The juice box of our generation wasn’t even a box. The futuristic aspect of Capri Sun juice pouches is what made them cool. The best part about them is that you can make sure you suck out every last drop. No matter the flavor, they have always come in the recognizable silver packets. Even though there have been other juices to come in the pouches, I don’t think any of them have been as popular.
I have recently heard people say “Man, I haven’t had a Capri Sun since I was a kid!” But I drink them all the time just for the novelty of feeling like a kid again. And the strange thing is… I like them more now than when I was little.
The first time Capri Suns made an appearance in my life was at the neighborhood swimming pool. One of the pool moms would bring frozen ones and let them float around the pool to let them thaw out. You’d just be swimming, watching them make their way around the pool wishing your mom had the notion to do such a thing. Looking back on it, she had the right idea. I feel like no pool trip is complete without Capri Suns.
I don’t know if it was just because we were terrible at opening these or if the design changed, but it seems that while in elementary school, there was always someone at the lunch table who would punch the straw through the back of the pouch. It was annoying but funny at the same time. Capri Suns became more common at lunch with the popularity of Lunchables due to being packaged and sold together.
The thing I hated about Capri Suns was how the sugar conglomerated at the back of your throat and made it hard to swallow. I guess I’ve just gotten used to it, because I love drinking Capri Suns now.
The only thing to do with a Capri Sun once you were done was to fold it half and turn it into a pretend phone. The straw made a good antenna and if you had a sharpie nearby you could draw on the numbers. Everyone thought this was really cool because everyone dreamed of owning their own phone.
And who could forget the cool surfers or rollerbladers that turned into liquid metal? With a motto like “liquid cool,” I could feel a cool breeze in the room as the commercial played across the TV screen. The commercials made me crave Capri Sun even when I wasn’t a fan of them.
With classic flavors like fruit punch, surfer cooler, and strawberry kiwi, and a wide variety of others it was (and still is!) hard to choose which kind to buy. What was your favorite flavor?
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