Food of the Seventies, Rondo Soda

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I can attest to everything that has been described about the drink already (yeah, the grapefruit was surprising); but I remember a commercial for the drink that featured a man and woman on bareback in the woods, enjoying their Rondos, while the song plays "Sippin' a like whistling in the wind, sippin' a laid back and easy!" We had a girl in my 5th grade class we used to sing this to, altering the words with her name. She hated it.
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Kevin Watts - October 26, 2009 - Report this comment
I can remember being in Little League Baseball in the late 70's and making my parents take me to this little store in the middle of nowhere AR to buy Rondo Soda to fill a cooler to give to my team....That was a great, unique soda. A mix of Mellow Yellow and Sprite.....I'm from Kennett, MO.
John Peck - January 19, 2010 - Report this comment
Do I remember correctly that Rondo was marketed as a thirst quencher? In June, 1980, I had the pleasure of driving on I-10 from Las Cruces, NM to Phoenix in a car with a broken air conditioner. The sweat poured. I stopped at every exit and bought a Rondo.
Rick Jones - March 08, 2010 - Report this comment
Yes it was a sort of thirst quencher. The sloan was to slam it down fast. They even put T-shirts in cans as a promotion at one time
Chris - September 06, 2011 - Report this comment
It was the "Thirst Crusher"
Daniel Cleary - February 07, 2012 - Report this comment
When I was about 9 or 10 yrs. old, I bought a Rondo & Reese's peanut butter cups. I gobbled the Reese's like I always had & chugged the Rondo. As it was my first, I didn't know what was about to happen. With the blast of sugar and the caffeine in the soda, I laid back in the grass and enjoyed what must have been my first buzz. Oh, I remember Rondo fondly.
Hauntedheadful - June 04, 2012 - Report this comment
I remember a cowboy in the commercial;and it was said to be Lightly carbonated so you could easily "slam i down"
sammy earle maxwell - July 06, 2012 - Report this comment
Rondo was a hoople
Tim from Montana - December 18, 2014 - Report this comment
When we were in grade school, my buddy and I would hit the QuikWay down the road two or three times a week to buy Rondos. We'd sit on our bikes and drink two each in the parking lot. We had this perverse joy in the thought that people driving by would think we were two bad kids drinking beer. The cans looked like no other soda can on earth. I love that memory.
phil - January 19, 2015 - Report this comment
It's funny that so many people remember rondo from such a young age, as I do...: around 3rd grade or so for me, so about 1979, one of the rondo commercials that most impressed us involved japanese martial arts with a weapon. Like kendo (but another comment suggested that it was sparring with a staff). My best friend from two houses around the corner took our almost-weightless plastic baseball bats on the front lawn and beat them together--and a passing car yelled the rondo reference out the window. I can't remember if at the time that was embarrassing or not.
Sean - July 24, 2015 - Report this comment
Its a shame you can't find the cowboy commercial anywhere. The guy comes in from the hot desert all parched then to the bartenders dismay he orders a bag of potato chips and eats the whole bag then orders a Rondo. My brother's always said the cowboy's last line before he walks out of the saloon, "One more for the road" and he sounds a little like Clint Eastwood when he says it. And I thought for sure the slogan was "It's the thirst quencher." Maybe they changed it for that particular commercial?
Bod Jariston - August 22, 2015 - Report this comment
I distinctly recall enjoying several cans of Rondo in the summer of 1979 in a suburb of Pheonix, Arizona. As I'm sure you can all imagine, the weather was unbelievably hot. My brother and I assessed the situation based on what we knew from watching the television ad (this was a long time before the interwebs kids) and we concluded that we were men who had in fact worked up a "rondo thirst." Having reached this conclusion there was basically only one thing left to do especially in light of the fact that we did NOT want anything we had to sip, and that was to reach for, you guessed it, the 'thirst crusher'. I remember thinking that the lemon yellow color of the can was perfect and that in a moment my thirst would be crushed hard by the Rondo. These were the days of pull tabs so we pulled the tabs like they were grenade puns and started slamming it down fast. It was almost startling how rapidly one could slam this beverage down and that had a lot to do with how they engineered it's delicate carbonation. Afterwards we felt like a million dollars. It was a great experience. Later we realized that one of the main ingredients was high fructose corn syrup which is basically poison so we never touched the stuff again. That was a great day tho.
Eudoxio Garcia - October 13, 2016 - Report this comment
Regarding the cowboy commercial, search Youtube for "Teem comercial". This Rondo commercial was dubbed into spanish to advertise a brand of mexican soda called "Teem". You may not be able to find the original but this is a worthy substitute.
Wrenchback - June 29, 2017 - Report this comment
I had a t-shirt in 1980 - it was black with the RONDO logo across the chest. The lettering had a felt-like feel. It was so cool. I really liked the slogan "Slam it down fast". they advertised Rondo as "lightly carbonated so you can slam it down fast". We thoughts that was so cool. I believe there was a commercial where the actor crushed the can in his hand after slamming a Rondo. We did this all the time! We felt so cool.

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