Friday, September 9, 2011

McDonald's orange drink

Can we talk about McDonald's orange drink please?

As kids, we rarely went to McDonald's, but when we did, we sure didn't get pop or milk. We got ... this stuff, which was non-carbonated and had a not-quite-juice-but-not-quite-pop flavor to it. It was almost...mediciney?

The Urban Dictionary definition doesn't mince words: "A fantastic, almost magical drink supplied by McDonald's for public functions. Usually indicative of a long, drawn out, poorly prepared and funded school event (orange drink=suck). It tastes like orange, but only not really. More like you mixed frozen orange juice, rain water, and paid a hobo a Twinkie to piss in it."

Yes! It was totally served often as weird church or school group events, often in a big cooler with a spigot and teeny little McDonald's cups.

Apparently it no longer exists, and there is a Facebook page begging for its return. Wikipedia says it was "replaced with Hi-C Orange Lavaburst in some areas."

I know some of you remember this. Should they bring it back, or is it better off dead?

5 comments:

Elizabeth said...

I just took my third pregnancy diabetes test (for my third baby), and each time that drink they make you drink tastes EXACTLY like the McDonalds orange drink. Not that I miss it, or want it back in any way, but ... yeah, I remember the "flavor."

Brian said...

Our local McDonald's used to serve it to kids for free... but that was back in the day when their only seating was folding chairs. Can't imagine anybody wanting this stuff back...

@Elizabeth: My daughter just had a baby, and she talked about having to drink this "really gross" stuff for her diabetes tests. Probably the same thing. Congrats, BTW.

Dimestore Lipstick said...

We have a retail store operated by a food service company, and they sell the concentrate for the "waterfall-style" drink machines. My husband buys the orange flavor because it tastes just like the old-style McD's orange drink. I always thought the stuff was gross, but my mom would order it for us. Dad, on the other hand, would order the root beer out of the wooden barrel. I suppose that barrel had gone by the wayside by the time you youngsters came up, though...

Anonymous said...

McDonalds used to give our Boy Scout troop industrial-sized jugs of orange drink concentrate for our campouts.

Anonymous said...

I used to be a camp counselor for summer Cub Scouts Day Camp and we'd go every morning to McDonalds in St. Cloud MN and pick up the coolers, juice and cups. We called it Orange-acide or something horrible like that (which always makes me think of Jim Jones.)