Red Raspberry was freshly plucked from the Bonne Bell berry patch in 1976 shortly after the success of its cousin Wild Raspberry. In original .60 oz., biggy size, the raspberry red tube and screw cap weren't the only flawless attributes of Red Raspberry, the flavor and formula sealed the deal for this just over four decades old favorite.
There’s no doubt Bonne Bell was the queen of making so many berry delicious flavors over the decades following their first flavor ever created, Strawberry, in 1973. The original 70’s line introduced many iconic Lip Smacker flavors that stayed in the line for decades to come including the cult favorite Red Raspberry.
Red Raspberry proved to be one of Bonne Bell's most succulent Smackers to date. Imagine the flavor of the most ripe and plump red raspberry freshly picked off the bush on the perfect summer day. Bonne Bell captured just that making it a true Lip Smacker. Not only was the flavor juicy but the formula imparted the perfect berry tinted shine with every use. One of the original Smackers to leave behind color that also doubled as the perfect lipstick for many.
|A few Red Raspberry labels from 1976 through 2015
Red Raspberry stayed in the Lip Smacker family through most of Bonne Bell's ownership (along with Wild Raspberry) and was offered as a single and was also included in trios and the keychain-capped six pack Cherries, Berries 'n more in the 90's. Sadly Red Raspberry was retired shortly before the brand was sold in 2015. Through out the four decades it was available it became a favorite to many and saw quite a few label changes along the way and even donned some limited edition packaging as you can see above. After Wild Raspberry and Red Raspberry became instant stapes, Bonne Bell introduced many other juicy raspberry concoctions throughout the years like Raspberry Sherbet (1978) and much later Raspberry Chocolate (1994), Raspberry Ribbon Candy (holiday 2001), Raspberry Peach (2001) and Raspberry Melon (2008) among countless liquid glosses like the Razzleberry Roll-on Shiner, Raspberry Orbit Lip Sparkler and Raspberry Angel Cake Sponge-on Layered Cake which I will all eventually review on here.
|Marketing pamphlet for the mini bonus promotion with purchase of a regular (biggy) size featuring Red Raspberry from 1978