Wednesday, March 29, 2006

kool-aid FAQ

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Welcome to the alt.drinks.kool-aid FAQ, version 5.2!

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History of the alt.drinks.kool-aid FAQ: --------------------------------------- 1.0  Feb. 11/95   -The original and VERY short version of the FAQ. 2.0  Feb. 16/95   -Version 2.0 included many changes and additions                    including the history of Kool-Aid. 3.0  Feb. 24/95   -This version included the results of the latest                    poll as we! ll as the web site where the FAQ is                    located.  Other changes were made to the format. 3.1  Mar. 30/95   -Includes a new section on Kool-Aid around the                    world, and the poem of the month! 3.2  ???          -The subscribers and traders lists were removed and                    are now posted as Kool-People and Kool-Traders. 3.3  June 22/95   -Some new Kool-Aid links and more info about                    foreign Kool-Aid are a couple of the additions. 3.4  Oct 3/95     -Recipe for Toasted Kool-Aid added.  Kool-Traders                  ! ;  list eliminated; Kool-People list back in FAQ. 3.5  Oct 21/95    -Rob Buisson takes over from the esteemed Kevin                    Whalen (Kaptain Kool) as keeper of the FAQ.  The                    Kool-People list eliminated, New poll results are included. 4.0  Jan 29/96    -News of a new flavour (Slammin' Strawberry-Kiwi) and                    the demise of Sharkleberry Fin are included, as well                    a Wacky Warehouse section is added to the FAQ. 4.1  Feb  6/96    -Section on Jim Jones added.  New poll results included. 4.2  Feb 29/96    -Section on Super-fruity kool-aid added. 4.3  Mar 29/96    -First posting to alt.answers and news.answers,                      makin! g the kool-aid FAQ an "official" usenet FAQ. 4.4  Jun 14/96    -Section on Sugar added to the FAQ. 4.5  Aug 23/96    -subsection on Cyclamate sweetened kool-aid added 5.0  Oct  4/96    -Kool-Aid in the media section added, prompted by a                    sudden kool-aid media blitz. 5.1  Oct 18/96    -Kool-aid video game description added. 5.2  Dec 27/96    -Kool-Aid Recipe Section and Kool-Aid Non-Alcoholic Mix                    secions added.

A Tribute to alt.drinks.kool-aid: --------------------------------- "Wow!

"I don't actually drink KA (or I haven't regularly, I think I'm gonna start) but I was cruising the infohighway and your newsgroup looked kinda kooky so I decided to check it out...WOW!  This is the nicest, giddiest, neatest newsgroup I'v! e ever read!  People on UseNet are usually so quick to anger...I think they just post when they need to vent for whatever reason.  In any case, UseNet is almost NEVER a nice, relaxed type atmosphere.  This group is a glorious exception.   Is it the KA that does it to y'all?..maybe I oughta try some...


-from a net surfer who stumbled across our wonderful group.

Index: ------ I.      Where does Kool-Aid come from? II.     What about flavours? III.    How do you prepare Kool-Aid? IV.     What is the most popular flavour? V.      What does that code on the package mean? VI.     Can I dye my hair with Kool-Aid? VII     What can you tell me about Sugar and other kool-aid sweeteners? VIII.   What else can I do with Kool-Aid? IX.     Are there any Kool-Aid Recipes? X.      What can you tell me about the Kool-Aid Man Atari 2600 video game? XI.     What is the Kool-Aid ! Fan-Fic? XII.    Does anyone else mix Kool-Aid flavours together? XIII.   Can I "Recapture" lost flavours through kool-aid mixing? XIV.    What are some good non-alcoholic Kool-Aid mixes? XV.     What are some good Kool-Aid and Alcohol mixes? XVI.    How can I get flavours that aren't sold in my area? XVII.   How do I get in touch with the good folks at Kool-Aid? XVIII.  Where else do they sell Kool-Aid? (Kool-Aid around the world) XIX     What kind of kool-aid was consumed at Jonestown Guyana? XX.     What is "The Electric Kool-Aid Acid Test?" XXI.    What is the Wacky Warehouse? XXII.   Is there a difference between regular and super-fruity kool-aid? XXIII.  Has kool-aid been featured in the Media? XXIV.   Where else can I find Kool-Aid on the 'net?

I. Where does Kool-Aid come from? --------------------------------- The following was p! osted by Ron Gregory, who obtained it from Kraft General Foods.   ;Additions were made by Lynn Wiegard and Doug Adcock.

"When he was just 11, Edwin Perkins had the idea of becoming a businessman.  He sent for a pamphlet called 'How To Become a Manufacturer.'  It must have inspired him, for some 20 years later he was running a 125-product line business out of Hastings, Nebraska.  The line ran the gamut from perfumes and toothpaste to flavorings and household products.  But the most popular item was a small bottle of flavored syrup called Fruit Smack.

"This soft drink syrup was expensive to market because transportation and glass breakage added heavily to the costs of manufacturing and advertising.  So in 1927 Perkins decided to remove the water and bottle and offer the concentrated beverage powder in convenient envelopes.  He also changed the name to Kool-Ade.  The name was soon altered again, to the now familiar Kool-Aid.  A few years later the company moved to Chicago a! nd discontinued all other products to turn its attention entirely to Kool-Aid instant soft drink mix. By 1939, the Perkins Chicago factory was doubled and additional employees were hired.

"In 1953 the Perkins Products Company became part of General Foods Corporation.  About that time, print ads for Kool-Aid mixes showed the soft drink in a large pitcher with a design drawn on the surface condensation -- a heart, a 5-cent symbol or a smiling face.  The smile became the favorite, and from 1954 it was used on pitchers in all advertising.  It was also in 1954 that Kool-Aid began being produced and distributed in Canada.  When presweetened Kool-Aid came out in 1964, the package carried an illustration of the now well-known rounded pitcher with the smiling face.  At that time both the shape and the smile were registered.

"As the demand for Kool-Aid increased, additions have been made to the original line of six flavors. &nbs! p;There are flavored mixes to be dissolved with sugar in water and ic e.  There are also sugar- sweetened mixes, available in packages and canisters.  Kool-Aid sugar free mixes, sweetened with NutraSweet, come in both packages and canisters. And now we have Kool-Aid Koolers, ready-to-drink juice drinks, in convenient 8.5 ounce containers."

The six original flavours were Grape, Lemon Lime, Cherry, Orange, Raspberry, and Strawberry.

A slightly different version of this story is available at and comes from a 1950's kool-aid tour pamphlet.

II.  What about flavours? ------------------------- Not all current flavours are available in all areas.  Pina-Pineapple, for example, seems to have limited availability in the US and is not found in Canada at all.  Flavours marked US are only available in the United States (as far as I know).  There are now two flavours marked CANADA, and one promotional flavour found only in MEXICO.  Purplesaurus Rex and Rock-a-dile Red are reported! ly still marketed in Canada.  This news was obtained from the customer service telephone line.

Special thanks to Ron Gregory, Lynn Wiegard and Dr. Christopher Hollinshed, for providing the discontinued flavours, as well as Kevin Whalen, Paul Schmidt and Christine Jean Lee for their invaluable contributions.  Lynn Wiegard is also responsible for the seasonal flavour list.

Update (Thanks to Lynn, Canada will get some new flavours in 1997.  Also, Kool-Aid will shortly have a trial run in Japan, featuring packets with some Japanese writing. It is unknown if new flavours will be introduced in Japan only.

Current Flavours: ----------------- Black Cherry (US) Cherry Cola (MEXICO, Promotional trial) Grape Incrediberry Kickin-Kiwi-Lime Lemonade Lemon-Lime Man-o-Mangoberry Oh-Yeah Orange-Pineapple Orange Pina-Pineapple (US) Pink Lemonade (US) Pink Swimmingo (CAN)  (AKA Watermelon-Cherry in the US) Purplesauru! s Rex (CANADA only) Raspberry (US) Rock-a-dile Red (CANADA only) Sl ammin' Strawberry-Kiwi   Strawberry Strawberry-Raspberry (US) Tropical Punch Watermelon-Cherry (US)  (AKA Pink Swimmingo in Canada)

** The Cola flavour found in Mexico is a bonus pack that comes free when you buy a five packet box.  As far as we know, it is only available in Mexico, and in limited quantities.

Extinct Flavours: ----------------- The flavours below are, sadly, no longer being produced.

Apple Berry Blue Bunch Berry Cherry Cracker Golden Nectar (late 1950's) Great Bluedini Mountainberry Punch (Sweetened only packet in Canada, regular in US) Rainbow Punch Rootbeer Sharkleberry Fin Strawberry Falls Punch Strawberry Split (sweetened packet only, Canada) Sunshine Punch Surfin' Berry Punch Tangerine  (circa 1971)

Seasonal Flavours ----------------- HALLOWEEN FALVOURS: The packets say "Ghoul-Aid", instead of "Kool-Aid" in the US, and "Hallowe'en Kool" instead of "Kool-Aid&q! uot; in Canada. Eerie Orange (CAN) Scary Black Cherry (CAN) Scary Blackberry (US)

Reason's for the Discontinuation of Flavours -------------------------------------------- (Lynn M Wiegard)

According to K/GF, a lot of flavours are discontinued because they are too similar to exisiting flavours.  After all, every flavour available in a grocery store takes up about 1-1/2 feet of shelf space.  Grocery chains may not be into devoting more space to something like SFP when they already carry Strawberry.  Thus, even before the flavour hits the shelves (i.e. before any consumer input), a decision about the success of the flavour has already been made :-(

I think that may be the case with a lot of the berry KA's that have been discontinued over time.  

Sometimes, too, it's not even the grocer's decision, but that of the wholesaler who sells to the grocer.  ...And K/GF has no control over all these decisions. If there is a flavour that you *know* is still produced, but missing from the shelves of your grocery, rattle the chains at the buying office for your store.  Sadly, this may get you Lime or Strawberry, hard to find in parts--but will not bring back SFP, Bluedini, P. Rex, or anything else that has been *discontinued*.  

K/GF will probably not resurrect any flavour deemed "too similar", simply because of the concerns related to getting it on the shelf.  The blue stuff--well, that's a different story [note the post re: safety concerns].

I personally think a lot of the discontinued flavours fell victim in the war for shelf space, without fault to the consumer or K/GF. --- Notes on the discontinuation of Berry Blue and Great Bluedini:  Several sources have indicated that Berry Blue was discontinued because of parental concerns that those flavours looked too much like toxic substances, and could encourage kids to poison themselves.  Berry Blue was discontinued because it allegedly looked too ! much like Winshield washer fluid.  Great Bluedini was similarly discontinued because it looked too much like anti-freeze.

Specialty Package Info ---------------------- 4 point Nickelodeon Kool-Aid was Manufactured in 1986, featuring a header that says "Join the Biscuits 'N Gravy Birthday Bunch", and the cartoon Character "Stick Stickly on the front.  (From: Jane Sitton-Logan

Bugs Bunny was featured on Cyclamate Sweetened Kool-Aid in the early 1970's.

III.  How do you prepare Kool-Aid? ---------------------------------- This section is devoted to the technique involved in mixing up our favourite beverage.  Send in your method and I'll stick it in.

A. First, I grab one of those empty two quart ocean spray cranberry    juice bottle (or any other kind with that shape).  Then I dump in    the Kool stuff, then the sucre, then put in water (I recommend    Reve! rse Osmosis water, because it doesn't add any nasty flavour to    the perfection of Kool-aid) almost to the top.  Then I do a little    shaky dance until it's bubbly at the top, and pop it in the fridge    Or, if I'm really thirsty, I just chug that warm Kool-Aid out of    the bottle.  mmmmmmmmmmmm, good.

  -by MUZAK

B. I make Kool-Aid in the sacred traditions of my ancestors.  First I    get my one gallon jug (ocean spray), then I add about two cups of    sugar (never measure, always estimate) next I fill the bottle two    thirds of the way full.  After replacing the lid I shake the    bottle until all of the sugar is dissolved.  Then I remove the    lid and add Kool-Aid, one packet at a time.  You may want to    add more sugar at this point.  If you are up for a very special    treat, add a teaspoon of salt....yes salt.  Salt makes the    flavour more intense.!  Let it sit for one hour, and      enjoy.....and hey, if you squint it looks purple.

  -by Peter White

C. 1. Start with a pitcher that still has the last droplets of your       last batch of Kool-Aid. (If you are not in possesion of said       pitcher then put a tiny bit of water into your dry pitcher       before you continue)        2. Add the Kool-Aid powder    3. Add the sugar    4. Fill the pitcher 1/3 of the way full with *warm* water. (Yes       this means you might wanna stick it into the fridge prior to       drinking, but were talking just tap water warm, not hot)    5. Stir, shake, etc to mix up the sugar, Kool-Aid powder and       water.    6. Then add the rest of the water (preferably as cold and pure       (ie: not from the tap) as possible).   &! nbsp;7. [optional:] Place in fridge to cool    8. Chug away ...

  -by Andy

D   --- Here is the way I make Kool-aid,         -One plastic Happy Face Pitcher         -two-thirds cup of sugar         -one packet of the Kool-aid (flavor of choice)    *Add the Kool-aid and the sugar, and shake it like you were sauteeing it.     Mixing the Flavor and the sugar equally.    *Then add a little bit of Hot tap water to make a syrupy mixture.    *Fill with icy cold water and Ice cubes, just to above the eyebrows.     As you pour it to drink the ice gets stuck in the spout and the Kool-aid     trickles out around it making it nice and chilled.    *Enjoy.

-Jennifer, Ruler of Rex

IV. What is the most popular flavour? ------------------------------------ The polls are now closed!

This Kool-Aid poll had a total of 27 participants and followed a somewhat different format than poll ! of the past.  Each person was allowed to vote for their three favortie flavors, with first place receiving 3 points, second place receiving 2 points and third place getting 1 point.  Votes were also taken for favorite color, favorites mixes and the flavor that people most want back in production.  The only category that everyone voted for was favorite flavor, so some categories may come out with fewer than 26 votes.  Also, everyone didn't vote for a 2nd and 3rd favorite flavor, so 2nd and 3rd place votes won't come out either.

Favorite Flavor --------------- There were bursts of support for various flavors, though Tropical Punch emerged as the final victor.  Orange started off strong for the first few days, but then ended up being in tie with Purplesaurus Rex for most of the rest of the poll.  All this time Tropical Punch was starting to build votes and zoomed from the very bottom into third place.  Then, things turned ug! ly, and while Tropical Punch gathered many votes, Purplesaurus Rex go t another vote or two and Orange failed to gain anything at all.

The votes:

Flavor              1st   2nd   3rd   Total points

Tropical Punch       4     2     2     18 Purplesaurus Rex     4     2     0     16 Orange               3     2     0     13 Grape                3     1     1     12 Lemon Lime           3     0     3     12 Black Cherry         2     2     1     11 Great Bluedini       2     0     1     7 Kiwi Lime            1     2     0     7 Strawberry Kiwi   &nbs! p;  1     1     2     7 Raspberry            0     3     1     7 Sharkleberry Fin     1     1     1     6 MountainBerry Punch  1     0     3     6 Incrediberry         1     1     0     5 Strawberry           0     2     1     5 Berry Blue           1     0     0     3 Cherry               0     1     1     3 Lemonade             0     1     1     3 Pink Lemonade        0     1     1     3 Sunshine Punch       0     1     0   &nb! sp; 2 Pink Swimmingo       0     0   &n bsp; 2     2 Pina Pineapple       0     1     0     2 Orange Pineapple     0     0     1     1 Mango Berry          0     0     1     1

Out of curiousity, I also broke down the votes for favorite flavor into which colors received the most points.  I know that this is completely unfair to colors such as Orange, which have only one flavor, but feel free to humor me here.  To make things fair I've even provided an average score, which was calculated by dividing the total number of points by the number of flavors that are in a given color.  As a side note, Sunshine Punch is not included because I don't know what color it is, as I have never had any.

         Total points    Number of Flavors    Average Score

Purple        28  !              2                  14 Orange        13                1                  13 Green         19                2                   9.5 Red           56                8                   7 Blue          10                2                   5 Pink          18                4                   4.5 Yellow         6     &! nbsp;          2                   3

Color ----- The color battle underwent major changes as the poll went on, much in the same way that the flavor battle went.  Purple established early dominance with 3 or 4 votes, while every other flavor had only 1 vote.  Then, Purple lost just about all its support and votes gathered for its opponents. Purple ended up in a tie with Red, while Green, Orange and Blue had respectable showings as well.  Pink had at least some showing while Yellow gathered no support at all.

5 Purple 5 Red     3 Green   2 Orange 2 Blue   1 Pink  

Most Missed Flavor ------------------ This category had a clear winner all the way through the poll as MountainBerry Punch earned an easy victory.  Purplesaurus Rex, Berry Blue and, surprisingly, Cherry Cracker also got a lot of support.  It is somewhat interesting to note that of the flavors that have been discontinued recently, the onl! y flavor that got no support was Rock-a-dile Red.  

7 MountainBerry Punch 4 Purplesaurus Rex 3 Berry Blue 3 Cherry Cracker 2 Sunshine Punch 1 Rainbow Punch 1 Sharkleberry Fin 1 Great Bluedini

Mixes ----- No mix got more than one vote, so I have merely listed all of the suggested ones below.  If you are the mixing sort you may enjoy the list below as some suggestions to try.  If you have never mixed Kool-Aid, hey, what are you waiting for when you have some proven mixes below?

Also listed below are the mixes broken down by their individual flavor components.  Once again, the leader of mixing components was a flavor that received hardly any support in the normal poll.  However, unlike previous polls, flavors that received a lot of support also showed up high on the list of flavors to mix with.

Grape / Tropical Punch Orange / Lemon Lime Kiwi Lime / Strawberry Orange / Lemonade Strawberry Kiwi / Lemonade Lemonade / ! anything Strawberry Kiwi / Grape Kiwi Lime / Orange Tropical Punch / Mango Berry Black Cherry / Lemonade

by flavor:

4 Lemonade 3 Orange 2 Grape 2 Tropical Punch 2 Kiwi Lime 2 Strawberry Kiwi 1 Lemon Lime 1 Strawberry 1 Mango Berry 1 Black Cherry

Thanks to all who participated in this poll.  It was a lot of fun to run. -Paul Schmidt

--- In addition to official a.d.k-a polls, there is now a kool-aid voting booth on the WWW.  Matt's "Hey Kool-Aid!" Page has its own kool-aid voting booth, so if a poll is not being run by a.d.k-a, go to his site and cast a ballot!  (

Method # 3 ----------

    -Take the packet of dry Kool-Aid and pour it into a paper cup.     -Add a squirt of conditioner and about 3 drops of water.     -Mix it so it is kind of thick.       -Wet the part of your hair that you want to dye, put it on (cover      your hands because it stains really badly) and wrap said hair in     &n! bsp;Saran Wrap.       -Leave it in for 10 mins, and rinse lightly.     -Blowdry and style as usual :)

    -by Mindy Sue

Method 4 -------- Just a spoonful of vinegar added to the koolaid solution helps the color stay in longer, and wrapping your head in plastic wrap  and then a towel or something and sleeping overnight with the Koolaid in works well.  As a brunette, I have trouble getting my hair to "take,"  but my best friend, a light blonde since birth, used less koolaid than I, and only as "streaks" which we painted onto her head with a basting brush for turkeys and stuff, yet pink and blue strands were still found in her hair up to four or five months later!  An asian friend of mine also dyed her hair with absolutely no success.  Know your hair type.

As for the staining effects of the Koolaid, I highly recommend that you designate a towel as your Kool-aid towel, and k! eep the rainbow-colored-thing around through all your trials of hair color, as a sort of trophey of your accompleshments, and a colorful history of your explorations.  Those blue scouring pads work to get the stains off skin relatively quickly with only a little removal of skin (hey, it was either that or a blue forehead!) But I have recently found that baking powder (good ole Arm and Hammer) provides all the scouring power that you could want without the pain.  In hardship, I used baking soda-toothpaste, which worked so well and so quickly, that it made my head spin.  Vasaline, as always, is a good idea to rub onto your forehead and ears, to keep those runs from staining your skin.

WARNING:  the strong and pungent flavor of the koolaid you use will remain as a scent in your hair for several days, and while pleasent, it might earn you a nickname (i.e. Strawberry-Jill) from your dormmates for the rest of the year.  :) - Jill Boughey (

VII - Sugar and other Kool-Aid Sweetene! rs. ------------------------------------------

How much sugar is in Kool-Aid?     (Courtesy of the Street Cents Homepage) ------------------------------    Pre-sweetened Kool-Aid contains 21 grams of sugar in a 250 millilitre    serving. If it tastes too sweet for you, you can always add more    water, or buy unsweetened Kool-Aid and just add less sugar than they    suggest. Or there's Sugar Free Kool-Aid with Nutrasweet.

   You might not realize it but sugar is a major ingredient in lots of    popular drinks:      * Chocolate Milk has 23 grams of sugar.      * Pops like 7-Up, Coke or Pepsi contain about 25 grams per 250        millilitres.      * Orange juice from frozen concentrate has 26 grams of sugar.      * Iced tea mixes have about 26 grams of sugar.      * Cranberry cocktail has 34 g! rams of sugar.

   Milk, on the other hand, has less suga r than Kool-Aid at about 11 or    12 grams.    There are also artificially sweetened diet drinks without sugar.


Vanilla Frosting      _tree_ ( ----------------- I once tried vanilla frosting and cherry koolaid, and that tasted pretty good...

Brown Sugar, Honey (Paul Schmidt) ------------------ The only things that I've tried other than white sugar are brown sugar and honey.  The honey didn't work very well because it was hard to dissolve.   I suspect that if I'd heated up some water and then dissolved the honey in there it would have worked ok, but that seems like too much effort, and the honey has a really strong flavor anyways.  The brown sugar worked just like regular white sugar and it tasted the same.  The only difference was that the Kool-Aid was a bit browner.  It was rather unpleasant looking for the Pina-Pineapple, b! ut it might look good on some other flavors.

Cyclamates and presweetened Kool-Aid     Bruce Lee <> ------------------------------------ I remember finding an OLD pack of Kool-Aid in my parents cabinet (c. 1984) dating from the early 1970's (c. 1971).  It was labeled as 'pre-sweetened' Kool-Aid, was lemon-lime flavor, and had Warner Brothers' "Bugs Bunny" character holding a pitcher of Kool-Aid on the front package art.  The interesting thing was the size of the packet - it was the SAME size as a packet of traditional unsweetened Kool-Aid!!  

Yes, no triple-thick, double-sized packet... just one small slim envelope containing lemon-lime elixir, and the sweetener of death.  The Sweetener in Question was Cyclamate.

The contents tasted GREAT!!  Sweeter by far than the later pre-sweetened Kool-Aid, and with no saccarin aftertaste. It made me yearn for the days of Cyclamates, and their canc! er causing side-effects.

It is unknown how long Kool-Aid was sold in the Cyclamate Pre-sweetened form.  My brother thinks it was either a promotional trial (hence the "Bugs Bunny" caricature on the packet), or was dicontinued once the bad press on the carcinogenic effects of cyclamates reached a fever pitch (about the time the Red M&M's were pulled because of fears of the Red Dye).

VIII.  What else can I do with Kool-Aid? ---------------------------------------- Kool Klothes Dye:            Jill Boughey ( ----------------- I tye-dyed a large sheet with several flavors of koolaid for a wonderful pattern of colors which I proudly display on my wall.  Two years after dying, the sheet still faintly smells of that wonderful koolaid-touch.

1) Sheets good for dyeing can be found cheaply at your local thrift stores, they always have extra bed sheets for only a few bucks, and the lighter the color the sheet, the more koolaid you will see.  I! sugest an unpatterned, white or light pastel sheet.

2) Especially if your sheet is white, it is recomended that you base-dye the sheet with either yellow (my favorite) or a VERY DILUTED concentration of another color dye.  Let the sheet saturate itself in the color, and then squeez the extra water out.

3)  grasp a place on your sheet where you want to be the center of the dye.  (You can have more than one center)  pull it into a type of rope, twisting and knoting that section up until it has a lot of wrinkles.  Bind it tightly into this shape with a rubber band.  Do the same to other areas, until you have the sheet pretty darn twisted up.  Start with your lighter colors of koolaid first, dippign more of your knot into the dye and letting it sit long enough for the dye to move it's way into the fabric, but not to completely saturate it. Squeeze the fabric to get rid of extra water, then dip less of it into a darker colo! r.  Repeate as desired all over the diffrent knotted sections. & nbsp;

4)  Let the knots stay in for a few hours, maybe overnight, then unwrap the still-wet sheet and lay it on the grass.  THE DYE WILL RUN until the sheet dries, so no carpet or tables here!  I have  never washed my sheet, so I'm not sure how permenant the dye is in water, but for a great-smelling, beautiful wall covering, this is the way to go.  

5) Two to Three packets of Koolaid recomended for each regular sized bowlful of dye.

6)  Have fun!   (Use baking powder to remove any color from the hands. Don't use tuperware bowls for the dye, they will absorb the color!)

Kool-Aid Play Dough: -------------------- 1 cup flour             1 tablespoon vegetable oil 1 package unsweetened Kool-Aid      1/4 cup salt 2 tablespoons cream of tartar       1 cup water

Mix flour, salt, cream of tartara and Kool-Aid in a medium pot Add water and oil.  Stir over! medium heat 3 to 5 minutes.  When mixture forms a ball in pot, remove.  Knead until smooth.  Put in a plastic bag and refrigerate.

-from Ellen Davis' WWW page.

Kool Sugar Rush      Jill Boughey ( --------------- For that great-tasting sugar rush:  try a packet of koolaid and a cup or more of sugar (depending on how much tartness you like) in a sealable plastic baggie for a great sugar rush that turns your tongue red (or purple, or blue) and gets you really hyped for a party.  Really popular among high school and junior high kids!  Probably not mother-approved.

Dyeing Wool       (Robert Matthews) ---------- What I use KA for, like many of my fellow knitters, is dyeing wool. It makes a really great dye, with bright colours that hang around, as long as you don't leave them lying in the sun for a long time. Grape is the best; it gives a brilliant, fresh-looking purple ! that ordinary chemical dyes just can't seem to manage.

Sharon (hu has also suggested that The Knitting Network's site ( ----------   Many years ago I fished commercially for salmon in Alaska. King Salmon   have two flesh colors , a deep orange and quite rarely white. The two flesh colors tasted the same but we recieved only a fraction of the price for the white fleshed variety so a friend found that he could dye the incision on the belly of the white fleshed fish to a deep orange color (with orange Kool-Aid of courrse) thereby increasing the value of his catch.

Bubbling Kool-aid      (The Merry Prankster) ----------------- Here is something neat-o to try with kool-aid... take any flavour  kool-aid and put it in a clear glass with some dry look really bubbles and make a little try it...dry ice isn't too expensive...especially if you share it with a bunch of people!!!!!!!

Hot Kool-Aid    (Keith - ------------ ! Have you ever tried HOT Kool-Aid? Try it before you dismiss it. It's better than you might think. Just put a cup in the microwave for about 2 minutes (depending on microwave). The reds seem to taste best hot, but others aren't too bad either.

Kool-paint        ( ---------- Put a packet of kool-aid in a bowl and then put in just enough water to disolve it and you can use it as a kool paint... i have some intresting designs painted onn my walls.... now i can look at kool-aid anytime i want! woo!

Industrial Uses of Kool-Aid        -Jim Dukat- ( ) --------------------------- I have another unusual use for kool-aid.  I work as an engineer on US flag merchant ships. We use kool-aid mixed into the control water system of the auto-shooting fuel purification centrifuges. It is a cheap - excellent - mild acid and helps to keep scale from forming in the solenoid valves and control orifices. ! The consensus is that Grape works best.

Along similar lines - I ha ve also seen kool-aid used in ultraviolet water purifiers aboard ships to keep scale off the internal quartz tubes. It is usually charged into the offline standby unit.

Dishwasher Cleaner      - Bobby KY ( ------------------ I heard a few years ago from a gal who manages an apartment complex, that they occassionally use orange kool-aid to clean the apartment dishwashers. You know how hard water stains and soap gunk can accumulate in the dishwasher? She suggested that a package or 2 run through the regular long wash cycle will make the inside of the washer sparkling clean.  The Citric Acid helps break down the stains.

Shower Head/Kool-Aid Prank  (courtesy D. Rogers' Homepage) ---------------------------    This is a simple prank. All you have to do is mix up a batch of    kool-aid, remove the shower head from your shower and poor in the    kool-aid into the shower head. NOTE: Make sure yo! u are not the next    one to take a shower.

Removing Kool-Aid Stains    (Contributed by Jenbib & -------------------------    To remove Kool-Aid stains from the counter top, scrub the stains with    baking soda and/or automatic dishwashing detergent.

Erasing the Kool-Aid Mustache  (Contributed by Taylor3 & -----------------------------    A dab of toothpaste on a wet washcloth will remove the "Kool-Aid    mustache" every time.

IX.  Kool-Aid Recipes --------------------- Striped KA Cubes      (Kaptain Kool) ---------------- By pouring thin layers of KA into an ice cube tray and freezing after each layer has been added, you can create striped Kool-Cubes!!   Reports of up to four distinct layers have been heard.

Popsicles         (found by Robert Buisson) --------- 1 pkg. Kool-Aid 1 pkg. ! jello 1/2 - 1 C sugar 2 C boiling water 2 C cold water

Mix and pour in molds and freeze.

Kool-Aid Cookies     (Thersa) ---------------- *1 cup sugar *1 cup flour *1 egg *The other stuff you usually add to cookies like baking powder and salt and stuff *19 packs koolaid *1 box ground up vitamins  \ *1 container protein powder/ this way you will not die of malnutrition :) Mix and bake and stuff. :)

Toasted Kool-Aid:     (Joe Kool - ----------------- 1 Packet     Kool-Aid Unsweetened Drink Mix Powder 1 Cup        Sugar 2 Quarts     Water 1 Tablespoon Margarine or Butter (softened) 2 Slices     Bread

1.  Place margarine and two teaspoons sugar in a very small mixing     bowl or custard dish and set aside.   2.  Place remaining sugar and Kool-Aid powder in a large plastic or     glass pitcher and blend thoroughly (keep dry!).   3.  Add one teaspoon of Kool-Aid+sugar mixture fr! om pitcher to small     bowl from step 1 and blend until smooth. (This is easiest if the     margarine is very soft.)  It'll be grainy, that's OK. 4.  Spread onto bread and bake in pre-heated oven at 450F (230C) for     about 5 minutes.  Or, broil in toaster-oven on high for about 1     and a half to 2 minutes until very bubbly on top. 5.  While the feature item is baking (or broiling), add water to the     pitcher and stir to dissolve.  Place in fridge for later :-) 6.  Remove Toasted Kool-Aid from oven and kool briefly before serving.     Makes two slices.

Sour BANG! Kids                     ( ---------------        * First get all the supplies. Here's what ya need...           + A microwave.           + Some sour-patch kids! !           + Some Kool-aid mix, we used grape .           + A plate, we recommend ceramic and not paper!      * Next step: preperation.           + Spread a layer of Kool-aid mix on the plate. Make sure you             put enough on or else you'll have to scrape your kids off             your plate.           + Place some sour-patch kids on top of the Kool-aid mix.           + Sprinkle plenty of Kool-aid mix on top of the sour-patch             kids.      * Alright, now your ready to nuke your kids!           + Place the plate in the microwave.           + Microwave on high for about 45 secs. to about 1:30 depending             on how many kids you have.           + We recommend that you ! watch the microwave process, and             shutting off the microwave when you see the Kool-aid melt into             your kids.           + Note if you over cook your kids they become hard and crispy,             they are still edible, though. Don't throw your crunchy kids             in the toilet!           + The more you nuke your kids the bigger the bang of sourness,             try to find a good balance of crunchiness and bang.      * Eat!           + Place in mouth and chew. Oh yeah, you should probably cool             your kids first.           + At first you will taste the Kool-aid mix, but don't swallow             yet, it's not ! over!           + Pretty soon the Kool-aid w ears off and then BANG! your kids             turn sour!

Kool-Aid Rice Krispies Squares   (Robert Stave <>) ------------------------------ I was looking in my Sunday paper and noticed an ad for Rice Krispies. They Suggest that you add a pack of Kool-aid to your batch of Rice Krispy treats for fruity flavor and wacky color.

Kool-Aid Sandwiches   (Fransciso Toro) ------------------- I told my girlfriend about all ye friendly folks on a.d.ka and she chuckled and told me that when she was a little kid in Elementary School (2nd Grade about) she used to come home from school every day while her mom was still at work and make herself Kool-Aid Sandwiches. This is not a joke!  She used to dump the sweetened powder between two slices of Wonder Bread and munch away.  It was years before her mom figured out that's where all the Kool Aid she'd buy was going! In honor of this reminiscence we went and ma! de a Kool Aid Sandwich.   It's, ah, interesting.  Makes sort of a novel dessert.

Kool-Whip:      (John Nielson) ---------- I found that it mixes very nicely with Cool Whip.  You may have to add a bit of sugar (sweeten to taste.)  Part of the exploratory process is to discover for yourself the ratio of Cool Whip to sugar to KA.  It should reflect your personal preferences.  Colour is not important, but do not substitute any actual dairy whipped cream, as this treat must have a certain amount of unnaturalness about it. It's great for dipping twinkies into.

Homemade Frozen Pops   (From the Berkeley Recipe Archive) -------------------- Recipe via Meal-Master (tm) v7.07       1    Kool Aid, unsweetened, pack.       1    Jelly Powder, package     3/4 c  Granulated Sugar       2 c  Boiling Water       2 c &nbs! p;Cold Water

  Servings: 18

  In a 2-quart glass mea sure, combine the Kool Aid, jelly powder and sugar.   Add hot water and stir until sugar is dissolved. Stir in cold water. Pour   into pop molds and freeze. Makes about 18.

Kool Snow Slushy:    (Rock-a-dial Rachel) ----------------- When I was a kid, My sisters and I would get a bowl of snow, then sprinkle pre-sweetened Kool-aid on it then eat it with a spoon.  You may think this sounds gross, but damn, was it good.  Kinda like a snow cone.  Try it this winter.  (If you have snow where you live).  

Kool Ice Cream    (Russell Hansen - -------------- Mix Ice Cream powder (this was done in Australia, I am unsure of the availability of such powder elsewhere), with 600 milliliters of whipped cream, and add one packet of your favourite flavour.  A few hours later, you will have Kool-Aid Flavour Ice Cream (It works very well with incrediberry, so says Russell).

Kool Ice Cream -! Part II - (Michael S. Cooper - ------------------------ Ingredients:

1       8 oz. tub of Cool Whip (or some other whipped topping) 1       4 oz. box of Junket Ice Cream Mix (Vanilla) 1       packet of unsweetened Kool-Aid (your choice)

Cool Whip - $1.25 US Ice Cream Mix $1.00 US Kool-Aid $.25 US Total: $2.50 US


Since Cool Whip is usually partially frozen at the store, you need to thaw it in the refrigerator for a couple of hours before using.  Empty the Cool Whip into a two-quart plastic bowl that you have a lid for. Pour about a fourth of the ice cream mix into the Cool Whip and stir briskly.  I use a wire whip because it helps fold the ingredients better.  Continue adding the ice cream mix a fourth at a time until it is all mixed in.  Then start adding the Kool-Aid the same way.  If you dump it all in at once, it will be a lot harder to mix ! and maintain the color throughout the ice cream.  After you fini sh mixing all the ingredients, you can either eat it as is, or return it to the freezer (with the lid on) for a couple of hours so it will stiffen up.

Note:  This stuff does not get to the consistency of ice cream, but you may be able to scoop it with a wet scoop if you wish.

Those of you who do not have access to Junket may contact me at  I have a source for it.

Easy Snow Cones   (From the Kraft Homepage) --------------- 1 envelope KOOL-AID Unsweetened Soft Drink Mix, any flavor   1 cup sugar 1/2 cup cold water 8 cups finely crushed ice   Note: Or use 3/4 cup KOOL-AID Sugar-Sweetened Soft Drink Mix, any flavor; omit sugar.

   PLACE soft drink mix and sugar in small plastic or glass bowl. Add    cold water; stir to dissolve. For each serving, pour about 1    tablespoon soft drink mixture over 1 cup ice.  

Banana Yogurt Smoothie    (From the Kraft Homepage! )   ----------------------- 3 cups cold milk 2 containers (8 oz. each) Vanilla Yogurt 1 medium banana, sliced 1 envelope KOOL-AID Sugar Sweetened Soft DrinkMix, any flavor Ice  

   MIX milk, yogurt, banana and soft drink mix in blender container;    cover. Blend about 30 seconds or until smooth. Serve over ice.

Colorful Frosting    (from the Kraft Homepage)   ----------------- Serves: Makes 2 1/2 cups.   4 1/2 cups powdered sugar 1/2 cup (1 stick) butter or margarine, softened 4 Tbsp. milk 2 Tbsp. KOOL-AID Sugar-Sweetened Soft Drink Mix, any flavor

   BEAT sugar, butter, milk and soft drink mix in large bowl with    electric mixer on low speed until well blended and smooth. Use    immediately.

Halloween Cupcakes    (From the Kraft Homepage)   ------------------- Serves: 24 1 pkg. (2-layer size) white cake mix or cake mix with pudding in the mix 1! /4 cup KOOL-AID Sugar-Sweetened Soft Drink Mix, Orange Flavor.

&nb sp;  PREPARE and bake cake mix as directed on package for cupcakes, adding    soft drink mix before beating. Frost cooled cupcakes with Colorful    Frosting made with orange flavor soft drink mix. Decorate with    Halloween candies or sprinkle with additional soft drink mix, if    desired.

Halloween Crispy Treats      (From the Kraft Homepage) -----------------------     Serves: Makes 24. 3 Tbsp. butter or margarine 1 pkg. (10 1/2 oz.) miniature marshmallows 1/2 cup KOOL-AID Sugar-Sweetened Soft Drink Mix, Orange or Grape 7 cups POST ALPHA-BITS Frosted Letter Oat and Corn Cereal NOTE: POST HONEYCOMB Brand Sweetened Corn and Oat Cereal may be substituted for POST ALPHA-BITS Cereal.

   LINE 13x9-inch pan with foil; lightly grease foil.

   MICROWAVE butter in large microwavable bowl on HIGH 45 seconds or    until melted. Add marshmallows and soft drink mi! x; mix to coat.    Microwave on HIGH 1 1/2 minutes or until marshmallows are melted and    smooth, stirring after 45 seconds. Add cereal; mix to coat well.

   PRESS firmly into prepared pan. Cool. Cut into squares. Store in    airtight container.

X. What can you tell me about the Atari Kool-Aid video game? ------------------------------------------------------------- Below is a description and detailed instruction of the kool-aid video game.  the info comes from a web page at the following URL: -------------------------------------------------------------- There are also cheap immitations of lost Kool-Aid Flavours still available on the market... From:  Susan Hoover <71061.2@CompuServe.COM>

Drink Aid (an American immitation of Kool-Aid) has the following flavours which approximate discontinued flavours:

  Kangablue Brew - this is Great Bluedini in disguise; it even !       starts out green and changes to blue   Purp le Mania - this is a grape / lemonade mix; Its their version of       Purplesaurus Rex?   Boppin' Redbird - god knows; this is a red drink that tastes       kind of like raspberry-cherry-fruit punch (Rock-a-dile Red)

XIV. Non Alcoholic Kool-Aid Mixes ----------------------------------

Blood Kool-Aid    Amy Mundhenk ( --------------- 1 Package Cherry Sugar-Free 1 Package regular grape 1 cup sugar 1 Dr. Pepper Water to make 1 Gallon

Mix the kool aid and sugar with the Dr.Pepper. Add water. The results look remarkably like blood and taste like killer pixy sticks. This recipie was invented by my friend D.M. who is one of those "more vampyric than thou" types.

Kool Milk Shakes    (Russell Hansen - ---------------- First select your favourite kool-aid flavour.  Take 1/4 tsp of kool-aid powder, 300mls of milk, and 4-5 scoops of ice-cream.!  It makes a wonderful treat...

Kool Koffee    (Mats Fjellner - ----------- * 1 red Philips Cafe DUO coffee machine with built-in re-usable filter. * 1 packet of Oh-Yeah Orange Pineapple. * Lofbergs Lila (swedish brand) coffee

Step 1:  Pour a small amount of coffee into the filter, and pour a very  thin layer of Kool-Aid on the coffee. Step 2:  Repeat step 1, until you've used the whole packet of Kool-Aid. Step 3:  Turn on the coffee machine. Step 4:  Wait anxiously.

well.. what can i say about the taste.. i can imagine this is what the coffee they serve in hell must taste like. I guess this is the reason you never hear about people mixing Kool-Aid with coffee; if anyone's done it before me, they probably freaked out & got locked up in a cuckoo's nest somewhere. DON'T TRY THIS AT HOME, KIDS ! Unless you're an experienced Kool-Aid user & you know what you're doing.

Lemonade wi! th an Orange   (Mark Atkins) ----------------------- Use one or ange for each packet of lemonade KA.  Make KA as usual.  Fill container about halfway.  Slice orange, and place slices in KA.  Since the ends of the orange will be mostly peel, I squeeze that to get the juice into the KA, then toss the peel.  Fill container to top, then place in the cooler.  It needs to sit awhile to let everything mix.  I let it set overnight.  After you drink your KA, you have tasty oranges to eat.

KOOL-AID FRUIT PUNCH        (Paul Lindberg) --------------------             Ingredients:       2 packets UNsweetened red Koolaid mix               2 2-liter bottles soda           1 can frozen lemonade concentrate           1 can frozen pineapple juice concentrate                 sugar, as needed

Mixing instructions! :    Make up the koolaid ahead of time, by dissolving in a small amount on    water (as little as possible). Don't add sugar! Cool this mixture.    With everything cold, mix it all together, just before the party. You    can add sherbert to keep it cold, or make ice cubes, or an ice cube    ring, using the koolaid mixture. You probably won't need to add any    sugar to this, as the soda, lemondade, and pineapple juice should    contain plenty.

Super Kool-Aid     (Brian O'Shea -------------- Here's the Recipe for Brian O'Shea's Super Kool-Aid "So good it crunches!" Still legal in 13 states - and Puerto Rico!  (Approval pending in Canada)

Ingredients: 12 ozs pre-mixed Fruit Punch Kool-Aid (the stuff with the sugar already in it) 2 packages unsweetened kool-aid ( I recommend Pink Lemonade and Cherry flavor) 2 1/2 pounds sugar (approx. 1 kilogra! m) Note:  Better more than less! Water

Put the sugar, sweete ned, and unsweetened kool-aid packages into a two-quart container.  Add lots of ice, add water to two-quart line, and shake.  Serve!  For more entertaining results, add one dose of a commercial caffeine supplement such as Vivarin per 8-oz serving and shake until fully dissolved.

Notes:  This is best taken when you don't have to get up early - hyperactivity is a common side-effect.

   Santa's Punch   (courtesy    .............    1 quart pineapple juice    1 pkg (2 qt) lime Kool-aid    1 qt lime sherbet    2 qts ginger ale

   Preparation    Mix Kool-aid in punch bowl. Add pineapple juice. Just before serving,    add sherbet by spoonfuls. Add ginger ale. For red punch, use raspberry    Kool-aid and sherbet.

  WITCHES BREW    (courtesy E Breausr's homepage)     ----------------   !    MAKE ONLY AT FULL MOON    1 half gallon lime kool aid    1 quart ginger ail    1 half gallon rasberry shurbert

   Mix kool-aid and ginger ail    Ster clockwise 3 times    Add shurbert at full moon only    Let shurbert melt    Drink very carefully

Banana Orange-Pineapple Shake   (From Kraft Homepage) ----------------------------- Serves: 5 1/2 cup water 1 envelope (2-quart size) OH YEAH ORANGE-PINEAPPLE KOOL-AID 2 cups cold milk 2 cups vanilla ice cream 1 ripe banana, cut into chunks  

PLACE water and soft drink mix in blender container; cover.

BLEND until dissolved. Add milk, vanilla ice cream and banana; cover.

BLEND on high speed 30 seconds or until smooth. Serve immediately.

Fruity Kiwi Lime Punch    (From the Kraft Homepage) ----------------------- Prep time 5 mins. 1 pkg Kiwi Lime Kool-aid (unsweetened) 1 1/2 Cups c! old water 1/2 cup chilled orange juice 2 tbsp sweetened lime juice 4 cups crushed ice

   MEASURE drink mix to 2-quart line on package cap. DO NOT OVERFILL OR    MOUND. Pour into blender container. Add water, orange juice and lime    juice; cover. Blend on high speed until drink mix is dissolved. Add    ice; blend until smooth.

Banana Pineapple Frosted  (From the Kraft Homepage)   ------------------------- 1/2 cup water 1 envelope KOOL-AID Pina-Pineapple Flavor, unsweetened 2 cups cold milk 1 pint (2 cups) vanilla ice cream 1 banana (optional), sliced   Note: Or use KOOL-AID unsweetened Soft Drink Mixand add 3/4 cup sugar.

   PLACE water and soft drink mix in blender; cover. Blend until    dissolved. Add milk, ice cream and banana; cover. Blend 30 seconds or    until smooth. Serve at once. Makes 5 servings.

  Ghoulish Kool-Aid Punch   (@CompuServe.COM)  -Dissolve 1 cup sugar in 1 pint hot water  -Add Kool-Aid! powder (Black Cherry is recommended) blend well and cool.    -Add a few ounces of this concentrate to a blenderful of ice and rum,   blend and voila!  

-The "Vodka-Kiwi-Lime Effect"      (IoKA)  I added vodka to kiwi-lime kool-aid once, and it turned clear green (as  opposed to its normal semi-cloudy appearence).

-GLOWING BLUEDINI-EVERCLEAR        (Tirza)  Adding everclear to great bluedini and then putting it into one of those  frosted glass Flintstones cups that McDonald's used to sell creates one of  most aesthetically pleasing beverages that anyone could ever want.  It glows  kind of like the core of a nuclear reactor.  

-PURPLE PANTIE PULLDOWNS    (Norbert)  1 package grape  1 package lemonade  2 cups sugar  .5 liters of Vodka

Squishy:           Brian Mathis ( &! nbsp;1.  Fill a blender all the way with ice.  2.  Pou r water into the blender so its about half full.  3.  Put in as much vodka (devil's springs) as you like.            2 shots for you wusses            3 shots ok            4 shots nice and strong  4.  Dump in your favorite Kool-Aid(tm) flavor, use enough       for about 1.5 quarts of Kool-Aid(tm).  5.  Fill the rest of the way with water.  6.  Blend until there are no ice chunks left.  7.  Pour into your favorite serving container and enjoy.  8.  After you've got a few in ya, send us E-mail.

Slarty Bartfast         (Amy Mundhenk - --------------- -1/2 Grape Kool-Aid -1/2 Southern Comfort

K-A and Jack Daniels     (Andrew Loftus - -------------------- Jack Daniels and Black Cherry or Fruit Punch makes a wonderfully smooth drink! .  Mr. Daniels knew what he was doing when he distilled the best whiskey.  Enjoy!

Windex         Curtis R. Anderson - ( ------ Find Berry Blue, and mix it with Alcohol.  ITs a tasty treat that looks like window cleaner.

KILLER KONKUSSION KOOLER  (From E Morey's Homepage) ------------------------      * 1 cup of Everclear      * 1/2 cup of Captain Morgan's Puerto Rican Spicey Rum      * 1+ cups of sugar      * 1 scoop of lemonade mix      * 1 packet of Kool Aid mix (any flavor)      * 2 quarts of water

Blue Houdini   (From McDermot's homepage) -------------   6 gallons of Great Bluedini Kool Aid mix powder    1 gallon of water    1 gallon of ice    1 bottle of Peach Schnaps    1 bottle of Southern Comfort

   Serve in large Gatorade co! oler or small trash can.    Best Trash Can punch made!

XVI.  How can I get Kool-Aid flavours that aren't sold in my area? ------------------------------------------------------------------ Alt.drinks.kool-aid is an excellent aid in acquiring those rare flavours and old packets of Kool-Aid.  Just post a message with what you are looking for.  You may have to be persistent, but the payoff can be quite good.  Many have acquired several extinct flavours in this way.

Secondly, consult the kool-traders list.  It contains a list of people who want to trade kool-aid.  For more info, check the kool-traders list, or e-mail Rob Buisson ( or You may also find the list on the World Wide Web at: @leland.Stanford.EDU) has discovered that Kool-aid is found in abundance in Mexico.  In fact, Mexico is the only place where Cola Kool-Aid is found.

The following is an excerpt from a brochure Ron received from Kraft: ***************************************! ******************************* The Kraft General Foods Inc. (KGFI) international markets are

Middle East and Africa: ~~~ Best selling products across the area include Tang powdered beverage, Kraft cheddar cheese in the famous "blue can," cream cheese spread, mayonnaise, Maxwell House coffee, Jell-O desserts and Vitalite margarine.

Our largest area markets are Saudi Arabia, the United Arab Emirates, Kuwait, Lebanon, Oman, Qatar, and Bahrain, with agressive developemnt plans to expand sales in Egypt, Algeria and Moroco.

Asia/Pacific ~~~ KGFI's Asia/Pacific region, headquatered in Hong Kong, includes countries in varying stages of development: from westernized Australia and New Zealand, and highly industrialized Japan and South Korea, to such emerging economies as those of India, Thailand, Indonesia and the People's Republic of China....

Our present operations are most extensive in Australia, Japan, South Korea and the Philippines. &nb! sp;Although coffee and cheese are our key categories in the region, t he product portfolio varies markedly from country to country.

... In the Philippines, we have a commanding position in the cheese market and are strongly represented in the powdered beverage catagory, with our Tang and Kool-Aid brands.

[tiny photo of "Kool-Aid Juicers Strawberry Drink Mix" all in English.  very colorful picture of strawberries as backgroud.  Of course there  are two Tang items... a packet and a jar :-(] **********************************************************************

Kool-Aid was only mentioned in the Philippines section...

-Here are the French versions of Kool-Aid flavours.  They are not  necessarily literal translations, but are the names as they appear on  the packets, in Canada.

 English              French ---------------------------------  Cherry               Cerise  Orange     &nbs! p;         Orange  Lemon-Lime           Citron-Limette  Strawberry           Fraise  Tropical Punch       Punch Tropical  Lemonade             Limonade  Grape                Raisin  Incrediberry         Magicolore  Pink Swimingo        Flambant Rose  PurpleSaurus Rex     MauvoSaurus Rex  Rock-a-dile Red      Rock-o-dile Rouge  Sharkleberry Fin     Requin' Drole  Orange-Pineapple     Orange-Ananas  Mango-Berry          Baies-Mangue  Kiwi-Lime            Kiwi-Limette  Strawberry-Kiwi      Fraise-Kiwi  Berry Blue           Baies Bleu  Scary Black Berry &! nbsp;  Cerise Noire Terrifiant  Eerie Orange         Orange Hantee  Apple                Pomme  Rainbow Punch        Punch Arc-en-ciel

Kool-Aid in Great Britain ------------------------- Thanks to Keri, who supplied us with the location of England's underground supply of "black market" kool-aid...

I am American, but I'm studying in Manchester, England this year.  No one here knows what kool-aid even is, let alone where I could buy some, so my mom has been mailing some to me every week. However, when browsing through Affleck's Palace (a big building with stalls where they sell stuff, like a market sort of thing), I found a guy who was selling individual packets for 50p, which is about 75 american cents!  It is robbery, but the guy has to have friends in the US mail him the kool-aid every month, so the costs are bound to be high.

-Keri Rains

Sweden   (Mats Fjellner ------ Ko! ol-Aid is not sold in Stores in Sweden, but a dealer from the United States sends "all the kool-aid that they need".  Mats Fjelner and his friends celebrate kool-aid periodically (about once a month) by holding a festival, known as the "Lappis Kool-Aid Festial".  They have been holding this festival since 1995.  The Festival is named after the area of Sweden where it is held

Japan       (Lynn Wiegard - ----- Kool-Aid is about to start a Trial run in Japan.  If you have anymore info on the Japanese sale of Kool-Aid, please inform Rob Buisson, or post to alt.drinks.kool-aid.

-If you have friends in other countries, ask them if they sell Kool-  Aid where they live.

XIX. "What kind of kool-aid did the people of Jonestown drink?" ----------------------------------------------------------------- It is a popular misconception that 900 followers of cult leader Jim Jones ! committed suicide by drinking Grape kool-aid laced with cyanide at th eir commune in Jonestown Guyana in the late 1970's.  This is not true.  The followers of Jones actually drank cyanide laced flavor-aid, a cheap imitation of kool-aid. The flavor-aid flavour they consumed was grape. Therefore, Kool-Aid played no part in this tragedy.

XX.  What is the Electric Kool-Aid Acid Test? ---------------------------------------------- Thanks to David Jones <>           Mats Fjellner <>

"The Electric Kool-Aid Acid Test" is a book about author Ken Kesey ("One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest" etc.), the Merry Pranksters, and assorted other "60s types" going around in a refurbished school bus and giving people Kool-Aid spiked with LSD to see how they react. This was in the real early days of the hippie culture, (1965-66) before LSD was criminalized (in late 1966).

I daresay the publicity people at Kool-Aid were not very ! happy about having their product associated with such things. You won't find it in official company histories.

"The Electric Kool-Aid Acid Test" was written by Tom Wolfe ("The Right Stuff") and published in 1968 or 69, depending on which catalog entry you believe. Apparently Kesey et al. weren't too fond of Wolfe or the book.  He seems to have hung around for a few days and then headed back for the big city, where they know how to look after guys in white suits.

XXI.  The Wacky Warehouse ------------------------- A thank you to Paul Schmidt for the updated Wacky Warehouse Info.

The Wacky Warehouse is a trading post of sorts that rewards loyal kool-aid drinkers to mail in their kool-aid points for prizes.  In the past, kool-aid watches, walkmans, t-shirts and smiling pitchers have been available.  In 1995, the wearhouse changed the way it operates, and now only offers prizes on a periodic basis.  

A new! Wacky Warehouse catalog was released sometime in March-April 1996, a nd should be available in stores that sell kool-aid.  If you want to find out what specifically is available you can call the Kool-Aid number and select the Wacky Warehouse part.  The number is 1-800-367-9225 (in the US) or 1-800-268-7808 (in Canada).

You can also write the Wacky Warehouse in the US: WACKY WAREHOUSE P.O. Box 3328 Maple Plain, MN  55593-3328

Or in Canada: WACKY WAREHOUSE P.O. Box 5120 Paris, Ontario N3L 3W5

XXII. Is there a differnce between regular and super-fruity kool-aid? --------------------------------------------------------------------- Well, there is substantial debate about this.  On December 27, 1994, in my kitchen in Winnipeg Manitoba, I conducted a taste test between Regualar Orange and Super Fruity Orange.  The next day I performed a similar test between regular and super-fruity Cherry.  My conclusion was, that in both cases, there was no difference at all.  However, others refuse to! believe those results, and adamantly deny my claims.

-Rob Buisson

XXIII. Is kool-aid ever featured in the Media? --------------------------------------------- Recently, Kool-Aid has recieved much attention from the media, mainly due to the hair dying craze.  Here is a brief list of appearances the Kool-Aid has made in the media.

January, 1996: Article entitled "Never too old to be a kool-aid kid" appears in a 'Zine called "Avalanche".  (The article is available online at The Kool-Aid Web Archive).

April 17, 1996: A Canada Newswire article appears about a charitable project called "Kool-Aid for Kids" (available on-line via the kool-aid web archive)

July, 1996: Article entitled "Kool-Aid Goes to Kids heads" appears in the Wall Street Journal.  It also appears in the Halifax Chronical-Herald on July 24.  It is written by Yumiko Ono, and is available on line at the Kool-Aid Web Archive.!

July-August 1996: Not to be outdone, CBS News and the Fort Lauder dale Sun-Sentinal both interview Matt Mankins, (Creator of the Hey Kool-Aid Page) for stories about kool-aid hair dying.  Data about when these stories appeared is incomplete.

September 16, 1996: A mini-article entitled "Dye-namite fun" appears in Maclean's Magazine, on page 15. (The article is about kool hair-dye).

October 1, 1996: An interview with Rob Buisson, Keeper of the Kool-Aid FAQ is featured on page 65 of "Internet Underground".  It is in the October 1996 issue (Issue #11).  The FAQ, the newsgroup and of course kool-aid are discussed.

If you know of any other media stories about kool-aid, please e-mail Rob Buisson with the details ( or

XXIV.  Where else can I find Kool-Aid on the 'net? --------------------------------------------------- Here are some other sources of Kool Stuff.  If you find any other links, please let us know!

@rtfm.MIT.EDU   To! get the FAQ, just include the following message in the body of your e-mail: send usenet/news.answers/food/kool-aid-faq

---------------------------------------------------------------------- This FAQ was originally compiled by the one and only Kaptain Kool, AKA Kevin Whalen ( It was taken over by Robert Buisson   in October of 1995. ---------------------------------------------------------------------- Anyone who has anything to add to the FAQ or would like to have a copy mailed to them may feel free to e-mail Rob Buisson at or at (c) 1995 - 1997

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