7 Marketing Mishaps Aimed at Children
Blow, an energy drink packaged to look like cocaine and promising "pure uncut energy," was criticized by the FDA for glorifying drug use.
Hershey's Ice Breaker breath mint packs were pulled from shelves because consumer advocates said they look too much like packets of street cocaine.
Spark, a sports drink for ages 4-11, sparked anger from parents and pediatricians. The drink, marketed to help a child "develop fully as a high-performance athlete" has as much caffeine as an 8 oz. cup of coffee.
When Robby Bubble (a kids' fruit drink in champagne-shaped bottles) hit shelves, members of MADD were, well, mad. With the slogan "Celebrate like the grown-ups," it's easy to understand why.
Japanese "Beer" for Kids
In Japan, Sangaria started their line of fake alcoholic drinks for kids - and they've been successful enough to offer it in bottles, cans, and even six-packs.
Crayon Inspired Cigarettes
In Canada, when candy- and fruit-flavored cigarillos were sold in colorful packages closely resembling a pack of crayons, the Prime Minister was pissed.
A drink called Cocaine Energy Drink had everyone alarmed when it hit the stores. The drink contains three and a half times the caffeine of a Red Bull. It was eventually pulled from the shelves but has reappeared with a new name: No Name.