The fruitcake is a hot mess of ingredients that somehow became a holiday staple. It’s also one of those things that people either love or instantly throw away when the giver of the fruitcake is not looking.
While I don’t automatically throw away those that I receive, I do treat them like the McRib. I give it a try every year to find out if my taste buds have changed enough that I actually think it’s good, and when I realize nothing has changed, I sigh, gobble the rest up, and then say, “Fool me once, shame on you. Fool me 26 times, WHY HAVEN’T I LEARNED MY LESSON?! AM I A MASOCHIST? DO I NOT CARE ABOUT MY TASTE BUDS? SHOULD I CUT OFF MY TONGUE?”
While an actual fruitcake is a complex recipe containing spices, fruit, nuts, and cake, Mtn Dew Fruit Quake’s fruitcake flavor is simple. It starts with a strong, sweet fruit punch taste that I’ve never experienced when it comes to fruitcake, but it’s something that I’ve tasted a few times when it comes to fruit punch-flavored Mountain Dew. After that fades, some fruitcake spices are noticeable, although barely. The addition of spices makes me wonder if there’s a bit of Gingerbread Snap’d’s recipe in Fruit Quake.
But that’s it, just fruit punch and a smidge of spices that your taste buds might not even notice. There isn’t any cake flavor here, despite Mtn Dew having experience creating the taste with the brand’s Cake-Smash. And, even though the can’s graphics show nuts, the soda lacks the flavor of nuts. But if it did have it, that would be impressive and a bit odd.
Speaking of weird, the soda’s aroma has an expected intense fruitiness, but at times there’s a little something that reminds me of egg nog that probably comes from whatever spice flavors are included. Perhaps Mtn Dew Egg N’gg will be a future holiday variety? Just throwing it out there, PepsiCo.
With Mtn Dew Fruit Quake, I expected a beverage that’s a bit more unusual tasting, much like last year’s Gingerbread Snap’d flavor. So it’s a little disappointing that it’s a fruit punch Dew with a hint of spices that could be easily missed. With that said, it’s a decent tasting Dew that I wouldn’t throw away when no one is looking.
Purchased Price: More than one should pay on eBay
Size: 12-pack 12 oz cans
Purchased at: eBay
Rating: 7 out of 10
Nutrition Facts: (1 can) 160 calories, 0 grams of fat, 55 milligrams of sodium, 43 grams of carbohydrates, 43 grams of sugar (including 43 (including 43 grams of added sugar), 0 grams of protein, and 54 milligrams of caffeine.
11 thoughts to “REVIEW: Mtn Dew Fruit Quake”
“Fool me once, shame on you. Fool me 26 times, WHY HAVEN’T I LEARNED MY LESSON?! AM I A MASOCHIST? DO I NOT CARE ABOUT MY TASTE BUDS? SHOULD I CUT OFF MY TONGUE?”
Hehehe. And yeah…I’ll still be getting a McRib again this year…someday maybe I’ll learn hot to not apparently hate myself.
We hate you too.
“Someday maybe I’ll learn hot to not apparently hate myself.” Not me. My self-esteem is worse than Dean Winchester’s, LMAO. Speaking of the McRib, have you ever tried the Banquet BBQ Rib TV dinner? It’s kinda like a McRib, and it’s pretty good, IMHO.
Unpopular opinion time, but Snap’d is one of my favorites, specifically because of those spices. It was like PepsiCo had made a flavor just for me (and apparently only me). I had hoped the spices would make a return appearance in this year’s flavor, but fruit punch is one I have a hard time mustering any enthusiasm for. I’ll definitely try Fruit Quake, once I find it in the wild, but I’ll have to see if it is worthy of stocking up on.
(For the record, an ‘Eggnog’d’ Dew would be… something… but hey, I would give it a shot.)
It definitely tasted like a Mtn Dew fruit punch. I’m not sure I could tell what specific fruits are in there either. Maybe some cherry, some mango? I don’t know. But its really just a blast of “fruity” really sugary flavor. I might have to get another one though to see if I can pick up on any of the spice flavor on the backend because I didn’t pick any of it up.
Hawaiian Punch bath water that Santa has been in?
Perfect description. Mtn Dew should pay you
I guess my taste buds got confused, I mistook the spices as a floral or flower flavor and it threw me off, big time.
I’m still deciding if I like this or not. I’ll try another one.
Not bad, it has a ‘candied’ code red vibe
I thought it was more of a maraschino cherry flavor, I didn’t hate it but would rather have had the ginger snapd flavor back
the taste is okay, but the aftertaste is what makes me not like it. its almost.. dusty tasting? i dunno