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Funny Face Drink Mix - banned commercial

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Uploaded on Jul 30, 2007

Here's a commercial that didn't last long on the airwaves. In the early 1960s, Pillsbury decided to compete with Kool-Aid and came out with their own line of instant drink mixes. These "pre-sweetened" mixes contained cyclamates instead of sugar ("so you don't mess up the kitchen adding sugar") and each flavor was assigned a cartoon character: Goofy Grape, Freckle Face Strawberry, Loud-Mouth Lime, and Rootin' Tootin' Raspberry. However, two of these characters met with widespread disapproval: Injun Orange and Chinese Cherry. The backlash from protesters caused Pillsbury to pull these racially-insensitive characters almost immediately; subsequently they were changed to Jolly-Olly Orange and Choo-Choo Cherry.

By the 1970s, cyclamates had been outlawed by the FDA, and Funny Face drink mixes became "sugar sweetened." By that time, Loud-Mouth Lime had been changed to Loud-Mouth Punch, and a new flavor, Lefty Lemonade, had been added to the group.

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