Slimer’s Ecto Cooler is sorta kinda BACK!

It’s baaack. Well, sort of. We’ve seen Slimer’s Hi-C Ecto Cooler on the site before, and through some feedback on his most recent appearance, I learned the deepest, darkest secret of the fruit juice aisle. For those who need a refresher course, ‘Ecto Cooler’ took an already established Hi-C flavor — some kind of mutated orange that wasn’t doing too well — and added everyone’s favorite Ghostbusters luminary to the box. That’s all it took to make the juice standard lunchbox fare in its heyday, and there wasn’t a kid in America who hadn’t tried the stuff at least once.

I was more of a Ssips iced tea man myself, but that damn box was just too engaging to resist. I don’t care what kind of awful luncheon meat littered your brown bad — if it had Ecto Cooler inside, you were on top of the world. The beverage lasted far longer than The Real Ghostbusters’ appeal, enabling Slimer to extend his wave of popularity much longer than the toon versions of Bill Murray and that guy from Congo. As with all good things, Ecto Cooler eventually ceased to exist. Or did it?

Apparently, Hi-C’s current ‘Orange Lavaburst’ flavor bears a striking resemblance in taste to Slimer’s fabled citrus punch. I was skeptical, since Ecto Cooler has been the target of many awful rumors over the years. Do a web search on it — you’ll find everything from desperately makeshift home recipes to false diatribes about how it’s still sold in some Poughkeepsie general store that’s fronted by an old man who always – ALWAYS carries a pitchfork. I’ve been disappointed too many times, and wasn’t sure I could handle another Ecto letdown. Still, a ten-pack of Orange Lavaburst only costs around three bucks. If I was going to be disappointed, at least I’d still be able to afford a comforting box of Apple Cinnamon Cheerios. With my fingers crossed and my hopes high, I forked the cash over to the lovely cashier and prepared myself for the grand experiment.

Unbelievably, it IS Ecto Cooler. This isn’t wishful thinking, and I’m not crazy. Anyone who’d been lucky enough to experience the original knows that it had an unmistakable taste, and while you might not remember that taste outright, it’ll certainly come back to you as soon as this shit hits your tongue. It’s really Ecto Cooler — we’re saved! It’s a tough flavor to describe, but you know, it’s actually not that bad. I’ve got one of those tongues that’s ultrasensitive to drinks meant for second graders, and yet here I am, sipping away with reckless abandon. I’m on the fourth box already. Soon it’ll be five, then six, then ten and another trip to the damn grocery store. Fortunately, I heard that the guy who owns Hi-C really enjoyed Richard Pryor’s work in Superman III, and that’s definitely the type of person I don’t mind funneling money towards.

The one thing that’s not entirely perfect is the beverage’s color. Sort of a cross between lemonade and beer piss. Easily fixed with a few droplets of green food coloring, as evidenced in the second picture up above. Doesn’t change the mighty taste one bit, and if you’re willing to forgive a slightly green tinge on your lips and teeth, you’re practically drinking Slimer’s sweat. And really, isn’t that the whole point of Ecto Cooler? Eating a little part of Slimer in an effort to be a little more like him? As far as I know, Orange Lavaburst is one of Hi-C’s more popular flavors, and doesn’t seem anywhere near a curtain call. We’ve got at least a few years left of surrogate Ecto Cooler to enjoy, so what are you waiting for? Go, go and buy it. Drink the drink Slimer made famous. Even if you weren’t into Ghostbusters, ‘Lavaburst’ is a pretty cool name on its own. Just rolls right off the tongue, like a Hallmark greeting or a handful of marbles. Personally, this discovery has provided the most uplifting moment of the century thus far, and while it sucks that ol’ Slimey couldn’t show his mug on the Lavaburst box, at least we know he’s somewhere inside it. Somewhere deep inside it, swimming around, happy, ready to be drunk. Yeah.

165 thoughts on “Slimer’s Ecto Cooler is sorta kinda BACK!

  1. Black Zarak

    Oh man, I remember Ecto Coller, though not drinking it…or when….damn stoner memory.

  2. MG

    I noticed a few people mentioned Crystal Pepsi, and a store that still sells it… I am in need of a bottle (it must be a bottle, not a can) of Crystal Pepsi for a "student" film my friends and I are making. It’s not exactly a student film, we’re not in any film class, but that’s not important. I’ve tried eBay a few times but I keep getting outbid by Pepsi collecting fanatics. I hate those freaks. Anyway, if it would be possible for anyone to get ahold of a bottle of this stuff and send it to me, I’d be happy to pay for the shipping and the bottle itself. If you can help, please email me:

    venadium@si_ rr_com (mutilated to fool spam bots, replace _ with .)

    Thanks.

  3. mutton72

    I used to love Ecto-cooler. Especially with a little vodka mixed in.

  4. BumBum

    When Slimer juice box drinks start making their way back, you wonder if Rick James and Ki Ki Dee are gonna do a tour.

  5. Josh

    The McDonald’s Orange Lava is definitely NOT Ecto-Cooler; it’s really more of a poor-man’s orange drink than anything. I’ve yet to try Orange Lava outside of that fountain setting, so I don’t know how the boxed versions would compare, but those getting it from McDonald’s should not expect Slimer’s sweet juices.

    Also, yes, I remember Slimer Toothpaste!! I only had one tube, but I managed to make it last about a year because I’d only use it like once a month, afraid that once it was gone, my mom wouldn’t buy me anymore (this fear proved correct, and I was glad for my stinginess).

  6. Kooz

    No truth to the rumor that Ecto-cooler can be used as paint remover.

    Man, I feel old…

  7. IfellofmyBike

    Hmm, well after reading your article I found a strange and quite wonderful feeling growing within me. And my desire to taste such a thing had near prompted me to head down to the nearest store and pick up a case of it. But then stopped suddenly short in my tracks finding that it was no longer ecto-cooler that I desired. No…it was the whatever contents that second glass in the picture held, that absinthe-like liquid had my mouth instantly watering as I started at it and found myself licking my computer screen. I felt compeled to even ask you if I could buy such a thing from you only then later realize that I had fallen asleep at my keyboard with Alien Resurection playing quite loudly in the background. Oh well I guess thats fates way of throwing my books in the mud. I’ll just have to realize that not all my dreams are possible or at least in this case. Good day sir.

  8. Jill

    Kinda off topic but does anyone remember Apple Crush. It apple soda made by the folks that make Orange Crush. No one that I know remembers it. I used to drink it when i was like 3 years old. I don’t remember when they stopped making it. I loved that stuff.

  9. Rachael

    "Shoutin’ Orange TangerGREEN" is Hi-C’s new name for Ecto-Cooler, keeping the color at least. In Baltimore this switch happened about three years ago. The painful transition was Happy Slimer then Almost-Inappropriate-For-Children-FancyLad Alan Cumming SpyKids theme then Orange Tangergreen. In the twilight of my life, I will take on the name TANGERGREEN.

  10. Freezair

    Ditto Omni! I’m still a kid, but I remember Ecto-Cooler like it was yesterday. And I think I’ve seen The Real Ghostbusters maybe, oh, twice? Lived off the gunk in elementary school. Good to know the strange flavor’s still around to delight and torment kids everywhere!

    Suddenly I’m recalling their more recent Nintendo promotion. Seeing Link in front of a picture of exploding strawberries on the back of a Hi-C box is disturbing.

  11. Winston

    To be more than honest, the taste of slimer’s sweet juicy goodness not only remains with me to this day…but haunts me in the waking hours of the morning. After drinking the stuff for years and years out of my Silverhawks and sequentially Thundercats lunchboxes my mother stopped buying the stuff. In one horrible moment my life was ruined. The world had flipped on it’s head. You see, I sort of have this obsession complex. If i get into something…it gets a little unhealthy. For example…in my hometown, Gainesville, Ga, thundercats and ghostbusters came on in about the same block of shows mid-day. I would fake sick to go home and watch them, in total fear of missing an episode. I missed most of my third -fifth grade ears of grammar school. So…now that I know the source of my childhood woes has returned I can die a happy chemical addicted, substance abusing, shell of a man
    Thank you Matt

  12. Bansheex

    Sittin’ at work, sucking down a box of Ecto-cooler. Well, Orange Lavaburst. But, good God damned if it isn’t Ecto-Cooler. Draw a Slimer on the box, and be happy. I live in Delaware, where everything is about two months behind, so we just started getting it in. Yummy.

  13. squee4242

    Slimer would beat Photog. With him being dead and all, I don’t think Photog’s powers would be able to have much of effect.

  14. squee4242

    As for Unicron and the Death Star, I’d have to say it’s an even match. But since the Unicron is pointy, it gives it the edge to overtake the Empire.

    But douse ‘em in Ecto, and they’re both outta luck. No one can resist it’s power.

  15. Winston

    To be more than honest, the taste of slimer’s sweet juicy goodness not only remains with me to this day…but haunts me in the waking hours of the morning. After drinking the stuff for years and years out of my Silverhawks and sequentially Thundercats lunchboxes my mother stopped buying the stuff. In one horrible moment my life was ruined. The world had flipped on it’s head. You see, I sort of have this obsession complex. If i get into something…it gets a little unhealthy. For example…in my hometown, Gainesville, Ga, thundercats and ghostbusters came on in about the same block of shows mid-day. I would fake sick to go home and watch them, in total fear of missing an episode. I missed most of my third -fifth grade ears of grammar school. So…now that I know the source of my childhood woes has returned I can die a happy chemical addicted, substance abusing, shell of a man
    Thank you Matt

  16. Omni

    Ooh, yeah. And I remember the toothpaste as well. Definitely bubble gum. In fact, I ate it once. I’m still not sure how that has affected my lfieifeifi2521l632.7w./26.6./6/.
    Oh, and I remember the fruit snacks too. My mom bought me a box just before they stopped making them and I played almost all day with the box of them, pretending to catch ghosts. Whee.

  17. Skippy Smith

    This is wonderful news. My friends and I used to make the walk from our house to Sat. to football games in college with two liter water bottles each full of Ecto Cooler and grain alcohol. Something about that little green ghost that made our cheering that much more unintelligible. Thanks for the update. This info will come in handy at homecoming.

  18. The Ponderer

    You poor soul.

    The toothpaste was good, but worthless for any dental purposes. I remember getting in trouble with my dentist about it when he asked me what kind of tothpaste I used. I had a fucked up dentist.

    I remember getting almost an entire lunch from a kid in school for just a box of Ecto Cooler, now that I think back. If bubblegum was the 1 dollar bill, then this stuff was the 50 dollar bill of elementary school currency.

    And Orange Lavaburst is indeed Slimer’s sweet sweet nectar. God this stuff is tremendous.

  19. Old Man

    STOP BUYING HI-C, christsake!

    Ecto-cooler was great, although if I had more than 2 I would shit citric acid for the rest of the day.

    I must admit, though, it’s better than shitting tabasco sauce after a night at the Panda Express buffet.

  20. Toxikfoxx

    Dear god, I think someone turned the a/c on high in hell. Time to hit the store for some tangerine goodness.

  21. JC

    "As for Unicron and the Death Star, I’d have to say it’s an even match. But since the Unicron is pointy, it gives it the edge to overtake the Empire."

    Except that he’d inexplicably transform from his normal Death Star copy self into his Robot Of Doom look to flail and zap ineffectively at the swarming starfighters, since contrary to most anime turning into a gigantic robot with facial hair makes him really useless, allowing the real Death Star to take potshots at him.

    Or so I guess, anyway. Those Transformers are so damned unpredictable, he might’ve turned into a pool cue of astronomical proportions to play around with the Death Star for all I know.

    On topic: Ecto-Cooler is just one more essential luxury item that I’ve had to miss when I was young, and until TMNT came along The Real Ghostbusters was my one true love. Pity me.

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