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In Minnesota, I remember going downtown with a quarter to get a "Can Full of Worms" soda and a Hershey bar. The soda was a better tasting version of Dr Pepper.
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Anne - October 19, 2007 - Report this comment
Finally someone else who had heard of "worms" soda when we were kids! Now if only I could find a picture of that can.... I was in Wisconsin Rapids and know I used to love it. I swear it had pictures of brown cartoon-like worms on it...
JULIE AGUIRRE - January 02, 2008 - Report this comment
Brads Can of Worms - January 09, 2008 - Report this comment
I used to buy Worms Soda in Minneapolis around 1984 and then the product vanished. My father and I agreed that the name was too crazy to be popular with the masses. The soda WAS better than Dr Pepper. Where is a can collector with an image of it? Who produced it? Why did it just pop in my head this morning after 20+ years?
Mike - January 27, 2008 - Report this comment
people would look at me like i had worms coming outta my ears when anyone was asked if they ever heard of the softdrink! there's a few of us here and we all hafta stick together, man! i remember everyday after junior high gym class, i'd stop by the pop machine for a "can of worms"! it was the best and was disappointed when it disappeared. i thought it tasted more like Mountain Dew's "Code Red" than Dr. Pepper!
Michael - February 15, 2008 - Report this comment
Glad to know there are still a few others out there with nostalgia for "Worms". I can recall being very young drinking it in Wisconsin. Was it a regional product?
Chet - March 12, 2008 - Report this comment
I found a couple of old metal cans, they have a little boy and a red billboard that reads I Like Worms, A Cherry Blended Soda. Is this the same as the Can Full Of Worms Soda.The cans look like they were made last week.
Joel - March 12, 2008 - Report this comment
I have two empty worms pop cans sitting in my office. I saved them when they first came out, thinking that they were unuaual. My recollection is that they came out in the mid to late '70's in Minnesota. The cans feature a rather demonic looking boy in front of a red wooden billboard. One one side of the can the sign reads "I like worms", on the other side "Best worms you ever tasted"
Jon - March 23, 2008 - Report this comment
Worms soda was the brainchild of my uncle, Duane then working as a Pepsi distributor in New Richmond WI. He hatched the idea for the name while seeing a young boy fishing while driving his routes. Worms became a regional hit in Northern WI and MN and represented a manifestation of Duane's unorthodox ways and thinking, always ready to mix things up a bit. In addition to Worms, Duane also launched Rodeo soda. Thanks and we'll miss you Duane.
Dave - April 24, 2008 - Report this comment
Oh yea, Worms soda. I remember fishing trips in wisconsin as a kid and drinking worms. It was great. Jon, Thank your uncle for me for the memory and the great soda. It really was a good soda. I can still picture the white can with the little boy holding up a cup full of worms. They need to make it again. I can sympothise with everyone who has said they get odd looks when the mention worms soda. I get the same odd looks.
Dana - May 29, 2008 - Report this comment
WOW! People really DO remember the soda! I remember getting at the local "General Store" when I was young. Just came across an old t-shirt with the boy and billboard in a box of garage sale things. Think anyone would be interested in it? It was great - I still drink Dr. Pepper - it's the closest thing!
Chad - May 30, 2008 - Report this comment
Greg - June 08, 2008 - Report this comment
I remember worms soda, I loved it, use to drink it when I was a kid in Durand WI
Peter - June 08, 2008 - Report this comment
I remember my uncle bring over Worms when I was a kid in the 70's, I didn't dare try it! Great memories.
Dawn - June 14, 2008 - Report this comment
I have been looking for a can of I like worms soda forever. My brother and I used to drink this as kids when we visited our grandparents in Arpin, WI. I get the same looks from people when I mention this memory of childhood. I want a can to prove to my kids that there really was such a thing!
Craig - June 21, 2008 - Report this comment
The franchise was created in 1974 by LADCo (the Larry and Duane Company). Jon's Uncle Duane and my dad Larry were both working at Pepsi then - Duane in New Richmond and Larry in Frederic. The marketing designs for the cans, the t-shirts, etc was completed at my dad's kitchen table. The franchise was sold to a group in Oregon in the early '80's. I have heard it is still in business, but I have been unable to locate it myself.
Barb - June 26, 2008 - Report this comment
I also remember drinking this pop. I thought it was a cherry cola. I always wondered why it disappeared also. And as allot of you, everyone looks at me like I have grown another head when I ask if anyone remembers it. So far this is the only place I have read that anyone remembers it. Thank you all for not being nuts. And now I know I am not nuts either.....
brad - June 27, 2008 - Report this comment
if anybody wants one I have a mint can for sale for $20 email me at cobracomfg at aol dot com
Nicole - July 07, 2008 - Report this comment
I have been searching for this soda for years. We used to get it when I was a kid going on vacation in Manitowish Waters, WI. If anyone has any idea on how to find it please let me know. wosborne at wi rr dot com
Ralph - August 25, 2008 - Report this comment
Used to get Worms at the corner gas station as a kid in Minnesota, waaaay back in the '70's.....which happens to be THE best decade of all time. No one on here is crazy, worms IS real...AND it was GREAT! I was quite honestly starting to doubt my own memories, till I found my beloved favorite childhood soda can on a garage sale a few years back. I snatched it up instantly, & it is one of my prized possesions. It has the power to transport me back to a wounderous time whenever I need it. I've submitted a couple pics for you all to enjoy.
Craig - August 25, 2008 - Report this comment
Yes, I also wondered too, if I was nuts thinking of my cousins in Avon MN, drinking cans of soda called worms. I was actually frightened to even think of drinking a can of it. I actually did, and it was pretty good. I even ask my cousins who drank it, and they can vaugly remember it. Guess when you lose Rondo, you feel like you've lost a great friend since the school days!
Sunny - September 08, 2008 - Report this comment
Hi, Would anyone want to buy a full can of Worms? I have a 5 pack left from my childhood! My email is sunnylol2007 @ Yahoo dot com
Cathy - September 21, 2008 - Report this comment
I submitted a picture of the can, but do not know where it went. I found this wonderful drink when I was a teenage and we were traveling to chicago to visit family. I still have the can!
shawn christensen - September 26, 2008 - Report this comment
Very special thaks to sunny and nicole . I really apopreciate these, they are going to make a great gift to my siblings who all remember worms soda with great fondness!
James - September 27, 2008 - Report this comment
Wow...nice string of memories...does anyone remember the jingle?....some of it has been stuck in my head for 30 years (I think) went; "Nobody likes me, everybody hates me I think I'll have some Worms"...or something to that effect...does anyone else remember this?
AJS - December 14, 2008 - Report this comment
i remember worms. my father used to sell it through a northern wisconsin pepsi distributorship. We all had worms t-shirts when we were kids. great logo. funny thing is, this soda would probably market better today than it did back then.
Dan Walter - December 19, 2008 - Report this comment
We had Worms often and giggled as kids do at the name of I Like Worms Soda. It was way ahead of it's time and better than Dr. Pepper. It was available in the mid 1970's, about the same time A&W started availability in bottles, and my cousins and I consumed it and another regional brand known as "TING" which came from Wisconsin Bottling of Waupaca, WI in 8oz, 24pak returnables in multiple flavors. We liked the family beer too - Walter's - but only got that with the parents around... ;) ;) Sadly, that's goner too.
Doug K...... - December 24, 2008 - Report this comment
I remember it in the early and mid-seventies growing up in Bloomington, MN. It was packaged in a rather plain-looking, almost generic white tin can with a few worms and "Can full o' worms" on it. I recall that it was more of a cherry soda than it was a sarsparilla-inspired conconction like Dr. Pepper. Aaaaaah, them was the days!
jim johnson - December 25, 2008 - Report this comment
I have a full un opened can of worms soda.I was curious if it is collectible.
Erich B - February 19, 2009 - Report this comment
I used to get Worms at Cushing Co-Op, in WI. No one I have ever mentioned it to remembered it. Thanks Jon for the info about your uncle, great story! I would love if someone would post a picture of the the can.
Brian J - February 22, 2009 - Report this comment
I grew up in Hayward, WI. In the late 70's I remember getting six packs of Worms, but I'm not sure if they were available in Hayward, or if it was when we went shopping elsewhere. Anyway, I remember the taste after all of these years! And, what was cooler as a kid than getting soda named Worms!
Scott - February 24, 2009 - Report this comment
Hey all boy that brings back memories. I remember making worms floats every Sunday night after dinner..boy those were good. i also uploaded a pic that i found...
Linda - February 26, 2009 - Report this comment
I grew up in Madison, WI in the late 70's and I still remember drinking Worms. It was better the Dr. Pepper. I wish I could find some now.
Mike - February 28, 2009 - Report this comment
I want a few full can's for my collection, Anyone have any ??? 920-378-3814
Ed - April 11, 2009 - Report this comment
I grew up in Hawkins WI, we used worms to mix a drink with 151 Rum, we called it a Night Crawler.
Christiane - April 17, 2009 - Report this comment
Can of Worms was my fav soda, uh hmmm, (excuse me) "pop" as a kid. I remember it being like a root beer or something. Still to this day, the root beer flavors & dr pepper type sodas are my fav. P.S. I grew up in mpls calling it "pop", but after many yrs working in southern-based chain restaurants, the term "soda" has rubbed off on me. sry
Don - May 17, 2009 - Report this comment
"Worms" is my favorite pop ever. It had a pic of a boy drawn on it, like some 5 year old drew it. it tasted like black cherry.
Breez - June 01, 2009 - Report this comment
add me to the "every looks at me like I'm crazy when I mention drinking cans of worms as a kid" list. I grew up in the okoboji Iowa area and drank it all the time, been trying to find some. sad its gone now.
Corey - June 05, 2009 - Report this comment
I too remember this as a kid in the 70s. I remember having an argument with my sister who is 10 yrs. older about Worms pop at the dinner table. She didn't believe me - I took a quarter, ran down to the gas station and came back, slammed the pop on the table and said here's the Worms!
Bill - June 06, 2009 - Report this comment
I remember finding Worms Soda in a small "Mom and Pop" store in Kenosha WI. It was awesome
snowy08 - June 09, 2009 - Report this comment
Here I thought hubby was nuts! LOL
DomInOhio - June 10, 2009 - Report this comment
I thought my hubby was nuts also. Over the years he has mentioned how on Sunday his Dad would drive down to the local General Store and he would buy a can of I Like Worms and a Snickers bar. I've searched for years for SOME evidence of this pop hoping to find him some and this is the first time I've read of other people who remember this.
Derek - July 03, 2009 - Report this comment
I remember it from my younger years, got it for cheap compared to today's cool would it be if they put out a limited edition of this Worms many it..........
Rick - July 13, 2009 - Report this comment
I remember my mom bought me a can while on a trip and it was the best pop I ever had, but i was never able to find it again. I am glad i found this website to prove to my wife that I am not insane when I talk about drinking "Worms"
Mike - July 16, 2009 - Report this comment
I would love to have a can of it. It was the best pop I ever had. I you have one please let me know what kind of shape and what you want for it. That would complete a chapter of my younger days. Thanks everyone for the memories..
Luke - July 20, 2009 - Report this comment
Ting Bottled Soda from Wisconsin! - Yum!
Rich - August 24, 2009 - Report this comment
Joining the club here - this is the first time in a couple of decades that I have found anyone who remembers Worms pop besides me. It was found in the Quad Cities (Davenport, Iowa/Moline, Illinois area) in the late 70's and early 80's. One spot you could find it was in Randall's grocery store in East Moline, Illinois. It was in their pop machine at the front of the store which was located near their Pac Man machine. If anyone finds a link with a picture of the can please post it.
Rich - August 24, 2009 - Report this comment Above link has a picture of the can.
mike - September 30, 2009 - Report this comment
the reason i went and googled the worms soda, was someone left a bottle of this soda called jazz diet pepsi,black cherry and french vanilla flavor in my fridge. as i dumped the pop in my sink the aroma that wafer back at me after 35 years was like hey this smell familiar and i thought of that. i think this would be close to the real thing. i use to get mine by telling the owner of the mobile gas station by our house that i lost the money in the machine and got it free, i think he knew we were scamming him it was my uncles friend that owned it
Dave B. - October 03, 2009 - Report this comment
Wow! A couple of years ago, you couldn't even find anything regarding Worms soda on the internet. I grew up in Stillwater, MN and remember the pop well. I also remember a television ad for it which was very weird. Something with a guy and a dusty stuffed bird...? Anyone remember that? I probably saw it two or three times. Seemed like Worms disappeared about as quick as it started.
P Fisher - October 10, 2009 - Report this comment
I have Worms cans for sale if anyone is me
Tony L - December 07, 2009 - Report this comment
I spent my summers on Castle Rock Lake in Wisconsin. I tell me wife and son all the time about pop we use to get called Worms, when I was a kid. I remember it tasting like cherry cola. And it was the BEST! Who ever started this blog, thank you so much for the memories and the proof there was a cola called Worms.
Jack W - December 22, 2009 - Report this comment
Holly Crap, I have been telling my wife, who is several years younger than myself, about this pop called worms I used to drink when I was around 4 years old living in Geneseo,Illinois, in the early 70's, since we moved I have never seen it again. Thank goodness there is more people that remember it she thought I was crazy.
Angela K - December 23, 2009 - Report this comment
So glad I was not having a deranged memory from childhood...Worms! Loved it. Would go with my dad to the bar and get cheese popcorn and a can of worms! Ahhh memories
Mike - February 02, 2010 - Report this comment
I loved Worms. I always felt like it was made especially for me. I probably only had about 3 or 4 cans as a boy and then we moved and I didn't see it anymore. That would have been about 1974-75, St. Paul, MN. I was about 5, maybe 6. Thanks for all the great posts and information here, everyone!
Dean - February 06, 2010 - Report this comment
I remember it also. I am happily to see a long list of others who remember it also. But unhappy nobody can find a picture of a can. :-(
Brad - February 15, 2010 - Report this comment
My parents owned a store in Trade Lake WI. in the mid to late 70's Not far from Frederic. Loved Worms.
scott - February 18, 2010 - Report this comment
i loved it when i was a kid growing up in somerset wi. we used to buy worms every weekend for our boating trips on the st. croix river.
Kim - February 26, 2010 - Report this comment
My daughter asked me about the first soda that was introduced. This brought back memories of "Worms". She would not believe me until I proved to her that other people remember it.
Becky - March 06, 2010 - Report this comment
I remember my dad bringing this soda home and being afraid to drink it because I thought it was made out of real worms. He actually had to convince me that it was just cherry soda, and that took awhile. It was his own darn fault. You'd have to know my dad.
Theresa - March 11, 2010 - Report this comment
WORMS! It was the best. My brother and I found it at "The Locker" in North Freedom, WI. We would buy some on the way to our Grandparents house(when we would bike out from rural Baraboo to La Rue). I thought it had Charlie Brown on the Label though, holding a can of real worms. They had that right in the pop machine with White Lightn'. Another classic taste before its time. I also thought they had pulled Worms from the market in our area because kids were "eating" worms. Ahh, the good old days.
Jason - March 28, 2010 - Report this comment
I was telling my wife about this pop/soda the other day and just decided to Google it. I drank this stuff at a bait shop in or around Pickstown or Lake Andes, South Dakota as a kid. I'm glad I'm not alone.
Emerald Pals - April 12, 2010 - Report this comment
I am about to list an original unopened can of I Like worms, Best Worms You Ever Tasted Cherry Soda on Ebay if any one is interested
Greg - April 27, 2010 - Report this comment
I loved that stuff!!! It was the best tasting cherry cola I have ever had. Unbelievably, I ran across something that smelled just like is Aveda's Clove shampoo (there is some cherry in it). As weird as it sounds, if you get to smell it, post here as to whether or not you agree with me. It brings back great memories.
Nicole-SD - May 30, 2010 - Report this comment
I bought a full can of the soda about 10 years ago at a flee market in Rapid City, SD. I have often asked people about it and nobody had ever heard of it. I think it is such a cool can and have it up for decoration in my house. If anyone wants a picture of it, let me know.
Ronny Johnny - June 07, 2010 - Report this comment
I remember getting a can for a field trip the next day for my school, this was about 1976 maybe even earlier. I was so stoked to drink it for lunch on our field trip. As I walked into school, a bully gave me a hard time about it, as he did this now & then, tried to take it from me along with my lunch in the boys bathroom, he promptly received a hard right hook to the face. I enjoyed my Worms that day in the park for our field trip, I will always remember the whitish colored can with the brown worms, & he never bullied me again. Peace, love & anarchy !!
Johann - July 13, 2010 - Report this comment
I submitted an awesome photo of an original tin can of "Can or Worms" soda which I purchased in Minneapolis in about 1974 and which I have stored and kept in pristine condition on a shelf here at my cottage. Oh yeah, and I am a professional photographer so the photo was exceptionally clear. Whoever runs this website can't even be bothered to post a photo submitted by a contributor. Shameful.
Taylor - August 03, 2010 - Report this comment
my dad just bought a can of worms soda at a rummage sale! it was just the can though, i'll take a picture and submit it sometime this week! :D
Toddwinski - August 17, 2010 - Report this comment
I remember coming across a Can of Worms at a small grocery store in Poynette, WI while visiting my grandma back in 1975. I remember it tasting like Dr. Pepper but better! I wish I'd saved an empty can or two.
rogindaUP - August 20, 2010 - Report this comment
As a 15 year old YCCer at Clear Lake near Shingleton MI in 1976, our crew used to stop the only gas station-store in Stuben a couple times a week (after a hard day of 'pickin' pinecones'), to get an ice cold Can of Worms. It was wonderful! Years later, trying to convince my wife there really was such a thing as Worms Cherry Soda, we happened to stop back in at that same little gas station... I walked in, told the lady I wanted to buy a Can of Worms Soda... she looked at me like I was crazy! Had never heard of the stuff! The wife & I had a good laugh over it. But now I've found this site, & can REALLY prove it to her! Thank you!
Alan - August 20, 2010 - Report this comment
Used to get the soda at the little country grocery in Phillips WI back in the 70's. Loved it. A lot of people never heard of it. Loved it!! Course it helped that I was a boy and it was called Worms.
Randy - September 16, 2010 - Report this comment
I grew up in a small town, where my parents owned/operated a 4 lane bowling alley. I filled the pop coolers and drank everything that came through... including Worms. I happen to have kept an unopened pop top can during it's short life, which I believe was over around 1973-75. On the can there is no date, and was 'PRODUCED UNDER THE AUTHORITY OF LADCO, INC., NEW RICHMOND, WISC, 54017' Other than a listing of ingredients and the fact that it is 'A CHERRY BLENDED SODA' with other flavors.. the can gives no other information. I will snap a photo and download it soon...
Jeff - September 20, 2010 - Report this comment
Yea, I have have seen the cans on e-bay from time to time.
Tom - September 21, 2010 - Report this comment
I used buy this at the Corner Store in Ashland, WI when I was a kid. Mid 70's.....great soda!
Andrew G - October 10, 2010 - Report this comment
My Dad introduced me to the can of worms and Cherry Mash candy at the same time. Man, that combo was a sugar buzz!
Scott - November 12, 2010 - Report this comment
This is just great I am not alone. I remember getting it right from the pop machine in front of the local grocery store in Clara City MN. The first time I had Worms some older kids had to convince me it didn't have worms in it by drinking it first. Great summer memories. Does any one remember Coco Wheat? It was invented by Gorden A. Yock in Clara City. Gordon owned the VSC- Variety Supply Company 1956-1979. The book: Thinking Out Loud (written by Yock).
H.R. Pufnstuf - November 12, 2010 - Report this comment
Ahh kickin back with my can of worms watching the land of the lost on the Saturday morning Kroft Supper Stars in my adidas T-shirt and multi patched jeans while sticking the Wacky Packages stickers on my Trapper Keeper. Remember making long chains with the pull tabs? BRING BACK THE "POP"! Does anyone remember "Space Dust" candy? It was the same as Pop Rocks but in a powder form. Scott, CoCo weat is still around.
Gerry - November 24, 2010 - Report this comment
I have 4 cans of this soda in my collection!! I may be willing to sell them for the right price.
Marv - December 29, 2010 - Report this comment
Having worked in the Aerospace industry for almost 50 years I've dealt with many a "can of worms". I keep an empty can on my desk as a reminder of simplier days.
Upton - February 12, 2011 - Report this comment
It was 1972 or '73 when I discovered "Worms" in my school's pop machine. I actually forfeited my lunch money for 2 cans of "Worms" instead of a nutritious school lunch! Loved it and so glad others remember it! Minneapolis of course!
Jeff - March 07, 2011 - Report this comment
I just had to comment. I used to drink "I like worms" in the early 70s, at a fishing resort on Lake Vermillion in far northern Minnesota. its the only place I had ever seen it. As other have stated, it was similar to Dr Pepper, but tasted better! Dont know if its even available any more - Havent seen any in 30 years. Here is a link to a picture of the can: Thanks for the memories.
Reynold - June 02, 2011 - Report this comment
I remember goin to Carls drug store in Stephen, MN for a can of Worms soda. I once won a case of pop of my choice,yep I got worms. My wife thinks I'm crazy when I mention worms was my favorite pop then.wish it was still around
Elsie - June 29, 2011 - Report this comment
I use to drink Worms in the 70's in Eau Claire, WI. Had one can that was printed upside down-kept it all these years.
Bob - July 28, 2011 - Report this comment
My wife and I discovered Worms while camping in the Michigan UP in '73. Wonderful! We'd get a cold can whenever we stopped to get gas or more Cutter's. We drove back maybe seven years later looking forward to more, but every place we asked for it people looked at us as though we were nuts - you know, that pained squint - we began to wonder whether we were. I mean, it hadn't been that long: it seemed like they'd not only cut out the soda but hired men in black to zap everyone's memory too. Maybe it was something in the drink. Anyway, it was good to read Jon's post early in this string reporting that his uncle Duane invented the stuff. Hats off to Duane! (Did he pass along the recipe?)
Kurt - August 05, 2011 - Report this comment
LOVED Worms pop!!! Found it at a resort on Long Lake near Sarona, WI back in the mid 70's. Great to see so many remember it! Would love to taste it again!
Evan - August 26, 2011 - Report this comment
My brother & I were going to Church Camp at Lake Okoboji in the early to mid-1970's (northwest Iowa). Our parents stopped at a gas station on the north end of Spencer, Iowa for gas. The station still exists today..Car-Go Express. There was a soda machine outside the station and it sold "Worms" soda. Being typical gross-loving little boys, the name of the soda was hard to beat. We convinced our parents to by us a can and we shared it. The name of the soda has always stuck in my mind. A young boy would always remember drinking a can of "Worms!" It was our first and only can.
clem - August 28, 2011 - Report this comment
My memories of worm soda were also from okoboji. We always looked foreward going to the lake and getting our worms!
matt - September 02, 2011 - Report this comment
another Worms fan--I grew up in Iron River, Wisconsin in the 70s. Whenever I drink Dr Pepper (which is rare) I instantly think of Worms. I last saw a can in an antique store in Iron River probably in the mid-90s.
roger - October 28, 2011 - Report this comment
i have worms as a kid, my son's didn't believe me until i was able to show them a picture. thank you for bringing back fun times and thoughts.
curt - January 03, 2012 - Report this comment
My dad used to sell it at his gas station when I was a kid in the early 70's, in Moline, Il. It was distributed by A.D Huesing , the local Pepsi bottler . I liked Dr. Pepper, but I love Worms .
Scott - January 11, 2012 - Report this comment
I grew up in Frederic. I remember drinking this stuff all the time when I was young. I even had the "Have you had your Worms today?" t-shirt. Great times!
kevin - January 16, 2012 - Report this comment
This is so cool. Grew up in Albert Lea, Mn and have been looked at like an idiot when I mentioned Worms pop. Loved it as a kid. All I every drank was Worms or Rondo. Sadly neither is around any longer.
Mike V. - February 26, 2012 - Report this comment
This is so cool. i was at a conference with my wife last weekend and we were at the bar talking about things from our younger days and the first thing that i could think of was Worms soda. My dad owned a tavern back in the 70's in the south central part of wisconsin (columbus) and we sold it there. As i remember the taste was like a cross between Dr. Pepper and Cream soda, i loved it but like others have said, all at once it was gone. Someone told me that it is still made today but don't know where. I too have had the odd looks when i mention it.
Melanie - March 03, 2012 - Report this comment
So, someone tell me because there are too many postings to read... I grew up in WI and clearly remember the WORMS soda pop - who manufactured?
Dan F. - March 06, 2012 - Report this comment
Drank a can of Worms or a few way back in the 70's when I was kid. The family would go to Minnesota on the lakes for two weeks every summer (White Fish chain of lakes). Now here is the really freaky part --- as a kid, I buried two Worms cans by a pine tree on the beach. Well, my sister decided to take her family to the same cabins this summer --- first time any of us have been there in about 30 years. Well, the owners of the cabins now have their kids (who are my age now) running the cabins and one of their husbands and sons were using a metal detector and found my buried worms cans nearly 30 years later and one week before my sister's family went there!!! Wow, what an odd coincidence!!!
Randi - March 09, 2012 - Report this comment
I believe Worms was made in New Richmond Wi. but I'm not real sure
John P - March 17, 2012 - Report this comment
Just found an empty can while cleaning my garage. It was produced under the authority of Ladco, Inc. of New Richmond, Wisc.
J. Paulsen - May 27, 2012 - Report this comment
My father, Duane Paulsen, and my mother Verna Paulsen created "Can full of worms" soda in the seventies when I was a small boy. My father was an entrepreneur who also created the "Rodeo Pop" series which included many different flavors. My father has since passed away but I enjoy hearing the great reviews and memories that people have about this soda. It seems that "Worms" invokes a sense of nostalgia that would be appreciated by everyone involved in the concept.
Barb - July 08, 2012 - Report this comment
I grew up in Eau Claire and then later on in Hudson Wisconsin. I LOVED the Worms soda!! I talk to people now and they are like WHAT WAS THAT!! I love Dr. Pepper BUT Worms soda was a "Better Tasting" flavor of Dr. Pepper. I am so glad so many OTHERS remember it too!! I just wish my kids could have grown up with something so cool!! I guess the things I have read here explain why so many others have not heard of it..... I think it was just a local thing!! Makes me feel better to know this.
Shawn Christensen - July 16, 2012 - Report this comment
Incredibly I have stumbled on to the closest thing to actually tasting a worms soda. Take an ounce of Welches White Grape Cherry Juice and then pur in 8 ounces of Wild Cherry Peopsi. It takes almost exactly like Worms!!!!!!
Trevor Christensen - July 16, 2012 - Report this comment
Shawn is right!! It does tast like worms!!
THE MAN OF HIS WORD - July 16, 2012 - Report this comment
Thanks Shawn
Dan - July 16, 2012 - Report this comment
Joel - July 17, 2012 - Report this comment
I really liked worms when I was a kid and I longed to taste it again after LADCo shutdown and now I can thanks to you Shawn.
Cody - July 17, 2012 - Report this comment
Worms! Worms! Worms! Worms! Worms! Worms! BYE
Jake - July 17, 2012 - Report this comment
Finally I can taste worms again!!
Jonothe grover - July 21, 2012 - Report this comment
I like pics
Jonothe grover - July 22, 2012 - Report this comment
sorry my brother got to the computer
D L Rush - July 25, 2012 - Report this comment
Mike W. - January 08, 2013 - Report this comment
Here is a link to a picture of the can. Enjoy!
john meyer - January 24, 2013 - Report this comment
Used to b store on Williamson and ingersoll. Sold cans of worms soft drink. Never tried it. Almost but mom freaked.
Kent - February 06, 2013 - Report this comment
Yes indeed, there once was a soft drink called "Worms". Back in the early 1980s, I used to walk back to the storage room at my grandmother's laundromat, which she owned, called "Rock Island Speed Wash", in Rock Island, Illinois. Back in the storage room she had cases of soda and one of them was called "Worms". The taste is synonymous to Dr. Pepper. It was good.
Melanie - March 16, 2013 - Report this comment
I grew up in Clear Lake, WI and used to drink "Worms" pop back in the 70's. I have never met ANYONE who remembers it. It definitely is a better version of Dr. Pepper. Glad to see there are so many of us out there with such great memories of a great pop.
Jeffrey P. - April 17, 2013 - Report this comment
o.k. growing up in the suburbs of Minneapolis I remember this from the mid to late 70's. You can find the empty cans on EBay for sale. Found a recipe on-line to duplicate the flavor and just tried it! I used 1 can wild cherry Pepsi and 3 tablespoons or 1.5 fluid ounces of Welch's white grape cherry was good and brought the memories right back of worms soda!!
Scott Carlson - August 14, 2013 - Report this comment
Growing up in Somerset and Mpls I drank Worms as kid, loved it would like for my kids to try it. Is it still made?
Jake - October 16, 2013 - Report this comment
I'm 23 so I've never had it, but my dad has had the can sitting in his study/computer room holding pens and such. It's been in my dads study holding pens since I was a toddler, and still is to this day. I always thought the little guy on the can was goofy looking and wondered where I could try it. For the longest time I thought it was actually just a gag haha. I'll take a picture of the can next time I'm by my parents place and post it on here.
Dennis - February 13, 2014 - Report this comment
When Worms left Minnesota, for years my Grandmother in Wisconsin would bring me a 6-pack when she visited. Now think about this one, I used to take Dairy Cream ice cream, and make the perfect Worms Float. I would love to taste that again, despite the diabetic shock I would probably end up in....
Linda - April 02, 2014 - Report this comment
I grew up in Blue Mounds, Wisconsin and I loved Worms soda. I thought it was so neat to drink something called "Worms" lol. I still love cherry cola, but nothing comes close to that remembered flavor.
Terry - May 19, 2014 - Report this comment
I remember worms. I was from Racine but we had a cottage in Oxford. My brother would tease me with it. I was wondering if anyone remembers Sea Breeze that was in bottles from the 70's. I am trying to find out anything about it
Chef - September 13, 2014 - Report this comment
Growing up on St. Paul's East-side, we used to go to the corner store(usually Hagg's or Mikes Not Here) to find "Worms" not all the stores sold it back in the 70s. Loved the taste of it as well as the look on others faces, when they saw you drinking "Worms". Ah the good ol days.......
Marc Hamlet - September 19, 2014 - Report this comment
YES!!! And no, folks, you're not crazy. Worms was the best pop ever produced and I haven't seen it since 1974 when I lived in northern Minnesota, but one cannot forget the taste. White, "generic"-looking can with little worms on it and of course the name in red I think. So much better than that crap they sell these days.
Marci O-A - November 28, 2014 - Report this comment
I must have been about 4 when I drank this in Two Harbors MN! (early 70s) No one in my family remembers it, strange that I do!
Mike W - May 23, 2015 - Report this comment
It is so nice to remember this pop from there childhood. Is there anyone out there that had a full can that is in mint condition that they would wanna part with? I would like to add it to a few other bottles of pop from my wife and my child hood. I was about 4 years old and a can cost 15 cents and my neighbor would give my 15 cents when I would go over and help him and the guys down at thr Blacsmith Shop would also buy me cans of pop for help then clean up. I guess after 41 years and to just have Worms pop come to mind takes me back many years and brings back great memories. I know different companies have brought back some childhood memories by bring them back to stores again but all the wish I did that one day they might bring Worms back to the shelf is now just a memory and is never gonna happen. So the next best thing would be a full can unopened in mint condition as a hope to put on my shelf of pop fame. Lol if anyone has one please send me a email with what you would want for a can. My email address is snd2me@live dot com Thank you! Mike
Ball - September 11, 2015 - Report this comment
Had my first can of Worms at Lake Okaboji,IA. Was in a pop machine outside a small market. I think it was mid 70's.
kara - December 24, 2015 - Report this comment
It was the early 70s and I lived in Balsam Lake, WI. I was on a bowling league (not sure which nearby small town) and drank Worms all the time. It was the first and last time my name has ever been drawn as the winner of something. The winner got a free 6 pack of pop. Obviously, I chose Worms! I've never met anyone that's heard of it.
Walter P. - January 03, 2016 - Report this comment
I have a soda can collection with Best Worms You Ever Tasted. I'll try to post pic.
tmule - May 02, 2016 - Report this comment
my dad owned the company and brewed it, I sold store to store in high school, fun reading the comments. It was a fun brand. I have many cans some still unopened. We stopped brewing in the late 80's.
LRA - January 08, 2017 - Report this comment
I too remember "Can of Worms" soda. Loved it. I got mine at a small lake side grocery in east central North Dakota in the 70's/80's.
cornholio - January 19, 2017 - Report this comment
tmule: still have the recipe?
Kim - May 19, 2017 - Report this comment
My son just gave me a sip of Frostie cherry limeade it reminded me of worms. I thought I was the only person who loved that soda nice to know there are others. Brings back memories thankyou so much for sharing
Fairlin - August 25, 2017 - Report this comment
I seen that most people on here commenting about this soda when they were young, found it in Minnesota and Wisconsin. I just wanted to add that this soda had also made in down to Illinois in and near the Quad City area back in the '70s I remember my Dad bringing home a few cans to drink when I was a kid back then. I definitely remember the soda tasting similar to Dr. Pepper.
Greg - September 30, 2018 - Report this comment
I remember it well, growing up in southern Minnesota, I'd find it in small town grocery stores. I remember it tasting much better than DR Pepper. I believe the 7up bottling co. carried it back in the 70's. Just like "LIKE" soda a version of 7up. Which you can still buy. Glad to hear others loved it too.
Vonnie - January 20, 2019 - Report this comment
Thank you! I got Worms in a little store in Mountain, North Dakota. Like several others, people think I'm nuts when I tell them but it was real and it was very much like Dr. Pepper.Yumm!
Tom - July 01, 2019 - Report this comment
Wow.....a thread on Can Full Of Worms Soda. Awesome!!! My family went on a vacation to Lake Okaboji back in 1975 and there was a little "general store" there that had it as a pull in their vending machine. I tried it on a lark and it was beyond fantastic. For years I have been telling people about this soda. I was, and still am, a huge Dr. Pepper fan, as are several of my friends. But I always brought this drink up and told them it was even better than Dr. Pepper. They thought I was making the whole thing up.

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