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Wednesday, March 14, 2007

Kickapoo Joy Juice!

I had lunch at Le Grande Tofu yesterday. Had a brilliant vegie noodle soup with shiitake mushrooms the size of saucers floating around in it. And I always try and get a new kind of drink instead of just getting Coke or Pepsi...argh! Now I've done it! (turns around to see S.W.O.T. team kicking down the door)...

So I decided to get this little beauty: "Kickapoo Joy Juice"

I have a number of questions for the makers of this very tasty drink (it tastes a bit like Mountain Dew)

1. What is a Kickapoo? Does it mean what I think it means?

2. Why is it called "Joy Juice?" (Actually, no. I don't want to know.)

3. What is that picture supposed to represent? I think it's supposed to be two characters (a kangaroo? A dude with a tomahawk? What is that?) flying around the world / galaxy trying to balance on a cauldron that is on fire or boiling. WTF? Somebody enlighten me here.

It is a great drink, and I really enjoyed it. I had to keep the can because it made me giggle. I'd love to know the answer to these questions.

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  1. LJP; the characters are from the comic strip Li'l Abner - I forget their names, but it was about a hillbilly family, and one of them used to make "Kickapoo Joy Juice" - the comic strip is also where the name comes from... I didn't know they'd made a soda with that name.

    The Clampett family in The Beverly Hillbillies either was, or certainly could have been, roughly based on the folks in Li'l Abner although, as far as I recall, they never struck it rich and moved away. Thinking it over (as I type) I suspect it was not actually based on it. Probably the similarities were more due to the fact each presented a very stereotypical view of hillbillies.

    I hope that little bit of trivia will add to the enjoyment of your novel drink. Hope I can track down a can, even if I never drink Mountain Dew any more (and, by the way, "Mountain Dew" is another name for moonshine, so there is a connection there as well).

  2. I took a second look at the characters pictured; they are in a washtub, full of Kickapoo Joy Juice, and there is an imp or devil to the right of the picture. I still can't think of their names, but I think, although they're hard to make out, that is the old couple, Maw and Paw or whatever they were called. They may be dancing, to celebrate the creation of a successful batch, or fighting, so Maw can keep Paw out of it...

  3. Wow! Thanks for the detailed info. I didn't know "Mountain Dew" was a reference to moonshine either! Now it makes a bit more sense...

  4. Hi LJP.
    Kickapoo Joy Juice
    A liquor of such stupefying potency that the hardiest citizens of Dogpatch, after the first burning sip, rose into the air, stiff as frozen codfish. A more agreeable version is now produced by Monarch Beverage of Atlanta, Inc.
    The characters on the label are "Hairless Joe"(the hairy one) and "Lonesome Polecat" the ummm..errr..harrumph "native american" one. They are standing out side a freshly made tub of the stuff (practically an elixer of the gods) and are characters from the old Al Capp cartoon strip "Li'l Abner". The Kickapoo were an Indian tribe.

  5. badsam - how do you guys know all this stuff? By the way, I still have the can and it still makes me smile every time I look at it.

  6. Google is your friend.


    easy enough to cut and paste and appear knowledgeable.

  7. anon -
    ...and spoil all the fun? ;-)


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