Kool-Aid, the official beverage of your childhood, used to be a little more extreme back in the day. It wasn’t just tropical punch and grape—Kool-Aid offered crazy fruit concoctions fronted by crazy mascots or at least provided kids with flavors never actually found in nature. Today, we look back and savor some of our most missed Kool-Aid flavors.
7 – Rock-a-Dile Red
The 1990s were notorious for many reasons, one of the top ones being the insane amount of character mascots touting food and beverage products. Kool-Aid already had the Kool-Aid Man, but that didn’t stop them from breaking out a bunch of beloved, but unusual, secondary mascots for certain new flavors. In this case, the Rock-a-Dile Red flavor featured the Rock-a-Dile, a red crocodile jazz musician whose saxophone played delicious berry notes of cherry, grape, and strawberry. It’s hard to go wrong with red Kool-Aid to begin with, but if there were ever any doubts Rock-a-Dile Red definitely secured that thought in our hearts.
UPDATE 2014! Rock-a-dile Red is available once again! If you’re in the U.S., raid all your grocery stores!
6 – Purplesaurus Rex
I hate grape Kool-Aid. I hate anything that is grape flavored—it is the devil’s work. Unless, of course, you throw in some lemons and slap a dinosaur on the packaging, in that case I am all over it. Even better: if the dinosaur is stealthily stealing a bunch of grapes from the Kool-Aid Man. Extra points!
UPDATE 2014! Purplesaurus Rex is available once again! If you’re in the U.S., raid all your grocery stores!
5 – Great Bluedini
While there have been other Kool-Aid flavors that changed colors, Great Bluedini went down in the history books as being the first advertised color-changing Kool-Aid. Great Bluedini the character was a magician octopus. Great Bluedini the beverage was blue and antifreeze flavored and thus has a pretty short life in stores.
UPDATE 2014! Great Bluedini is available once again! If you’re in the U.S., raid all your grocery stores!
4 – Incrediberry
Another delicious red Kool-Aid, Incrediberry is a concoction of strawberries and raspberries, fronted by a happy, yet disturbing mascot. The Incrediberry blob is just that—a blob of Kool-Aid that no glass could contain. It looks goopy and blobby and all around unsettling as it soars through the sky. The packet touts that it’s “super fruity” and that it changes color when mixed with water—starting out yellow and transforming into another glorious red beverage.
3 – Pink Swimmingo
Donning Bermuda shorts, sunglasses, a backwards hat, and binoculars, the Pink Swimmingo is a frazzled tourist flamingo whose flavor was also produced under the less exciting moniker of Watermelon-Cherry. Falling under the realm of red Kool-Aids with an unusual combination of fruit flavors, Pink Swimmingo was right up there with another favorite—Sharkleberry Fin—but tasted a bit too much like regular old cherry to make it into shark-quality territory.
UPDATE 2014! Pink Swimmingo is available once again! If you’re in the U.S., raid all your grocery stores!
2 – Sharkleberry Fin
There are pink sharks advertising this beverage. Pink. Sharks. Do I need to write up a whole paragraph on that? Just in case—strawberries, oranges, and bananas on their own aren’t all that bad. But when they team up, they will wreak havoc on your tastebuds—in a totally pleasant way. Crystal Lite makes a Strawberry Orange Banana flavor that could pass as an aspartamed-up version of Sharkleberry Fin. Not unpleasant, but not as awesome as the original. A fine beverage either way, though.
UPDATE 2014! Sharkleberry Fin is available once again! If you’re in the U.S., raid all your grocery stores!
1 – Berry Blue (later: Ice Blue)
It seems unlikely, but adding lemons to anything makes that first thing 75% tastier. We saw how lemons worked their magic earlier on in the list by teaming up with grapes for Purplesaurus Rex. And here they are again to team up with blue raspberries for the best Kool-Aid flavor in (non) existence—Berry Blue. Thanks to the ill effects of windshield wiper fluid on small children, Berry Blue was discontinued for many years. It’s a common parenting flub to keep windshield wiper fluid in a smiling Kool-Aid Man pitcher in the front of the fridge, so I suppose it is understandable.
The flavor did make a triumphant comeback in the late 1990s as Ice Blue, part of the Island Twists line, and is still available in supermarkets today. I’m glad I could give this article a happy ending.
Did we miss your favorite Kool-Aid flavor? Let us know about it in the comments!