Pink Swimmingo Kool-Aid, from 1992!

Here’s me, trying “Pink Swimmingo” Kool-Aid from 1992. It’s one of the few “character flavors” I never got around to back on X-E. It’s pretty wonderful stuff!

Really wish Kool-Aid would start doing the custom flavor mascots again. I love the Kool-Aid Man as much as anyone, but he’s even better when you pair him with flamingos, dinosaurs and pink sharks.

Have a great Saturday. I’ll be spending it cleaning my office for the thousandth time. (Tore it apart to find the stupid Swimmingo.)

48 Responses to Pink Swimmingo Kool-Aid, from 1992!

  1. Man, Pink Swimmingo was my favourite flavour as a kid. Damn. Shakleberry Fin was up there too. Sigh. Now I just want Kool-Aid.

  2. It reminds me of a much thinner version of the slime from Ghostbusters II.

    Can you find it in your heart to open a packet of The Great Bluedini to do a video review of it?

  3. That was f’ing delightful. I could watch those kids dance all day.

  4. Nice video (btw, love the Chap Mei diving suit you have on your desk- I have one too and love that thing!)

    How did you acquire this? Did you just have a pack floating around ever since the early 90′s or did you find this on Ebay?
    If I checked at my parents house, I bet still have some Fizzies floating around….

  5. Now I finally know what to do with the giant wooden fork in my utensil drawer….stir Kool-Aid. Is there a Sharkleberry video on X-E? I want to see that!

  6. Where can I find this stock music? I just want to sit here and listen to it over and over while I drink limeade.

  7. Holy shit, please tell me there’s even a small chance I might receive one of the character flavors in my Cruel Summer Funpack!

  8. I would cut someone for a packet of PurpleSaurus Rex. Don’t try me man. I tried mixing grape and lemon, but it just wasn’t the same without the dinosaur ingredient.

  9. @drew do: I admit that that would be a pretty small chance. ;)

    @Melanie: There isn’t one, but maybe I’ll do one in the future!

  10. Good job again.

  11. Ah yes, Pink Swimmingo. I remember the early 90s when EVERYTHING kid oriented was surf oriented. Thanks to TMNT we started using words like “Gnarly”, “Radical” and even “Cowabunga” if you weren’t into the whole brevity thing. This was the twilight of my elementary school years- how I miss them so.

  12. Spectre, your little shout-out to the Dude was not lost on me there. Well done.

    Something about the name Pink Swimmingo really bothers me, now that I think about it. The pun seems really forced, and all puns considered, that is really saying something.

    Still love those dancing surf kids though. God they are having a good time.

  13. Hey, there’s nothing tame about that bird.

  14. @ Rev- glad somebody picked up on it- to use the parlance of our times. “You mean coitus?” Lol

  15. i really enjoy watching your videos when you are yourself. i remember x-e days of madd matt, with the gravelly voice. Having to get a drink every few seconds, coughing… it made my throat hurt. Also, made it hard to watch. Now, they are entertaining, and i am always excited to see a new upload. Thanks so much for everything you do!

  16. I feel wrong drinking a beer while watching a kool-aid video.

  17. Does Kool-Aid ever get undrinkable? You warned us not to drink the packets in the cruel summer packs?

  18. scuse u Lord Chaos Ogre, Madd Matt was highly entertaining. minus the hacking. because my dad does that and i’ve lived long enough hearing that noise.

    i too wonder at what point does kool-aid become undrinkable.

  19. @Lord Chaos Ogre: Thanks for the kind words, but ol’ Madd Matt ain’t completely dead yet. ;)

    @King JLA: It can become undrinkable — depending on your POV. Often enough, the powder will solidify, which usually hints at moisture. Moisture is bad. Even then, you can still probably drink it. As for the Funpacks, I felt that disclaimer was necessary: It’s not being sold to drink!

  20. Amazingly enough, considering how much Kool-Aid we downed during my childhood, I don’t remember this. 1992 was the very beginning of my teen years, so it may have been off my radar by then. I also wish Kool-Aid would do flavor mascots again. They had so much fun with them, and I’ll bet current kids would get a kick out of them, too.

  21. I remember Sharkleberry Fin like crazy. And now as I type that out for probably the first time in my life, I’m realizing that it’s a play on Huckleberry Finn. And I’m probably the last person on the planet to make that connection. In any case, Sharkleberry was super tasty.

    Pink Swimmingo is not something I remember drinking, but I do remember it via the ads and shelves of yester-supermarkets. Yestermarkets? Glad to hear it still holds up, though.

    Been awhile since I’ve visited – when did the old commenting system come back? I kinda liked the new-now-old one.

  22. Hey Carpeteria! The new system had issues and sadly I jumped in without realizing how little you could change about it. On the to-do list is coming up with a good midpoint between this and that.

  23. I had hoped to come in here and post the link to the old Kool-Aid section on X-E, only to discover it no longer works properly. :( For anyone which may be interested in what I’m talking about, anyway,

  24. Ah, good to hear! Looking forward to the new-old-halfway new commenting system to come.

  25. I remember the shark character, but had forgotten the others specifically. I knew there was a period in the late ’80s/early ’90s when they released a bunch of new flavors accompanied by new characters, but that was a long time ago and I can’t remember most of them. I know I tried them, but I’m certain I still stuck with the regular flavors.

  26. @ghostinmyroom. Its not that i disliked Madd Matt at all, i just had a really hard time with his voice. You know how something hurts by association? Like hearing metal being ground on, or nails on a chalkboard makes people feel blah? I have had a few throat surgeries after a extremely bad tonsolitis infection, and ever since then, hearing that makes it hard to listen to. No insults meant anywhere :)
    He does it to entertain us, and thats all I ask for.

  27. @barbecue17: I can probably answer the question of where Matt got it. Short story is that I collected a lot of great flavors of Kool-Aid for many years, then didn’t know what to do with it all. It was doing nothing sitting there, but it was too sacred and valuable to just drink. My house was filled with tons of this pop culture memorabilia stuff (like I’m sure Matt’s house is), so I wanted to get my collection into better hands.
    I didn’t want to be bothered ebaying it, and ebay was getting weird about selling old foodstuffs anyway. So, I googled to try to find people with weird Kool-Aid obsessions who might want it. Of course, X-E was the top hit, so I just emailed Matt saying “Can I send you a buttload of Kool-Aid?”

    So, I’m tickled pink (like a swimmingo) that it’s all going to good use. I’m betting my collection is what’s providing all of those mystery flavors in the Cruel Summer Funpack and I couldn’t be more excited about that. These objects of my obsession are being of use and value to many people now, and not just me. There were some really good flavors in there, so if you’re buying a Funpack, you can look forward to some great stuff. Click here for a picture of the collection before I sent it if you want to see what you might have a chance of getting.

  28. I didn’t drink a lot of Koolaid growing up. Your memories you described at one point of dumping in the mix and mixing it up, I have those memories with canned concentrated juice. We would either drink orange juice for breakfast, or drink Pink Lemonade, Limeade, or some other kind of concoction. A mexican grocery store that I go to sometimes sells this canned mix that is pineapple starfruit. I bet it has a ton of sugar but the couple of times I have drank it it was so good. If anybody sees it get it.

    I have a yellow plastic Koolaid branded spoon. It’s awesome. I bought it in a kit with packets of Koolaid just for the spoon. It has his face as holes in the bowl of the spoon.

    Monday I went to Value Village for the first time and a Goodwill I don’t normally go to. This Goodwill had Nerf guns I never see Nerf guns at the Goodwill I usually go to so it was surprising. I bought the VHS tape Mouse and the Motorcycle, I got the VHS tape Runaway Ralph sometime last year. So glad to have both now.

    They had so many vintage things I could of got but didn’t. I saw for 1.99 Halloween Jello Jigglers. They had a tag on them that folded out into a mini recipe book with the Peanuts Characters in it. They were an orange tray and a black tray together. They had a Norman Rockwell paint by numbers sealed kit from the early 80′s. It looked like the Vincent Price kits that used to exist. Strawberry Shortcake figures. I cleaned up, but there were still things I could of got. I got a Barney the Dinosaur plush toy for 2 dollars I am reselling. Nike shoes I am reselling. A zombie shirt I am reselling. It was so weird, this Goodwill had household items and I never seen items like that before. They had toothpaste (sealed in the box, for 1.99 yeah right) bars of soap, Dryex. It was so odd. I bought a Spongebob Squarepants Chia Pet for 3.99 because I know those sell well and often on Ebay.

    I was looking last night at sun catchers online and I now want to make one. They look kind of fun to make. Dorky I know but they look kind of neat. Just the little plastic ones that you paint over. I will try to find one at a yard sale or a thrift store.

    I cannot wait until the Halloween stuff starts coming out. I want some Halloween happy meal toys, and some decorations dammit. I would love to find some horror character toys. Specifically Beetlejuice. And Chucky of course. I hope the items I have up now sell quickly so I have an excuse to go and buy more things. I am a girl after all. I love to shop apparently. Ok I think I am done here.

  29. When you were giving Kool-Aid mascot shout-outs you failed to mention the best of all Rock-A-Dile Red! ^_^

  30. Come on Brian, no Kool Aid mascot can hold a candle to the greatest of them all… Incrediberry!

  31. Aaron, nice to see you here again! But, I’m definitely not putting your Kool-Aid packets in these. (I love my little box set — and plus most those flavors are too rare!) I had a massive collection of K-A before that — must be over a thousand packs. That’s where I’m drawing from. :)

  32. I have an unopened tin of Great Bluedini Kool-Aid in my cupboard that has come with me through three moves. What should I do with it?

  33. Aaron – that’s an awesome collection of Kool-aid! My absolute favorite of all time is in there – the Magic Twists cherry flavor that was actually kind of an electric Caribbean blue when mixed with water. It combined my favorite flavor with my favorite color. I miss that one a lot – I should have bought a ton of it when I had the chance. As far as I’ve seen, it’s not available anywhere at all any longer.

  34. Am I the only one that was a little disappointed we didn’t get to see the water being poured? I have to admit, I was secretly hoping for an over-pour spill like in the 2011 Madd Matt Ghoul-Aid video. That moment was one of the best laughs I’ve ever had on your site(s). You could keep using that gag in every Kool-Aid video and I don’t think it would ever get old!

  35. Matt, I sent you a whole bunch of kool aid years ago,(Like probably 2003ish, 2004?) and I know at least one of them was Pink Swimingo lol I wonder if you’ve had that packet all these years. ;-P

  36. Speaking of moisture ruining your just-add-water powder drinks, I remember going over to friend’s house as a kid, and we opened up his plastic container of Country Time Lemonade, only to discover that some moisture had gotten in, and turned the lemonade powder into kind of a semi-solid, chewy candy consistency. Imagine our delight when we realized that we could tear off chunks of undiluted lemonade candy! So moisture getting into your powder drinks isn’t always all bad. At least if you’re an 8 year-old sugar addict.

  37. I’d like to point out that the Pink Swimmingo appears to be a lifeguard (at least based on the image on the packet).

    Imagine you are drowning, and a giant pink flamingo in swim trunks swims out to you, and gives you mouth-to-beak resuscitation in an effort to save your life.

    That would be terrifying!

  38. Ughhh, I’m really struggling here. Last week’s cold snap in combination with the appearance of Halloween candy at my local grocery store has left me in a super autumnal mood. But I still have lots of summery stuff to do!

  39. Kool-Aid was a staple of my youth. I remember being somewhat offended when JJ on “Good Times” gave Kool-Aid to his date and the moment was played for laughs.

    We used to make our Koo-Aid in an empty apple juice bottle and I also remember the first time I was pouring the sugar into a new batch after school and I thought: “Wow. That’s actually a LOT of sugar right there…”

  40. Ahhh, Swimingo. That commercial jingle will be stuck in my head long after dementia and years of mind numbing video games have claimed my memories like the saddest parts of Neverending Story II.

  41. I’m experiencing a rad Pink Floyd phenomenon while watching this. I’ve rented Blue Thunder the TV series (Dana Carvey, Bubba Smith, Dick Butkis) from my Netflix DVD que. The soundtrack you’re using in this video is going along perfectly with the action in the show.

  42. they still sell pink swimmingo it’s called watermelon cherry though

  43. I loved all of those old character flavors, and Pink Swimmingo was no exception. I can still remember the taste. So good. I really wish Kool-Aid would bring back these flavors…not just the same flavor by a different name, I want the original names, the mascots, the whole nine yards.

    On another note, I do not care for flamingos. Because they smell awful. Because they urinate on themselves to keep cool.

  44. My favorite one. Brings back thoughts of many of late nights for me as an insomniac 5/6/7 year old drinking this stuff with my dad (RIP) and watching Beavis and Butthead.

    I thought this stuff was the nectar of the gods. Watermelon Cherry tastes just like it. But, I think they just discon’ed it. But, they have watermelon and cherry as flavors on their own now. So, yay! (just mix it together). I actually believe I have a few packs of “old” watermelon cherry still I bought a year and a half back. I wanna drink it now!

    I have always loved your reviews on Kool-Aid Matt. And, the ones on the the foods and drinks of the late 80s and early 90s. :)

  45. I’d sell my soul to get my hands on the greatest kool-aid ever made…..Mountain Berry Punch!

  46. I had followed your old site for a while. I had been out of the Kool Aid game for close to 5 years now when I got the craving again and busted out my Mid-2000 release Sharkleberry Fin.

    Did you really get all of that good stuff from Aaron for free? That’s a small fortune! I’m jealous of the Purplesaurus especially. I have a small amount of Rock-A-Dile and original Sharkleberry but that haul is a true 80s/90s gold mine with Incrediberry, Bluedini, Rock-a-Dile, and Purplesaurus!

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