Top 12 Discontinued Sodas and Soft Drinks From the 1980s, 1990s, and Early 2000s

Wednesday, March 13th, 2013

8. Life Savers (1995)

During the mid-’90s, fruit-flavored beverages such as Fruitopia were all the rage, and Life Savers tried to hop on that bandwagon by introducing a line of non-carbonated drinks in 1995. The only difference is that Fruitopia and Snapple marketed themselves as healthy alternatives to soda, while Life Savers drinks were ostensibly liquid candy. Which they were, but still. ‘Mericans might have horrible eating and drinking habits, but we at least like to fool ourselves into thinking we’re occasionally making healthy choices.

Life Savers drink

7. Coca-Cola Black Cherry Vanilla (2006 – 2007)

I’m not much of a soda drinker, but when I drink soda, I like cherry or vanilla cola. This was the best of both worlds. Damn it, now I need to buy two bottles of soda to mix together just to try to recreate this short-lived drink. Unfortunately, I’m not ambitious enough to do that. Oh well.

Coca-Cola Black Cherry Vanilla

6. Snapple Tru Root Beer (1983 – late ’80s)

Snapple Tru Root Beer was clear, lightly carbonated, and really tasty. It was less sweet than other root beers, but still sugary enough to give a kid a good buzz. It was also apparently just healthy enough for my mom to buy for me when Pepsi and other caffeinated, artificially colored sodas were off limits.

In 1983, Snapple launched a line of sodas that also included Cherry Lime Rickey, Creme D’Vanilla, Diet Lemon Lime, French Cherry, Ginger Ale, and Jamaican Ginger Beer, among several others. While sales were not bad, the company would launch its iced tea line in 1987 and its fruit cocktail juice drinks in 1989. These drinks would begin to define the company’s borderline health-conscious image, and the sodas were eventually phased out.

Snapple Tru Root Beer

5. Apple Slice (1986)

Slice, the precursor to Sierra Mist, touted “10% juice” for a decade, from its introduction in 1984 until 1994. While I’m not so sure that was a real selling point — I mean, if you want some damn juice, just drink some juice — it was a lighter, slightly less sweet alternative to 7up and Sprite. And unlike those sodas, it came in a variety of flavors.

Apple Slice was actually PepsiCo’s replacement for Aspen, an apple-flavored soda sold between 1978 and 1982. Apple Slice lasted for an even shorter time period, and has since not been replaced or reintroduced, despite the limited market return of the Slice brand in 2009.

Apple Slice soda

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  • Matt

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    • Eighties Dude

      It happened! Too bad they screwed up and only sold it on Amazon :( For way too much.

      • Matt

        Coke has only sold it on Amazon for the MSRP $14 price. That’s a little over a dollar per 16 oz can. However, the retail price on Amazon is only accessible through Prime Pantry right now which requires an Amazon Prime account. This isn’t an ideal situation as we have posted in detail, but it is something we support because SURGE revival is still progressing and it offers another form of accessibility. Here is the link to SURGE on Prime Pantry:

        That is not the exciting news though– be checking into the SURGE Movement on Facebook today. We are about to announce a huge update.

        Source: I’m one of three SURGE Movement admins and have literally worked my ass off on this every day.

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    • Benjamin Eugene NElson

      I”m diabetic, sorry.

      • Sergio Arroyo

        not our fault

        • TokenMixedGirl

          I shouldn’t have laughed at that as hard as I did. It was involuntary.

    • Eighties Dude

      It worked!

    • Duncan Fisher

      I’m in Norway, and it never went off the markets here ;) Hope it comes back in the U.S.!

  • noidddd

    Jolt Cola still exists.

  • aj

    I want vanilla coke back on the market. Sucks it was just a limited edition thing.

  • Sondra

    I don’t care what this thing says I loved Crystal Pepsi! I was crazy I found this because we were just talking about it and Jolt last week!!!

  • Craig Simoes

    just refreshing waiting for it to come back in stock!

  • Brandon Burns

    How dare you spout your ill tongue and disease the amazing name of Pepsi Blue!

  • adfasfsdfa

    Shut up

  • Jessica

    hey I was little kid in the late 90’s! I remember Pepsi blue’., grrr not avail in U.S. nor is M&MS crisp’., bunch of stinkers’., Nestel chocolate balls.., miss them I was a little eating’., them 3-5 years old., man wish they ‘d be a come back Nestle chocolate bar’., again I was a 2000’s kid!! yes I remember some things coming out when I was preschool-1st grade’.,

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  • Insaneindamembwane

    I miss Pineapple Slice soda.

  • Insaneindamembwane

    You forgot New York Seltzer soda. God those were good.

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