1.0 Feb. 11/95 -The original and VERY short version of the FAQ. 2.0 Feb. 16/95 -Version 2.0 included many changes and additions including the history of Kool-Aid. 3.0 Feb. 24/95 -This version included the results of the latest poll as well as the web site where the FAQ is located. Other changes were made to the format. 3.1 Mar. 30/95 -Includes a new section on Kool-Aid around the world, and the poem of the month! 3.2 ??? -The subscribers and traders lists were removed and are now posted as Kool-People and Kool-Traders. 3.3 June 22/95 -Some new Kool-Aid links and more info about foreign Kool-Aid are a couple of the additions. 3.4 Oct 3/95 -Recipe for Toasted Kool-Aid added. Kool-Traders list eliminated; Kool-People list back in FAQ. 3.5 Oct 21/95 -Rob Buisson takes over from the esteemed Kevin Whalen (Kaptain Kool) as keeper of the FAQ. The Kool-People list eliminated, New poll results are included. 4.0 Jan 29/96 -News of a new flavour (Slammin' Strawberry-Kiwi) and the demise of Sharkleberry Fin are included, as well a Wacky Warehouse section is added to the FAQ. 4.1 Feb 6/96 -Section on Jim Jones added. New poll results included. 4.2 Feb 29/96 -Section on Super-fruity kool-aid added. 4.3 Mar 29/96 -First posting to alt.answers and news.answers, making the kool-aid FAQ an "official" usenet FAQ.
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"This soft drink syrup was expensive to market because transportation
and glass breakage added heavily to the costs of manufacturing and
advertising. So in 1927 Perkins decided to remove the water and
bottle and offer the concentrated beverage powder in convenient
envelopes. He also changed the name to Kool-Aid. A few years later
the company moved to Chicago and discontinued all other products to
turn its attention entirely to Kool-Aid instant soft drink mix.
By 1939, the Perkins Chicago factory was doubled and additional
employees were hired.
"In 1953 the Perkins Products Company became part of General Foods
Corporation. About that time, print ads for Kool-Aid mixes showed the
soft drink in a large pitcher with a design drawn on the surface
condensation -- a heart, a 5-cent symbol or a smiling face. The
smile became the favorite, and from 1954 it was used on pitchers in
all advertising. When presweetened Kool-Aid came out in 1964,
the package carried an illustration of the now well-known rounded
pitcher with the smiling face. At that time both the shape and the
smile were registered.
"As the demand for Kool-Aid increased, additions have been made to
the original line of six flavors. There are flavored mixes to be
dissolved with sugar in water and ice. There are also sugar-
sweetened mixes, available in packages and canisters. Kool-Aid sugar
free mixes, sweetened with NutraSweet, come in both packages and
canisters. And now we have Kool-Aid Koolers, ready-to-drink juice
drinks, in convenient 8.5 ounce containers."
"When he was just 11, Edwin Perkins had the idea of becoming a
businessman. He sent for a pamphlet called 'How To Become a
Manufacturer.' It must have inspired him, for some 20 years later he
was running a 125-product line business out of Hendley, Nebraska. The
line ran the gamut from perfumes and toothpaste to flavorings and
household products. But the most popular item was a small bottle of
flavored syrup called Fruit Smack.
The six original flavours were Grape, Lemon Lime, Cherry, Orange,
Raspberry, and Strawberry.
"This soft drink syrup was expensive to market because transportation and glass breakage added heavily to the costs of manufacturing and advertising. So in 1927 Perkins decided to remove the water and bottle and offer the concentrated beverage powder in convenient envelopes. He also changed the name to Kool-Aid. A few years later the company moved to Chicago and discontinued all other products to turn its attention entirely to Kool-Aid instant soft drink mix. By 1939, the Perkins Chicago factory was doubled and additional employees were hired.
"In 1953 the Perkins Products Company became part of General Foods Corporation. About that time, print ads for Kool-Aid mixes showed the soft drink in a large pitcher with a design drawn on the surface condensation -- a heart, a 5-cent symbol or a smiling face. The smile became the favorite, and from 1954 it was used on pitchers in all advertising. When presweetened Kool-Aid came out in 1964, the package carried an illustration of the now well-known rounded pitcher with the smiling face. At that time both the shape and the smile were registered.
"As the demand for Kool-Aid increased, additions have been made to the original line of six flavors. There are flavored mixes to be dissolved with sugar in water and ice. There are also sugar- sweetened mixes, available in packages and canisters. Kool-Aid sugar free mixes, sweetened with NutraSweet, come in both packages and canisters. And now we have Kool-Aid Koolers, ready-to-drink juice drinks, in convenient 8.5 ounce containers."
Special thanks to Ron Gregory for providing the discontinued flavour, as well as Kevin Whalen and Paul Schmidt for their invaluable contributions.
Favourite flavour Purplesaurus Rex... 4 18% Lemon Lime......... 4 18% Cherry............. 2 9% Great Bluedini..... 2 9% Berry Blue......... 2 9% Sunshine Punch..... 1 4% Rock-a-dile Red.... 1 4% Sharkleberry Fin... 1 4% Kickin' Kiwi Lime.. 1 4% Black Cherry....... 1 4% Tropical Punch..... 1 4% Strawberry......... 1 4% Orange............. 1 4% Mountainberry Punch 1 4%Purplesaurus Rex, a flavour that has been discontinued for over a year, came out on top, in a tie with old favourite Lemon Lime. In the last poll, P-Rex finished tied for second, one behind Kickin' Kiwi Lime, who fell to last in this poll. Two other discontinued flavours, Berry Blue and Great Bluedini, placed in a tie for 3rd place. This was the first poll since April 1995 that Berry Blue was even mentioned, while Great Bluedini improved from its 6th place finish in the last poll. Including the single votes for Sunshine Punch, Mountainberry Punch and Sharkleberry Fin, a full 11 out of 23 votes cast were cast in favour of discontinued flavours.
This result was devastating for the Orange camp, who fell from a tie for second in the last poll, to a scant one vote in this poll. Grape fell from a tie for second in the last poll to not even being mentioned. All in all, this was the worst performance in memory for either of these flavours in a kool-aid poll.
Colour Wars: Favourite over-all KA colour grouping. Red.........................7 Green.......................4 Purple......................4 Blue........................3 Orange......................1 Did not say/refused to say..4Many people refused to distinguish a favourite overall colour grouping, citing hope that the future of alt.drinks.kool-aid will be one of peace and harmony. Red Ran away with the title, and is now the 3 time defending champion. Tied with Blue last time around, Red outclassed the rest of the field in this poll. Green, which finished one back of Red last time, finished tied for second with Purple. Blue fared well, and maintained its overall ranking from the last poll. However, this poll was a disaster for the Orange camp. After finishing a strong fourth in the last poll, Orange finished dead last, with only one vote.
Favourite Mix (of 9 sent in) Cherry-Grape...................2 Great Bluedini-Black Cherry....1 Strawberry-Kickin'Kiwi Lime....1 Strawberry-Lemon Lime..........1 Strawberry-Grape...............1 Lemonade-Iced Tea..............1 Pink Lemonade-Sprite...........1 Orange-Lemonade................1Quite an interesting group of mixes. Cherry-Grape was the only one mentioned twice, and is now officially the favourite mix. Strawberry was mentioned in 3 different mixes, showing its versatitlity. Lemonade was also a favourite mixer.
Favourite Mixers (based on above mixes) Grape................3 Stawberry............3 Cherry...............2 Lemonade.............2 Orange...............1 Kickin'Kiwi Lime.....1 Lemon Lime...........1 Great Bluedini.......1 Pink Lemonade........1 Black Cherry.........1Continuing a trend that started in the first ever poll on alt.drinks.kool-aid, the favourite mixers are those that did poorly in the favourite flavour poll. Grape, which got 0 votes in the favourite flavour poll, and Strawberry, which got only 1 vote, were used in 3 of the submitted mixes. Lemonade was mentioned twice in mixes, and Pink Lemonade was mentioned once in the mix category, after not being mentioned at all in any of the previous polls. Cherry was tied for the Third most popular mixer.
The first four NUMBERS in the code indicate the date. The first indicates the year (ie. 4 for 1994, 0 for 1990 etc). The next three numbers are the day of the year it was produced (ie. 001 for Jan 1 up to 365 for Dec 31). The letter indicates place of production. In the US, Chicago is represented by A, EV is for Evanston, Illinois, and M for Modesto, California. In Canada CO stands for Cobourg Ontario.
- Captain Cool
- Francisco Toro
- John Nielson
- Ellen Davis
Combine your favourite Kool-Aid flavour with sugar, water, and ice in desired proportions and blend. You may have to stop the blender and use a spoon to push all of the ice to the bottom. Be sure to use some water, and not all ice, otherwise it will be too thick and will be difficult to blend.
- Rock-a-dial Rachel
- Robert Stave (firstname.lastname@example.org)
- Robert Matthews
- The Merry Prankster
1 Black Cherry:1 Great Bluedinni (Jodie Zwart) 1 Grape:1/2 Lemonade....for those who can't live without PS- Rex....this is close. (Tammy Abernathy) 1 Cherry:1/2 Orange:1/2 lemonade (Kaptain Kool) 1 Grape:1 Orange (Adam, Guru of the GRAPE) 1 Grape:1 Pink Swimmingo (jimij) 1 Orange:1 Pink Swimmingo....for special occasions (jimij) 1 Cherry:1 Grape (jimij) 1 Grape:1 Raspberry (jimij) 1 Grape:1 Strawberry (jimij) 2 Incrediberry:1 Pink Lemonade....said to taste like Berry Blue?? (unknown) 1 PS-Rex:1 Black Cherry (MugGuy) 1 Lemonade:1 Black Cherry (MudGuy) 1/4 Incrediberry:1/4 Lemon-Lime:1/2 Black Cherry (MudGuy) 1/4 Cherry:3/4 PS-Rex w/1.5 c sugar (MudGuy) 1 PS-Rex:1 Orange.....a true MUD! (MudGuy) In one gallon jug: (Peter White) 2 c sugar 2 Great Bluedini:1 Incrediberry:1 PS-Rex:1 Lemon-Lime:1 Black Cherry 1 Any flavour:1 Lemonade (Kaptain Kool) 3 1/2 c sugar (Jon Ippel) 3 Great Bluedini:1 PS-Rex
-Dead Puppy Gin + Grape Kool-Aid (Ken Meredith, Rob's friend) -T-Bomb (Rob Buisson found it) 1 packet Lemon-Lime Kool-Aid same portion Tequila 1 bottle Corona Beer -Shaker (Rob Buisson found it) 1 1/2 oz Tequila 3 oz pineapple juice 1/2 oz Lemonade Kool-Aid 1/2 tsp grenadine -PS Rex-Rum (Jennifer, Ruler of Rex) My personal fave mix is a little PS Rex and about two oz. Spiced Rum. Makes a fascinating treat. If you make a whole batch you can put it in the freezer and make slushies. It's great for those parties where you wanna try a little something different. -Velvet Crush (Travis W Fisher) If you have ever heard of the band Soul Coughing, they mention an alcoholic drink called a Velvet Crush. It is described simply as "Kool Aid and Gin" -The "Vodka-Kiwi-Lime Effect" (IoKA) I added vodka to kiwi-lime kool-aid once, and it turned clear green (as opposed to its normal semi-cloudy appearence). -GLOWING BLUEDINI-EVERCLEAR (Tirza) Adding everclear to great bluedini and then putting it into one of those frosted glass Flintstones cups that McDonald's used to sell creates one of most aesthetically pleasing beverages that anyone could ever want. It glows kind of like the core of a nuclear reactor. -PURPLE PANTIE PULLDOWNS (Norbert) 1 package grape 1 package lemonade 2 cups sugar .5 liters of Vodka
Secondly, consult the kool-traders list. It contains a list of people who want to trade kool-aid. For more info, check the kool-traders list, or e-mail Rob Buisson (email@example.com or at firstname.lastname@example.org)
By phone: USA 1-800-367-9225 Canada 1-800-268-7808 By mail: in the USA Kraft General Foods, Inc. Box RK-BC West Plains, NY 10625 USA in Canada Kraft General Foods Canada, Inc. Don Mills, Ontario. M3C 3J5 CANADA
The following is an excerpt from a brochure Ron received from Kraft:
Our largest area markets are Saudi Arabia, the United Arab Emirates, Kuwait, Lebanon, Oman, Qatar, and Bahrain, with agressive developemnt plans to expand sales in Egypt, Algeria and Moroco.
Our present operations are most extensive in Australia, Japan, South Korea and the Philippines. Although coffee and cheese are our key categories in the region, the product portfolio varies markedly from country to country.
... In the Philippines, we have a commanding position in the cheese market and are strongly represented in the powdered beverage catagory, with our Tang and Kool-Aid brands.
[tiny photo of "Kool-Aid Juicers Strawberry Drink Mix" all in English. very colorful picture of strawberries as backgroud. Of course there are two Tang items... a packet and a jar :-(]
Here are the French versions of Kool-Aid flavours. They are not necessarily literal translations, but are the names as they appear on the packets, in Canada.
English French --------------------------------- Cherry Cerise Orange Orange Lemon-Lime Citron-Limette Strawberry Fraise Tropical Punch Punch Tropical Lemonade Limonade Grape Raisin Incrediberry Magicolore Pink Swimingo Flambant Rose PurpleSaurus Rex MauvoSaurus Rex Rock-a-dile Red Rock-o-dile Rouge Sharkleberry Fin Requin' Drole Orange-Pineapple Orange-Ananas Mango-Berry Baies-Mangue Kiwi-Lime Kiwi-Limette Strawberry-Kiwi Fraise-Kiwi Berry Blue Baies Bleu
I am American, but I'm studying in Manchester, England this year. No one here knows what kool-aid even is, let alone where I could buy some, so my mom has been mailing some to me every week. However, when browsing through Affleck's Palace (a big building with stalls where they sell stuff, like a market sort of thing), I found a guy who was selling individual packets for 50p, which is about 75 american cents! It is robbery, but the guy has to have friends in the US mail him the kool-aid every month, so the costs are bound to be high.
-If you have friends in other countries, ask them if they sell Kool- Aid where they live.
"The Electric Kool-Aid Acid Test" is a book about author Ken Kesey ("One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest" etc.) and assorted 60s types going around in a refurbished school bus and giving people Kool-Aid spiked with LSD to see how they react. This was in the real early days of the hippie culture, possibly even before LSD was officially banned.
I daresay the publicity people at Kool-Aid were not very happy about having their product associated with such things. You won't find it in official company histories.
"The Electric Kool-Aid Acid Test" was written by Tom Wolfe ("The Right Stuff") and published in 1968 or 69, depending on which catalog entry you believe. Apparently Kesey et al. weren't too fond of Wolfe or the book. He seems to have hung around for a few days and then headed back for the big city, where they know how to look after guys in white suits.
The Wacky Warehouse is a trading post of sorts that rewards loyal kool-aid drinkers to mail in their kool-aid points for prizes. In the past, kool-aid watches, walkmans, t-shirst and smiling pitchers have been available. Recently, the wearhouse changed the way it operates, and now only offers prizes on a periodic basis.
There is going to be a new Wacky Warehouse catalog sometime in March-April 1996, and should be available in stores that sell kool-aid. If you want to find out what specifically is available you can call the Kool-Aid number and select the Wacky Warehouse part. The number is 1-800-367-9225 (US only).
We are still looking for some place to be a "Master link" kool-aid page that would have all of these kool-aid links on it. (that way you wouldn't have to read through the entire WWW version of the FAQ before you hit the http links) If you are interested in doing this, let us know...
http://www.cs.ruu.nl/wais/html/na-dir/food/kool-aid-faq.html -Current version of the Kool-Aid FAQ, at Utrecht University FAQ site. -This WWW version features direct links to all of these web pages below. http://www.lib.ox.ac.uk/internet/news/faq/alt.drinks.kool-aid.html -Current version of the Kool-Aid FAQ, at Oxford's FAQ site -This version also features links to all of the web pages below. http://wwwpub.utdallas.edu/~koeb8249/kafaq.html -Version 4.3 of The FAQ on the WEB, thanks to Chris Koeberle -Also features the "fan-fic". http://home.cc.umanitoba.ca/~ummered0/index.htm -Ken's Home page. Yet another place where the FAQ is available. http://www.yahoo.com/text/Entertainment/Drinks_and_Drinking/Soft_Drinks/Kool_Aid/ -Kool-Aid at Yahoo http://ugweb.cs.ualberta.ca/~gerald/koolaid/ -Kool-Aid Fun Page -features some great pic's of kool-aid man, among other things. http://intelspm.physics.purdue.edu/~dschleef/gb.html -The Great Bluedini Page http://www.duke.edu/~tuckgq/tuckgq.html#ka -Some Kool-Aid reminiscing and lots of links to other Kool-Aid pages. http://www.arc.miami.edu/matt/koolaid.htm -Ten assorted uses for Kool-Aid. There are a couple nice Kool- Aid pictures including a picture of a strip of Cherry Cracker! http://webpages.marshall.edu/~hartwel1/humor/LISTS/REJECTED_FLAVORS_KOOLAID_10.HTML -Top Ten list of rejected kool-aid flavors. http://www.vt.edu:10021/A/apathwic/pka.html -Home page for a rock band called "Project Kool-Aid".If any of the above links are outdated, please tell Robert Buisson about it so that the link may be updated or elimintated from the FAQ.
FTPThe kool-aid FAQ is available by FTP at: rftm.mit.edu:/pub/usenet/news.answers/food/kool-aid-faq
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This FAQ was originally compiled by the one and only Kaptain Kool, AKA Kevin Whalen (email@example.com). It was taken over by Robert Buisson in October of 1995 but the majority of the content found within the FAQ was compiled by Kevin.
Anyone who has anything to add to the FAQ or would like to have a copy mailed to them may feel free to e-mail Rob Buisson at firstname.lastname@example.org or at email@example.com
(c) 1995, 1996