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Wednesday, June 20, 2012

Citra Sipper

Have you ever seen a Citra Sipper? You just stick it into an orange or grapefruit and drink! What a rad idea. Do you think it really works? (And the company is old-school: It was launched at the 1933 World's Fair by the current owner's grandfather.)

99 comments:

Roxarita said...

I remember as a kid drooling over those commercials for some orange juice where they stick a straw directly into an orange.

The idea of getting a chance to actually do that is worth a try!

Beatriz said...

I remember there being an infomercial for this or a similar product when I was little back in the early 90's. I really wanted it but my parents didn't think it would work.

Lauren said...

Roxarita--I know exactly what you mean! I always wanted to just jam a straw into an orange. That said, as an adult I feel like it's better to actually eat the orange. That way you get all the fiber, nutrients, and even a slight feeling of fullness.

Heather Christensen said...

They work like a charm. My grandmother had some for the grandkids to use when we picked the oranges in her backyard. Just roll around your citrus fruit on the table or your hands to juice it and then stick in your sipper.

Punk Rock Mom said...

I grew up in the middle of an orange orchard. We always had these in the utensil drawer. Give your orange and little roll on the table with your hand to get the juice going and enjoy. Keep your oranges in the fridge for a cool drink!

dot said...

I remember these from visiting my great aunt in Florida when I was a kid! They work so well! I was just telling someone about them the other day, but had no idea what they were called.

Anonymous said...

Maybe we didn't have the right oranges or manhandle them enough, but when I was growing up we had these and they didn't work at all!

Tracy said...

Ha - we had one of these when I was a kid! Wonder what ever happened to it. How well it works depends on the orange... Thanks for the flashback!!

Riley said...

Yes! I have one of these, they do work but are a little bit of a workout as you have to roll and squeeze the fruit in your hands to release the juice. SO tasty and worth it, though!

Robyn said...

i am sooo doubtful...

Betsy said...

We had these growing up - yum! At the holidays my mom would buy peppermint sticks for us to use as straws with our oranges. Sounds gross but delicious!

Linnéa said...

It actually works very well!
There is also a similar product I'm using right now while reading your blog. It has not a straw but a spout like on a pitcher. Really easy to handle and recloseable - if you want to use just a little bit lemon or other citrus fruits juice - so you can store the fruit in the fridge and use the rest of it later. I bought it from a very funny guy on a market in Berlin and love it!

Knoopjes said...

Always wondered if it would work... love the design of the package the Sipper comes in.
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Maggie said...

Can you use it in a watermelon?? :)

Erin said...

It's like an all natural Capri Sun. I dig it.

Rebecca said...

We used to do something similar with a lemon and the old fashioned peppermint sticks. You do have to roll them around some first, but then you get a surprising amount of juice out.

jennine said...

i totally remember this! i had one growing up. loved it. wow -- what a blast from the past!

Votre Amie said...

YEESS! I remember the whole lemon/tube shaped lollipop straw set-up! It was such fun. Haven't seen it in a long long time - I bet this is tasty though!!

Sam M said...

We actually had these when I was a kid. The trick was, you had to knead the fruit A LOT before you put the spout in.

Amy in the City said...

I also had one as a kid and it worked well. You didn't get all of the juice, but once we drank as much of the juice as we could we would just peel the orange and eat the rest of it.

kerry said...

Yes, I also had this as a kid. Agree - rolling beforehand is definitely important, but it never stopped bing fun! Going to go order one - thanks

kerry said...

Yes, I also had this as a kid. Agree - rolling beforehand is definitely important, but it never stopped bing fun! Going to go order one - thanks

Tragic Sandwich said...

We had one when I was a kid, but it never worked. Maybe it depended on the manufacturer!

Sage Crown Parker said...

i vote that it doesn't work but would keep a kid entertained for a while :)

VintageDanielle said...

I want!

jen said...

we had these as kids. definitely worked best with warm fruit/room temp that you really kneaded/rolled around before putting in the sipper. but they were delicious!

Jessica Wray said...

I'm excited to read comments that say it works! I love fresh orange juice, I gotta try it!

Carol said...

You are taking me back. Every year for about 5 years my father would drive us to Florida (from Toronto) in the summer (yes, the summer!). I would buy one of these each year and still had one in my drawer till recently...where is that thing? Kids love this because they can squish up the orange until it is all flat and then tear it open and eat the dry pulp.

dotster said...

I remember using them as a child...they were awesome!

Anonymous said...

I live in California and they always give these away at the summer fairs, usually where they're doing demonstraions for cookware. They're great for all citrus, and I especially like them for cocktails. They give a nice fresh splash of lemon or lime.

Zoë said...

This is too funny Joanna, I "won" something similar last year at Sears during a Christmas cooking demo. They were promoting it as a juicer, moreso for lemons and limes for drinks and cooking. You have to really roll and mash the fruit up, like, really beat it up before it works. It would be such a neat idea if it worked well wouldn't it?

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Roller Mill Farms said...

i love those! i grew up in florida and they always sold em in the touristy shops but they worked great with a juicy orange - - and so fun!

Chelsea said...

This is so fantastic!!

Alix said...

Funny you would mention this product. I searched all over the Internet a few years ago trying to find a place to buy them (found the same website you did). My parents used these as juicers growing up, and they're surprisingly effective for being a small piece of plastic (especially if you zap the fruit in the microwave for a few seconds first).

tiffany of camp1899 said...

love this!!! thanks for sharing, definitely getting one! (;

HiLLjO said...

These peppered my childhood.

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Anonymous said...

I'm picturing a pile of dry, shriveled up orange carcasses after you're all done with this.

Maria Matiopoulou said...

Haha this is pretty amazing! I've never seen anything similar!

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Anna said...

I'm a Florida girl and there was always a big 10 pound bag of oranges and grapefruits on the porch. I grew up using these sippers and never really learned how to peel an orange because I simple didn't have to! These sippers really work... you have to massage the orange in between every couple of sips but it's no hassel.. they're really nifty!

Rachel Fackender said...

Hmmm... yeah. This is perfect. I think these would be silly little gifts... but I may need one for myself. You know, to test it out! :)

Melissa Blake said...

I'm drinking a glass of lemonade right now and would love to be sipping from a real lemon!

Michelle S said...

If this actually works, it is genius. But what if you get one of those bum oranges that is all... dry? That would be sad.

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Melissa said...

Wow! A blast from the past. Our grandmother used to take a peppermint stick (old fashioned candy cane) and stick it in an orange for us. We would suck out the juice through the stick (or around it really) and the peppermint / orange juice combo was really tasty. Then after we had "juiced" the orange, we would peel it and eat it. Not the healthiest snack, but it sure was good!

Jennifer said...

This is so cool! I love the vintage packaging. I must try it!

Desi McKinnon said...

i grew up with these. i used to make huge sticky messes with them. i always seemed to get over zealous for the juice and split my orange.

Wendy said...

Omg- I have to try this! Imagine it with fresh grapefruit!

Elena said...

I remember these commercials:)!!!

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etoilee8 said...

Mine was a big old fail.

Tayler Gaffney said...

I still use mine! I love it.

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Shani said...

I remember when I was in elementary school we would try to jab our straws inside in the orange. Most of the time the straw broke, or we managed to get it in and got a total one sip, LOL!

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Stefania said...

ooo i am craving citrus right now

Anonymous said...

I used to have whilst growing up in south africa, what a blast from the past!

Angela Brinkley said...

Yes! It absolutely works. We had a couple when I was growing up. My mom used to order a couple crates of oranges from the high school band fundraiser every year (it's kind of strange, since we live in NC and not FA). One year, the fruit was delivered, and my sister and I had drunk every single orange dry by the time my mom got home from work. My mom was livid and she threw our citrus sippers away. My sister and I still laugh about it! Our mouths were raw for a week from all of that acid : )

Kristen Eleni Shellenbarger said...

Ha! I totally had that as a kid growing up. I remember wanting it to work better than it did. It may depend on orange, but it was fun anyway. :)

lostintravels said...

We used to have those as kids! They were sold at a small orange stand by my grandparents place in Florida.
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JoKnows said...

Never tried it. Seems like a fantastic idea though! Especially with the warm weather!

David Pascht said...

i like that!! i wanna buy that..

Kiley Kate said...

My mom bought a few on a family trip down to Florida and I think I'm the only one that enjoyed using them! They're so much fun but so difficult to get all the juice out. The trick is to roll the orange around in your hands to get it a little gushy first.

Rashmi said...

LOL... Am so reminded of Joey (on FRIENDS) as the guy-who-can't-open-the-milk-carton infomercial. They showed a similar product for milk cartons.

Anna said...

In some of the countries in Africa I've lived in they do something similar - cut the very top off an orange and then drink. Because of the internal structure it takes quite a bit of kneading with our hands to release all the juice, but it's definitely worth it! I guess this thing would work in a similar way...

sweet harvest moon said...

Want! Where could we find it?

Michele said...

No way! Does this really work?

Carol said...

Such cute idea i love it No need to use juice extractor now

Helen said...

Growing up, the end of the orange season was all about squeezy oranges, as kids we couldn't wait for that time of the year to come fast enough. We never had such a device though, it was always just a case of rolling the orange hard on the bench top/driveway/table/hand etc to release the juice and then a circle cut of the top and a few digs of the knife into the flesh. If you were really good you would cut that circle out just right and the central pith would come out at the same time. Then you would just suck and squeeze away.

The only condition that my mother had was that you had to eat the orange afterwards. Which was normally achieved by just ripping down the peel from the sucking hole to create four or five "petals".

I still eat oranges this way at the end of the season when they are really juicy. I find I make a lot less mess this way then segmenting the orange.

Bridget McNulty said...

We had these as kids! I wonder where they ended up... Such a fun way to eat oranges!

Nina said...

here is the modern japanese version: http://www.geekologie.com/2012/02/magic-citrus-fruit-juicer-makes-juice-in.php

Fai said...

Omg. I want one!

flyer printing said...

Oh My Gosh. This is so cool. This will make our life easier. No more squeezing and juicing oranges. lol

Lamb411 said...

I have something similar to the citrus sipper to extract lemon juice out of lemons. It is a cool invention for sure.

Jesse said...

so cute!

Lindsey said...

What a great idea... But how much juice could you really get out of it? It'd be fun to try!

Jillian@TheHumbleGourmet said...

That's very cool! I wonder if it would work for juicing lemons and limes for recipes?

CamMi Pham said...

Interesting idea i don't know if this is going to work well.

I still prefer my juice in a glass
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Michelle Glauser said...

There are peppermint candy straws that you can stick into oranges and the combined flavor is just fabulous.

Anonymous said...

i had them as a child. they KINDA worked, you wouldn't get most of the juice out, but they were still fun.

Victoria said...

omg I want that straw!!

Amy Hill said...

I had one of these as a kid! They are so much fun - the only issue is that the pulp tends to clog things up. The best part is smushing the orange to get the juice going. What a fun find, Joanna!

Krista said...

Yes! These do work! I, too, had one as a child and LOVED it. I've been keeping my out for them for a while now to no avail, so glad you posted it. You'll have to give one a try!

Krista said...

I loved this so much I'm re-blogging it, with credit of course!

Leigh-Anne said...

They work brilliantly! We used them all the time as kids, the trick is to put the orange on the floor and roll it under you feet with a bit of pressure (not enough to split the skin though!), this pops all the juice cells inside releasing their deliciousness! THEN you stick in the sipper in and squeeze! We really used to enjoy them as kinds :)

phoebe marie said...

I'd completely forgotten about these, but my grandmother had them at her house in Florida when I was a kid. I hated to eat oranges, but LOVED to drink them through those little guy! So cool! Now I want one again.

chelsea said...

Haha! Love this:)

chelsea said...

Haha! Love this:)

Anonymous said...

OMG!! Totally had one of these when I was a kid! Is completely legit...works like a charm!

Anonymous said...

These were a staple of growing up when I lived in Florida as a kid...I think we had a Tupperware variation. They work fabulously, though I think you should definitely roll it around a bit first like Leigh-Anne suggested...it's like sucking a shake if you don't. ;)

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Emily said...

My mom decided she could stand to part with one of hers when I asked for it. We had them growing up and they were so fun, now my son is getting to fun out of it too! Best part is when you've gotten all he juice you can out of it, by that time the skin has split & you can just crack open the orange & eat the rest!

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It is good method to take orange juice but I am happy with my brand juicer breville bje200xl. It is noise free juicer and its provide me the best quality juice.
Thanks for this new idea.

MomBlog said...

I grew up in FL in the 70s and we used these. I'd love to find them again!

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