Where can I buy Faygo?

Finding Faygo locations can be a treasure hunt, even in the Detroit area, where the stuff is made.

One of the best places I have found has been the Value Center Marketplace at 27428 Six Mile Road, Livonia, MI 48152. I was tipped off during a Faygo Book presentation at the Redford District Library.

Not only did the store have a great variety, it had great prices. I bought 2-liters for a buck. The store had 12-packs of cans as well as singles in the 20- and 24-once sizes. Just look at this beautiful Wall of Faygo.

You can see a list of more than 100 Faygo flavors over the years in “The Faygo Book.”

Making a Faygo bar or party popup

A man in a red and white striped jacket stands next to dozens of bottle and cans of Faygo laid out on a table so people could try samples.
A Faygo pop bar set up for a “Faygo Book” talk at the Historical Socity of Michigan’s Local History conference on March 22. Photo by Kendall Wingrove.

You got me. I went a little over the top today with my popup for the Historical Society of Michigan’s Local History Conference.

Blame my excitement over being invited to speak about “The Faygo Book.” The Local History Conference generally attracts speakers or panels in the meting rooms and vendors and merchandise int the open areas. A tabletop Faygo popup brings the color of vendor samples into the lectures.

It started simply enough with a few bottles here and a 12-pack there.

Here’s what it takes to build your own Faygo popup:

  • Start with a tablecloth and then napkins in Faygo colors. These are rainbow napkins, which saved me from sorting solid, colorful the napkins to make rainbows.
  • The base is a pyramid of 12-packs in the back to give the popup some height. I used three here, but you could us more or make the ends the high points. Top the pyramid with bottles. I used a 2 1/2-liter that you can sometimes find at dollar stores for $1. It’s the biggest Faygo bottle I know of these days.
  • If you have signs, they are your background. These signs came to me from Mike Skinner, who rescued them from restoration efforts at the old Ford Motor plant on Piquette.
  • Use 2-liter bottles in as many flavors as you can find for a back row. Mix up the colors and include diet  for those who prefer it. Faygo has great diet redpop, rock ‘n’ rye, grape, orange and root beer.
  • In front of this backdrop, mix up 24-once and 20-once bottles with 12-ounce cans. Put the smallest ons in front, and mix the colors.
  • Some six-packs of glass-bottle Faygos brings in some horizontal massing and big Faygo logos. Have a bottle opener on hand.
  • Put out rainbow napkins. I added green slips with suggested Faygo flights, but would have liked red more.
  • Make the effort to get cups in Faygo colors. These paper cups came from Party City and can be recycled.
  • Sprinkle brightly colored drinking straws over everything. I wanted paper straws, but settled for plastic.
  • Put ice off to the side. I put one cooler of ice cubes on top of another cooler to bring it up to table level without crowding it onto the table.
  • Have a bag or box available for recycling or returning the empties.
  • Invite your guests to help themselves to a Faygo. They will not need instructions of a second invitation.

 

 

 

Faygo cupcakes contest is a taste test

I presented “The Faygo Book” program at the library in Lapeer, Michgan, recently and encountered an ingenious taste test. Patrons were challenged to taste three Faygo-infused cupcakes and to guess the flavors. Three possibilities were offered for each kind of cupcake:

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Guess the Faygo Flavor

There are more than 50 Faygo flavored pops. Taste one of each cupcake to guess the flavor. To help you narrow it down, we have given you 3 choices for each cupcake.

Red cupcake
Candy apple
Rock & Rye
Redpop

Green cupcake
Moon Mist
Arctic Sun
60/40

Tan cupcake
Twist
Ginger ale
Creme soda

I gave the contest winners an “F:” the best letter grade under the Faygo grading system. I gave the librarians a gold star for creativity.

Faygo and cupcakes go way back. As “The Faygo Book” recounts, Faygo got its start when Perry Feigenson, who had owned a bakery in Detroit and his brother, Ben, turned cake frosting recipes into grape, strawberry and fruit punch pop.

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Rotarians buy Faygo at $5 a pop

Man stands at table arranging colorful bottles of Faygo pop
Larry P. Neal, Library Director of the Clinton-Macomb Public Library and president of the Rotary Club of Mount Clemens.

I had the pleasure of joining the Rotary Club of Mount Clemens for lunch March 14 and was serenaded.

I had no idea there were  “singing Rotary Clubs.” There apparently are a lot of them. They had a keyboardist at the meeting, they sang after the Pledge of Allegiance, they welcomed me in song, they Happy-Birthdayed a visiting Rotarian and they sang some classics and some Rotary special from songbooks out on all the tables.

They took right to “The Faygo Boat Song,” which is usually how I end my talks about “The Faygo Book.”

Rotarians are fervent fundraisers. Members chip in when they have good news to share, to note each others’ good deeds with corsages and when they are “fined” for transgressions. They have a 50-50 raffle.

Larry Neal, president of the Mount Clemens Rotary Club, brought Faygo in the throwback glass bottles and auctioned them off to raise money.

Neal is also director of the Clinton-Macomb Public Library system, to which I am indebted. I was set to speak at the Clinton-Macomb Library, and Kate Brown, Adult Non-Fiction/Local History specialist, told me Faygo was donating pop and giveaways for the talk. I called to thank Faygo Marketing Director Dawn Burch, which opened the door for me to give her a copy of “The Faygo Book.” That led to Faygo buying 300 copies to give to employees for the holidays. Brown also put out the word on the librarian grapevine and that has led to many speaking invitations.