https://the-soda.fandom.com/wiki/Crystal_Pepsi?oldid=3217. Tony Merevick is Cities News Editor at Thrillist and has officially had way too much soda for at least 18 months. Crystal Pepsi, which was on the market from 1992-1993, was possibly Pepsi's most famous weird release. ), Crystal Pepsi stands on its own as a cola. Pepsi Kona, a coffee-flavored cola which was test-marketed in Philadelphia from 1996 to 1997. It seems to be a blend of Pepsi and iced coffee. And we were pretty surprised. A large marketing campaign was launched, for which the company invented the world's first photo-realistic, computer-generated bus wrap printing. In October 2016, Pepsi rereleased the drink in the United States again for a limited time exclusively on Amazon.com through its Prime Pantry service, sold in 8 packs. "The flavor is based on the Japanese fruit 'mikan' which is typically called a Japanese orange," the product's description says. But all things considered, well, none of these detract from the flavor. Pepsi Gold – white sapote flavor is sold in Japan, Germany, Finland, and Central Europe. It even made a recent but limited comeback due to popular demand. Flavorings can compensate for flavor loss during processing, substitute for ingredients, lower production costs and increase shelf stability. Pepsi finally brought the alarmingly clear cola back, lacking preservatives and artificial colors. Pepsi returned several months later with a reformulated citrus-cola hybrid called Crystal From Pepsi, but that was short-lived as well. Crystal Pepsi is a variant of Pepsi which is clear in color, similar to Tab Clear. In response to thousands of Tweets, e-mails, YouTube videos, and Facebook messages, Crystal Pepsi returned to North American store shelves for a limited time in the summer of 2016 and its comeback was met with much rejoicing (and hoarding)! If you start seeing people walking around drinking Crystal Pepsi, don't freak out. Although initial sales were good, it quickly fizzled and was discontinued in 1993. This page is about Pepsi, and its other divisions discontinued brands and flavors that was released in some part of a month within the year that they released it, that they meant to be a permanent addition to their line up, but the sales about the flavor, popularity, and the branding about the soda started to fail, and then discontinued for a while after the soda's release. Crystal Pepsi was an effort by Pepsi to reslice the soda market’s pie chart. After sipping Crystal Pepsi and regular Pepsi side by side, it's immediately crystal clear that the new stuff lacks the same level of carbonation as the original, seemingly impacting what you taste. If you pound several Pepsis every day, you'll probably enjoy the similar super-sweet cola flavors of Crystal Pepsi without feeling like you've settled for less. In 2005, a new clear Pepsi was sold in Mexico as Pepsi Clear for a limited time. Sign up here for our daily Thrillist email, and get your fix of the best in food/drink/fun. On November 1, 2016, Pepsi announced that the drink would be making the third return for 2017. Crystal Pepsi is a Pepsi cola flavor that was first test-marketed in early 1992 in 5 cities such as Denver, Sacramento, Dallas, Providence, and Grand Rapids. Pleased with the results, PepsiCo began to sell the cola nationwide in December of that year. As the Superbowl hit half-time, Pepsi unveiled its latest addition to the cola family — Crystal Pepsi. Crystal from Pepsi: Discontinued (non-cola) citrus-flavored reformulation of Crystal Pepsi. Stay tuned.". On July 19, People magazine released an article stating that Crystal Pepsi would be back for what was claimed as being the final time the drink would be rereleased, on August 14, and that Crystal Pepsi-themed music festivals would be held at baseball stadiums around the US with performers Busta Rhymes and Salt-n-Pepa. Zyman said "Pepsi spent an enormous amount of money on the brand and, regardless, we killed it. Pepsi. Pepsi Zero Sugar. Crystal Pepsi was marketed as a caffeine-free "clear alternative" to normal colas. After the test-market release, it proved to be successful which leads PepsiCo to release Crystal Pepsi in December 1992 nationwide. Legend has it that the original Crystal Pepsi was formulated to taste just like normal Pepsi and later gave way to a citrus-flavored spinoff soda... which leads to the question: what does the new Crystal Pepsi taste like? According to Coca-Cola's chief marketing officer, Sergio Zyman, Tab Clear was an intentionally "kamikaze" effort to create an unpopular beverage that was positioned as an analogue of Crystal Pepsi in order to "kill both in the process". In March 2015, an online campaign to bring back Crystal Pepsi began. On June 30, 2016, Pepsi announced that the drink would be making a second return, reaching Canadian stores on July 11, and American stores on August 8, 2016. It sold out quickly, and that was supposed to be the end of it. You had regular colas, diet colas, root beer and fruit-flavored sodas. Crystal Pepsi was jumping off of a larger fad of ‘90s products that were making the switch to becoming water-like without being water. Oh, and remember that fleeting hint of citrus? In 2015, there was a demand to bring back Crystal Pepsi which sparked PepsiCo to release Crystal Pepsi but only for a limited time from 2015 to 2018 on various dates. In 2016, Crystal Pepsi made a very brief return to stores as a result of online pleading from fans needing a Crystal Pepsi fix. This commercial was parodied by Saturday Night Live with its "Crystal Gravy" commercial. Crystal Pepsi was, while not a commercial success or a taste success, a marketing success of the early 1990s. Crystal Pepsi returning this summer. It is everything I hoped it would be - the crisp, sweet taste of Pepsi made slightly tart without the caramel. Not long after its release, Crystal Pepsi was unfortunately discontinued in late 1994. By late 1993, Pepsi pulled the drink off the market, and the final batches were delivered to retailers during the first few months of 1994. Tab Clear, Anyone? Winners selected during the following week would receive the beverage in time for Christmas. This began with the remake of Ivory soap, whose marketing slogan had already been "99 and 44/100 percent pure", from its classic milky solution. I enjoyed the taste of this, but an entire big bottle was too much. Unlike previous re-releases that occurred in both the United States and Canada, the 2018 re-release was exclusive to the United States. See more ideas about pepsi, pepsi cola, flavors. Pepsi Fire (hot cinnamon) and Ice (cool mint) Pepsi are found in Guam, Thailand, Malaysia, Singapore, and the Philippines. Crystal From Pepsi was a Pepsi cola flavor that was officially released in stores in early 1994, in the United States. The drink was re-released in August 2018, once again being claimed as being the "last chance" to purchase the drink. The test marketing never led to a full release due to low sales. Consumers wanted purity and Pepsi believed a clear soda without color was the answer as it signified purity and health. Compare flavors, get nutritional facts and check out ingredients for all our Pepsi … A series of television advertisements featuring Van Halen's hit song "Right Now" premiered on national television on January 31, 1993, during Super Bowl XXVII. On April 13, 1992, PepsiCo introduced Crystal Pepsi to test markets in Denver, Sacramento, Dallas, Providence, and Grand Rapids, and the product generated a positive response. How Kamikaze Marketing Killed Crystal Pepsi. Fun fact: This soda was actually developed as a result of an early '90s marketing fad that equated clear products with purity, which began when Ivory Soap released their first clear soap. This Pepsi was released in Japan back in 2007 and was the first (and only) cucumber-flavored soda released by the company, with less flavor than the original Pepsi flavor. Both of them were dead within six months.". Pepsi marketed the new formula as caffeine-free, pure alternative to the classic reddish brown normal colas. In September 2014, following a Facebook campaign by consumers, The Coca-Cola Company reintroduced the soft drink Surge, leading to speculation in the public and amongst media about the return of Crystal Pepsi. Back then, Crystal Pepsi's angle was lacking preservatives and artificial colors amid the health-crazed '90s. What does Pepsi Cafe taste like? ALL RIGHT HERE. The "born to die" strategy included using the poor-performing Tab brand rather than Coke, labeling the product as a "sugar free" diet drink to confuse consumers into thinking Crystal Pepsi had no sugar, and marketing the product as if it were "medicinal". Pepsi … I gained support from my boss, focus groups provided unbelievable positive responses, and it was even mentioned by Dan Rather on CBS Evening News after a successful test launch in Colorado. Well, except Kimmy Gibbler. Speaking of citrus Pepsi flavors, here’s J-Cola Lemon. Pepsi Clear: Clear soda released in Mexico as a limited edition during Christmas 2005, the Mexican equivalent of Crystal Pepsi; Pepsi AM: Contains more caffeine than a regular Pepsi and marketed as a morning drink. Crystal Pepsi would be our answer to the momentum created by Clearly Canadian’s flavored water. So, really, what's important here is the simple fact that Crystal Pepsi is back, and it's just as much of a glorious gimmick now, albeit different, as it was when the world first heard the words, "Whoomp There It Is.". Pepsi Clear: Clear Pepsi released in Mexico as a limited edition during Christmas 2005; it is the Mexican equivalent of Crystal Pepsi. In March 2019, the drink was re-released in Canadian stores for a limited time. on June 8, 2015: "We've had customers ask us to bring back their favorite products before, but never with your level of enthusiasm and humor. Where They Went Wrong But the biggest surprise comes when you take a sip, because this new, reborn Crystal Pepsi really does taste like normal Pepsi. We got our hands on a 6-pack to party like it's 1993. I stalked it, campaigned for it, rejoiced when Pepsi announced it, and bought tons of it when it finally hit shelves in August. On August 22, 2008, PepsiCo filed for trademarks on the product names "Pepsi Clear" and "Diet Pepsi Clear". ALL YOUR FAVORITE FLAVORS. And if you've never tasted a Pepsi at all (that's possible, right? Its marketing slogan was "You've never seen a taste like this". So imagine sipping a tall, refreshing glass of ice-cold Pepsi—with a splash of nutty, aromatic Arabic coffee. The Crystal Pepsi had a much lighter flavor. After the test-market release, it proved to be successful which leads PepsiCo to release Crystal Pepsi in December 1992 nationwide. Send news tips to email@example.com and follow him on Twitter @tonymerevick. ©2020 Group Nine Media Inc. All Rights Reserved. Crystal Pepsi is one of those drinks that for some reason really resonated with the public in the years after it's discontinuation and a lot of hype has built up over those years about this infamous flavor of soda. United States, Germany, Spain, United Kingdom, Australia, Europe: United States: Early 1992 - Early 1994, 2015, 2016, 2017, 2018. In the early 1990s, a marketing fad called the Clear Craze equated clarity with purity. The interest from this campaign led to an official response by PepsiCo. You may be able to find the same content in another format, or you may be able to find more information, at their web site. The lighter color will definitely play a factor in making this stand out for most people. Hardly any flavor with no aftertaste. But in 2017, Business Insider reported that Crystal Pepsi would once again be available. Pepsi Holiday – cinnamon is in the US and Canada, and Crystal Pepsi in the US, Canada, Australia and some parts of Europe. Pepsi Throwback. In its first year, Crystal Pepsi captured a full percentage point of U.S. soft drink sales, approximately $474 million. But this time around, Pepsi believes it got the right recipe. We definitely hear you and your followers and we think you'll all be happy with what's in store. Mouthwashes, dishwashing liquids, and deodorants all … The gang’s all here. ...but a quarter-century later, the cry from Crystal Pepsi's dedicated cult following became too much for Pepsi to ignore. Pepsi introduced Crystal Pepsi, a caffeine-free clear cola in 1992. Love. PepsiCo is merely using Crystal Pepsi as a tool to promote its Pepsi Pass app, giving away 13,000 six-packs of the colorless pop later this month. If so, you just might be a “harbinger of failure.” This group of consumers has a knack for repeatedly purchasing flop products, as identified in a recent study by MIT Sloan professors in the Journal of Marketing Research. By early 1994, Crystal Pepsi was discontinued due to low sales and later reformulated and renamed to Crystal From Pepsi. Facebook; Instagram; LinkedIn; Twitter. Crystal Pepsi. The first thing you'll notice when raising a fizzing glass of Crystal Pepsi is the familiar smell of, you guessed it, Pepsi. Well, kind of. Its flavor is identical to Pepsi-Cola Made with Real Sugar. It’s basically just normal Pepsi J-Cola, but with an even sharper, tangier flavor. October 13, 2016 By everybody , aka mind . The idea of a clear cola was not unique to Pepsi though, and other versions predate Crystal Pepsi. In 1992, Pepsi launched a new colorless soda called “Crystal Pepsi”. The Verdict. Diet Pepsi. We're lucky to have a Pepsi superfan like you on our side. The Soda Wiki is a FANDOM Lifestyle Community. Description Edit. Today, it's still a marketing thing, for sure, but it's playing on pure nostalgia. That qualifies it for nostalgia, even though we didn’t collectively enjoy it. Less than a year after the commercial hit the airwaves, the soda was yanked from the shelves. Pepsi Ice Cucumber fell somewhere in between the two with the flavor itself being quite unusual but the actual Pepsi product being fairly delicious, albeit subtle. It was 1993. By early 1994, Crystal Pepsi was discontinued due to low sales and later reformulated and renamed to Crystal From Pepsi. Crystal Pepsi is a little more crisp -- like a Sprite or 7-Up without the lemon-lime flavor. In December 2015, Pepsi announced that fans of the drink could win one of 13,000 six-packs of the beverage by entering a sweepstake via a mobile application or online at Pepsipass.com between December 10 and 11. The Purchase, New York-based soda company said the translucent soda will be available in the U.S. and Canada later this summer. So, imagine the traditional cola taste but slightly watered down. The original release of Crystal Pepsi occurred in the early 1990s and, in 2016, it was rebooted for a short time and started showing up in soda coolers from grocery stores to convenience stores throughout the country, including our own … Coca-Cola Clear Lime, on the other hand, reminds me a lot of Crystal Pepsi for some odd reason. Crystal Pepsi also seems to be missing the same sort of acidic bite you get when taking a swig of the brown stuff, which could probably be chalked up to the key ingredient that distinguishes the two: caramel color. Natural flavorings are more expensive to source than artificial flavors, but tend to be better received by consumers. Crystal Pepsi was poised to become a billion-dollar idea. The sweetness is almost as transparent as the soda itself. But tasting the same is probably not the point, now, in 2015 as much as it was more than two decades ago. “Right Now,” screeched the… Unlike the original release in the 1990s, the drink as released in 2015 and 2016 contains caffeine and sodium benzoate, a preservative. The short-lived cult soda from the '90s returns this summer. Full-sized sample bottles were distributed with the Sunday paper deliveries such as the Boston Globe in Massachusetts. You might be able to taste it, too, or maybe it's just the soda's clear appearance tricking your brain. The following month, a second and completely separate petition was led by an online competitive eating personality, Kevin Strahle, also known as The L.A. Hold on to your bubbles. She's still weird. Crystal Pepsi -- gone before its time, but now, resurrected -- does not taste exactly like Pepsi. Take your favorite fandoms with you and never miss a beat. Instead, it was a colossal flop. Do you long for the days of Diet Crystal Pepsi and coffee-flavored Coca-Cola? Its flavor is a little different than regular Pepsi but with added citrus flavor. Crystal Pepsi is a Pepsi cola flavor that was first test-marketed in early 1992 in 5 cities such as Denver, Sacramento, Dallas, Providence, and Grand Rapids. It smells surprisingly a lot like the dark cola that you're used to, except for maybe the slightest hint of citrus and pine that we may or may not be imagining. (Remember Crystal Pepsi, too?) After a 22 year drought, Crystal Pepsi is back in stores, and it's not alone. Crystal Pepsi has been my fave for over 20 years. You didn't trip and fall into 1993. Beast, who made a 2013 viral video of himself drinking a 1990s vintage bottle of Crystal Pepsi. This variant of the drink brought a whole new set of ingredients to the table. The Van Halen guitar riffs spun out over the ad. Everything early '90s is cool again, from Birkenstocks, to Christian Slater, to "Full House." Crystal From Pepsi is a variant of Pepsi which is clear in color, similar to Crystal Pepsi. Pepsi decided that now would be a good time to bring back their failed drink from the early 90’s, Crystal Pepsi.I say failed, because even back in the 90’s it wasn’t very popular, so I’m not quite sure why they felt the need to bring it back almost 25 years later, but thats exactly what they did, and I … Crystal Pepsi -- gone before its time, but now, resurrected -- does not taste exactly like Pepsi. That company's previous clear cola had been a secret one-off made as a particular political favor between Dwight D. Eisenhower and the Soviet Union in the 1940s, to disguise the American beverage as vodka, and was named White Coke. (NBC New York) Read full story. Coca-Cola followed suit by launching Tab Clear on December 14, 1992. Mar 15, 2020 - And you thought Wild Cherry Pepsi was wild. A little more crisp, like a 7up or Sprite but without the lemon-lime flavor. This generated enough interest for a telephone and email campaign, garnering around 37,000 Change.org petition signatures, tens of thousands of Twitter, YouTube, and Instagram tagged comments, 15 billboards erected around the Los Angeles area, and a commitment to ride a mobile billboard truck at Pepsi's headquarters in Purchase, New York with a gathering of supporters at a park nearby on June 15 and 16, 2015. PepsiCo announced the comeback of Crystal Pepsi this week. You're safely 22 years later in 2015, the year that Pepsi finally brought the alarmingly clear cola back from wherever the hell we left it. In November 2015, Pepsi hinted on its Twitter page that the beverage would make a comeback.