Whether you prefer Coke or Pepsi really doesn’t matter in this day and age. The soda market is flooded with variants by the two giants and lesser known companies that are trying to penetrate consumers’ refrigerators. But no matter you preference, any soda drinker can agree that these flavors that Pepsi put out are downright awful. From the classic Crystal Pepsi fiasco to the more recent Pepsi Jazz, prepare to be amazed and surprised at products marketing executives actually thought would work out.
The drink was distributed by Suntory. The label design, which adorns a transparent bottle, is predominantly white and looks fit for the festive market.
The Japan Marketing News article suggests that “a deeper, more memorable flavour” would have been more appropriate taking into consideration the time of year and the traditional spike in the consumption of sweet products.
Pepsi Ice Cucumber
While the bottle clearly describes it as “combination” of cucumber and cola, there just isn’t much cola flavor to it. The drink takes on a somewhat sweet and fruity flavor, but the artificial cucumber flavor is noticeable, in my opinion. It’s interesting for a few sips, but then the artificial cucumber aftertaste kicks in, making it pretty nasty. At the supermarket I went to, there was a huge dent in the Ice Cucumber display, which probably meant a lot of people bought a few bottles because of the novelty/hype. It will be interesting to see if its popularity lasts…
Pepsi Blue Hawaii
Pepsi is up to it’s old tricks again. It seems like the world’s second most popular softdrink wants to make a tradition of releasing a limited edition ‘weird’ flavour every summer. Perhaps they felt following with another vegetable flavour was too predictable, so they went back to those slightly boring fruity flavours.
My first though upon picking up a bottle at my supermarket was that there really aren’t enough deep blue, tongue-staining softdrinks in the world. Unfortunately that was the last semi-positive thought I was to have about it.
A caffeine, sugar and artificial sweetener-free Pepsi only sold in Germany, Italy and Spain.
Pepsi Summer Mix
Pepsi with tropical fruit flavors. Released in early Spring of 2007, and was discontinued Fall to Winter of 2007. Was available in limited areas only; was a big hit for the northeastern United States.
A “Tropical Flavoured Cola” containing the flavors Mango & Tamarind, distributed in Australia. It was released in Australia in the 3rd Quarter of 2005 and was expected to be in production for a limited time only. Many people did not like the taste.
Pepsi Fire and Ice
Pepsi Fire and Pepsi Ice were introduced recently in Asian countries such as Singapore (see photo), and Mexico. Fans have reported being barred from bringing the products in to the United States, but some die-hards sneak the new hot fire and cold ice drinks across the border.
Pepsi Holiday Spice
Pepsi Holiday Spice, a limited-edition soda that will only be available during the holiday season. It is regular Pepsi infused with cinnamon and ginger flavors. It tastes more like nutmeg and cloves to me, but what do I know? The soda definitely has a different and unique flavor, and kind of conveys that “holiday” feeling. It is quite drinkable, but the novelty doesn’t go very far. The spices are pretty mild, and after drinking most of the 20-ounce bottle, the spice flavor was much less noticeable. A stronger spice flavor would really get people’s attention and make the soda something to talk about. Instead, it will probably be quickly forgotten.
Crystal Pepsi was a caffeine-free soft drink made by PepsiCo from 1992 to 1993 in the United States, Canada, and for a short time in Australia. Crystal Pepsi was sold for a longer time in Europe.
Diet Pepsi Jazz
It’s a brand of soda made by the Pepsi company in 2006. The name was first recommended to Pepsi Co. by a student, Chip Boyle, who called the company and left a suggestion for the company’s marketing campaign to “have more jazz, something like ‘Pepsi Jazz’”. It is a specifically named variant of Pepsi’s popular Diet Pepsi product, combining several different flavors.There are currently three different kinds available: Jazz with Black Cherry and French Vanilla, Jazz with Strawberries and Cream, and Caramel Cream.
Pepsi Twist is a lemon flavored cola, marketed by PepsiCo as an alternative to regular Pepsi.