“A kiss of Lemon, A kiss of Lime”
Ah, the cool refreshing taste of lemon-lime flavored soda. For those who prefer that particular flavor combination, the mind probably wanders to one of the two iconic brands, 7-Up and Sprite. But nostalgic fans clearly remember another effervescent carbonated beverage that once completed the tasty lemon-lime trilogy, Bubble Up.
Introduced by the Sweet Valley Products Company all the way back in 1917, Bubble Up is actually the first of the three beverages to appear on the market, a full decade before 7-Up became “The Uncola” and some 44-years before the introduction of Sprite. Sold in longneck 12-ounce bottles and offering a crisp refreshing taste alternative to colas, it was a mainstay in beverage vending machines for many years.
Eventually Bubble-Up was sold to the Dad’s Root Beer Company, who continues to produce the beverage to this day. Over the years, its popularity has declined and few stores carry the product, but it still has a loyal following from those who insist that it was always the best tasting of the three. And for those who want to wax nostalgic, but can’t seem to find it at the local store, the internet (and a number of specialty soda stores) stands at attention, ready to steer the retro soda fan to the nearest supply of Bubble Up. Be forewarned though – they’ve long since replaced the cane sugar with high-fructose corn syrup, thereby eliminating the bite that once made this such a special beverage.
If you have fond memories of drinking an ice-cold Bubble Up on a hot summer day, we welcome your thoughts in our comments section, as we pay tribute to the original lemon-lime soda that once put smiles on millions of faces.