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6 posts
Jun 06, 2013
8:59 AM
I know there has been a few fleeting references to "Red Cream Soda" over the years and I've always kinda thought that "Big Red" was about what I remembered from the 'old days'.

BUT, yesterday I stopped by my local Dollar Store and this store had, "Dad's Red Cream Soda!" The taste is really nothing but the regular cream soda with a red color. But it was fun to actually see, RED.

About "Big Red", when I found it (about 10 years ago, in Seattle) It really did remind me of what a lot of us grew up with, cream soda a bit of 'kick'.

117 posts
Jun 06, 2013
8:14 PM
We grew up drinking Barq's Red Crème Soda. I live in Central Florida now, where the only available Barq's product is the Root Beer. Whenever I travel to Dayton to visit family, I always have to pick up a few cases of Barq's Red Crème Soda to share with my friends from back home.
148 posts
Jun 07, 2013
3:34 PM
In the late 70s, I worked as a coop student in a small town located between Dallas and Ft. Worth. Went into a convenience store there and asked for a creme soda, amazingly it was clear. The guy behind the counter looked at me like I had a banana in my ear when I told him I was used to red creme soda.
luv my dayton
296 posts
Jun 08, 2013
7:29 AM
Mom would have the red soda and she made what was called a 'pink cow' made with vanilla ice cream. There also was a choclate drink put out by Fanta and we'd make 'brown cows'. Can't find either anymore and really could care less about the clear creme soda you find now adays. Us kids when dinking red soda would always end up with a red moustach.Believe someone also had an orange soda which was good too.
107 posts
Jun 08, 2013
7:54 AM
Luv, we had the same when I was a child, but we called them "farmer's sodas" Still have them now with root beer and call them root beer floats. Also, mom would get a large bottle of what she called "Par-T-Pak" It was red soda and I don't know if it was cream soda. They had several flavors and with 3 kids in the family during the great depression, I guess it was cheaper.
149 posts
Jun 09, 2013
8:30 AM
No, I'm familiar with the Dr. Brown soda, drank it in delis in the East. What I drank in TX was probably a local or regional beverage. It's pretty amazing just how many local/regional beverage companies there are, or at least were, across the nation.
76 posts
Jun 09, 2013
6:28 PM
If you've been to Jungle Jim's, you probably saw alot of the older brands of sodas we enjoyed as kids.
luv my dayton
298 posts
Jun 10, 2013
2:19 PM
Billd1952 Have been wanting to head to Jungle Jims as its an awesome place but usually spend what I don't really have. Non the less grandchildren love to go and will get me some of the red cream soda. Am sure the little ones would love to have a soda made from it. I also remember the root beer floats.
22 posts
Jun 12, 2013
11:11 PM
If you go to amazon.com and type in "Big Red" soda, you can purchase it there.I have gotten food stuff on there that I could not find anywhere else.
138 posts
Mar 15, 2015
3:58 PM
Grew up in the 50's thinking all creme soda was red. Seems like around the mid-60's Canada Dry introduced a 16 oz. bottle of creme soda that looked like a huge urine sample - yellow. Can't imagine a "farmer's soda" without Barq's Creme Soda - RED.
147 posts
Mar 15, 2015
5:04 PM
Pretty sure that meijers sells the Big Red in 2 litres.. Just had some the other day. Not bad but Barqs is better, at least to me anyways.

Last Edited by FreedomWriter on Mar 15, 2015 5:05 PM
5 posts
Mar 15, 2015
7:23 PM
Krogers sells "Big K" orange cream soda. It's pretty good.
118 posts
Mar 16, 2015
4:56 AM
I also grew up in the 50s & 60 in Belmont. We'd go to Albers Grocery Store each week to do our shopping and the Drink of Choice was Barq's and Vernor's Ginger Ale. I remember Mom would let me go pick out the soft drinks. First of all, Barqs had a very unique bottle. It was clear, had little squares around it going up to the neck, and a screen painted label. Not sure but seems to me the label was red with yellow trim, and it was slightly shorter but fatter than some of the soft drink bottles. In those days they would let you mix and match. Barq's Crème Soda was Red, Lemon Lyme was green. Tasted like 7 up Daytongirl. Orange was orange, There was a cola that was the normal cola color. I remember in the mid to late 50s, they would have a flavor for the summer. I remember one summer they had banana, and I liked it. It was a very light yellow. One summer they had Pink Lemonade. Anybody want to guess what color it was ? LOL Anyway we'd get 2 six packs and they looked like glass rainbows. I sure miss those days. They can take all these new power drinks and shove them ! Give me my REAL Barqs. OH ! How could I forget ! ROOTBEER ! Cola Color.
230 posts
Mar 16, 2015
3:52 PM
Calhoun mentioned Dr. Brown's cream soda. I encountered it at the former Upper Krust on N. Main St. back in the 80s. It indeed was brown, not red. Very nice unique flavor. Nothing like a cola or root beer. Haven't seen it since then. Haven't really looked that hard for it either. But if you do find it. It is worth a try.
2 posts
Mar 18, 2015
12:28 AM
I remember the root beer stand down next to stumps grocery and the old black wineo always passed out on the R T A BUSS BENCHES:) oh how I miss the good old days!!!
153 posts
Mar 22, 2015
5:23 PM
I looked at Meijers the other day and yes they have the big red in 2 litres. Barqs is only in the 12 packs. Sure wish they would bring back bottles as they tasted better and they were easily recycled around here. And Barqs was the best for sure. Dang, now I want me a good cold bottle of POP.

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