Food of the Eighties, Little Hugs
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Daily Juice Products in Vernon, Pennsylvania started making these in 1985. They were fruit flavored juices in a clear plastic bottle shaped like a barrel, with a tin foil lid. They came in all the usual juice flavors: fruit punch, grape, orange, cherry, strawberry, etc.
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laura - April 29, 2007 - Report this comment
i still love them 20+ years later, and so do my children!
Jim in Chicago - May 10, 2007 - Report this comment
Little League wouldn't have been worth the skinned up legs (from sliding on municipal park diamonds)and fat lips (from getting a pop fly in the mouth) without a cold Little Hug straight out of a styrofoam cooler after the game.
Ken - June 02, 2007 - Report this comment
I would love to know if I can get Little Hugs in California. I loved them as a kid and I bet they still taste just as good 20 years later.
p - March 04, 2008 - Report this comment
omg i live in california too and i want little hugs juice!
Mike - June 13, 2008 - Report this comment
Im drinking a blue raspberry little hug rght now and it is soo good
pnutbutterprincess82 - July 08, 2008 - Report this comment
I know they sale them at any country store and at Wal-Mart here down in Florida call wal-mart or go to the website and tell them you want to order it and they will ship it to your local store
Kristi - September 20, 2008 - Report this comment
they sell them at copps food center in green bay wisconsin 5/1.00 they are the best i love them and so do my children
Dave - December 28, 2008 - Report this comment
They were hell on the lips.
Sharon - January 16, 2009 - Report this comment
Just saw these at a store in Chicago! LOL... One summer when I was a kid, my aunt packed these in a cooler for a beach trip in Florida.
lakatt - March 01, 2009 - Report this comment
Saw these yesterday in Food Town, TX
Mike - June 30, 2009 - Report this comment
Gotta tell ya, I work at the plant in Verona and they just aren't the same. We cut back on the sugar big time to save money, and you can tell. It's weird to see all these people from all over the States though talking about these things I see literally tens of thousands of every day. :)
80sBaby - April 10, 2010 - Report this comment
Little Hugs are cute and I'm glad they're still available.
Chree - May 13, 2010 - Report this comment
I loved drinking a little hug. I wished that they tasted as good as they did when I was younger or just before the cut back. THEIR. horrible. It saddens me to say I would rather have a capri sun or water over a hug. Maybe they will do a throwback for us back in the day huggie lovers.
tiffany - June 19, 2010 - Report this comment
im really glad they cut back on the sugar their better for my kids and the still love them
Kristin Robinson - July 30, 2010 - Report this comment
I live in Maine and I cant find little hug juice anywhere not even at walmart can anyone tell me where I could get them? I tried ordering them online from walmart they wouldnt let me. Please Help
Simon - October 03, 2010 - Report this comment
I just bought my first case in a good 15-20 years and they don't taste like they used to. Not nearly as good in the least. How disappointing! :-(
Bev - April 22, 2011 - Report this comment
check out the new packaging,flavors, and ingredients - coming this summer. Just as good, but now has vitamins and less sugar... FYI, They are made in Verona, PA, not Vernon.
Ailey - May 18, 2011 - Report this comment
We used to drink these at my Sally Leige games :) I thought they tasted a little more watery then most juices but they were fun so who cared?
Casey - May 20, 2011 - Report this comment
Lil Hugs are a disgusting distortion of fruit juice. All sugar and artificial flavors/colors. I can't find the ingredients listed on the American Beverage Corp website because it's all artificial. I feel so bad for my Mom for pestering her to buy these when we were visiting my grandparents in Florida when I was a kid. I will never let my children near these.
LJ - November 13, 2011 - Report this comment
These hugs are NASTEE! The hugs from the 90s were so much better. Why mess w/ a good thing? My nephews and nieces drink them now I'm sorry they never got to taste the REAL HUGS. Y'all used to be better than Capri Sun. Now Capri Sun is WAY better than HUGS.
food history geek - August 07, 2012 - Report this comment
they make em in tropical flavors as well. though i miss some of the flavors no longer made like coconut. they need to bring em back in a special"nostalgia"pack or something
tim h. - July 03, 2013 - Report this comment
these were ubiquitous in the 80s and 90s. Last time I had one was at a friends high school graduation party. never really liked them. They had an odd burning thing going on. I remember poking thru the foil to get at them.
the 80's were sweet - November 14, 2013 - Report this comment
These are still good!
Charlie - January 31, 2014 - Report this comment
We called these quarter drinks (that was the price) and we didn't always have the barrel ones, a lot of times we had the plain oval ones. This was in Brooklyn back in the 80's
David - June 18, 2014 - Report this comment
I just drank my first hug. I never drank any when I was young. It was horrible. Don't even try it. It must be like the Japanese who like Natto, only if they started eating it before they knew any better. What happened to this liquid?!
christi totally 80's - September 12, 2014 - Report this comment
blues the best...

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