Pineapple Crush

Pineapple CrushLong, long ago, I had a can or two of Pineapple Crush at Darren’s house. His dad worked for the local Pepsi distributor and they handled the various Crush varieties at the time. Pineapple Crush is a real oddity in most of North America, and I don’t know how a case ended up in Thunder Bay back then.

Darren didn’t think much of this pop, though I liked it enough to still remember it nearly 20 years later. Occasionally I’d mention Pineapple Crush in relevant conversations (you know, the same conversations that usually mention Count Chocula and Pac-Man cereal), but folks would never know about it. Sometimes they’d even doubt it’s existence!

Then I found a Pineapple Crush believer in Tony – he remembered the stuff from way back when too – and then he even found the stuff in Thunder Bay! A local seafood shop imports it from the east coast, which is apparently the one place it’s made. Transplanted east coasters craving it are willing to pay the extra money it costs to truck it in.

It’s like liquid gold, but I bought a case to celebrate the achievement of a major milestone (and paycheque) in my latest programming venture. Mmmmmm.

35 Responses to “Pineapple Crush”

  1. Robin Says:

    Look at the case the pop came in: “Manufactured Right Here” with no clear clue of where “Here” is – classic east coast 🙂

  2. erin Says:

    mmm. we have pineapple pop here, Miranda, my favorite. I remember it too from back in the day. and when we were in papua new guinea I used to buy it at the little store everyday. enjoy…

  3. Alex Says:

    Wow. Pineapple Crush. Can I have a can?

  4. Alex Says:

    Actually, Robin, that’s the Newfoundland/Labrador flag in the picture. So it’s NL product. How is your programming project going?

    PS: To move the bottom of BASIC up I simply need to poke 44, 56: poke 14336, 0:new correct?

  5. Robin Says:

    Alex, re: Newfoundland/Labrador flag, thanks – how typically ignorant of the west (i.e. me) 🙂

    The programming project is coming along – big deadline due for Thursday. There are supposed to be six minigames in addition to the main platforming game. I wrote a mini Breakout clone on Saturday, a mini Galaga clone yesterday, and I still have Pong, Donkey Kong, Lock ‘n’ Chase and a “simon” type game to do 🙂

    re: BASIC, I don’t think I’ve ever moved the bottom up, just the top down as described on p.109- of the PRG. I can look into it later if you’re stuck, just too busy at the moment.

  6. Tony Says:

    I’ll be right over!!!!

    Zyg gave me a couple cans last month. Monique didn’t care for it. I then bought a couple more….just for a treat and to let Maarit and Tanis try. I also bought a can of Lime Crush. They import that as well. I haven’t seen it in stores but have been told it is available here in the summer months only.

  7. Alex Says:

    Lime Crush too?!!?

    What’s the store in TBay? I’ll stop by on my way through in July!!!!!

  8. Tony Says:

    I think it’s called East Coast Lobster I think.

  9. Alex Says:

    Hey Robin: I figured it out. If I raise the bottom of BASIC to $3000 I can:
    1) stick a char set in $0800-$0FFF
    2) use SJudd’s ISEQ at $1000-$1FFF
    3) have 64 sprites from $2000-$2FFF
    and still have 28K BASIC memory to program in… I’m quite pleased with myself.

  10. Golan Says:

    Take a look at this:;f=15;t=000265

    They make reference to “East Coast Lobster” in Thunder Bay. I must admit, I’ve never heard of Pineapple Crush before but since pineapple is my favorite fruit, I gotta get some of this stuff. Someone in that thread said that it can be had in the ‘Newfie’ section of major grocery stores. I’ve never seen (or noticed) a section featuring foods from Newfoundland so I’m going to start calling around tomorrow.

    Darn you Robin, you’ve started me on an insane quest and I will not rest until I’ve tasted this chemical nectar. You see, I have an obsession with trying any new beverages that I find and I’ll go out of my way to find exotic ones. Jamaican restaurants are an excellent source of kooky beverages and I’ve had pineapple soda there but never Crush. Must try, must try. ARGH!

  11. Robin Says:

    Alex: Tony and Golan have it right: East Coast Lobster, and it’s on the corner of Arthur and Mountdale, only one intersection east of the expressway, so it’s really close if you drive to my place. Thing is, he’s sold out half the time. I’ll save you a can, anyway.

    Golan: Good luck finding it! I’d be really surprised if you couldn’t find it somewhere in or around Toronto. When I lived there I also really liked the Jamaican restaurants – mmmmm, spicy meat patties.

  12. Golan Says:

    Spicy Jamaican patties are *so* good. If you ever get a craving and you can’t find them in TB (which seems unlikely but having never been there, I just don’t know), email me and I’ll send you some via FedEx. You’ve hit upon one of the main reasons I stay in Toronto – ethnic cuisine. Noodles in Chinatown on Monday, authentic curries in Little India on Tuesday, some Greek souvlaki on Wednesday, perhaps a little Portugese BBQ chicken on Thursday and some zingy El Salvadorian food on Friday (it’s like Mexican with more delicate, evolved flavours). Literally the spice of life.

  13. Alex Says:

    Robin, that’s more than kind of you. We’ve had a plan change for when our vacation is happening. (Looks like I’ll be in TBay on Thurs, Jul 13 for one night as Kelly and I hurry home…)

  14. erin Says:

    food/drink posts are pretty popular

  15. reppepper Says:

    along with a BASIC tangent.

  16. Alex Says:

    Yes, but I went and posted about my BASIC misadventures elsewhere now, so it’s all good.

  17. Alex Says:

    Oh, Happy Easter Robin. And sorry about the Leafs.

  18. Newfoundlander Says:

    Also wondering if anyone has heard of Birch Beer? Its a crush product made here in Newfoundland but I have never been able to find it on the mainland. It is only made in the summer and as far as I know it is even rarer than Pineapple Crush but it tastes way better.

  19. novascotiagirly Says:

    Im from nova scotia but i live in BC i LOVE pineapple crush and i get my mother to ship it to me from nova scotia! its the best

  20. Michael Says:

    See how this post is old, thought I’d share my info. I live in Nova Scotia and I am originally from Newfoundland, and I get this stuff all the time from relatives. I get EVERY one of my friends hooked on it. It truly is liquid gold in a can. And sadly, it is only made in St. Johns, NFLD.

  21. Anthony Says:

    Pineapple, Lime and Birch Beer Crush is available in the greater Toronto area at Sobeys supermarkets in their “Newfie” section. Call ahead to make sure they have it in stock. I had luck last week at the Cambridge, Ontario store on Cedar Street.

  22. Nick Says:

    It’s always available in newfoundland!! ^_^ Although, the cans looks different. :p

  23. I Hate Fanta Says:

    I live in Toronto and a local No frills carries all of the east coast Crush line; White Cream Soda (In A Pink Cream Soda Can), Lime, Birch Beer, and Pineapple. It’s sad that Crush’ best flavors are limited and only available in St Johns, Newfoundland and Fort McMurrey Alberta.

    I’m at the point were i’m sick of Crush Orange and (Pink) Cream Soda, and Grape is just as elusive as the east coast crush line, and even if you do find it expect to pay no less than $5.99 a case.

    I don’t know who owns the Crush brand nowadays whether it’s Cadbury Schweppes or Pepsico (personally I don’t care) but they need to get a clue and make these “small market” flavors available nationwide, it would only mean millions in more revenue in their pocket.

  24. Sudwel Says:

    An enterprising Newfoundlander sells Pineapple Crush by the can or by the case ($20 a case!!) at the local Farmer’s Markets here in Niagara!! He also sells sauces and cookies that you can only buy out east as well. A Newf friend got me hooked on pineapple crush!!

  25. Ryan Says:

    I discovered this awesome drink at The University of Memphis. It was in this vending machine that also had several other Crush Flavors. I have never seen this drink anywhere else. They really should revive this classic soda.

  26. Dan Says:

    I’ve had 2 cans sitting in my fridge for months and just drank the 2nd one just a few days ago. Need more 🙂 I got them from relatives out east (Labrador, where I was born). Def. my favorite drink from childhood, and I do remember Birch Beer, too!! It’s also kinda funny that I used to live in Cambridge, ON just off Myers road (Enfield Dr) but am now in North Bay, ON. I wonder if nacho cheetos (crunchits?) still exist…

  27. Justin Says:

    Made Right here, if ya notice has the newfoundland flag on the logo, pineapple crush is made back home lol Yes we love the stuff and crave it all the time

  28. Patrick Says:

    Anyone remember the Apple Crush flavor? Was available in Quebec in the 80s and was one of my fav soda drink as a kid. The can and drink was a goldish kind of color…Could it still be available in other parts of Canada?

  29. Justin Says:

    Found this on a google search about Pineapple Crush. I love that stuff!! I have only had it when I was down east in Newfoundland. I also had the Birch Beer stuff too, I mainly found that in Labrador though, both great drinks.

  30. Lesley Says:

    Hey in Quebec you can find Strawberry Crush and in the USA they have cherry

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