January 27, 2009

Pepsi ... Green?

Stumbled across something new at 7-Eleven today: Pepsi Green. Naturally, I had to try it. I probably should've known better. The can is bright green, and the liquid inside looks like a green M&M drowned inside a bottle of Listerine. While in a nuclear reactor. In Boston on St. Patrick's Day. It's really green.

Before making my purchase I scoured the can for hints as to what flavor lay in store, but no luck. The ingredients: sugar, natural flavors, artificial flavors, artificial colors, preservatives, and of course caffeine.

So I asked the clerk what flavor this is supposed to be. She said she thought it was a mix of cucumber and kiwi. Believe it or not, I still bought it.

Well, it's nothing like cucumber or kiwi. I can't quite put my finger on it, actually. It has a spice-y taste. Not spicy, but spice-y. I'm not good with differentiating spices, but there's something not unlike cinnamon in there. I also wondered if green tea wasn't a likely ingredient, but in this market that would be a selling point, so I'm sure it would be plastered all over the can, if so.

No info on pepsithai.com about this new product, either, but message boards the web over are abuzz over what exactly this stuff is. Anyway, I think that was the last can of Pepsi Green I'll buy. Just bizarre.


  1. This might be similar to Pepsi Ice Cucumber, released in Japan in mid-2007.

    See, for example, here:

  2. The can I bought was produced on 1/13/09, and the big kickoff press event was on the 15th, according to the Bangkok Post.

    The Bangkok Post describes the new beverage as "a radically new green cola with a gentle aroma". I think that should have read "radically green".

    One other thing the Post article reminded me of -- I completely forgot about Pepsi Blue from a few years back. I can't even recall the taste now, though I know I tried it at the time (once and only once).

    It also mentions Pepsi Gold as a past product. I don't think I ever saw that one, since it was released during the 2006 World Cup, and I was holed up in New Hampshire at the time.

    Interesting further reading:
    List of Pepsi types (on Wikipedia)

  3. The other interesting this is the Bangkok Post reported it as being released because Thai's are concerned about environmental ("green") issues. So I was surprised to see that the ingredient list includes the usual artificial flavors, colors, and, of course, caffeine.

  4. well, the NATURAL color of pepsi is green that's what I've heard. There's nothing new to me for this new pepsi green, though.

  5. Apparently Pepsi launched this because Thai teenagers are the most environmentally conscious on Earth! Full article at: http://www.foodbev.com/news/pepsi-green-is-a-hit-with-thai-teens

  6. It's green ginger ale!

  7. I was lucky enough to try this soda when it came out, and you're definitely right when you say it's a hard to explain flavor. One thing is for sure though, it tasted great and I wish they still made it!