REVIEW: Orange Vanilla Coca-Cola

Orange Vanilla Coca Cola

What is Orange Vanilla Coca-Cola?

As the first new flavor of Classic Coca-Cola to be released stateside in over ten years, Orange Vanilla Coke sets itself apart by combining smooth vanilla and bright orange flavors with the cola’s nostalgic original blend.

How is it?

Let me set the record straight here: no flavor of Coca-Cola is terrible. The worst variation of Coke is still arguably better than anything Pepsi has ever put out. Even so, I can’t say this variation is unforgettable in the same way that some of Coke’s other products are.

Despite the drink’s creamsicle-like aroma, I thought the notes of orange and vanilla fell a bit flat on the flavor end of things. Although I could faintly detect both of them while downing my first bottle, they were no match against Coca-Cola’s distinct taste, and I felt they blended into the soda’s background a little too much for them to be the only thing setting this drink apart from Coke’s other offerings.

Orange Vanilla Coca Cola in Glass

The best way I can describe the flavor imbalance here is that it’s kind of like if you drank a glass of Orange Fanta and neglected to rinse out your cup before refilling it with Coke. You can still taste the Fanta, but it’s not the focus of what’s now in the cup, and it clearly tastes like something that wasn’t an original part of the soda.

Is there anything else you should know?

Although adding orange and vanilla to Coca-Cola sounds simple, the company spared no expense in testing this product before adding it into its official lineup. After being successfully test-marketed in Canada last summer, it’s been stuck in R&D to fine-tune its flavor and advertising campaign before hitting American shelves just in time for March Madness.


While Orange Vanilla Coca-Cola isn’t going to rock the soda industry, it’s a decent enough addition to Coke’s family of Classics. I recommend giving it a shot if you happen to come across a bottle but don’t go out of your way to track one down.

Purchased Price: $3.33
Size: 6 16.9 oz. bottles
Purchased at: Walmart
Rating: 7 out of 10
Nutrition Facts: (16.9 oz) 200 calories, 0 calories from fat, 0 grams of fat, 0 grams of saturated fat, 0 grams of trans fat, 45 milligrams of sodium, 55 grams of total carbohydrates, 55 grams of total sugars, 55 grams of added sugars, 0 grams of protein, and 0 grams of dietary fiber.

30 thoughts to “REVIEW: Orange Vanilla Coca-Cola”

  1. Your assessment of this flavor is spot on correct. As with you, I found the overall flavor **missing** against the Coca Cola itself. Not worth as you wrote to go out of your way to find, or even buy. If you want this flavor, buy a bottle of Crush Orange, a bottle of Vanilla Cream soda, a bottle of Coke, then mix all three together in a huge dispenser..Bahahaha

    1. I think Coke treats these weird… this is the first *core* brand expansion (i.e., available in 12 packs just like coke / diet coke etc) as opposed to the brand offshoots (strawberry guava, blueberry acai, etc) that are sold in the slim cans. -shrug-

    2. Everyone knows soda is better in a can than bottle, especially with flavored sodas. Just my opinion but I’d say a 9 out of 10. Great flavor, plenty of carbonation sting, another commented said there wasn’t. Nothing Fanta like about it but obviously there would be similarity between two orange flavors. How could you bash Pepsi? Cherry Vanilla Pepsi is great. Also how is it the first one flavor of Coke in 10 years? Just not that long again they came out with the California Raspberry and Georgia Peach.
      Basically you’ll like this if you like soda and aren’t really picky.

      1. Canned soda tastes way worse than a plastic bottle, and of course is disgusting compared to a glass bottle, so no, not everyone thinks soda is better in a can.

    1. i wish the the coke company would bring back the old coke soda they made in the old days it had lots of strong peppery flavor and fizz ,it would give you a good lift

  2. Just had my first orange Vanilla Coke. Wow! I love it. It taste like a tropical drink. I will definitely be buying more. Yummy!

      1. 7 out of 10 means the reviewer liked it, so what are you on about? Personally, I think 4 out of 10 would be a better score.

  3. Had it earlier this week and sorry, it just failed. There seems to be a reason that Coke has limited its on-going fruit flavors until now to cherry, lemon, and lime (if I recall correctly)–those flavors just work, as versus the orange here, or, e.g. raspberry or strawberry, which add a cough-syrup like experience with a lack of melding/complementing.

  4. Tried it for the first time yesterday- not a fan. Wish they would bring back Vanilla coke to my area (WNY).

    1. you live near the Canadian border you can go into Ontario grocery store and buy vanilla flavoured coke here val

    2. We still have it here in Illinois, and I’m glad we do. I’m not a fan of this orange-vanilla either.

  5. Tried orange vanilla coke zero. Wont buy again. Tried,cok orange also. Didnt like that either. Dont think it will last long. Funny taste

  6. The Orange/Vanilla Coke Zero was just not for me. The fake sugar leaves a very bad after taste that is tough to get past. It also, for me anyway, leaves a weird kind of “coating” on the teeth. I’m diabetic so I won’t drink the regular version. I’m sure it’s better. For me, though, I will try to finish this one and that would be it!

  7. I have to agree with some here. At first, I thought the flavor was okay. Not knock your socks off good, but decent. I don’t like to drink soda often, but every once in a blue moon I have a taste for it. So sometimes I’ll drink the cherry Coke which I love.

    When I first saw this new flavor advertised, I wanted to give it a try but didn’t know where to find it. I finally tracked some down at my local Target store. I couldn’t find it in a single 20 oz. bottle, as I didn’t want to commit to a whole lot of this stuff if I didn’t like it. I was only able to find it in a 12-pack for $4.99.

    Again at first, I thought the flavor was decent, but after about 2 1/2 cans it started tasting funny to me. My first thoughts of how it tasted was that it tasted like a creamsicle float. The taste was familiar. I think at one time I may have made an ice cream soda float with Coke and either some orange sherbert or creamsicle flavored ice cream. Then it also reminded me of, if anyone remembers the St. Joseph’s Orange flavored aspirin for children from years ago. (I know I just dated myself, lol). I remember my grandmother would give this to us as kids when we were sick. Or if she didn’t have any of that available, she’d crush 1/2 of a regular aspirin in a teaspoon of orange juice and give it to us to make it go down more smoothly.

    Anyway, as I stated for me after too many servings of this soda I’m starting not to like it. I find as someone else stated it does have a cough syrupy kind of after taste. Also, I bought it in cans and was just drinking a 1/2 can at a time and putting the rest in an empty 8 oz water bottle. I usually will close up bottles of soda tight to keep the fizz in. I found when doing this or even putting the cap on a little less loose, every time I opened it up the bottle would make a loud popping sound as if it were going to blow up. I find this strange in itself and wonder what else is in this soda. Not only that but I’ve been feeling lethargic after drinking it today and slept a good portion of the day. Wondering if this has an adverse effect on me, after drinking it. Maybe it’s because I’m not used to drinking soda that often.

    I don’t know but after this strange feeling, I won’t be buying or drinking any more of this. Now what to do with the other 8 1/2 cans of this stuff? Will probably bring to work and let others try it, but I wouldn’t recommend drinking a lot of this stuff.

  8. I have been a Coke or Diet Coke drinker exclusively
    for 30 years. I found this newest flavor horrible.
    Nothing about it tasted like natural flavors Glad I only bought one serving and not a 12 pack like I usually buy. The orange flavor dominated it and overpowered the vanilla and coke flavors

    1. I like Coke. I like vanilla. I like orange. Combine them in this product and you get the most revolting soda I have yet to experience. The remaining cans in the 12 pack will be used as drain cleaners.

  9. i really like orange vanilla coke dbwfwn. i find it’s really good for drinking with a creamsicle, lol.

  10. I would like to try it, but what do I do with the other 11 cans if I don’t like it? I haven’t found anywhere to buy just 1 can!

    1. Our local Dollar Store had the small skinny cans to purchase individually. Thank goodness. I couldn’t stand it. And I love any creamsicle flavoured anyting but this flavor was awful. I was stubborn enough to finish the whole can but only a few sips at a time.

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