Japan is known to be pretty flamboyant about their snack flavors, but where they really shine is in their soda. Pepsi had a few flavor experiments in the U.S. over the years, such as the admirable “Pepsi Holiday Spice” from the early 2000s. Yet nothing that can touch what the Pepsi scientists in Japan are doing. Check out these Japanese Pepsi flavors: the good, the bad, the just plain bizarre.
Pepsi Ice Cucumber
Cool and crisp.
Pepsi Blue Hawaii
Apparently pineapple + lemon flavor = blue?
50% less sugar than regular Pepsi and, uh, black.
Pepsi Salty Watermelon
Watermelon sounds good, but I’m not sure about the salt.
A “non-sweet” soda if you’re into that sort of thing.
Named for East Asian Azuki beans.
A tropical fruit flavored pepsi, which doesn’t really have much to do with Carnivals, but it sure sounds fun!
Pepsi Mont Blanc
A tasty drink based off the French chestnut dessert.
Gingery, but also a little spicy.
Pepsi Nex Zero
Zero calorie Pepsi.
Strawberry and milk flavored.
Pepsi Strong Shot
Pepsi, but with a higher dose of caffeine.
Based on the flavor of baobob tree fruit.
Shiso is a fragrant plant in Japan, therefore Pepsi Shiso has a minty flavor.
Like yogurt? This tastes like liquid yogurt.
A tinge of fruitiness inspired by the Caribbean.
Some of these are interesting, but now that the holidays are almost here, I’m kinda longing for that Pepsi Holiday Spice. Anyone else? Please bring it back, Pepsi!