Does anyone else remember those cup drinks we used to buy from newsagents which cost around 10p ? They were very popular in the 1980s and early 1990s. The newsagents, grocery stores and sweet shops used to have several shelves lined with these soft drinks that came in little plastic, round or square shaped plastic cups with vertical ridges completely covering the sides of the cup. They were then topped with a sealed PVC lid which you had to pierce with a drinking straw, which would be obtained from behind the counter once we’d paid. They came in various fruit flavours, with my favourite being the raspberry. However, in over a decade, I don’t think I’ve set eyes on a single one of these drinks and wondered what had happened to them. Until yesterday…
I walked into what is now my new local chippy and saw the bottom shelf of the fridge stacked with these drinks in orange, raspberry and bubble gum flavours. There were the old school square cups which were exactly as I remember them but there was also a more slim line round version which looked similar to the round cups from my childhood but they were probably narrower with less ridging on them. It was like being reunited with a long lost friend! I couldn’t believe that after so long, I finally got to find them again and it’s great to know that not everything from my childhood has been wiped out.
Admittedly they weren’t very good for you but they were a permanent fixture in my lunch box. In a world where drinks came in bottles or cartons – with the odd pouch, thank you Capri Sun – the cups really stood out. They were a hit with all kids back then and we loved how they changed the colour of our tongues! I’m not really sure when their popularity started to decline but I’m sure it had something to do with them being unhealthy and additive ridden.
It’s probably not a good thing that I’m pleased that they’re making a possible comeback. And even though I wouldn’t recommend them to be drunk everyday, I don’t think the odd treat will do any harm. They may be meant for younger children but I reckon big kids like me are entitled to a cup drink every once in a while too!