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Click pic to view comments - Confirmed sighting: Tango Ice Blast Confirmed sighting: Tango Ice Blast
Posted: 12:10 Tue 01-06-2004. Price: 2.75 (large). Location: Showcase Cinema, Winnersh, Reading. Sub-flavours: Cherry, Raspberry, Bubblegum, Lime (I think, well it was yellow). Nutritional unusualness: Rebranded "Ice Junkies"?.
Not content with fuelling the great Burger King Frozen Coke controversy, "Diarmuid Mallon" weighs in with this up-to-the-minute slush report, claiming: These appear to be a re-branding of "Ice Junkies" that the cinema has been selling for years. I also spotted these at Thorpe Park, and unlike that Frozen Coke, it comes in a branded cup. I went for cherry, which was not too strong, but held its flavour almost to the very end of Harry Potter 3. Thankful the cinema wasn't too cold, as the last time I had an Ice Junkie, the combination of the near frozen drink and the strong air-conditioning meant I had a mild case of hypothermia.

...Now I don't know much about "Ice Junkies" (though a Google search suggests they might be American), but the "Tango" connection (and, er, the name) leads me to suspect these are almost certainly a rebranding of Britvic's "Feel The Frozen Fizz" carbonate Ice Blast. Nor did "Diarmuid's" misadventures end there, as his sighting of Nestle Ski StopGap 24/7 (below) turned out to be a repackaging of a (previously Tesco-exclusive) product previously spotted here at the start of this year: Stopgap is a mix of runny yogurt, bits of fruit and cereal (wheat and oats). The pack suggests that this could be an ideal breakfast, but some how I think few people would find this drink filling enough. Still, the pack does answer the question "Is it legal for products made mainly from apple to be called something else?" So despite being called "Berry Mix", the ingredients list the main fruit as apple. And if you look at the very small text by the product's weight, you find "Low fat berry mix drinking yogurt with apple".


Posted: 18:25 Tue 01-06-2004 by "Diarmuid Mallon" # permalink comment
Comment: I forgot to mention, unlike the frozen coke, these were un-carbonated.
Posted: 18:28 Tue 01-06-2004 by Snackspot # permalink comment
Comment: you're having a laugh aren't you DM? Britvic have taken a product whose catchphrase used to be "Feel the frozen fizz", rebranded it in line with the notoriously sparkling Tango, then - to cap it all - *taken the fizz out*?
Posted: 19:50 Tue 01-06-2004 by "Saramond" # permalink comment
Comment: These rock!

I quite often drive 6 or 7 miles to my nearest KFC just to buy on of these! They've been doing them for ages there but they used to be called a different name

Posted: 09:00 Wed 02-06-2004 by "Diarmuid Mallon" # permalink comment
Comment: "Snackspot" - 'friad so. These were fizzless.
Posted: 18:22 Sat 05-06-2004 by "Daniel Thornton" # permalink comment
Comment: Don't forget Tango has been fizzless before, when it was Still Tango, with that whole "Don't buy it, it's not official, it could be dangerous" spoof ad-campaign. And then it got withdrawn for real when they noticed it was fermenting on the shelves. And then it came back and seemingly went again.

The new Ice Blast anyway - it is exactly the same as the old one, which means adding vodka to it is still a fun option.

Posted: 19:01 Sat 05-06-2004 by Snackspot # permalink comment
Comment: aaarrghh, you're really messing with my head here - are you saying the new Ice Blast is "exactly the same" as the old fizzy one, APART FROM THE FACT THAT IT'S NOT FIZZY, OF COURSE?
Posted: 15:40 Sun 06-06-2004 by "Cream" # permalink comment
Comment: I loved the Ice Blast, its the best thing on a nice hot day!! try both flavours in one as thats the best!! :o)...
Posted: 15:49 Sun 20-06-2004 by "i c cream" # permalink comment
Comment: wow, who would have thought there was a forum for this topic? amazing.. still, i don't like the fact that tango has put it's brand on it. down with globalisation!
Posted: 13:20 Mon 21-06-2004 by "Flick" # permalink comment
Comment: Just to be controversial - I had one of these on Sunday (also at HP3) and I thought that there definately *was* some fizz to it. I'm not sure that it's carbonated, but there's a bit of a tingle when you drink it.
Posted: 13:51 Mon 21-06-2004 by Snackspot # permalink comment
Comment: thank christ for that, i thought i'd gone completely mad (for a change). unless it was all some magical side-effect of consuming it during Harry Potter III...?
Posted: 14:37 Mon 21-06-2004 by "Diarmuid Mallon" # permalink comment
Comment: I'll try them again at my next trip to the cinema. Although after the trauma of wasting good money on Van Helsing, The Day After Tomorrow and Troy, it may be awhile until I go again.
Posted: 15:01 Mon 21-06-2004 by "Phillerena" # permalink comment
Comment: I had the misfortune of watching Troy too, I was surprised I didn't fall asleep.
Posted: 16:47 Mon 21-06-2004 by "Diarmuid Mallon" # permalink comment
Comment: It's amazing how Hollywood can turn such an epic story in to speech/fight/speech/fight repeat ad finitum. Only the horse was more wooden that Bloom's acting, Pit seemed to have turned up for the money and I've never seen so many blond/blue-eyed greeks in my life!
Posted: 18:14 Tue 22-06-2004 by "Phillerena" # permalink comment
Comment: It was worth watching though to see Brad Pitt die, up until that point I was going mad thinking of the money I had wasted.
Posted: 21:29 Sun 27-Jun-2004 by "Diarmuid Mallon" # permalink comment
Comment: Pure in the name of science, you understand, I had another of these today whilst watching Shrek 2, which despite having the same plot as the last 30 minutes of the first one, was quite funny. Anyway, I take it all back. There is a slight fizz, but much less CO2 than Frozen Coke.
Posted: 01:16 Sat 03-Jul-2004 by "Viks" # permalink comment
Comment: Hi, your article reminds me of Special K bars, although very nice, they have strawberry flavoured cranberries in!
Posted: 14:30 Sat 17-Jul-2004 by "Harvey" # permalink comment
Comment: It is indeed carbonated and comes in four flavours - Raspberry, Cherry, Bubblegum and Lemon (thats why it was yellow!) It is also exactly the same as Ice Blast, all they have done is changed the name. Ice Junkies was the orginal name, then it changed to Ice Blast then Tango Ice Blast.
Posted: 00:58 Wed 11-Aug-2004 by "Princess Kate" # permalink comment
Comment: Jings! I've had a very ice junkie/blast/tango weekend! they are in most Odeon cinemas, UCI used to be self serve (ohhooo!) but alas has been out of order for three months now, I am an addict, and go to see many gash films with the Dave just get my 'Yard Stick' sized wonder drink!

All Hail!

Posted: 01:03 Wed 11-Aug-2004 by "bob" # permalink comment
Comment: i had a tango ice blast in the rainforset cafe london
Posted: 15:49 Sun 22-Aug-2004 by "Monkeyboy" # permalink comment
Posted: 22:44 Sat 09-Oct-2004 by "kristi" # permalink comment
Comment: sorry for my language mistakes. i'm grom greece and i just want to say that almost 50% of the ancient greeks were blond and blue eyed and you guys have a WRONG stereotype about us.Even today many greeks are blue eyed(including me) and blond.So please don't be surprised with Brad's movie because it's(be careful: NOT HISTORICALLY!!!)correct at this particular point.thank you
Posted: 22:44 Sun 10-Oct-2004 by "Diarmuid Mallon" # permalink comment
Comment: Kristi. I stand corrected. http://www.crystalinks.com/greekculture.html. It also looks like us Celts had made it down to those parts at the time. so there may have been a few red heads or the more disturbing red beards-only like myself.
Posted: 22:57 Sun 10-Oct-2004 by "ross" # permalink comment
Comment: i recently tasted an orange/ raspberry ice blast, as expertly mixed by the very nice cashier at view cinemas edinburgh, and i shall never look back :) a thankyou.
Posted: 23:34 Sat 02-Apr-2005 by "Michelle Aidoo" # permalink comment
Comment: Definitely fizzy, definitely addictive. Does anyone know where i can buy a machine?
Posted: 09:01 Sun 03-Apr-2005 by "mike" # permalink comment
Comment: buy a machine? you're crazy
Posted: 10:41 Tue 19-Apr-2005 by "Dominic Keely"
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Comment: Does any body know were i can buy an ice blast machine because i love them
Posted: 19:27 Tue 12-Jul-2005 by "Vicky" # permalink comment
Comment: http://ibcrew.forumsplace.com
Posted: 19:49 Tue 12-Jul-2005 by "Vicky" # permalink comment
Comment: That is a site dedicated to ice blasts! - CRAZY!

I like em too though - like raspberry better.

Posted: 14:00 Tue 08-Nov-2005 by "phil wright" # permalink comment
Comment: yes tou can buy one off me £2250 + vat called Fizzy slush macine same concept is Ice Blast but cheaper ice blast normally retails at around £11000
Posted: 21:36 Wed 08-Feb-2006 by "ally" # permalink comment
Comment: ok. hello. my name is ally and im an ice blast junkie. ha! im actually addicted. yup. cant stop. once i tried it i was hooked. now i cant go to the cinema without having one. i get very upset if anyone has any of mine or if there arent any left :( yes, im crazy. but so are the ice blasts. they rule.
Posted: 21:38 Wed 08-Feb-2006 by "Hazel" # permalink comment
Comment: i want an ice blast i want a machine i can't drink them fast but they are like a dream ice blasts ice blasts i love them soo i love how fizzy they are and that they are cold i love ice blasts and it's a fact i'll sing about them in broadway casts and still keep my diginity in tact yes i love ice blasts and so should you they overule my pasts and my future too =) ice blasts whooooop!
Posted: 01:20 Thu 09-Feb-2006 by "clerk" # permalink comment
Comment: Well, on the evidence of that, I would suggest that nobody should ever partake of Ice Blasts ever.
Posted: 12:35 Mon 20-Feb-2006 by "Britney" # permalink comment
Comment: If anyone knows of how to get hold of my own Tango ice blast machine let me know at amanda.garrod (at!) poultec.co.uk
Posted: 13:40 Tue 07-Mar-2006 by "GR" # permalink comment
Comment: Tango Ice Blast is lush
Posted: 17:00 Thu 23-Mar-2006 by "danielle" # permalink comment
Comment: Were can you get a tango ice blast machine?
Posted: 07:00 Fri 12-May-2006 by "dan bayes" # permalink comment
Comment: hey, i work at Thorpe Park, not the theme park, the caravan park, bourne leisure (butlins, haven, etc) used to have ice blast, before tango bought it out, we now have fanta frozen, they dont even taste fizzy, how do i make my machines make the drinks fizzier? they're called IMI Cornelius Pinnicle 2 Flavor machines, any ideas.....send em my way...!! 84549 4
Posted: 18:46 Sun 10-Dec-2006 by "emlyn" # permalink comment
Comment: does anyone know where can you buy tango ice blast machines?
Posted: 01:35 Mon 11-Dec-2006 by "Marquez" # permalink comment
Comment: Contact Coca-Cola and ask them
Posted: 08:30 Mon 11-Dec-2006 by Snackspot # permalink comment
Comment: or Britvic, who actually make Tango
Posted: 10:30 Wed 13-Dec-2006 by "big up ya all" # permalink comment
Comment: hey i av neva tried tango ice blast b4....so i iz gana buy some from Mahmoods or KFC.......... cya yaz all and big up da P*** crewz
Posted: 15:10 Sat 21-Apr-2007 by "Tammy Jay" # permalink comment
Comment: I love iceblast me n my friend kate griff are very sad we go 2 the cinema just to by 1..i crave them all the time!lmao
Posted: 15:16 Sat 21-Apr-2007 by "Kate griff"
(apparently posting from ) # permalink comment
Comment: ice blasts are the business ai! my friend jamacia agrees :D
Posted: 21:08 Sun 16-Sep-2007 by "some girl" # permalink comment
Comment: oh these are so nice yumm i love them. & also kate griff? haha my teachers name :D
Posted: 13:12 Thu 27-Sep-2007 by "mrs s white " # permalink comment
Comment: we would like to get hold one of the tango blusts machine
Posted: 18:13 Fri 30-May-2008 by "some other girl" # permalink comment
Comment: anyone know how many calories there are in the?
Posted: 18:26 Sun 13-Jul-2008 by "chris" # permalink comment
Comment: Hi I have an ice blast machine for sale not cheep send me your offers arcadesales1 (at!) hotmail.co.uk
Posted: 17:48 Tue 05-Aug-2008 by "Mat Howlett" # permalink comment
Comment: Tasted fizzy to me !! Mind you that could just me my limited edition tongue.
Posted: 17:33 Sat 13-Sep-2008 by "Norman" # permalink comment
Comment: Tang ice blasts for sale at Drayton Manor Theme Park- price- £1.50 Sml £2.50 Lge(I Think)P.S Showcase cinemas in Winnersh is right by my house so often go up there just for an Ice Blast, Can't get enough of that wonderful stuff!
Posted: 12:34 Sat 27-Sep-2008 by "me me me me" # permalink comment
Comment: how many calories are in them?
Posted: 07:47 Tue 30-Sep-2008 by "James" # permalink comment
Comment: They serve these at Ryka's Cafe at the bottom of Box Hill.

They're are definitely fizzy and it's like a party of angels on your tongue

Posted: 11:32 Sat 13-Dec-2008 by "Jp" # permalink comment
Comment: I was the person responsable for bringing FCBs, (that is frozen carbonated beverages to you and I) to the UK. I came up with the names "Zilla Chilla" "Ice Blast" and finaly "Tango Ice Blast". If you would like to know more drop me a line. Jp.
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