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Is there any more info on why NASA used Tang, for how long, etc? —Preceding unsigned comment added by Nick Precision (talkcontribs) 03:43, June 6, 2005

I added all the historical information I know about Tang. Both the quote from the (an) engineer working for NASA and its relation to the GEMINI project. The sources were cited from NASA's spin off website and the History channel. I also sent NASA an email asking about the historical accuracy, and they did not respond yet. They probably think I am a space cadet! Steven Viemeister - rtisbute 02:23, 6 June 2007 (UTC)


tang + methadone? got a link? i wish to read that. —Preceding unsigned comment added by (talkcontribs) 11:13, June 29, 2005

containers and packaging[edit]

Can anyone comment on the changes in the packaging and containers since its begining? I miss the classic stuff =) —Preceding unsigned comment added by (talkcontribs) 01:32, September 25, 2005

origin of name[edit]

I'd like to know how they chose the name.

Maya —Preceding unsigned comment added by (talkcontribs) 17:36, January 29, 2006

perhaps after the fish called a tang - it is very brightly colored

it's tangy

In Chinese, Tang means sugar or sweet/sweets.

Tang as a global brand[edit]

Tang is extremely popular in Latin America, Southeast Asia and in other parts of the world. Tang, along with Boca, Oreo, Maxwell House, Milka, Toblerone, Nabisco, Oscar Mayer and Kraft, are being established by Kraft Foods as global brands, even though some of them are global brands alrealdy. Tang is building up in third world countries where juice powder is cheap and it is a major source of certain vitamins and minerals for folk in those countries. Even though Crystal Light leads in the U.S., Tang is number one in the world. - Obin 3391 14:58, 5 February 2006 (UTC)

The Tang monkey[edit]

Does anyone remember that Tang monkey in the commercials? I kinda liked him. —Preceding unsigned comment added by Mr. Kool (talkcontribs) 14:54, February 5, 2006

Actually, i just saw the Tang Monkey in the packaging. That's cute! - Obin 3391 14:01, 7 February 2006 (UTC)

I'm pretty sure it's an orangutan (orangutang), not a monkey. —Preceding unsigned comment added by (talk) 19:29, 7 October 2007 (UTC)

On Kraft's "Tang History" page, it says "With an orangutan as it’s “spokescharacter,” Tang is relaunched with a bold new advertising campaign" in 1995. Not sure if this has a place in the article. —Preceding unsigned comment added by (talk) 20:22, 7 October 2007 (UTC)

State drink[edit]

What is the source of the information about Tang being the state drink of Hawaii? With a quick google search I only found Wikipedia mirrors and sites using Wikipedia as their source. No doubt state legislatures have declared many stranger things, but it seems curious to me that a specific brand name product would be made a state beverage unless it is the particular product of that state. -- Infrogmation 16:33, 13 April 2006 (UTC)

Seems to have been added to the list of state drinks in this edit by an anon whose only other editing was blatant vandalism. Unless some reliable confirmation can be found, I suggest this bit of "trivia" be removed. -- Infrogmation 16:41, 13 April 2006 (UTC)
I've removed it pending some sort of confirmation. -- Infrogmation 21:24, 15 April 2006 (UTC)


Tang was actually developed by the folks at Sunkist, Horton Swisher and Manley Cole to name two. It was originally called Perma-Stable, probably because of its long shelf life - appropriate for fallout shelters, a big concern in the 50s. Sunkist turned around and sold it to General Foods, who marketed under the Tang name. —Preceding unsigned comment added by (talkcontribs) 11:24, September 13, 2006

about new tang[edit]

I am regular user of tang Mango flavored it was really very good dring as it was different to taste from any other mango drink.but recently introduced NEW TASTE mango flavore is really very bad so please do make note of this —Preceding unsigned comment added by (talkcontribs) 04:42, October 9, 2006

That is an opinion. Unless a reputable source -- like a major newspaper -- publishes some sort of fact-checked article about how 90% of Tang's customers say it is very bad, or something of that type, then it remains an opinion. Encyclopedias do not usually have opinions in them. Cheers. (talk) 15:25, 6 November 2009 (UTC)

Cultural References[edit]

I don't have details to make a proper reference, but I remember Tang being frequently mentioned on The Chris Isaak Show. Does anyone have a satisfactory source to include that in this article? —Preceding unsigned comment added by Wilhelm meis (talkcontribs) 14:24, January 9, 2007

I am also sure it has been used in The Simpsons, but I cannot for the life of me remember a specific quote/episode.

Methadone and Tang[edit]

I changed the methadone and tang section to be about Philadelphia as I found some sources for that (I'm sure Canada and most big cities did the same, and I think still do). The sources were not easily accesisble (university library archives), so I transcribed them and put them on if someone wants to write a bit more about it.

Koala man 19:35, 11 January 2007 (UTC)

New Tang[edit]

I came here after noticing that Tang now uses artificial sweeteners. The package is very deceptive since it does not state this anywhere except the ingredients section, which must be intentional. I am guessing a lot of people would not buy if they knew up front, and I wonder if many people even look at the ingredients list (all the way down a block of fine print) to see what has changed.

The article mentions the new formula, but something needs to be said about the way it was changed. This is like the "New Coke" fiasco without the marketing promotion. An American icon has been changed and they did it on the sly. —Preceding unsigned comment added by (talkcontribs) 07:31, May 10, 2007

What sort of changes did you have in mind? Feel free to make them (or suggest them here), I'll watch and do any necessary editing after the fact. I was more concerned when Tang disappeared from the shelves of my grocery store than the addition of artificial sweeteners. Making mention of the first use (presumably?) of artificial sweeteners in non-sugar free tang makes sense, as long as it is phrased in a neutral point of view. --GargoyleMT 17:27, 10 May 2007 (UTC)

Exactly! I bought a containter of Tang recently and then discovered its mediocre flavor due to the artificial sweeteners I was not expecting it to have. Also the article says "a new version of Tang". Do they still make the classic Tang too or is it gone? —Preceding unsigned comment added by (talk) 19:36, 7 October 2007 (UTC)

38 Flavors[edit]

Can anyone give a citation for that number? It would be good to include a comprehensive list of all present (and perhaps past) Tang flavors. I know of about a dozen in Brazil but can't seem to find a full list anywhere on the internet.Tvindy 03:19, 4 December 2007 (UTC)

I, too, would like to see a list of the flavors, and particularly the general regions where they can be found. I have only ever seen Orange Tang; I found several flavors online while hunting for info about the new Sucralose version (sneaky! I hope they take a hint and put up a WARNING label), but the site that purports to locate stores that stock them can't find anything within 25 miles of my zip code (near Everett, Washington). Do I have to buy them online? Are they available to people in, say, New York? I think this would be useful information for this page. Also it would be a cultural eye-opener to see which flavors are available only outside the U.S., e.g., do they have cactus-flavored drink or hot-peppers-flavored drink or something? Kilyle (talk) 23:07, 12 January 2008 (UTC)
Here in Brazil I have seen Tang in the following flavors: pineapple, passionfruit, cashew, strawberry, lime, orange, grape, guava, mango, peach, and tangerine. Also, for a brief period, there were flavor combinations (like mango-pineapple), but I think those have been discontinued. Tvindy (talk)
I remember Grape Tang from when I was a kid (early-mid 1970s.) It tasted great but left a weird residue in your mouth. —Preceding unsigned comment added by (talk) 03:43, 4 January 2009 (UTC)
In Florida and Georgia Strawberry/banana and strawberry/black(or blue)berry were on the shelves until recently. They were vastly superior to orange tang. (talk) 16:56, 18 May 2008 (UTC)
Two more Brazilian flavors are cajá and graviola. Here is a news article that mentions them: [1] Here are pics of some other flavors: [2] Tvindy (talk) 17:40, 11 June 2008 (UTC)

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The article says that Grape flavour Tang has not been available in the US for some decades, but (happily enough), I found it for sale on! Check it out: [User talk:JulesVerne|talk]]) 08:34, 24 April 2009 (BST) —Preceding unsigned comment added by JulesVerne (talkcontribs)

I've removed the reference from the lead of the article; I'd suggest that it would be better in the History section, with a reference of some sort beyond the Amazon link - Amazon's not a great source. Tony Fox (arf!) 04:20, 30 April 2009 (UTC)


The 'overview' mentions some of the ingredients, but the list is mostly nutritional information. I came to the page hoping to find a description of what the powdery mixture actually contains (it is not sold in this country) maybe someone could add that? Also possibly a brief description of the manafacturing process? —Preceding unsigned comment added by (talk) 23:55, 10 May 2009 (UTC)

New formulation?[edit]

Article may need an update.

Bought a jar of orange Tang this week (Sept 2009, in USA). This jar contains 20 oz which makes 6 quarts. Previous jar contained 12.3 oz which made 8 quarts. New instructions call for using 2 tablespoons (not teaspoons as on previous jar) to make one 8-ounce serving.

The following ingredients were on ingredient list on previous jar, but are not on ingredient list on new jar (taken out of new formula):


The following ingredients are on ingredient list on new jar, but were not on ingredient list on old jar (added to new formula):

Sodium acid pyrophosphate; Artificial flavor

TaxAcc0untant (talk) 00:27, 13 September 2009 (UTC)

Yeah, this is kind of odd. My understanding of this situation is this: The company made a new, artificially sweetened Tang, and for some reason at the same time completely dumped the old version so that we couldn't find it anywhere for sale. My family dropped Tang like a hot rock. Then, a few months ago, my mom spotted the old giant cannister in a store somewhere, and noted that it did not have artificial sweeteners, but just sugar. So we've been buying it for several months now, one giant thing at a time. It's 4 lbs. 8 ounces of Tang and we go through it in a couple weeks.

Anyawy, I am thrilled to have it available again, because I thought Tang was lost to us forever. We do not drink artificial sweeteners in our house; they taste horrible and we are unsure as to their safety over the long haul. And from looking online, we learned that we weren't the only ones who were ready to riot over the loss of sugar-Tang. But I'm glad it's back; I would like to know specific information about why it went away, why it's back, and whether it's sticking around, if any of that is available. Kilyle (talk) 09:00, 21 November 2009 (UTC)

I was solely drinking Tang until they went back to their old formula. I don't care about the sugar either way, but why should I bother drinking it now that it has lost most of its nutrients? Tang will never get a solid foothold in the US as long as Kraft keeps jerking its customers around. If they provided a tasty vitamin enriched drink to us like they did the rest of the world, they would be great. Everyone I had try the mixed berry tang, that was shortly available, loved it. They could have won back their market with it. (talk) 05:34, 22 November 2009 (UTC) usemasper

Vandalisaton On Revision as of 05:14, 3 May 2016[edit]

Since When Did Aldrin Says He Likess Tang? — Preceding unsigned comment added by (talk) 22:23, 14 May 2016 (UTC)

Poon tang? Really?[edit]

The first sentence in the article seems unnecessary: "Tang is a fruit-flavored drink, and should not be confused with poon-tang." I'd simply change it, but changing things on Wikipedia seems to make you people angry every time. --2602:30A:2EA5:D9A0:21B:63FF:FE16:E923 (talk) 18:02, 12 October 2016 (UTC)

Ever tasted poon-tang? Reminds me of canned tuna broth. — Preceding unsigned comment added by 2601:CE:C003:F600:954E:E9A9:8797:952C (talk) 05:05, 1 February 2017 (UTC)

Nutrition Info[edit]

This article needs information on the nutritional value of Tang. Bod (talk) 02:30, 31 July 2018 (UTC)

120 calories[edit]

Unit "calorie" has double meaning. I propose to use "kilocalories", "kcal" or "Calories" (capital C). (talk) 20:02, 28 July 2019 (UTC)