HOME > Chowhound > Washington DC & Baltimore >



I'd pretty much given up trying to recapture the flavors of my childhood--the candies and chewing gums are either vanished or modified to include "corn sweetener" (even the name sounds unappealing). But on a recent trip to Mexico I re-encountered the grapefruit soda, Squirt. It tasted just like I remembered it from my Minnesota youth. Too bad they didn't have Old Dutch Potato Chips to go with it.

I looked for it here in the supermarkets and at Total Wine, but I haven't seen it. Anyone have any leads? Failing that, is there another grapefruit soda that tastes like Squirt?

  1. Click to Upload a photo (10 MB limit)
  1. There is a Safeway house brand that is grapefruit flavored soda. Peapod.com stocks it, and it looks like you have Peapod available in the DC area.

    I have fond memories of keeping a case of Squirt under my bunk in the barracks, to mix with some Seagrams VO.

    1. Squirt is a brand of Cadbury Schweppes and is said to be available in the US, but I don't know where. The CS website lists contact information out of their beverage HQ in Plano, TX. Perhaps they can steer you in the right direction.
      You may want to try TING as an alternative. TING is a grapefruit soda made in Jamaica and it is available in many US beverage outlets and Jamaican restaurants. It's pretty good.

      1 Reply
      1. re: Raokay

        Some of our area Giants also carry Ting in the Hispanic foods section. We love Ting.

      2. Squirt is readily available most anywhere in the US, I'm quite certain. I know it is here in LosAngeles. However, as you say, it is now using HFCS, as do most sodas. Mexican-made sodas usually do not use the HFCS, so that's why the one you drank there tasted as you remembered from "back in the day". If your area has a Hispanic grocery store, try there...they sometimes carry the "imported" version of the American brands. I know the stores and restaurants here do.
        As for the Old Dutch.....try to find an online source...they are out there!

        1. Not sure if I've actually seen the Squirt product, but many Salvadoran markets carry a variety of Fanta's, they have a grapefruit drink also.

          1. I've found Boylan's grape soda in a few places locally -- I *think* it's made with cane sugar (some of their other sodas are), although I don't have a bottle handy to check the ingredients). Boylan's makes good sodas, in general.

            1. Look for Wink, which is a Canada Dry product. Also, Harris Teeter has a pretty good house brand grapefruit soda. I also like their Italian Lemon Soda, which is a fairly decent knock-off of San Pellegrino Limon.

              1. Fresca has citrus flavor mostly grapefruit oriented.

                1. Squirt is available at the Shoppers Food Warehouse in Alexandria (at Duke St. and Beauregard). I'm from Minnesota too - and Squirt was my favorite as a kid! It tastes the same too me now - even with high fructose corn syrup... OK, maybe not as much bite....

                  3 Replies
                  1. re: mpegan

                    Thanks! I won't need that Minnesota time machine now. (Do they have Pearson's Nut Goodies and Grain Belt Beer, too?)

                    1. re: Gonzocook

                      No Grain Belt (mmm... Grain Belt - I had some a couple years ago when I went back for a visit, I think it was less watery than I remembered from my youth)..., no Schmidt's, no Hamm's...... no Old Dutch (now I have that jingle in my head.) So you still need the time machine or a plane ticket to get some of the things that were just regional products. Actually, from Pearson's I prefered the Salted Nut Roll.

                      1. re: mpegan

                        Oh great, now I've got the old Hamm's "From the Land of Sky Blue Waters..." theme song running through my head, and images of the Hamm's Bear bopping around in my imagination. Next thing you know, I'll be imagining hearing Lloyd Pettit doing play-by-play for Blackhawks games.

                        And just to keep things chow-ish, the prior suggestion of trying Hispanic grocery stores is probably the best one, for the reasons stated by the prior poster. In many cases, Mexico preserves the tastes of our youth.

                  2. Squirt is alive and well in South Western PA -- it is all my family there drinks! Squirt, Diet Squirt, and Ruby Red Squirt. My brother lives near Gettysburg, PA (about 1.25 hours away) and he also has Squirt regularly. I guess they just do not think there is much of a market for it in these parts. Locally, I have seen Squirt at Westover Market in Arlington and I believe I have seen it recently at Wegman's.

                    1. Squirt is available at the Columbia Heights' Giant and the Shaw Giant.

                      1. I have been trying to find Squirt in northern New York. I moved here from Dallas, Tx. last year. They sell it there. When I was a kid there was also "Wink", the sassy one from Canada Dry! Good luck!

                        1. Something that has started showing up around here- not just in the Hispanic food section, but in all of the C-stores, is a brand called Jarrito's. They have a pretty darn good grapefruit drink!

                          1 Reply
                          1. re: Clarkafella

                            Jarritos is made in Mexico with mostly natural flavors. My favorite is their tamarind (tamarindo). Very refreshing, especially with Mexican food.