Food of the Eighties, Thirsty Smash
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Sunday afternoons sometimes the family went out to the Western Sizzlin for late afternoon dinner, steak, fries, and yep, yummy red Thirsty Smash fruit punch. Seems like there was a comic purple character on the outside of the carton (came in single serve pint(?)size cardboard cartons) that knocked out the bad guy Thirst. Thus, Thirsty Smash! Anyone have pictures or anything? Hardly ANYTHING comes up on this online, I know I didnt dream it!
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dirty lou - September 17, 2008 - Report this comment
Thristy Smash was available as a grocery product in the late 60's early 70's. It featured bad guy characters "The Thirsties" that were "smashed" by the product hero. There was a good amount of TV advertising to support it. It failed and it seems surprising that some vestige of the drink was still available in the 80s.
The Binsky - September 26, 2008 - Report this comment
I remember this Borden product and the commercial which involved a creature called the "binsky" which chased a little girl who screamed "Help, it's the binsky!". The binsky was then "smashed" with a giant carton of you guessed it, Thirsty Smash. Oh, those childhood memories.
Dr. H - January 03, 2009 - Report this comment
At least in the '60s, it was spelled "Thirstee Smash."
s - July 16, 2009 - Report this comment
I grew up in chicago and we drank it in the late 1960's great stuff !
Mark Titan 658 - August 17, 2010 - Report this comment
This drink existed in 1969 & in The Sunday Funnies there was an offer to buy a beach towel with The Thristee Monster on it. When he opened his mouth inside you see a desert setting and sometimes a buzzard perched on a catcus. On August 13, 2010; I went to a car show and it was a hot day & downed beer, lemonade, ice cones & root beer & Coke & Pepsi & it seemed That The 1960s Thristee Monster was stalking me, despite I'm a 55 year old man. I downed a lot of drinks on that hot day. Also Thristee Smash came in Fruit Punch, Grape & Orange. The Thristee Monster walks among us & enjoys a hot summer day stalking people.
jim from florida - August 17, 2011 - Report this comment
I remember getting cartons of thirsty smash monster drink (orange flavored) from the corner store in the lat 60's. the carton showed a green monster on the front and cartoons of the monster on the side. "if you bought thirsty smash the monster would follow you home" was the inscription. It had a unique flavor that no other fruit drink has come close to. the cost was .35 cents.
RED BOY - June 23, 2012 - Report this comment
I remember it well...i loved this drink coming up as a young boy into a man...can anybody find a picture of this...i would like to see it to share it with my brings so many good times goin to the corner store with my grandad...i can see it now...i have a good feel now about it...
Ann - August 04, 2012 - Report this comment
Riding on the end of the grocery cart, baby brother in the seat, and we would get sooo excited, because the cold/dairy dept. was coming up.. we would chant, "thirsty smash" over and over and over, driving my mom nuts.. It came in gallon jugs, and the label had whatever creature corresponded with the flavor... I think there were tv commercials too; kinda insane violent cartoons that totally inspired us to drink the stuff. This product was a huge deal at our house; - we were obsessed with Thirsty Smash. I don't even remember it tasting good, just the monsters got us nuts for the product.
Dennis O'Boyle - February 18, 2013 - Report this comment
Todd Ovokaitys, now a doctor, was a high school sophomore in Milwaukee, Wisconsin at Solomon Juneau High School in the fall of 1971. As our school had the lowest number of students in the City Conference, our football team was usually on the end of a losing record, such as 1-6-1 and 1-7 the two previous years. In 1971, we were on our way to a miraculous 7-0 record and on a cloudy day during one of the games held at Pulaski Stadium, Todd shared with me that while we on the team were battling our way to a victory, he and his chums including Don Koss and Diane Hoffmann were sitting in the marching band section, drinking grape-flavored Thirstee Smash -- mixed with some other ingredient, from what I understand.
Khaboobie The Camel - February 18, 2013 - Report this comment
Wow, there are a lot of postings for Thirstee Smash on the Internet, run a seach for it on Google. Also check for other spelling including Thirsty Smash. There is a newspaper ad shown from 1969 for Borden Thirstee Smash, also one for 1974, and much, much more.
Mrs. Betty A. Thompson-Weischadel - February 18, 2013 - Report this comment
Yes, Dennis and Khaboob are right. There are dozens of instances all over the web about Thirstee Smash from Borden, with its original trademark registered on October 17, 1966. Look for the cute advertisements done in cartoon strip fashion such as the one featuring a Little Red Riding Hood theme. I have personally observed that one of the advertisements lists three flavors; Get Even Grape (this is the one that Todd Ovokaitys and his friends shared, mixed with vodka), Fighting Fruit Punch, and Avenging Orange. Were there other flavors?
Mike - June 25, 2014 - Report this comment
I was lucky enough to purchase original one of a kind printer's proofs for packaging from a former Borden Employee which included many for Thirstee Smash products. I have sold a few to package collectors but still have lots of them left. I had at one point proofs for all of their different packages and flavors. The graphics are awesome.
David - August 14, 2014 - Report this comment
You're not dreaming. We always hit the 7-Eleven up after a day of volleyball or skim boarding in Ft. Walton Beach, FL in the late 80's for a carton of Thirsty Smash! I don't remember how it was spelled or a log except.. It was cheap.
Morris - July 13, 2016 - Report this comment
Wow, I see I'm not the only one who loved this product!!! I had the monster beach towel. I loved that his mouth was a dessert.
rhj - October 30, 2021 - Report this comment
recall it well - distinct taste, non-carbonated but with a somewhat acidic bite at the end - unique - maybe it contained a tracking chip, lol!

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