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Hawaiian Punch is a brand of fruit punch drinks containing 5% fruit juice owned by Dr Pepper Snapple Group, Inc. (DPS). It was created in 1934 by A.W. Leo, Tom Yates, Ralph Harrison as an ice cream topping in a converted garage in Fullerton, Calif.; customers later discovered that it made an appealing drink when mixed with water. They formed Pacific Hawaiian Products to produce the beverage. R. J. Reynolds Tobacco Company bought Pacific Hawaiian in 1962. Procter & Gamble bought Hawaiian Punch from Del Monte Foods, spin off from RJR Nabisco in 1989, in 1990. Procter & Gamble sold Hawaiian Punch to Cadbury Schweppes in 1999. Dr Pepper Snapple was spun off from Cadbury Schweppes in 2008.
The name comes from the source of the original recipe's main ingredients. The original formulation of Hawaiian Punch was composed of 7 fruit flavors: apple, apricot, guava, orange, papaya, passion fruit, and pineapple.
Punchy, Hawaiian Punch's mascot
Advertising agency Atherton-Privett created the familiar Punchy character in December 1961. Artist Martin Mandelblatt is credited with the creation of Punchy, who appeared as a cartoon character on television for the first time in February 1962.
In the advertising, Punchy would ask an unsuspecting character if he would like "a nice Hawaiian Punch" and after the character said yes, Punchy would clobber him. His punch line was a punch.
Punchy was sometimes shown on the scoreboard at Citizens Bank Park in Philadelphia after outfielder Shane Victorino (a native of Hawaii) makes an important hit. Also, former New York Mets outfielder Benny Agbayani (also Hawaiian) was nicknamed "Hawaiian Punch" after a series of clutch homers in the 2000 season.
Fruit punch drink flavors
- Fruit Juicy Red: the original flavor
- Fruit Juicy Red Light: low calorie version of original flavor
- Green Berry Rush: strawberry and kiwi
- Mazin' Melon Mix: melon
- Bodacious Berry: berry
- Orange Ocean: orange
- Wild Purple Smash: grape and berry
- Jakarta Berry Licious:pineapple
- Lemonade: old-fashioned lemonade
- Berry Blue Typhoon: Mixed Berry Fruit Punch
- Berry Bonkers: Berry Fruit Punch
- Lemon Berry Squeeze: strawberry and lemonade
- Berry Limeade Blast: strawberry and limeade
- Lemon Lime Splash: lemon and lime
- Island Citrus Guava: guava and lime
- Polar Blast: citrus fruit punch
- Mango Passionfruit Squeeze: mango and passion fruit
- Green Apple Granberry: green apple and cranberry