Pepsi Orange Finally Lands in the US
It’s not cheap, though.
It’s no secret that other countries have access to different (and oftentimes cooler and tastier) flavors of sodas and snacks that can’t be found in the US. Heck, anyone who’s been to the World of Coca-Cola in Atlanta can tell you all about how different Coke tastes in various parts of the world.
Normally, these kinds of international snacks and sodas would be a great souvenir to bring back from a trip abroad, but obviously that’s not really in the cards right now. Luckily, however, you can now approximate a trip to Japan by picking up Pepsi Orange—no passport required.
Launched in Japan back in February (i.e. just before 2020 turned into a surreal nightmare), Pepsi Orange is a limited-edition take on the classic cola. While you’d think that would obviously come from its namesake fruit, a product description suggests it actually draws inspiration from the mikan, a seedless fruit that’s among the sweetest of the citrus family that was introduced to Japan by way of China. The end result is a balanced beverage that combines the best attributes of sweetness and citrus without (hopefully) tasting too much like orange juice.
So where will an American find Pepsi Orange? If you answered “the store at the mall where you used to buy DVD’s,” you’re somehow right. FYE not only still exists, but seems to be the primary retailer for Pepsi Orange here in the states. In addition to this limited edition international beverage, it’s also where you’ll find Mountain Dew Violet, another rare Japanese soda. At $5.09 for a 490 milliliter bottle, it’s not the cheapest soda around. But can you really put a price on getting soda from Japan without having to step out your front door? I didn’t think so.