My wife and I are currently on a road trip vacation that takes us from Chicago to the East Coast and down to Florida. We enjoy this aspect of travel vs. flying as you get to see the terrain change over time, along with experiencing some of the local elements and culture that make this such a diverse country. Oh, and of course, you can find soft drinks to review that you couldn’t find back home! As we were recently driving down the Delmarva Peninsula, I found a bottle of Tropicana Twister Soda Grape as we stopped for gas.
Grape was something I’ve been trying to find for some time now. I had previously reviewed the other flavors in the Tropicana Twister Soda line (Tropicana Twister Soda Citrus, Tropicana Twister Soda Orange, and Tropicana Twister Soda Strawberry).
Pepsi officially markets the Tropicana Twister Soda lineup as something that “gives you the powerful fruit flavored taste you’re looking for. Tastes so intense, you’ll sprain your flavor muscle!” Based on my previous experience with these flavors, that’s a bunch of bunk. The flavors aren’t strong. In fact, they pretty much fly under the radar, especially Tropicana Twister Soda Orange. The Strawberry flavor is extremely fake tasting, while the Citrus line extension has nothing to offer against Coke’s Fanta Citrus. This is quite sad given that these drinks contain real fruit juice (albeit, just 1%).
I’m happy to report that Tropicana Twister Soda Grape breaks this trend of mediocrity! The grape flavor left a nice “bite” in the back of my throat and did not have the artificial taste that I previously found in Fanta Grape. It was quenching and respectable. That’s not to say that this drink couldn’t be improved quite a bit. Rather, I think it just rose above my rather low expectations given that it was part of the lame Tropicana Twister Soda lineup. I’m not sure it’s “The Intensely Grape Grape” as Pepsi wants to claim, but it is superior to Coke’s current grape offering.
Who would have thought I’d have to travel to the Atlantic Ocean to experience this!