Saturday, October 13, 2018

Pacific Pop

Fall weather has arrived in the Midwest.  But just a few days ago, the temperature was in the 90's which is WAY too hot for October.  And now, we're in the 50's with rain.  When I got this Monster Pacific Punch can, the theme was appropriate.  But now one may look back on the balmy days of last weekend and wish they were on a Pacific island away from this gloomy, dreary weather.  But not me, I love this!!!

But I'll feature this can anyway.  One side of the can has a little story about the drink, claiming the flavor is as deep and wide as the Pacific Ocean.  That's big flavor.

Also on that side of the can there's a nice graphic of a sailing ship and a large anchor, very "oceany."  On the other side is a mermaid and shark, which I believe is the first can in my collection to feature a mermaid.  Or a shark.

Last weekend when I got the can, we also used some Calypso Sands scented wax cubes in our wax burner to give the house an island-smelling atmosphere.

Oh, but that was last week.  This weekend is jackets and umbrellas.  Do they make a wet leaf scent for wax burners?


Saturday, October 6, 2018

There's Passion In My Collection

I've posted about short road trips to Evansville, IN, before and the cans I did and didn't find.  Here is another such post.

I just got back from scouring the Evansville flea markets and antique malls and was surprised to see so many soda cans today.  I already have most of them, but there were a few I didn't have.  But at $5-$10 each, I just couldn't pay that for another Coca-Can with just a local ad on it.  Or a $10 soda can from another country.  And then I saw a can sitting on a shelf that jumped right out and said, "Buy me" and I said, "Ok!"

The can was a straight steel, pull top can of Purple Passion.  The Purple Passion I've heard of is alcoholic, but this can clearly states it's a "blended berry soda."  The best part was I had never heard of or seen this can before.  A rare find for me.

I cautiously turned the can over to see how much it was and to my surprise it was only $2.50.  SOLD!!

It's clearly from the 1970's.  I've found several sources online that list it from 1970-1975, so it was possibly one of those soda brands that stuck around for a few years and just never changed it's design.  

This picture doesn't do the can's colors justice.  In real life it's bright and vibrant, almost like something Jimi Hendrix would have requested backstage at his concerts.  Along the seam it says "By Canada Dry Corporation," so it was a specialty flavor of that brand.

The passion for collecting really returned today when I saw this can.  It's the first one I've bought in a while, but I'm sure it won't be the last.

Monday, October 1, 2018

Slim Mist

I was hard at work today when a co-worker came into my office with this slim Sierra Mist can.  It was still cold, had icy water drops sliding down the side of the awesomely green/yellow ombre can.

I wanted to pop it open and pour it down my gullet, but I had just eaten and was full.  So now it sits in my fridge at home waiting for a thirsty moment to arise.

And it's made with real sugar, so I know it's gonna be good.


Saturday, September 22, 2018

End of Summer

Today is the first day of fall.  And here in the Midwest the clouds moved in, delivering a cold rain and leaving chilly temps behind.

But before I mention a summer can, I will tell of my trip to a local antique mall today.  As usual, I didn't see many soda cans at all.  And I'm pretty sure I already have the ones I did see.  But there were plenty of bottles to be found...


I did find some non-alcoholic O'Doul's cans, but they were in the shape of an old car.


So I chose to mention the Red Bull Summer Edition can a co-worker brought to me last week.  I posted in July 2014 about the first Summer Edition can Red Bull released.  Since then I've collected a few others, but there are just too many brands and collections to keep up with.

Although the website lists the Summer Edition to be Coconut Twist flavor, this one is Coconut Berry, which sounds absolutely terrible to me since I don't like coconut flavor.  But I like the matte white finish over the silver of the can.  It's a great-looking can for such a bad-sounding flavor.

Oh, and I welcome fall!!!!

Saturday, September 8, 2018

Dews and Don'ts

Today's post will feature some recent citrus drink cans I've collected...


We'll start with the "real" one, the Mtn Dew Ice.  I didn't drink this, someone else did and gave the can to me.  But it appears to be their version of 7Up or Sprite.  The website says it's a clear, refreshing drink.  I'll have to take their word for it.











Next up is the Wal-Mart brand version of Mtn Dew called Mountain Lightning.  Again, someone else drank this and gave the empty can to me.  Most cheaper sodas with "Mountain" in the name are obvious clones of Mtn Dew, so that's how I'm classifying this one.












And finally we have a Big K branded soda called Citrus Drop.  I found this can on the side of the road, so the colors are a bit faded and the can needed cleaned up.  Big K used to have a flavor called "Lemon Lime," which I assume was a 7Up/Sprite clone.  But this sounds like it could also be that... or a Mtn Dew clone. 









Three cans, three different brands, from three different sources, yet they all seem somehow related in their flavors.  Who says we have too much choice nowadays?   :)

Monday, September 3, 2018

Guarana Antarctica

I got this can a couple of years ago from a lady who used to live in Brazil.  And it's about time to pop it open and taste it!

After a Google search, this is a Guarana-flavored soft drink with a mild apple flavor and berry aftertaste.










So what is a Guarana?  After another Google search I learned it's a climbing plant in the maple family whose fruit seed is about the size of a coffee bean... with about twice the caffeine as a coffee bean.




This drink was created in 1921 and is still going strong today.  An energy drink from yesteryear.

Sunday, August 26, 2018

Fresh Faces

To celebrate more than thirty years of hip-hop music, Sprite has released its "Fresh Faces Series" cans available only this summer.

I got my hands on one of the six cans in the set.  They are 16 oz cans and feature a cool green brick wall in the background.  The gold band at the top is a nice touch, too.

The can I have is the one that lists the five artists being highlighted.  But the coolest cans are the other five, each showing one of the artists in the set.

You can read more about the promotion here