Review: Cherry Crush


A few years ago, PepsiCo signed a deal with the Dr Pepper Snapple Group to distribute various flavors of Crush, complimenting Sierra Mist in their lineup. Part of this move was due to the commercial failure of the Tropicana Twister Soda line (Orange, Grape, Strawberry, Citrus), leaving a "fruit flavor hole" for Pepsi to compete against the likes of Coke's Fanta. Because of this, Orange Crush, Strawberry Crush, and other tastes have become more widely available. One benefit of this deal is the widespread appearance of newer flavors, like Crush Cherry.

Bottled with a smart, dark color, Cherry Crush is actually quite good for a fruit beverage sweetened by high fructose corn syrup (HFCS). The flavor is bold and surprisingly cola-like, which was unexpected for a brand that typically reflects sweet fruit flavors. The scent has candy qualities, and after a few gulps, the sweetness finally does creep up on you. This cherry drink is distinctly different from what's currently available in the genre, and given the increase in distribution and not finding a comparable flavor in Coke's Fanta offerings, may actually have an impact on regionally available cherry beverages such as Cheerwine. If nothing else, Crush Cherry seems like a "mature" entry in the Crush product line, which I think is a good thing.

This caffeine-free drink contains no actual juice. A 20 oz. bottle will cost you 280 calories, 115 mg of sodium, and 74 g of carbs (73 g of which are sugars). What else is inside? Here's the ingredient list:

Crush Cherry
Carbonated water, high fructose corn syrup, natural and artificial flavors, citric acid, sodium benzoate (preservative), caramel color, Red 40, acacia gum, Blue 1

Overall, we give a thumbs up to Cherry Crush. Smart packaging, nice color, and best of all, a pretty tasty & unique cherry beverage from a mainstream beverage brand. It's a nice addition to the Crush lineup!

Comments

  1. I had this a couple of weeks ago. Very tasty!

  2. Agreed! I especially like that it's just Cherry Crush, not Black Cherry Crush.

  3. Ho hum, another flavor of carbonated corn syrup. Let me know when they release a sugar-version.

  4. I'd love to taste this but unfortunately, as a diabetic, it's probably my doctor's worst nightmare. Maybe I could restrain myself and only drink a little of it though. …Who am I kidding? SO not gonna happen. What I'd give for a version made with Splenda or a similar product….

  5. B-Rizzle says:

    I had this early last year. It tasted like cherry candy.

  6. It is the only Cherry soda around thats not Black Cherry soda.
    I can only find 12 packs now.I no longer find 20oz single plastic bottles at conveinient stores anymore.Thats a sign it is not selling well.I can't beleive Grape and Strawberry Crush sell better.

  7. I am in central ohio and Cherry Crush is disappearing. I no longer can find 20 oz at conveinient stores or 12 pack cans.
    I loved the soda and there are not any other Cherry sodas around except store brand Black Cherry and they are not that good. The only true Cherry sodas I have had are Cherry Crush and Cherikee Red soda. Please do not discontinue it.

  8. I had this the other day……and its is just f'n fantastic.. I am hooked love it ty walmart the great evil empire of sugar addicted americans for suppling my fix

  9. There's a whole spectrum of artificial cherry flavors out there, but out of all of them, Cherry Crush, seems to be the closest to cherry Lifesavers.

  10. It is a delicious soda. But for some reason, I feel I'm doing something bad when I drink one. It's that good!

  11. PLEASEEEEEE — I am a bit of a soda "addict." SUGAR FREE ONLY!!! I've been a type I diabetic for more than 45 years — and I LOVE the flavor of Cherry. I've "heard" that cherry Crush is excellent — but DIET CHERRY CRUSH is nowhere to be found. What's up with this??? I drink orange Crush and Crush is absolutely a better product than its competitors. Any chance of my encountering this beverage before I expire???

  12. I love cherry crush product but all of a sudden I can't find it anymore. I live in Knox tn and could get it anywhere for awhile, now ca TNT find it. Please bring back. The best cherry drink Ever !!!!

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