsi Twist, which is just a regular Pepsi with &mdash you guessed it &mdash a twist of lemon (or a squeeze of lemon flavoring).

Mountain Dew blew everyone's minds when it came out with this bright red drink. In the U.S. it was cherry-flavored, but in New Zealand and Australia it had a berry taste.

Nowadays, you'd have to fly to Indonesia or the Philippines to sip this Pepsi spin-off, but in the early 2000's it was the berry-flavored soda of everyone's dreams &mdash even Britney Spears, who starred in a Christmas commercial for the soft drink.

Don't be fooled by the photo: This wasn't just 7-up cans turned upside down. It was the popular soda's complete opposite. Instead of a caffeine-free clear drink in a clear bottle, dnL was a citrus-y caffeinated green drink in a clear bottle. (You can roll your eyes now.)

Because Halloween candy isn't enough, Mountain Dew released this Halloween-inspired soda. To the disappointment of people everywhere, it wasn't actually pitch black but a dark purple, with a grape flavor.

Classic Coke already has small amounts of vanilla, but in the 1940s, soda fountain workers would often request an extra "shot" in their fountain soda. That's what inspired this canned version.

Oh, you thought Starbucks kicked off the holiday drink craze? No, no. Pepsi had it covered in the mid-2000s with this cinnamon-based soft drink. In subsequent years, you could find it on the shelves as Christmas Pepsi.


The Soda Everyone Was Obsessed With The Year You Were Born

Soda execs have attempted literally every flavor of the bubbly stuff &mdash coffee, bubble gum, grapefruit and more.

Don't forget to pin it for later!

Similar to A&W, Fitz's Root Beer rose to fame as a menu offering at Fitz's drive-in restaurant outside of St. Louis, MO. The soft drink was mass-produced for years but ceased production when the restaurant closed in 1970. They started things back up 15 years later, and it's still on the market today.

This lemon-lime soda pre-dates both Sprite and 7 Up. It launched in 1919, but became popular decades later thanks to the advertising slogan "kiss of lemon, kiss of lime." Ariana Grande even referenced it in a 2012 music video.

Diet-Way was first introduced to the public as the sugar-free alternative to Double-Cola. It was around for less than two years before it became known simply as "Diet Double-Cola."

Cotton Club was based out of Ohio and sold a variety of fruit-flavored soft drinks. Flavors included cherry-strawberry, grape, orange, and a fruit punch-soda called Tropical Delight. They also offered a line of cola, ginger ale, and root beer.

This one is still a popular pop of choice in the south, and it's been around in some form or another since 1937. However, it didn't become known as "Big Red" until 1969. Don't be fooled though: Despite the name and color, it's actually a cream soda.

Maybe you know this soft drink as Dr. Pibb &hellip or Mr. Pibb &hellip or Pibb Xtra. The pepper-y soda was renamed and reformulated more times than we can count, but its original purpose was to compete against Dr. Pepper. The original test markets were even in Waco, which &mdash in addition to being Chip and Joanna Gaines' home &mdash is home to Dr. Pepper.

The campaign behind this citrus-flavored soda was like the original "how do you crack your pistachios?!" shtick. That is to say, its slogan was "Rondo, The Thirst Crusher," and commercials featured people crushing their cans every which way.

Every kid has dropped Life Savers into soda at some point in their life, but only kids of the early '80s were able to try life Life Savers-flavored soda. Get that disgusting mint flavor out of your head: The drinks were meant to taste like the fruity variety.

Before Snapple became your favorite brand of bottled iced tea (and your favorite way to learn useless facts), the company had a line of sodas. This root beer set itself apart from others with a clear look, light carbonation, and less sweetness.

Slice was what you sipped on when you wanted to convince yourself the soda you were drinking was semi-healthy: It was 10 percent fruit juice.

This was the product of Coca-Cola's midlife crisis, when the company announced it was completely scrapping its old formula. It was sweeter, newer, and a giant mistake. Diehard fans missed the old formula, which Coca-Cola soon brought back as Coke Classic.

You've had soda-flavored gum, but what about gum-flavored soda? Yes, kids in the late '80s had the distinct pleasure of rotting their teeth the lazy way &mdash drinking a pop &mdashif chewing gum was too much work.

We could think of a hundred catchier names for this ginger ale soda, since "gold" didn't even accurately describe the reddish-caramel hue. Those who tried 7-Up Gold loved it, but the general public had trouble accepting the stuff since it went against classic 7-Up's two biggest features: that clear color and the lack of caffeine (Gold included it).

As we've learned, all good sodas are born out of rivalry, and Mountain Dew Sport is no different. It was introduced to compete with Gatorade as a Mountain Dew-flavored sports drink.

This was actually a bunch of flavors (see what they did there?) meant to capture the taste of summer. Packs came with a bottle each of Strawberry Burst, Tropical Chill, and Raging Raspberry. Does it feel like summer yet?

Though the brand was introduced a few years earlier, it really hit its stride at the turn of the decade. Throughout the '90s, the flavored sparkling water scored product placement in literally every big show on TV, including Sex and the City, Seinfeld, Friends, and Dawson's Creek.

The classy word "cooler" (as in "wine cooler") didn't always exist. So when you wanted a Zima &mdash a spiked soda with about 5 percent alcohol &mdash you would just ask for an "alcopop."

This clear pop was nothing more than a slightly sweeter, caffeine-free version of the Pepsi people knew and loved. Poor sales led to an early demise (it was on the market for less than two years), but America's nostalgia-backed plea earned it a rerelease in 2016.

Before Monster and Red Bull became the bane of every frat house's existence, there was Josta. The high-energy soft drink boasted not only caffeine but guarana, too &mdash a plant whose seeds contain about twice the concentration of caffeine found in coffee seeds.

You might recognize this better by its current name, Fanta Citrus. But originally, the grapefruit-flavored soft drink was called Citra. You can't get it in the U.S. any more, but rumor has it the soda moved to India shortly after it was discontinued here.

The folks who brought us Clearly Canadian decided to test out another product in 1997, which didn't quite land the way they hoped. Orbitz was one of those things that everyone had to try &mdash but then quickly realized how terrible it actually was. Its selling point was tiny edible balls that floated around inside the bottle, making it all seem very futuristic. Clearly Canadian decided to capitalize off of the current 90's nostalgia trend and re-introduced Orbitz to a new generation back in 2015.

'90s kids have the Pepsi-Coke rivalry to thank for this citrus-flavored soda. If the super-subtle neon burst logo wasn't enough of a clue, Coca Cola's Surge (which debuted a year earlier in Norway as Urge) was advertised as having a hardcore edge, just like Pepsi's Mountain Dew was at the time.

You could ask for a lemon wedge alongside your can of Pepsi or you could reach for a Pepsi Twist, which is just a regular Pepsi with &mdash you guessed it &mdash a twist of lemon (or a squeeze of lemon flavoring).

Mountain Dew blew everyone's minds when it came out with this bright red drink. In the U.S. it was cherry-flavored, but in New Zealand and Australia it had a berry taste.

Nowadays, you'd have to fly to Indonesia or the Philippines to sip this Pepsi spin-off, but in the early 2000's it was the berry-flavored soda of everyone's dreams &mdash even Britney Spears, who starred in a Christmas commercial for the soft drink.

Don't be fooled by the photo: This wasn't just 7-up cans turned upside down. It was the popular soda's complete opposite. Instead of a caffeine-free clear drink in a clear bottle, dnL was a citrus-y caffeinated green drink in a clear bottle. (You can roll your eyes now.)

Because Halloween candy isn't enough, Mountain Dew released this Halloween-inspired soda. To the disappointment of people everywhere, it wasn't actually pitch black but a dark purple, with a grape flavor.

Classic Coke already has small amounts of vanilla, but in the 1940s, soda fountain workers would often request an extra "shot" in their fountain soda. That's what inspired this canned version.

Oh, you thought Starbucks kicked off the holiday drink craze? No, no. Pepsi had it covered in the mid-2000s with this cinnamon-based soft drink. In subsequent years, you could find it on the shelves as Christmas Pepsi.


The Soda Everyone Was Obsessed With The Year You Were Born

Soda execs have attempted literally every flavor of the bubbly stuff &mdash coffee, bubble gum, grapefruit and more.

Don't forget to pin it for later!

Similar to A&W, Fitz's Root Beer rose to fame as a menu offering at Fitz's drive-in restaurant outside of St. Louis, MO. The soft drink was mass-produced for years but ceased production when the restaurant closed in 1970. They started things back up 15 years later, and it's still on the market today.

This lemon-lime soda pre-dates both Sprite and 7 Up. It launched in 1919, but became popular decades later thanks to the advertising slogan "kiss of lemon, kiss of lime." Ariana Grande even referenced it in a 2012 music video.

Diet-Way was first introduced to the public as the sugar-free alternative to Double-Cola. It was around for less than two years before it became known simply as "Diet Double-Cola."

Cotton Club was based out of Ohio and sold a variety of fruit-flavored soft drinks. Flavors included cherry-strawberry, grape, orange, and a fruit punch-soda called Tropical Delight. They also offered a line of cola, ginger ale, and root beer.

This one is still a popular pop of choice in the south, and it's been around in some form or another since 1937. However, it didn't become known as "Big Red" until 1969. Don't be fooled though: Despite the name and color, it's actually a cream soda.

Maybe you know this soft drink as Dr. Pibb &hellip or Mr. Pibb &hellip or Pibb Xtra. The pepper-y soda was renamed and reformulated more times than we can count, but its original purpose was to compete against Dr. Pepper. The original test markets were even in Waco, which &mdash in addition to being Chip and Joanna Gaines' home &mdash is home to Dr. Pepper.

The campaign behind this citrus-flavored soda was like the original "how do you crack your pistachios?!" shtick. That is to say, its slogan was "Rondo, The Thirst Crusher," and commercials featured people crushing their cans every which way.

Every kid has dropped Life Savers into soda at some point in their life, but only kids of the early '80s were able to try life Life Savers-flavored soda. Get that disgusting mint flavor out of your head: The drinks were meant to taste like the fruity variety.

Before Snapple became your favorite brand of bottled iced tea (and your favorite way to learn useless facts), the company had a line of sodas. This root beer set itself apart from others with a clear look, light carbonation, and less sweetness.

Slice was what you sipped on when you wanted to convince yourself the soda you were drinking was semi-healthy: It was 10 percent fruit juice.

This was the product of Coca-Cola's midlife crisis, when the company announced it was completely scrapping its old formula. It was sweeter, newer, and a giant mistake. Diehard fans missed the old formula, which Coca-Cola soon brought back as Coke Classic.

You've had soda-flavored gum, but what about gum-flavored soda? Yes, kids in the late '80s had the distinct pleasure of rotting their teeth the lazy way &mdash drinking a pop &mdashif chewing gum was too much work.

We could think of a hundred catchier names for this ginger ale soda, since "gold" didn't even accurately describe the reddish-caramel hue. Those who tried 7-Up Gold loved it, but the general public had trouble accepting the stuff since it went against classic 7-Up's two biggest features: that clear color and the lack of caffeine (Gold included it).

As we've learned, all good sodas are born out of rivalry, and Mountain Dew Sport is no different. It was introduced to compete with Gatorade as a Mountain Dew-flavored sports drink.

This was actually a bunch of flavors (see what they did there?) meant to capture the taste of summer. Packs came with a bottle each of Strawberry Burst, Tropical Chill, and Raging Raspberry. Does it feel like summer yet?

Though the brand was introduced a few years earlier, it really hit its stride at the turn of the decade. Throughout the '90s, the flavored sparkling water scored product placement in literally every big show on TV, including Sex and the City, Seinfeld, Friends, and Dawson's Creek.

The classy word "cooler" (as in "wine cooler") didn't always exist. So when you wanted a Zima &mdash a spiked soda with about 5 percent alcohol &mdash you would just ask for an "alcopop."

This clear pop was nothing more than a slightly sweeter, caffeine-free version of the Pepsi people knew and loved. Poor sales led to an early demise (it was on the market for less than two years), but America's nostalgia-backed plea earned it a rerelease in 2016.

Before Monster and Red Bull became the bane of every frat house's existence, there was Josta. The high-energy soft drink boasted not only caffeine but guarana, too &mdash a plant whose seeds contain about twice the concentration of caffeine found in coffee seeds.

You might recognize this better by its current name, Fanta Citrus. But originally, the grapefruit-flavored soft drink was called Citra. You can't get it in the U.S. any more, but rumor has it the soda moved to India shortly after it was discontinued here.

The folks who brought us Clearly Canadian decided to test out another product in 1997, which didn't quite land the way they hoped. Orbitz was one of those things that everyone had to try &mdash but then quickly realized how terrible it actually was. Its selling point was tiny edible balls that floated around inside the bottle, making it all seem very futuristic. Clearly Canadian decided to capitalize off of the current 90's nostalgia trend and re-introduced Orbitz to a new generation back in 2015.

'90s kids have the Pepsi-Coke rivalry to thank for this citrus-flavored soda. If the super-subtle neon burst logo wasn't enough of a clue, Coca Cola's Surge (which debuted a year earlier in Norway as Urge) was advertised as having a hardcore edge, just like Pepsi's Mountain Dew was at the time.

You could ask for a lemon wedge alongside your can of Pepsi or you could reach for a Pepsi Twist, which is just a regular Pepsi with &mdash you guessed it &mdash a twist of lemon (or a squeeze of lemon flavoring).

Mountain Dew blew everyone's minds when it came out with this bright red drink. In the U.S. it was cherry-flavored, but in New Zealand and Australia it had a berry taste.

Nowadays, you'd have to fly to Indonesia or the Philippines to sip this Pepsi spin-off, but in the early 2000's it was the berry-flavored soda of everyone's dreams &mdash even Britney Spears, who starred in a Christmas commercial for the soft drink.

Don't be fooled by the photo: This wasn't just 7-up cans turned upside down. It was the popular soda's complete opposite. Instead of a caffeine-free clear drink in a clear bottle, dnL was a citrus-y caffeinated green drink in a clear bottle. (You can roll your eyes now.)

Because Halloween candy isn't enough, Mountain Dew released this Halloween-inspired soda. To the disappointment of people everywhere, it wasn't actually pitch black but a dark purple, with a grape flavor.

Classic Coke already has small amounts of vanilla, but in the 1940s, soda fountain workers would often request an extra "shot" in their fountain soda. That's what inspired this canned version.

Oh, you thought Starbucks kicked off the holiday drink craze? No, no. Pepsi had it covered in the mid-2000s with this cinnamon-based soft drink. In subsequent years, you could find it on the shelves as Christmas Pepsi.


The Soda Everyone Was Obsessed With The Year You Were Born

Soda execs have attempted literally every flavor of the bubbly stuff &mdash coffee, bubble gum, grapefruit and more.

Don't forget to pin it for later!

Similar to A&W, Fitz's Root Beer rose to fame as a menu offering at Fitz's drive-in restaurant outside of St. Louis, MO. The soft drink was mass-produced for years but ceased production when the restaurant closed in 1970. They started things back up 15 years later, and it's still on the market today.

This lemon-lime soda pre-dates both Sprite and 7 Up. It launched in 1919, but became popular decades later thanks to the advertising slogan "kiss of lemon, kiss of lime." Ariana Grande even referenced it in a 2012 music video.

Diet-Way was first introduced to the public as the sugar-free alternative to Double-Cola. It was around for less than two years before it became known simply as "Diet Double-Cola."

Cotton Club was based out of Ohio and sold a variety of fruit-flavored soft drinks. Flavors included cherry-strawberry, grape, orange, and a fruit punch-soda called Tropical Delight. They also offered a line of cola, ginger ale, and root beer.

This one is still a popular pop of choice in the south, and it's been around in some form or another since 1937. However, it didn't become known as "Big Red" until 1969. Don't be fooled though: Despite the name and color, it's actually a cream soda.

Maybe you know this soft drink as Dr. Pibb &hellip or Mr. Pibb &hellip or Pibb Xtra. The pepper-y soda was renamed and reformulated more times than we can count, but its original purpose was to compete against Dr. Pepper. The original test markets were even in Waco, which &mdash in addition to being Chip and Joanna Gaines' home &mdash is home to Dr. Pepper.

The campaign behind this citrus-flavored soda was like the original "how do you crack your pistachios?!" shtick. That is to say, its slogan was "Rondo, The Thirst Crusher," and commercials featured people crushing their cans every which way.

Every kid has dropped Life Savers into soda at some point in their life, but only kids of the early '80s were able to try life Life Savers-flavored soda. Get that disgusting mint flavor out of your head: The drinks were meant to taste like the fruity variety.

Before Snapple became your favorite brand of bottled iced tea (and your favorite way to learn useless facts), the company had a line of sodas. This root beer set itself apart from others with a clear look, light carbonation, and less sweetness.

Slice was what you sipped on when you wanted to convince yourself the soda you were drinking was semi-healthy: It was 10 percent fruit juice.

This was the product of Coca-Cola's midlife crisis, when the company announced it was completely scrapping its old formula. It was sweeter, newer, and a giant mistake. Diehard fans missed the old formula, which Coca-Cola soon brought back as Coke Classic.

You've had soda-flavored gum, but what about gum-flavored soda? Yes, kids in the late '80s had the distinct pleasure of rotting their teeth the lazy way &mdash drinking a pop &mdashif chewing gum was too much work.

We could think of a hundred catchier names for this ginger ale soda, since "gold" didn't even accurately describe the reddish-caramel hue. Those who tried 7-Up Gold loved it, but the general public had trouble accepting the stuff since it went against classic 7-Up's two biggest features: that clear color and the lack of caffeine (Gold included it).

As we've learned, all good sodas are born out of rivalry, and Mountain Dew Sport is no different. It was introduced to compete with Gatorade as a Mountain Dew-flavored sports drink.

This was actually a bunch of flavors (see what they did there?) meant to capture the taste of summer. Packs came with a bottle each of Strawberry Burst, Tropical Chill, and Raging Raspberry. Does it feel like summer yet?

Though the brand was introduced a few years earlier, it really hit its stride at the turn of the decade. Throughout the '90s, the flavored sparkling water scored product placement in literally every big show on TV, including Sex and the City, Seinfeld, Friends, and Dawson's Creek.

The classy word "cooler" (as in "wine cooler") didn't always exist. So when you wanted a Zima &mdash a spiked soda with about 5 percent alcohol &mdash you would just ask for an "alcopop."

This clear pop was nothing more than a slightly sweeter, caffeine-free version of the Pepsi people knew and loved. Poor sales led to an early demise (it was on the market for less than two years), but America's nostalgia-backed plea earned it a rerelease in 2016.

Before Monster and Red Bull became the bane of every frat house's existence, there was Josta. The high-energy soft drink boasted not only caffeine but guarana, too &mdash a plant whose seeds contain about twice the concentration of caffeine found in coffee seeds.

You might recognize this better by its current name, Fanta Citrus. But originally, the grapefruit-flavored soft drink was called Citra. You can't get it in the U.S. any more, but rumor has it the soda moved to India shortly after it was discontinued here.

The folks who brought us Clearly Canadian decided to test out another product in 1997, which didn't quite land the way they hoped. Orbitz was one of those things that everyone had to try &mdash but then quickly realized how terrible it actually was. Its selling point was tiny edible balls that floated around inside the bottle, making it all seem very futuristic. Clearly Canadian decided to capitalize off of the current 90's nostalgia trend and re-introduced Orbitz to a new generation back in 2015.

'90s kids have the Pepsi-Coke rivalry to thank for this citrus-flavored soda. If the super-subtle neon burst logo wasn't enough of a clue, Coca Cola's Surge (which debuted a year earlier in Norway as Urge) was advertised as having a hardcore edge, just like Pepsi's Mountain Dew was at the time.

You could ask for a lemon wedge alongside your can of Pepsi or you could reach for a Pepsi Twist, which is just a regular Pepsi with &mdash you guessed it &mdash a twist of lemon (or a squeeze of lemon flavoring).

Mountain Dew blew everyone's minds when it came out with this bright red drink. In the U.S. it was cherry-flavored, but in New Zealand and Australia it had a berry taste.

Nowadays, you'd have to fly to Indonesia or the Philippines to sip this Pepsi spin-off, but in the early 2000's it was the berry-flavored soda of everyone's dreams &mdash even Britney Spears, who starred in a Christmas commercial for the soft drink.

Don't be fooled by the photo: This wasn't just 7-up cans turned upside down. It was the popular soda's complete opposite. Instead of a caffeine-free clear drink in a clear bottle, dnL was a citrus-y caffeinated green drink in a clear bottle. (You can roll your eyes now.)

Because Halloween candy isn't enough, Mountain Dew released this Halloween-inspired soda. To the disappointment of people everywhere, it wasn't actually pitch black but a dark purple, with a grape flavor.

Classic Coke already has small amounts of vanilla, but in the 1940s, soda fountain workers would often request an extra "shot" in their fountain soda. That's what inspired this canned version.

Oh, you thought Starbucks kicked off the holiday drink craze? No, no. Pepsi had it covered in the mid-2000s with this cinnamon-based soft drink. In subsequent years, you could find it on the shelves as Christmas Pepsi.


The Soda Everyone Was Obsessed With The Year You Were Born

Soda execs have attempted literally every flavor of the bubbly stuff &mdash coffee, bubble gum, grapefruit and more.

Don't forget to pin it for later!

Similar to A&W, Fitz's Root Beer rose to fame as a menu offering at Fitz's drive-in restaurant outside of St. Louis, MO. The soft drink was mass-produced for years but ceased production when the restaurant closed in 1970. They started things back up 15 years later, and it's still on the market today.

This lemon-lime soda pre-dates both Sprite and 7 Up. It launched in 1919, but became popular decades later thanks to the advertising slogan "kiss of lemon, kiss of lime." Ariana Grande even referenced it in a 2012 music video.

Diet-Way was first introduced to the public as the sugar-free alternative to Double-Cola. It was around for less than two years before it became known simply as "Diet Double-Cola."

Cotton Club was based out of Ohio and sold a variety of fruit-flavored soft drinks. Flavors included cherry-strawberry, grape, orange, and a fruit punch-soda called Tropical Delight. They also offered a line of cola, ginger ale, and root beer.

This one is still a popular pop of choice in the south, and it's been around in some form or another since 1937. However, it didn't become known as "Big Red" until 1969. Don't be fooled though: Despite the name and color, it's actually a cream soda.

Maybe you know this soft drink as Dr. Pibb &hellip or Mr. Pibb &hellip or Pibb Xtra. The pepper-y soda was renamed and reformulated more times than we can count, but its original purpose was to compete against Dr. Pepper. The original test markets were even in Waco, which &mdash in addition to being Chip and Joanna Gaines' home &mdash is home to Dr. Pepper.

The campaign behind this citrus-flavored soda was like the original "how do you crack your pistachios?!" shtick. That is to say, its slogan was "Rondo, The Thirst Crusher," and commercials featured people crushing their cans every which way.

Every kid has dropped Life Savers into soda at some point in their life, but only kids of the early '80s were able to try life Life Savers-flavored soda. Get that disgusting mint flavor out of your head: The drinks were meant to taste like the fruity variety.

Before Snapple became your favorite brand of bottled iced tea (and your favorite way to learn useless facts), the company had a line of sodas. This root beer set itself apart from others with a clear look, light carbonation, and less sweetness.

Slice was what you sipped on when you wanted to convince yourself the soda you were drinking was semi-healthy: It was 10 percent fruit juice.

This was the product of Coca-Cola's midlife crisis, when the company announced it was completely scrapping its old formula. It was sweeter, newer, and a giant mistake. Diehard fans missed the old formula, which Coca-Cola soon brought back as Coke Classic.

You've had soda-flavored gum, but what about gum-flavored soda? Yes, kids in the late '80s had the distinct pleasure of rotting their teeth the lazy way &mdash drinking a pop &mdashif chewing gum was too much work.

We could think of a hundred catchier names for this ginger ale soda, since "gold" didn't even accurately describe the reddish-caramel hue. Those who tried 7-Up Gold loved it, but the general public had trouble accepting the stuff since it went against classic 7-Up's two biggest features: that clear color and the lack of caffeine (Gold included it).

As we've learned, all good sodas are born out of rivalry, and Mountain Dew Sport is no different. It was introduced to compete with Gatorade as a Mountain Dew-flavored sports drink.

This was actually a bunch of flavors (see what they did there?) meant to capture the taste of summer. Packs came with a bottle each of Strawberry Burst, Tropical Chill, and Raging Raspberry. Does it feel like summer yet?

Though the brand was introduced a few years earlier, it really hit its stride at the turn of the decade. Throughout the '90s, the flavored sparkling water scored product placement in literally every big show on TV, including Sex and the City, Seinfeld, Friends, and Dawson's Creek.

The classy word "cooler" (as in "wine cooler") didn't always exist. So when you wanted a Zima &mdash a spiked soda with about 5 percent alcohol &mdash you would just ask for an "alcopop."

This clear pop was nothing more than a slightly sweeter, caffeine-free version of the Pepsi people knew and loved. Poor sales led to an early demise (it was on the market for less than two years), but America's nostalgia-backed plea earned it a rerelease in 2016.

Before Monster and Red Bull became the bane of every frat house's existence, there was Josta. The high-energy soft drink boasted not only caffeine but guarana, too &mdash a plant whose seeds contain about twice the concentration of caffeine found in coffee seeds.

You might recognize this better by its current name, Fanta Citrus. But originally, the grapefruit-flavored soft drink was called Citra. You can't get it in the U.S. any more, but rumor has it the soda moved to India shortly after it was discontinued here.

The folks who brought us Clearly Canadian decided to test out another product in 1997, which didn't quite land the way they hoped. Orbitz was one of those things that everyone had to try &mdash but then quickly realized how terrible it actually was. Its selling point was tiny edible balls that floated around inside the bottle, making it all seem very futuristic. Clearly Canadian decided to capitalize off of the current 90's nostalgia trend and re-introduced Orbitz to a new generation back in 2015.

'90s kids have the Pepsi-Coke rivalry to thank for this citrus-flavored soda. If the super-subtle neon burst logo wasn't enough of a clue, Coca Cola's Surge (which debuted a year earlier in Norway as Urge) was advertised as having a hardcore edge, just like Pepsi's Mountain Dew was at the time.

You could ask for a lemon wedge alongside your can of Pepsi or you could reach for a Pepsi Twist, which is just a regular Pepsi with &mdash you guessed it &mdash a twist of lemon (or a squeeze of lemon flavoring).

Mountain Dew blew everyone's minds when it came out with this bright red drink. In the U.S. it was cherry-flavored, but in New Zealand and Australia it had a berry taste.

Nowadays, you'd have to fly to Indonesia or the Philippines to sip this Pepsi spin-off, but in the early 2000's it was the berry-flavored soda of everyone's dreams &mdash even Britney Spears, who starred in a Christmas commercial for the soft drink.

Don't be fooled by the photo: This wasn't just 7-up cans turned upside down. It was the popular soda's complete opposite. Instead of a caffeine-free clear drink in a clear bottle, dnL was a citrus-y caffeinated green drink in a clear bottle. (You can roll your eyes now.)

Because Halloween candy isn't enough, Mountain Dew released this Halloween-inspired soda. To the disappointment of people everywhere, it wasn't actually pitch black but a dark purple, with a grape flavor.

Classic Coke already has small amounts of vanilla, but in the 1940s, soda fountain workers would often request an extra "shot" in their fountain soda. That's what inspired this canned version.

Oh, you thought Starbucks kicked off the holiday drink craze? No, no. Pepsi had it covered in the mid-2000s with this cinnamon-based soft drink. In subsequent years, you could find it on the shelves as Christmas Pepsi.