Soda is a beverage that’s consumed worldwide, with flavors ranging from staples like Pepsi and Coca-Cola to almost any fruit flavor imaginable. And while the United States consumes more soda than any other country – 170 liters per person in 2011 – there is significant soda consumption in most developed countries throughout the world.
Since soda is a worldwide treat, it’s no surprise that some very peculiar flavors have emerged from both the U.S. and abroad. Some actually sound tasty. Others… not so much. Here are 10 of the oddest:
1. Pepsi White
Contrary to the name, Pepsi White is not vanilla flavored. Rather, this Japanese release features a Pepsi and yogurt flavor, as it says on the label. Will it curdle if not refrigerated? It’s not certain, but one thing’s for sure: Yogurt and soda don’t seem to mix. Still, those who’ve tried Pepsi White say it tastes like neither. Ambiguity in soft drinks isn’t a strong selling point.
2. Dr. Brown’s Celery Soda
Dr. Brown’s makes some great sodas; their black cherry flavor is particularly good. They also make a celery soda, and that’s for a very unique crowd. Some people genuinely enjoy the taste of fizzy vegetables, making Dr. Brown’s Celery Soda a niche favorite that continues to sell strongly in those markets.
3. Jones Tofurky and Gravy Soda
Jones Soda is known for making some off-the-wall flavors during the holidays, but this pale brown-colored soft drink may have been too much. Featuring a salty turkey smell and an odd Thanksgiving dinner aftertaste, the Tofurky and Gravy Soda is one of the oddest flavors in recent memory. It may be good to cook with, though, and cheaper than wine.
4. Lester’s Fixins Peanut Butter and Jelly Soda
If executed well, peanut butter and jelly as a soft drink could be good. It’s a fairly sweet food to begin with, without any off-putting flavors to most, so it’s not a surprise that many are fans of Lester’s Fixins Peanut Butter and Jelly Soda. Pair it with the sandwich for a lunchtime-nostalgia experience.
5. Sapporo Melon Cream
This Japanese cream soda is a very complex drink, conjuring flavors of bubblegum and melon alongside a tart cheese-like smell. Weird Soda Review described the taste as “mostly bubble gum, with honeydew melon and milkiness underneath, followed by the faintest hint of cheese. Aftertaste is mostly melon and milk; the bubblegum fades fast. The cheesiness is not as unpleasant as it sounds.”
6. Zevia Cream Soda
Speaking of complex cream sodas, those looking for a beer or bourbon substitute may appreciate the comparable flavors of Zevia Cream Soda, which apparently has hints of French vanilla and bourbon within its sparkling mouthfeel.
7. Candied Bacon Cream Soda
Cicero Beverage Company’s Candied Bacon Cream Soda isn’t nearly as bad as it sounds. The bacon taste is more of a smoky taste though, like someone added a bunch of liquid smoke to cream soda. It pairs well with a ham and cheese sandwich, but it’s tough to finish the whole bottle.
8. Gau Jal
In what may be the most vile-sounding soda on this list, Gau Jal is a soft drink made from cow urine that aimed to be a Coca-Cola substitute. The drink’s selling point? Unlike many soft drinks, Gau Jal is natural and contains no toxins.
9. Avery’s Kitty Piddle and Dog Drool
The names are mostly the weird part. Kitty Piddle is pineapple orange and Dog Drool is orange lemon, but both their colors – urine orange and slobber grey, respectively – conjure more idiosyncratic smells and tastes, even if the soda fortunately tastes nothing like the name.
10. Lester’s Fixins Sweet Corn Soda
In addition to their PB&J soda, Lester’s Fixins also has a Sweet Corn Soda. The Amazon reviews claim that the soda tastes exactly like canned corn. So if that’s your thing, this may be the perfect soda for you, especially as a barbecue accompaniment.
Have you tried any of these? Let us know in the comments!