Friday, March 11, 2011
Funky Food Friday: Slice soda
Turns out we were a little behind. Slice came out in 1984 from Pepsi. I swear the flavor I remember is pear flavor, but doubted myself when I didn't see it listed in the flavor list. But now I see on Wikipedia that the original flavor was considered to be a mix of lemon-lime and pear, so apparently only the "pear" taste stuck in my brain.
Shortly afterwards, Slice went to town on flavors, if the town was Fruitopolis. Strawberry, orange, grape, passionfruit, peach, mandarin orange, apple...if you could find it in the produce section, they could liquify it.
But apparently that wasn't what the guzzling public wanted. Says Wikipedia:
"In the summer of 2000, lemon-lime Slice was replaced in most markets by Sierra Mist, which became a national brand in 2003. The rest of the Slice line was replaced in most markets by Tropicana Twister Soda in the summer of 2005, although the Dr. Slice variety can still be found in some fountains. In early 2006, Pepsi resurrected the Slice name for a new line of diet soda called Slice ONE. Marketed exclusively at Wal-Mart stores, Slice ONE was available in orange, grape and berry flavors, all sweetened with Splenda."
Wow. Who knew? I guess I assumed it was still around, in grocery stores and gas stations, but I just never looked for it.
Were you ever a Slice fan?