27 Mar '12, 10pm

8 infamous food flops

8 infamous food flops

Although there have been several failed soft drinks in recent history (C2, New Coke, 7-Up Gold, Coca-Cola with Lime, Pepsi Blue, Pepsi AM and on) none is quite as infamous as Crystal Pepsi, a profoundly disorienting, caffeine-free “clear” cola released to much hype in 1992 (remember those Van Halen “Right Now” commercials ?) with the slogan: “You've never seen a taste like this.” Apparently, consumers didn’t agree with the taste they encountered — despite strong initial sales boosted by a relentless marketing campaign, Crystal Pepsi was discontinued after one year. This didn’t stop Coca-Cola from getting in on the clear cola craze: At the end of 1992, the company unveiled Tab Clear, a caffeinated stab at cola purity that also was short-lived. The quick demise of Tab Clear is somewhat surprising considering the unlikely endurance of Tab , a well-selling diet soda that no on...

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