The All-Time Favourite American Sodas
Ahh, the USA. It's the most infamous country globally, and many people dream of packing up and relocating to one of the 50 states. Well, we can't guarantee you'll get into the county - but we do have an alternative.
You can enjoy the USA and all of the incredible treats it offers wherever you are. Most people know the many candies and snack options available - so we're dedicating this post to American soda.
These time-tested drinks are sure to tantalise your tastebuds.
Is there anything more American than Coca-Cola? This world-famous drink was invented in 1886 by John Pemberton and continues to dominate the soda market.
Coke comes in many different flavours, but the original remains the most popular.
We don't need to say anything else about Coca-Cola, so let's move on.
Pepsi is another big name in the soda world and has been around since 1893. Invented by a pharmacist, Pepsi is known for its bold flavours and intense marketing campaigns.
The brand is a constant competitor of Coca-Cola, and while it's never reached the heights of its older and more popular sibling, some people prefer the sweeter taste of Pepsi.
This unique soda has been around since 1885 and is still going strong today. While it's not as famous as Coca-Cola or Pepsi, Dr Pepper still has a loyal following. It's a mix of 23 different flavours, which explains the unique taste.
Pharmacist Charles Alderton invented Dr Pepper in 1885, and it was first served at Morrison's Old Corner Drug Store in Waco, Texas. Today, it's one of the world's most popular soft drinks, and there's now a diet version for the more sugar conscious connoisseur.
It's no secret that root beer is an acquired taste, and while it's one of the USA's favourite drinks - most UK retailers don't stock it.
For a brief time, McDonald's added root beer to the UK menu but discontinued it in 1993, as it wasn't popular with customers.
We disagree, and that's why we refuse to leave this exciting soda off our list! Let's take a look at the most popular root beer brands:
- A&W Root Beer
- Hires Root Beer
- Mug Root Beer
Mountain Dew is a popular citrus-flavoured soda that was invented in 1940. People of all ages enjoy this drink, and the original purpose of Mountain Dew was as a mixer for alcoholic beverages.
While Mountain Dew is still famous, it seemed to spiral in the 1990s and hasn't reached the same heights in the UK since. You can buy Mountain Dew in most UK supermarkets, and there's a diet version available too.
Sunkist is an American soda that's been around since 1978. While it's not as popular as some of the other sodas on this list, it still has a strong following. This drink is available in Orange, Diet Orange, Grape, Strawberry and Lemon flavours.
Sierra Mist is a lemon-lime flavoured soda introduced in 1999 by Pepsi. This drink is a direct competitor of Sprite and comes in regular, diet and zero-calorie options.
While Sierra Mist isn't as popular as it once was, it's still a refreshing option for those who enjoy citrus flavours. As Sierra Mist is more of a niche soda, it's unlikely you'll find it in the UK - but if you're ever in the USA, it's worth giving this brand a try.
Fanta is a fruit-flavoured soda that The Coca-Cola Company introduced in 1940. This drink is available in over 90 flavours, and people worldwide continue to enjoy it. The most popular Fanta flavours are Orange, Grape, Strawberry, Pineapple and Vanilla - but there are also some more unusual options like banana and peach. Most people can only access orange Fanta in the UK, but we stock the USA's most famous Fanta flavours.
Kool-Aid is a fruit-flavoured soft drink mix that was invented in 1927. This product is available in many different flavours and can be enjoyed by people of all ages.
While Kool-Aid isn't as popular as it once was, it's still a favourite among those who grew up drinking it. Kool-Aid never found its place on the supermarket shelves in the UK, but you can buy it from our online shop.
The most popular flavours include watermelon, tropical punch and kiwi.
Sprite is a lemon-lime flavoured soft drink that The Coca-Cola Company introduced in 1961. This drink is a direct competitor of Sierra Mist and comes in regular, diet and zero-calorie options.
Sprite is one of the most popular soft drinks globally, and it's available in over 190 countries.
In the UK, Sprite is available in most supermarkets, and there's also a zero-calorie option for those who are watching their waistlines.
Schweppes Ginger Ale
Schweppes Ginger Ale is a carbonated soft drink first introduced in 1783. This drink is available in regular and diet options, and it's also one of the most popular mixers for alcoholic beverages.
While Schweppes Ginger Ale is still highly popular as it's a refreshing option for those long summer days, the unique taste is perfect for people that don't like ultra-sweet drinks.
Jones Cream Soda
Jones Cream Soda has been around since 1886, and it continues to be a favourite for children. This drink is available in regular and diet options, and it's also one of the most popular mixers for alcoholic beverages.
Cream soda is one of those drinks people associate with their childhood, and it's the perfect accompaniment to ice cream.
The Coca-Cola Company released Pibb Xtra, a cherry-flavoured 1972. This drink is available in regular, diet and zero-calorie options, and it's a regular feature in the USA.
Pibb Xtra isn't well known in the UK, but Cherry Coke is an excellent alternative.
The Wrap Up
Well, there you go; the best American sodas available. At Appleton Sweets, we offer a wide selection of American soda brands at excellent prices.
Whether you're planning a special celebration and want to treat your loved ones to new flavours or a shop owner, you'll love your diverse collection of USA treats.
Don't forget to check out our post on the best confectionery brands worldwide here.