Generic citrus sodas

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This article covers various store-brand generic citrus sodas, most of which offer low cost alternatives to Pepsi's Mountain Dew, Coca-Cola's Mello Yello or Dr Pepper's Sun Drop. In deference to Mountain Dew's leading position in the market for citrus sodas, most brands of generic citrus soda have the word "Mountain" in their names.

Cactus Cooler[edit]

Cactus Cooler, distinguished by its orange, yellow, and green label, is an orange-pineapple soft drink sold in the United States, mainly in the Southern California area and surrounding Southwestern United States.[1][2] It is part of the Dr Pepper Snapple Group, and was previously distributed under the Canada Dry brand name. Cactus Cooler was inspired by the 1960s cartoon show The Flintstones in which a fictional Cactus Cooler was the favorite drink of character Fred Flintstone.

Cactus Cooler is also seen on the popular television show Weeds, where many characters favor this drink.[3]

Citrus Drop/Citrus Drop Xtreme[edit]

Big K Citrus Drop is the generic version of Mountain Dew sold at Kroger stores. Its name plays another citrus drink, Sun Drop, which claims that its introduction in 1928[4] makes it the first soft drink marketed in this category, earlier than Mountain Dew. The brand's slogan is "Pop the Drop" which is analogous to Mountain Dew's former "Do the Dew" slogan. The Xtreme version tastes the same, but contains more caffeine than the original Citrus Drop, and used and comes in a 'tribal' themed can. According to Kroger's customer service, Diet Citrus Drop Xtreme has 70.9 MG of caffeine per 12 oz can.[5] The slogan is "Citrus With Attitude".[6]

Citrus Pop[edit]

This is the Stewart's Shops equivalent to Mountain Dew available in upstate New York and Vermont.

Fountain Mist[edit]

This is the Sodastream version of Mountain Dew, sold as a syrup for their home carbonation device. This flavor is sold in standard and diet varieties, both of which use Splenda as part or all of the sweetening agent, instead of aspartame or high-fructose corn syrup.

Heee Haw[edit]

Heee Haw is the generic version of Mountain Dew sold at Hy-Vee stores, also available in diet. Name derived by adding an extra "e" in the middle of the words "Hee Haw," the name of a popular Southern television series. Heee Haw does not contain any orange juice like its name brand equivalent.

HEB Citrus Rush[edit]

HEB Citrus Rush is distributed by Texas grocery chain H-E-B. H-E-B has compared the soda to Mountain Dew as a part of its “Texas Showdown” campaign.[7][8]

Hillbilly Holler[edit]

Hillbilly Holler is a generic version of Mountain Dew sold at Fareway stores under the Fastco brand name. Rather than being a direct play on the name Mountain Dew, this name and some other generics make reference to the song, Good Old Mountain Dew, which praises the moonshine brewed in the Appalachian Mountains. Hillbilly and Holler are words referring to Appalachian Mountain life. The taste falls somewhere between Mello Yello and Mountain Dew.

Kountry Mist[edit]

Kountry Mist is the generic version of Mountain Dew sold at Winn-Dixie stores.

A 3-liter bottle of Faygo Moon Mist

Moon Mist[edit]

Moon Mist is the Mountain Dew clone sold by Faygo, and is distributed in the Midwest, Mid-Atlantic, and Central Southern regions of the United States.

Mountain Breeze[edit]

Mountain Breeze[9] is the Safeway SELECT generic answer to Mountain Dew. The taste of the soda is much the same as Mountain Dew, with a few noticeable differences. Mountain Dew is a bit tangier than its Safeway SELECT counterpart, which focuses more on sweetness.[citation needed] One 12 oz. can of Mountain Breeze contains 190 calories, 65mg of sodium, 48g total Carbohydrate, 48g of sugar, and the following ingredients: carbonated water, high-fructose corn syrup, citric acid, sodium benzoate, orange juice concentrate, sodium citrate, caffeine, natural flavors, artificial flavors, ester gum and Yellow 5. The design of a Mountain Breeze soda can also bears a great resemblance to an older Mountain Dew can, more so than many of the generic citrus sodas. Safeway Select has replaced the brand name with Refreshe

Mountain Charge[edit]

Mountain Charge is the Mountain dew inspired citrus soda available at ShopRite stores.

Mt. Chill[edit]

Mt. Chill 12 pack

Super Chill Mt. Chill is manufactured by SuperValu and can be found at Sentry Foods, Cub Foods, County Market, and Jewel-Osco. Contains 48g of sugar, 180 calories. The punk band Crucial Dudes has titled a song "Mt. Chill, You're Climbin'" in honor of this product.

Mountain Drops[edit]

The Our Family version of Mountain Dew.

Mountain Drops contains 20 more calories, one more gram of carbohydrates, and one more gram of sugar than Mountain Dew. This generic soda does not use any orange juice.

12-pack of Mountain Explosion.

Mountain Explosion[edit]

This is the Clover Valley brand sold at Dollar General.

Mountain Frost[edit]

Sold exclusively at Aldi stores.

Similar ingredients. Mountain Frost actually has 2 grams more sugar (per 12 oz.) at 49 grams. Mountain Dew has 47 grams.

Mountain Fury[edit]

Mountain Fury is a Mountain Dew taste-alike produced and distributed by Roundy's, Inc., a Milwaukee-based food retailer. Mountain Fury can be found at Pick n' Save, Rainbow, and Copps supermarkets. Diet Mountain Fury is also available. Mountain Fury has a caffeine content of 41.8 mg per 12 oz. can.

Mountain Holler[edit]

A bottle of Mountain Holler.

Mountain Holler is a generic brand soft drink similar to Mountain Dew and is sold exclusively at Save-A-Lot grocery stores. It is also touted as a "radical citrus thirst blaster" and has a small, but cult-like group following around the U.S. Its taste is closer to Surge than Mountain Dew.

Ingredients of Mountain Holler are: Carbonated water, high fructose corn syrup, citric acid, sodium benzoate, natural flavor, concentrated orange juice, caffeine, gum arabic, sodium citrate, EDTA, brominated vegetable oil, yellow 5.

Mountain Holler also has a few extensions of its flavors, also similar to Mountain Dew. Mountain Holler Red Howl is similar to Code Red or even the limited time Game Fuel, and Mountain Holler Avalanche is similar to Whiteout.

Mountain Lightning[edit]

Mountain Lightning is a Wal-Mart soft drink brand that resembles Mountain Dew. On the can, there is a picture of two mountains and lightning bolts surrounding it and the color scheme resembles that of Mountain Dew's. It's a less expensive alternative to Mountain Dew with less caffeine.[10] One can presume that its name was chosen due to both brand names being alternative for moonshine.

Mountain Lion[edit]

Mountain Lion is the Food Lion equivalent to Mountain Dew. It is available in cans and PET bottles. Like all Food Lion diet drinks, Diet Mountain Lion is no longer sweetened with Splenda, and they now use aspartame. Mountain Lion tastes very similar to Mountain Dew and Mello Yello. Diet Mountain Lion is sweeter than Diet Mountain Dew. Mountain Lion contains about the same amount of caffeine as Mountain Dew. Mountain Lion can be found at Sweetbay Markets.

Mountain Lion ingredients : carbonated water, high fructose corn syrup, citric acid.

Mountain Maze[edit]

Mountain Maze is the Mountain Dew-like soda sold exclusively at Albertson's stores.

Mountain Mellow[edit]

Mountain Mellow (a cross between the titles of "Mountain Dew" and "Mello Yello") is the Western Family and Shurfine brand Mountain Dew knockoff, sold in some areas with the subtitle "citrus soda." "Mountain Mellow" is sold (under the Western Family banner) in Mega Foods and other stores in the northwest of the U.S.A., and under the Shurfine banner in many areas of the Northeast. [11]

Mountain Mist[edit]

Mountain Mist has made some cameo appearances in Malcolm in the Middle.

Mountain Moondrops[edit]

Mountain Moondrops is an Ingles brand of soft drink that resembles Mountain Dew.

Mountain Rapids[edit]

Mountain Rapids is the "Smart Sense" brand's Mountain Dew-based soda available at Kmart stores.

Mountain Roar[edit]

Mountain Roar is the Harris Teeter equivalent to Mountain Dew. This soda is similar to Mountain Dew in taste, but it has a higher sugar content. Mountain Roar is no longer available at most Harris Teeters, but Diet Mountain Roar can be found at times.

Mountain Rush[edit]

Mountain Rush (formally called Moon Mist) is manufactured by Shasta and designed to compete with Mountain Dew and Mello Yello.

Mountain Shoutin[edit]

Mountain Shoutin is a Giant-Landover soft drink brand designed to compete with Mountain Dew.

Mountain Splash[edit]

Mountain Splash is the Publix Super Markets brand of generic Mountain Dew. Formerly known as Citrus Hit.

Mountain W[edit]

Mountain W is the Wegmans stores version of a Mountain Dew style soda.

Mountain Wave[edit]

Mountain Wave is the generic "Nice!" soda brand's version of Mountain Dew available at Walgreens stores.

Mountain Yeller[edit]

Mountain Yeller is the Piggly Wiggly version of a Mountain Dew style soda. It is also where the South Carolina/Florida folk band The Mountain Yellers got their name.

Ramp[edit]

Ramp is a Giant-Landover soft drink brand designed to compete with Mountain Dew.

Rocky Mist[edit]

Rocky Mist is a Meijer soft drink brand that also resembles Mountain Dew.

Wild Mountain[edit]

Wild Mountain is the Food Club generic brand Mountain Dew available at [Brookshire's Food & http://www.brookshires.com/pharmacy Brookshire's Food & Pharmacy].

References[edit]

  1. ^ Soda Pop Culture Soda Showdown
  2. ^ Retroland profile: Cactus Cooler
  3. ^ Cactus Cooler Profile on Kosmix.com
  4. ^ [1][dead link]
  5. ^ Customer service response to query of caffeine in the diet version of the soda, http://i.imgur.com/2GmfhOb.png
  6. ^ Many people also believe that it has a flavor between Mountain Dew and Sierra Mist. There are also some that believe it to be more like Sierra Mist than Mountain Dew. http://inventorspot.com/war_of_off_brand_sodas War of the Off-Brand Sodas], Inventor Spot, August 21, 2006.
  7. ^ Extreme Couponing, HEB, Weekly Deals. "HEB Coupon Deals: Week of 4/11". The Krazy Coupon Lady. Retrieved 2012-10-22. 
  8. ^ H-E-B Texas Showdown Page
  9. ^ Mountain Breeze at Everything2.com
  10. ^ Food for Thought: Measuring Soft Drinks' Jolt
  11. ^ http://farm4.static.flickr.com/3098/3122233992_466cb912e0.jpg