Drink Review: Mountain Dew Thrashed Apple

I’m such a great photographer.

I rarely get a hankering for some pop. When I was younger, I had my phase where I was regularly chugging down cans of Coke, Pepsi, Mountain Dew and Red Cream Soda. Nowadays, though? I hardly ever indulge. If I’m at home, 99.9 percent of the time I’m drinking water, coffee, hot tea, milk with my cereal, and rarer still, chocolate milk or alcohol of some sort. When I go out, which is rare, I tend to get alcohol. Occasionally I get one of my favorite drinks, a non-alcoholic Shirley Temple, which is pop-based because of the Sprite. But yeah, otherwise, I don’t do much pop!

I can’t even remember the last time I bought a case of cans or a pack of bottles. If I had to guess, certainly more than 10 years ago or more. When I have indulged with pop, it’s almost always the individual bottles like the one for this review. Maybe a 2-liter back when I was being bad with food and would buy that along with the pizza for delivery, although, even then, I’d rarely drink the whole 2-liter before it went flat.

Anyhow, what I am a sucker for is snazzy advertising that sticks in my brain and such is the case with the apparently Kroger grocery story exclusive Mountain Dew Thrashed Apple promising a Dew “charged with crisp apple.” I’ve sent it while shopping at Kroger many a time and I got that dang hankering!

I swear I thought it said “trashed apple” when I first picked it up, which it makes it an entirely different drink.

I’m not sure what’s on the cover here; I thought it was the Hulk at first, but why does the Hulk have a microphone? And who is this other gentleman cosplaying as the thrashed (trashed!) apple? But it seems like it’s a play on the idea of thrash metal, an extreme subgenre of heavy metal music.

To be honest, even when I do indulge in pop, I’m not much of a Mountain Dew guy. I’ll always gravitate toward vanilla coke, regular coke, Pepsi, Sprite or Root Beer before I go to Mountain Dew. It’s just so darn sweet and I expect this to be sweet, too. And maybe it’s because I can never forget the image of Mountain Dew mouth? If you know, you know.

So, in real time, I’m going to give this a swig. Wait, no. I gotta smell it first! It smells like like a candy apple sucker, ha. If you melted down 100 candy apple suckers or Jolly Ranchers, this is what you’re drinking apparently.

Hmm. It’s not as sweet as I remember regular Mountain Dew being. And despite how overpowering the candy apple smell is, the taste itself isn’t overpowering. It’s actually almost … to use a pun evoking the competition … mellow.

I like it! I think if you’re someone already predisposed to pop, to Mountain Dew and to candy apple-tasting things, then this one is a no brainer for you. I do think it’s actually pretty dang crisp! Marketing that delivers!

Now, I’m going to swig it a couple times and put it away. I couldn’t sit here and drink the full bottle and I also don’t want to down 270 empty pop calories.

But still, if you’re in the mood for pop and have that hankering, too, give this a whirl. Uh, a swig.

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