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Orbitz, The Lava Lamp Of The Beverage Industry, Still Exists!

Orbitz!

You should all know by now that I'm a huge sucker for novelty food and beverage items, so it should come as no surprise when I shout to the heavens about how ORBITZ LIVES AGAIN!!! Now before I get ahead of myself, let me explain a little bit about this amazing fruity beverage from yesteryear. Orbitz was a non-carbonated drink that was released by the Clearly Canadian company back in 1996 and featured colorful edible balls which lay suspended in the liquid. The balls were able to "defy gravity" like this because they were the same density as the liquid and had some help from the gellan gum ingredient. While the Orbitz drink itself wasn't as bad as some people made it out to be, it didn't last long in the marketplace and was sadly discontinued. That hasn't stopped it from garnering a cult following over the years however, and you can still find old bottles of it for sale on eBay (though I wouldn't recommend drinking them at this point - if you're gonna get 'em, just put 'em on display for your friends and family to gaze upon with awe).

The good news is, for those of you who want to be able to purchase Orbitz for both visual amusement and consumption, the drink is back... in a sense. I recently paid a visit to one of my favorite places in L.A., Mitsuwa Marketplace, which has a wide assortment of food imported directly from Japan. I was walking down the beverage aisle when I spotted this tiny pill-shaped bottle out of the corner of my eye:

Orbitz lives on under the guise of Capsela by Suntory!

Holy shit! It's Orbitz! Yes indeed, the drink has apparently been living incognito during recent years under the name "Capsela" by Suntory. Personally, I like the new name a lot, primarily because it reminds me about how I actually owned several Capsela sets as a kid. For those of you who don't remember Capsela, it was basically like an Erector set only it was far less time consuming to assemble and it had more bouyant parts for exciting bathtub sea battles. Good times, good times.

So yeah, it's nice to see one of my favorite novelty beverages back in action, even if it is under a different name (perhaps they changed it because "Orbitz" is now also the name of a well known travel agency). One can only hope that Orbitz / Capsela will somehow find its way into mainstream culture outisde of Japan. Until then, at least we can sleep well at night because... we know it's still out there.

Even pandas love Orbitz - Capsela!

And for the record, I think they've improved the drink. After all, the old Orbitz drink didn't have a panda on the bottle cap like the new Capsela brand does. You simply can't go wrong with a drink that combines the magic of floatin orbs with pandas.

So did any of you guys ever get to try Orbitz when it was still sold in stores? If so, what'd you think of it? Furthermore, are there any other beverages that are no longer being produced that you miss a lot?

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Flowtac (Guest) on 01/15/2008 3:22 am

And here I thought Orbitz disappeared off the face of the galaxy itself. Hell, I had almost forgotten entirely about it myself until you posted this. I actually miss this stuff. Nice find RoG but damnit, now I'm craving for an Orbitz now! Hope you're happy!!



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BoMToons on 01/15/2008 4:00 am

I tried orbitz when it was commercially available...chunky drinks aren't my style though. :(



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stevetothepast (Guest) on 01/15/2008 4:05 am

sweeeet, I wondered if orbitz would ever come back into my life, thanks RoG



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IGoToCommunityCollege on 01/15/2008 6:57 am

I used to chug all the liquid with my teeth closed to save all the balls for a final fruity shot that was almost enough to make me throw up. The vanilla and orange flavor was gross but the others were pretty good. The balls also glowed under blacklight which made it look pretty cool.



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Dauss on 01/15/2008 7:45 am

Oh wow, I was just reminiscing about that drink, and, lo and behold, I see it here. :D

I remember chugging down a minimum of one of these a day, I loved it so much.



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simogene on 01/15/2008 8:15 am

I never had an Orbitz, I was kinda scared of it. But I really miss OK Soda tho'...



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wobzire on 01/15/2008 9:23 am

Even if you didn't like it you have to admit, it had balls! AHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA...



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wobzire on 01/15/2008 9:24 am

Honestly though.



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Neen on 01/15/2008 9:39 am

I'm not a fan of food or drink items that remind me of those hard little balls of snot that rest at the back of the throat that you occasionally cough out.



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BakaGaijin on 01/15/2008 9:49 am

I love Mitsuwa. For you New Yorkers: There's one in NJ and there's a shuttle bus from Port Authority for only $2.

mitsuwanj.com/en/shuttle_service.htm

Of course, it's in Bergen County which is the one, tiny, backwards county in NJ that can't sell electronics on Sunday. So, go on another day of the week if you want to buy a crazy Japanese cooking appliance.

Next time I'm there I'm getting me a case of Orb..er..Capsela (we know who you really are, Orbitz, the disguise isn't fooling anyone).



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Styled Executioner on 01/15/2008 9:53 am

I think I had one, I don;t think it was called 'Orbitz' In England though.



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umop apisdn on 01/15/2008 10:30 am

Orbitz fueled many hyperactive hours of pissing my mother off when I was little. I should order a couple bottles, chug them, and call her just to piss her off again and relive my childhood.



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neckromancer (Guest) on 01/15/2008 10:30 am

In the Philippines (a rich source of "weird" food for Caucasians), Orbitz is also a brand of a locally-produced shake with huge black balls of sago (a tropical tree producing starch). Collectively-named, pearl shakes, these enjoyed a huge following during the summer of 2001.

pinoycook.net/cooking-food/drinks/sago-tapioca-or-pearl-balls/
zagushakes.com



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MilesMayhem on 01/15/2008 11:12 am

i think i've still got about half a dozen bottles of orbitz in my basement, i bought a box of 'em at 13 cents a bottle when a store was trying to clear out it's stock, i'll have to check on that when i get home



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Big daddy Z (Guest) on 01/15/2008 11:28 am

When I was in highschool, my chemistry teacher had a bunch of Orbitz bottles in a display case. His theory was that the orbs in them did not have the same density as water. They sat there for 10 years or so, and sure enough, the balls sank to the bottom. Granted, it took several years, so the Orbitz people got it pretty damn close.



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incognit000 on 01/15/2008 11:39 am

The only use I ever found for Orbitz was bringing it in to science class as a show-and-tell demonstration. I found the taste to be OK but those gel blobs made it feel like it was trying to chug soda and eat Jujubees at the same time.

Does anyone know if "Capsela" is produced by the same people as "Orbitz," or did the formula get sold, or even reverse-engineered? Japan has always been more tolerant to novelty products, especially since Japanese companies can get away with smaller profit margins and more cliqueish customer bases, so I'm glad to see them picking up things that Americans decided were "too weird."



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Fluke on 01/15/2008 12:30 pm

OM NOM NOM NOM!

That's some FINE shit!



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T L Wolf (Guest) on 01/15/2008 1:27 pm

I loved those things....



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Albino Bat on 01/15/2008 1:46 pm

Man those things look delicious...



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Desert_Screams on 01/15/2008 2:42 pm

With a panda on the bottle cap, it's gotta be good!



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El Sammo (Guest) on 01/15/2008 3:10 pm

I've tried Orbitz a few times, it was good enough. I REALLY miss Surge though. That shit would keep you WIRED. Fuck Mountain Dew, SSUUUURRGE!!!!



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briny bill (Guest) on 01/15/2008 3:38 pm

back in the good old days me and my family drank about 3 bottles each everyday course thems where the days when you could still find cheap gas ahh the good old days



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Madman914 on 01/15/2008 5:19 pm

Damn,I had this stuff once when it first came out. and now it's gone. I didn't appreciate it, love and care for it, savor it. And it just disappeared. Then out of no where it comes back looking different and having three kids expecting me to just take it back like nothing ever happened. No, not again.



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Dungeonbrownies on 01/15/2008 6:28 pm

Well, much like boba on crack, ive seen these before at the market. theyre actually all over the place [in asian supermarkets] next to the pouch drinks and ramune. If you were asian youd know... that theyve been around for a while just hiding...

but i've never tried it before.
i might now that youve talked of it...



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n00bl3t (Guest) on 01/15/2008 6:45 pm

Is it just me, or does that Capsela stuff remind anyone else of amphibian eggs?



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flash_fox on 01/15/2008 7:59 pm

I've never heard of the Orbitz beverage before (heck, when I read the title of this entry, I thought you meant the travel company has gone into the food and drink company). But hearing about it, I'm curious about trying it. Too bad there isn't any places around here that would sell this kind of stuff.



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Blood_panther (Guest) on 01/15/2008 8:50 pm

I tried one when i was a kid. they used to be everywhere. I remember the drink tasted ok but the balls were'nt my cup of tea.



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Spruce Moose on 01/15/2008 9:03 pm

Dear God, I miss Vanilla Bean Snapple. It has left a hole in my heart that can never be filled.



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thecatillaccat on 01/16/2008 12:23 am

Caribbean Splash. When I was a little kid, there was this juice Tropican put out, I think it was Tropicana, called Caribbean Splash. My chiefest joy in life was to go to Aunt Cher's, as she always got some just for me. You can get it today as orane/pineapple/banana juice...but it's not the same, somehow. Ir's not my SPLASH.

Never tried Orbitz. However, floaty balls are win.



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autodidact on 01/16/2008 4:43 am

I was once trapped for over 5 months in a dead end job. I was lucky though, I had an endless supply of Josta. Although vastly promoted, widely advertised, and sporting a cough medicine/confused fruit punch/cherry Sucrets-type of flavor, it was not meant for this world. I miss it, if only for the chance to correct the clerk in the convenience store on her mispronunciation.
What a drink, and what a Summer. I drank my fill, and I have the kidney stones to prove it. And the diabetes.



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Froach (Guest) on 01/16/2008 4:44 am

My dad did some work for them and brought home samples before it was released. As cool as it was to look at, the texture was odd. Still, it warms my heart to see this cult following...I was one of the first to experience the gummy ball sensation, that you didn't know if you were eating or drinking.



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DorkMatter (Guest) on 01/16/2008 4:55 am

It was sold in England, but spelled properly: "Ourbits".

As usual, nobody wanted to ingest Ourbits and so it was discontinued.



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prophecy21 (Guest) on 01/16/2008 4:57 am

i miss those drinks! i loved them! im shocked to see that no one mentioned that they miss crystal pepsi though...



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HopeHubris (Guest) on 01/16/2008 5:20 am

I will be that one brave soul to admit to missing Crystal Pepsi...the so good soda you could see through...

ahhh memories....sniff sniff...



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Jay (Guest) on 01/16/2008 6:08 am

I remember orbitz... it was earlier this decade in Los Angeles. They were at the beverage rack in those 99¢ONLY stores, i bought all the ones they had including a "glow in the dark" drink called ALIEN ALE, anyone remember those?

I collected a bottle of each flavour of orbitz but sadly they're long gone now.



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Nigel (Guest) on 01/16/2008 7:17 am

The only place I ever saw Orbitz for sale was at a nearby mall. Being the soft drink geek that I am, I tried every flavor. I just found the slippery orbs a bit unsettling. Still, I wish my kids had the opportunity to try it.
I can see that two of my long-lost favorites have already been mentioned; Surge and Josta. Back when I worked 12-hour nights, I always brought along a cooler full of Surge packed in ice and a bottle of white crosses (bronchodilators loaded with ephedrine, heh.)



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D-MoN on 01/16/2008 7:17 am

I'm Canadian.. and those damn things were everywhere for the longest time. You're telling me you guys didn't get them very much down there?

Well keep in mind that there's lots of things my great country is fighting to keep from you. The Tragically Hip, The Toronto Maple Leafs and .. well OK Celine Dion escaped but we'll blame that on the terrorists.



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Derrado (Guest) on 01/16/2008 7:29 am

Although they don't float, Tapioca balls are to be found in lots of crazy Asian teas that they sell at places like T-Bar and EzyWay here in Australia. Those outlets have become pretty common and lots of people have had them. Massive variety of flavours and you can get chewy tapioca balls and little jello cubes in all of them.



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mac (Guest) on 01/16/2008 7:33 am

I lOVED that stuff i miss surge the most tho, if you dont know what surge is , it was a earlier better tasting vault and had more caffine



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Kevin72 (Guest) on 01/16/2008 8:22 am

I was teaching English in Taiwan at that time. When back visiting the US for a week, my friend and I took a roadtrip in early 1997 and he bought an Orbitz. When I returned to Taiwan, there were Orbitz-like drinks there, and I bought them. I brought one to class, and one of my adult students explained the equal-density thing.



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chenry (Guest) on 01/16/2008 8:25 am

I loved Clearly Canadian, that stuff is hard to find. I had no idea they made Orbitz.



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Biks (Guest) on 01/16/2008 9:00 am

If you have a Chinese supermarket in your neighbourhood, look there. I live in Beijing right now, and here there are many Orbitz-like drinks around. My local supermarket has 10 different brands and flavors, all bottles with stuff floating around in them. (allthough on second thought, that stuff could be lead-paint though)



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Biks (Guest) on 01/16/2008 9:03 am

Oh, and the Japanese drink above is a vitamin-drink. It's called capsela because the floating balls are vitamin "capsules". 1000mg of vitamin c as well as b,d,e



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Fauna (Guest) on 01/16/2008 9:29 am

I vaguely remember when Orbitz was in abundance up in Canada, around the time I was two years old. After the U.S. rejected Orbitz, it was sent back to Canada, where we had so many that they all had to go on sale. My father bought it for me, and soon after we found it was probably the most awkward substance to drink. At least it looked cool.



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Stephanie (Guest) on 01/16/2008 9:43 am

well, i actually really miss sprite ice. i loved it!



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Bobby (Guest) on 01/16/2008 10:58 am

I can't believe no one has mentioned the original Coke formula that contained sugar! I would spend weekends travelling to the country, buying out the little country stores stock of "real Coke" after the New Coke was introduced. I still have one unopened "real Coke" can that I brought back from the Bahamas, after I could no longer find it here in the states, just to keep as a momento of the greatest soft drink ever.



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Jeff (Guest) on 01/16/2008 10:58 am

I've had a bottle of Orbitz in my fridge for about a decade now. The balls settled to the bottom after a couple of years, and it hasn't done anything interesting since.



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Adriana (Guest) on 01/16/2008 11:11 am

i remember walking to the corner store when i was in grammar school to get orbitz and jolt... those were the good days.....

u know what i REALLY miss... when quarter juices (the little plastic square containers wtih the foil tops) were actually a QUARTER... we wouldnt fight over which flavor we wanted... we'd fight over the colors cuz now that i think of it, they all tasted pretty much the same....



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Phillip (Guest) on 01/16/2008 11:20 am

I bought one bottle of Orbitz back in the day just because of how it looked. Still have it, and the balls are still suspended. My apartment rarely gets below 70 degrees - maybe that has something to do with it? I've often thought of putting a light underneath to see what would happen.



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Sam (Guest) on 01/16/2008 11:24 am

I didn't like Orbitz but my sister was hooked on the stuff. The drink I really miss is Sunkist Natural - awesome tangerine taste!



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Coye (Guest) on 01/16/2008 11:53 am

Clearly Canadian was the shiznit! Orbitz as most said, was ok in taste but the floating jelly balls were kinda gross in the end. The one drink I miss the most is Cactus Cooler, that stuff was the shit.



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Lectroid (Guest) on 01/16/2008 11:56 am

I tried orbitz just for novelty value back when it was around. Too sweet and bland for me, though I did, for ages, keep a bottle on my office shelf just for kicks. It got given away in an office move.

The drink I *really* miss is Royal Crown Draft Cola. It was RC's attempt at a 'premium' cola, using only real sugar (no corn syrup), high quality cola extract, etc. The original plan called for less caramel coloring, giving it the amber look of beer. The bottle, too, was a brown micro-brew style bottle with an old-timey red, white and blue label which had DRAFT in great big letters and 'cola' in small letters underneath.

Parent groups, naturally, pitched a fit, resulting in it the company tweaking the label to make 'cola' more prominent and making it regular brown cola colored. But at that point, it was pretty much doomed.

That's a shame because it was the BEST TASTING COLA I have ever had. It was not *too* sweet, and had an almost chocolate flavor to it. It was wonderful. Cases showed up at my local Target. I bought one four pack, tried it, and immediately went and bought out every bottle they had.

I even went to far as to call the company and beg them to reissue it. Alas, there are no plans to do so.



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CP (Guest) on 01/16/2008 12:24 pm

Orbitz was a great drink. Although, the bite size pieces were small enough that you just sipped them up with the drink. I used to be a maniac for Clearly Canadian, so I gave orbitz a try. Fuse is one of my favorite beverages, and they used to make a Cranberry Grapefruit flavor called "Energize", which unfortunately has been discontinued. I have been unable to find a replacement by Fuse that I enjoy.



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MFB (Guest) on 01/16/2008 12:34 pm

I had some Orbitz when I was in junior high! My mom brought me some once on a whim and I loved. Too bad I can't find any in the States...



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Kiki (Guest) on 01/16/2008 12:39 pm

I really miss Kickapoo Joy Juice although I realize that sounds like something really illegal now.



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GUEST N CALI (Guest) on 01/16/2008 12:48 pm

Orbitz was an awesome drink, I loved it. It was introduce to me by a good friend who happens to be Canadian. We bought it just about everyday from the local corner liguor store. And one day it was gone. We should have known, the day before my friend and I were arguing over who would get the last bottle on the shelf. Of course I won the last bottle. That was a sad day for my buddy, he never it was the bottle he would never have. Well now that there is this new product, I will let him that it is back. THANKS!



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GUEST N CALI (Guest) on 01/16/2008 12:50 pm

Oh yeah, Tapioca Parlors had replace my ORBITZ drinking experience. Not even close to being the same as ORBITZ, but soothes my craving.



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Bonnie (Guest) on 01/16/2008 1:18 pm

Oh goodness! This just made my life. I'm so excited! To Japan!



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Steven (Guest) on 01/16/2008 1:38 pm

Capsela is similar to Orbitz, but not quite the same. It's marketed as a vitamin supplement in Japan, the drink itself contains the vitamins B1, B6, and C, and the floating balls supposedly contain vitamins D and E. There is also a pink, peach flavored "womens" version containing collagen and ceramide and purported to help improve your skin.

Also, there are a number of other drinks in Japan that come with floaties, it's a pretty common thing.



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Elizabeth (Guest) on 01/16/2008 1:53 pm

I remember a drink called "Voodoo Rain", I think it was supposed to be a Snapple or Sobe knockoff. They had a flavor called Hot Cherry Apple, and it was bright green. I tasted it on a whim, and ohmygod it was fantastic. The "hot cherry" was actually warming as you drank it. You could feel the heat in your throat. The apple was a great tart flavor. And of course, as is the theme here, it got discontinued and disappeared before I even realized what happened.



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-RoG- on 01/16/2008 2:13 pm

Steven, do you have any photos of the pink "womens" version of Capsela? They didn't have any of that stuff at the Mitsuwa Marketplace here in town and I'd love to see that stuff.

Also, does anybody remember New York Seltzer? It was a brand of soda, all of which were perfectly clear, but they tasted way better than your average cola. They came in tiny bottles and the blueberry flavor was pretty much my favorite thing in the world for a while.



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Spamgirl (Guest) on 01/16/2008 2:23 pm

I saw a similar drink at my Food Basics store, but it had floating chunks of coconut in it - but they were suspended, just like Orbitz.

I tried Orbitz when they had free taste tests in downtown Toronto outside MuchMusic. It made me retch.

I miss New York Seltzer, the blueberry may still be my favourite thing in the world :(



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wittyraconteur (Guest) on 01/16/2008 3:49 pm

I worked at a radio station when they were first released in the U.S. and we got cases of them to give away, but no one liked them so I took a rack home. I lived with five people at the time and we all thought they were ok, but mostly weird. We discovered they were slightly better cold, so we kept them in the fridge and any new guest who came over we made them try one. I am sure they were leery as we all stared at them eagerly awaiting their opinion. When we were to the last of them, I stripped off the outside sticky label and put them on the shelf for decoration. That would have been '95 or '96 and I still have them. The balls still float in the middle, they didn't sink to the bottom like that earlier comment about them in the science classroom. Maybe because everytime I move they get a little shaken up.



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LordVger (Guest) on 01/16/2008 4:51 pm

I miss dnL, remember? The upside down, funky-green, and caffeinated brother of 7up?



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Kim (Guest) on 01/16/2008 5:56 pm

I loved Orbitz, but no one I know even remembers the stuff... Every time I go to describe it to someone, they just stare blankly at me...

and dnL... I almost forgot about that! My boyfriend at the time worked for 7up distribution and we got a discount on cases. Good times, good times...



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max (Guest) on 01/16/2008 6:02 pm

I particularly liked the bevnet reviews of these drinks. bevnet.com/reviews/orbitz/

From the review...
"This beverage is atrocious. It slightly resembles a Pina Coloda, but it has a drowned out taste. We really couldn't taste the cherry and banana flavors. The white and red balls don't have much flavor. We would never drink this beverage again."



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ss (Guest) on 01/16/2008 6:16 pm

Bobby: You can buy cases of sugar Coke at most Costcos in Southern California. I bought a case a while back. I think only Mexico still makes it with sugar?



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-RoG- on 01/16/2008 6:25 pm

wittyraconteur, yeah it's weird, I hear reports of the orbs eventually sinking to the bottom of the bottle in some cases, but there are plenty of original bottles still out there where the orbs are still suspended and showing no signs of stopping. I can only assume that different ingredients were used at some point, which caused some of the orbs to not last as long.

LordVger, hahaha how have I not heard of this before? I just did an image search for it and it's both simple and genius how they inverted the 7up logo. That rules.

ss, yeah I think I've seen the pure cane sugar Coke at World Market too (which is owned by Costco).



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calavera on 01/16/2008 6:46 pm

holy crud!! i havnt seen these things in years!

im sure they were called something else in the uk, an they were in clear 'cans', but there the same thing non the less!

as far as i can remeber, it was a tastey little drink but the balls just tasted like little bits of rubber to me.



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Sammy D (Guest) on 01/16/2008 7:07 pm

The museum of science and industry in Chicago has had a bottle of Orbitz (along with other defunct beverages) on display, when I was there this last summer the little gelatinous balls were some what decomposed and the clear drink was turning a nasty yellow color. Didn't really make me want one again, but I would like a clearly canadian sparkling fruit drink, those were amazing. Why did those ever go off the market. Ahh at leat I still have Arizona Tea Great Buys, if they ever take those off the market I'll go insane



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Sammy D (Guest) on 01/16/2008 7:15 pm

I forgot, on the topic of defunct foods anyone remember a product called Duo's. It was like a yogurt cup but is had layers of jello in it. I used to gross out the other kids at my school cause it not only looked nasty when you mixed it up but is made horrid slurping noises when you ate it.



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chuck (Guest) on 01/16/2008 8:12 pm

I HAD ORBITZ WAY OUT IN THE MOUNTAINS OF NORTH CAROLINA. We were coming back from bust your ass a jump of 30 feet or so in to a deep pool of beautiful mountain water. I saw orbitz and said i 'll try it. It was good but i had no other money at the time or a car to get to stores off of campus. The balls did not get in the way of drinking and it seems to me to be a bit sedate compared to other drinks that were around.



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Wolfebyte (Guest) on 01/16/2008 8:12 pm

Never got into Orbitz.. but some of the defunct drinks I miss are:
Hondo
Surge
Crystal Pepsi (I know, it's weird)
Raspberry Pepsi (I think there where a couple of other flavors in that failed era) .
Original Coke and
Original Jolt (all the sugar and twice the caffeine)

Jolt was actually run out of our area because parents could not get their wired kids to calm down..



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blondie (Guest) on 01/16/2008 9:14 pm

for people bemoaning the loss of real coke, you can still buy it (at least in NY, probably other places with a jewish population) around passover b/c the coke sold now is not kosher, and for some reason coke made with sugar is. It can also be found year round at some kosher groceries.



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J Mo (Guest) on 01/16/2008 9:25 pm

We used to take Orbitz and put them in the freezer. When you took one out (pre-freezing, of course), the balls would still be suspended until you hit the side, then they would all fall to the bottom at the same time, a great example of the density of water decreasing as the temprature dropped. Ahh, science...



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Becca (Guest) on 01/16/2008 9:37 pm

You can still get Clearly Canadian, but you have to be in the right region of the country. I don't happen to live in one of the areas they distribut e to but every now and again I'll spot it at a store I'm in and buy it up.

This link shows you where they sell it :)
clearly.ca/locator/

I jusy wish they still made Crystal Pepsi, (yes I know I am one of 7 people in the entire US, who actually like the stuff, but I miss it)



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BawdyLittleMonkey (Guest) on 01/16/2008 11:20 pm

This many comments and no one mentions Pepsi Blue?
Or Stroh's Beer?

Does anyone know if what blondie said about buying Coke made with sugar around passover is correct? Why wouldn't corn syrup be kosher?



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Blev (Guest) on 01/17/2008 12:41 am

I think Capsela is quite clever, making use of the panda as the logo...since it's an endangered beverage. It must be protected, so that like it's corporate mascot, it doesn't go extinct.

Speaking of extinct beverage...I really miss Slimer's Ecto Cooler. Word on the street is there are imitations, but I've not even been able to locate those. No Ecto, not even any rip offs. Its almost as if I've been forsaken by the Gods of non-carbonated citrus beverage.



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Mike (Guest) on 01/17/2008 2:10 am

hey everybody. Orbitz like drinks have been around for a while, just check out your local Korean or Japanese grocery store or mart. Usually in opaque containers though, but there are some tasty green grape flavored drinks with skinned grape pieces in it-good stuff. Also if you liked orbits, you might like bubble tea and bubble smoothies- also more commonly found at Asian- type smoothies shops and cafes. Just make sure you go a decent place.. If you get a bubble smoothies for 2$, you'll probably wish you hadn't!



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zenki36830 (Guest) on 01/17/2008 2:12 pm

I would honestly kill a man for just one more can of OK soda. best drink ever.



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JackSchmidtKnifeThrower on 01/17/2008 4:55 pm

Unfortunatly, I've never heard of Orbitz untill now. Looks AWESOME though.... Hope I get to try it in it's 'capsela' form.



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Poop on a Stick (Guest) on 01/18/2008 12:37 am

Never got the chance to try it, Rog. I'm happy for you, though. I have enough trouble finding R.C. cola in cans. 2-liters, yes. Cans, no, for some reason.



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rainbow (Guest) on 01/18/2008 3:11 am

I miss Pepsi Blue and Wild Cherry Pepsi. I still have a couple of empty Pepsi Blue cans kicking around for novelty's sake and to remind me of what I no longer have. :-(



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Ferrit on 01/18/2008 7:50 pm

It was the mention of Capsela (the bubbly plastic erector set style building set) that gave me a nostalgic flashback here :P



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Ivy (Guest) on 01/19/2008 12:44 am

Hey, we had one some of those at our anime convention in Houston like a month ago. They were like five bucks a bottle though. They look pretty cool...



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dana (Guest) on 01/19/2008 8:26 am

I read all the comments before I found one mention of OK cola. We used to stand outside of highschool and call the 800 number on the payphone, just to hear the cheerful message (of the day? of the week?)They kept changing the formula, and I was pretty sure that it was just all the run-off from making other sodas, but... drinking it, you knew everything was OK!



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FeC (Guest) on 01/19/2008 4:13 pm

Wow I remember that stuff from when I was 5, I've been asking adults if they new about it but no seemed to remember. I thought I had dreamed it up, never did get to try it.



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SamGamgee on 01/20/2008 4:23 am

Wow I didn't know you could still get that stuff. I have one of each flavor unopened of the original release of the stuff. Didn't really like the whole tapioca drink type thing about it but the flavors were pretty good.



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MisterCark (Guest) on 01/20/2008 10:59 pm

I've run across a number of these fond remembrances on the Internet from time to time, and while I'm glad to see mention of old pals like Clearly Canadian and New York Seltzer, I have not yet seen anyone who remembers one of my faborites:

7-Up Gold.

7-Up Gold was, as its name implies, golden in color. The flavor was ginger, though without the tartness one generally finds in commercial ginger ales. It was more of a burn, with a bit of a cinnamon flavor to it as well. A mighty beverage, and one I occasionally get a hankering for.

Oh. And pineapple Crush, too.



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chloe (Guest) on 01/21/2008 10:38 pm

holy hell, I NEED ONE. OR TWENTY. i LOVED orbitz. everyone thought i was insane and retched whenever i made them try one. our mitsuwa here in san diego is nowhere near as big as the other ones (i am dying to go on a mitsuwa road trip), i'm going there once i've got a couple more bucks in my bank account ... i'm going to beg them to carry capsela if i don't find it.



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maNDan Jim (Guest) on 01/24/2008 10:42 am

I bought Orbitz once in a tourist trap town. Cool idea although I never really thought it tasted that great. Its crazy now that I think about it , it probably was 1996 too. Bring back bonkers candy! And also , RIGHT NOW! HEY! ITS YOUR TOMORROW! Crystal clear pepsi son.



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The_Funktasm on 01/27/2008 6:36 am

Surge really ruled hard, and I believe Coke's new drink "Vault" is the same thing, but does anyone remember Storm? It was like caffeinated Sprite.

Also, some of the best places to find discontinued and rare foods is the grocery chain "Grocery Outlet."



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I-Mockery Blabber (Guest) on 03/21/2008 12:17 am

[...] in L.A., it was to show you that the old Orbitz novelty beverages do still exist under the guise of Capsela. Today, I wanted to share with you this little oddity that I recently found in Mitsuwa’s [...]



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Maggie (Guest) on 07/11/2008 11:50 am

So this post is about 100 million years old but I just wanted to confirm that yes, Kosher Coca-Cola is made with sugar and not corn syrup.
"Passover, the eight-day holiday that commemorates the exodus of the Israelites from slavery in Egypt, begins at sundown April 2 with the first seder.

During Passover, Jews cannot consume "chametz," defined as five grains -wheat, oats, barley, rye and spelt - that have come in contact with moisture for more than 18 minutes. Many Jews observe an additional Passover prohibition that includes rice, lentils, beans - and corn. "

so yes, if you live in a predominately or at least somewhat jewish area, look in grocery stores around passover, its marked with a yellow cap.

a 6 pack of kosher coke, btw, costs $4.50.



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wendy (Guest) on 08/10/2008 11:47 pm

Jay,

Yeah, I remember Alien Ale. Heck, I have a few bottles in their little four-pack crates.

I have two bottles (unopened) of Orbitz:

blueberry melon strawberry

pineapple banana cherry coconut

Stuff tastes awful. I won't be opening these.



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A Tribute to Fallen Sodas | Gunaxin (Guest) on 02/09/2009 4:01 pm

[...] Although Orbitz may be dead, it lives on in a bastardized form. [...]



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LZ (Guest) on 02/11/2009 4:13 pm

3 words for you: fruit-flavored jizz. That stuff was NASTY!!!



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am i the only one? (Guest) on 04/26/2009 8:45 am

omg. i was like 6 or 7 the ONE time I had orbitz. i've always tried figuring out what it was, but i could never remember. but the day i had it i stayed home from school and me and my stepmom (dad's girlfriend at the time) took me with her to do some errands. we had to stop at the gas station so she could get her diet coke and she got me this. at first i refused to drink it due to the floaty balls... but then she told me they were just candy. I FUCKIN LOVED THAT SHIT.

Other beverages I miss: Pepsi Blue, Pepsi Clear (or Crystal Pepsi), berry clear sprite, REGULAR mr. pibb (Pibb XTra just doesn't taste the same)... and the CRAZY FLAVORED MELLO YELLO! (I at least remember melon flavored, pink colored stuff)... plus surge. and don't tell me that surge and vault are the same thing, because they fuckin aren't.

Also... for Pepsi Blue lovers... there's rumors of it returning sometime this year possibly.



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Jenny (Guest) on 06/19/2010 11:30 pm

i am a little behind on this fight to find Orbitz! but ive been trying to remeber the name of this brand of soda for the last few days and every time i mention it to my parents they look at me like im crazy cause they do not remember it! but i finally found it! i want some so bad but now can not seem to find some to purchase! so if anyone knows where i can find some let me know!!



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Casey (Guest) on 07/30/2010 4:32 pm

I have always remembered it, but I'm with Jenny. I haven't been able to remember the name of it when I think about it, and finally my google search for "drink with spheres" paid off. I must have thought it was good, because I remember buying it multiple times.



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shanyn (Guest) on 07/02/2011 11:46 pm

i loved Orbits. my mom would get them for when she went to the store. I really miss melon mello yello too.



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Mark Greene (Guest) on 10/11/2011 8:02 pm

I would like to get the recipe for the floating balls. I have an idea that requires the use of biodegradable, non poisonous, neutral buoyancy balls that will never stick to the walls of a vessel. If anyone can find the recipe, please send it to me. markegreene@yahoo.com. I think the recipe requires a large quantity of unobtainium. Thanks



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Kellie S. (Guest) on 01/29/2012 9:31 pm

Hi, I have wondered about orbitz for years! I have asked alot of my friends if they remembered it, they just look at me like im stupid and ask what the hell I'm talking about. I was just laying in bed talking to my girlfriend about it and decided to google. I am ten kinds of too excited that it still exists. It was absolutely my favorite childhood beverage! Thank you so much for posting this.



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Sakuma (Guest) on 03/15/2012 12:41 am

I remember having these! I was up visiting my parents when I seen them. Me and my friends would always spend our money on these. And even sometimes we would poor it in a wine glass to look like we were drinking wine. Ah, I miss the old days. :)



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DeeDee (Guest) on 07/06/2012 10:04 pm

Omg I though this was gone I use to be so addicted to this drink



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Shade Mandel (Guest) on 04/19/2013 1:22 pm

HEY!!!!! Ive got a Orbitz drink for sale, Its currently not up on any other sites!!!!! Email me at vonhortenau@gmail.com if your interested in buying!!!!!!!!!!!



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Leopard Lady (Guest) on 04/30/2013 11:56 pm

Hello -

I have three Orbitz unopened, been in a shady cool spot in a closet for years - ever since I'd bought. I had all four - but was retarded and sold one on eBay a while back - not remembering that I had the remaining three, which I found last fall when I was cleaning out things around my place.

Needless to say - I'm willing to part with them - I have pics of if anyone is interested. You can send mail to orbitzbeverage at gmail dot com.
Wiling to entertain best offer.
Thanks!

Leopard Lady



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Donivan (Guest) on 10/19/2013 7:42 pm

I miss orbitz I loved the drink, and clear pepsi I enjoyed also, why do they have to quit making the kewl drinks, I use to try to keep from drinking the lil orbitz balls and eat them last, I'm glad to see there is something simaler to orbitz I got to try to get some



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jon (Guest) on 12/30/2013 8:14 am

2 words: Crystal Pepsi!!!!!



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Clearly (Guest) on 01/22/2014 3:40 am

Believe it or not, Clearly Canadian is re-launching original formulas in glass bottles via a fan-led campaign to bring back into production.
http://www.clearlycanadian.com/
If it's a huge success (with your support), who knows...maybe Orbitz will be back one day too...



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