Bubble Up


“A kiss of Lemon, A kiss of Lime”

Ah, the cool refreshing taste of lemon-lime 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 beverage that once competed for equal billing, and had its fair share of loyal fans – 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 and refreshing 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 market, a quick Google search should lead you to an online dealer, or a nearby beverage store that specializes in retro sodas. Just don’t expect it to taste exactly like it did in childhood. They’ve long since replaced the cane sugar with high-fructose corn syrup in Bubble Up, thereby eliminating that noticable bite that once made this such a special beverage. That’s not to say that it doesn’t have its own unique charm however, and besides, any soda tastes better out of glass.

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.

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  1. Sandi says:

    ah, fond memories, although I never liked any of those lime/lemon carbonated beverages. However, I do enjoy seeing the old commercials and bottles!

    That’s too bad they replaced the sweetner with HFCS, that messes up the natural signal to your brain indicating when you’re full…thus, overeating ensues. Many food companies add this, even in “diet” products, so you’ll eat more! The FDA shouldn’t allow this, since we are now an obese nation.


  2. jennifer harris says:

    I think I tasted Bubble up,but I’m not sure.

  3. Anthony Scott says:

    The World Market store where I live carries it. I included some in gift bags I made for people last Christmas.

  4. Gina says:

    I was introduced to this drink rather recently, due to Cracker Barrel restaurants selling it in their country store, along with Dad’s Root Beer, Nu Grape, and Nesbitt’s Orange soda.

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