ORBITZ

Don’t you hate it when you fall in love with a highly marketed consumer product only to have it wiped from extinction due to poor sales.

I’ve been a victim of this many a times but what do they expect me to do, buy a palette load before they discontinue it? R.I.P Orbitz!

Orbitz was the product name of a non-carbonated fruit flavored beverage which had these tiny edible balls floating in it.

Clearly Canadian Beverage Corporation brought them out in 1997 but they didn’t last.

The drink was marketed as a “texturally enhanced alternative beverage” but some consumers compared it to a portable lava lamp.

The small balls floated due to their nearly equal density to the surrounding liquid and remained suspended with assistance from an ingredient known as gellam gum.

The gellan gum provided a support matrix, something like a microscopic spider web and had a visual clarity approaching that of water which increased with the addition of sugar.

Flavors:

  • Raspberry Citrus
  • Blueberry Melon Strawberry
  • Pineapple Banana Cherry Coconut
  • Vanilla Orange
  • Black Currant Berry
  • Charlie Brown Chocolate

No joke, I would trade my 20th Anniversary limited edition CareBear to get my hands on one of these (preferrably the Raspberry Citrus) if you know where I can source one from whether it be a collector’s item… you know where to find me!

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