Strawberry Crush is a Cadbury Schweppes brand. It’s obviously a spinoff flavor of the original drink, Orange Crush. The original was invented here in Chicago in 1906 by J.M. Thompson. However, it wasn’t until 1916 that Clayton J. Howel and Neil C. Ward formed the Orange Crush Company after improving on the formula. (Apparently, the name “Crush” refers to the process of extracting oils from oranges.)
Not being owned by The Coca-Cola Company or PepsiCo, Crush is obviously harder to find then other fruit-flavored soft drinks. Coke has Fanta Orange. Pepsi has Tropicana Twister Orange. Both horrid-tasting orange sodas.
Unfortunately, that pattern extends over into the more rare strawberry-flavored pop category. There aren’t a lot of strawberry beverages out there, but there are enough by the big guys to crowd things out, such as Fanta Strawberry and Tropicana Twister Strawberry. Like their orange siblings, these drinks aren’t much to write home about. Every now and then you’ll get something new in “Strawberryland”, such as a Jones Soda Strawberry S’lime or even an oddity like Jones Soda Jelly Doughnut, but again, they don’t add anything new to the market.
I unfortunately have to say that Strawberry Crush falls into the same boat as these other drinks. It’s unimpressive. Like most strawberry soft drinks, its flavor is extremely on the fake side. It tastes a lot like Fanta Strawberry, and that’s not a good thing. You are hit with an overtly sweet, syrupy taste that is compounded by the use of high fructose corn syrup. On top of that, the aftertaste just lingers there for a while, unpleasantly. In the end, Strawberry Crush tastes like carbonated Robitussin cough syrup.