In a sea of positive childhood associations, it’s hard to pick just one McDonald’s memory. But one of the contenders has to be that first time you realized that you weren’t committed forever to the regular old standard-issue hamburger Happy Meal; when your cool (kind of bad) friend, perhaps too big for his age, had graduated to the next logical combo for a 150 pound eight-year-old: Chicken McNuggets and Hi-C orange drink.
Not orange soda, mind you: The orange drink that’s been served at McDonald’s for decades doesn’t have any carbonation, though it is, as the label helpfully explains, “0% juice.” And speaking of labels, “orange drank” has a much more official name: “Hi-C Orange Lavaburst.”
But none of that even matters anymore, because the drink is being yanked out of McDonald’s fountain soda machines nationwide.
Boasting 220 calories and 60 grams of sugar per “medium” serving (more than twice the sugar you’ll find in a McDonald’s soft-serve vanilla ice cream cone), news of the drink’s demise was first posted on Reddit, via a leaked corporate memo detailing the discontinuation of the beverage.
The slow phaseout begins May 1, though the memo notes that McDonald’s stores will be allowed to keep selling caches of existing product, until it runs out. The memo goes on to explain that a “proprietary,” new carbonated drink called “Sprite TropicBerry,” is coming in July to replace Hi-C.
So how are customers treating the news that their favorite childhood drink is being replaced by what sounds like just another fruit-flavored soda? With the internet’s typical calm, integrity and grace, naturally:
McDonald’s is taking orange Hi-C off their menu and I have never felt more betrayed by anyone
— Hillary Diehl (@hillarydiehl) April 27, 2017
McDonald’s taking away Hi-C? might as well take away the ice cream machine since that bitch always down.
— ryan ?? (@LilkingCorbett) April 27, 2017
I literally go to @McDonalds for a Hi-C Orange EVERY DAY.
WHAT THE ACTUAL FUCK MCDONALDS. WHAT THE FUCK!!!???
— Morgan Naegele (@MorganNaegele) April 27, 2017
McDonald’s is getting rid of the orange Hi-C in their soda fountains… so what am I supposed to drink when I’m hungover?
— Eric Kallbrier (@Tricerictops) April 26, 2017
@McDonalds myself or family will NEVER go to McDonald’s ever again if you get rid of Hi-c Orange. Its the only good non carbonated offering.
— Bill Clay (@Hargravesconst) April 27, 2017
Just read @McDonalds is getting rid of Hi-C Orange Lavaburst! WORST NEWS EVER! It’s my go-to hangover cure & reminds me of my childhood!
— Casey Bertram (@CasemeisterCO) April 26, 2017
@ClaireFranSays McDonald’s and Hi-C are like pb and j, you can’t speparate them!
— kendall_ (@kenny_palmatato) April 27, 2017
— Memesser Cain (@MisserCain) April 27, 2017
Shots fired! Will McDonald’s cave to the inevitable negative customer feedback and online petitions, or is Hi-C Orange Lavaburst gone for good? Stay tuned for more news, as it develops.