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I remember grocery store used to sell 4oz packet of rootbeer flavored powder that you can buy and mix it with 2 quart of water and 1 cup of sugar just like koolaid. (it was located where koolaid and drink mix packets are) It tasted good without carbon doxide in it. It was back in mid 70's. They stopped selling it in late 70's. I forgot what is the brand name of it. Does anyone know what it was?
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The following are comments left about Root Beer Powder from site visitors such as yourself. They are not spell checked or reviewed for accuracy. - May 21, 2007 - Report this comment
I left a comment on the Root Beer Kool Aid. It was made by Wylers. I checked with the company several years ago, but they no longer make it and haven't for a long time...
rootbeer lover - February 08, 2008 - Report this comment
I've been looking for rootbeer koolaid. At our little corner grocery store in the 80s, the brand was Auntie Anne's.
michael - April 19, 2008 - Report this comment
flavoraid still makes it i used to drink this all the time in the 80's and 90's from flavoraid it was a very good flavor i emailed the company to see how to buy it will let u know
dee - September 13, 2008 - Report this comment
The brans I remember and am looking for is Wyler's Rootbeer packets.
CD - October 02, 2008 - Report this comment
The rootbeer drink mix packet was probably a Jel-Sert Co. brand called "Aunt Wick". They discontinued the brand in around 1980. I have three packages here. :-) I've been looking for FlavorAid but can't find it anymore either?
Kyra - January 02, 2009 - Report this comment
Jel-Sert used to sell directly contact them. Jel-sert owns Wyler's and Flavoraid and used to own Aunt Wick's which is now discontinued.
Olympianbabe - March 21, 2009 - Report this comment
INSTANT SODA????? WOW!!!! I want some!!! I wanna turn evrything I drink into soda!!!!!
ron - March 28, 2009 - Report this comment
I remember one made by Wyler
Dennis - May 14, 2009 - Report this comment
There was one possibly regional brand called "Aunt Wick's", which I remember after all these years because the name struck me as odd. But the mix was delicious. Bought it at a tiny Key Market in Kentucky, and had it for a month or two. I don't think I ever went back for seconds, because we seldom shopped there. But I can still taste it, and I wish I had some access to something similar now.
Rob S. - July 24, 2009 - Report this comment
I have been talking about this with a bunch of friends and they all look at me as if I am from outer space! I loved the root beer drink and I think it was Wyler's that we used to get. I seem to remember it coming in a yellow package. Wish I could find it again.
Anna - July 28, 2009 - Report this comment
I have some flavor aid ones that I found at a lil country store that was going out of business... I look from time to time on ebay and have been lucky... I just wish they would make it again on a full time basis... My kids love it just as I did when I was their age...
sonia - August 11, 2009 - Report this comment
Which one was the yellow packet w/ brown letters?
Frank - August 14, 2009 - Report this comment
That was Wylers and it was my favorite! The stuff my Mother used to get came in the premix just add water packs. I WANT THEM TO BRING IT BACK! That stuff was GREAT!
Paul - February 08, 2010 - Report this comment
My mother worked at an IGA store in my hometown, and when it closed down (oil/farming town shrank in the late 70s') the Dillons store didn't carry this, so mom bought what was left on the shelves. I drank it as slowly as I could stand to, and when I mixed the final pack, I spilled it in the kitchen floor accidently, and sat in the floor and cried. lol I used to mix this up, make myself a koogle sandwich (or sometimes a mac and cheese mug-o-lunch), and watch speed racer.
George Neer - February 14, 2010 - Report this comment
i found something that might give you all a good fix not the same as Aunt Wicks but good all the same here's a link
candy - June 29, 2010 - Report this comment
Stoltzfus drinks makes a concentrate that tastes the same as aunt wicks. I use that but some have used Mccormick's rootbeer flavor and have told me it tastes the same.
Baylink - July 30, 2010 - Report this comment
It was decidedly Wyler's -- Niven and Pournelle even mention it in their novel Lucifer's Hammer (which, clearly, I am re-reading just now :-) -- and Jel Sert has discontinued the flavor in both Wyler's and Flavor-Aid brands.
sharon scott - August 15, 2010 - Report this comment
oh my gosh. I have been talking with my friend who's mom used to have the Wyler's Rootbeer on hand and it was fantastic. I wish they would manufacture it again in 2010. I remember buying it myself when I could find it at a local supermarket. I'm going to write Wyler's now that I know so many others miss the fabulous drink also.
Heidi - January 30, 2011 - Report this comment
I STILL HAVE SOME UNOPENED PACKETS! ! ! Just made an old glass orange juice 2 quart jar of it this morning! ! ! Does it ever taste good, they NEVER should have stopped making it as good as it is! It is / was called "Aunt Wick's" Root Beer - Flavored Powder, - No Carbonated - JUST ADD SUGAR AND WATER! - Makes 10 glasses. Packet: Net wt. 4.3 grams (.151 oz. AVDP.) Recipe on back for making ROOT BEER FROZEN SUCKERS and states Makes Delicious Black Cows. Like I said I still have a few packets left in the cupboard! Another thing I truly miss is Horlick's Malted Milk Tablets and powder! ! ! From Racine, WI Wish they still made those too!
Jamet - March 14, 2011 - Report this comment
My mom was cleaning out her cupboard and found a package of Aunt Wick's Root Beer mix. I was wondering how old it was and if it was still any good. Could be the reason I love Root Beer now!!!!
Tom Bogart - September 09, 2011 - Report this comment
About ten years ago I was at a little general store in a small town that has since gone out of bussiness.I was fortunate enough at the time to find the display container of Aunt Wicks root beer. It was full, brought it home and had some and put it away and forgot about till we got caught in the flood. I just got done enjoying this tasty treat and after all the years of sitting it still taste great. The only root beer that that ever tasted better to me was back whn I was a young kid and the farmers wife had made home made root beer and put it in the cooler and we had some just after haying it. I don't know what that home made brand was or maybe it was Aunt Wicks , but I'll tell you one thing for sure , it tasted mighty good on a hot day after haying it. Good times I'll never forget,
JeffCurry - March 13, 2013 - Report this comment
The mix was Aunt Wicks. When I heard it was going to be discontinued, I went and bought every pack I could find. It got me almost all the way thru college. I have found a if you use root beer extract you can make a very similar tasting drink. You roughly follow directions, using non carb water, and then just play with it till you hit on the right mix. Not the same, but still good.
Kathy Coe - April 15, 2013 - Report this comment
I was searching for some info on my 'Aunt Wick' who owned the company which originally made this. She was the sister of an aunt I lived with periodically and my neighbors were duly impressed when she stopped by our suburban Cape Cod (house style) in a chauffeur-driven limo :) When I was in college in the 60s, I had a friend who was pre-med (and now likely retired from Family Medicine). When he saw I had bought soda, he said, why are you buying that, you should get some 'Auntie' Wick's--and pulled out a package of the Root Beer he carried with him, and told me he couldn't have gotten through college without this, either, Jeff, and he worked his butt off. I cracked up and answered, that's MY Aunt Wick. I hadn't realized how widespread her products were--this was in Pittsburgh and she lived in Chicago. Years ago her company was purchased by a much larger one, which I think was absorbed by Con-Agra, but I could be wrong on that. Her sister, my Aunt Rose, passed on years ago, in her 80s. (She had been immensely generous to me and I miss her and was getting nostalgic....)
Melody - January 09, 2014 - Report this comment
I remember the Wylers Root Beer in a packet, it was so good,I loved it as a kid in the 70's. I wish they still made it but I am afraid like everything else it would not taste the same. It would be just like soda of today, soda today tastes nothing like the soda of the 7o's. :(
Diane - January 17, 2014 - Report this comment
DOeas anyone remember the tv dinners made just for kids that included a packet of wyler's root beer powder? Can't remember the name of them
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marianne - September 27, 2015 - Report this comment
I just saw this site. Gold Medal products use to make rootbeer in Ee-Zee concentrated powder packets that you add your own sugar to. It was for snow cones but I also used it as a non carbonated drink and icepops. It had really good flavor. They stopped making it many years ago. I just sent them an email to ask them if they will produce some again.I hope they do.
Tbyrd FL - July 07, 2016 - Report this comment
Dollar General is now selling a Wyler's A&W single packet root beer mix but the JelSert web page doesn't mention it. Go buy them out and maybe they will start general distribution.

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