The other day a bunch of friends and I got into a discussion about an orange drink we all remembered drinking as kids in Brooklyn in the late 50’s and early 60’s. In came in a megaphone-shaped wax container. After some back and forth, one of us finally recalled the name as Sunny Boy.
Off to the web for further research. It’s amazing, but other than a memory or two from local blogs like the one linked below, there seems to be no trace of this product on the Internet. No pictures that I could find, no info on distribution (I guess it was local to Brooklyn, but it was everywhere in Brooklyn back then), or whatever happened to it.
So, does anyone else remember it? Can anyone find any links to pictures, etc?
Here’s a blog which makes reference to it:
Thanks, I just noticed your post. Actually that’s not it. That’s Sunny Boy, which apparently came a little later. In my 2nd post above I indicated that what I was trying to find out about was actually called Sun Dew Orange Drink and not Sunny Boy.
I think I’d need an administrator to change the thread title to Sun Dew Orange Drink, but I guess that would help.
I see no one has replied to this but I’ll keep plugging. I found a post from several years ago on Chowhound. Based on this it now seems that the orange drink we remembered in the Cylindrical Cone-shaped container was called Sun Dew, not Sunny Boy which apparently came later and was sold in small milk-carton type containers.
Still, with that new knowledge, I’m still not able to find even a picture of it anywhere.
Amazing with everything that is out there, and with a product so ubiquitous in Brooklyn in the late 50’s/early 60’s, no trace of it exists online.
A few days ago my grandchildren were asking me about what I liked to eat and drink when I was their ages. I mentioned Sunny Boy, my absolute, all time, favorite drink. I was seven years old (63 years ago – you do the math) and living in Long Beach, CA. But I am not sure you and I remember the same thing. Our Sunny Boy was a concentrated syrup that was mixed with water. Here is the strange thing: I still remember the jingle that advertised it on TV:
Sunny Boy, Sunny Boy
Here’s a bottle of drinking joy
Makes three quarts of pure delight
Needs no sugar, tastes just right
Sunny Boy, Sunny Boy
Low in cost and so
Giddy-Up Giddy-Up Giddy-Up go
Buy Sunny Boy
Why do these sorts of things stick in my mind?
Much later, Vietnam 1969, I met a fellow Marine who also remembered the Sunny Boy jingle and we sang it together. It is one of my favorite memories.
I also remember buying bottle shaped, wax covered drinks. You’d bite of the wax and suck the juice out. I don’t recall the name of it however.
Sunny Boy Orange Drink?
It was Sonny Boy, not Sunny Boy. Little plastic sachets of syrup, like duck-sauce packets from the Chinese restaurant, but bigger and with red or purple syrup inside and a line-drawing of the pitchman who looked like… wait for it…
Yes, the jingle was sung to ‘Pony Boy.’ But I think they really wanted the Jolson song (‘When there are grey skies, I don’t mind the grey skies’) because the pitchman was a dead-ringer for Al Jolson circa 1935. Couldn’t afford the rights, I guess. But they got a guy who looked like Jolson, so there’s that!
What were they thinking of, pushing a new softdrink idea in 1960, and the ‘hook’ is nostalgia for Jolson? Whom are we appealing to here, advertising on Uncle Fred’s Cartoons ‘n’ Stuff? Joe Franklin’s ‘Memory Lane’ program is more like it.
Like something Danny Thomas would invent. He was the only other person who sang Sonny Boy.
No you are right. Sunny boy for sure, not sun dew. It was megaphone shaped, with a lid like the old milk cartons, and a picture of a boy chewing on a piece of wheat. Orange stripes.I’m from Brooklyn too, and drank that and chocolate cow all the time.
And the wax bottles that you bit off the top and drank the liquid inside was called Nickel Nips (maybe Nick’l nips). Came in a flat red and white package, with the wax containers sitting inside.
Also remember Pixie Stix? Bitter/sweet powder in the straws?
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