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Foreign Grocery Friday: The Kickapoo Soda of Christmas Island

May 2, 2014 at 11:45 AM | by | ()

When we travel, one of our favorite things to do is to pop into a local grocery store and check out the food products and candies we'd never find anywhere else. So we're trying out this new feature, Foreign Grocery Friday, where each week we'll feature some of our (and your) favorite overseas treats. Got a recommendation? Let us know!

We've recently enjoyed some time on Christmas Island and even told you what to get up to there if you too decide that a journey to an Indian Ocean island sounds right. Thanks to a population mix where 70% are Malay, 15% Australian, and 15% Chinese, a trip to Christmas Island's grocery store will be just as eye-opening as any of the island's natural wonders.

The temps can soar on this tropical chunk of land, so a refreshing cold drink is a must. On the supermarket shelf sat a green and yellow can of Kickapoo Joy Juice, and we couldn't help but be drawn to the name.

As it turns out, Kickapoo Joy Juice is actually an American soda originally inspired by the comic strip, Lil Abner, and still comes decorated with a cartoon of the vintage "funny." Although it's considered a classic soda from right here in the good ole U.S.A, the drink is primarily marketed in Asian countries like Singapore, Malaysia, Brunei, and Bangladesh.

The taste: This soda, like others, is sweet and offers up a tangy, citrusy flavor. It's closest flavor neighbor is Mountain Dew, but Kickapoo is a tiny bit tarter. It could make for a nice mixer with all the cheap liquor on Christmas island.

The price: At $1 AUD, ($.93 USD) you can't go wrong with a can just for a taste.

Where to find it: Cans imported from Malaysia are found at the Christmas Island Metro Supermarket in the town of Settlement. With only one other grocery store on the island, it's definitely not hard to miss.

[Photo: Rayme Gorniak/Jaunted]

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