Pop Shoppe pop is a phenomenon of my childhood. All I needed here was a hot dog and a tiny tub of vanilla ice cream with a flat wooden spoon and I can recreate every Canadian kid’s birthday party during the 1970’s. (or a school hot dog day).
Was this only a Canadian thing? I’m not sure but I can still picture the Pop Shoppe depot near my house when I was little. That’s right, it was a store that only sold pop… in glorious technicolor. Such gaudy colors and flavors in bottles that could be refilled. I really don’t recall drinking Coke or Pepsi until I was close to my teens. It was Pop Shoppe pop with the red labels.
And then one day it disappeared, until quite recently. I’ve seen in popping back up in a few specialty stores, already bottled and very expensive. (cashing in on nostalgia…) Until today. I was in Zellers and they had a huge rack of it for 99 cents a bottle. I bought every colour they had – just so I could take photos with them! Black Cherry, Cream Soda, Lime Ricky, Pineapple and of course, the every present Orange. I didn’t see Grape though. The funny thing is, the only flavor I like nowadays is the Black Cherry. What to do with the rest?
Hot dog party at my house!