If you thought Tang was invented by NASA, you weren't alone. Many thought so after John Glenn conducted experiments with it while in orbit in 1962. Tang was actually developed in 1957 but only skyrocketed into popularity—and became a pantry staple—by the 1960s and 70s.
Shasta has been around since the 1920s producing it's first soft drink in 1931. It began producing flavors in cans in the 1950s and became a well-known brand in the 1960s and 1970s with the catchphrase: "Shasta! It hasta be Shasta!"
While it was introduced as early as 1948, Quik didn't garner its popularity until the 1970s.
Created by the Coca-Cola Company in 1963, Tab was fairly popular throughout the 1960s and 1970s. Several variations in more recent years included Tab Clear, Tab X-Tra and a caffeine-free version.
Yoo-hoo originated in the 1920s, but its 1950s and 60s Yogi Berra and New York Yankees advertising campaigns propelled it into mainstream popularity in the 1970s. And today, it still enjoys a prominent spot on store shelves.
A lemon-lime-flavored soft drink produced by Pepsi-Cola in 1964 to rival 7 Up and Sprite, Teem was eventually replaced by the soda known as "Slice."
Mello Yello citrus-flavored soft drink was created by Coca-Cola in 1979 to compete with Pepsi's Mountain Dew. It became widly popular throught the 1980s, but it has yet to usurp Mountain Dew's throne.
The Red Bull of the 80s, Jolt Cola was created in 1985 as a highly caffeinated cola targeted to students and young professionals.
Ecto-Cooler was a Hi-C flavor launched shortly after "The Real Ghostbusters" animated series. It featured Ghostbusters character Slimer before vaporizing in history books in 1997.
Slice was introduced in 1984 replacing the popular 1970s soda Teem.
New York Seltzer was a carbonated soda claiming to be made from natural flavors and colors. It was produced from 1981 to the early 1990s and offered a fresh take on soda-like beverages.
Squeezits were wildly popular among the elementary-age set in the 1980s and 1990s. The fruit-flavored soft drink was marketed from the mid-1980s until the middle of 2001.
Oh yeah! Kids love something they can twist the cap off and squeeze into their mouths—or all over their friends. Even though Kool-Aid has been around since the 1950s, Bursts are best remembered from the 1990s.
In 1996, Coca-Cola started production on Surge, using the catchphrases: "Feed the Rush" and "Life's a Scream." It was a favorite of sports enthusiasts and teenagers alike. Surge's high levels of caffeine and sugar led to the product being banned from school vending machines.
Crystal Pepsi was a caffeine-free soft drink made by PepsiCo from 1992 to 1993 in Canada and the United States. The flavor was confusing for consumers—was it supposed to be citrus flavored or taste like Pepsi? Either way, it didn't last for very long.
Introduced into the market in 1987, Clearly Canadian soft drinks became a favorite of the 1990s and is fondly remember by baby-boomers and Generations X and Y.
Orbitz was a non-carbonated, fruit-flavored beverage introduced around 1997. It was best known for the small edible balls that floated within, similar to a lava lamp.
Snapple Elements was a popular fruit drink first introduced in April of 1999. Flavor options included Earth, Fire, Sun and Rain making it the Captain Planet of fruit drinks.
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