We reside in a world constructed by capital, so after all Cheetos and Mountain Dew occur to be owned by the identical conglomerate: PepsiCo. Each merchandise have been a part of the PepsiCo household because the 1960s, and Flamin’ Scorching Cheetos have been a factor since 1990. So it’s barely shocking that it took so lengthy for somebody to combine one with the opposite and launch it as Flamin’ Scorching Mountain Dew, even simply as an apparent ploy for brand-friendly headlines.
Gizmodo and our colleagues at sister website Lifehacker noticed the announcement for this novelty product again in August and fell for the lure instantly. PepsiCo was in a position to throw us just a few 16-ounce cans of supposedly spicy beverage to take a look at to take a look at. This assessment could be the closest any readers come to figuring out how Flamin’ Scorching Mountain Dew tastes, because the product was solely obtainable on the market on the Mountain Dew web site for an hour on Aug. 31 earlier than the corporate ran out of inventory. This can be a bit of blessing in disguise for ya.
We drank our cans of the (disturbingly darkish orange) soda just lately. Right here’s what our style take a look at discovered: Flamin’ Scorching Mountain Dew makes good on half of its identify. For instance, it does style like Mountain Dew. Sadly, it isn’t Flamin’ Scorching, and even scorching in any respect, which is the extra necessary a part of the equation.
We anticipated some burn from this—it’s a novelty product, in any case, and that is the age of the Paqui One Chip Challenge and different absurdly spicy gimmick merchandise starting from ghost pepper jelly beans and scorching honey to chili-flavored ice cream. Extra usually, shopper palates have grown more heat-tolerant in recent times, which means issues that declare to be scorching at the moment are a bit likelier to truly boast some kick.
However on a spicy scale of 1 to 10, this ranks at someplace round a… two? In any other case, it tastes precisely like common Mountain Dew should you crumbled a Flaming’ Scorching Cheeto into it. This was not the scorching assault on my style buds I used to be promised. I imply, that is how executives at PepsiCo billed it:
“As a model, DEW has a wealthy historical past of experimenting with new flavors our followers love. We actually had them in thoughts once we developed the FLAMIN’ HOT beverage,” says Matt Nielsten, Sr. Director, Advertising. “That is one among our most provocative drinks but, and we’re excited for DEW Nation to style the distinctive mix of spicy and basic candy citrus taste of MTN DEW.”
Apart from the truth that that is simply Mountain Dew with a splash of capsaicin, it tastes wonderful, I suppose. There are notes of citrus, carbonation, and sugar/sweetener. Based on the label, a single can has 220 energy, 58 grams of added sugar, 59 grams of carbohydrates, and a surprisingly weak 72 milligrams of caffeine ( bit lower than an 8-ounce cup of espresso, which comprises round 95mg). Followers of the OG drink will most likely have little to complain about if they might get a can, which they most likely can’t with out paying at least $13 on eBay.
Nevertheless, I don’t advocate you try to make a cocktail with it, and should you do, I particularly don’t advocate you idly use 106-proof mezcal (apologies to Oaxaca’s mezcaleria Las Pencas Hablan, which didn’t need to be dragged into this) or pair it with Flamin’ Scorching Cheetos Mac ‘N Cheese. This takes it from an underwhelming-but-acceptable expertise straight into tasting like a scented cleansing product, and my abdomen predictably felt like a bubble of nausea solely barely saved in by a layer of Flamin’ Scorching slime. I blame capitalism.