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Crush--Lemon, Grape, and Orange.

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Since the opening page says that chowhounds are allowed to obsess about things like egg creams and Quisp, I guess it's okay for me to raise soda-pop issues. Anyway, I've tried to find out from the folks at Dr. Pepper/7-Up about their Crush brand, but I can't get anything but a stupid canned email response. My questions are these:

(1) This could go in the regional message board--where, if anywhere, can one find Orange Crush or Grape Crush in Iowa City?

(2) Is Lemon Crush still made and bottled anywhere? I've never had it or seen it.

I don't know about anyone else, but Orange Crush and Grape Crush are cherished childhood memories. All other products like Sunkist orange soda, etc., pale in comparison.

I know little about Nehi. How does that compare?

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  1. I've always seen Orange Crush all over (in the north- and southeast) but never heard of other flavors. Not a fan of fruit-flavored soda (except, of course, dry grape ginger ale!!), I couldn't help you find the others, but here's a tip: try one of those gas stations that have the really fancy stocked convenience stores. I've always found single-can brands of drinks that are hard to find in other places. You may have to try a few different stores, but it's a place to start. . .good luck!

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    1. re: Denise K.

      I just wanted to let you know that I too am having the same problem with the folks at Dr.Pepper/7Up. When I called them they gave me the phone number for the nearest bottler. I called the Shasta bottler in Columbus OH and all they could tell me was that they sold it all over Columbus in familiar stores like Kroger, Wal-Mart, Big Bear, Super Value. I was born and raised in Fort Dodge Iowa so I love Crush. I was looking for Strawberry and Grape myself. I know that they sell them even the strange flavors like lemon and a few others in Canada. I might be able to find you some Orange Crush around here in and if I end up traveling to Columbus to get Strawberry or Grape I can look into Orange for you. Also, when I spoke with the bottling company, If you can find somewhere that sells IBC Root Beer they, that store, might be able to order you some in on a half order/ Half IBC the other Half Crush. I hope this helps. If you found out any other information about Crush please keep me informed.
      P.S. I also know of a Web site sodapop.com, you can buy orange, strawberry or grape through that site. Also family beer.com, ifandbutts.com and fortwaynegrocery.com
      I think the prices are quite high. Would you please price strawberry crush in Iowa for me so I know if the prices I found are as outrageous as they seem or not.

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      Win (Boston)

      I'm not sure where you might find Crush in the stores, but I recall seeing it available by mail on this interesting site.


      (I knew I bookmarked this for a reason. Good luck!)

      1. Many of your questions can be answered by going to the site for Galco's Old World Grocery. They are a store devoted entirely to soda pop in glass bottles. I looked for Lemon Crush on their site but didn't see it. They do have Grape, Orange & Strawberry however. They also have Nehi and many other hard to find goodies. Check it out.

        Link: http://www.sodapopstop.com/

        1. I also have fond memories of Crush soda. But I am truly obsessed with peach Nehi. It is hands down the best soda I have ever had. I remember getting it out of vending machines at the little league ballpark where I played as a child in Arkansas. I live in Seatle, and they don't carry Nehi sodas up here. I was back in Arkansas for Christmas and found my beloved peach Nehi in a Wal-Mart store. You'd better believe I bought a 6-pack to take back to Seattle.

          1. Last month I was in Atlanta and went to the World of Coca Cola museum. They have a tasting room there full of soda fountains that dispense brands sold by Coke all over the world. My eyes bugged out when I saw Lemon Crush. It is every bit as yummy as you think it would be. I must have had about a quart of it!

            Unfortunately, if you want any you'll have to go to Bahrain to get it. (According to the sign...)

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            1. re: romeyn

              Wow, a revied 2001 thread.

              Actually, Lemon Crush is sold in Guatemala. My own opinion was that it was ok, but didn't knock me over ...7-up doesn't need to worry. That being said, they use sugar and not HFCS in GT which improves the flavor. THe Orange Crush tastes better also.

              NOTE: To the guy with the Crush soda blog ... I have your bottle of Lemon Crush from GT and have sent a few, so far unanswered emails. Contact me if you want the Lemon Crush

            2. In Southwestern Ontario, Canada you can get Grape Crush sold in "Rainbow" 24-can packs: 6 each of Grape Crush, Orange Crush, Mug Rootbeer and Cream Soda. These 24 packs come in either regular or diet. You can also get 12 can packs of each of the single flavours EXCEPT GRAPE. This is really annoying, as I love the diet grape, but I don't want to have to buy a bunch of other flavours to get it. It's very annoying.

              Sorry, no help, but commiseration.

              1. Been boycotting since the late 70's when they sent a cease and desist order (or filed a lawsuit or some such garbage) to the Denver Broncos, whose defense was nicknamed "The Orange Crush" at the time. Jerks.