As I pointed out yesterday, the vast majority of novel soda flavors come out of Pepsi Co, which seems to be competing with itself to produce newer and weirder flavors every season. Today let’s look at a few more recent Pepsi concoctions.
Azuki, or red beans, are a common staple in a lot of Japanese food. They are used in a number of Japanese foods, including traditional Japanese sweets, red rice, and modern deserts as well. They’re very popular as tea sweets, and they are often squished into a kind of jam or paste and used as a spread or a filling. Unsurprisingly, Pepsi Azuki was pretty good! Like Pepsi Shiso, they managed to find a unique and delicious combination with this one, and a lot of my friends say this was their favorite strange soda that they found in Japan. The taste of the azuki beans was there, and the sweetness of the soda wasn’t so overpowering either, as it was in yesterday’s examples. It’s too bad that this was only a one-season drink.
Pepsi Mont Blanc
Pepsi Mont Blanc is far too sweet. The taste was actually pretty accurate. It tasted just like mont blanc, a kind of dessert made from roasted chestnuts and whipped cream.
The problem with this one is volume. Mont blanc is fine as a one- or two-bite morsel of dessert. It does not work at all in 500-ml servings, particularly when you are trying to parch your thirst. This could probably find success as a tiny-sized dessert drink instead.
Mont blanc plus cola just seems like a weird combination to me. I’ve mentioned how over-sweetness has ruined many of these sodas. It’s so far been one of the biggest flaws I’ve seen in a lot of original soda flavors. Super-sweet dessert mixed with super-sweet beverage, all in a country which is known for producing not-very-sweet sweets. Most Japanese people find American cakes and snacks far too sugary for their tastes, so why Pepsi would come up with a drink that combines two of the sweetest things available is beyond me.
Salty Watermelon was pretty gross. I don’t know anyone who puts salt on a watermelon, but if you do, please stop. That’s not how watermelons are supposed to taste. And nobody wants to drink a beverage that tastes like salt water brewed with sugar and artificial watermelon flavor.
Pepsi White, on the other hand was delicious. Anyone who has had Calpis or other brands of yogurt drink will know what I am talking about. Cool, refreshing, and with an interesting combination of flavors, it was very good. Of course, it’s technically not a very “new” flavor, as this kind of yogurt drink has been popular in Japan for a long time. This is just Pepsi’s answer to Calpis soda, which has been growing in popularity.
Pepsi Pink was pretty similar to white, except it for it had an additional strawberry flavor added to it. “Strawberry milk” was trending as a snack flavor at the time this one came out, and it seems like every snack company came out with a strawberry milk flavored something-or-other. Like the mont blanc soda, strawberry milk is another one of those flavors that tastes delicious in a cake or in small quantities, but not so delicious when served in 500-ml bottled form.
Do you have a sweet tooth? Do you dump sugar packets in your soda at the diner? Or do you prefer slightly less saccharine flavors? Let us know in the comments! And stay tuned for more Japanese sodas tomorrow!