Linda schools us in the alphabet in this week’s Stream of Consciousness Saturday:
Your Friday prompt for Stream of Consciousness Saturday is “zz.” Find a word with double-z in it and use it in your post. Enjoy!
The first thing that popped up in my mind was Fizzies! A flavored tablet which when dropped into a glass of water fizzed and made a flavored drink. Imagine, no bottles to buy, no pitcher required, just a cold glass of water. Heck, you did not even need sugar! And that, my friends, would be it’s downfall.
Those readers of a certain age might remember the word cyclamates! One of the many artificial sweeteners that would be found to cause cancer in laboratory mice. This was the sweetener (along with saccharin – also deemed cancer causing) that gave Fizzies their sweet taste.
I remember Fizzies but we did not have them often. We were more likely to have Kool-Aid sweetened with good old fashioned refined Dixie Crystals sugar!
There is some disagreement about who created Fizzies in the beginning, but it was in fact created by the same company that made Bromo Seltzer as a way to recover market share lost to competing products like Alka Seltzer. Revenue is often the great motivator in our culture!
Although Fizzies were taken off the market and reintroduced again only to be removed again, you can still buy some version of them, most likely pre-sweetened with the latest not yet determined to be deadly artificial sweetener!