I’ve just had my first sip of “Tang” in at least 22 years. It still tastes not quite entirely just like orange juice doesn’t, which is a good trick if you can do it. I drank gallons of this stuff as a kid and I can’t recall ever liking it. I certainly don’t like it now, but I’m desperate. It’s the eve before payday and when you get paid once a month this day can be a very desperate occasion. The only things left to drink in the apartment at this point are water, “Tang” and milk and I’m saving the milk for breakfast.
There are some other “Crystal Delight” drink mixes in the cupboard, but I’d have to search for a clean pitcher and none of the flavors is worth the effort at the moment because I’m feeling lazy. I haven’t had any diet pop in the apartment for almost a month now and I can’t stand the taste of plain water. So I looked at the pitcher full of “Tang” and wondered if it had improved any in the last two decades.
Still that same watery, hard to identify flavor that isn’t anything like you’d imagine orange juice to taste like even if you had never had orange juice before. It is certainly tangy and I suppose that must be how it got its name. It was the best some poor slob of a product tester could come up with when asked to describe what it tasted like and some marketing geek said “THAT COULD WORK! AND IT ABSOLVES US OF LIABILITY AT THE SAME TIME!! WOOT!”