Uses for Tang Drink Mix

By Samantha Herman

You have come across that container of Tang that has been hiding in the back of your pantry. You could always follow the instructions on the package and just add some water, but that sounds very uninspired when you consider the many things that you could do with that Tang.

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Cleaning Your Dishwasher

Tang has high levels of citric acid, which makes it bad for your tooth enamel but good for cleaning your dishwasher. When the dishwasher is empty, fill the detergent slot with a two tablespoons of Tang and run the dishwasher as you normally would. Water contains minerals that build up in the machine and need to be cleared out periodically to ensure that they do not gunk up the heating element. Tang does an exceptional job of eliminating those mucky minerals, according to Joey Green's "Wacky Uses for Brand Name Products."

Creamsicle Drink

If you used to buy Creamsicles from the ice cream man on hot sunny days, this drink will remind you of the carefree summers of your youth. In a clean jar with a matching lid, mix one part Tang, one part powdered milk, and two parts instant vanilla pudding. Stir thoroughly and then put two heaping tablespoons of the mix into a drinking glass. Fill the glass with cold water and sip slowly as you reflect on the good old days.

Tang Pie

Tang Pie has the same nostalgic flavors of the Creamsicle Drink, but makes a better showing when you serve dessert to your dinner guests. Mix 3/4 cup Tang, 16 ounces sour cream, 8 ounces Cool Whip, and 1 can of sweetened condensed milk in a large mixing bowl. Pour the contents of the bowl into 2 graham cracker pie crusts. Cover the pies with plastic wrap and put them in the refrigerator. Chill the pies for two hours before you serve them.

Russian Tea

Put 1/2 cup instant tea powder, 2 cups Tang, 3 ounces instant lemonade mix, 3/4 cup white sugar, 1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon, 1/2 teaspoon ground allspice, and 1/4 teaspoon ground cloves in a large bowl. Stir the mixture thoroughly and pour it into a large jar with a lid. Keep the jar of Russian Tea Mix in your pantry until you crave a hot drink. Then just add 2 or 3 teaspoons of the mixture to a mug full of boiling water.

Tang Cocktails

Tang is surprisingly versatile and pairs well with tequila, rum, vodka or wildberry schnapps. This orange drink mix is a critical component of every well-stocked bar.