McDonald's brings back cult favorite Hi-C Orange Lavaburst. Orange you glad?

The drink had a place on the menu starting in 1955, before McDonald's removed it in 2017.

Gael Fashingbauer Cooper
CNET freelancer Gael Fashingbauer Cooper, a journalist and pop-culture junkie, is co-author of "Whatever Happened to Pudding Pops? The Lost Toys, Tastes and Trends of the '70s and '80s," as well as "The Totally Sweet '90s." If Marathon candy bars ever come back, she'll be first in line.
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The orange drink was replaced with Sprite Tropic Berry in 2017.


Need something to wash down that McRib sandwich? Hi-C Orange Lavaburst is returning to McDonald's menus. It's coming to some restaurants this month, the company said in a statement Wednesday, and it will be available in all participating US locations by June. The cult favorite beverage had been a McDonald's menu staple since 1955, but the company replaced it with Sprite Tropic Berry in 2017. 

The drink's removal from the menu made many unhappy, with fans signing petitions and complaining about the change on social media. The company seemed to relish the announcement, tweeting an entire joke employee presentation showing a slideshow urging the company to bring the drink back.

Fans approved of the menu addition. One Twitter user used a snippet from The Weeknd's Super Bowl halftime performance to illustrate, "Me running to McDonald's to get a Hi-C."

Beginning Feb. 15, fans of the drink can check a special McDonald's webpage to find a nearby location serving the drink.