Saturday, August 27, 2016

A Birthday and a Mall

Today was a long day.  But let's skip to the good parts.  At a birthday party this morning, I was able to snag two cans I didn't have.


One was a Pepsi ad can for Raging Rivers, a water park in the area.  The other was a Sprite can with lyrics.  I've been having a hard enough time keeping track of Coca-Cola and Diet Coke lyric cans, now there are Sprite cans too.

After the party I met up with a different group and we checked out a large antique mall just across the River.


That's where I found this 50th anniversary special edition American Can can from 1984 for $2.50.  I have a few other special edition cans like this.  And it had an interesting pull-tab top on it.


A little while later I found a Diet Coke can I don't have.  But I really didn't want it.  I left the hip can with headphones and sunglasses there.  Maybe next time, haha.


Saturday, August 20, 2016

Louisville, KY

I just got back from spending a couple of days in the Louisville, KY, area.  There are a lot of flea markets and antique stores and junk shops there so we made time to visit a few.  Of course I was watching for any cans I didn't have.

As usual, there weren't many soda cans to choose from among the many bottles and beer cans.  It wasn't until a HUGE store called the Peddlers Mall that I finally saw some cans.  And these weren't old, rare, collectible cans, these were new ones that came from the store's grocery area.

The Peddlers Mall grocery area

I found a Vimto fizzy drink (which the can says is "suitable for vegetarians"), a Kombucha Wonder drink, and a Polar lemon-flavored seltzer.

These were some interesting finds in the middle of the USA.  The Vimto can is from the UK.  I knew it wasn't from here when I saw it because of the can's size, it's 330 mL.  When I got home I looked  in my collection and the only other Vimto I have has some kind of middle eastern writing on it.  As far as the Nutrition Facts info, which is required on all food items in the USA, it's just a sticker which must be enough to make it ready to sell in America.

Older Vimto can

And the can of Wonder drink is interesting.  Kombucha is some kind of slightly fermented tea that supposedly has some health benefits.  This particular can comes from Portland, Oregon, which explains why the print is in English and French.


The total for all three cans was less than $.60 so I'm not expecting a lot of great taste.  I'll save the Polar seltzer water to drink last.  It sounds like my pallet may need a good cleansing after trying the other two.  :)

Saturday, August 13, 2016

Three Cheers for the Collection!

One of the cans that was brought back to me from West Virginia last month was a Cheerwine (pictured on the right).  The front of the can is the same design as the can I already had in my collection (pictured on the left), but the back of the new can advertised a documentary series on the Cheerwine website featuring "local legends," people that have made a difference in communities but aren't well-known outside of those communities.

older design
The only other Cheerwine design I have is a slightly older design that I received from a trade or purchase (pictured on the left).

And to conclude this Cheerwine post, I was recently given something else... a bottle of Cheerwine Kreme.  Yes, it's Cheerwine soda with the flavor of a Krispy Kreme donut.  It's only available in a limited market but it can be ordered online.

The person who gave it to me said it's really good.  It sounds super-sweet to me, but I'll try it soon and see if it deserves the praise it's been getting.

Unfortunately, it's not available in cans.  Yet.


Saturday, August 6, 2016

Amish Store

There is an Amish community in our area and they have a store where you can buy homemade furniture, crafts, and food items.  None of my family had ever been to the store, so last weekend my parents decided to make the drive and check it out.  And they invited me to go along.
 

We found the store and sure enough, there was furniture, crafts, and food for sale.  I expected homegrown foods and garden items, but it was more like a regular grocery store but with a lot of variety of things you can't buy at Walmart or Target.


The only brand of soda I saw was Waist Watchers.  I have a couple of older Waist Watcher cans, but didn't know they still made it.  My dad saw this Diet Vanilla Cream flavor and picked up a 6-pack.  I told him to make sure he saves one of the cans for me!!!

The older cans were interesting because each one showed a different exercise to help you lose weight and stay in shape.












These are the two older cans in my collection.  I also have a newer Diet Root Beer can that came in some can lot I bought. 

This brand stands out in my mind.  I'm familiar with the famous Weight Watchers, but this is Waist Watchers.  And yes, I have quit a few Weight Watchers cans too, but that's a story for a different post.

Saturday, July 30, 2016

WV Trip 2016

In the past few years I've written a few posts about the annual trip to West Virginia to visit family and the cans I got on those trips.  I didn't go this year, but that doesn't mean I didn't get cans from there.


Other relatives still went and brought back these cans.  Apparently Kroger is popular there, as five of the seven cans are Big K (Kroger) brand.

One can is an Ale 8 can.  I posted about Ale 8 five years ago.  This can has a newer design than the ones that are in my collection.

And the final can is a Cheerwine can.  I recently heard some news regarding Cheerwine and Krispy Kreme donuts, but I'll save that for another post.

Another summer, more cans from WV.

Saturday, July 23, 2016

Kroger Pun

Someone came over to my house last week and brought this Kroger can.  My eyes were immediately drawn to the old-time photo around the top of the can.  You don't see photos like that on cans very often.  I was impressed.

And then I noticed the name... The Fizzicist.  Haha, that's a great pun!!

On the side of the can is a thrilling and compelling story about the
high quality and good prices of American food and drinks from the late 1800's.

I give the can design of this "cheap" brand an A+.

Saturday, July 16, 2016

The Return of Crystal Pepsi

I don't often have a good reason to take pictures of my one and only Crystal Pepsi can, but with the recent news that Pepsi is re-releasing the brand, this was the perfect opportunity.

After proving successful in test markets in 1992, Crystal Pepsi began to sell in the USA the following year.  After a successful launch, sales dropped quickly and by 1994 the final batches had been delivered to retailers.

In March 2015, an online campaign launched to bring back Crystal Pepsi.  After a few promotional stunts, Pepsi announced last month that the brand would be re-released in Canada this month and the USA in August.

What's interesting to me is the 90's version was caffeine free, yet the new reformulated version will have caffeine. With or without caffeine, it's the "clear" that draws people to this traditionally dark cola.  And if you're eager to drink it again, or try it for the first time, be quick.  It will only be available for eight weeks.  And then it goes back to the Pepsi Vault.