Ghostbusters is pulling out all the stops as the franchise makes its way back to theaters for the first time in nearly thirty years. The horror comedy, which stars Kristen Wiig and Melissa McCarthy, will arrive this summer with a tidal wave of merchandise. This includes toys and action figures. And some delicious junk food! Today, we learn that Hostess has a very special treat lined up for fans.
Yes, this summer, you'll be able to make like Slimer and wrap you thick green lips around Hostess' Key Lime Slime Twinkies. If you are not sold on the name alone, then listen to this. These golden sponge cake delights will be specially flavored with lime cream filling. This is a first for Hostess. And when they arrive in stores, you better buy yours quick. As this is a limited edition treat. Though we're not sure when they will hit shelves at your local super market.
We do know you'll be able to wash your Key Lime Slime down with a delicious Ecto Cooler! Late last year, a rumor started to spread that Coca-Cola was reissuing Ecto Cooler to stores in anticipation of this summer's big Ghostbusters. This was confirmed last week. Coca-Cola has successfully re-registered the trademark for this popular Hi-C flavor. And a sample can is already available on Ebay, which you can see in the here.
It isn't known when this reboot will launch on store shelves either. Or just how readily available it will be to consumers. Ecto Cooler is arguably the most popular Hi-C flavor ever introduced on the market. It began appearing in juice boxes across america in 1987. It was a tie-in to The Real Ghost Busters animated series. But sadly, it has not been sold in over a decade. The original Ecto Cooler juice box featured an image of the iconic ghost Slimer, who was a villain in the first two movies, but became a mascot for the crew in The Real Ghost Busters animated series. Even though the show was canceled in 1991, the Ecto Cooler juice boxes continued to appear on store shelves throughout the rest of that decade. Slimer left the box in 1997. But Coca-Cola continuing manufacturing the flavor all the way up until 2001.
While the Ecto Cooler name disappeared from the juice box, the flavor actually stuck around, and was rebranded Shoutin' Orange Tangergreen. And in place of Slimer, consumers were confronted with a similar-looking blob of lips. The name didn't really catch on with fans of the original, and it was once again renamed in 2006 as Crazy Citrus Cooler. But that didn't work in their favor either, and the Ecto flavor was completely discontinued in 2007.
Ecto Cooler isn't the only thing making a comeback. Slimer himself, who is not pictured on these new cans or Twinkie boxes, will reappear in the movie looking mostly like his own self. And guess what? He'll be squaring off with Boardwalk Empire star Michael K. Williams in what could be the fight of the summer. While we wait to hear more about the return of this delicious drink and snake cake, take a look at the Key Lime Slime Twinkie below.