Pepsi Releases Seasonal, Dessert-Themed Beverages

Ever wondered what it would be like to drink cake? Neither did we, but now you can do it.

By Ethan L. Johns
November 08, 2017

Image: PepsiCo

Leave sticky caramel to the experts, because now you can crack open an ice-cold bottle of dessert instead.

Pepsi is putting the sugar back in Sugarplum Fairy with its new seasonal beverages. For the US market, the soda giant's holiday gifts include both Salted Caramel Pepsi and Mountain Dew Holiday Brew, which will make high-fructose corn syrup addicts jump for joy, hope, peace and love.

Salted caramel is so hot right now, and turning it into a drink seems like a rich, sweet way to drink your ice cream sauce. According to these two bald guys who eat stuff and talk about it, and who got their hands on some advance bottles, that’s about correct. According to the very same bald dudes in the very same video, the Mountain Dew Holiday Brew is a mixture between regular Mountain Dew and Code Red, which gives it a “citrusy,” black-cherry-esque flavor, perfect for mixing with vodka at your next holiday party.

If you hop on a plane, cross the Pacific and land in Japan, then you’ll be able to get your hands on another of Pepsi’s ghostly inventions: Pepsi Christmas Cola. According to Food & Wine, cake with strawberries is a common Christmas treat, so it makes sense that this fizzy beverage would taste like cake—and look like it, too, with its opaque white color.

If you’re looking for a more traditional holiday beverage—or if you can’t find these limited-edition sodas at your local convenience store—try a classic eggnog or mulled wine, and serve it with adorable, individually-wrapped salted caramels. They’re not so hard to make after all.

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About Ethan L. Johns

Ethan is the Food News Writer at Genius Kitchen. An expert on the Parisian bistrot, he likes bitters and salted butters, and is no fan of dessert unless it's made with fruit. His hobbies include reading up on the history of borscht and attempting to roll perfect couscous by hand. Twits & Instagram @EthanLJohns