11 Kool-Aid products you probably didn’t know existed
Everyone knows the famous Kool-Aid drink packets. Purplesaurus Rex, Cherry, Berry Blue, etc, etc. But drink packets aren’t the only thing Kool-Aid made. There is a plethora of items made under the Kool-Aid banner trying to capitalize on the popularity of one Mr Man (Kool-Aid Man).
Here are 11 items made under the Kool-Aid brand that you may not have known existed.
Kool-Aid Man comic books – Kool-Aid and Marvel Comics collaborated on issues #1, #2 and #3 of The Adventures of Kool-Aid Man comic book. Archie Comics then published issues #4 and #5. Several of these issues were given out free in a mail away premium, and several issues were also available in stores. You might think it would be difficult to come up with engaging stories involving a talking pitcher of Kool-Aid quenching the thirsts of little children, and you would be mostly right. However, the stories were zany and mostly entertaining, considering the entire comic is an advertisement for drink mix.
Kool-Aid Man video game – Yes, there was a video game based on Kool-Aid Man. It was released for the Atari 2600, Intellivision and Sears video game systems. The ad and box above are for the Intellivision version. Here is the box for the Atari 2600 version. If you really want to understand the meaning of the word tedious, then download a ROM of this game and play it.
Kool-Aid Kool Pumps – This was a fast food promotion with Burger King. The “push-up” style sherbert bars were flavored with the elusive Sharkleberry Fin. Matt talked about them on X-Entertainment a while back.
Kool-Aid Kid’s Trivia Game – From 1985. This actually existed. It played like Trivial Pursuit, but I would hope the questions dealt with more than just Kool-Aid. How many questions can there be about Kool-Aid?
Kool-Aid Slushies – These were offered in the 90s and were pretty awesome. Slushy mixes that came in three flavors; Lemon Ice, Ice Blue and Cherry Freeze. Goes perfect with your favorite alcohol. Let the Kool-Aid Man get you hammered tonight.
Kool-Aid Ice Cream Mix – This is interesting. Kool-Aid Mix specifically for flavoring ice cream. You probably could just do this with regular Kool-Aid. In fact, this is probably just regular Kool-Aid powder rebranded with the Ice Cream Mix logo. Very clever.
Kool-Aid Fruit-Ts – Kool-Aid made flavored teas back in the 90s. An interesting concept that didn’t take off like they had hoped. Pictured are the three flavors offered; Wildberry, Strawberry and Lemonade.
Kool-Aid Sno-Cone Machine – Everyone and everything gets a Sno-Cone machine at some point. I’m sure if you look hard enough you’ll see a Golden Girls Sno-Cone Machine. You can thank Snoopy for that. I think this may still be offered, but it’s now called the Kool-Aid Freeze Factory.
Kool-Aid shoes by Reebok – In 2008 Reebok released a line of shoes inspired by Kool-Aid flavors and Kool-Aid Man. You can still buy these shoes. Check out SneakerFiles.com for pics of all the different shoes offered.