REVIEW: Mtn Dew Sweet Lightning

Mtn Dew Sweet Lightning  KFC Exclusive

What is Mtn Dew Sweet Lightning?

The marketing materials describe this latest Mountain Dew concoction as having a “sweet peach and smooth honey” flavor, a description which seemingly does its best to match the drink’s shockingly bright orange hue.

How is it?

Well, it definitely is sweet. It’s far more toothaching than any recent Dew flavors, at least since the holidays. As a plus, the Sweet Lightning doesn’t have the Robitussin DM-lite accents that those Christmas ones did.

Mtn Dew Sweet Lightning  KFC Exclusive Closer Up

While, admittedly, it’s a little difficult to pinpoint either the peach or honey flavors over the first couple of gulps, to be honest, at first I thought I was drinking some sort of European tangerine drink and walked over to the machine to double-check. Eventually, though, when you know what to feel around in the back of your mouth for, its shocking sweetness actually provides some much needed balm for those customers snacking on KFC’s salty poultry, or, God forbid, its moderately hot chicken items.

Is there anything else you need to know?

In case you couldn’t guess, Mtn Dew Sweet Lightning is available exclusively at Kentucky Fried Chicken and its soda fountains for — say it with me now — a limited time only. Additionally, did you know that KFC doesn’t offer a small size for its drinks? I just learned that as I forked over two bucks for a medium.


Mtn Dew Sweet Lightning  KFC Exclusive Close Up

Mtn Dew is doing its very best to appeal to those with a sweet tooth in the KFC audience that aren’t digging into the new Cinnabon Dessert Biscuits — oh boy, myself included — with this fun summertime flavor that manages to combine two disparate tastes into what, at first sip, tastes like neither.

Purchased Price: $1.89
Size: Medium
Rating: 6 out of 10
Nutrition Facts: Unavailable.

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14 thoughts to “REVIEW: Mtn Dew Sweet Lightning”

  1. I love Mountain Dew and trying out the new flavors but I don’t know if I want to try this. It’s funny you mentioned a tangerine taste because the drink that’s being replaced by this tasted like tangerine to me. It was orange Tropicana Twister Soda and tasted just like tangerine.

  2. Weird that the nutrition facts aren’t even on KFC’s website. I thought bigger chains were required to post those now?

  3. What? They don’t have small but they have medium. That makes the medium a small.

    1. KFC lists their medium as medium. It’s just medium and large, no small.

      Oh and I did end up trying this and you were right it did taste like tangerine. I didn’t taste honey at all.

  4. I tried this today for the first time. I must say that it is very refreshing, especially as we break in to Summer time. The taste is peachy and is delicious. It has a lot of flavor. Good bad I can’t buy this in the store. I wonder if this one will be available in a diet. That would be perfect!

  5. I tried this today, at first I really liked it, then I could tell it must have sucralose in it! I’m very allergic to artificial sweeteners & there was an aftertaste! I just dont understand why some Mountain Dew flavors have sucralose in it & still contain 40-80 grams of sugar!

  6. My family loves the sweet lightning, wished it could be purchased everywhere Pepsi products are sold.
    We quit eating at Arby’s because they no longer carry Pepsi products, we order water at other restaurants.

  7. I took 2 drinks and tossed it on some weeds to hopefully kill them. The aftertaste was just foul.

    1. It is the best flavor yet I couldn’t get enough I want to but a case already I loved it if I could stay for hour at KFC and keep drinking it I would so good I hope I can but it soon it is now my favorite

  8. Tried it today and didn’t enjoy it at all. Tasted like a carbonated peach flavored ice pop.

  9. This drink is an abomination and a crime against humanity.. one of the top three worst beverages I have ever drank the others being the failed Budweiser energy drink and the coffee Coke Coke Black

  10. Highly disappointed. I tasted and enjoyed the peach flavor but the after taste killed it for me. I just confirmed what I suspected on Day 1. It has the same fake sweeteners that are in Mtn Dew Ice. I really wanted to like it like I like the Baja Blast from Taco Bell. Sadly that is not to be.

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