We were watching a show last night that had been pre-recorded, called The Food That Built America. This particular episode was called Cola Wars and told the tale of the decades long competition between Coke and Pepsi.
Perfect topic - pop, soda, soft drinks, whatever you happen to call it.
I was a heavy kid, let's just get that out of the way. This was due to the fact that nothing was restricted. I was able to eat any quantity of food I wished, drink whatever I desired, and nobody took me aside and told me not to. There was always junk food in the house, and I spent a great deal of time at "the farm" where there was always a try of Chelsea buns and pie and maple syrup and pop. Cases and cases of pop. Alas, I cannot go back in time and change those facts, but it does mean I have a lot of memories of pop.
I spent a bit part of my youth trying not to cut my fingers on these. Do you remember these openings in pop cans?
But nothing tasted better than an ice cold coke in a glass bottle from the cooler at Kitchings Marketeria.
Do any of you remember Pop Shoppe Pop? You could get all kinds of hideous flavours like grape or cream soda and then you could return the bottles. It was actually very environmentally friendly - before its time.source
If I could vote for the worst flavours of pop, I would nominate Dr. Pepper and anything cherry flavoured. I'm pretty sure Dr. Pepper was developed by tossing together the dregs from the bottoms of the vats of other pops, perhaps cola, cream soda, and something cherry.
A friend of mine used to drink this stuff. Ughhh, it could also have been nominated for worst pop.source
I grew up in the 70's when diet pop became all the rage. I can almost conjure up the taste of Tab in my mind!
My father bravely gave up alcohol when I was in my early teen years. He replaced one vice with another and drank a great deal of pop. He described it as black pop, orange pop, red pop, or white pop (cola, orange soda, cream soda, or something like Sprite or 7-Up).
Thankfully I do not drink much pop these days. I am not good with caffeine besides my one cup of coffee in the morning. But if I could indulge, I would say I enjoy Coca Cola (ice cold, please), Diet Pepsi (far superior to Diet Coke), or every once in a while, rootbeer (again, must be ice cold). I'm not big on gingerale, or any similar "white pop". The only foods that I think go perfectly with some type of cola are burgers and pizza, but even then I don't always (again - the caffeine, and yes, the sugar content, but then, what the heck, I'm eating burgers and pizza!).
Now let's proceed with the discussion topics.
1. Did you drink much pop as a child, or were you raised in a far more health conscious family than mine?
2. Do you have a favourite pop now?
3. Are there certain foods that just seem to require a nice cold soda for you?
4. What would you nominate for worst flavour of soda pop?
Please join in the discussion, and welcome to any new contributors out there!