Review: Mountain Dew “The Dark Knight Rises” 16 oz Can


As part of their integrated promotional campaign for the film The Dark Knight Rises, the folks at Pepsi developed a new flavor of Mountain Dew — Mtn Dew Dark Berry. However, they’ve also come out with a special 16 oz can of regular Dew that changes color based on temperature.

Mountain Dew "The Dark Knight Rises" 16 oz Can

Mountain Dew "The Dark Knight Rises" 16 oz Can

Per the official press release, the cans “use thermochromic ink to feature a bat symbol that transforms to the distinctive green color of Dew when chilled.” I setup a test of my own to see how well these actually performed, especially compared to the official media images.

Here’s how Pepsi showcased the look prior to release:

Official press photo of color changing cans (Source: PepsiCo)

Official press photo of color changing cans (Source: PepsiCo)

And here’s my personal experience:

Comparison of warm vs. cold can color change

Comparison of warm vs. cold can color change

Overall, it’s a fun gimmick, but one that it short-lived, especially after you’ve actually drank what’s inside the can. Still, it’s nice to see the use of more 16 oz cans from Pepsi, like the recent Michael Jackson 16 oz can they rolled out. Of course, advocates of “less sugary drinks” will probably jump all over this marketing decision.

"Cold Activated Can"

"Cold Activated Can"

Still, if you are a Batman and/or Dew fan, it’s probably worth tracking down this can. The same ole Dew is inside, but you get a somewhat fun shape and design to enjoy.

Mountain Dew The Dark Knight Rises 16 oz Can
Carbonated water, high fructose corn syrup, concentrated orange juice, citric acid, natural flavor, sodium benzoate (preserves freshness), caffeine, sodium citrate, erythorbic acid (preserves freshness), gum arabic, calcium disodium EDT (to protect flavor), brominated vegetable oil, Yellow 5

With this 16 oz can, you’ll get 230 calories, 85 mg sodium, and 62 g carbs (62 g sugars). An entire can contains 72 mg of caffeine, based on Dew’s average of 4.5 mg/oz.

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Full Disclosure: This beverage was provided compliments of PepsiCo