It's closing time for a once iconic drink.
Just one calorie! Amazing, back then.
Yes, Tab was an acquired taste, but once you acquired it, you were a fan. Or at least I was. I drank it through at least 1986, mainly because my employer in Arkansas (one of our fringe benefits) gave us free coffee, tea or soda (either diet or non-diet), all we wanted, during the work day. The diet soda was Tab, and I grew to love the undertone of bitterness.
But after I left Arkansas, I also left Tab.
Over the years, Tab became harder to get, but a local supermarket here in the Southern Tier did carry it from time to time. Now, especially (I suspect) due to the pandemic, many companies are trimming their offerings. Tab is one of the brands that will disappear.
I won't be surprised if it returns later, though. I note that many feel that artificial sweeteners are bad for you, and this post will not discuss that controversy. For the record, currently, Tab is (or, soon, was) sweetened with aspartame and saccharin.
Saccharin, itself, has memories for me. I remember my Dad, who was diagnosed with type 2 diabetes in his late 40's (just around the time Tab came out, in fact) sweetening his coffee with saccharin, which came in tablet form back then.
Here's a final toast to Tab:
Closing Time (with apologies to The Weather Channel, a channel that played this song during their news spot on Tab today).