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.

15 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. 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!

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

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