Who Put the Pop(Back) in Wisconsin? #JollyGood
If you read my title and started singing the jingle. You are a true fan of Jolly Good soda! If you have no idea what I’m talking about, I’ll give you a trip down my memory lane.
It was a sad day, some years ago, when Jolly Good soda stopped production. People all over were stocking up on whatever they could get their hands on. Others thought it was just a rumor. I was one of those people.
I thought, “Nah, you know how people talk. It’ll never happen.”. But it did happen. My favorite childhood soda brand was gone! A lot of my most memorable childhood memories have Jolly Good soda in them.
During the summer, we would have get togethers with family. Brats and burgers were always on the menu. Colorful cans of Jolly Good Soda were ALWAYS in the cooler. As kids, we didn’t always get to drink soda. So it was a huge treat to have these family get togethers. We knew it was a time for playing with all of our cousins and having fun as a family! Then as we got thirsty, we were able to choose from all the different varieties of Jolly Good soda.
When it was my family’s turn to host the get together, my mom would take us to the store with her and let us choose the sodas. On the shelf, you could find pretty much any flavor you wanted sold by the can. There wasn’t a commitment to a 12 pack of one flavor. We got to mix and match them all! We loved it!! It made us feel we were a part of the planning(plus, we got to make sure there were plenty of our favorite flavors!).
Some of my most favorite flavors were(yes, this is the order in which I chose them) Cream, Fruit Punch, Orange, Cherry and Sour Pow’r. There were even more choices like Grape, Cola, Root Beer, Diet Cola, Lemon Lime…I swear the list went on forever. I can still see the cans lined up on the shelf.
Now let’s go to about a week ago. I heard another rumor, thanks to the power of Facebook. There were bottles of Jolly Good soda at my favorite cheese store!!(Check out my post on Cedar Valley Cheese when you have a chance. It will make you drool over string cheese!)
Wait, what? How is that possible? Was someone starting a terrible joke? Jolly Good has been gone for years, who’s bringing it back??
I didn’t know any of the answers to these questions, all I knew was I had to see it for myself. I hopped in my truck on Friday, had to wait for the fresh cheese to be ready of course, and drove down there. I saw the bottles of Sour Pow’r all the way in the back! There they were!! Only 5 feet away from the best fresh cheddar curds ever!
They are back in production!! They are slowly reintroducing flavors with the next one hoping to be out by Christmas. And guess which flavor that is! My all time favorite! Cream!!
They have been having polls on their Facebook page where you can vote for what’s up next. I’m hoping for Fruit Punch! You can also keep up to date with where they are currently selling Jolly Good. It’s not in a lot of places yet(so far just Cedar Valley Cheese Store and Belgium Hardware). Hopefully soon, it will be everywhere and you can get your hands on some!!
Are you a Jolly Good fan? What’s your favorite memory?