Kickapoo Soda: Joy Juice & Fruit Shine
Kickapoo if a carbonated soft drink made by the Monarch Beverage company.
Varieties of Kickapoo
To date there are 2 varieties of Kickapoo Soda.
- Kickapoo Joy Juice: This is a citrus flavored soda named after the fictional drink featured the 1940's Li'l Abner comic series. Joy Juice contains 40 mg of caffeine per 12 floz can.
- Kickapoo Fruit Shine: This is a sangria flavored soft drink (apples, mangos, oranges) inspired by the popular Spanish drink, but alcohol-free. Fruit Shine has 38 mg of caffeine per 12 floz can.
We were sent a couple of cans of Kickapoo to try out.
Joy Juice: This flavor tastes really similar to Mountain Dew or Mellow Yello but has a slightly different finish. It's pretty sweet like MD, but has 14 milligrams less caffeine and 2 grams more sugar. If you like Dew, you will like Joy Juice.
Fruit Shine: This flavor of Kickapoo Soda tastes unlike any soda I have ever experienced. It is labeled as "sangria" flavored and I can definitely taste the grape, but with notes of citrus and other fruit flavors mixed in. Fruit Shine is a great tasting soda although a little too sweet for my taste at 48 Grams of sugar per 12 floz can.
As far as the "kick" from the caffeine is concerned, Kickapoo provides a little more caffeine than a Coke but a little less than a Mountain Dew. I would be more concerned with the insulin spike either flavor will deliver.
Kickapoo soda is available in 12 floz bottles and cans as well as 1 liter plastic bottles.
This soda was released in the Asian market back in 1966 and became widely popular there, but Kickapoo has just recently been reintroduced in the USA.
Where To Buy Kickapoo Soda: Joy Juice & Fruit Shine
Ingredients in Kickapoo Soda: Joy Juice & Fruit Shine
Joy Juice: Carbonated Water, Sugar, Citric Acid, Sodium Benzoate (as a preservative), Sodium Citrate, Gum Arabic, Glycerol Ester of Gum Rosin, Natural Flavor, Caffeine and Yellow 5
Fruit Shine: Carbonated Water, High Fructose Corn Syrup, Citric Acid, Sodium Citrate, Natural Flavor, Sodium Benzoate (as a preservative), Caffeine, Caramel Color, Red 40, Gum Acacia and Blue 1
Sugar content: 48 grams (per 12 ounces).Compare Sugar Content
Kickapoo Soda: Joy Juice & Fruit Shine contains 3.33 mgs of caffeine per fluid ounce (11.27mg/100 ml).