Skip to comments.Does any FReeper live where he/she can buy SunCrest orange soda?
Posted on 03/24/2011 4:25:46 PM PDT by Zionist Conspirator
Once upon a time, back in the days of my childhood, there was an orange soda (or as we called it, an "orange Co-Cola") called SunCrest. NB: this is SunCrest, not to be confused with Sunkist orange soda, which was only introduced in the late Seventies). I vividly remember drinking buying bottles of this out of the Coke machine at the local laundromat when my family was washing.
SunCrest was created and originally marketed (1938) by the NuGrape people. But in 1982 it was bought by the Monarch company of Atlanta, GA and it became very scarce, as Sunkist pretty much moved in and took its place. In 2007 the Dad's Root Beer company bought it from Monarch and, as I understand it, it is now sold only in Indiana (though a few nostalgia and specialty businesses still sell it in its vintage bottle).
A couple years ago I actually e-mailed the Dad's company and asked local businesses to begin stocking SunCrest again, but apparently the Dad's Root Beer people are simply not interested in marketing this classic vintage drink any more.
Does anyone else on FR remember SunCrest? Are there any FReepers fortunate enough to live where it can still be purchased today?
Now you have me wondering if Niedicks is still out there.
Where did Bubble Up go?
A lot of small bottling companies died off, and many great drinks were lost with them.
My favorites that aren’t around anymore are Marvel’s Gingerale and Frostie Root Beer (although it came back for a couple years around 2000).
Plus, don’t get me started about Maryland Rye Whisky going extinct.
No, but I remember Nesbit Orange and Strawberry. Unbelievably sweet, but I loved ‘em.
I think it's sold in Indiana, but I'd really like to know whereabouts it is still sold regularly.
There was also a Sunrise orange (as well as Root Beer) in the midwest back in the 60s. Another soda I remember fondly was 76—lime and lemon flavor (predominately lime) in a green bottle with a fife and drum illustration. One can mimmick the flavor by adding the juice of one lime to Sierra Mist or Sprite.
never heard of it
There are apparently tons of “private” and regional brands out there.
I remember Orange Crush though
I hope that you find what you’re looking for at the links provided to you already by helpful people, but let me ask a question: Doesn’t all orange soda pretty much taste the same no matter who makes it?
Yes, but SunCrest isn't one of them. It is still bottled and sold by the Dad's Root Beer Company, but not marketed very widely.
I'd like FReepers who actually have access to the current product to identify where it can be purchased regularly rather than as a nostalgia specialty.
Have you asked your local Wal-Mart if they can special order it for you?
Here’s the link to the Sun Crest current owner’s email:
They also sell Dad’s Rootbeer products (including Bubble Up):
Alas, the Sun Crest soda is not listed on this page.
Do you remember Mission Bell orange soda? Mmmmm...the best. In the 1940’s, it was a nickel a bottle and you got twice as much as Coke, which cost a dime.
Mission Bell Cream Soda was my favorite...ice cold, plucked out of the cooler in front of the grocery store. The bottle opener was on the side of the cooler. So refreshing after a hard day of rollerskating; Ring-a-Levio; stickball; and “I Declare War”!!!
(Yes, I am very very old.)
There are apparently tons of private and regional brands out there.
At one time this was no regional brand (though that's what it is now). it was the organge soda of NuGrape, which was marketed nationally. Unfortunately, NuGrape has now disappeared locally, though this happened only a couple years ago.
Apparently Sun Crest had many flavors, not just orange
Sun Crest Orange Soda
Sun Crest Strawberry Soda
Sun Crest Grape Soda
Sun Crest Pineapple Soda
Sun Crest Peach
Sun Crest Cherry
Sun Crest Grapefruit
“and sister brand to NuGrape, 2-Way, and Kickapoo Joy Juice”
Kickapoo Joy Juice??? lol!!
Contact this website and see if they can get it:
Orange Crush (and the other Crush brands) are still going strong. They disappeared locally for about twenty years but two years ago were reintroduced here. I was glad to see them again, but unfortunately that is what drove NuGrape out of the area.
World Market sells Bubble Up,Nesbitt’s Orange and NuGrape soda. http://www.worldmarket.com/product/index.jsp?productId=4109616
I found it online at the Old 52 General Store. The orange one you liked so much. Enjoy one for me!!
and Pig Iron Cola!!!
Yes, but that's not the point! I want my childhood back, therefore I want SunCrest and nothing else will do!
Wish I could help you on the SunCrest, but thanks for taking me down memory lane.
I know. I e-mailed them at two or three times a couple years ago, and they simply are not interested in marketing SunCrest any more widely. I’m trying to find out where it is actually sold.
Go to this site for a list where it is sold.
You remember Double Cola? That’s another once common soft drink that is no longer marketed very widely, though they’re still making and selling it.
Here's one.Does anyone that lived in California during the 50's and 60's remember a soda called Mother's Pride? I remember it came in a big glass jug, and it was the best!
Here’s a 12-pk sittin’ over at Amazon:
I thought Orange Crush was the best orange drink, and the unique dark bottles with the orange cap. Looks like it's still around as part of the Dr. Pepper company:
(Retro) Sun Crest Orange Made with Real Cane Sugar 12 Pack
by Orca Beverage
But I don't think people are understanding my request. I'm not asking for obscure specialty businesses. I'm asking if there are any FReepers who can buy it regularly so I can determine where it is actually marketed currently.
Link to buy Suncrest soda:
Yep, that was the beautiful bottle!
How about a Fanta instead?
Well, thanks for finding a place where it can be bought online, but I’m trying to find out where it is actually marketed and sold regularly.
I see! I do not know of any here in central Florida.
The cola was the best!
Sorry, but that applies only to Dad's Root Beer itself. They market Dad's nationally, but they refuse to expand SunCrest.
And Faygo! Don’t forget Faygo! And the Faygo Kid!
Thanks for the link, but I’m trying to determine where SunCrest is still sold and marketed regularly.
When I lived in Charlotte, I drank Cheerwine like it was water...
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