Tuesday June 29thDrinks Category

I used to love sprite then somehow we’ve lost touch through the years.  I try it once in a while but it’s just not as enjoyable as remember.  Maybe it’s the whole corn syrup thing.  But I do remember what it tasted like so many years ago.  I usually got it at the skating rink in a wax-coated  paper cup with crushed ice and I’ll just remember it that way.

The 1986 bottle is mostly cylinder shaped with a reinforced thick plastic base.  The label is dark green with thick white letters spelling “Sprite” and the “i” is dotted with a lime and a lemon.  Under the title is the exclamation of “Great Lymon Taste” in a sporty yellow cursive font.    In the same shade of yellow, the words “Caffeine Free” top the label and that’s pretty much all there is and all there is you need to know.

The new bottle is reminicent of the old design with the dimpled texture.  The label has shrunk to basically a band that runs across the middle of the bottle.  The logo has changed to a more sporty title font and the “i” is getting slammed with a “lymon” that creates a splash effect.  The background is green at the base and transforms to a dark blue towards the top.

I like the older Sprite’s bottle shape and the simple label and the lemon/ lime graphic.  I think the larger letters work better for shelf visabilty too- And, I like the darket green color better too.

Sprite: Old or New?

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  1. Mel
    June 29, 2010

    It’s good to know that I’m not the only one who thinks soda tastes different now! Is it our palettes, or have they changed the recipe? I remember Sprite being really crisp and sour – almost like tonic water.

  2. Annette
    June 29, 2010

    I like the old one better, definitely. The new one might be alright if it wasn’t for that weird spiky border thing around the word “Sprite”. What’s that all about?

    As to the flavor, I really think the high fructose corn syrup makes a difference for the worse. These days I don’t drink soda unless it has real sugar, and I thought Pepsi Throwback was a freaking brilliant idea that they should’ve kept selling!

  3. Ethan
    June 29, 2010

    I forgot all about those thick plastic bases 2-liters used to have. I wonder why those were necessary. Your point about shelf visibility is a good one. In light of that, you’d think designs would be getting simpler instead of more textured and complex. I wonder why that’s not the case.

  4. Dave
    June 29, 2010

    @Mel: Soda tastes different now than it used to because most bottlers are using high-fructose corn syrup as a sweetener instead of sugar. Corn syrup changes the “mouthfeel” of beverages as well as lending a cloying sweetness that sugar does not. If you have an opportunity to buy Coca-Cola bottled in Mexico (old-fashioned tall glass bottles, sweetened with sugar) and taste it side by side with US supermarket Coke, you will really notice the difference.

    @Ethan: I have a feeling those thick-based plastic bottles had as much to do with plastic formulation and molding technology as they do with design.

  5. Mint
    June 29, 2010

    I forgot about those plastic bases, too… I remember teachers using them in all kinds of craft projects when I was a kid. I wonder if people were upset when they were no longer available for kindergarten-craft-time. I guess I barely noticed they were even gone since I almost never drink soda.

  6. Joshua
    July 7, 2010

    @Mint: I guess now it’s harder to do art projects now that the plastic bases are different.

  7. Joshua
    July 25, 2010

    @Annette I somehow found Pepsi Throwback at a gas station. Dr.Pepper is celebrating their 125th birthday, which might explain the random Pepsi Throwback sighting.

  8. SZA
    December 28, 2010

    Ah, who could forget that iconic soda flavor of the 80s … LYMON!!!

  9. Eddie J
    December 29, 2010

    Hey, just found this site, I love sites that compare old packaging to new! For sprite, Old wins just because it says Great Lymon Taste! The current one tho isn’t too bad, better than the previous one that had a big S that only lasted for a few years.

  10. Suds
    April 10, 2011

    I think Slice came along in the mid 80’s and I remember being hooked on that much more than Sprite. Love the old bottle. That green color makes me think of ginger ale more than Sprite though.

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