Monday, September 29, 2008

The History of Coca Cola Prices

There really IS a written History of Coca Cola Prices! I thought Grandpa was just bluffing when he said he was able to buy a Hot Dog and a Coke for a Quarter...but he wasn't! (he WAS bluffing about killing a Kodiak Bear with his bear hands, mind you...) covers the pricing of Coca Cola and Pepsi HERE.
They also give you some other sources for reading up on the 'Cola Wars'.
While they mention many sources that we have quoted here, they do NOT list the very famous Coke vs. Pepsi lens! The nerve!

Based on advertisements in the Daily Record (a Morristown, NJ newspaper) over the years, Pepsi and Coca Cola prices look like this:

[1942] Pepsi .05/bottle
[1944] Coca Cola, .05/bottle
[1945] Pepsi, .23/six 12 ounce bottles
[1972] Pepsi, .69/six-pack 12 oz cans
[1974] Pepsi Cola, .88/6 12oz cans
[1982] Coke, .99/1 litre bottle
[1985] Pepsi, .89/2 litre bottle
[1992] Coke, 6.98/two 12-packs 12 oz cans
[1994] Coca Cola, 3.99/two "12" packs
[1995] Coca Cola, .59-.99/2 litre bottle
[2002] Coca Cola .99/2 litre bottle
[2005] Coca Cola, 1.09/2 litre bottle

Wild stuff, huh?

I'd like all of you Grandma's and Grandpa's to comment this blog with your earliest memory of the cost of a Coca Cola. Or a Pepsi.

Good Drinking!

Tuesday, September 23, 2008

Obama, McCain, Pocket Knives and Drinking Your Vote

Do Obama and McCain carry pocket knives? A friend sent me a really funny article he had written comparing Obama and McCain to these mini weapons. You can read it here.

It reminded me that you can still combine your love of drinking soda and your love of discussing politics to Drink Your Vote between now and November 4th.

The more cans of Barak Obama Cola and John McCain Cola you discreetly leave lying around, the more you are spreading the word in a unique way. (Try to do it without polluting this blue marble we live on!)

Can't decide? You can read up on the two great tastes of campaign cola here.

Want something that doesn't coincide with the taste of most Americans? How about Hillary Clinton Cola?! Perfect for the Feminists who don't like Sara Palin!

Or the very obscure flavor of Ron Paul Cola! Like the candidate himself, most Americans don't even know that this flavor exists!

Jones Soda and I invite you to drink the Cola that supports the Presidential Candidate that you think will WhoopAss this November.

Show your support! Drink a toast to your Presidential Candidate with Jones Campaign Colas!

(and remember to watch Coke and Pepsi fight it out at!)

Monday, September 22, 2008

And now, a break from Coca Cola and Pepsi

ZizZazz - 4 Great Tasting Flavors! Pomegranate Mango, Tangerine, Cherry Lime and Lemon Raspberry! Get ZizZazz NOW!

Click the above link to learn about Zizzazz!

ZizZazZ claims to be the leader in the "vitamin and energy powder mix sectors of the global stick pack industry"! Sounds exciting, huh?! I bet you can't get Coca Cola in 'stick' form! Ever buy a 'stick' of Dr. Pepper?! Of COURSE you haven't!

ZizZazZ has many new and innovative products to choose from. The flagship product, ZizZazZ Explosive Energy Mix, comes in four great tasting fruit flavors and is a low calorie, vitamin fortified energy powder which can be eaten straight from the stick like candy or mixed with water to make a great tasting energy drink.

As ZizZazZ Explosive Energy Mix has less than one gram of sugar, there is no crash that is associated with typical energy drinks. (Kinda like that little bottle of 5 hour energy. Crazy, eh?)

Other ZizZazZ innovative powder mix products include new the ZizZazZ Workout Mix, (for sports and fitness enthusiasts), a children’s mix called Kidz Zazz (which is a vitamin version that comes in five flavors that children love and contains the daily requirement of vitamins for children), a Weight Loss Mix for weight conscious consumers (drink more, eat less!) and an adult Non-Caffeinated Energy Mix for consumers who are wary or sensitive of caffeine!

All ZizZazZ products include superior ingredients, come in "stick packs". They are great tasting, healthy and above all convenient!

Buy ZizZazz HERE!

So what are you waiting for?!?
Find out what all the hoopla over Zizzazz is about!!!!!!

Tuesday, September 16, 2008

Cola Please - No More Mello Yello

Pepsi, No Ice, Lemon.
I never wanted one so badly.

I helped a friend and his family move out of state last weekend. We left at eight in the morning and drove 14 hours to the Carolinas.

After traveling almost 10 hours we stopped for gas and sodas. When I saw that the soda machine offered Mello Yello I threw my $1.25 in the machine and ordered one up.

"Mello Yello?!" my friends ask.
"Yes." I told them confidently. "I bought this Mello Yello because I can't get them in New Jersey."

That was the ah-ha moment of the 10 hour ride.
4 hours to go...

2 hours later, the puppy needed an emergency break and we stopped at a gas station.
My pal comes out with an Iced Tea for himself...and a Mello Yello for me.

"Ah...thanks!" I say. After all, it WAS hot outside.

We get to the hotel and crash.
In the morning we get breakfast.
Next to the juice machine is a soda machine.

"Hey!" his wife says. "Mello Yello! Go ahead! Have some!"
"It's ten in the monring!" I reply. "I'll have the Orange Juice."
Bad move. The juice is too thick. So what can I cut it with?

Mello Yello.
Now the heartburn is in kicking in.

We get to the house, start to unload the trucks.
The wife and daughter go out for groceries.
Little Shannon comes home with a bag behind her back and big smile for me.

"We bought you something!" she coos.

Oh God Damn...
It's a warm, 2-liter bottle of Mello Yello.
"Go on! Drink some!" she exclaims.

I'm still trying to be polite.
"Ah no. It's warm. I'll drink this cold Spri - "
"Why don't you just pour it over ice?"
"Ah...because...I don't..."
So I pour out some of my ice cold Sprite and I pour the Mello Yello into it.

I'm r-e-a-l-l-y trying to be polite.

We unload the trucks....shower...and go to dinner.
As we enter the restraunt, my phone rings. It's the wife.
I tell my friends to get us a table and I'll catch up.

As I hang up the phone, the fear over comes me.

I rush to the table, where the waiter is writing something on his pad.

"OH!" my friends's wife exclaims. "I just ordered you a Mello Yello!"

"NO!" I tell the waiter. "NO. I want a Pepsi. No Ice. Lemon. Please."

My friend's wife is quite shocked.
I just can't be polite anymore.
"I'm sorry." I gasp, settling into my chair. "I've been drinking Mello Yello for 3 days now. I need a cola."

Mmmm....Coke No Ice Lemon or Pepsi No Ice Lemon...eiother way, I am done with my infatuation with Mello Yello.

Went to lunch today. Friend ordered a Mountain Dew.
Hell with that. I got a Pepsi...
I'm not over it yet.

See the Dusty Rhodes Mello Yello Commercial on You Tube!

Friday, September 12, 2008

Andy Warhol Coca Cola

3 Coke Bottles or 100 Coke bottles?
I was looking up some information on Andy Warhol, and it turns out that his '3 Coke Bottles' silk screen was rather popular back in the day. You can buy it here at

But Wikipedia's entry on Warhol talks about a project he did called "100 Coke Bottles." The quote is/was:
Andy Warhol's first New York solo Pop exhibit was hosted at Eleanor Ward's Stable Gallery November 6-24th, 1962. The exhibit included the works "Marilyn Diptych," "100 Soup Cans," "100 Coke Bottles" and "100 Dollar Bills." At the Stable Gallery exhibit the artist met for the first time John Giorno who would star in Warhol's first film, "Sleep," in 1963.

I've tried to dig around the web-o-sphere to find the image, but cannot.
Can YOU?
If you can, please comment the blog with a link to WHERE.

I DID find a quote credited to Warhol that says:
"What's great about this country is that America started the tradition where the richest consumers buy essentially the same things as the poorest. You can be watching TV and see Coca Cola, and you know that the President drinks Coca Cola, Liz Taylor drinks Coca Cola, and just think, you can drink Coca Cola, too. A coke is a coke and no amount of money can get you a better coke than the one the bum on the corner is drinking. All the cokes are the same and all the cokes are good. Liz Taylor knows it, the President knows it, the bum knows it, and you know it."

He makes a good point, even though I am not a fan of his art.

Thursday, September 11, 2008

Kiss Pepsi Commercial on You Tube

You've got to click and view the Kiss Pepsi Commercial! It even features that little girl that shows up in the OTHER Pepsi that really good Godfather one...but this time she's got the Kiss face paint on.

She kinda' looks like a tiny Ace Frehley.

I intentionally did not say a Midget Ace Frehley. That would show a lack of class.

If you like Jammin' Guitar Heores (not the video game) go to RockGuitars on Squidoo and vote for your favorite! Then be sure to comment this post with your favorite as well!

Rock On and Drink Soda!

Thursday, September 4, 2008

Go ahead...make yourself a Soda

Today at lunch I poured myself a Coca Cola...but then threw in a touch of Root Beer.
Ah hell. Why not? Sure, it's no Pepsi...

Strange result, really:
9 parts Coca Cola and 1 part Root Beer...and the drink tasted like Root Beer.

You ever wonder How to make soda?

Burger King has all kinds of stickers on it's Soda Machines, encouraging patrons to mix-and-match flavours. (There is no way I'm mixing Pepsi with Sprite. YOU say it's like putting a lemon in your Coke. I say it's nuts. And it makes the cola look like a Stewart's Cream Soda.)

So as long as you are standing in front of the soda machine, mixing and matching your favorite concoctions...why not do it in the luxury of your own home? Wouldn't it be great to make fresh, great-tasting soda in just seconds, with no clean-up?!No more carrying, storing or recycling bottles and cans!

And I don't mean that you're stuck with some syrupy 'cola'. You can make 8 delicious diet flavors (sweetened with Splenda®) as well as a variety of regular flavors that STILL have two-thirds less sugar than store bought brands! (Sorry, Jolt. Move over, Mountain Dew.)

There are 27 flavours en total.
That's a LOT of soda to choose from!

I used to think you'd need a 50 gallon drum and a giant hose to make your own soda.
(Come on! EVERY kid dreams of making his own soda!)
But I'm wrong. This little machine sits right on your counter top!

In the right hand margin of this blog is a video that demonstrates the Soda Club Soda Maker.
Don't take MY word for it! Click the video and see for yourself.
(Cah MAHN! It's 30 seconds. You don't have 30 more seconds to kill?!)

You've always wondered how to make soda.
Now click the link below and see how EASY and DELICIOUS it would be...

Go ahead. Make yourself a soda!

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Wednesday, September 3, 2008

The Color of Money is not Purple

Last month I wrote about a new beverage company called Purple. It features Marketing Executives and other Brain Powers from Coca Cola, Pepsi and Red Bull.

The paperwork I had received on Purple touted it as the next super beverage company, and insisted I buy the stock now while it was still affordable.

At the time of my post, the stock was trading at about $1.25 a share.

Unfortunately, the marketing they did to promote the stock didn't pay off.
As of today, the stock trades at roughly 50 cents a share.
In fact, looking at a historical chart, the stock peaked in April at a little over $3.00 a share...and has been steadily declining ever since.

This is not to say that SALES have been tanking. In fact, last week Try-It distributing took on the Purple beverage as it's latest ware to offer. WHO?! "Try-It", the Coca Cola rival who distributes such lines as AriZona Teas, Jolt Cola, and Jones well as others...exclusively in the Buffalo, NY region.

And 1 week prior to THAT, Purple got Mesa Beverage to offer the line in Northern California.
WHO?! "Mesa Beverage", the Northern California distributor for MillerCoors, Corona and well as several other lines that are NOT tasty beers!

According to a recent press release, Purple's revenue this quarter is up 5 fold over last quarter.
However, they are talking about how happy they are that their quarterly losses have DROPPED...not how great their profits have increased.

Sure, all beverage companies need a chance to get National and get loved to death.
Pepsi Cola didn't light the world on fire overnight.
But they also have to be careful how they push their P.R.

When I think about Purple, I don't think about this great beverage that will make you healthier and smarter. I think of a company that said their stock will explode...but so far hasn't.

The lesson here?
Drink soda that you enjoy...don't worry about the stock price.

There are no stock prices at