Okay, I dunno if any of you remember your soda brand history, but Fruitopia was this juice company of the late 1990s. They were apart of the Coca Cola company, but were phased out of the US in 2001 to be replaced by Minute Maid. (Although, according to their wikipedia page, they're still available in other countries like Canada and Australia). Based on most of the front page websites I found on this, people didn't like Fruitopia because the commercials have a hippy, carefree feel to them, even though it was all through the blood-sucking Coca cola cooperation.
Why do you care?
Anyway, while it was around, Fruitopia was my favorite juice drink to buy. They had the basic flavors... strawberry (ehk) grape (ehh) fruit punch (uhh) and pink lemonade (hmm). But they didn't have these boring names... they had hip, groovy names that made them sound sooo much cooler. My favorite was one of the last flavors I saw them make, a kiwiberry rucas. I remember I first got it when my family stopped at a gas station in a desert on a vacation road trip, and it was all they had juice wise (I hate carbonated soda, so that limits my choices). It was weird, because it was bright apple green, but had this sweet Kiwi-ish (I assume) flavor that was unlike anything else I can remember. I liked it, and I continued to buy the brand even when I got back home. I even tried their latest flavor, who's name escapes me, but it was colored blue. Normally I'm not one for blue colored... uh, stuff, and it wasn't an exceptionally good flavor, but I still tried it.
Why do I post this now?
Well, I religiously bought this soft drink until stores stopped selling it. Then, suddenly, I was out of something to drink at lunch. I've jumped around through other brands, but none offer quite the same taste as found in that one flavor. But, hey, there's nothing I can do, so I have to just suck it up and learn to like water.
Why did you read this far? Especially since the questions included foreshadowed the fact that this entry was going nowhere.
In conclusion, I was curious about the fate of my favorite soft drink, and just did a bit of research on it today, and thus realized that it's gone forever. And I never even found a reference to kiwiberry rucas.
Another soft drink that I used to like was Countrytime Lemonade. In Colorado, back a decade ago, I used to be able to find canned versions of the juice. Since I've moved to Washington, I've never seen it sold in a can anywhere near where I live. It still comes as a powder... but who uses powdered juices outside backpacking trips? I think the only time I've seen it in a can would be when I went on a short vacation to British Columbia. Canada must have a thing with classic juice drinks.
Why did I post this entry?
Good question. (But I feel this side humor kinda made up for it)