Mello Yello and Sprite are back

6 Jul

This doesn’t mean much to me personally because I’m not much of a soft-drink fan.
But in the early 1980s, Coca-Cola introduced their drinks “Mello-Yello” and “Sprite” to Japan.

I remember seeing both of these drinks when I first came to Japan in 1990 but a few years later they were both discontinued in Japan.

But now Coca-Cola has brought them both back to Japan. They are being sold in their original early ’80s retro packaging design.

I’ve never tried “Mello-Yello“. Just the name and tacky can design make me sure I wouldn’t like it…but I’ve drunk “Sprite” before—it’s not bad.

Do you like these drinks? Are they available in your country?

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17 Responses to “Mello Yello and Sprite are back”

  1. harukochan1 August 7, 2011 at 10:01 am #

    In Belgium we have Sprite

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    • tokyo5 August 7, 2011 at 11:05 am #

      Do you like Sprite?
      How about “Mello Yello”?

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  2. musings July 8, 2011 at 2:55 pm #

    I’ve never had Mello Yello and only occasionally have Sprite. I’m a cola drinker, I’m afraid. However, it’s not good for me so it’s usually green tea.

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    • tokyo5 July 8, 2011 at 11:09 pm #

      >green tea.

      “Real”, actual 「抹茶」 (Japanese Green Tea), I’m assuming.

      We visited America a while back and were surprised to see bottles of “Green Tea” in a convenience store in the U.S.
      But we were shocked after we bought a bottle and tried it…it was sweetened! Didn’t taste like Japanese green tea at all.

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  3. sixmats July 6, 2011 at 7:44 pm #

    I just saw Mello Yello the other day and when I reached for it my hand went to lemon tea.

    I am also surprised that Sprite was pulled and if I see it I will probably buy it.

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    • tokyo5 July 8, 2011 at 12:37 am #

      >my hand went to lemon tea.

      I don’t drink tea often either (I prefer coffee). But my hand would go for beer! 😉

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  4. Felicia July 6, 2011 at 4:14 pm #

    I never heard Mello Yello but we do have Sprite…
    It’s pretty good, just a little bit too sweet sometimes…

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    • tokyo5 July 8, 2011 at 12:34 am #

      >a little bit too sweet

      That’s why I don’t drink soft drinks very often.

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  5. YT July 6, 2011 at 12:41 pm #

    I wonder why Sprite was pulled. Is there a similar product in Japan? I’ve never tried Mellow Yellow. I do have a Sprite once in a while.

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    • tokyo5 July 8, 2011 at 12:33 am #

      >Is there a similar product (to Sprite) in Japan?

      Yes, I think the Japanese soft drink 「三ツ矢サイダー」 (“Mitsuya Cider“) is similar to Sprite.

      Actually, I should say that Sprite is similar to Mitsuya Cider since the Japanese drink is about eighty years older than Sprite.

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      • tokyo5 August 7, 2011 at 11:08 am #

        >(The American drink) Sprite is similar to (the Japanese drink) Mitsuya Cider

        And I think the U.S. drink “Mello Yello” is similar to the Japanese drink “C.C. Lemon“.

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  6. RH July 6, 2011 at 11:34 am #

    Never tried mellow Yellow, but I like sprite OK.

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    • tokyo5 July 8, 2011 at 12:24 am #

      >I like sprite OK

      Do you drink it often?

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  7. AstroNerdBoy July 6, 2011 at 9:30 am #

    As a teen, I LOVED Mello-Yello. It has a stronger citrus taste than Mountain Dew and used to be one of Coke’s more caffeinated beverages. Coke was phasing it out because their hideous fizzy Gatorade crap was supposed to be the new “thing” to go up against Mountain Dew, but it apparently failed. Now, I’m seeing Mello-Yello making a comeback in the states and I’m happy about it.

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    • tokyo5 July 8, 2011 at 12:21 am #

      >I’m seeing Mello-Yello making a comeback in the states

      Has it been discontinued and recently brought back in America too?

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  8. Blue Shoe July 6, 2011 at 7:41 am #

    I like Mello Yello ok. It’s basically the same thing as Mountain Dew. Usually not a Sprite kinda guy, but it’s drinkable.

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    • tokyo5 July 8, 2011 at 12:15 am #

      >I like Mello Yello ok. It’s basically the same thing as Mountain Dew.

      I don’t think “Mountain Dew” is very good.

      >Usually not a Sprite kinda guy, but it’s drinkable.

      I think it’s one of the better soft drinks…but, as I said above, I seldom drink soft-drinks.

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