REVIEW: Pepsi Kick (Mexico)

Pepsi Kick

Three rules about Mexico.

1. Don’t mess with Danny Trejo, he will eff you up. What? He’s American? ..from California?

2. The Volcano taco’s rule. Huh? That’s not Mexican? You’re kidding me? Not even the red shell part? (hangs head in shame).

3. Coolest thing ever from Mexico: Menudo’s “Like a Cannonball” (Spanish Language version is the ONLY version). Seriously??? They are from Puerto Rico? Really? Aw man I just suck.

Everyone knows the other cardinal rule but please indulge me as I amend it: do not drink the water, but drink the Pepsi Kick.

This product answers the question, “What would happen if Pepsi and Fruit Punch Kool-Aid had unprotected sticky wet sex and made a chubby cute drooly baby?” Meet Pepsi Kick and this variation is one of the tastiest shades I have gulped down in a long time. Even better, no calories and it is sugar free.

Now I know you are asking yourself, “Why the hell did you review something that is only available in Mexico?” Ah hah! I truly suspect that this soda is available in many of our friendly Hispanic markets in the states (friendly as long as you don’t point and giggle at the funny names for products like I do). Further evidence you ask?

The bottle I acquired has cross promotion with the NFL, specifically I bought a bottle that have the Jets and one with the Giants packaging. My understanding is that all thirty-two teams are represented which would lead me to believe that these were intended for the American market as well. I could do without the Jacksonville Jaguars version but everyone’s a critic in this day and age. Suck it Jacksonville!!!

Pepsi Kick CloseupI came across Pepsi Kick during a pause from drinking gin martinis and eating fish roe on water crackers. You see, our cruise ship stopped off in Cozumel. The first thing I did, besides glaring at the people hawking gaudy touristy tee-shirts and glass bottles pressed like a Panini (who buys that crap?), was to run toward the convenience store.

Next to hanging out on the pool lounge where endless pina colada’s are hefted, Valhalla to me during a cruise are the foreign convenience stores I encounter when we dock. I could not wait to see all the foreign products.

My goal was to buy some Mexican-only Lays potato chip flavors and bottles of Mexican Coca-Cola’s which are sweeter and necessary in making a killer Cuba Libre cocktail. Yes, yes…I know the irony of using a Mexican product to make a Cuban cocktail and all the dislike of the two. Sue me. I lived the Chinese-Japanese-Korean triangle of hate, so I understand. My parents still haven’t forgiven me for having our rehearsal dinner at a sushi restaurant. Marrying a white person still irks them.

So what gives Pepsi this kick? And why am I asking myself all these questions in this written article? Because I am off my meds and like Richard Bachman, my twinner demands attention.

Pepsi Kick LogoThis Pepsi has three unique qualities. First, it is loaded with caffeine. Second, it contains disgusting ginseng root. My grandparents used to punish me when I was a child by making me chew on some ginseng. I can still taste it to this day, a dull bitterness that got worse with each bite. Gah! I would rather eat a meal “two girls, one cup” style (Dated joke? Perhaps).

Third, Pepsi’s logo is a bit different (as seen in the picture). I heard that Pepsi has been phasing out their logo, so perhaps this is the new one. I could be wrong, I’m a Coke guy (not the hedge fund manager kind).

Ginseng. Caffeine. Energy drink right? Thus the “kick” label. Notwithstanding the gross ginseng, thank goodness the Pepsi didn’t taste like the horrible root at all. The flavor was definitely all cola, but it had a nice clean fruit punch flavor after each sip. I loved it so much. Me loves you Pepsi Kick!!! Furthermore, the cola wasn’t so sweet and void of any syrupy wash left in my mouth or throat.

The bottle is labeled with “Despierta” which I believe means “Awake.” Not sure if it jazzed me up or made me want to lift a giant novelty Energizer battery like Jacko did in those commercials (look them up, when I was a child Jacko was the man until he guest starred on “Knight Rider”) but the taste won me over. (Wow, really dated joke.)

I’m not sure if a drink is refreshing if you’re not thirsty and what drink isn’t if you are? I will say this…Pepsi Kick is worth hunting for. Forage for them when you hit your neighborhood Hispanic market or when in Mexico, pick up one or twelfty. You will not be disappointed. I was wriggling in anxiety, scared that the customs agents wouldn’t let me carry the few bottles I bought back on the ship. I was able to smuggle them onboard and I hummed Glenn Frey’s “Smuggler’s Blues” in my head (another dated joke???).

Bottom line, buy it if you can find it and if you can find it, buy them all.

(Nutrition Facts – 0 calories, 0 grams of fat, 30 mg of sodium per 200 ml serving (bottle is 500 ml), less than 1 gram of carbohydrates, 0 grams if sugar, and less than 1 gram of protein)

Item: Pepsi Kick
Price: $1.00 (don’t ask me how much is that in pesos…I can barely add)
Size: 500 ml
Purchased at: At a no name Mexican convenience store in Cozumel
Rating: 8 out of 10
Pros: The taste of a fruit punched cola that is balanced in sweetness. No calories or sugar which is rare for an energy drink. Menudo’s “Like A Cannonball” video. Hoping Jacksonville loses their team. Celebrity Cruise line. Indulgence.
Cons: May be difficult to find. Dated jokes. Two girls one cup video. Menudo the soup (ack!). My love/hate relationship with the Buffalo Bills. Cruise ship sushi. Ignorance.

17 thoughts to “REVIEW: Pepsi Kick (Mexico)”

  1. I actually disagree with you on Mexican Cola. I find its taste very offputting and strange, like it’s been flavoured with perfume. Cuban cola too, for that matter. What I like to bring back from Mexico, and would by the truckload if I could is japanese peanuts or cacahuetas japonesas(!) They’re the most awesome snack laid on this earth AND they are japanese but really Mexican.

    1. They were invented in Mexico City many decades ago, but they are called “Japones’ (Japanesse) because they were invented by a Japanesse inmigrant. Since he didn’t patent the formula you can currently find them from lots and lots of brands.

  2. I agree with Rodzilla; I think it’s just another name for Pepsi Max, which is still available in Canada. Love the stuff.

    1. Pepsi Max is still available in the US as well, they just use a different logo now. It is in a different style, and it uses the universal Pepsi “smile”, rather than the “fat” or “wide-eyed” one shown above.

    2. I don’t think so. The Pepsi Kick has a “fruitier” taste even though both Pepsi’s contain the same ingredients. Maybe it is the power of suggestion but I think the kick tastes a bit different from Max.

  3. Just got back from Ensenada. Had my first Pepsi Kick (despierta) in July and could not stop drinking them. Total Kick! Wish I had bought them all. I live in Las Vegas. Will have to try some of the Mexican markets here, but don’t have faith. Headed back to Mexico in Sept. 2012 for the Rosarita/Ensenada 50 mile bike ride. Will want a few of those Despiertas! Love it! Never got the same jolt from any other Energy drinks.

  4. Mexican here, the NFL cross-promotion isn’t indicative of it being aimed at the American market. American football is gaining ground here and it has a huge following around the border areas, and is specially big in small towns around tourist traps

  5. I found Pepsi Kick on a recent cruise to Mexico and let me tell you – I am a Pepsi LOVER to the max and this is the best Pepsi I have ever tasted! I did not even know that if was a DIET drink until I got home and looked for Pepsi Kick online!
    I am wondering how we might get Pepsi to supply this in our area (Utah) The only draw back I can see is that if you drink a bunch everyday – I used to drink at least a 2 liter a day – then this might have problems with the ginseng and the extra caffeine. If you are having one now and then, fine! I wish this similar flavor could be made with a little less caffeine and maybe no ginseng and sell it as Pepsi Max or Diet Pepsi or something similar.
    I HATE diet drinks and would rather not drink a drink at all then to drink a diet drink but this tastes like the real thing! (HAHA – not a coke joke – like I said Pepsi connoisseur here.
    I am going to try the Mexican Markets around here but I also am not hopeful! Thanks for this suggestion!
    Do you think we could flood Pepsi with emails that state we want this in US?

  6. Hello, mexican here:

    Pepsi Kick, costs 10 MXN for the record (USD rate at this moment is 1/19.28 USD/MXN) so if you payed a full dollar you fell into a tourist trap. A Canadian fella can confirm, this is the mexican version of pepsi Max.

  7. the flavor to me was more pepis with tea than pepis with fruit punch , still very good

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