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Apparently Fun Dip, Pixy Stix, Kool Aid, and SweeTarts Are All the Same Thing

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Around the late 1930s, a sour powdered candy named Frutola was created to contend with a similar drink mix named Kool Aid. However, the developer soon realized that kids preferred pouring the mix directly into their mouths. He repackaged the product and added a spoon, calling it Lik-m-Aid. The edible candy sticks and colored sugar would later be rebranded in the 1970s as Fun Dip.

During this time, the company Sunline Inc. also released Pixy Stix — colorful straw-shaped wrappers filled with powdered sugar. However, the non-resealable tubes led to regular complaints from parents claiming the loose candy powder was unnecessarily messy. So, by the 1960s, a solid version based  on the same recipe used to make Pixy Stix a was born and named SweeTarts.

So what did we learn here? Pixy Stix, Fun Dip and SweeTarts all have the same baby daddy: the Kool-Aid Man.

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Kool-Aid Man Undergoes Makeover to Show Off His Sensitive Side

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The red pitcher who spent most of the past decade busting down walls and booming out his signature “OH YEAH” will be undergoing a dramatic makeover as part of the relaunch of Kool-Aid’s liquid mix. Kool-Aid’s senior brand manager expressed concern that the Kool-Aid mascot “said things here and there [but] really didn’t have a developed personality,” and decided to make the mascot a bit more relatable.

Kool-Aid’s new commercial spots explain that his life isn’t all “cherry and sweetness” and focus on the pitcher’s morning routine, “I put my pants on one leg at a time […] except my pants are 22 different flavors.”

The emphasis on a giant red pitcher’s clothing choices is definitely moving Kool-Aid in a different direction, but don’t worry — Kool Aid Man still busts down his front door on the way to work. OH YEAH, indeed.

H/T + PicThx HuffPo