Here's a pristine label, measuring 6 inches wide by 4½ inches tall, that would have been applied to a one-gallon container of Frostie Root Beer fountain and vending syrup.
Some details from the label:
- The correct ratio to use was one ounce of syrup added to five ounces of ice-cold carbonated water. (By my math, that means you could get 128 servings from one gallon of syrup.)
- The ingredients were: sugar, caramel color, artificial and natural flavors, water and no more than 1/10 of 1% of sodium benzoate.
- The syrup's "use in bottled beverages is absolutely forbidden."
- The syrup was distributed by Chas. Gray Beverage Co. of Janesville, Wisconsin, which is no longer is business.
"Renting an abandoned jailhouse in Catonsville, Maryland, a suburb of Baltimore, [Rackensperger] used the garage that formerly housed the police wagon for setting up his bottling equipment ... and the various cells were employed to store sugar, crowns, and other supplies. In this small and unassuming enterprise, there was born a product which rapidly forced the elimination of the many flavors being bottled by Mr. Rackensperger. ... Frostie Old Fashion Root Beer had dwarfed all other plant products in sales. Consumer acceptance and volume sales rapidly brought about the need for much larger quarters and larger machinery to handle the continuing growth. Mr. Rackensperger left the jailhouse ... and a new modern plant was built."For more history of Frostie Root Beer, check out the article by "CokeGirl" on the Soda TraderZ website.
In addition to root beer, flavors offered by Frostie today include diet root beer, vanilla root beer, blue cream soda, cherry limeade, concord grape and orange.
The Frostie brand, as mentioned, has gone through the following ownership changes, according to Wikipedia:
- In 1979, it was sold to Monarch Beverage Company of Atlanta, Georgia.
- In 2000, it was sold to Leading Edge Brands of Temple, Texas.
- In 2009, it was sold to Intrastate Distributors Inc. of Detroit, Michigan.
So, who out there drinks Frostie products? Comment below!