Let’s fire up the DeLorean and travel back to the glorious days of 1989. Ghostbusters II was set to release and my expectations for the movie were sky-high. I remember running around my cousin’s basement with our plastic proton packs firing at imaginary ghosts. I was always jealous of my cousin because he had the ghost trap, and I didn’t. Everybody knew, except for my parents, that it’s impossible to catch ghosts without the trap. I still haven’t forgiven my parents for not getting me that trap.
Here is something my parents did do right – once they surprised my cousin and I with Hi-C Ecto Coolers. I remember drinking that stuff for days on end. It was a way for me to experience the movie in real life. I’d gross my mom out by telling her that I was drinking Slimer. Funny thing is I really thought I was. My mom didn’t care what I said though because I was drinking a fruit drink – something she could never get me to drink.
When I heard that Hi-C was re-releasing the Ecto Coolers I had to get some. Problem was they were selling out everywhere. People lucky enough to get them were selling them for almost ten times the amount they paid for them. They were like liquid gold.
My buddy, Al, knew that I couldn’t get my grubby hands on a can so he surprised me by dropping two cans off to me the other day. It was an act of geeky kindness that’ll never forget. I made sure to stow the cans towards the back of the refrigerator where it really gets cold, and wait for the right moment to down them.
The other day my three year-old son had me running around in the blistering heat playing one game after another. Coming inside from what felt like completeing an olympic triathlon, I knew there was only one way to quench my thirst. I cracked open an ice-cold, slimy Ecto and was instantly transported back to my childhood. To be honest, I can’t remember if the taste of it was the same as when I was a kid, but that’s not the joy of drinking the green stuff. What’s cool are all the memories of your childhood that come flooding back whenever you take a swig of the fruit punch tasting liquid inside your Ecto can.
Consume Review Repeat gives the Hi-C Ecto Cooler a 10 out of 10 ghost-busting, nostalgic memories.