Soft Drinks

5 Extinct Caffeinated Sodas

We thought some of you might enjoy a trip down memory lane with us.

Today it’s pretty common for many of the new caffeinated drinks that are released to not make it because of the extremely tough competition that exists in beverage market.

However back in yesteryear, during a friendlier time for new drinks a few soda’s became iconic but alas, just like the dinosaur, they were met with forces they couldn’t possibly adapt too.

1. Josta

This was my first introduction to guarana back in the 90’s. I must say, I wasn’t a fan. I tried it a couple of times, but I remember it having a strange taste.

2. Kick

I vaguely remember Kick as a Mountain Dew contender. Even with it’s “extreme” advertisement, it was unable to steal the hearts of loyal Dew fans.

3. Crystal Pepsi

I loved this stuff back in the 80’s. I thought it was so cool that this clear soda tasted like Pepsi, but looked like Sprite. I was just a kid so I was easily impressed by such wonders.

4. Surge

Apparently another Mountain Dew nemesis that still has quite a following on the internet with it’s own facebook page, but I have no recollection of this drink. Do you?

September 2014: Surge is actually coming back so the Facebook outcry worked. Coka Cola announced that they will be selling Surge again but only online through Amazon.

5. OK Cola

Ok, I don’t remember this one either, but it sounds like it was marketed in the West and I’m an East Coast boy.

I hope you enjoyed this trip down memory lane, but if you’re under 25 this was probably as foreign to you as Monster would be to your Grandma. It will be interesting to see which of our iconic drinks survive in the decades to come. Any predictions?



Written by Ted Kallmyer, last updated on October 6, 2021